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‘Tis the season

Southern Season celebrated its grand opening on Staples Mill Road earlier this week with an invitation-only sneak peek, during which the company's Share the Food Foundation made a $20,000 donation to FeedMore.

The store combines groceries with a wine and beer bar, gift baskets, housewares and a restaurant, among other amenities. It's the first business to open in the new 80-acre Libbie Mill development at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road, near I-64 in the Near West End. > Read more.

County asks state to share VRS liabilities

Henrico County officials aren't making any formal requests this year to the county's General Assembly delegation, but informally they're encouraging the Henrico delegation to support an accounting change that could help preserve the county's sterling triple AAA bond rating.

The issue involves the pension payments made into the Virginia Retirement System for Henrico teachers by the county and state. The state and each Virginia locality share the funding responsibility for the VRS, which makes retirement payments to eligible former teachers and other retired state and local employees. > Read more.

‘Mr. Christmas’ celebrating 40 years of lights, charity

Each holiday season for the last 40 years, Henrico resident Frank Hudak – also known as “Mr. Christmas” – has been lighting up his home in the West End with thousands of holiday lights. During those years, he also has raised more than $82,600 to support Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) through a simple donation box outside his home.

What began as a way to recapture the holiday spirit of his youth in Philadelphia helped start a local holiday tradition of lights and giving. > Read more.

New Varina Library scheduled to open in 2016


Varina's long-anticipated new library will step closer to reality Dec. 10, when the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a plan of development for the facility.

Construction of the 42,333-square-foot Varina Area Library, which will be located on Route 5, adjacent to the Pocahontas Parkway, is expected to begin by May and be completed by November 2015. The facility's targeted opening date is March 1, 2016. > Read more.

Henrico fifth-graders win honors in historical essay contest

Fifteen Henrico fifth-graders were honored for their essays highlighting historical figures and events at the 11th Annual Historical Awareness Project awards reception, held Nov. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Henrico County Public Schools, the project is based on the county’s fifth-grade curriculum and is designed to provide students with an awareness of their local heritage, while encouraging the writers and their families to learn more about their community history. > Read more.

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Community

‘Snagadate’ Heart Association fundraiser planned Oct. 13

The third-annual "Snagadate," a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at Aloft Richmond West's xyz bar in Glen Allen, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Former NBC12 news anchor Gene Cox will host the event, and heart-disease survivor Andy Hrabovsky, a professional auctioneer, will preside over live bidding for themed date packages donated by local and regional businesses. > 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.

Girls in foster care meet princess

Twenty young girls in foster care under Henrico County’s Department of Social Services came to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond Centerstage hoping to meet a Disney princess, and left with new-found friends.

The forum, There is a Princess Tiana in all of Us, was put together by Feld Entertainment and the Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show that played at the Richmond Coliseum in September. The girls worked on creating their own tiaras, then enjoyed a visit with Princess Tiana and conversation and encouragement from local successful women. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.

Art walking, without the chill

Crossroads Art Center to host indoor event Jan. 21
We really do love downtown Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. It’s a great way to view works of myriad artists in a concentrated area, meet a lot of local characters and just revel in the general spectacle of it all.

At this time of year, however, we prefer our activities a bit more sheltered from the elements. But we don’t have to give up our Art Walk – we’re just moving indoors. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

See how Henrico food establishments fared during their most recent Virginia Department of Health inspections. > Read more.

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