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Green Top Outdoor Expo starts Saturday


The Green Top Outdoor Expo will be held this weekend at the Green Top store, just north of Virginia Center Commons at 10150 Lakeridge Parkway in Ashland. The store, which is the largest independent hunting and fishing retailer on the East Coast, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The expo will feature factory representatives from more than 120 top sporting goods brands, an 80-gun raffle, seminars, product giveaways, family entertainment and more.
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Pearce Memorial Scholarship Craft and Home Show scheduled for Oct. 7


The fourth-annual Gabriel Pearce Memorial Scholarship Craft and Home Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Berea Baptist Church, 15475 Ashland Road in Rockville. The event, hosted in memory of Pearce (pictured, inset), who was a 22-year-old Henrico County Sheriff's Deputy at the time of his death in a car accident in 2014, will feature vendors, crafters, children's activities and fair-style games, a bounce house, a silent auction, raffle items, live music and a hot food and a bake sale.
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Lewis Ginter to host Fall PlantFest Sept. 15-16


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Fall PlantFest plant sale will take place Friday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Forty-two vendors will offer a variety of plants and garden/nature-related items for sale. Local Master Gardeners and volunteers also will be available to offer suggestions and answer questions.
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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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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019.
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Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game


When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
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The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts will present Doug Varone and Dancers at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Doug Varone and Dancers are celebrating more than 30 years of creating impassioned choreography. The evening’s performance includes The Bench Quartet, performed by the University of Richmond’s Dancers. Doug Varone and Dancers will perform four sections from the new work In the Shelter of the Fold (Sextet, Duet, Trio, Solo), as well as “Nocturnes” and “Lux.” Stay after for a post-show discussion with Doug Varone and the performers. Tickets are $40. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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