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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.
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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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