Weekend Top 10
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/08/12
Nearly three dozen Lakeside Avenue merchants will host the eighth annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 9-10. Shoppers will be able to take free trolley rides to and from shops along the avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Participating shops will stay open late, and many will offer special deals for holiday shoppers. All participating businesses also will have special containers to collect donations for the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, the event's beneficiary. On Nov. 10, Nutzy, the Richmond Flying Squirrels' mascot, will appear at the Lakeside Farmers' market from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and an antique car display will be held at the site of the Lakeside Community Christmas Tree, between Hilliard Road and Dumbarton Road. There also will be a "food truck court" at the Rescue Squad lot Nov. 10 with a variety of food options and live music. For details, visit http://www.lakesideavenue.net .
The University of Richmond continues its fall International Film Series with “Elena” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. “Elena” is a gripping modern twist on the classic noir thriller. 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 .
Celebrate what makes Virginia special at Taste The Local, being held from noon to 7 p.m. at West Broad Village, 2005 Liesfield Pkwy. in Short Pump. Taste The Local features area restaurants, local bands, vendors and 10 of Virginia’s finest breweries. All proceeds benefit Fetch A Cure. Well-behaved, leased dogs are welcome. Admission is free. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/tastelocal .
The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia - Central Virginia Chapter will host Epilepsy Awareness Day, an educational opportunity for persons and families living with epilepsy, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided and help with transportation and childcare is available. Admission is free. For details, call 751-1505 or visit http://www.epilepsyvirginia.org .
Circle Center Adult Day Services, 4900 W. Marshall St., will host Art for All Ages from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A silent auction of affordable works of art from local artists will benefit frail or functionally impaired older adults and their caregivers. There will also be desserts, wine, music and raffles. Admission is $25. For details, call 355-5717 or visit http://www.circlecenterads.org .
New Castle Productions, featuring local actors ages 5-60, will present “Man of Honor” at 1 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. “Man of Honor” tells the story of Second Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American to graduate from West Point and become an officer in the US Army. He received this honor in 1877 and within only four years, he was falsely accused and put on trial for a crime he did not commit. Tickets are $10 to $25. For details, visit http://www.newcastle-koaproductions.com .
Ages 11-13 are invited to a workshop on the basic techniques of archery from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Deep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. Compound bows will be used and the course will be taught according to NASP specifications. A session for seniors age 50+ will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a session for ages 14-17 will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Equipment is provided. Appropriate for beginners. Cost is $6. For details, call 290-0305 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
Boys ages 13-17 and an accompanying adult are invited to the Boys-to-Men Forum from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The forum will address issues such as loyalty, honesty, friendship, education, sports and the impact of their actions. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com.
If you have ever wondered how historically accurate Hollywood movies are, come watch 1951’s “Red Badge of Courage” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. A discussion highlighting the major historic themes, including fear, courage and Civil War soldier experiences will follow the film. Admission is free. For details, call 652-3409 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/12/2014
Commonwealth Catholic Charities is in desperate need of food donations for its community food pantry that serves the region’s low-income families, according to officials with the Henrico-based nonprofit.
After moving into its new location this past summer, the agency has dedicated a larger space for the pantry but the shelves are practically empty.
“As we head into the holidays and the weather turns colder, the need for food becomes even more critical, but unfortunately our cupboards are nearly bare,” said Jay Brown, the agency’s director for the division of housing services. “Donations of food will allow us help provide.” > Read more.
More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the region gathered last month as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond to complete more than 60 projects.
The event is a program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence.
In Henrico, a group of Target employees (pictured) undertook a project at Fairfield Middle School to help re-plant the school's community garden and paint the outdoor shelter. > Read more.
For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Animated ‘Book of Life’ overcomes average storyline with extraordinary presentation, details
“Beauty is only skin deep” applies all too well to The Book of Life. An animated feature from first-time director Jorge R. Gutierrez, The Book of Life spins a classic love triangle – two childhood friends, Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) both in love with Maria (Zoe Saldana).
Maria, in all honesty, is a little more interested in Manolo’s musical charms, but her father wants her to marry the boastful and militaristic Joaquin. And when two gods, La Muerte and Xibalba (Kate de Castillo and Ron Perlman, respectively), turn this little love triangle into a wager (as gods often do), Manolo’s quest for true love will take him through life, death, immortality and the underworlds of Mexican folklore.
Now, back to the “beauty” part – because as far as the visuals go, The Book of Life is the most extraordinary animated film to hit theaters this year. > Read more.
The holiday season is underway and Lakeside Avenue has everything you need during its 10th annual Holly Jolly Christmas event! Shoppers will enjoy extended hours at several dozen shops and free trolley rides. Also this weekend, the 23rd annual Great American Indian Exposition & Pow-Wow. There will be over 200 American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists and crafters. In the mood for music? Check out The Gibson Brothers at UR and Susan Greenbaum at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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