Glorious Christmas Nights to present 2016 production of “Finding Christmas” Dec. 1-11

December 01 2016 - West End Assembly of God, Times vary,
Glorious Christmas Nights will present its 2016 production of “Finding Christmas” Dec. 1-11 at West End Assembly of God, 401 N. Parham Rd. The musical is set inside Miller & Rhoads on Christmas Eve 1962. Eight-year-old Cody is hunting for a lost treasure and Santa’s grumpy elf, Billie, is searching for her lost keys. When the store closes, locking both of them inside, their paths collide with Gabe, the night watchman. He takes them on a whacky adventure where fantasy characters come to life, Shepherds have lost their sheep, and the hope of all mankind is found in the manger. For a performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.gloriouschristmasnights.com.

The Bizarre Bazaar to present its 41st Christmas Collection Dec. 1-4

December 01 2016 - Richmond Raceway Complex, 10 a.m., $1.50 to $14
The Bizarre Bazaar will present its 41st Christmas Collection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. The holiday marketplace will feature 500 juried exclusive exhibitors and more than 100 new exhibitors only seen at The Bizarre Bazaar. Admission is $9 for adults and $1.50 for children 2-12; early bird shopping is $14 and provides two hours of early, stroller-free shopping with coffee and danishes. Parking is free. For details, call 673-6280 or visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com.

Innsbrook to host annual holiday craft show ‘InnsBazaar’

December 02 2016 - Open to the public, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free
Innsbrook’s annual holiday craft show, InnsBazaar, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Markel Building, 4521 Highwoods Pkwy. The show features over 25 different exhibitors from all over Virginia selling a variety of crafts, jewelry, clothing and more. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com.

9th annual No Room at the Inn Gala & Nativities to benefit Henrico-based Safe Harbor

December 02 2016 - Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., $25 to $30
Henrico-based Safe Harbor will again be the beneficiary of the 9th annual No Room at the Inn Gala & Nativities exhibit, being held Dec. 2-4 at Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville. The Gala will be held Dec. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and features an adults-only evening of live music, wine, beer, food, auctions, the chance to see hundreds of nativities from around the world and more. All proceeds benefit homeless individuals in Central Virginia and Haiti. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Family activities, including new “stations of the nativity,” continue through the weekend and admission is free with a Gala ticket. For details, visit http://www.churchredeemer.org/no-room.

Retail Merchants Assoc. to present its Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award

December 02 2016 - The Westin Richmond, 7:15 a.m., $30 to $40
The Retail Merchants Association will present its Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award at a ceremony from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at The Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad St. The award honors leaders in the retail field who actively give back to the community through volunteering, support and engagement. It is a tradition that has been honored since 1966. Cost is $30 for RMA members and $40 for nonmembers. To register, visit http://www.retailmerchants.com.

VSAE to hold annual Awards Luncheon & Silent Auction

December 02 2016 - Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, 10:30 a.m., $49 to $75
The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its annual Awards Luncheon & Silent Auction from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump. The silent auction features over 130 items and proceeds will benefit VSAE’s educational programming, as well as a designated charity. The luncheon will highlight VSAE’s coveted Awards of Excellence, which recognize leadership and service to the association community over the past year. Registration starts at $49 for VSAE members and $75 for non-members. For details, visit http://www.vsae.org.

Gayton Baptist Church to present annual Jazz Nativity Dec. 2-4

December 02 2016 - Proceeds from Jazz Nativity will benefit Feed My Starving Children, Times vary, $10+
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 Gayton Rd., will present its annual Jazz Nativity featuring David Esleck at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4. 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. Tickets start at $10 and are available online at http://jazznativity.gaytonchurch.org.

Henrico Theatre Company to present “The 1940s Radio Hour” Dec. 2-18

December 02 2016 - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Times vary, $8 to $10
The Henrico Theatre Company will present “The 1940s Radio Hour” Dec. 2-18 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. A different time is evoked in this holiday show, a live broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of this bygone era mixed with your favorite holiday tunes including “Strike Up the Band,” Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy,” “That Old Black Magic” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” All performances are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinees which are at 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec.

UR Modlin Center for the Arts to present NT Live’s ‘Hamlet’

December 02 2016 - Featuring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, 3 p.m., $7 to $14
The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will screen NT Live’s broadcast of “Hamlet” at 3 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $7 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu.

Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club to host Turkey Shoot every Friday through Dec. 16

December 02 2016 - Glen Echo Ball Field, 7 p.m., $4 per round
Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club will host a Turkey Shoot from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday until Dec. 16 at the Glen Echo Ball Field, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. There are 16 shooters per round. Rounds cost $4 each. Prizes will be awarded.

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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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