By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/21/13
The Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22-23 at the library, 1901 Starling Dr. Choose from a large selection of books at bargain prices. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
Tour Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd., and learn more about the role African Americans played in the history of the historic building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Go on four, separate 15-minute tours that include the Dabbs’ Family Slaves, Robert E. Lee’s slave-Perry Parks, Battle of New Market Height’s and African Americans at the almshouse. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam will take place from noon to midnight at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Twenty regional bluegrass bands including Jackass Flats, Slack Family Band, River City Band, The Green Boys and East Afton will perform. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to make donations to the Richmond Fisher House. Barbecue and beverages will be available throughout the day. For details, visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com .
The Henrico Humane Society will hold its 14th annual Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Showplace, 3000 Mechnicsville Tnpk. There will be obedience demonstrations, dog adoptions, puppy races, contests and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12. This is HHS’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will be used to cover expenses, including medical, for the animals in HHS’s care. For details, call 262-6634 or visit http://www.henricohumane.org .
The Simon Kidgits Club at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Rd., will host its free annual Book Blast event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sears Court. There will be special readings, games and giveaways, as well as a special appearance by Curious George. Kidgit members will receive a free library gift tote. For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.virginiacentercommons.com .
Virtuoso fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman will perform at 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. Jabbour and Perlman will present a concert of Appalachian tunes, featuring most prominently the music Jabbour learned in the 1960s from his mentor, West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The Coffeehouse is family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free. For details, visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com.
In honor of Heart Month, HCA Virginia will present Day of Dance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 locations throughout the area including all American Family Fitness Centers, ACAC Short Pump and Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio. The event will feature heart-healthy dance activities, free health screenings and the opportunity to talk with a doctor or nurse about health concerns. Admission is free and open to the community. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
The 2013 Handbags for Hope event, benefiting Safe Harbor, will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Richmond Country Club, 12950 Patterson Ave. There will be live and silent auctions of new and gently used handbags from top designers. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. For details, visit http://www.h4hrva.com .
Le Hot Club will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Le Hot Club’s music is based on the style made famous by legendary Django Reinhardt and Le Hotclub de Paris in the 1930s. Admission is free. Call 328-4491 for reservations.
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Shanghai Quartet with Paul Neubauer (viola) at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. The Shanghai Quartet’s style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. Neubauer’s performance will include the Brahms Quintet in G Major, op. 111. Guests are invited to stay for a post-show Q&A. Tickets are $34. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu
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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