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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.

Rivers Edge student wins rematch of epic ‘spell-off’

For Rivers Edge Elementary School fifth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, redemption smelled sweeter than "Compositae." That word – the large family of plants that includes sunflowers – was the clincher that Muthusamy spelled correctly in the ninth round to win the 2014 HCPS District-Wide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The win was a rematch of the 2013 bee, where Moody Middle School student and five-time record-setting champion Aditya Kannoth beat Muthusamy in a spell-off. This time, the 58 individual elementary and middle school champions again dwindled to the two boys before Kannoth faltered on the word “loxocosm.” Muthusamy then spelled “kaumographer” and “Compositae” correctly to win. > Read more.

Local officials show support for year-round school option

Sen. Donald McEachin, joined by Henrico school and government leaders, announced his commitment Jan. 30 to funding grants for Virginia localities considering year-round schooling.

“Year-round calendars are an excellent option to help struggling schools and students,” McEachin, a Democrat, said at a press conference organized by the Virginia First Cities Coalition, an advocacy group for 13 municipalities in the commonwealth, including Richmond.

McEachin was joined by Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson, Fairfield District School Board member Lamont Bagby and Henrico Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw. > Read more.

Smithfield, Martin’s donate to FeedMore

Smithfield and Martin's teamed to kick off the 10th annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight” presented by Martin's by donating 40,000 pounds of protein to the FeedMore Central Virginia Food Bank last week.

A canned-food and funds competition between Virginia Tech and UVa, the Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight will collect donations at Richmond-area Martin's and local schools Feb. 3-16, as well as through the organization’s website (http://www.hokiesvshoos.com) through Feb. 18. > 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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West Broad Village again will open The Rink, an outdoor ice skating venue at 3939 Duckling Drive in Glen Allen, this holiday season. The venue will open Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. and will operate daily (weather permitting) through Jan. 29, 2017, including holidays. Admission is $10 per adult and $8 per child, and skate rental is $4. Specific hours and group pricing are posted at http://www.facebook.com/TheRinkWBV. Full text

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