ACT NOW Underway at Henrico Shopping Malls

Weekend holiday shoppers at several Henrico shopping malls are under the watchful eyes of ACT NOW (Awareness of Crime Today-Neighbors on Watch) volunteers, who are assisting police with their holiday crime prevention efforts.

The program is a partnership between Henrico County Neighborhood Watch, the Division of Police, Division of Police volunteers and the malls. It began Nov. 27 and will continue every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 18.

The volunteers, dressed in maroon vests and equipped with cell phones, patrol participating Henrico mall parking lots and shopping areas.

In addition to heightening awareness of holiday crime prevention, ACT NOW volunteers facilitate interest in Henrico County's Neighborhood Watch program and distribute holiday safety flyers and information regarding other Division of Police crime prevention programs.

For details about the program or to schedule a free crime prevention program, call Henrico County Division of Police Community Policing Section at 501-4838 or visit

Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Regency Square will host trick-or-treating for kids from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The mall will screen “Monsters University” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, visit Full text

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