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‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.

Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea. > Read more.
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Henrico native one of 50 new state troopers

Among the 50 new Virginia State Troopers who will graduate from the 122nd Basic Session Nov. 21 in Chesterfield are a Henrico native and an officer who will be assigned to Henrico.

Henrico native Jonathan Lee Harris will graduate and be assigned to serve in King William County, while Williamsburg native Benjamin Nicholas Canning will be assigned to serve Henrico County.

The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. > Read more.

Thanksgiving to delay CVWMA curbside recycling collections

CVWMA curbside recycling and trash collections will be delayed one day in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. There will no curbside recycling collections on Thanksgiving Day.

Recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Red Thursday and Red Friday curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in curbside recycling collection service due to the holiday. Collection will take place on the day following the regularly scheduled collection day. Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

A jolly good time

Thousands of shoppers – including the Alfaro family (pictured with Santa Claus) enjoyed Lakeside’s tenth-annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 14-15. Shops along the avenue stayed open late Friday night and offered food and discounts to shoppers who were getting a head-start on their holiday purchases. > Read more.

Celebrating early arrivals

Hillary Bleckley holds 21-day-old son Tatum – who was two months premature – at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17.

The hospital dressed newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery at the hospital in purple hats and onesies in recognition of the day. Purple is the official color of the March of Dimes, which works to reduce premature birth rates.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System supports the 39-Week Initiative, a national effort to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks into a pregnancy. > Read more.

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Community

Historical Society selling signature teas

The Henrico Historical Society has created three signature tea blends as part of its annual fundraising campaign. The teas – Henrico’s Coconut Almond, Brookland’s Summer Passion and Tuckahoe’s Walnut Green (pictured) – are available for purchase through the organization’s website, http://www.henricohistoricalsociety.org/shopping.html The c.ost is $6 for 15 gourmet tea bags.

Henrico’s Coconut Almond is a combination of sweet coconut and almond flakes and can be made as a hot or cold tea. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With wrestlers like Camela Toe and Bruisin’ B. Anthony, the inaugural bout of RAWFL this weekend is guaranteed to thrill – and raise money for Safe Harbor. Another women-empowering event: “Deck the Halls” on Sunday benefits Hilliard House. For more top picks this weekend, including one for our four-legged readers, click here! > Read more.

Theme sought for inaugural ‘Dogwood Classic’

Colonial Downs is seeking nominations for a theme for the inaugural "Dogwood Classic" (formerly the Strawberry Hill Races) racing and tailgating event that will take place at the track April 6, 2013.

Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 9 at http://www.colonialdowns.com and http://www.richmond.com. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Back to the future

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (reincarnated) offers some laughs

Baby boomers may feel a curious pull towards Mr. Peabody & Sherman. If a childhood was spent parked in front of the TV, watching a dog genius and his boy companion travel through time, one might be interested to see what modern times have done to Messrs. Peabody and Sherman.

The result is not flattering. No longer is cartoondom’s foremost super-intelligent, time-traveling beagle content with dry wit and the occasional history pun. No, the Peabody of today is “cool,” in that half-baked way that can only come from someone who’s trying way too hard to be cool. This Peabody is a master of slow-motion kung fu. He tears up a guitar better than Hendrix. He Zumbas. > Read more.

CAT Theatre to present Enchanted April again

CAT Theatre will present Enchanted April March 21 through April 5. As part of the theater's 50th anniversary this year, patrons selected Enchanted April (originally performed in 2007) as the CAT performance that they would most like to see repeated.

Enchanted April was written by Elizabeth von Arnim, and the novel was adapted to the stage by Kane Campbell. The 1991 film version featured Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina and Joan Plowright. > Read more.

The Band Perry, Darius Rucker coming to RIR Amphitheater in July

The Classic Amphitheater at Richmond International Raceway will host concerts by The Band Perry July 12 and Darius Rucker July 18. Tickets for both shows go on sale April 4 at 10 a.m.

The Band Pery, fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers, Neil and Reid, has achieved much acclaim since the release of its self-titled debut album in October 2010. Pioneer, the band’s sophomore album, was released in April 2013 and has helped to secure the band a string of hit singles including "Better Dig Two,” “Done” and the current single, “Chainsaw”, which was released to country radio in March 2014. > Read more.

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