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Rep. Scott: Let independent panel draw districts


U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, says the General Assembly should take some of the politics out of redistricting by having an independent commission redraw political boundaries.

When legislators themselves do redistricting, they have a personal interest in protecting their political future and their party, Scott said. That’s why he’d prefer that redistricting be done by a bipartisan or nonpartisan panel.

“It would still be partisan, but the difference is that it’s not personal,” Scott said in an interview after speaking to political science students and faculty Monday at Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Feeling right at home


The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. > Read more.
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A real barn-burner

Donna Dean breathes new life into classic country show

Deeply rooted in the music history of Richmond, local performer and Sandston native Donna Dean, widow of Jimmy Dean, is reviving the Old Dominion Barn Dance. One of the oldest country music traditions, the show encompasses wholesome, live bluegrass and country entertainment and will premiere on Feb. 21 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

From 1946-1957 The Old Dominion Barn Dance was the place to be on a Saturday night in Richmond. The country music radio show was broadcast over WRVA and was hosted by Mary Workman, known as “Sunshine Sue.” The show gave local performers a place to become stars, created a venue for national performers to shine, and popularized performers such as Andy Griffith, Grandpa Jones, Jimmy Dean, The Carter family, and more. > Read more.

Henrico middle school earns $100k fitness center


Henrico's Fairfield Middle School was one of three schools in Virginia awarded new $100,000 fitness centers through the National Champion Schools campaign. The announcement was made Thursday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Chairman Jake Steinfield.

Fairfield, Huntington Middle School in Newport News and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk each will receive a state-of-the-art PositivelyTM Fitness Center, as the result of their demonstration of new and innovative ways to promote student physical activity and wellness. The new centers will be dedicated this fall with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each school. > Read more.

New Eastern Henrico health center to open Sept. 8


The new 13,000-square-foot Henrico Health Department East Clinic will open on Laburnum Avenue on Sept. 8, offering expanded services for residents and easier accessibility to serve the county's growing population.

The goal is to increase the accessibility to healthcare for the residents of Eastern Henrico, according to Henrico Health Department Director Susan Fischer Davis.

“The new location, as well as the new East Henrico clinic itself, was needed to provide a modern and easily accessible clinic from which to provide the excellent public health services offered,” said Fischer Davis. > Read more.

Business in brief


Royal Productions’ 27th annual Richmond Home Show, presented by James River Air, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. More than 135 exhibitors will display all types of products and services for the home - everything needed to make the home more beautiful, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and to explain the features of their products and services. People may ask questions, get quotes and details for purchases they may be considering. Tickets are $5 or $4 with online coupon. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeshow.com > Read more.

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Community

Salvation Army’s Christmas Center opens at VCC Dec. 13

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Salvation Army of Central Virginia will begin the distribution of toys, clothing, coats, bikes, books and other items to those in need this holiday season. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center is located at Virginia Center Commons in the former Dillard’s, 10101 Brook Rd. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. to mark the Christmas Center’s grand opening. > 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.

Local recyclers rewarded for efforts

Eighteen local recyclers – including two from Henrico County – won prizes from the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) in celebration of the America Recycles Day 2011, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps to raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

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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