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
11th annual ‘Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo’ set for Dec. 21-23
December 21 2013 - Animals from the zoo are featured in the live 20-minute program, Times vary,
The 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo” will take place at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 at the zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd. This 20-minute performance is a live rendition of the Christmas story, presented against a period backdrop with cast members re-enacting events. Animals from the zoo are featured in the program. A performance in Spanish will be held Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit http://www.metrorichmondzoo.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to host New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
December 31 2013 - Live concert by the Ululating Mummies, 2 p.m.,
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, located at 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be a live concert by the Ululating Mummies and families can make their own New Year’s party hats and have photos taken with the Garden Keeper and the Butterfly Fairy. Event is included with garden admission. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org
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.