Richmond Ballet’s annual production of ‘The Nutcracker’ returns Dec. 14-23
December 14 2013 - Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, Times vary, $20
The Richmond Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” returns Dec. 14-23 for 13 performances at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. The Richmond Symphony will provide live music. The show is approximately two hours long. Tickets start at $20. For details, visit http://www.richmondballet.com
River Road Church, Baptist to present Advent and Christmas Concert
December 15 2013 - A reception will follow the concert, 7:30 p.m.,
The River Road Church Chancel Choir, along with soloists and an orchestra, will perform an Advent and Christmas Concert at River Road Church, Baptist, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This performance is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at RRCB. A reception will follow the concert. It is open to the public and free, however a freewill offering will be received. For details, visit http://www.rrcb.org/concertseries
Henrico Concert Band to present ‘Holiday Portraits’
December 16 2013 - Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 7 p.m.,
The Henrico Concert Band will present “Holiday Portraits,” an evening of Christmas favorites, at 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd.
Henrico Pops Chorus to present winter concert at CACGA
December 17 2013 - 'Holiday Traditions!' celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, 7:30 p.m., Free
The Henrico Pops Chorus will present its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. “Holiday Traditions!” celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with songs of their rich and varied traditions. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or 501-5663.
First Things First of Greater Richmond to bring ‘All Pro Dad’ to Martin’s Crossridge
December 17 2013 - Free dinner and program for dads and kids, 6:30 p.m., Free
First Things First of Greater Richmond will bring All Pro Dad, a free dinner and program for dads and kids, to Martin’s at Crossridge, 10250 Staples Mill Rd., from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy pizza, drinks and an hour to bond over important values like kindness, second chances and the value of hard work. Registration is required. Call 288-3431 or visit http://www.firstthingsrichmond.org
Make gingerbread houses at Tuckahoe Library
December 17 2013 - Space is limited, 6:30 p.m.,
Create a mini gingerbread house to take home at 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Help make a large holiday house for the library. Space is limited. Sponsored by Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
Needle’s Eye Ministries small group for retired men ‘Second Half’ to meet
December 18 2013 - St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 8:30 a.m.,
Second Half, a Needle’s Eye Ministries small group for retired men and near retirees, meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5200 Grove Ave. For details, call Gordon Prior at 784-1978.
Concert Ballet of Virginia to present shortened version of ‘The Nutcracker’
December 18 2013 - Deep Run 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 Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Pkwy. 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
Needle’s Eye Ministries continues its monthly speaker series with Mark Barrett
December 19 2013 - The Place at Innsbrook, 12 p.m., $11 to $13
Needle’s Eye Ministries will continue its monthly speaker series with Mark Barrett, public policy coordinator for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Place at Innsbrook, 4036-C Cox Rd. Admission is $11 in advance and $13 at the door. First time guests are free. For details, call 358-1283 or visit http://www.needleseye.org/get-connected/speaker-series
The Taters to perform at Henrico Theatre
December 19 2013 - , 7 p.m., Free
The Taters, comprised of singer-songwriters Craig Evans and Brad Tucker, will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
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.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
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