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County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities.

Henrico woman is weight-loss finalist


Glen Allen resident Myra Hartsell is a finalist in the Medi-Weightloss 2016 Transformation Vacation Giveaway, an annual contest that allows patients from more than 80 locations throughout the country to submit their "before" and "after" pictures, along with an inspirational story describing their weight loss journey.

The top 10 finalists were selected from nearly 50 entries nationwide based not only on their successful weight loss, but also on the motivational aspect of their personal transformation.

Hartsell's entry described how she hit "rock bottom" in July 2014 after the death of her mother, then became an empty-nester when her twins started college.}

‘Caring Santa’ to visit special-needs children at VCC


'Caring Santa' will visit with children with special needs, and their families, at Virginia Center Commons shopping center in Glen Allen Sunday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 am. to 10:30 a.m. The visit will be held in a sensory friendly environment, and families will not have to wait in line but will sign in and be called when it is their turn.

Caring Santa events have expanded from seven Simon malls in 2011 to more than 100 Simon malls. In 2013, Simon and The Noerr Programs were honored by Community Gatepath, earning a Community Impact Award for their efforts in pioneering Caring Santa.}

Local puppy trainers raise canine helper for Virginia woman


A puppy-raising family from Glen Allen has been credited with helping Canine Companions for Independence provide an assistance dog for Madisyn Hess of McGaheysville, Virginia.

Canine Companions for Independence, a national non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, recently matched Madisyn with Oxford, a two-year-old Labrador/golden retriever cross who has been trained to respond to more than 40 advanced commands. Oxford can turn light switches on and off, open and close doors and retrieve dropped objects. One of his most important jobs, however, is to provide constant companionship for Madisyn.}

Innsbrook’s ‘Pumpkin Palooza’ coming Oct. 24


Innsbrook's Great Pumpkin Palooza will be held Oct. 24 at 4951 Lake Brook Drive, beginning with the Great Pumpkin Race at 9:30 a.m. and highlighted by the annual Punkin Dunkin. Proceeds from the 5k run/walk race will benefit educational causes, including the John Rolfe YMCA Bright Beginnings, Henrico Education Foundation and a memorial scholarship at Reynolds Community College.

The Palooza, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include family-friendly activities ranging from costume parades and contests to pumpkin painting, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, food and beverage choices, arts and crafts vendors, and a live battle of the bands.}

Ruritans Club marks 50th anniversary


Are you old enough to remember when gas was 31 cents a gallon and you could buy a new car for $2,650? How about paying rent of $118 a month? You could have been cruisin’ down Mountain Road in a new Dodge Charger, or riding a new skateboard to Mr. Allen’s Market. That was the year – 1965 – that the world was introduced to contact lenses, Spirograph, Bounty, Get Smart, Lost in Space, Gatorade, Apple Jacks, and Spaghetti O’s.

It was also in 1965 that the Glen Allen Ruritan Club was founded – and today the Ruritans are still going strong. The Ruritans are the folks that have cleaned up Mountain Road; raised money for scholarships at local high schools through the Healy Gala; supported local schools and charities such as Lamb’s Basket, St. Joseph Villa, the Henrico Christmas Mother and the juvenile jail by cooking their locally famous barbeque; and put on Glen Allen Day for the last 19
years. }

West Broad Village donates to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


West Broad Village and its parent company, Excel Trust, recently donated more than $13,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Virginia. The money was raised during the community’s Summer Concert Series.

Pictured above, Philip Hopkins (front) accepts a $13,480.50 check from Tammy Philblad, Excel Trust regional property manager. Joining the presentation (back row, from left)are Melody Thomas, Excel Trust administrative assistant; Kendall Rumsey, Excel Trust director of marketing; Terri Q. Quinan, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter executive director; and Philip’s mother Catherine Hopkins. }

Bike collection planned at Henrico concert Aug. 22


The last Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer outdoor concert at West Broad Village, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Short Pump, will feature a salute to the upcoming UCI Road World Cycling Championships, coming to the Richmond region next month. As an all-girl band entertains the public with an AC/DC and Foreigner tribute, representatives from West Broad Village will accept donations of children’s new and lightly used bicycles for redistribution to youngsters at the Virginia Homes for Boys and Girls.}

10th annual Filipino Festival coming in August


The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.

Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings.}

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