By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 01/11/13
The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “The Legend of the Poinsettia” at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The story is based on the Mexican legend of a pure hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children, seniors and military. For details, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com.
Old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky will perform at 8 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Molsky, a former engineer from the Bronx who didn’t begin a music career until he was 40, is described as a defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. For details, call 798-1702 or visit http://www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com .
Mystery Dinner Playhouse’s show “Here’s Killing You, Kid” continues at 7:30 p.m. inside the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel, 6531 W. Broad St. Audience members will solve this 1940s detective spoof during a four course dinner. Tickets are $48. The show continues every Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16, 2013. For details, call 649-CLUE or visit http://www.mysterydinner.com .
The Shady Grove Coffeehouse will continue its 12th season with Virginia-based roots duo The Honey Dewdrops at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish create a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music. They write all their own songs and use a handful of acoustic instruments. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens are admitted at half-price and children under 12 are free. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
North Park Library, 8508 Franconia Rd., will offer free fun crafts for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
The Pamunkey River Garden Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8209 Shady Grove Rd. in Mechanicsville. Scott Martin will present a program on “Trimming/Shaping/Pruning Shrubs in the Asian Manner.” All are welcome. For details, call Susan Blankinship at 932-3451.
A special screening of “Forks Over Knives” will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St. The film reveals that many of our most serious health problems can be prevented, and oftentimes reversed, simply by changing the way we eat. Admission is free; the Vegetarian Society of Richmond will accept donations. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/b9lr8jk .
ECPI University will host a Career Discovery Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Richmond campus locations. Attendees will have the opportunity to see interactive demonstrations, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff and more. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.ecpi.edu .
Two Henrico libraries are offering story time for working parents and their children. Mother Goose Story Time, for children ages 6-24 months, will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Tuckahoe, 1901 Starling Dr., and Twin Hickory, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Family Story Time, with stories selected for ages 3-5, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at both libraries. Space is limited to 25 children per session. Doors close five minutes after story time begins. For details, call 290-9100 (Tuckahoe) or 290-9200 (Twin Hickory) or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
Author Michele Rolle will sign copies of her début memoir “Invisible Warrior” before and after morning services at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Rd. For details, call 643-4000.
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.
It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > 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.
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