‘East-west’ fundraisers for Isaac to include ice show, yard sale

Friends and family of one-year-old Isaac Corbett ("New Life for Joy Boy," 3/15/12 Citizen) will hold a fundraising blitz May 5 in Henrico that will include a yard sale at Rocketts Landing followed by an ice show at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump.

The yard sale at Rocketts Landing will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 5 in the Cedar Works parking lot at the corner of Route 5 & Orleans Street. Organizers are looking for donated items to sell (donate by May 2; details below), as well as shoppers and buyers at the sale, which will benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity that helps children and young adults who need or have had a lifesaving transplant.

Although the Corbett family has lived in Durham, N.C. since October (while Isaac undergoes treatment at Duke University Medical Center) their home is in the Rocketts Landing community. Isaac was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder only days before his first birthday, and has undergone more than 60 x-rays, seven surgeries, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. The transplant is helping him to overcome Hurler Syndrome, a disorder that generally takes the lives of its victims at only five to six years of age without treatment. Isaac is doing well since his transplant, but he will need ongoing medical care throughout his life that is estimated to cost $60,000-$100,000.

The ice show, "Sk8 for Isaac," will be held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. May 5 at SkateNation Plus. The rink owners have generously donated ice time, so admission to the event is free, but tax-deductible donations to COTA are welcome.

Before Natalie Corbett became pregnant with Isaac, she skated for the rink's adult synchro team, the Twizzlers, under the direction of Coach Stephanie Meier. Coach Stephanie and other coaches attended the baby shower for Isaac, and she has helped organize the U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned event with the help of the Richmond Figure Skating Club and SkateNation Plus. The ice show will also include a silent auction of several gift baskets.

For questions about the ice show, contact Coach Stephanie at the rink's number, 364-1477, or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). More information is also available at http://www.skatenationplus.com. To arrange a time to drop off donations at Rocketts Landing, contact Julie Mabie at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For volunteer opportunities or questions, contact Caroline Corbett, community coordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). To make a monetary donation, or for information about upcoming fundraisers, visit http://www.cotaforisaachc.com. To link to the Citizen story about Isaac, visit http://www.henricocitizen.com/index.php/news/article/05477.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

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Free children’s clothing for those in need

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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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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host October Oddities Oct. 1-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Refresh your “garden spirit” with displays and activities for all ages throughout the month of October. Enjoy vignettes designed to provoke a sense of curiosity and wonder using underappreciated oddities of nature and “horti-torture.” Pick up a Gourd Quest at the admissions desk before heading down to the Children’s Garden. Included with regular admission which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+ and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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