By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 10/27/11
Tom Leonard’s, 4150 Brookriver Dr., will host a free family move night at 7 p.m. The movie will be the Halloween classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” The outdoor viewing will feature free popcorn, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. For details, call 364-5800 or visit http://www.tomleonards.com .
The Dixie Bee-Liners will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The group’s classic repertoire includes their own originals, bluegrass barn burners, ballads and instrumentals, as well as Appalachian standards. Tickets are $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. This family holiday tradition features the work of hundreds of artists and craftsmen, exhibitor demonstrations and the Christmas Tree Village. Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under six. Admission is valid for all three days. Parking is free. For details, visit http://www.christmasclassic.com .
The Richmond Folk Music Society will present “The Mike Mitchell Trio,” performing bluegrass, old country standards and fiddle tunes, at 8 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, call 647-7856 or visit http://www.richmondfolkmusic.com .
HandsOn Greater Richmond will host the 4th annual HandsOn Day at 9 a.m. at various locations throughout metro Richmond. HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. Some of this year’s projects include Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, ElderFriends, Hilliard House, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers and Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. For details, call 330-7027 or visit http://www.handsonrva.org .
Lift Caregiving and VCU’s Department of Gerontology & School of Geriatric Medicine will present Modern Aging, a free event offering expert advice, helpful tools and a provider based Resource Center, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The event will feature flu shots (bring insurance card, limited quantities available), health screenings, on-site respite care, diabetic meter testing and advance medical directive consultation and development – all for free. Topics to be discussed include nutritious and affordable meals for seniors, dealing with dementia, finances and benefits, weathering the workplace and how to effectively talk about difficult issues as a family. For details, visit http://www.liftcaregiving.com .
The Great Pumpkin Palooza at The Shoppes at Innsbrook & Wilton Square will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a petting zoo, costume contests, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, crafters and vendors, Thriller and Monster Mash Dance instruction by Rigby’s Jig and more. Proceeds will benefit The Faison School of Autism. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com .
Gayton Crossing Shopping Center will host its 14th annual Pumpkin Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature a petting zoo, balloon animals, juggler Jonathan Austin, the Gayton Trolley, entertainment by Southside Funk and personnel vehicles from local emergency responders. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest scheduled for 1 p.m. A total of 10 winners will receive $25 gift certificates to the Gayton Crossing store of their choice. Children can also trick-or-treat at Gayton Crossing merchants from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 28. For details, visit http://www.gaytoncrossing.com .
The 3rd annual Walk for Lupus Now! Richmond will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Affecting mostly women, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. The Lupus Foundation of America’s butterfly logo symbolizes the malar facial rash, a common lupus symptom. There are no registration fees but participants are encouraged to raise $100 or more in donations. Funds will benefit the local chapter’s free services for patients. For details, visit http://www.richmondlupuswalk.org.
Squirreloween, Nutzy the Squirrel’s Halloween party, will be held at The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be face painting, costume contests, bobbing for apples, inflatables, hayrides around the warning track, the Lambeth petting zoo and more. Road Kill Roy will provide live entertainment and kids can trick-or-treat through the suites. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.squirrelsbaseball.com
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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