By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 10/13/11
The John Marshall Alumni Band will perform an all-ages show at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 328-4491.
The 4th Annual Richmond Folk Festival will be held along downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 16. The festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food. There will be more than 25 performing groups on seven stages. The festival also features a children’s area with activities, games, a petting zoo and live music. Admission is free. For details, call 788-6466 or visit http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org .
Henrico Recreation and Parks will host the grand opening and dedication ceremony of the county’s first off-leash dog park from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The park is approximately one acre in size and has a five-foot enclosed fence with two areas – one for small dogs and one for larger dogs – that features a double gated entry with mulch and a sod play surface. Dogs will enjoy new exercise play equipment, a doggie water fountain and spray features. Dogs of all shapes, sizes and pedigrees are welcome. Hours are from dusk till dawn. The first 200 dogs at the grand opening will receive a fun giveaway. There will also be photo opportunities with Snoopy and Sparky the Fire Dog. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era such as cider making, candle dipping, bee keeping, cornhusking and shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and more. Other highlights include pony rides, a petting zoo, tethered hot air balloon rides, the Great Pumpkin Patch of Meadow Farm (ages 3-12), gourd decorating and performances by A Good Natured Riot and the Barbara Martin Band. Admission is free. For details, call Jeannie Murray at 501-5121.
The Reality Rescue II Festival will be held from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sharky’s Courtyard, 4032-A Cox Rd. Over 100 reality stars from shows like Survivor, American Idol, Big Brother, The Mole, The Amazing Race, The Bachelorette, Expedition Impossible and more will be in attendance. Proceeds will benefit Southern Comfort Animal Rescue, an all-breed dog rescue group from Wheeler County, Ga., that suffered a devastating fire in April. Tickets are $50. For details, visit http://www.realityrescuefestival.com .
The 30th annual Midlothian Village Day Festival and Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Tnpk. Highlights of the festival include a parade sponsored by the Midlothian Foundation, craft fair, games, inflatables, food, entertainment, community booths, a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Midlothian Junior Women’s Club projects, such as Cinderella Dreams and local charities such as Richmond Friends of the Homeless, ASK, Freedom House, Feed More and others. For details, visit http://www.midlothianfestival.net .
Canadian group Vishtén will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 5th Center Season. The group of multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers incorporate the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, mandolin, piano, jaw-harp and bodhran into their performance. Tickets are $25. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
Comfort Zone Camp’s 10th Annual Fall Bash will be held from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Innsbrook Snagajob.com Pavilion. There will be live music featuring the Right On Band, dancing, oyster shucking, BBQ, beer and wine. For ages 21 and up. Tickets are $70 in advance and $80 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling. For details, visit http://www.comfortzonecamp.org .
Horses In Service (HIS) will hold its annual Open House and Community Awareness Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Natural Therapeutic Riding Center, 6301 Hines Rd. All activities are included for $5 – hand paint a horse, crafts, bead making, balloons, face and hair painting, festival games and a moon walk. There will be food items and HIS merchandise for sale, live music, horses in Halloween costumes, riding demonstrations and more. For details, call 795-1721 or visit http://www.horsesinservice.org .
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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