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Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.

Grapevine access opens

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River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines. > Read more.
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Harvest Festival scheduled for Oct. 18

Henrico County will hold its 31st annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the 19th century; these include cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and a natural dye demonstration.

Additional family activities will include a petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze and a children’s pumpkin patch, where children ages 3-12 can pick their own pumpkins. > Read more.

Parade of Homes underway


The 63rd Annual Parade of Homes – the prime real estate event of the year – returned to the Greater Richmond area Oct. 4 for three weekends to showcase the best new homes, design and construction techniques in the region to the public.

The free, signature event for the Richmond real estate industry is hosted by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) and features 70 new homes and one remodeled home built by 34 builders.

The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond region, including the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King William, New Kent and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The event is expected to attract thousands of people, and this year the number of homes represents more than a 17-percent increase in entries and builder participation from last year. > Read more.

Business in brief


CBRE|Richmond recently reported the following transaction: NCI Information Systems – renewed their lease of 29,024 square feet at 1510 and 1530 E. Parham Rd. Joe Marchetti, David Wilkins and Rebecca Barricklow handled the transaction on behalf of the landlord. > Read more.

Humane Society’s Pet Expo nears


When the Henrico Humane Society was formed 20 years ago by a group of individuals concerned about animal welfare, its aim was to address the large number of homeless animals in the greater Richmond area.

Still run entirely by volunteers today, the HHS (a nonprofit organization) has matched thousands of animals with new owners since its inception – including more than 700 at its annual Pet Expo last year – saving the lives of pets and bringing new family members to homes in Henrico.

“We had a really successful year last year and placed a lot of animals into forever homes,” said Kathy Hieber, a Henrico Humane Society board member and volunteer manager who also serves on the event committee. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend and Henrico has some great outdoor activities available: KidsFest at Deep Run Park, a bike ride with friends and the March for Babies in Innsbrook. If you’d prefer to stay inside, the Henrico Theatre is showing the classic film “Casablanca” and the Henrico Theatre Company’s new production opens. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Three opportunities exist this weekend in Henrico to get a workout while helping a good cause: CASA Superhero Run, ASK Fun Walk and 5K and the Red, White & Azul 5K and 1 Mile Park Bark. Relax afterwards with folk music at the University of Richmond and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse or celebrate World Tai Chi Day at Walkerton Tavern. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If getting bombarded with colored cornstarch sounds like fun, then you’ll be happy to know the Color Me Rad 5k is in Innsbrook on Saturday. Another colorful event is the Spring Into the Arts Festival at Shady Grove UMC. Earth Day is April 22 but you can celebrate early at the University of Richmond or Three Lakes Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


There are some fun sporting events this weekend in Henrico! Whether it’s for fun, the glory or to support a good cause, there’s something for everyone! There are also a variety of cultural arts events taking place in the Glen Allen area – the Latin Ballet will present “Amy’s Travels,” the James River Ringers will perform at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and Henrico County Recreation and Parks will host “Art in the Afternoon” at historic sites along Mountain Road. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

The stuff legends aren’t made of

‘Dorothy’ shouldn’t have bothered to return
A question hangs over the head of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. A question that will needle its way into the audiences’ brains over the course of its 88-minute running time.

“Why is this in theaters?”

Because Legends of Oz doesn’t particularly look like a movie – at least not one you’d typically pay upwards of ten dollars for. It looks like a direct-to-DVD Oz : cheap and ugly, with the level of animation typically found in a nasal spray ad. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Are you looking for a date night idea? Sit back and enjoy local theatre performances like “Leaving Iowa” at CAT Theatre and “Lady Patriot” at the University of Richmond. For some laughs, check out comedian Kevin Bozeman at the Richmond Funny Bone. Or sample some Virginia wine, cider, mead and wine at James River Cellars Winery’s Experience Virginia event. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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