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Henrico Police turn on the ‘Summer Heat’


For the second consecutive year, the Henrico Division of Police is turning up the heat this summer.

Operation Summer Heat is a crime prevention and deterrence initiative that promotes a safe environment for Henrico’s summer visitors and county residents. Police officials kicked of the effort May 22, and it will continue through Sept. 7. The division will pay specific attention to events and/or areas where tourists may be visiting Henrico County. Henrico County citizens may assist the police with Operation Summer Heat by reporting any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhoods or at community events by calling (804) 501-5000 (in non-emergency situations) or 911 during emergencies. > Read more.

United Way program nets Henrico residents $438k in refunds


Metrocash volunteers who are IRS certified tax preparers and Cash Coaches helped generate tax returns that garnered more than $2.9 million in federal and state tax refunds for 2,517 working adults in the Richmond region – including $438,701 for 401 Henrico residents – during the 2014 tax season.

Metrocash, the local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program operated by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg offers the preparation of federal and state income tax returns free of charge for low to moderate income workers earning less than $53,000 per year.

Because of the Metrocash program, local workers also saved a total of more than $622,000 in tax preparation fees. > Read more.

Business in brief


In a face-off of 127 regional champions from 24 states, Garland Hume, owner and chief instructor of Bikram Yoga Richmond, emerged as one of the nation's top ten at the 2015 USA Yoga National Championship competition May 3 in Binghamton, NY. Adults competing must perform a total of seven yoga postures – four compulsory and three optional – in three minutes. Postures are scored on the basis of difficulty, and judges rate contestants on how well they “achieve the maximum expression of the posture while demonstrating complete control of the body and breath,” according to championship rules. Maximum possible score is 50 points, and Hume's 48.63 score ranked her eighth among adult women. Hume has been practicing Bikram Yoga since January 2007. Bikram Yoga Richmond has two locations, in Henrico's Far West End near Innsbrook and at Stony Point. > Read more.

Henrico organizations among winners at Richmond Technology Council Awards show


Several Henrico organizations and individuals were among the winners at the Richmond Technology Councils 20th Annual Technology Awards show and gala, held May 13. The show honors those who are actively helping to advance the region's technology-based economy.

Nearly 800 business leaders attended the event, which was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

"Much has changed during the last two decades, but our region continues to sprout innovators and entrepreneurs," said Robby Demeria, executive director of the RTC. > Read more.

Henrico to present ‘Little Black Dress’ May 21 to promote awareness of depression


Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and JLP Productions will present “Little Black Dress,” a play that seeks to help individuals who may be suffering from depression, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Based on a true story, “Little Black Dress” encourages audiences to think about ways to help or get help for someone who may be experiencing depression, a misunderstood and potentially life-threatening illness if it is not treated. > Read more.

Fox bites Near West End resident, runs off

May 14, 1:25 P.M. – A fox bit a Near West End resident Thursday, then ran into the woods.

A resident of the 4900 block of Penick Road, near Glenside Drive, observed the fox chasing the family's dog into a fenced back yard and attempted to intervene. That's when the fox ran back toward the open gate, bit the resident on the knee, then ran into a wooded area next to Glenside Drive. > Read more.

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Community

VCU to offer free dental services for children in need Feb. 6

On Feb. 6 – "Give Kids a Smile Day" – the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry’s Pediatric Dentistry Clinic will provide free services for local children in need of dental care who do not have dental insurance.

The clinic will be open Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Wood Memorial Building, 521 N. 11th Street, Richmond.

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry will provide exams, cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions and minor restorations for children from birth to age 18. The Pediatric Dental Clinic has 14 chairs with two suites for general anesthesia and two rooms for oral sedation and specializes in dental care for medically compromised and special needs children as well as otherwise healthy children. > Read more.

Henricus to portray ‘Arnold’s Raid on Richmond’ Jan. 31


The Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield this weekend will portray "Arnold's Raid on Richmond," which took place in 1781 when British General Benedict Arnold took his small British and Loyalist forces and raided Richmond as Governor Thomas Jefferson watched from the safety of Manchester.

The event will take place Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period-dressed historical interpreters will occupy the bluff overlooking the James River.

Visitors are invited to join the American militia, British regulars, Hessians and Loyalists in camp. > Read more.

‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will celebrate its 16th anniversary this weekend with “A Date with Frank & Marilyn,” an evening of fun and entertainment designed to raise funds for the center's three outreach programs. Another celebration, Halligan’s Hooligan’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash, starts tonight and continues for five days! If you’re in the mood for some music, Lynne Mackey will give a piano recital at River Road Church Baptist; the Westminster Schola Cantorum will be at St. Michael Catholic Church; and Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice will perform at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre’s ‘Now Then Again’ begins March 20


Now Then Again, CAT Theatre’s submission to the Acts of Faith “Fringe” Festival, will run March 20 through April 4. There will be a talkback session following the March 29 matinee performance. Now Then Again was written by Virginia native Penny Penniston, an alumnus of St. Catherine's School.

The play tells the story of Ginny and Henry, who find love and a future together in spite of obstacles like his neuroses, her husband and a full disbelief in destiny, while working together at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.

"From the moment I read Now Then Again, I was immediately drawn to this modern love story that looped together the theories of Heisenberg and Schrödinger with a predestined ending that was completely dependent upon coffee being spilt underneath a burnt out lightbulb," said Director Melissa Rayford. > Read more.

A surprise champion

Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ is more than just sports

McFarland, USA is a Disney sports movie, and like any Disney sports movie, there are a few rules it has to follow.

First, it must star a Hollywood actor whose popularity is slightly on the wane (Kevin Costner – check).

Then it must follow a surprising-yet-true story about underdogs who win big (a high school cross-country team from one of the most destitute areas in the country becoming the state champs? Check).

And, there have to be life lessons all around – not just for the young men who learn the importance and discipline of sports, but for our slightly past-his-expiration-date hero, who goes from a grouch to a loving father figure. Check, check, check. > Read more.

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