Deadlines for absentee voting near

The deadlines for absentee voting in the Nov. 8 election are nearing. The last day for the receipt of absentee ballot applications by mail and fax in Henrico County is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Applications should be faxed to the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office at (804) 501-5081.

The last day to vote absentee in person at the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, polls in Henrico will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. > Read more.

Henrico School Board renames Godwin specialty center for late teacher

The Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director who died in June – the day after school ended – in a car accident not far from the school. The Center for Medical Sciences now will be known as the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director at Godwin. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area. > Read more.

Saxon’s ‘Shoes for the Needy’ starts Nov. 1

The 24th annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army launches Nov. 1, and donations will be accepted through Dec. 24 at Saxon Shoes at Short Pump Town Center. The collected shoes will be presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond.

Saxon encourages individuals, families, businesses and groups to clean out their closets and donate gently-used shoes. > Read more.

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 17

The deadline for Virginia residents to apply to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election is Monday, Oct. 17.

The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at To complete the online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver's licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier still may fill out the registration application online but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office. > Read more.

Henrico County Council of PTAs’ annual meeting to address bond referendum

The Henrico County Council of PTAs will host its annual meeting Oct. 18 at Henrico High School, during which officials will discuss the proposed Henrico bond referendum, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The annual meeting is a chance for PTA members at all HCPS schools to interact and share information. Following the business meeting, school and general government leaders will answer questions about the fall bond referendum. Among those present for the discussion will be Superintendent Pat Kinlaw and members of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

Northstar Career Academy celebrates growth

Northstar Career Academy celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 8155 Staples Mill Road Sept. 20 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Secretary of Commerce and Trade (in blue) represented the governor at the ceremony and was assisted by Head of School Dr. Pat West (holding scissors) and the school’s mascot, Navi. > Read more.

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Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

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.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Enjoy an evening of big band music featuring Joe Enroughty and His Royal Virginians at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Dinner and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 to $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit Full text

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