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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.
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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
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Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams.
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‘Howl-o-ween’ to benefit Pawssible

Pawssible, a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, resources and education for people who want a service dog, and Carytown Burgers and Fries are partnering for "Howl-o-ween" Oct. 31. All three Carytwon Burgers and Fries locations, including those in Lakeside (5404 Lakeside Avenue) and Short Pump (200 Towne Center West), will donate a portion of all sales that day to Pawssible.
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‘Pink-shirt quilt’ to be raffled off in Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser

Quilting Adventures in Lakeside is pairing with the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild to help raise money for the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation through a raffle. The prize is a pink shirt quilt made by members of the Guild. Tickets for the quilt are a donation of $5 or more for the Foundation. Tickets can be bought at Quilting Adventures at 6943 Lakeside Avenue. For details, visit http://cvamodernquiltguild.com
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Innsbrook’s ‘Pumpkin Palooza’ coming Oct. 24

Innsbrook's Great Pumpkin Palooza will be held Oct. 24 at 4951 Lake Brook Drive, beginning with the Great Pumpkin Race at 9:30 a.m. and highlighted by the annual Punkin Dunkin. Proceeds from the 5k run/walk race will benefit educational causes, including the John Rolfe YMCA Bright Beginnings, Henrico Education Foundation and a memorial scholarship at Reynolds Community College.

The Palooza, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include family-friendly activities ranging from costume parades and contests to pumpkin painting, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, food and beverage choices, arts and crafts vendors, and a live battle of the bands.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA.
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Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus.
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