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‘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.

Henrico Extension to hold free lawn care workshop Aug. 13

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13 to help residents establish and maintain beautiful, healthy lawns.

The SMART Lawn Saturday event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Extension office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The workshop will feature presentations by lawn care experts as well as displays and exhibits by local vendors throughout the day. > Read more.
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Henrico elementary schools failed to fill substitute teacher spots more than 2,400 times in past 2 years
Fair Oaks Elementary School failed to find substitute teachers 166 times during the 2015-16 school year – the most among Henrico elementary schools.
When a teacher calls in sick or misses a day for another reason, schools rely on substitute teachers to fill in. But what happens when substitutes aren’t available – or aren’t willing to report to certain schools?

It's a question that even Henrico County Public Schools officials can't completely answer – even though the scenario has occurred more than 2,400 times at Henrico elementary schools during the past two school years.

Data provided by Henrico County Public Schools to the Citizen at the newspaper’s request paints a striking contrast between how often substitute positions went unfilled at schools in Eastern Henrico when compared to those in the West End. > Read more.

Bondurant appointed as Henrico General District Court judge


Thomas O. Bondurant Jr. has been appointed to the Henrico County General District Court, effective Sept. 1.

Henrico’s Circuit judges selected Bondurant to fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Mary B. Malveaux to the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

A member of the Virginia State Bar since 1974, Bondurant has practiced law in civil and criminal trial and appellate courts in all state and federal jurisdictions. His work has included family, criminal, real estate and personal injury cases. > Read more.

Church uses goats to clear overgrowth


For the past week, dozens of goats have called the Christ United Methodist Church off of Horsepen Road home.

The goats are not just for show though; – they are actually hard at work. Julia Davidson, a long time member of the church, came up with the idea of hiring goats to come in and help eat the large amount of foliage that has cropped up in the woods behind the church. Davidson told the Citizen that she thought the woods area obscured the view of the church from the road. > 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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