December 2017 Briefs


Christmas on MacArthur Cancelled, BUT Santa Was at Stir Crazy

Joe Stankus, aka, Santa Claus.


Though Christmas on MacArthur was cancelled due to inclement weather, Franklin Massie and Claire McGowan of Stir Crazy opened their coffee shop to Santa Claus, who to children’s Christmas wishes all day long.

The 13th Annual Christmas on MacArthur was cancelled, and all of us affiliated with it would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved with this popular event. We hope to see all participants at next year’s Christmas on MacArthur.

US Marines will pick up all the Toy-for-Tots in the coming weeks. Since its inception more than a decade ago, Christmas on MacArthur has become one of the largest single donors in Central Virginia to this worthy cause. Last year, through your generosity, Christmas on MacArthur donated 3,700 toys to the Marine who distribute this Christmas to kids in the Richmond metro area.



True North Yoga And Wellness

True North Yoga and Wellness opens this January in the space formerly occupied by 4025 Yoga on MacArthur Avenue in Bellevue. Owner Aliza Sterling says True North will offer yoga and meditation classes, along with a variety of holistic services including massage, acupuncture and bodywork, as well as workshops with experts like naturopaths, herbalists, and ayurveda practitioners.

The exterior was recently painted, and Aliza plans to remodel the interior. Every Sunday morning at 10:30, True North will offer a complimentary community yoga class.

“I’m really excited to open a wellness center just a few blocks from the house I grew up in,” says Aliza. “I’m looking forward to creating a welcoming space for good conversation, healthy living, and bringing neighbors together. I’ve found yoga and meditation to help with balance in my life. I hope this studio can provide this to others as well.”


Concert Ballet of Virginia 42nd Season of “The Nutcracker”

The Concert Ballet of Virginia, the state’s oldest continually operating ballet company, presents full-length as well as short versions of “The Nutcracker” during the 2017 holiday season. The company’s complete version of this classic family favorite has been popularly hailed as “one of the best renditions in Virginia” and combines beautiful scenery and bright, colorful costumes set off with exciting, enthusiastic performances by dancers from throughout the metro Richmond area and statewide.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed Saturday, December 9, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 10, 2:30 pm, at Monacan High School Theatre, 11501 Smoketree Drive, Chesterfield. Tickets $12-24.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed Saturday, December 16, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 17, 2:30 pm, at Atlee High School Auditorium, 9414 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville. Tickets: $12-24.

For details, please phone 804-798-0945, e-mail:, or visit .

The Concert Ballet of Virginia is under the artistic direction of Scott Boyer; deVeaux Riddick is the Ballet’s designer and technical director; and Kim Gangloff is company president.


Photos by Mary Elfner At Stir Crazy Café


Long-time Northside resident Mary Elfner has been taking, editing and sharing photos since grade school Her work will be on display at Stir Crazy Café through January.















Launch Your Holidays At Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia’s December events have something in common: all include launching something in the name of science.

On Friday, Dec. 15, the Museum hosts the last Science After Dark of 2017. To summarize the year of science, innovation and fun, and in honor of Ralphie’s epic shot from the 1983 classic holiday film “A Christmas Story,” the Museum is breaking out eye-themed activities and demonstrations, among them, dissecting cow eyes.

Cosmic Expeditions recaps the year’s space news. Special showing of “A Christmas Story” in The Dome.

The Museum continues the tradition of experiments on fruitcakes. Museum educators will freeze fruitcake with liquid nitrogen, burn it with a blow torch, shock it with electricity and drop it down a zip line. Plus, guests can see the Museum’s special fruitcake collection which includes a fruitcake that was launched into space.  There’s even a Virginia-shaped fruitcake baked by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

And launch the New Year at the Science Museum on New Year’s Eve day with a dance party, a wish wand crafts and a huge banner for your yearly resolutions. At noon, 2018 bouncy balls along with tons of paper streamers will be dropped from the done onto the revelers below. Then ring in the New Year early with a toast of apple juice, and exploding ping-pong balls.

For more information visit

About CharlesM 257 Articles
North of the James, is an award-winning general interest publication with a regional focus that has been serving the region for over 20 years. North of the James presents business profiles, book and restaurant reviews, a calendar of events, and much more

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply