Citizen Staff Reports 09/22/2014 Western Henrico
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 06/18/2012 Western Henrico
The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck stopped by BJ’s Wholesale Club on Starling Drive June 15 as part of a seven-month cross-country tour marking the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) 75th Anniversary and raising funds and awareness for Meals on Wheels. Among the visitors who had their photos taken in front of the "specially cultivated” potato -- which weighs six tons and stands almost 12 feet tall -- were Andre Ragsdale, age 13, and nine-year-old Nathan Ramirez.
Hauled by a 48-foot-long, specially-constructed flatbed trailer that took a year to build, the 28-foot-long potato made its national debut at the Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho in December when ESPN featured it during the game. }
National recording artist Toad the Wet Sprocket kicks-off the Summer Concert Series at Short Pump Town Center on Thursday, June 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the main plaza. Toad the Wet Sprocket was one of the most successful alternative rock bands in the early 90s. The band achieved fame with their album “Fear” (released in 1991) and the singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Summer Concert Series will continue every Thursday night until August 16. Admission is free. Town center retailers will offer giveaways and a $500 Short Pump Town Center gift card will be given away at each concert.}
Citizen Staff Reports 06/07/2012 Western Henrico
More than 1,400 athletes from around the Commonwealth will go for the gold in powerlifting, swimming, track and field, softball, tennis and bowling this weekend June 8-9 during the 2012 Special Olympics Summer Games.
Summer Games competitions will be held at various locations around the region tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m.: Softball – Glen Allen Softball Complex, 2175 Mountain Rd.; Powerlifting, track and field, wheelchair athletics, softball skills and tennis – University of Richmond; Swimming – St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Ave.; and bowling – AMF Hanover Lanes, 7317 Bell Creek Rd. and Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd.
New for 2012, a Young Athletes “Fun Run” will take place at 9:45 a.m. on the track at the University of Richmond. The 25M run is aimed at introducing athletes age 2-10 to Special Olympics.}
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 05/17/2012 Western Henrico
Looking for a fun, family-oriented festival to attend this weekend? Imagination Richmond might be for you. The event will be held at The Shops at Willow Lawn May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event, now in its fourth year, began when Willow Lawn Marketing Manager Sarah North felt there was a need in the region for a family-friendly community event at which children could enjoy and explore their imagination through music, art, dance and other children activities.}
Whether you’re an oenophile, a Hokie fan or just looking for fun, the Central Virginia Wine Festival is the place to be.
The annual event will be held May 12 at the SnagAJob Pavilion at Innsbrook.
“It’s a fantastic, fun atmosphere,” said Michael Eck, founder and chairman of the event.
This year’s event will showcase 15 wineries from around the Commonwealth, feature live music, food and arts and crafts vendors. And, of course, there will be plenty of Virginia wine (and also beer).}
Students from Glen Allen High School will attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most simultaneous high-fives on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m.
Prior to the attempt, a yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Individuals can purchase space for $10. Tables will not be provided. There will also be entertainment, a Jaguar car display and activities and games such as a football toss, cornhole, prize wheel, home run derby and more.
Admission to the yard sale is free. The cost to participate in the world record attempt is a $5 donation to the CATS Foundation. A $15 “Gimme 5” ticket will include a donation, as well as a meal from Nader’s and five activity tickets. }
Friends and family of one-year-old Isaac Corbett ("New Life for Joy Boy," 3/15/12 Citizen) will hold a fundraising blitz May 5 in Henrico that will include a yard sale at Rocketts Landing followed by an ice show at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump.
The yard sale at Rocketts Landing will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 5 in the Cedar Works parking lot at the corner of Route 5 & Orleans Street. Organizers are looking for donated items to sell (donate by May 2; details below), as well as shoppers and buyers at the sale, which will benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity that helps children and young adults who need or have had a lifesaving transplant.
Although the Corbett family has lived in Durham, N.C. since October (while Isaac undergoes treatment at Duke University Medical Center) their home is in the Rocketts Landing community. Isaac was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder only days before his first birthday, and has undergone more than 60 x-rays, seven surgeries, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. }
The ASK Fun Walk & 5K will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Short Pump Town Center. All money raised will support local children and their families battling cancer with assistance, support and kindness through the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 5K Run will start at 8 a.m. with the Family Fun Walk following at 8:05 a.m. Family-friendly activities will take place throughout the morning including live music from The Jangling Reinharts, games, children’s activities and awards. Race winners will be recognized, as well as top fundraisers. All ASK kids (current patients and survivors) will participate in the Kourageous Kids Victory Lap.}
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