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Henrico Extension to hold free lawn care workshop Aug. 13

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13 to help residents establish and maintain beautiful, healthy lawns.

The SMART Lawn Saturday event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Extension office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The workshop will feature presentations by lawn care experts as well as displays and exhibits by local vendors throughout the day. > Read more.

‘Fill the Boot’ kickoff event planned Monday


Fire chiefs from Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield will join Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, local professional firefighters and Muscular Dystrophy Association officials to host a special event July 25 to kick off the firefighters' annual "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign. This campaign seeks to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer.

The event will take place at noon at James Center Plaza in Richmond, continuing more than 60 years of fire fighter tradition. The event will feature speakers including Jones, local fire chiefs, Richmond City Council members and other government officials, as well as MDA Goodwill Ambassador families. > Read more.

Business in brief


Melody Magic Music Studio, a children’s music and movement studio on Lauderdale Drive in Short Pump, has been named among the best Kindermusik programs worldwide – out of more than 5,000 programs of their kind internationally – for the second consecutive year. The honor, awarded to owner Katherine Knight, was earned after an independent review of the facility’s programming, parent reviews, and other related feedback. The certification is re-evaluated every year and educators are required to participate in ongoing training and education. Melody Magic Music Studio’s Kindermusik-based classes are research-based music and movement curricula for children up to six years of age. Enrollment for fall classes opened July 15 for returning students and will open Aug. 1 for everyone. There will be a week of demo classes starting Aug. 22. > Read more.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Kofi Acheampong

Henrico HS, math
As a young teen growing up in Ghana, Kofi Acheampong taught his mother English. Little did he know that the experience would prepare him – in two ways – for his own future.

Acheampong’s family moved to the United States when he was 15, settling in Alexandria. Though the adjustment was a significant one, it was made easier by his proficiency on the soccer field, where he excelled.

“That was my way of making new friends,” he recalled.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Dalida Ghoussoub

Highland Springs HS, exceptional education
Dalida Ghoussoub didn’t realize 40 years ago when she tutored her neighbor’s epileptic daughter (to help pay for private school tuition expenses) that the experience would shape her future and spark her interest in teaching students who struggle academically.

Now, as an exceptional education teacher at Highland Springs High School, Ghoussoub is in her third year of teaching the Functional Academics program.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Nick Lapres

Brookland MS, history
Nick Lapres didn’t always expect to become a teacher, but his passion to advocate change, open people’s eyes and invoke communication with young people in order to seek solutions to the world’s problems landed him at Brookland Middle School in 2013 as a U.S. history teacher.

“Teaching allows me to do what I always wanted to do,” Lapres said. “I could have tried to be an author, journalist, podcaster, documentarian, activist, etc. but those weren’t in the cards for me. Teaching is my way of doing it. It is a special profession, but if you’re going to try it you need to be thoughtful about your motivations.” > Read more.

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Community

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
Entertainment

Good food and fun, bargain prices

Pelon’s serves up a good mix of variety, value

I first stumbled into Pelon's on a Wednesday night, lured by the promise of $2 tacos and beers. At those prices, I had assumed the place was a hole in the wall, and was pleasantly surprised by the spacious, pleasant interior.

Having spent my teen summers in Virginia Beach surfing, I also felt instantly at home amid the ocean-themed decor. From the ride-the-waves posters lining the walls and the TV displaying non-stop surfing footage, to the foosball table and enormous spools serving as tables, Pelon's is a delight for beach lovers and surfing fans. Reading the menu is part of the entertainment here, as patrons browse burrito choices that include Rip Tide, The Curl, Hawaiian Pipeline and Big Kahuna. > Read more.






 

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