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Steward student wins national science award


Steward School eighth-grader Gracie Goodpasture recently was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2015 Angela Award, presented annually to one female student in grades 5-8 from the United States who has a strong connection to science.

The award and a $1,000 savings bond were presented to Goodpasture by NSTA President Dr. Juliana Texley at an award ceremony held at The Steward School.

In the Angela Award application, Goodpsature was required to detail her interests in science. She described her experience working with Perdue Farms on a third-grade class project, which led her to become interested in chickens. She put together innovative ideas about raising them at home and worked with Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, who has remained her mentor and wrote a recommendation for her NSTA application. > Read more.

Henrico students attend FCCLA leadership conference


Students from Brookland Middle School's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership training conference in Virginia Beach. Attendees participated in a weekend of workshops and sessions about leadership through FCCLA. Along with nearly 1,200 other advisers and members, Brookland Middle School’s FCCLA chapter advisers, Amanda Lauritzen and Cherise Cobb, accompanied eight members to the conference April 17-19. Brookland Middle School was one of four schools from Henrico County that attended the conference and the only middle school. > Read more.
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Celebrating early arrivals

Hillary Bleckley holds 21-day-old son Tatum – who was two months premature – at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17.

The hospital dressed newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery at the hospital in purple hats and onesies in recognition of the day. Purple is the official color of the March of Dimes, which works to reduce premature birth rates.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System supports the 39-Week Initiative, a national effort to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks into a pregnancy. > Read more.

Chamberlayne ES creates ‘Readbox’

When Chamberlayne Elementary School second-grade teacher Michelle Mayer began looking for a way to participate in HandsOn Day, an Oct. 18 service day organized by HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, she didn't have to go far.

Mayer organized a book collection project that involved students at several Henrico County schools, including Chamberlayne. About 700 books collected during the project will be distributed to students at Chamberlayne and Laburnum elementary schools. > Read more.

A time for wine

More than 200 fashionistas gathered with friends at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump last month to shop for designer shoes and accessories while enjoying wine tastings from several regional wineries, as part of “Wine, Women and Shoes.”

Local media celebrities and businessmen took to the runway as "Shoe Guys," offering wine-and-shoe pairings on silver platters. The fundraiser benefited Bon Secours for Women and the Bon Secours Forensic Nursing program, which offers compassionate health care services to victims of violence and abuse, including sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse and elder abuse. > Read more.

‘Toys for Tots’ collections begin

A.C. Moore's Willow Lawn location helped kick off the collection season for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation program Nov. 15 with a make-and-take crafts event for kids.

As part of the event, the store welcomed (pictured, from left) Marine Cpl. Christopher Cather, Lt. Cpl. Paul Lanier and Lt. Cpl. Bryce Jordan of the Marine Corps Reserve Center. They looked on as Lakeside Elementary School first-grader Lula Fueglein created a Christmas decoration. > Read more.

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Community

Advance registration ends March 7 for ‘Free to Breathe’ 5K in Innsbrook

The second annual Free to Breathe® 5K Run/Walk will take place in the Innsbrook Corporate Center on Saturday, March 10. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs.

Mail-in registration ends March 5; fees are $13 to $33. Online registration ends March 7; fees are $10 to $30. Registration the day of the event is $15 to $35. > Read more.

‘Adventure Series’ to begin Friday

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The County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will present its annual Adventure Series in March, featuring slide presentations and speakers celebrating the outdoors. The first two presentations will include speakers discussing their own adventures, and the series will conclude with some short films on mountain culture.

The Adventure Series is free for all ages and takes place on March 2, 16 and 23. Locations vary and are listed below, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. > Read more.

Discussion series on Henrico’s heritage continues Feb. 25

The fourth installment in a community-discussion series on Henrico County’s heritage will focus on free blacks during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The Dialogues IV program, titled “The Forgotten Minority: Free Blacks in Henrico County,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

Lauranett Lee, curator of African-American history at the Virginia Historical Society, will moderate the program, which will feature four panelists giving scholarly presentations to encourage conversation with audience members. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Hear it first’ at Cultural Arts Center

Creaky footsteps in an old attic, the desperate rattling of a locked doorknob and a bloodcurdling scream.

These archetypal haunted house sounds are just a few of the audio makings of On The Air Radio Players that will feature in its production “You Heard It Here First!” at 7:30 p.m. on June 4 and 5 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

With cooler temperatures now upon us, it’s a great weekend to run for a cause! Marathons supporting autism, fighting blindness and helping area youth are all taking place in Henrico. Another good cause to support – Hilliard House, who is hosting Harvesting the Grape tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

‘Epic’ doesn’t live up to its name

Messages may be too intense for younger viewers
There's an odd paradox lying within "Epic." The basic elements of the story are clearly aimed at a very young audience. A forest is watched over by a benevolent queen (Beyonce Knowles) and an army of tiny soldiers called Leafmen, who protect it from equally minuscule goblin-like creatures called Boggans. When the balance of power is shifted, our plucky heroine M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) is accidentally shrunk down to Leafman size and must work with all manner of forest critters to restore the natural order. > Read more.

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