Weekend Events: Dominion Christmas Parade, Bizarre Bazaar

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Richmond Symphony Holiday Concerts

Handel’s Messiah Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30pm, with conductor Erin R. Freeman, the Richmond Symphony Chorus and a cast of soloists. Let It Snow! Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8pm, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3pm – featuring conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, the Richmond Symphony Chorus (Erin R. Freeman, director) and guest vocalist Sarah Kate Walston, and the City Singers Youth Choirs. Concerts at the Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center. For details visit richmondsymphony.com or call 800-514-ETIX.

Anne’s Visual Art Studio gallery ARTe’licious

Art and Appetizers to benefit Santa Paws First Friday, December 2, from 5-7PM. Santa Paws is a program founded by featured local artist Susan Lamson that collects donations and items like leashes, blankets and food for area animal shelters during the holiday season. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from her exhibition River Journeys benefit Santa Paws. Sponsored by Daddy Red Catering. Live Music provided True Tonic, Elana Lisa (vocals, acoustic guitar and Rod Hyner (percussion). Tickets available www.mkt.com/visualartstudio. First Friday Reception December 2, 2016 from 7-10PM. Susan Lamson will continue to meet and greet visitors and talk about her artwork. Live Music by True Tonic.

The Bizarre Bazaar® 41st Christmas Collection, Friday & Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Four Exhibition Buildings filled with unique gifts, a holiday marketplace with 500 juried exclusive exhibitors and more than 100 new exhibitors at Richmond Raceway Complex.  Saxon Shoes & The Salvation Army Team Up, also this year, bring a pair of gently used shoes for Saxon Shoes and The Salvation Army’s “Shoes for the Needy” shoe drive and receive 50¢ off one Adult General Admission at the door.  (cannot be combined with other discount offers) Early Bird Shopping, $14 admission includes free adjacent parking, 2 hours of early, stoller-free shopping, and coffee and danishes. General Admission, Tickets – Adults   $9.00 at the door  Children (2-12): $1.50. Free parking. For details visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com/christmas-collection/christmas-show-info.

Dominion Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 3, starts at 10 am and goes on in rain or shine. Prime viewing spots are considered to be Broad Street between the Science Museum and old Pleasants Hardware store.

Parking recommendations include:

Monument Avenue and side streets south of Broad Street. There will be less congestion, and roads won’t be closed.

Parking decks near VCU on Harrison and Broad or near Lombardy. Parking fees may apply. Parking lot surrounding Lowe’s.

Viewing and important road closures:

6 a.m.-1 p.m. Broad Street, both East and West bound closes from Davis to Strawberry.

7 a.m.-1 p.m. Leigh Street from Boulevard to Hermitage.

7 a.m.-1 p.m. DMV Drive from Leigh to Broad.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. West Bound Broad Street closes from Robinson to 8th.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. 7th street from Broad to Jackson.

For more information visit http://www.richmondparade.org/.

1st KLM Foundation Holiday “Day” Party

Benefits Book Scholarships for College and Universities Students in Virginia, Saturday, December 3rd, 3 – 7 pm at Club Infuzion, 1401 Roseneath Road. Dancing, DJ Drake, cash bar, Hors d’oeuvres (3pm – 4:30pm), Dessert Bar (3pm – 4pm). Line Dancing By Kemel and Raffle Prizes: Samsung TV & Sony PlayStation (Tickets $5) Must be present to win. GREEK CHALLENGE – The Divine 9 with the most members in attendance will win a “We’re #1” trophy, professional group photo, social media shout-outs, & BRAGGING RIGHTS! Dress Code: Classy Chic, No REFUNDS (Claim it on your taxes). Sponsored by the KLM Scholarship Foundation & Chesterfield Chapter VSU Alumni Association. For details visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rva-holiday-day-party-rvaholidaydp-tickets-27076385197?aff=eac2. For more information about the KLM Foundation visit http://www.klmfoundation.org/about.html.

Annual Holiday Open House at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.

Featuring Soul Santa December 3 & 10, noon – 4pm, 122 West Leigh Street, free photos with Santa, arts & crafts, children storytelling, get details at www.blackhistorymuseum.org.

Dancing Toy Drive

Saturday, December 3rd, 6 -9 pm at Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio. All the toys collected will benefit Mason’s Toy Box. Anyone that donates a new unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10 can take dance lessons for free and stay for a holiday dance the same evening.

People can get a picture and dance with Santa!

  •      Starting at 6pm lessons on East Coast Swing, Salsa Casino Rueda, Hustle, Mambo, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Tango
  •      There will general dancing starting at 9pm and a live Latin band playing.
  •      There will also de performances from the Salsa Rueda Club of Richmond Virginia
  •      A local Puerto Rican folk group dancing Afro-Caribbean music.
  •      We are asking people to register for your free dance lessons (optional)

You can find more information at http://ijustlovetodance.wixsite.com/toydrive or

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DancingToyDrive or masonstoybox.org.

The Watoto Children’s Choir

A group of 18 orphans from Uganda, returns to Virginia with stops in Richmond, and other locations through December 9. The concert features worship songs that share the stories of the children, all performances are free and open to the public.

The choir will be performing at the following venues:

Colonial Heights, Va. – Wesley United Methodist Church (3701 Conduit Rd.) on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Amelia, Va. – Hope Chapel (9681 Wayside Ave.) on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Blackstone, Va. – Lion of Judah Ministries (612 North Main St.) on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.watoto.com/choir/.

The Virginia Historical Society

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Quill Theatre and the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) present an original multimedia event, INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor<http://events.vahistorical.org/site/R?i=nYUlvIaUJIFfFDMyogYrGw>. Experience the sights and sounds of December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy”— through live readings of first-hand accounts, archival film footage, and audio recordings that will bring to life the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in both Virginia and Hawaii as the United States was drawn into the Second World War. Performances will take place on December 5, 6 and 7 at 10:30 a.m., and December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Robins Family Forum at the VHS.

The Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street

75th Commonwealth’s Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony, U.S. Navy Captain Derek A. Trinque, Commanding Officer of the USS Normandy, will be the keynote speaker Wednesday, December 7, 11 am. It is co-hosted with the Richmond Council, Navy League of the United States. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. “More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 wounded during the surprise attack which resulted in the United States declaring war on the Japanese Empire and entering World War II,” Hassell said. For more information about the 75th Commonwealth’s Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony, please call the Virginia War Memorial at 804.786.2060 or visit www.vawarmemorial.org.