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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Henrico’s population surpasses 316,000

County remains sixth-largest Virginia locality, according to Cooper Center estimates
The population of Henrico County grew by an estimated 3.3 percent between the April 1, 2010 US Census and July 1, 2013, according to an estimate released this week by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Demographics Research Group of UVA.

Henrico's estimated population of 316,973 was up from its 2010 total of 306,935. It remains the sixth-largest locality in Virginia, according to the Cooper Center, trailing Fairfax County, the City of Virginia Beach, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Chesterfield County.
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Homeschool sports access banks on Senate shakeup

After nearly a decade of debate, some Virginia legislators are hopeful homeschooled students will soon be allowed to participate in public school sports.

House Bill 63, which was proposed by Delegate Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, progressed through the House of Delegates’ Elementary and Secondary Education subcommittee this past week and likely will be heard by the House Education Committee next week.

This year’s version of the bill is identical to those that have failed by one vote at the Senate Education and Health Committee in recent years, Bell says, but there is reason for optimism this time around. > Read more.

Film festival expands into Henrico

The RVA Environmental Film Festival, which has been growing steadily since its inaugural year in 2008, is now officially branching out into Henrico County.

On Feb. 5, the Tuckahoe Library will screen Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a 90-minute documentary about a distant Hawaiian beach that has become an appalling repository of plastic waste from around the world. > Read more.

CVWMA board votes against East End Landfill expansion

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority's board of directors voted unanimously today to deny a request to amend the Central Virginia Regional Waste Management Plan to allow expansion of the East End Landfill on Darbytown Road in the Varina District.

The CVWMA board represents 13 localities in the region. Landfill officials had sought to expand operations at the facility, which accepts construction and demolition debris.

At its Dec. 10 meeting last year, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose amendment of the regional plan. Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, whose Varina District is home to the landfill, spoke on behalf of Henrico’s board at today’s CVWMA meeting. > Read more.

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Community

Adriana Trigiani named 2013 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd., as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

The featured title – Trigiani's novel The Shoemaker’s Wife – will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.

Native colors on display

Native American performers displayed their colors during the 21st annual Great American Indian Exposition Pow-Wow and Show at The Showplace in Henrico Nov. 9-11. The event featured more than 200 dancers, singers, drummers and artisans representing more than 100 tribes. It opened with a parade of nations in honor of November, Native American month. Attendees also had the opportunity to dine on Native American foods, such as buffalo stew and Indian tacos. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Drum roll, please…the holiday season has begun! Celebrate Santa’s arrival this weekend at Short Pump Town Center and The Shops at Willow Lawn. Why does the Count from Sesame Street love the number eight? A new book will tell you Sunday at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Capitol Steps, UkeFest highlight CACGA’s 2013-14 season

The second-annual UkeFest VA, fifth-annual Djangoary Music Soiree and an appearance this week by The Capitol Steps highlight The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen's 2013-14 season, which was announced last month.

The center will host 13 performances as part of its Center Season, nine as part of its 2nd Stage series and four special events.

"In fulfilling our mission, we continually seek out excellent performers so we can present stellar performances," said CACGA President K Alferio. > Read more.

Keagan’s earns its good ‘pub’

When you enter Keagan’s Richmond, with its long bar and corner stage, it feels immediately like a typical Irish pub or tavern with its noise from merry patrons sitting along the well-equipped long bar eating a boxty or Shepherd’s pie and sipping their Guinness on tap or Irish Whiskey.

But that is about as far the Irish character goes. The music, whether from the “can,” a Virginia rock band, or the DJ in the evening, is not necessarily Irish. The same is true of the food menu, which offers (in addition to typically Irish specialties) typical American favorites, such as burgers, sandwiches, and chicken drums (the boneless variety) with spicy and not so spicy sauces and sides. > Read more.

‘Block party’ planned in Lakeside Aug. 24

The Lakeside Sport Complex will host a community-wide block party on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility at 7503 Ranco Road.

The event will include a number of local small businesses that focus on health, wellness, fitness and sports for the entire family. > Read more.

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