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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 http://www.richmondarc.org
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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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