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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

April 10 is kindergarten registration day

Registration for students entering kindergarten in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) begins Thursday, April 10. HCPS encourages new students to register on that day; compiling accurate registration figures helps the division plan for fall classes at each school.

Parents registering their children should bring:

• an official state birth certificate;
• proof of residence (this includes a picture ID such as a driver’s license, a DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; and a house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment; and a current utility bill, from within past 30 days). > Read more.

Corporate spelling bee scheduled for April 9

The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) will host its third annual Corporate Spelling Bee April 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond, sponsored by Anthem. Teams representing Richmond-area businesses and community groups will compete to be Grand Champions as well as Buzzy Bee Spirit Award winners. The HEF Corporate Spelling Bee raises funds for scholarships, field trips for students who can’t afford them, classroom grants and recognition of excellence for students in Henrico County Public Schools. > Read more.

Henrico Citizens Academy set for May

Registration will open April 12
Henrico residents can learn the nuts and bolts of county operations at the 2014 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for five sessions in May.

The free program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday of the month starting May 1. Residents can register at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Saturday, April 12. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, beginning Monday, April 14. Registration will close Friday, April 25. > Read more.

Business in brief


BOLLYX, the new Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program, launched last month at the Gold’s Gym in western Henrico. As part of the gym’s special group exercise event, all members of the public are invited to try BOLLYX for free on Saturday, April 5 at 11:15 a.m. Each 50-minute session is an exhilarating cardio workout that cycles between high- and low-intensity dance sequences to get participants moving and sweating. An eclectic mix of heart-pumping music from around the world serves as an exciting backdrop for each class. Classes are now available regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, visit http://www.bollyx.com/classes/richmond > Read more.

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Community

Henrico Extension offering gardening workshop April 7

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 7 to show how residents can start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration in advance is required.

The workshop is free and open to the public and geared for residents who are interested in growing vegetables to reduce their grocery costs and improve their diets. > Read more.

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest. > Read more.

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

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

Collegiate graduate’s film opens in Richmond

Westhampton Theatre will host a private screening of the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. The award-winning film is produced by Richmond native Michael Gottwald, a 2002 graduate of the Collegiate School.

The film was shot in South Louisiana and tells the story of six year-old Hushpuppy who lives in a forgotten but defiant bayou community, cut off from the rest of the world.

Gottwald is a founding member of the New Orleans-based Court 13 Film Collective, which produced “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” He served as executive producer on Court 13’s “Glory at Sea” in 2007, a short film made possible by the support of a handful of generous Richmond residents and was screened at the Byrd Theatre in May 2008. > 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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