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‘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.

University of Richmond to offer professional brewing program


In collaboration with community partners around the metro-Richmond area, University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies is launching a new beer brewer professional certificate program. The first class will begin in October.

This program is geared toward those interested in entering or advancing in the growing craft beer industry. Students will learn the craft brewing business from the procurement of raw materials through to the proper handling, processing, packaging and distribution of the final product. > Read more.
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‘Scouting for Food’ drive to begin Oct. 26

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, an estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will fan out through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door‐to‐door marking phase one of the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ effort, now in its 26th year. The Scouts will return to the same neighborhoods a week later – Saturday, Nov. 2 – to collect the bags filled with donations.

“This year, nearly 260,000 households will receive a bag on Oct. 26, and it is our hope that thousands of Central Virginia residents will fill these bags with non‐perishable items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna fish, and more,” said FeedMore spokesman Jeff Baldwin. > Read more.

Police make arrest in 1994 Henrico murder

Lonnie Wiseman
Henrico Police have made an arrest in connection with a 1994 murder in the county.

Lonnie Ray Wiseman, who is currently incarcerated in Iowa, has been charged with the June 13, 1994 murder of Henry Weatherford, who was found dead of a gunshot wound in his home in the 5000 block of Crenshaw Avenue that day.

Weatherford’s vehicle, an Oldsmobile Delta, was stolen the day of the homicide and recovered in Bridgetown, Mo., in July 1995. Several Henrico detectives (including some who have retired), a Henrico AFIS Examiner and law enforcement officials from Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Idaho and Iowa assisted in the development of Wiseman as a suspect. > Read more.

Food for thought

Meals tax vote may hinge on voter philosophy
Less than three weeks before Henrico voters determine the fate of the county’s four-percent meals tax proposal, the decision may hinge less on the tax itself and more on philosophical differences about how Henrico should address its growing needs in the face of stagnant revenues.

The meals tax proposal – first floated last year by outgoing County Manager Virgil Hazelett and later recommended this year by new County Manager John Vithoulkas – would generate an estimated $18 million annually, if approved by voters Nov. 5. That money would be split evenly between the operating budget and capital improvement budget of the county’s school system, officials have promised – closing a funding gap that would exist otherwise. > 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.
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Weekend Top 10


There are some great events this weekend in Henrico that will take your mind off the incredible heat. Highland Springs residents are invited to a Neighborhood Block Party with music, games, food and giveaways. The Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will host a dance at Pinchbeck Elementary School. There are still a few spots left for a free women’s self-defense class at The Academy of Kung Fu. And the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will continue its Sunday Strolls at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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