Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election.
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RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading.
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Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments.
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HCPS to present three-day ARTS Festival, beginning April 21


Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival will celebrate its fourth year with a weekend of music and fine art. ARTS Festival events – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will kick off with a musical performance Friday night, April 21 and events will run through Sunday, April 23. This year’s festival will be held at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Avenue.

Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School will hold the first of two weekend performances of its Musical Theatre Showcase, a selection of musical numbers performed by Center for the Arts students.
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Henrico Police apprehend shooting suspect

APR. 20, 4:10 P.M. – Henrico Police apprehended a suspect in a shooting that forced a lockdown at two northern Henrico schools Thursday morning.

At approximately 10:25 a.m., police responded to the area of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike and Meriwether Avenue following reports of a shooting. Officers located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
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Third annual ‘Sharing Smiles Day’ offers free dental care for kids


Richmond-area children will be able to receive dental treatments at no cost during Sharing Smiles Day, an annual day of free dental care hosted by children’s dental provider Kool Smiles on Sunday, May 21.

Kool Smiles dentists will provide free dental care to area children up to 18 years of age from 9 a.m. to 12 noon May 21 at Kool Smiles Southside Plaza, 4722 N. Southside Plaza St. in Richmond. Available treatments will include dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions, and restorative care.
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Henrico Extension to offer free financial workshop April 27


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will present a free workshop Thursday, April 27 to help residents better manage their finances.

The Tools for Today’s Economy workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The session will outline steps for making sound financial decisions in today’s economy. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 25.
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Fairfield meeting April 27 to continue focus on opioid crisis


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, April 27 to continue to highlight the opioid crisis in Henrico County.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP as they resume a discussion that began in March about the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction.
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Republican candidates for Brookland supervisor’s seat meet at forum


APR. 19, 12:03 P.M. – The Three Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination for the Brookland District supervisor's seat presented their platforms during a forum last night at Henrico County's Western Government Center.

Ben Dessart, Gilbert Wilkerson and Bob Witte are vying for the right to challenge the Democratic nominee (either Danny Plaugher or Courtney Lynch) in a special election Nov. 7 to fill the remaining two years of late supervisor Dick Glover's term. Glover died at age 82 in February.
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 3-9


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

2508 Dickens Glen Court – $229,950, 1,728 SF (built in 1996), from Binh Q. Nguyen and Hai-Yen Thi to Durjoy and Mala Gupta.
8315 Buckeye Drive – $240,000, 1,751 SF (built in 1968), from Alan E. And Vera Pollock to William G. Payne, Jr. and Nancy C. Payne.
242 Siena Lane – $298,000, 2,198 SF (built in 2014), from Mary R. and David W. Pol to William N. Azie.
813 Arlington Circle – $325,000, 1,418 SF (built in 1950), from Bernice P. Nestor to David Dunham Addison, Jr. and Kara S. Addison.
8328 Forge Road – $362,008, 2,430 SF (built in 2017), from W. L. Stinson Inc. to Lyndsay and Brandon Gill.
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Job and opportunities fair April 29 to connect youngsters with businesses, organizations


The Capital Region Workforce Development Board will host its InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedar Fork Resource Workforce Center at 121 Cedar Fork Road in Eastern Henrico. The event is designed to connect government, business and not-for-profit organizations with hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 14 and 24 who are actively seeking summer opportunities, including jobs, internships, volunteer programs, resources and leadership development openings.
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Spring plant sales scheduled at Henrico schools


Two Henrico schools want to put some spring in your step with beautiful plants at great prices. Stop by the spring plant sales at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage and the Academy at Virginia Randolph.

The sales feature a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets at bargain prices. Students at the two schools have been hard at work preparing plants for the annual events.
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