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Mud pies, skies and butterflies

Math Science Innovation Center in Eastern Henrico celebrates 50 years of wonder

Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to offer alcohol impairment simulation series

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital will host three alcohol impairment simulation events this week to raise awareness of how one’s balance, motor planning, and coordination skills are effected by alcohol.

The simulation series will be held in the Forest Lobby of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Road, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26; and at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28. > Read more.

Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

One injured during West End kitchen fire

One person was injured during a kitchen fire in Henrico's West End Aug. 7. Henrico Fire units arrived to the scene of the fire, in the 40 block of Starling Drive in the Gateway Apartments, at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday to find smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story apartment unit.

All occupants were out of the apartment by the time fire units arrived, just three minutes after the call. As the result of their quick action, the fire was contained to the apartment of origin and did not spread to other occupancies. The occupants of the affected apartment will be displaced for an undetermined period of time. > Read more.

Have you seen this beetle?

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging Virginia residents to be on the lookout for a destructive beetle.

The Asian longhorned beetle has not yet been spotted in Virginia, but it has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, among others. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People also can help the effort by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden beneath the bark, to new areas. > Read more.

Henrico libraries have new phone numbers

As part of a migration to a new voice over IP phone system, all Henrico County Public Libraries now have new phone numbers.

The new numbers are:

• Fairfield Area Library – 501-1930

• Gayton Branch Library – 501-1960

• Glen Allen Branch Library – 501-1950 > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Sabin Duncan will share “Assuming Hurts” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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