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Henrico Extension to hold free lawn care workshop Aug. 13

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13 to help residents establish and maintain beautiful, healthy lawns.

The SMART Lawn Saturday event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Extension office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The workshop will feature presentations by lawn care experts as well as displays and exhibits by local vendors throughout the day. > Read more.

‘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.
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Officials weighing potential Glen Allen sports complex

16-field facility envisioned as public-private partnership
The Jefferson Cup soccer tournament
attracts thousands of visitors to Henrico
each spring.
UPDATE: 6:56 P.M. – Buoyed by another strong summer of youth sports tournaments, Henrico County officials are taking the first steps toward consideration of a public-private partnership that would fund the construction of a large sports complex in Glen Allen.

The complex, tentatively proposed for an undeveloped county-owned site known as Greenwood Park (adjacent to Greenwood Road and Branch Road) could host a variety of sports tournaments and attract even more visitors to the county, while also serving the growing demands of county residents.

Recreation and Parks officials believe that the site could house as many as 16 multipurpose fields, perhaps including a main stadium. They've proposed spending the $132,000 already budgeted for preliminary design work on the site to hire national design firm CHA Sports to provide more specific site plans. > Read more.

Supervisors to consider banning alcohol at parks

Move would apply to public and private events
UPDATE: 6:32 P.M. –
Alcohol may soon be banned
from all county parks.
Planning to host your wedding reception at a Henrico County recreation facility? You may soon need to make your congratulatory toasts with ginger ale instead of champagne.

Henrico County Recreation and Parks officials are proposing that the county's Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution that would ban alcohol from all county parks and recreation facilities, effective July 1, 2014. The board could consider the item at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The move would be designed to establish a clear and consistent stance on the matter, while protecting the county against possible legal issues, Recreation and Parks Director Neil Luther told supervisors during a work session Sept. 10. > Read more.

A watershed wish list

Activists, officials have ideas for stream health
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth and final article in a series about watershed health. In the Aug. 15 Citizen, neighbors of Henrico streams and various experts on waterway issues contributed feedback regarding their concerns about watershed health. This article examines suggestions for change and improvements to watershed health.

Despite serious concerns about the state of the county’s waterways, most observers and experts concede that there are a few bright spots. > 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.
Entertainment

Good food and fun, bargain prices

Pelon’s serves up a good mix of variety, value

I first stumbled into Pelon's on a Wednesday night, lured by the promise of $2 tacos and beers. At those prices, I had assumed the place was a hole in the wall, and was pleasantly surprised by the spacious, pleasant interior.

Having spent my teen summers in Virginia Beach surfing, I also felt instantly at home amid the ocean-themed decor. From the ride-the-waves posters lining the walls and the TV displaying non-stop surfing footage, to the foosball table and enormous spools serving as tables, Pelon's is a delight for beach lovers and surfing fans. Reading the menu is part of the entertainment here, as patrons browse burrito choices that include Rip Tide, The Curl, Hawaiian Pipeline and Big Kahuna. > Read more.






 

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