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Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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Pow-Wowed

More than 60 members of Native American tribes from the United States and Canada celebrated their dancing, drumming, and singing traditions in a PowWow at the Osborne Park & Boat Landing in Varina June 28. The event was the first ever at the site, but the organizing Youghtanund Drummers hope to make it an annual event.

To the beat and singing of one of the four drummer/singer groups, dancers in different combinations and traditions moved rhythmically around a center circle under the scorching sun. > Read more.

Henrico counselor appointed to state SOL committee

A Henrico County Public Schools guidance counselor is one of 28 appointees to the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed the committee members this week.

Renee Zando, director of counseling at Hermitage High School, is the only Henrico member of the committee, which is charged with building on the work that began with legislation passed during the 2014 General Assembly session and taking a comprehensive look at the SOL system. Other appointees represent school systems, school boards, universities and private entitites from throughout the state. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, June 2-8


9008 Old Mayland Way – $212,000, 1,560 SF (built in 2010), from Aaron and Catherine Baird to Piyush Dagaar and Ichha Bhandari.
8602 Hanford Drive – $220,000, 1,685 SF (built in 1958), from Roderick A. Moses and Nyetta L. Johnson to Sean and Stephanie C. Chalifoux.
3809 Foxfield Court – $222,000, 1,500 SF (built in 1990), from Housing and Urban Development to Illya and Yelena S. Golanek.
924 Westham Parkway – $224,900, 1,260 (built in 1951), from Karen M. O’Leary Trust to David W. and Laura W. Hodge. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has been named one of three finalists in the Small Business category of the 2014 IMPACT Awards by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Two winners will be announced – one in the Small Business category and one in the Large Business category – at a banquet Nov. 12. The IMPACT Awards have honored regional businesses since 1988. Finalists are selected by a committee composed of volunteers from Chamber member companies. > 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.

‘More Than a GPA’ program at Godwin H.S. Jan. 18

The Godwin High School PTSA will present "More than a GPA," a program about the effort to redefine success for today's students and to make the case for character and integrity as important measures of one's potential, on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at GHS.

Four speakers -- all featured in the book "A Better Man – True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man" -- will address the topic: Adam Cristman, Paul Galanti, Tim Seibles and Leighton W. Smith, Jr. > Read more.

VHBG receives donation

The Kinder Morgan Foundation recently donated $2,500 to the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls in Henrico. The money will fund the Vocational-Educational Partnership Program at the John G. Wood alternative school at the home, which is designed to fill the gap between classroom knowledge, job training and real life experiences that employers demand. > 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.

Submit your holiday photos!

The holiday season is upon us, and the Henrico Citizen wants to share good memories with you. Send us a favorite photo from a previous Christmas, Hanukkah or other winter holiday and we may publish it in an upcoming issue. If your photo is selected for publication, you'll also receive a gift certificate for food or entertainment! > Read more.

CACGA to host UkeFest Virginia Nov. 2-3

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host UkeFest Virginia, a celebration of the four string dynamo, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. The Festival features wall to wall music, from serious concerts to informal jams, workshops, and open mic performances, as well as, artisans and vendors; all designed to present the wide range of fun available from this unique and mesmerizing instrument.

The event kicks off Friday as Ashland resident Thomas Wakefield and The Aloha Boys perform at 7 p.m. An Open Mic Jam follows at 9 p.m. > Read more.

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