By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 06/07/12
Parents are invited to assist their children ages 2-6 with maneuvering through cones as they steer their power wheels on a special road. The green light starts at 5 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Bring your own power wheels and meet in the parking lot. Admission is free. For details, call 795-2334 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Active seniors ages 50+ are invited to the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Socialize with friends while playing your favorite card and board games. The club meets the second Friday of each month. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite game and snack. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Professional Singles Association’s 50+ Meet n’ Greet Social Hour will start at 5:30 p.m. at Halligan’s Bar and Grill, 2451 Old Brick Rd., in Short Pump. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit http://www.psaofrichmond.com .
The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river. Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. To register to participate, visit http://www.jrac-va.org.
Family Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the tracks at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include free health screenings, face painting and glitter tattoos, juggling and magic with Jonathan Austin, games, music, sports with the UR Spiders and Kickers and a mascot dance-off featuring Nutzy, Kickeroo, the Richmond Spider and more. Admission is free. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.women.hcavirginia.com .
The American Youth Harp Ensemble will present “Classical Jam” at 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. The concert will feature over 70 harpists and singers, ages 7-18, performing music from classical to jazz, Bach to the Beatles, as arranged specifically for the ensemble. The Virginia Choristers will give a special prelude at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host a Boots @ H.O.M.E. Military Ministry event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. There will be presentations, information and resources, a Q&A period and light refreshments. The event is free and open to all veterans, active duty personnel and family members. For details, call Jackie Thompson at 937-1952 or visit http://www.wearevirginiaveterans.org .
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Stuart’s Ride around McClellan’s Federal Army from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. This meeting between Generals Lee and Stuart led up to the Seven Days Battles. There will be period music, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactors, tours and more. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
First Things First, in collaboration with the Richmond Kickers and the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership, will host “Celebrate Fatherhood” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ukrop Park and the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center. In addition to swimming pool fun, there will be field games, bounce houses, food vendors and the “Fastest Dad in Richmond” contests (both swimming and running). The event is free. For details, visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at 2 p.m. June 10 and at 7 p.m. June 11 in Camp Concert Hall. This new production, based on the novel by Mary Shelley, features Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch; Miller and Cumberbatch alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in two electrifying broadcasts. The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Admission is $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors. 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.
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.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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