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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ seeking help for the aged

A program that provides holiday cheer, companionship and gifts for Richmond area seniors is partnering with businesses and community members to collect items for aging adults. Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Richmond and surrounding areas, the Be a Santa to a Senior program provides gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

Holiday shoppers who want to participate in the gift-giving can visit one of eight area Christmas trees, which feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests – such as a pair of slippers or a small pharmacy gift card. In Henrico, trees are located at The Crossings at University Park, 2422 Pemberton Road; The Hermitage at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Parkway; Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Drive; Our Lady of Hope, 13700 N. Gayton Road, and Home Instead Senior Care, 2565 Homeview Drive. > Read more.

HCPS to host suicide prevention workshop Dec. 3

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. among children and teens ages 10 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help educate parents, friends and others about the warning signs, risk factors and strategies to help support youngsters, the Henrico County Public Schools School Counseling Department will host a suicide prevention workshop Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. > Read more.

Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.
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These cooking tips could prevent a kitchen fire

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day
Henrico Fire officials demonstrated what happens when water is used on a grease fire.
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day, and Henrico Fire officials want you to be informed about how to prevent them.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

If you're cooking this holiday season, remember the following:

• Be alert – If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop; > Read more.

Dominion Gardenfest of Lights begins Nov. 27 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dominion GardenFest of Lights will kick off its holiday illumination Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The celebration will begin with a countdown and a flip of the switch to turn on more than a half-million twinkling lights.

After the illumination, attendees can enjoy strolls through the Garden, botanical decorations, model trains and family activities. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+, $8 for children ages 3-12, free for children under age three, and free for Garden members. > Read more.

Divakaruni to serve as ‘All Henrico Reads’ author in April

The Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library will host internationally bestselling author Chitra Divakaruni as part of its All Henrico Reads program on Wednesday, April 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

Divakaruni's novel, One Amazing Thing, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India. She came to the United States for her graduate studies, receiving a Master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Oh., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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