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
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
But animated South African film has its moments
You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
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