Concert Ballet of Va. to present shortened version of ‘The Nutcracker’
December 06 2013 - Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 6 p.m., Free
The Concert Ballet of Virginia will present a 30-minute version of “The Nutcracker” story with narration and dances by major characters in costume at 6 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. This introduction to the Christmas classic is suitable for all ages. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.concertballet.com
Richmond Men’s Chorus, Richmond’s Women Chorus to perform at CACGA
December 06 2013 - Part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, 7 p.m., $12
Enjoy an evening of sleighbells and snowflakes featuring the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fifth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
The 2003 film ‘Elf’ to play at Henrico Theatre Dec. 6-7
December 06 2013 - Both evening performances will include seasonal singing and dancing, pre-movie fun, Times vary, $1
The 2003 film “Elf” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. Both evening performances will include seasonal singing and dancing (a la the Rockettes) and pre-movie fun. For details, call 328-4491 or 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Gayton Baptist Church to present its sixth annual Jazz Nativity Dec. 6-8
December 06 2013 - Featuring David Esleck and gourmet coffee and desserts from Starbucks, Times vary, $8 to $12
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 Gayton Rd., will present its sixth annual Jazz Nativity featuring David Esleck at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Enjoy jazz music inspired by the Christmas season. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be available from Starbucks. Proceeds from Jazz Nativity will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Reserved tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 11 and younger and are available online at http://www.gaytonchurch.org
Innsbrook’s holiday craft market ‘Innsbazaar’ to feature local crafters, artisans
December 06 2013 - The Innsbazaar is open to the public and free to attend, 11 a.m., Free
Crafters and artisans will be at Innsbrook’s holiday craft market Innsbazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4501 Highwoods Pkwy. During lunchtime, browse through the array of potential gifts and enjoy food prepared and sold on site by The Grapevine. The Innsbazaar is open to the public and free to attend. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com
One Voice Chorus to present Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ at River Road Church Baptist
December 07 2013 - A facilitated conversation 'Harmony in Living Black and White' will preceed, 7 p.m., $15
One Voice Chorus will present Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at 7 p.m. at River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. The program features the full chorus and soloists; the audience will also have the opportunity to join the chorus in three holiday numbers. “Gloria” will be preceded at 6 p.m. by the facilitated conversation “Harmony in Living Black and White,” a thought-provoking dialogue about race relations in Richmond. Admission is a $15 suggested donation. For details, call 231-0324 or visit http://www.onevoicechorus.org
Scents of Serenity Organic Spa to host Marine Corps Toys for Tots Toy Drive
December 07 2013 - Every person that donates a new unwrapped toy will receive a $20 gift card, 10 a.m., Free
Scents of Serenity Organic Spa, 3016 Mountain Rd., will host a Marine Corps Toys for Tots Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided in conjunction with the Mountain Road Holiday Corridor events happening that day. Every person that donates a new unwrapped toy will receive a $20 gift card. For details, call 277-4498.
Annual Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration to begin at noon
December 07 2013 - Visit the Courtney Road Service Station, Walkerton Tavern, CACGA and Meadow Farm Museum, 12 p.m., Free
The annual Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration will begin at noon at the historic Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd. Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., and Virginia Randolph Museum, 2200 Mountain Rd., will hold open houses from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 15th annual Tree Lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. There will be carols, a bonfire and a visit by Ol’ St. Nick. The event will conclude with holiday lantern tours from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
River Road Presbyterian Church to present ‘Music in a Sacred Space – Christmas Concert’
December 08 2013 - Featuring James River Ringers and others, 7 p.m., Free
River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Rd., will present “Music in a Sacred Space – Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. The performance will feature music of the season including “Gloria” by John Rutter and the James River Ringers, the Commonwealth Brass & Percussion and the RRPC Chancel Choir. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverringers.org
North Airport Drive Civic Assoc. to host annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 08 2013 - Bring an ornament to put on the tree, 6 p.m., Free
The North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fire Station #3, 1310 E. Washington St. at Airport Drive. Bring an ornament to put on the tree. Light refreshments will be served after the tree lighting. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.NADCA.net
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