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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Monday, Oct. 17 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Aug. 19, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. > Read more.

‘Evening with Henry Winkler’ event to benefit Henrico Schools


The Henrico Education Foundation will host a Nov. 3 fundraiser at Glen Allen High School with actor and author Henry Winkler, who is best known for his role as Fonzie in the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days."

The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include remarks and conversation with Winkler; coffee and dessert; and a book sale and signing.

Tables of eight for the event are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.henricogives.org or by calling (804) 652-3869, ext. 3. Individual tickets will be released in early fall. > Read more.

Henrico Public Library offers new nature exploration backpacks


Thanks to a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia, Henrico County Public Library now offers nature exploration backpacks, which are available for check out. Each backpack checks out for 14 days and contains information and materials to make a trip to one of Virginia's 36 state parks a fun learning experience for the entire family. > Read more.
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Business in brief


Henrico-based Virginia Care Partners (VCP) has entered into an agreement with Transcend to provide population health management services through value-based care to 10,000 Richmond-area Medicare Advantage patients. Transcend will work with more than 90 VCP primary care physicians, consulting with them in their offices to help track, analyze, and act on data about their Medicare Advantage patients’ health. Transcend’s support includes services that will help VCP physicians better identify and address opportunities to improve care and health outcomes. VCP was formed in 2012 by physicians who shared a commitment to improving their patients’ health outcomes by applying best treatment practices across all care settings – in physician offices, hospitals and outpatient care settings. VCP works collaboratively to negotiate value-based care contracts that provide incentives for improved patient outcomes, adherence to care standards, increased preventive care and chronic disease management, and reduced cost. > Read more.

Surprise ceremony held for first local class of McDonald’s EUA


Fifteen crew members and managers from local McDonald's restaurants got a surprise Feb. 15 when they were invited to participate in a formal graduation ceremony, complete with caps and gowns, at the Henrico office of local franchisee Sue Durlak.

All 15 graduates had enrolled in September in a 22-week program known as English Under the Arches (EUA), part of a free educational assistance program for McDonald's employees known as Archways to Opportunity. The program combines online and in-person classes in English as a second language, and allows participants the chance to advance into other programs that assist them in pursuing their GED as well as higher education. > Read more.

House passes McClellan’s simple assault bill

Proposal would allow some cases to be addressed without jail time

The House unanimously passed Henrico Del. Jennifer McClellan’s bill to allow simple assault against a family member to be dealt with outside of jail time.

Under existing law, assault and battery of a family member can have a more lax punishment than simple assault because of different code sections.

In Virginia, assault and battery is defined as intentional harmful contact. Assault is considered attempting or threatening to inflict bodily injury upon another, and battery is the actual contact. Therefore, if someone attempts to make contact but misses, he or she could still be found guilty of simple assault. > Read more.

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Community

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
Entertainment

Good food and fun, bargain prices

Pelon’s serves up a good mix of variety, value

I first stumbled into Pelon's on a Wednesday night, lured by the promise of $2 tacos and beers. At those prices, I had assumed the place was a hole in the wall, and was pleasantly surprised by the spacious, pleasant interior.

Having spent my teen summers in Virginia Beach surfing, I also felt instantly at home amid the ocean-themed decor. From the ride-the-waves posters lining the walls and the TV displaying non-stop surfing footage, to the foosball table and enormous spools serving as tables, Pelon's is a delight for beach lovers and surfing fans. Reading the menu is part of the entertainment here, as patrons browse burrito choices that include Rip Tide, The Curl, Hawaiian Pipeline and Big Kahuna. > Read more.






 

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