Henrico County VA

‘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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Parham Doctors’ Hospital opens adolescent treatment program

HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital recently opened its new Center for Emotional Growth Adolescent Partial Hospitalization program, which will provide a flexible treatment option for those who need more structure but do not require inpatient treatment.

Directed towards adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age, the program includes treatment of patients struggling with depression, anxiety, school phobias, anger management, social withdrawal, aggressiveness, mood swings, self-injurious behavior, and sexual abuse/assault. > Read more.

Tahoes California Grill to open in Shoppes at Twin Oaks

An opening date of mid-October has been set for Tahoes California Grill, which will be located in the Shoppes at Twin Oaks, 3601 Cox Road.

With a focus on bringing the feel and taste of California and Lake Tahoe to the East Coast, the restaurant features a decor of wood, stone, distressed wood and photographs of Lake Tahoe, as well as a covered patio. > Read more.

Stitching an American story

99-Year-Old Henrico woman spreads patriotism through crocheting

This Is One Really Incredible 99 Year Old.

Those words appear on a pillow in the center of Ersell Brinser’s bed. At the foot of the bed, you’ll find a pile of four folded blankets, all designed as American flags and crocheted by Brinser. Crocheting is how she spends her time when she isn’t watching Dr. Phil or Oprah.

Although she crochets many blankets with different color schemes, Brinser’s most popular design is the American flag. She recently presented a flag to Henrico County, her home for the majority of her life. She received a certificate of appreciation – and a personal visit – from County Manager John Vithoulkas. > 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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