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.
CACGA’s holiday decorated tree exhibit ‘Illumina’ on display through Jan. 3
December 02 2013 - Each tree has its own special theme from trains to musicology 101, 5 p.m., Free
“Illumina,” a holiday decorated tree display, will begin at 5 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Curator Yvonne Hopkins will present a beautiful bounty of Christmas trees, each with its own special theme from trains to musicology 101. Santa and his elves will be on site for visits with children. Illumina continues through Jan. 3. Admission is free. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
West End Assembly of God presents ‘Glorious Christmas Nights’ Dec. 4-15
December 04 2013 - 'A Storybook Christmas', Times vary, $18
West End Assembly of God, 401 N. Parham Rd., will present “Glorious Christmas Nights: A Storybook Christmas” Dec. 4-15. This charming musical spectacle will illustrate a storybook of family values and spiritual truths to challenge and touch everyone. Glorious Christmas Nights is now in its 30th year. Tickets are $18. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.gloriouschristmasnights.com
On the Air Radio Players to present ‘Christmastime around the Dial’ Dec. 10-11
December 10 2013 - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 7:30 p.m., Free
The On the Air Radio Players will present “Christmastime around the Dial,” an old-time holiday radio show, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Be a part of the studio audience for this hour-long taping featuring live music and sound effects. Admission is free. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Henrico Business Leaders to host 2nd annual Holiday Party at Stratford University
December 11 2013 - Seasonal music, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, 5 p.m.,
The Henrico Business Leaders will host its second annual Holiday Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stratford University, 11104 W. Broad St. There will be seasonal music, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres from Stratford University's prestigious School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Pre-registration is required. Guests must be in attendance with a member. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/HBLparty
Needle’s Eye Ministries small group for retired men ‘Second Half’ to meet
December 11 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.
Fairfield Library to host its annual Holiday Party
December 11 2013 - Play games, make a craft and visit with Santa, 7 p.m.,
Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., will host its annual Holiday Party from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Play games, make a craft and visit with Santa. For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
Henrico Co. to offer health screenings for ages 50+ at Dorey Rec Center
December 11 2013 - Services are provided by Westport Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 9 a.m., Free
Henrico County will offer free blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings for ages 50+ from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Dr. To ensure accuracy, don’t eat breakfast before having cholesterol tested. Services are provided by Westport Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Call Cindy Spear at 243-9785 to make an appointment.
AOA Christmas Luncheon to be held at the Sandston Recreation Center
December 11 2013 - Registration deadline is Dec. 9, 12 p.m., $5
The AOA Christmas Luncheon at the Sandston Recreation Center will begin at 12 p.m. Share your favorite dish and bring a gift ($1 to $5) for a Gift Grab game. Registration for lunch (due by Dec. 9) is $5. For details, call the Chickahominy YMCA at 737-9622.
Innsbrook Patrol to present Holiday Safety Seminar
December 12 2013 - Presented by Chief Ken Makela and Sgt. Kacey Makela of the Innsbrook Patrol , 12 p.m., Free
The Innsbrook Patrol will present a Holiday Safety Seminar on Dec. 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Style Salon A in the Markel Building, 4521 Highwoods Pkwy. Chief Ken Makela and Sgt. Kacey Makela of the Innsbrook Patrol will provide hands-on training and instruction for self-defense. Admission is free. Bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.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.
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