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2 Henrico students to participate in White House event June 3

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe will represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cohen Equities, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm, recently acquired six retail properties in the United States, including The Shoppes at Twin Oaks in Henrico County. The Shoppes at Twin Oaks is a 39,117-square-foot shopping center at Westerre Parkway and Cox Road. Currently, 12,264 square feet of space in the center is available for rent. Cohen Equities has purchased 26 properties in 13 U.S. states since its founding in 2012. > Read more.

3 Henrico teachers win REB Awards

Three Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently won grants as part of the 2014 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, while three other HCPS teachers were finalists for the awards. The six were honored at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.

HCPS seeks budget input for FY 2015-16

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.

The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.

There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

State SOL committee proposes changes

UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.

The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.

The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example. > Read more.

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Community

Henrico woman wins $200k

Henrico resident Felicia Walker went to A&A Convenience Store on Hungary Spring Road in Henrico recently to play the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game, but the clerk was on the phone and couldn't assist her. So, instead, she bought a pair of $200,000 Jackpot scratcher tickets and took them home with her. One turned out to be the third of seven grand-prize winners. > Read more.

Year-end 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.

Miracles in Motion presents Christmas concert on Dec. 21

Miracles in Motion, a dance class designed specifically for children with disabilities, will hold its first Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd.

The classes, taught by the Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance, cover many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater. > 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.

Theater celebrates 20th anniversary


Henrico's HATTheatre likely wouldn't have survived its first two decades without a little luck – and a lot of faith.

So, naturally, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the theater is hosting a performance that questions faith.

Over the Tavern opened March 8, with additional performances scheduled March 15-17. The show is part of the Acts of Faith Festival, an initiative of Richmond's Second Presbyterian Church, faith communities and theater groups designed to spotlight various religious themes. > Read more.

University of Richmond’s 2013 Tucker-Boatwright film festival begins March 1

The University of Richmond’s 2013 Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Film will begin with a three-day festival, “Latin America in the Movies,” March 1–3. All films will be shown at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium.

Sixteen award-winning films, features and documentaries from and about Latin America will be presented by experts and filmmakers. Topics include: the American wars of independence, memory, labor and the environment, liberation theology, political activism, family and adopted children from regions at war, and trials against the paramilitary. > Read more.

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