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HCPS students offering holiday plants for sale

Horticulture students at Hermitage Technical Center and the Academy at Virginia Randolph will be holding plant sales in November and December at both campuses. The events will offer holiday-themed plants, such as poinsettias and flowering kale, Christmas cacti and others.

The Academy of Virginia Randolph will host its pre-Thanksgiving sale on Monday, Nov. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and its holiday sale Dec. 2-3, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 each at both events. The school is located at 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

Henrico native one of 50 new state troopers

Among the 50 new Virginia State Troopers who will graduate from the 122nd Basic Session Nov. 21 in Chesterfield are a Henrico native and an officer who will be assigned to Henrico.

Henrico native Jonathan Lee Harris will graduate and be assigned to serve in King William County, while Williamsburg native Benjamin Nicholas Canning will be assigned to serve Henrico County.

The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. > Read more.
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Celebrating early arrivals

Hillary Bleckley holds 21-day-old son Tatum – who was two months premature – at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17.

The hospital dressed newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery at the hospital in purple hats and onesies in recognition of the day. Purple is the official color of the March of Dimes, which works to reduce premature birth rates.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System supports the 39-Week Initiative, a national effort to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks into a pregnancy. > Read more.

Chamberlayne ES creates ‘Readbox’

When Chamberlayne Elementary School second-grade teacher Michelle Mayer began looking for a way to participate in HandsOn Day, an Oct. 18 service day organized by HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, she didn't have to go far.

Mayer organized a book collection project that involved students at several Henrico County schools, including Chamberlayne. About 700 books collected during the project will be distributed to students at Chamberlayne and Laburnum elementary schools. > Read more.

A time for wine

More than 200 fashionistas gathered with friends at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump last month to shop for designer shoes and accessories while enjoying wine tastings from several regional wineries, as part of “Wine, Women and Shoes.”

Local media celebrities and businessmen took to the runway as "Shoe Guys," offering wine-and-shoe pairings on silver platters. The fundraiser benefited Bon Secours for Women and the Bon Secours Forensic Nursing program, which offers compassionate health care services to victims of violence and abuse, including sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse and elder abuse. > Read more.

‘Toys for Tots’ collections begin

A.C. Moore's Willow Lawn location helped kick off the collection season for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation program Nov. 15 with a make-and-take crafts event for kids.

As part of the event, the store welcomed (pictured, from left) Marine Cpl. Christopher Cather, Lt. Cpl. Paul Lanier and Lt. Cpl. Bryce Jordan of the Marine Corps Reserve Center. They looked on as Lakeside Elementary School first-grader Lula Fueglein created a Christmas decoration. > Read more.

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Community

Hands-on duties

More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the region gathered last month as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond to complete more than 60 projects.

The event is a program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence.

In Henrico, a group of Target employees (pictured) undertook a project at Fairfield Middle School to help re-plant the school's community garden and paint the outdoor shelter. > Read more.

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

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The holiday season is underway and Lakeside Avenue has everything you need during its 10th annual Holly Jolly Christmas event! Shoppers will enjoy extended hours at several dozen shops and free trolley rides. Also this weekend, the 23rd annual Great American Indian Exposition & Pow-Wow. There will be over 200 American Indian dancers, singers, drummers, artists and crafters. In the mood for music? Check out The Gibson Brothers at UR and Susan Greenbaum at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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Ukulele aficionados will definitely love this weekend’s third annual UkeFest VA at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There will be concerts, workshops, open-mic and jam sessions, vendors and more. Other concerts this weekend are at Glen Allen Library with Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner and the Tuckahoe Moose Lodge for the Dominion School for Autism benefit fundraiser. Another fundraiser is a Brunswick Stew Sale to benefit the Kiwanis Club of North Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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