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St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School. > Read more.

Safe Harbor event raises more than $15,000

Safe Harbor’s annual cocktail party and festival of trees Nov. 8 raised more than $15,000 to support the agency’s work assisting those who have suffered sexual and domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. More than 100 guests attended the Nov. 8 event at the Deep Run Recreation Center.

The event featured holiday-themed trees and wreaths available for purchase through silent auction as well as many other silent and live auction items. > Read more.

Libbie Mill library plans unveiled as development takes shape

The churn of bulldozers and dump trucks has been evident since July on the site of what will become a powerhouse mixed-use development in Henrico's Near West End. Earlier this month, county officials got their first look at the plans for a state-of-the-art library that is expected to open there in less than two years.

Upon buildout within the next decade or so, the 80-acre Libbie Mill community (situated at the corner of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road) is expected to house 994 for-sale units and 1,096 apartments and more than 200,000 square feet of office, commercial and community space. > Read more.

Pow Wow celebrates American Indians

Richmond American Indian Pow Wow, held Nov. 15-17 at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico, featured art, culture, dance, exhibits, festivals, music and history showcasing Native Americans in Virginia. Among those honored at the event was 80-year-old Pat Richardson, pictured at right with her son, Wayahsti Richardson. The elder Richardson has supported her tribal family, culture and young dancers for decades. > Read more.

Paint power

Volunteers with Henrico County's "Operation Paintbrush" painted the home of Terri Sheppard on Westbourne Drive earlier this month as part of the program, which offers its services to homeowners who need meet certain criteria. Pictured (left to right) are Mallory Horne, Terri Sheppard, Peter Diaz, Melody Moadab, Marcus Squires, Samira Squires, Layne Mitchell, Kenny Trinh, Cassandra Mason, Matthew Giffen and Jeremy Jackson. > Read more.

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Community

‘Step UP for Down Syndrome 5k’ planned

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its fifth annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Short Pump Town Center. The event, previously known as The Buddy Walk, features a 5K run/walk and a free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome. > 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.

Traveling tapestry exhibit opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a touring exhibit from the American Tapestry Alliance during the next month and a half.

The Gumenick Family Gallery exhibition, Small Tapestry International 2: Passages, featuring small tapestries created by artists from around the world, opens Sept. 15 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 30. This is the only East Coast venue hosting this touring, biennial exhibition of the American Tapestry Alliance. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Dancing with the Stars of Richmond’ Planned

The second annual “Dancing with the Stars of Richmond” fund-raising event will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio, 5740 West Broad Street. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch: Nov. 4-17, 2010 Issue

OCT. 18
Arby’s, 5220 Williamsburg Road, Sandston – No critical violations reported and three non-critical violations reported.
Big Al’s Sports Bar and Grill, 3641 Cox Road, Suite F – No violations reported during follow-up inspection. > Read more.

Swing Your Partner

Local Dance Clubs Offer Fun for Beginners, Experts
Be it the two-step or the tango, Henrico residents love to kick up their heels. Now that the weather’s colder, we suggest you give it a whirl. By spring, you could be light on your feet.

Area dancing clubs are light on the wallet, too, with affordable memberships and inexpensive social events.

Here are a few area groups that meet regularly in Henrico: > Read more.

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