Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Business in brief

HCA Virginia has announced that Crystal Farmer will serve as chief nursing officer for Parham Doctors’ Hospital. Farmer previously served as the CNO of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital where she led the hospital to a top ranking in HCA patient satisfaction scores for the last three quarters. Prior to her role as CNO, she was the director of medical surgical services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. In addition, Farmer has more than 19 years of experience in various nursing leadership roles as a registered nurse at Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, managing, coordinating, and overseeing the clinical operations of several department and units throughout the hospital. Farmer received her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She is a member of various committees and organizations that include American Organization of Nurse Executives, Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Virginia Nurses Association. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed a bank in Sandston Oct. 18.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., police responded to the 0 block of South Airport Drive after the report of the robbery. The victim reported that a white male entered the Wells Fargo bank, approached the counter and demanded currency. The victim complied, and the suspect exited the business on foot. The suspect did not display a weapon. He is described as a white male, 30 to 35 years of age and approximately six feet to six-foot-three in height. The suspect (pictured) was wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans and a baseball hat. > Read more.

Positive reflections

Mirror Mode helps shape girls into successful young women

In 2009, Aljanette Hall struggled like many Americans. She found herself out of a job after many years working in the real estate business. The time off afforded her the opportunity to live out her true passion - shaping young girls into successful women-to-be who know their value.

“Going through the downside of the economy, I knew just how it was,” she says about feeling singled out and in need of information. She had been mentoring through her church on a volunteer basis, but saw the need to grow her outreach throughout greater Richmond. > Read more.

2014 General Assembly Q&A

State legislators have returned to Richmond for a 60-day session of the General Assembly, during which they’ll vote on a new biennial budget. Among the topics expected to generate the most attention during the session, which began last week: mental health reform, Medicaid, education, ethics reform and transportation. Legislators also will be working with a new governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2014 session. The answers of those who responded appear below. > Read more.

Tour empowers girls with fun, education

‘Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair’ event coming to Henrico Jan. 30
In a society in which many of the normalcies in tween culture focus on sexuality and promiscuity – and push young girls to grow up too fast – the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair tour offers a fresh outlook on mother-daughter connectedness by teaching that being “crazy” can mean many different things.

A “Secret Keeper girl” embraces modesty, loves herself and others, feels comfortable sharing with Mom, and knows she is a masterpiece of God. By introducing girls to this event, organizers hope that they will realize the true beauty that lies within them and be opened up to a world of positive role models. > 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.

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