Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite program scheduled

The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years, will host weekend respite opportunities for adults (ages 18 and older) and children (ages 10-17) with developmental disabilities throughout the year at Camp Baker in Chesterfield.

The weekend respite program provides participants with a wide range of supervised activities, including music, arts and crafts and community outings at ARC's 22-acre, handicapped-accessible facility.

The weekend respite program benefits everyone in the family, according to Quintin Mitchell, vice president of developmental services at ARC.

"We provide services that enhance a person’s life. That‘s one less worry for caregivers because they are leaving their loved one in an environment with a skilled staff," Mitchell said.

Children's respite weekends begin Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at 4 p.m. the weekends of: Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3, May 31, Jul. 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

Adult weekend respite programs are scheduled on the weekends of Jan. 25; Feb. 8, 15 and 22; Mar. 8, 15 and 22; Apr. 12, 19 and 26; May 10, 17, and 24; Jun. 14, 21 and 28; Jul. 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 9 and 23; Sept. 6, 20 and 27; Oct. 4, 18 and 25; Nov. 1, 15 and 29; and Dec. 6.

Cost per session is $593.86 or the equivalent in Medicaid waiver hours. For details, call (804) 358-1874, (804) 748-4789, 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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Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club will host a Turkey Shoot from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday until Dec. 16 at the Glen Echo Ball Field, 3812 Nine Mile Rd. There are 16 shooters per round. Rounds cost $4 each. Prizes will be awarded. Full text

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