American Legion Post 233 in Varina to host Music Jam

February 23 2017 - {event_name}, 5 p.m., Free
The American Legion Post 233, 8088 Recreation Rd. in Varina, will host a free Music Jam at 5 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month. Featuring country gospel and bluegrass music. Anyone is welcome to play or sing. Food and drinks are available for purchase. For details, call Wayne Gilbert at 572-3124.

Third annual RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest planned at Willow Lawn

February 25 2017 - {event_name}, 12 p.m., Free
The third annual RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shops at Willow Lawn. Plungers will take to the icy above-ground pools at 2 p.m. A minimum $100 donation is required to participate. Proceeds allow Special Olympics Virginia athletes to receive access to free year-round sport, health and education programs. The family-friendly festival features a costume contest, DJ, face painting, games and vendors. Admission is free. For details, call 726-3023 or visit http://www.polarplunge.com/richmond.

Fetch a Cure to offer Pen Pals Volunteer and Foster Training Seminar

February 26 2017 - {event_name}, 12:30 p.m.,
Fetch a Cure’s Pen Pals Volunteer and Foster Training Seminar will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 2SpeakDog Training Facility, 7320 Capehart Rd. Information will include: preparing for a foster dog, maintaining and reinforcing training, dog body language and behavior, handling your foster dog at events, traveling with your foster dog, and advocating for your foster dog. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Emily Clanton 93-8353 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

American Legion Post 233 in Varina to host Bluegrass Show and Open Mic

March 02 2017 - {event_name}, 6:30 p.m., Free
The American Legion Post 233, 8088 Recreation Rd. in Varina, will host a Bluegrass Show and Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Featuring The Front Porch Pickers. Anyone is welcome to play or sing. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call Wayne Gilbert at 572-3124.

Lakeside Moose Lodge 1714 to host Chili Cook-off

March 04 2017 - {event_name}, 9 a.m., Cost varies
The Lakeside Moose Lodge 1714, located at 1207 Hilliard Rd., will host a Chili Cook-off at 9 a.m. Entrance fee is $20 through Feb. 15, $30 through March 3 and $40 on the day of the event. Judges tickets are $10 – there will be both popular judging and double blind judging. Both will be awarded cash prizes and are based on participation and attendance. Popular vote tickets are five for $5. For details, including full contest rules, email John Compton at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Volunteers needed to help clean East End, Evergreen Cemeteries

March 11 2017 - {event_name}, 9 a.m., Free
Volunteers are needed to help clean East End and Evergreen Cemeteries from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These cemeteries are the eternal sacred grounds for thousands of African American historical figures. Decades of neglect has obscured their graves and thousands of others beneath tangles of ivy, brush, and illegally dumped trash. Since June 2013, a small group of regular volunteers, along with many students and Richmond-area residents, have been working to reveal them, slowly uncovering not just long-buried headstones but an entire community. Lunch will be served. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/EastEndCemeteryProject.

Benefit concert for transplant survivor Chad Southward at Sandston Baptist Church

March 18 2017 - {event_name}, 7 p.m., Free; donations accepted
A benefit concert will be held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Chad Southward, a Henrico-area man who received his third double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day 2016, at 7 p.m. at Sandston Baptist Church. The Christian music concert, “Breathe Deeply – Songs for the Southwards,” will feature Amy Ladd and Friends, Clear Call and Who Shot Goliath? The MC will be Troy Westerman. Funds are being raised to assist with transplant related expenses. The concert is free but donations will be accepted. For details, call Wanda Phillips at (804) 564-6237.

Annual Walk Like MADD 5k Dash/Walk planned at Dorey Park

April 08 2017 - {event_name}, 9 a.m.,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving will present its annual Walk Like MADD 5k Dash/Walk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Walk Like MADD honors those killed or injured in impaired driving crashes. Funds raised support victim services and educational events in Virginia. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. For details, call 353-7121 x5153 or visit http://www.walklikemadd.org/richmond.

JR Tucker High School Drama Boosters to host “Race to the End” Color Run

May 20 2017 - {event_name}, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., $25 to $35
The J.R. Tucker High School Drama Boosters will host the “Race to the End” Color Run from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the school, 2910 N. Parham Rd. Participants of the event will be rewarded with post-race events on campus including vendors, concessions and kid activities. Race registration includes bib, color packet and t-shirt (guaranteed to participants that register by May 4). Cost is $25 for students, $35 for adults and $30 for groups of five or more. Proceeds from the race will benefit the J.R. Tucker School String Players’ trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in The Fringe. To register, visit http://bit.ly/JRTcolorrun.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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A benefit concert will be held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Chad Southward, a Henrico-area man who received his third double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day 2016, at 7 p.m. at Sandston Baptist Church. The Christian music concert, “Breathe Deeply – Songs for the Southwards,” will feature Amy Ladd and Friends, Clear Call and Who Shot Goliath? The MC will be Troy Westerman. Funds are being raised to assist with transplant related expenses. The concert is free but donations will be accepted. For details, call Wanda Phillips at (804) 564-6237. Full text

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