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Anthem ‘LemonAid’ registration opens


Last summer, hundreds of Anthem LemonAid stands dotted Central Virginia and raised more than $100,000 in support of cancer treatment and research at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). This July 17-19, Anthem is inviting community members to host an Anthem LemonAid stand in support of the children who are battling the disease. During the past 13 summers, Anthem LemonAid has raised more than $1 million. All funds raised support the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Anthem LemonAid is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ signature summer event. It’s free to participate and is designed for children, families, community groups and businesses alike.

Charity flag football game at Highland Springs HS

The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Hornets will face off again to help raise awareness and contributions to support Special Olympics Virginia. The flag football game will be held Saturday, June 16 at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave. Gates open at noon and the game starts at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Ticket sales will assist the Special Olympics. For more information, call 476-0040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). }

‘2012 Foundation’s Finest’ raises money for cystic fibrosis

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter recently announced the 2012 Foundation’s Finest Class. Thirteen of Richmond’s finest young professionals have started a seven week fundraising blitz. Their goal is to raise $3,000 each through a combination of donations, ticket sales, auction donations, sponsorships, and planning special events around the community.

The Foundation’s Finest program is an event of the CF Young Professionals Leadership Council and guided by event co-chairs Jessica Chandler of Wardrobe Richmond and Amanda Weiner of Saxon Shoes. }

Fan Care Program for seniors begins Friday

Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is again helping older adults combat summer heat by sponsoring the Fan Care Program. Through Fan Care, now in its 22nd year, older adults age 60 and over can receive a fan or other cooling assistance. They also must meet income eligibility requirements.

To apply, call the Fan Care Hotline at 343-3005 and leave a name, address and phone number. A Fan Care representative will return your call.

Fan Care is made possible by cooperative efforts of Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Department for the Aging and Senior Connections. The program will start June15 and ends on September 30, 2012. }

Weekend Top 10


Power wheels, harps and Frankenstein – oh my! Kids are invited to show off their driving skills at Dorey Park on Friday; on Saturday, listen to over 70 youth harpists and singers play ‘Classical Jam’; and end the weekend with a contemporary retelling of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein” at UR. Click here for more!}

Athletes ‘go for the gold’ at Special Olympics Summer Games

More than 1,400 athletes from around the Commonwealth will go for the gold in powerlifting, swimming, track and field, softball, tennis and bowling this weekend June 8-9 during the 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games.

Summer Games competitions will be held at various locations around the region tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m.: Softball – Glen Allen Softball Complex, 2175 Mountain Rd.; Powerlifting, track and field, wheelchair athletics, softball skills and tennis – University of Richmond; Swimming – St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Ave.; and bowling – AMF Hanover Lanes, 7317 Bell Creek Rd. and Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd.

New for 2012, a Young Athletes “Fun Run” will take place at 9:45 a.m. on the track at the University of Richmond. The 25M run is aimed at introducing athletes age 2-10 to Special Olympics.}

Weekend Top 10

While Richmond hosts the annual Greek Festival and Broad Appétit, Henrico proves you don’t need to leave the county to loosen the waistband. In Henrico, the ‘Empty Bowls’ benefit offers ice cream for a good cause. On Saturday, more than 50 beers will be on tap at the Flavor Beer, Wine & Food Festival in Innsbrook. And there’s bound to be some delicious summer fare at the Varina Community Day at Dorey Park. Click here for more!}

James River cleanup scheduled June 9

The James River Advisory Council, in cooperation with the James River Association, will sponsor the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various spots along the river.

Volunteers may select sites between Lynchburg and Charles City County, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Varina. Volunteers will pick up trash and recyclable materials along shoreline areas and trails, while paddlers and power-boaters will collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that is difficult to reach by foot. Much of the trash collected is the result of litter that is carried by rain runoff along roadside ditches to streams, and eventually to the James River.}

‘Rocketts Red Glare’ celebrates Memorial Day with fireworks

Rocketts Landing will make the Richmond skyline sparkle this Memorial Day with Rocketts Red Glare on Sunday, May 27. The free event will feature fireworks, live music and family-friendly activities to celebrate the long holiday weekend.

Rocketts Red Glare will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by local musician Colin Healy on the volleyball court adjacent to The Boathouse. Virginia party band Kings of Swing will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and play throughout the fireworks show, which begins around 9 p.m. During the event, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ famous Pinta and Nina ships will be docked at Rocketts Landing with guided tours available.}

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