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 Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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