Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to present GardenFest of Lights through Jan. 13
November 29 2013 - Featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, model trains, family activities and more, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $7 to $11
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 29 to Jan. 13 (closed Dec. 24-25). This holiday tradition features more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. This year’s theme is A Natural Love Affair. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under age three.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to host New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
December 31 2013 - Live concert by the Ululating Mummies, 2 p.m.,
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, located at 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be a live concert by the Ululating Mummies and families can make their own New Year’s party hats and have photos taken with the Garden Keeper and the Butterfly Fairy. Event is included with garden admission. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org
Pamunkey River Garden Club to hold regular monthly meeting
January 11 2014 - The program will be "Oriental Design" presented by Libby Haynes, 10:30 a.m., Free
The Pamunkey River Garden Club’s regular monthly meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Shady Grove Road and Meadowbridge Road in Mechanicsville. The program will be "Oriental Design" presented by Libby Haynes, a teacher from The Sogetsu School. All are welcome. For details, call Liz Martin at 559-0898.
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.
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.
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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