By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 09/06/12
Enjoy an evening of old-time bluegrass and folk music with The Ridge Runners at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fourth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The film “The Hunt for Red October” will play at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The 2012 Kirk Festival at Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Virginia Scots Guard Pipes and Drum Corp. and Jonathan Austin, magician and juggler, will perform. There will also be Celtic music, dancers, Scottish games, vendors, food, an iPad raffle and more. An animal blessing and parade will be held at 3 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 15. Admission is free. For details, call 741-5254 or visit http://www.thegaytonkirk.org .
The McShin Foundation’s annual Recovery Fest and state championship BBQ Cook Off will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd. There will be live music and family activities. Laurie Dhue, former news anchor for Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, will be the guest speaker. Substance use disorders recovery support providers will be in attendance. The BBQ cook off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. For details, call Honesty Liller at 249-1845 or visit http://www.bbq.mcshin.org .
The 12th season of the Shady Grove Coffeehouse concert series will kick off with Richmond-based string band The Hot Seats at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; teens 13-18 are admitted half-price and children under 12 are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com .
The Capitol Steps will perform their unique blend of music and political comedy at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The performance is CACGA’s opener for the Center Season. Capitol Steps, who have performed for five U.S. presidents and traveled to all 50 states, is celebrating its 30th year of existence. Tickets are $42. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The RVA Local Patronage Mob will be at the Libbie Market, 10470 Ridgefield Pkwy., from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Formerly Joe’s Market, the grocery store is now owned by David Taylor and Buster Wright with a full grocery offering, including beer and wine, a catering service with delivery, bulk coffee, candies and more. The RVA Patronage Mob is a group of citizens dedicated to giving local businesses an extraordinary day of patronage. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/RVALocalPatronageMob .
Bikes, BBQ and Bluegrass, a family-friendly community event to benefit Richmond 2015, will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the West Creek Business Park, 12575 West Creek Pkwy. The event will feature local barbecue, live music by East of Afton and local brews from Starr Hill Brewery. Road and off-road bike rides, for all ages and abilities, will take place prior to the start of the BBQ at 4 p.m. All-inclusive tickets (food, drinks, beer and entertainment) are $50 for adults, $15 for ages 13-20 and free for kids under age 12. For details, visit http://www.richmond2015.com .
Biltmore Baptist Church, 1300 New York Ave. in Glen Allen, will host a Lawn Chair Concert at 5 p.m. The gospel music group 4theLord will perform from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ice cream and all the fixings will be provided. All are welcome. For details, call 266-6480 or visit http://www.biltmorechurch.org .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present the Del McCoury Band with special guests Chatham County Line at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall. The Del McCoury Band has won 31 International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Tickets are $38. 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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