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2017 News Releases

For Immediate Release

Special Events: Week of November 20

November 20, 2017
Communications and Media

November 2017 

Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament  

What: The Shooting Star Field Hockey Tournament is returning for the third year to River City Sportsplex. This event holds the title as the largest field hockey tournament to ever take place in Chesterfield County. This year’s showcase event, run by College Connection, will see a full slate of 186 teams competing in front of 170+ college coaches over Thanksgiving weekend.
When: Friday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 26
Complete game schedule can be found on the tournament website.
Where: River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian
Information: River City Sportsplex will be home to this event through 2022. A recently signed contract made this the largest multi-year contract signed with the facility.
Contact: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or 

Friendship, Trade & Feast at Henricus  

What: Come join the English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters at Henricus for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. Visitors will have a chance to be immersed in the cooking, games and songs that were common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. This event will further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America - the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia! Join us for smells, sounds and frolic of the 17th century past.
When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: Cost: $8/adults, $6/children ages 6-12. Henricus Patrons free.
Contact: 748-1611 or 

December 2017 

“A Nutcracker Christmas” Holiday Open House  

What: Join us for Magnolia Grange’s annual Holiday Open House. See the lavish decorations in every room, including nutcrackers displayed throughout, and docents dressed as characters from the story. This family-friendly event features a visit from Santa, music, refreshments, house tours, a craft for children and discounts in the gift shop. At 2 and 3 p.m. there will be readings of “The Nutcracker” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The event is free, but donations toward the renovation of the museum will be appreciated.
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Magnolia Grange House-Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield
Contact: 748-1498

8th Annual Santa Paws  

What: For those with furry children, get your pup’s photo taken with Santa at the 8th Annual Santa Paws at Ruff House Dog Park. This year’s theme is a Snoopy Christmas. Photos are $5, and all proceeds go to the Friends of Ruff House Dog Park Association.
When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road, Shelter No. 4, Chesterfield
Contact: 276-6661 or 748-1992

Free Flu Shots  

What: The Chesterfield Health Department is offering free flu shots at an upcoming clinic. The vaccine will be offered to anyone three years of age or older on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply of flu shots runs out. The shots will be provided free of charge as part of an emergency preparedness drill. Health insurance providers will not be billed for this service and no insurance information is required.
When: Monday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until the supply runs out)
Where: Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., Chesterfield
Contact: For more information, call768-7454 or email .

Tacky Light Run 

What: This 6k holiday-themed fun run will start and finish in Mid-Lothian Mines Park, with the course progressing through the adjoining Walton Park neighborhood to see some of the most festive or “tacky” homes decorated throughout the community. Run, or walk, with thousands of other nice-listers and find out the true meaning of holiday spirit.
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Where: Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13301 N Woolridge Road, Midlothian
Information: Participants must register at
Contact: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or
Molly Johnson, Event Director, Sports Backers, 285-9495 x249 or 

Club Champions League College Showcase 

What: The fall edition of the Club Champions League, CCL, College Showcase features top youth soccer clubs from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. who will compete in front of 80+ college coaches. The event is for more than 2,000 youth soccer players to show off their talents in hopes of being discovered by a college coach and playing at the next level. Exciting competition is expected.
When: Friday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 10
Complete game schedule will be released on the tournament website at a later date.
Where: River City Sportsplex, 13030 Genito Road, Midlothian
Mary B. Stratton Park, 5400 Ridgedale Pkwy, Chesterfield
Information: One local soccer club, FC Richmond, will have seven different teams, boys and girls, represented.
Contacts: Danny Bonifas, Sports Tourism Coordinator, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, 796-7045 or
Brian Kuk, Executive Director, Club Champions League, 

25th Annual James River Parade of Lights  

What: Join us for one of the region’s most cherished holiday events. Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Thousands are expected to gather at viewing sites in the Richmond region to see the boats and enjoy holiday entertainment. Admission to viewing sites is free. Viewing sites include Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park and Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park. The parade follows a 14-mile route from city of Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge. Boats gather at 5:45 p.m. at Libby Hill Park, and there is a countdown to the illumination at 6 p.m. The parade will end at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Henricus Historical Park.
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, various viewing times depending on location
Where: Libby Hill Park, 2801 E Franklin Street, Richmond, viewing time 6-6:20 p.m.
Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, viewing time 7-7:30 p.m.
Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 501 Coxendale Road, viewing time 7:30-7:45 p.m.
The Bluff at Henricus Historical Park, 601 Coxendale Road, viewing time 7:45-8 p.m.
Information: JRAC is still seeking boaters for this special anniversary year. Boaters may register at
Contact: Visit for more information.

CarMax Tacky Light Run  

What: For the dedicated runner and holiday enthusiast alike, the CarMax Tacky Light Run is one of the season’s brightest events. The 6k race shows off Midlothian’s best display of tacky lights as you weave through the Walton Park neighborhood! Don’t want to run? No problem! Come decked out in your most festive holiday sweater to cheer on neighbors, family and friends.
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Where: Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13301 N. Woolridge Road, Chesterfield
Contact: Register in advance at

Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas – 17th–19th Centuries  

What: Henricus interpreters will demonstrate the changing traditions of an English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864).
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Henricus Historical Park 251, Henricus Park Road, Chester
Information: Free admission
Contact: Henricus Historical Park, 748-1611. 

Christmas Toy Airlift Collects Toys for Military Families  

What: Pilots from the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines collect toys donated at other airports throughout the state and fly them to Richmond Executive – Chesterfield County Airport. Residents are encouraged to bring gifts to the airport now through Dec. 9 and leave them in a donation box located in the lobby. Santa also will be flying in to visit with children on Dec. 9 at noon. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day, and King’s Corner restaurant will be open for lunch. After the event, soldiers from Fort Lee pick them up and transport them to the Holiday Helper Association for distribution.
In addition to toys, gifts and gift cards (Visa or MasterCard preferred, or cards to Target, Wal-Mart, local restaurants or stores), items are needed for the veterans at McGuire Veterans Hospital. They need clothing (larger sizes of men’s and women’s underwear, socks, sweat pants and shirts) and toiletries (8-12 oz. containers of deodorant, body wash, lotion, alcohol-free mouthwash, toothpaste and denture cleanser and adhesive).
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Richmond Executive – Chesterfield County Airport, 7427 Airfield Drive, Chesterfield
Information: Since 2009, the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines has sponsored a Christmas Toy Airlift to collect toys for military families who need help in providing for their children, many of whom are injured, ill or struggling financially. Gifts are needed for children of all ages.
Contact: For more information, contact Barbara Headley, 580-4624 or, or Joyce Meier, 932-3641 or

2017 Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade  

What: The theme for this year’s annual parade is “Parade of the Christmas Toys.” See floats, bands, dancers, horses and Santa himself.
When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Where: Starts at the Chester YMCA, 3011 West Hundred Road to Harrowgate Road
Contact: More information is online at

“Historic Fashions of Magnolia Grange” Tea  

What: Themed teas will be presented by costume historian, Amanda Powell, who has created period clothing for TV and film, including “Mercy Street.”
When: Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Magnolia Grange House-Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield
Contact: 748-1498

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