Citizen Staff Reports 02/05/2016 Features
A Glen Allen mother and entrepreneur recently earned a $7,000 grant from The First Years, a juvenile products manufacturer, to help make her childhood clothing invention a reality.
Casey Bunn, who has two children (three-year-old Jillian and one-year-old Charlie) created Handsocks to solve a problem – the need for long, cozy, sock-like mittens that keep babies and older children warm while also providing protection from scratches and skin conditions. > Read more.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 02/05/2016 Henrico Government
A century or so ago, Henrico County was known as the Dairy County of Virginia, and one of the largest dairy operations was centered at the Dorey family's barn in Varina.
On Jan. 7, the barn – now the site of the Dorey Park Recreation Center – was transformed into an art gallery, and its rafters hung with colorful student art work depicting nature scenes. > Read more.
One of the most visible exhibits at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Sandston is on its way to a new home.
The world’s fastest and highest flying production aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird, is preparing to move from the museum to the Science Museum of Virginia. The iconic, supersonic stealth plane will become the focal point of the SMVs new exhibition gallery, Speed, opening later this year.
Before traveling to its new home, the Blackbird will be disassembled and packaged by experts from Worldwide Aircraft Recovery and W.M. Jordan Company. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports Henrico Community
SEPT. 9, 10:42 A.M. – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Henrico Christmas Mother Program have joined to collect new children’s bicycle helmets for the holidays.
While bicycles are often donated as holiday gifts for needy children, helmets usually are not.
Throughout the month of September, new helmets dropped off at the Garden will be donated to the Henrico Christmas Mother, a nonprofit providing more than 1,600 families with food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items during the holiday season.
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Designation could reduce insurance costs for homeowners, businesses
SEPT. 8, 5:10 P.M. – Henrico County has earned the highest-possible rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a distinction that may qualify homeowners and businesses for lower property insurance premiums.
The county received a Class 1 rating in ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program based on a comprehensive evaluation of its emergency communications; fire department equipment, personnel and training; water supply; and fire-prevention efforts, including inspections and code enforcement. Henrico’s classification reflects the relative low risk of fire losses in both developed and rural areas of the county.
“Protecting residents and their homes and businesses is the highest priority of Henrico County and the Division of Fire,” County Manager John Vithoulkas said. “This Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office is great news for our entire community. It reflects our high quality of life, our commitment to excellence in public service and our drive to build a stronger county as we grow.” > Read more.
Five years ago, a humble man named Bill Pike had an idea that would bring his church community together and raise money for a few noble causes. Today, that idea has blossomed into the Mission Footprint 5k race, which involves three local churches and benefits five charitable organizations.
This year’s Mission Footprint 5k will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will feature members of Trinity United Methodist Church, River Road Church, Baptist and Third Church. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Susan Greenbaum at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. She will present “An Evening of Love Songs.” Other fun events this weekend include Henrico Rec & Parks’ 30th annual One Act Showcase; “The Lego Movie” playing at the Henrico Theatre (tickets are only $!); and Robin and Linda Williams who will be performing at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. And homeowners will really appreciate the free Home Improvement Seminar taking place at Harvie ES. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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