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Country Style Donuts to open West End location

The “King of the Doughnuts” is expanding his territory. Zouhair Nasserddine, owner of Country Style Donuts in Eastern Henrico, has announced the opening of a new store in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8900 W. Broad Street.

Nasserddine, a native of Lebanon, earned the regal nickname while working for Dunkin’ Donuts in the 1970s.

“The owner saw him making doughnuts one day and called him the King of the Doughnuts,” said Nasserddine’s wife, Waswa. She says that the owner declared, “We can’t ever let this guy go!’” > Read more.

Lebanese Food Festival celebrating its 30th year

At Saint Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church in Glen Allen everyone is family, everyone has pride in their culture, and everyone has been preparing months in advance for the 30thannual Lebanese Food Festival May 16-18.

The festival – as it has throughout its lengthy history – will celebrate Lebanese food and culture, as well as the importance of family and tradition.

Sandra Brown, a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s and one of the many festival volunteers, said that the Lebanese Food Festival is something that she simply was born into. The church has more than 300 families with generations of Lebanese backgrounds, including her own (both her parents are Lebanese). > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 21-27


706 Coles Way – $226,015, 1,650 SF, from Anderson Mill LLC to Yumika A. Fowler and Eric P. Jones.
204 Huntsman Road – $227,159, 1,872 SF (built in 1989), from Ronald W. Toney and J. Hundley to Federal National Mortgage Association.
10315 Waltham Drive – $235,000, 1,690 SF (built in 1965), from Stephen F. Hart Jr. and C.B. Trustee to Charles Jackson Harrell, Jr. and Patricia H. Harrill
8527 Mark Lawn Drive – $239,200, 1,914 SF (built in 1935), from Thomas E. and K.L. Murphey to Cassandra Wilder and Justin Beck.
5802 Gate House Drive – $242,100, 1,930 SF (built in 2004), from Syed Arman Raza to Yeshwanth R. Dendi and Shilpa Yedama. > Read more.

‘Hallway of Hope’ brightens hospital for patients

For cancer patients and their families, trips to the hospital can be discouraging. But a collaborative art exhibit between Henrico County Public Schools and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has made barren hospital hallways a little brighter.

“Hallway of Hope” is an exhibit of HCPS student artwork, designed to lift the spirits of visitors to the hospital’s cancer departments. The pieces rotate monthly, and the continuing theme for the artwork is “What makes me happiest.” The initial call for artwork brought 700 entries. Project organizers want to refresh the exhibit with new pieces. > Read more.

Hot air balloon was carrying 2 UR women’s basketball coaches

Balloon caught fire, crashed in Caroline County
UPDATE: May 12, 6:01 P.M. – The families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis have released statements through the University of Richmond about the women who died in Friday's hot air balloon crash in Caroline County.

Statement from the family of Ginny Doyle
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events and the loss of Ginny. Words cannot express how we feel or our remorse. Ginny was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, athlete, teammate, coach, teacher, colleague, friend and storyteller. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


There are some great performances taking place this weekend in Henrico: Le Hot Club, the Shanghai Quartet, fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman and the fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam. And don’t forget Fido! The Henrico Humane Society’s Pet Expo is on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re looking to extend the Valentine’s Day celebrations, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering Orchids Galore and a chocolate workshop. You can also take your Valentine to a show at Henrico Theatre – Gaye Adegbalola performs Friday and Theatre IV presents “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Seeing red

It was a red-out in the nurseries of Bon Secours hospitals Feb. 1, as all the babies were dressed in red knit caps and blankets as part of National Wear Red Day to kick off American Heart Month. At right, St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni Ardabell holds one of the newborns at that hospital. Each of the knit caps worn by the infants was knitted by Bon Secours volunteers. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10

A wide variety of events await Henrico residents this weekend! Varina Library will have child safety information available and Tuckahoe Library will offer style tips for ages 40+. The Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Shady Grove Coffeehouse and University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts all provide nighttime entertainment. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Glen Allen’s party-starter

JJ’s Grille offers comfort, entertainment

The dance party (mostly for Baby Boomers) was on during a recent Saturday night at JJ’s Grille on Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen. An hour before the start of the live music at 8 p.m., it was difficult to get in and sit down at a table to have a bite before the party.

When the five members of the featured band “The English Channel” arrived they were greeted like friends and people started to drift towards the small area near the window front of the grill that later served as a dance floor. And when the band started the first of its 1960s and ‘70s pop tunes, the dance floor was filled in an eye blink. It stayed like this for the whole set – two hours of Beatles, Rolling Stones and other sing-along and dance-along tunes pleasantly presented with skill and perfect volume for the now-small space. > Read more.

The many needy lives of Walter Mitty


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and its hero, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) have something in common – they both just want to be appreciated. But Walter just seeks the affection of a single person: his unrequited office love, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig).

Walter Mitty wants to be loved by all: the young, the old, the comedy fans, the drama fans, and every single human being in between. And unlike the living, breathing Walter, Walter Mitty‘s neediness is its undoing. > Read more.

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