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
Jewish Family Theatre to present ‘Hello Dolly!’ Dec. 12-22 at Weinstein JCC
December 12 2013 - A special Chanukah Dinner and Show will be held Dec. 18, Times vary, $10 to $20
Jewish Family Theatre will present “Hello Dolly!” Dec. 12-22 at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Numbers include “Elegance,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and more. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. with matinees beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $15. A special Chanukah Dinner and Show will be held Dec. 18. Tickets are $10 to $20. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org
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
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
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
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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