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Guided tour of Malvern Hill planned as part of ‘History at Sunset’ series


A two-hour guided walk through of portions of Malvern Hill July 1 will kick off the Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site's “History at Sunset” series of evening guided walks and programs highlighting new park lands and lesser-known stories. The series will continue at four other local Civil War sites and Evergreen Cemetery at 7 p.m. each Saturday in July.
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Varina’s Big Toy parade to help usher in holiday season


In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.

The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration.
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Highland Springs Community Center grand re-opening planned

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate Highland Springs Community Center, 16 Ivy Avenue, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 9.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature remarks by county officials, facility tours, children’s activities, exhibits and entertainment by Manny Green.
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‘Step UP for Down Syndrome’ festival scheduled for White Oak Village Oct. 12

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its seventh annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Shops at White Oak Village in Eastern Henrico.

The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a newly expanded free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome.
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News, new date for regional river cleanup

This year's James River Regional Cleanup will take place this year in September, instead of its normal date in June, the James River Advisory Council announced this week.

Since its start years ago, the cleanup has been held on the second Saturday in June. But planners received support for a date change and decided this year to push the date back to Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup will include numerous sites between Lynchburg and Newport News, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County.
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Church seeks to spread holiday ‘hope’

New Bridge Baptist Church in Sandston is seeking donations to assist with its “A Touch of Hope” program, which aims to provide a holiday meal, warm coat and wrapped gifts for more than 1,000 people next month.

The church hopes to raise $50,000 in donations and monetary support. It will distribute the items Dec. 15.
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Elko Community Center to celebrate re-opening Oct. 27

Henrico County will dedicate Elko Community Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27 at 6216 White Oak Rd. in Sandston.

This event, which is open to the public, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature remarks by county officials, facility tours, children’s activities, games, exhibits, classic cars, food and music by Churchyard Grass.
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Chickahominy YMCA offering meals to needy students

To ensure that children in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas have access to food year-round, the Chickahominy Family YMCA in Sandston is offering free healthy meals and snacks through its summer food program, thanks to a $5,000 grant funded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Y has partnered with the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities, with a focus on increasing participation in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides free meals to children aged 18 and under while school is out. According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one in seven children who depend on free or reduced-cost meals during the school year received meals though the SFSP last summer.
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Fresh produce on sale now at St. Paul’s Baptist Church

A consortium of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Virginia State University Co-op Extension and the ACE Program is now offering fresh produce for sale Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The garden is located on a four-acre plot directly behind St. Paul’s at 4247 Creighton Rd.

All produce is organic and picked daily. Offerings include okra, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and bell peppers, as well as fresh cut flowers. Watermelon and cantaloupes will be available soon.

Proceeds benefit ACE - Another Chance to Excel. The ACE Program helps ex-offenders and disadvantaged, at-risk young adults with the educational, vocational, social and life skills they need to successfully transition back into the community, secure gainful employment and become economically self-sufficient.
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The film “The Shack” (PG-13) will play at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments are $1 per item. For details, call 652-1460 or visit http://www.henricotheatre.us. Full text

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