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Henrico Health Department offering back-to-school immunization clinics


The Henrico County Health Department will offer back-to-school immunization clinics for children enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in Henrico County Public Schools. The five clinics will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the department’s West Clinic facility at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

On three days that week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – immunizations will be by appointment only. Tuesday and Thursday will be walk-in clinics.

The clinics will take place:

• Monday, Aug. 29: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Tuesday, Aug. 30: 8-11 a.m. (walk-in);

• Wednesday, Aug. 31: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Thursday, Sept. 1: 12:30-3:30 p.m. (walk-in);

• Friday, Sept. 2: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment. > Read more.

Local doctors partner to combat childhood obesity


Volunteers from Ortho On-Call, Advanced Orthopaedics, a division of OrthoVirginia, U-Turn Sports, and Henrico Police Athletic League met Aug. 25 to sort through and clean more than 1,000 pieces of sports equipment they recently collected through AdvanceItUp!. AIU is a community initiative designed to increase recreation options and
active living at home and outside the home for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment. From June 1-30, Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected gently-used items to benefit deserving children in the region through the partnerships and programs of RVA U-Turn Sports and the Henrico Police Athletic League. > Read more.

Business in brief


Casa Italiana will hold its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8801 Three Chopt Rd., Suite B. The restaurant, serving classic dishes that the Genova family made on Sundays for family dinner to new and unique twists on Italian cuisine, is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. > Read more.
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Officials weighing potential Glen Allen sports complex

16-field facility envisioned as public-private partnership
The Jefferson Cup soccer tournament
attracts thousands of visitors to Henrico
each spring.
UPDATE: 6:56 P.M. – Buoyed by another strong summer of youth sports tournaments, Henrico County officials are taking the first steps toward consideration of a public-private partnership that would fund the construction of a large sports complex in Glen Allen.

The complex, tentatively proposed for an undeveloped county-owned site known as Greenwood Park (adjacent to Greenwood Road and Branch Road) could host a variety of sports tournaments and attract even more visitors to the county, while also serving the growing demands of county residents.

Recreation and Parks officials believe that the site could house as many as 16 multipurpose fields, perhaps including a main stadium. They've proposed spending the $132,000 already budgeted for preliminary design work on the site to hire national design firm CHA Sports to provide more specific site plans. > Read more.

Supervisors to consider banning alcohol at parks

Move would apply to public and private events
UPDATE: 6:32 P.M. –
Alcohol may soon be banned
from all county parks.
Planning to host your wedding reception at a Henrico County recreation facility? You may soon need to make your congratulatory toasts with ginger ale instead of champagne.

Henrico County Recreation and Parks officials are proposing that the county's Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution that would ban alcohol from all county parks and recreation facilities, effective July 1, 2014. The board could consider the item at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The move would be designed to establish a clear and consistent stance on the matter, while protecting the county against possible legal issues, Recreation and Parks Director Neil Luther told supervisors during a work session Sept. 10. > Read more.

A watershed wish list

Activists, officials have ideas for stream health
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth and final article in a series about watershed health. In the Aug. 15 Citizen, neighbors of Henrico streams and various experts on waterway issues contributed feedback regarding their concerns about watershed health. This article examines suggestions for change and improvements to watershed health.

Despite serious concerns about the state of the county’s waterways, most observers and experts concede that there are a few bright spots. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


It’s a great weekend to get outside! The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is offering two events this weekend. Accompany the group to find and document native plants present and blooming in Echo Lake Park on Saturday or take a “Sunday Stroll” at Dorey Park to observe the seasonal changes taking place. Other outdoor events this weekend include the final summer concert at West Broad Village and “Fridays on the Patio” at James River Cellars Winery in Glen Allen. If you’re going to be outside, don’t forget the insect repellent! To learn more about avoiding those pesky mosquitos, check out Henrico County’s “Fight-the-Bite TODAY” event tomorrow. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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