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Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director. > Read more.

Free VIN etching scheduled May 5

Henrico County Police Division, in partnership with the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) program and Virginia Center Commons, will provide free "VIN" (Vehicle Identification Number) glass etching on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen.

The free H.E.A.T. VIN etching is part of a regional initiative to combat auto theft by providing free chemical glass etching and by distributing free auto theft prevention materials. The event will not be held if there is inclement weather, and there is no rain date. > Read more.

Tree teachings

Radio Disney's Ranger Spruce Sassafras quizzed third-graders at Sandston Elementary about their knowledge of tree trivia during a recent visit to the school. The students learned about trees and the environment with Project Plant It!, a program developed by Dominion to educate students, plant trees and improve the environment.

Project Plant It!, which received a national award from the Arbor Day Foundation, distributed free tree seedlings to each participating student on Arbor Day (April 27). The program provided teachers with a comprehensive kit of lesson plans and other instructional materials. > Read more.

Milestones


The following students graduated from Virginia Tech in December 2011: Amira Aljabar, Bailey Atkins, Kevin Barry, Ashley Fortier, Robert Hoke, Jonathan Peck and Tiffany Luu, of Glen Allen; and Paul Croasdale and Kylie Roman, of Henrico. > Read more.

Survivor Day training event planned for Saturday

Henrico County will be one of 12 central Virginia localities hosting a free Survivor Day training event. The class will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Henrico Fire Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd.

Emergency and community response professionals across the region will demonstrate the best ways to prepare for life threatening situations, emergencies and natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and more. Individuals and families will learn how to live safely through these events, how to survive in their home without power for at least 72 hours, and what to take with them, should they need to leave in a hurry. > Read more.

Stakeholders give high marks to HCPS

Henrico County Public Schools received high marks on recently conducted stakeholder surveys. When grading HCPS, 87 percent of parents gave Henrico County Public Schools a grade of A or B.

All middle and high school students, parents, staff, and a sampling of local businesses provided feedback on a range of topics including school quality and climate, effectiveness of communication, engagement in learning, and development of positive relationships. > Read more.

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Community

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Extras sought for AMC’s ‘TURN’

Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.

No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.

Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


TGIF! Celebrate the weekend at Oak Hall Baptist Church’s Community Block Party on Saturday. Learn more about ballroom dancing, art and Colonial times. Or take the kids to Generation Z Games for water play or Southern Season to cook up a Disney-theme meal. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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The Henrico Theatre Company will present “Born Yesterday,” a classic comedy by Garson Kanin, Sept. 12-28 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Evening performances begin… Full text

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