By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 12/08/11
Active seniors are invited to socialize with friends while sharpening cognitive abilities at the Friday Night Fun Club from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Enjoy games such as bid wisk, pinochle, spades, scrabble, checkers and more. Participants are welcome to bring their own board games and snacks. Admission is free. For details, call Aaron Reidmiller at 501-5137.
“Scrooge” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
Fairfield Commons, 4869 Nine Mile Rd., will host the Great Teddy Bear Giveaway and holiday concert from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The first 200 children under age 10 will receive a free teddy bear. Entertainment will be provided by “Da Twins,” Bridgett Johnson and teen singing sensation Nyasia. Cavell Phillips will host the event. There will also be visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, games, cookies, prizes and a chance to win Christmas baskets. Admission is free. For details, call 222-4179 or visit http://www.myfairfieldcommons.com .
The American Youth Harp Ensemble’s annual Holiday Harper’s Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4200 Dover Rd. Admission is free and Bazaar proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club and St. Andrew’s School Harp Outreach Programs. The American Youth Harp Ensemble will also present its holiday concert “Harp! The Herald Angels Play!” at 3 p.m. with a special prelude at 2:30 p.m. featuring The Virginia Choristers. The concert will feature over 60 harpists and choristers, ages 8-18, performing holiday classics and new works. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details, call 837-9355 or visit http://www.harpensemble.org .
Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host Holiday on Parade: An Eastern Henrico Celebration starting at 12 p.m. at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. There will be crafts, Christmas cookies and other children’s activities until 2 p.m. Take a trip down memory lane from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarke-Palmore House, 904 McCoul St., which is decorated with vintage 1930-40s holiday decorations. There will also be refreshments and the opportunity to make a vintage holiday decoration to take home. There will also be tours, refreshments and children’s activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd. The 1970 classic film “Scrooge” will play at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The day will conclude at 5 p.m. at the James River Parade of Lights at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Movie admission is $1; all other events are free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com .
The Richmond Men’s Chorus and Richmond Women’s Chorus will present a joint concert celebrating the holidays titled “Harps of Gold” at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave. Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, “Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by harp, will be the centerpiece of the Women’s Chorus program. Selections performed by the Men’s Chorus will include new arrangements of several well-known holiday carols plus the area premiere of the Hanukkah anthem, “Over the Skies of Yisrael.” Tickets are $10 to $20. For details, call 241-0446 or visit http://www.monumentcitymusic.org .
Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd., will set up its annual Ornament Making Workshop for all ages from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can make their own Victorian ornament to take home or join an 1840 St. Nick as he reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Admission is free. For details, call Anna Truong at 501-2130.
The Richmond Craft Mafia will present the 7th annual Handmade Holiday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plant Zero, 0 E. 4th St. in Richmond’s Manchester District. Shoppers will find modern takes on traditional crafts like pottery and knitting, as well as fresh styles of jewelry, t-shirts, clothing, bath and body products, toys, art and more. For more information, including a list of crafters and designers, visit http://www.richmondhandmadeholiday.com .
Sandston Baptist Church, 100 W. Williamsburg Rd., will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Music will be performed by the church’s praise team, handbell choir, MajeSticks, adult choir and various small ensembles. Portions of the Christmas story will be read. Admission is free. For details, call 737-2171 or visit http://www.sandstonbaptistchurch.com
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.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > 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.
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