By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 10/19/12
The University of Richmond continues its fall International Film Series with “Trishna” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. All films in the series are shown in their original languages with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/urfilm .
Virginia Repertory Theatre will perform “Young Thomas Jefferson” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Willow Lawn location, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The musical, part of the Children’s Theatre of Virginia season, follows Thomas Jefferson from his birth in Virginia through his writing of the Declaration of Independence. Tickets are $10 to $16. The show runs through Oct. 27. For details, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org .
The Chamberlayne Actors Theatre will present Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway” at 8 p.m. at the CAT Playhouse, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. The play is a tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 40s and is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans. Tickets are $18. The show runs through Nov. 4. For details, call 888-695-0888 or visit http://www.cattheatre.com .
The Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Airport, 5400 Williamsburg Rd., and Autism Speaks will host a cornhole tournament at 11 a.m. There will be children’s activities, a silent auction, food and more. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. For details, call Sandy at 652-0500 x320.
The National Kidney Foundation will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church, 7204 Bethlehem Rd. The screening is designed to educate and identify people at risk – those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcomed. For details, call 288-8342 x216 or visit http://www.kidneyva.org .
The Richmond Heart Walk will take place at the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook. The walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit http://www.richmondvaheartwalk.org .
Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. in Sandston, will hold a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Oak Hall and CVS Pharmacy. Bring insurance or Medicare cards. Walk-ins are welcomed but appointments are recommended. For details, call 737-5812.
All ages are invited to Gospel Fest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Gospel dance groups, quartets, vocalists and gospel music choirs will perform a variety of southern gospel, hip hop and praise music. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present “Buika” at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. A trailblazing force in contemporary Spanish music, Buika is a unique blend of flamenco, jazz, funk, copla and neo-soul. 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.
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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