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St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School. > Read more.

Corporate spelling bee raises $26,000

A team from Magellan Health Services (at right) won the annual Henrico Education Foundation Corporate Spelling Bee earlier this month by correctly spelling “glissade,” a verb meaning “to move along smoothly and effortlessly.”

HEF holds the event each year to raise money for instructional grants, scholarships and other programs in Henrico County Public Schools. Ten teams competed at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center April 9 and helped raise more than $26,000 for the foundation through team sponsorships and sales of raffle tickets for prizes such as vacations, gift cards and a 55-inch TV. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden earns national, state honors

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently finished second in USA Today’s 10Best Public Gardens contest. Twenty gardens nationwide were nominated, including some of the most stunning green spaces across North America.

The public was invited to vote for their favorite garden during March, and the top 10 were announced April 2.

“This has been the second most popular contest in the history of Readers’ Choice, so a top ten finish is really saying something!” said Libby McMillan, Content Manager and Senior Editor at USA Today. “America loves its gardens more than any of us knew.” > Read more.

FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Business in brief


The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront (FoCR) has merged with Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), which will carry on the work of both organizations by stewarding the lands previously protected by FoCR. Initial discussions about a merger began in late 2013. Legal due diligence was conducted in early 2014 and the merger decision was formally made in late March 2014. Troutman Sanders LLP provided pro bono legal services for due diligence and document preparation for the merger. As part of the merger, conservation easements held by FoCR will be assigned to CRLC. The restrictions, land use limitations, and reserved rights listed in each easement will remain unchanged. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


There are several charity events in Henrico this weekend – The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ 5K walk in Innsbrook, Hilliard House’s ‘Harvesting the Grape’ event and the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sophie House in Glen Allen. Admission to the first ever outdoor music festival ‘Jammin’ on the Ave’ in Lakeside will also benefit a worthy cause - the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad. Click here for more! > Read more.

‘Step UP’ 5K to benefit Down Syndrome Association


The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond will hold its sixth-annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Short Pump Town Center. The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,300 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome.

“This day is a celebration of all of the amazing individuals with Down syndrome in our community,” said Allison Wixted, executive director of DSAGR. “The funds and awareness we raise directly impact these individuals and their families throughout Central Virginia.” > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s the first weekend in October and we found several great fall family activities – an outdoor movie at Tom Leonard’s, “Frankenstein” at Henrico Theatre and a fall festival at Gallmeyer Farms’ Pumpkin Patch. There is also some local music playing at CACGA and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Which direction is up?

Boy band documentary knows, plays to its audience
A nervous, giddy feeling lingers in the air before the start of “One Direction: This is Us.” It doesn’t come as a surprise in a theater crammed full of young women (and more than a few hapless parents).

But those nervous giggles and whispers vanish the moment the opening titles of “This is Us” begin to roll. The theater is stone silent, but only for a moment – a One Direction member darts onscreen for a scant few frames, and the theater explodes with shrieks of hysterical glee. > Read more.

Three new restaurants coming to Willow Lawn

A Northern Virginia-based bar chain has tapped the Richmond market for its newest location.

American Tap Room, a restaurant and craft beer chain, plans to open its fifth location in Willow Lawn in October or early November. The restaurant will serve American fare, touts almost 60 beers on its menu and will have seating for 270. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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