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‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity.

Marathon spirit

Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park.}

Henrico woman details her 48 surgeries in new book

A Henrico woman has authored a book that details her struggles to overcome obesity – and subsequent struggles to endure 48 surgeries during a 13-year period, resulting from gastric bypass surgery. In Determined to Live: How I Endured 48 Surgeries Due to Gastric Bypass, author Lynette Goode gives readers a raw account of her experience with obesity and the health complications she has dealt with because of it. She offers hope and encouragement to anyone going through any type of hardship, showing them that it is possible to persevere.}

CCC seeks donations to help its ‘blanket Virginia’ effort

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is seeking donations of 500 new or gently used adult and baby blankets in the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Norton regions as part of its “Let’s Blanket Virginia” campaign in the regions it serves. The effort will run through Thanksgiving.}

Highland Springs Community Center grand re-opening planned

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate Highland Springs Community Center, 16 Ivy Avenue, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 9.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature remarks by county officials, facility tours, children’s activities, exhibits and entertainment by Manny Green.}

Reindeer and helpers

Christmas Mothers from decades past gathered at the Deep Run Recreation Center Oct. 7 to prepare for their holiday activities and honor 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother Harriet Long. A retired Henrico County math teacher and long-time volunteer with the program, Long (pictured, bottom row, center, in red blazer) also is a product of Henrico County schools, having attended Lakeside E.S. and graduated from Hermitage H.S.}

‘Step UP for Down Syndrome’ festival scheduled for White Oak Village Oct. 12

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its seventh annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Shops at White Oak Village in Eastern Henrico.

The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a newly expanded free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome.}

Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.}

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift.}

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