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DECEMBER 9
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.
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“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.

DECEMBER 10
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 .
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Join Santa for pictures and a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd. Pancakes and pictures will be provided by the Henrico Division of Fire. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas Mother program. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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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 .
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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 .
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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 .

DECEMBER 11
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.
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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 .
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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
Community

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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