Mud pies, skies and butterflies

Math Science Innovation Center in Eastern Henrico celebrates 50 years of wonder

Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to offer alcohol impairment simulation series

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital will host three alcohol impairment simulation events this week to raise awareness of how one’s balance, motor planning, and coordination skills are effected by alcohol.

The simulation series will be held in the Forest Lobby of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Road, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26; and at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28. > Read more.

Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

Business in brief

Adam Jones, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Glen Allen, recently attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. Each year, managing partners throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by showing strong and inspiring leadership while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year are recognized. This year, Jones joins a group of 20 managing partners selected from the more than 460 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America. The Glen Allen LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 11311 West Broad Street. > Read more.

Schools sales tax holiday returns this weekend

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear and school and office supplies begins Friday, Aug. 1.

During the three-day event, most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each, will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.

The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year. > Read more.

First Capital Bank to ‘Stuff the Bus’ in August

First Capital Bank will kick off the school year with its seventh-annual "Stuff the Bus" event, which is designed to collect school supplies for students in need.

During the month of August, First Capital Bank officials will host five collection events in the metro Richmond region, including one in Henrico County Aug. 16, at the Short Pump Walmart on West Broad Street at Pump Road.

On that day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., bank officials will park a school bus in front of the store, which will serve as a drop-off point for pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and other new school supplies donated by shoppers. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Why would a young woman spend time fertilizing native grass on an undeveloped barrier island? That young woman, Ashley Moulton, will present the results of her Master’s thesis, including the important implications of how the functional diversity of plant communities can be altered by global and local disturbances in coastal systems. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit Full text

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