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Master Gardener training program accepting applications

The Henrico County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for the 2013 Master Gardener training program, which will provide in-depth instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Participants will learn about lawn care, tree and shrub maintenance, vegetable gardening, soils, pest management and other topics. After completing nine weeks of classroom training, participants will serve a 50-hour internship with the Extension Office and will help conduct educational programs for the public. The $135 program fee includes the cost of materials.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 26. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 22 through March 21 in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

For an application or information about the Master Gardener training program, call the Extension Office at (804) 501-5160 or follow the link to “Agriculture & Natural Resources” at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/departments/extension/
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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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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Regency Square will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party Sat., Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mall at 1420 Parham Rd. The event is free… Full text

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