Henrico woman wins $10k home energy makeover contest

Princess Banks of Henrico is the winner of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance's $10,000 Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, officials announced Oct. 15. Banks and her husband, along with their nine-year-old daughter, will receive energy updates to their home by mid-November, including a new heating and cooling system, added insulation and duct sealing.

“The grand prize is going to a family who will see a vast improvement in their home’s energy performance,” said Bill Greenleaf, executive director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. “As we promised, this family won once and they will save forever.”

“My family and I [will be] so happy to finally have some comfort in our home. We are truly blessed to be winners of this contest. Thanks to RREA… we no longer have to save to afford the cost of replacing our HVAC system and insulating the home,” Banks said.

Banks was one of more than 1,500 people who entered the Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, which ran from July 16 to Aug. 26, She and the other nine finalists received free energy assessments on their homes, valued at $350 each. As the winner, Banks will receive up to $10,000 in home energy upgrades.

EarthCraft Virginia, a green building certification nonprofit, performed the ten finalists' energy assessments. Carrier Corporation also sponsored the contest.

Banks entered the contest after reading about it in the Citizen.

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.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host Goblins and Gourds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate harvest time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, along with a parade, pumpkin painting, storytelling, demonstrations and more. Included with regular Garden admission, which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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