By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/16/12
Capitol Opera Richmond’s inaugural performance of Puccini’s famous love story “La Boheme” will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The concert will feature local artists and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir. Music will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For details, call 328-4491.
D.S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Rd., will present “Moon Over Buffalo” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17. Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy looks at life and love in the theatre. It is the play that brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway after 30 years in 1995. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For details, call 673-3700.
Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. in the Main Plaza at Short Pump Town Center for the mall’s grand illumination. A parade will feature The Gingerbread Boy, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Frosty, toy soldiers, Santa’s Elves and, of course, Santa and the Snow Princess. Following the parade, Santa and some of his special friends will illuminate the 50-foot Holiday Tree with more than 50,000 twinkling lights. Magic wands, for children 10 and under, will be distributed at Guest Services while supplies last. For details, visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .
The Taters, winners of Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice, will perform at 8 p.m. at McCooks Lakeside Sports Grill, 5516 Lakeside Ave. The Taters play “roots-pop,” an eclectic blend of power-pop and country roots similar to the styles of the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and the Beatles. For details, call 266-2717.
The first-ever Tree Lighting Toast at The Shops at Willow Lawn will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Willow Lawn Plaza. Get into the holiday spirit with wine tastings, free photos with Santa, arts and crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. Silly Bus, Jonathan the Juggler and Kurt Stemhagen will provide entertainment. Admission is free; wine tasting fee is $5. For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.com .
Learn more about Thanksgiving 1863 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. Admission is free. For details, call 501-2130 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Give Thanks. Walk” family-friendly 5k will take place at 9:30 a.m. in North Shore Commons at Innsbrook, 4951 Lake Brooke Dr. There will be fun activities for kids, entertainment and awards for highest fundraisers. Monies raised will support the life-saving mission of St. Jude. Registration is free. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/aovj53h .
Laurel Hill United Methodist Church, 1919 New Market Rd., will host a fundraiser in honor of Henrico resident Jill Tromba, who has been battling cancer for four years, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Products from 31 Gifts, Pampered Chef, Premier Jewelry and other vendors will be available for purchase. All consultants’ profits support the Tromba family during the holiday season. For details, and how to order products if unable to attend, call Ashley Steininger at 339-0141 or Kasey Warren at 310-6305.
The 2012 Book Fair at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave., continues with author Ellen Fischer at 9:30 a.m. She will read her children’s book “The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown,” in which Grover and the Count welcome visiting Israeli Muppet friends Brosh and Avigail while learning that eight is the perfect Hanukkah number. There will be a yummy Sesame Street character themed breakfast. Admission is $3 per person; family max is $10. For details, call Lisa Looney at 545-8608 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org
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.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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