Citizen Staff Reports 05/24/11
Henrico’s 400th anniversary commemoration will take to the road for a series of bus tours of historical county locations, beginning with a daylong look at Henrico’s key Civil War sites on Saturday, June 11. Later tours will examine Henrico’s African-American history and the county’s development over the past four centuries.
Coordinated by the Valentine Richmond History Center and the county’s Division of Recreation and Parks, the historical bus tours run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and originate at Dabbs House, 3820 Nine Mile Road. The $30 fee includes a box lunch. Reservations must be made by contacting the Valentine Richmond History Center at (804) 649-0711, ext. 301.
The June 11 tour will feature “Henrico’s Civil War History,” focusing on the 1862 battles of Seven Pines and Malvern Hill as well as the 1864 battle at New Market Heights, during which a number of soldiers from the U.S. Colored Troops earned the Medal of Honor. The tour also will include a visit to Dabbs House, where Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and other Confederate generals charted strategy for the Seven Days Battles in June 1862.
A tour set for Saturday, Aug. 20 will examine “Henrico’s African-American Heritage” with visits to sites highlighting the role African-Americans played in the county’s development.
For details, visit http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
A number of Henrico students are performing in the Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs through Dec. 23. Pictured above, left to right are: back row – Elizabeth Sjovald (Mother Ginger), Deema Meguid, Maya Link (Mogi top) and Sophie Rounds (Mother Ginger) and front row – Sarah Echols (Chinese) and Carter Echols (Chinese). > Read more.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
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