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‘Blue Devil Dash’ 5K Run/Walk Scheduled

The second annual Blue Devil Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road. The event is sponsored by the Varina High School Student Government Association and seeks to promote health and wellness, while raising funds for student activities, campus beautification and scholarships.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include both a timed 5K run/walk on a flat course that starts and ends at the school and a one-mile kids’ fun run. School bands and cheerleaders will provide encouragement for participants in this event along the race course.

Trophies will be awarded to top finishers in all age categories as well as to overall finishers. Prizes will be provided by local businesses, including Dave & Buster’s, Panera Bread, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Boathouse Restaurant. Financial and in-kind support for this event is being provided by the Varina Ruritans, BCWH Architectural Firm, Montgomery & Simpson, LLC, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A and Cabot Creamery.

Runners, walkers, and community supporters can register for the event at http://www.raceit.com For d.etails, call 226-8700.
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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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