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 .
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.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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