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
Henrico Police to present Careers in Law Enforcement Information Session
December 18 2013 - Henrico County Training Center, 6:30 p.m., Free
The Henrico County Police Division will host a Careers in Law Enforcement Information Session on Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Henrico County Training Center, 7721 E. Parham Rd. Speak with current police officers and communications officers and learn about the benefits of a career in the law enforcement field. Henrico County is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, contact Officer S.B. Sclafani at 501-4804.
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., $7.50
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 $7.50 per person. Registration is required in advance at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.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
YMCA’s Growing Younger Program participants to perform Christmas Choral Concert
December 19 2013 - Regency Square Mall, 10:30 a.m., Free
YMCA of Greater Richmond’s Growing Younger Program participants will perform a Christmas Choral Concert from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Regency Square Mall, 1420 N. Parham Rd. These festive senior citizens will perform holiday jingles that they’ve learned through an Art on Wheels music therapist. This one-time-only performance marks the first time this group is being brought together to showcase their musical skills. No charge. For details, visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org
Henrico Theatre to show 1993 film ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
December 20 2013 - Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door, 7 p.m., $1
The 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will play at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Concert Ballet to present full original production of ‘The Nutcracker’ Dec. 20-21
December 20 2013 - Atlee High School, Times vary, $12 to $24
The Concert Ballet of Virginia will present the full original production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Atlee High School, 9414 Atlee Station Rd. in Mechanicsville. Tickets are $12 to $24. For details, call 798-0945 or visit http://www.concertballet.com
CACGA to present Theatre IV on Tour’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’
December 21 2013 - Suitable for all ages, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $12
The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will present Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This exclusive Richmond public performance contains all the joy, sentiment and meaning of Dickens’ classic story. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.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.
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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