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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.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Amy El-Khouri

Deep Run H.S., Choral Director
Amy El-Khouri’s passion for singing and music began early in her childhood when she sang for church choirs, played piano and even ran rehearsals in high school when her teacher was absent. At 37 years old she has transformed her passion into an impactful career that allows her to use her talents and be surrounded by what she loves as the choral director at Deep Run High School.

“Music and choir was the place I felt most connected,” said El-Khouri. “I had some really fantastic music teachers that helped me grow and gave me confidence, and I wanted to give that to other people. If you’ve been performing long enough, you realize teaching is just a different type of performance.” > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Skip Stevens

Holman M.S., physical education
You might say that teaching runs in Lewis “Skip” Stevens’ family. So does athletics. And coaching.

Stevens, a physical education teacher at Holman Middle School, is a product of Henrico County Public Schools whose mother, Penny Stevens, has taught P.E. at Godwin High School during two separate stints. His older sister, Stacy Hilton, is a third-grade teacher at Maude Trevvett Elementary School, and her husband, Eric Hilton, teaches fifth grade there.

And Stevens’ brother, Bucky, teaches business at Byrd Middle School. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Darla Perry

Rivers Edge ES, SIS program
Darla Perry has been fascinated by the way people communicate since meeting a classmate in high school who had a stuttering problem. Her desire to help those in similar situations, coupled with her love of children, led her to a lengthy and varied career as an educator, which has included time as a consultant, direct care provider and educational trainer, as well as a teacher.

She landed in Henrico County eight years ago when a position at Rivers Edge Elementary School’s Social Integrated Services Program opened. The program is one of a handful of elementary “hubs” in Henrico for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Perry works with 10 students in kindergarten, first and second grades, helping them to transition from life at home to a new environment in school. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Dawn Nadeau

Seven Pines E.S., third grade
In Dawn Nadeau’s free time she gardens, paints and fixes old furniture. As someone drawn to the beauty of watching things grow, adapting along the way and making an impact creatively, it is a reflection of her true passion of teaching children.

"I always knew teaching was something that I wanted to do,” said Nadeau. “My whole family was teachers, and I come from a long line of educators, principals and counselors, which has been a drive for me. I just absolutely love children, and I kept getting pulled towards teaching.” > Read more.

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Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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