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Actors Bernsen, Jones film movie in Henrico
Famed actors Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones were in Henrico recently for several days, filming On The Wing, a family-friendly movie whose screenplay was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival and quarter-finalist at the Richmond International Film Festival. The movie filmed for several days at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico, then moved to the Virginia State Capitol and Doswell. Filming will wrap up Aug. 25, and the movie is expected to be completed by January, then marketed in the U.S. and internationally through RedBox and on Netflix.

The crew of two dozen is composed almost entirely of Richmond-area residents, and the lead actor (19-year-old Brennon Tolbert) is from Virginia Beach. > Read more.

Police seek convenience store robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a convenience store/gas station in the 8900 block of West Broad Street Jan. 5. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that day, the man entered the store, approached the cashier, displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. There were no injuries.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, in his early 40s, wearing a gray hooded jacket with blue stripes down the sleeves, gray knit cap and dark colored pants. > Read more.

Faith, family and football

Highland Springs, Va. Tech star has grown on, off the field

Derrick “Skip” Hopkins spent the past four years as a defensive tackle for the Virginia Tech Hokies, concluding his career during the team’s Sun Bowl loss Dec. 31 to UCLA, but football has not been his only achievement.

His football career began at age five when he played offense and defense for the Glen Lea Lions in Henrico. He continued to play defensive tackle and offensive guard while at Fairfield Middle School and focused his attention on defensive tackle at Highland Springs High School.

High school is where Derrick became “Skip.”

“My brother [Antoine] was already playing on the team and everyone called him ‘Hop,’ so my coach started calling me ‘Skip’ and it stuck,” said Hopkins. > Read more.

Kindred spirits

Support group offers guidance for caregivers
Years after raising five children with her husband, Georgianna Faulk figured that her parenting days were over. But that changed when the couple gained custody of two of their grandsons nearly seven years ago.

The boys, then 4 and 5, were removed from their parents’ home because of abusive conditions there. (Neither parent is allowed to have contact with the boys until the children turn 19.) > Read more.

Menchie’s opening at White Oak Village Jan. 4

Menchie’s, an international frozen yogurt shop, will open its second Henrico location Jan. 4 at The Shops at White Oak Village.

The location will host a seven-day grand opening event, offering specials and giveaways each day through Friday, Jan. 10 at the location, 4501 South Laburnum Ave., Suite 510.

“We chose to open a Menchie’s because of the brand’s commitment to its mission, vision, values and community service,” said franchisee Jodie Brendlinger. “Menchie's is a family friendly place that provides their guests with a smiley experience and we can‘t wait to share this with the Richmond community.” > Read more.

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Community

Cure by Design celebrates cancer survivors

Among the surprise celebrity appearances at the Sept. 24 Cure by Design Fashion Show was one by top male model Brad Kroenig (pictured with Sydney Page and First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell, the honorary chair for the event).

Governor Bob McDonnell also dropped in to join his wife at the gala, which was held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, while national designer Alex Garfield drummed up bids for the live auction.

The event centered around a fashion show featuring nearly 50 local cancer survivors as models. Following the fashion show, the traditional champagne toast and birthday reception was held to honor survivors, who posed with family and friends and celebrated “A World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” > Read more.

Fun run attracts hundreds in Short Pump

Hundreds of youngsters and teens sprinted through Short Pump Oct. 1 during the C&F Bank and Lite98 Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, the region’s largest timed youth road race. The event took place behind Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

2011 Christmas Mother selected

Community volunteer Bonnie L. Abernathy has been named the 2011 Henrico Christmas Mother and already is at work with hundreds of schools, businesses, civic organizations, church groups and individuals to help Henrico citizens experience the the holiday season. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Kenya Safari Acrobats to perform at CACGA

The Kenya Safari Acrobats – a high-spirited troupe from Africa – will perform twice at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Thursday, Feb. 3. Shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The group promotes African circus entertainment throughout the world. (Africa is being recognized internationally as the birthplace of the circus.) > Read more.

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.

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