By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/17/11
Short Pump Town Center will celebrate Santa’s arrival with a parade and Magical Tree Lighting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the main plaza. The parade will begin near Pottery Barn, travel around the main plaza and back around to the center stage where children of all ages can jam to holiday tunes, such as Jingle Bell Rock and the Peppermint Twist. The Salvation Army Band and Susan Greenbaum will perform. A meet-and-greet with Robbie Reindeer, Mistletoe Mouse and Santa will take place in the food court. Admission is free. For details, call 360-1700 or visit http://www.shortpumpmall.com .
St. James the Less Episcopal Church, 125 Beverly Rd. in Ashland, will host its annual Heavenly Creations Arts and Crafts Show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Friday will feature an Opening Night Wine and Cheese Reception. Heavenly Creations is a juried, fine arts show featuring original, handcrafted works from local and regional artists and craftspeople. Included in this year’s show are furniture, stoneware, children’s clothing, photography, fresh wreaths, woodcarvings, quilts, sculptures, jewelry, baked goods and canned foods. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds from the show will be used for community outreach. For details, call 798-4615 or visit http://www.stjamestheless.com .
Soundworks, an a cappella chorus of 16 men, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The group has a varied repertoire, from Elvis to country, to Van Morrison to gospel. Admission is free but ticket reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491.
The program “The Powhatan Tribes – Past & Present” will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Wayne Adkins, second assistant chief of the Chickahominy tribe, will discuss the Powhatan tribes with emphasis on those who resided in the area that became Henrico, including the first contact with the English in 1607. Modern Virginia tribes will also be discussed. Admission is free. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org .
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Rd., will host a Fall Health & Wellness Festival from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The festival will feature free health screenings (heart, pulmonary function, stroke, bone density and skin), walk-in mammograms, daVinci® surgical robot demonstrations, children’s activities including face painting, clowns, balloon art and first responders, and free refreshments. For details, call 320-DOCS or visit http://www.henricodoctors.com .
Phillip Bauer, who has been recreating the music and live performance of Johnny Cash since 1985, will perform at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Tickets are $35. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com .
One Voice Chorus will present “Songs of Good Cheer” at 7 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. Over 100 singers from metro Richmond will be led by One Voice Artistic Director Glen McCune and Assistant Conductor Tom Baynham. The choir will perform a mix of traditional carols and spirituals, as well as age-old favorites and sing-alongs. A pre-concert conversation led by Bill Cooper will take place at 6 p.m. The topic, “Harmony in Living Black & White,” focuses on personal opportunities to enhance racial harmony in the Richmond community. Admission is $15 for adults; children ages 12 and under are free. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org .
In honor of Henrico’s 400th anniversary and the History Center’s new exhibition, “Into Focus: Henrico County through the Camera,” Henrico County Day will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 E. Clay St. The exhibition documents the county’s five districts of Brookland, Fairfield, Three Chopt, Tuckahoe and Varina and includes photographs from historic sites such as the J.E.B. Stuart Monument at Yellow Tavern, as well as everyday life in Henrico, including the county’s malls, bridges, private homes, retail centers, schools and transportation centers. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. The exhibition will remain on view through March 2012. For details, call 649-0711 or visit http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com .
Carlisle Avenue Baptist, Montrose Presbyterian, Calvary Methodist and Christian Fellowship Development Ministries will join Oakwood Memorial Baptist Church, 3100 Gay Ave., for a Community Thanksgiving Celebration at 5 p.m. A combined choir will sing and Amy Beth Hougland will preach. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. For details, call 222-2540 or visit http://www.oakwoodmemorialbaptistchurch.org .
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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