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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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Panel kills mandatory bicycle helmet bill


Bicycling advocates are happy that legislators have killed a bill requiring all bicyclists under 18 to wear helmets in Virginia.

Helmets can keep riders safe, but mandatory helmet laws are counterproductive, according to the Virginia Bicycling Federation.

“While the Virginia Bicycling Federation encourages helmet use,” said Champe Burnley, president of the organization, “we believe that mandatory helmet laws discourage people from riding bikes, make basic transportation less accessible and as a matter of public policy, do not significantly increase bike safety.” > Read more.

Henrico Police seek help identifying commercial robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and individual responsible for a series of commercial robberies that have occurred in the eastern portion of the county since late January.

Between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6, police have investigated three commercial robberies that have occurred along the Nine Mile Road corridor. The first occurred Jan. 29 in the 1800 block of East Nine Mile Road at 2:20 p.m. The second occurred the same day in the 5200 block of Nine Mile Road at 8:29 p.m.. The third incident occurred in the 1800 block of East Nine Mile Road at 7:10 p.m. Feb. 6. > Read more.

House OKs amendment to increase charter schools


By a 52-47 vote, the Virginia House of Delegates Feb. 12 approved a constitutional amendment that could open the doors for more charter schools in the state.

House Joint Resolution 1, introduced by Delegate Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, would allow the State Board of Education to authorize such schools if the local school board refuses. Republicans have championed the issue, saying Virginia school districts have thwarted attempts to create charter schools, which are public schools that are freed from certain regulations and often offer innovative or specialized programs.

Increasing the number of charter schools was a priority on the GOP education agenda for this legislative session. > 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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