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Training for homeless youth featured at workshop


In a first-of-its-kind event in the area, two local organizations last week hosted a workshop and training session for service providers and others who deal with youth homelessness.

Advocates for Richmond Youth organized the event, which took place on June 23 at the Bon Air Methodist Church, and St. Joseph's Villa assisted. The goal of the event was to expose service providers to the reality of youth homelessness and teach them how to access the resources they need to help affected children. It featured representatives from 65 different service providers throughout the state and some from elsewhere in the nation. > Read more.

CVWMA to begin accepting more varieties of bottles, containers, cartons


If you've always wanted to recycle yogurt containers, waxy cartons and laundry detergent bottles, you're in luck. The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will begin accepting a number of new items for curbside and drop-off recycling July 1.

Recyclers throughout the CVWMA service area have been asking for years to be able to recycle more than the #1 and #2 narrow neck plastic bottles currently accepted in its recycling programs, and those wishes will become reality later this week. Plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 1-7 on the bottom, as well as waxy cartons, will be accepted in both programs. > Read more.

Virginia man arrested with gun at RIC checkpoint


Richmond International Airport Police arrested a Newport News man on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport checkpoint June 27 when TSA officers detected a .38 caliber handgun with five bullets tucked inside his backpack.

The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had guests with children visiting him this past weekend. He told officials that he did not want the children to have access to the gun, so he hid it inside his backpack. > Read more.
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Business in brief


BOLLYX, the new Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program, launched last month at the Gold’s Gym in western Henrico. As part of the gym’s special group exercise event, all members of the public are invited to try BOLLYX for free on Saturday, April 5 at 11:15 a.m. Each 50-minute session is an exhilarating cardio workout that cycles between high- and low-intensity dance sequences to get participants moving and sweating. An eclectic mix of heart-pumping music from around the world serves as an exciting backdrop for each class. Classes are now available regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, visit http://www.bollyx.com/classes/richmond > Read more.

Robotics teams shine


Robotics teams from J.R. Tucker and Godwin high schools are on their way to the world championships in St. Louis after emerging as winners at the state level. The two Henrico County schools were among three Richmond-area winners at the Virginia Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition last month.

The J.R. Tucker “Sparky 384” team and Godwin's "Talon 540" team won in competition against other machines in front of more than 3,000 onlookers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center. Both teams are returning to the world championships for the second year in a row.

In competitive robotics, teams create machines to compete at predetermined challenges, such as scoring goals or stacking objects. More than 1,500 students and 72 high school teams competed in more than 100 rounds of action during last month's event. > Read more.

Finding a new way home

Bhutanese refugees endured years of hardship

Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

Hem and Chitra Bhattarai, two Nepali-speaking Bhutanese brothers now living in Henrico County, arrived at a refugee camp in Nepal in 1991. Although it was the land of their ancestors and they spoke the language, the refugees fleeing Bhutan in the early 1990s were not welcomed as Nepali citizens.

The Nepali-speaking Bhutanese could come into Nepal, but they had to stay in the camps until Bhutan and Nepal could figure out what to do with them. Exiled by Bhutan, not welcome in India or Pakistan, and merely tolerated in Nepal, Hem, Chitra, and the 100,000 other Nepali-speaking Bhutanese had become a stateless people.

The refugees moved into small huts, made of bamboo with plastic roofs. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Tuckahoe YMCA to host Refugee Community Resource Fair


The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.

As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Entertainment

Muse Paintbar opens at Willow Lawn


Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.

Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.

Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast. > Read more.






 

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