‘Holiday on Parade: An Eastern Henrico Celebration’ to begin at noon
December 14 2013 - Activities will take place throughout the day at various locations in the east end, 12 p.m., Free
“Holiday on Parade: An Eastern Henrico Celebration” will take place at various locations in the east end with activities beginning at noon at Hidden Creek Recreation Center, 2417 Brockway Ln. Enjoy crafts and bake Christmas cookies. Make a vintage holiday decoration to take home from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarke-Palmore House, 904 McCoul St. The celebration continues with decorations and children’s craft activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Rd., and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Dorey Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Rd. The event concludes with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights at 5 p.m. at Osborne Park, 9530 Osborne Tnpk. Gather around the bonfire and enjoy holiday music and activities. A Toy Parade, sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans, will precede the Parade of Lights at 3 p.m. Entertainment and concessions will follow. All events are free. For details, call 501-5134 or 795-7978 (Toy Parade) or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Glendale Ruritan Club to host Breakfast with Santa event
December 14 2013 - , 9 a.m., Free
Glendale Ruritan Club’s Breakfast with Santa event will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glendale Ruritan, 6188 Charles City Rd. The event is free. For details, call Louise Brown at 836-2608.
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
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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