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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > 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.

Business in brief


Carrabba’s Italian Grill selected St. Joseph’s Villa as the nonprofit beneficiary of its Short Pump grand opening on Monday, Jan. 13. The restaurant donated 50% of the day’s proceeds to the Villa for a total of $4,388. Funds raised will support the Villa’s mental health, educational, homeless and developmental disabilities programs for children and families. St. Joseph’s Villa serves more than 2,100 children and families each year. > Read more.

After-school program offers new support for autistic kids

After his continuous behavioral issues at school and a lack of understanding about his autism, Henrico resident Robin Davis didn’t know where to turn to help her son, Matthew, 13. Sounds, smells and sights were overwhelming for him, other kids were making fun of him, teachers were frustrated, and so was Davis.

“If I forced him to go to school, he would’ve ended up in the juvenile system because his anxiety is so bad,” Davis said. “I needed to protect him and give him the best shot possible. Most people just don’t know how to work with kids with autism and they require a lot of time, patience and understanding, but school is too rushed.” > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

10k fun begins

At 40,000 participants and still growing, it's no wonder that the homegrown Ukrop's' Monument Avenue 10k has moved into the national spotlight – even earning a USA Today ranking among the top 10 races in the country.

But as several of the event's biggest fans emphasized at a Jan. 4 kick-off celebration, the 10k is much more than just a race – or even just a single event.

When you consider all the preparations that go into the weeks leading up to the March 31 race – the training team workouts, registration rallies, fundraising promotions, costume-designing and party-stop planning – it's clear that the 10k is months in the making, with aspects of party, charitable benefit, self-improvement regimen and music festival combining to provide an ongoing celebration.

It's also clear that having fun reins supreme. > Read more.

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Entertainment

James River Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 10

The 19th annual James River Parade of Lights, a boat parade sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, will take place Saturday, Dec. 10. Boats decorated with thousands of lights will cruise the James between Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties. > Read more.

Surviving the holidays

HTC production aims to be hilarious, heartwarming
One way to survive the holidays is to wallow in them. Embrace them. Absorb every sweet, sticky second of December. Forget the stress of bargain hunting, trying to find a parking place in Short Pump or baking your famous fruitcakes.

Instead, crank the car radio and sing along with the carols, slurp some eggnog and have a holly jolly time.

For a few more tips for happy holidays, check out Henrico Theatre Company’s production, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” > 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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