Henrico County entertainment

Polka taking over Henrico libraries July 19-21

Henrico County Public Library will host Uncle Mike and his Pint Size Polkas July 19-21 at its network of libraries.

Surviving the holidays

One way to survive the holidays is to wallow in them. Embrace them. Absorb every sweet, sticky second of December. Forget the stress of bargain hunting, trying to find a parking place in Short Pump or baking your famous fruitcakes.

Instead, crank the car radio and sing along with the carols, slurp some eggnog and have a holly jolly time.

For a few more tips for happy holidays, check out Henrico Theatre Company’s production, “A Christmas Survival Guide.”

‘GardenFest of Lights’ to open at botanical garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light show Dominion GardenFest of Lights returns Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. This is the seventeenth year for the annual display and the fourteenth year of Dominion sponsorship.

GardenFest has become a holiday tradition for the Richmond region and it features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.

Godwin to host ‘Race to Nowhere’ film, panel discussion Nov. 17

Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Godwin High School. A 30-minute discussion session will be held following the film, featuring a panel that includes a student, faculty member, principal, school board member, and college admissions director.

Virginia Randolph Education Center to host open house on Nov. 9

Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC), which provides educational services to students with special needs, will hold an open house to showcase new materials and equipment on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. VREC received a special education grant that allowed them to renovate parts of their facility and invest in new and innovative learning tools for special needs children.

“Hunt for Henrico History” scheduled for Nov. 5 at Eastern Henrico Rec Center

Henrico County’s 400th anniversary celebration will turn the spotlight onto community and family history at the “Hunt for Henrico History,” set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. “Hunt for Henrico History” will explore the county’s diverse history through living-history presentations and historical displays highlighting neighborhoods, schools, churches and civic organizations.

Program on Pocahontas, Rocke Hall at Henricus Nov. 5

Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. in Chester, will present “Pocahontas, Rocke Hall and the Powhatan People” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The program will feature Rocke Hall, home to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, who tutored Pocahontas at Henricus. The life of Pocahontas at Henricus will also be examined at the event, as well as the significant impact neighboring Virginia Indians had on the English colonists.

Headless Horseman returns to West Broad Village Oct. 29

West Broad Village: The Headless Horseman Returns, a free and family-friendly event featuring Halloween-themed performers, candy and children’s games, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at West Broad Village in Short Pump.

Bluegrass with a 21st century flair coming to CACGA

The Dixie Bee-Liners will perform at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Combining blues and folk-rock influences with bluegrass and old-time mountain music, this award-winning ensemble creates a sound steeped in tradition, but with modern tones and rhythms. At their performance, the audience will hear many of the band's original repertoire – bluegrass barn-burners, ballads, and instrumentals – as well as Appalachian standards that have become true American classics.

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Highland Springs United Methodist Church will host a new contemporary worship service on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month starting Oct. 27 at 6:15 p.m. “The Vine” is going to be a comfortable and casual place to worship God and connect with others through contemporary songs, practical messages, and intentional discipleship. The speakers will rotate on a volunteer basis, as will the special music guests. For details, visit http://www.highlandspringsumc.org. Full text

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