Stepping Up

A child watches bubbles rise at the fifth annual Step Up for Down Syndrome event at Short Pump Town Center Oct. 8. The event raised funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.

"Team Sarah" (left to right) Monica Balduf, Sarah Balduf (age 3 1/2) and Jean Atkinson.

Nicholas Laganke (age 2 1/2)

Sarah Whitehead (with son, Jake Whitehead, 2) ran to raise awareness.>

Emily Dodge, age 7, receives high-fives from hundreds of supporters as she crosses the finish line.

Hatch Brooks (age 19 months) gets a helping hand from family and friends as he takes his first steps.

Chandler Salmon, age 1.

Bonkers and Sweet Thang the clowns entertain with balloon sculpting, face painting and magic.

Savannah Atwood, age 2.

Brenden Banka, age 3.

(Left to right) Shea Zatkulak, 19 and a First Lt. in the JROTC at Powhatan H.S., with friend Max Dryfus, 17 and a student at Charlottesville H.S.

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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The Virginia Hemophilia Foundation will host the VHF Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Walk will start at 9 a.m. at Robious Landing Park. There will be a 5K course, a quick one mile route and the Monster Dash, a 100-yard fun run for kids 12 and under. Funds raised will go toward fulfilling VHF's mission of supporting the needs of those impacted by a bleeding disorder through education, advocacy, and community. The race is limited to 200 runners. For details, visit Full text

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