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The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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Railroad crossing work set for Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road

A section of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road will be closed Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12 for railroad crossing repairs.

The closure will affect traffic between Azalea Avenue in Henrico County and Industrial Park Road in Hanover County. A detour will direct motorists to use Azalea, Carolina Avenue, East Laburnum Avenue, Mechanicsville Turnpike and Atlee Road. Message boards will be placed Thursday, Dec. 4. > Read more.

Safe Harbor names new director

Safe Harbor has named Cathy Easter as its new executive director.

Easter will lead the Henrico organization's sexual and domestic violence prevention work throughout the Metro Richmond community. She was selected by the Board of Directors' Executive Search Committee to replace Kathleen Demro, who served as the Safe Harbor’s executive director for five years.

Board President Mary Catharine Ginn Kolbert said she is excited to have Easter as the next leader of Safe Harbor.
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A visit to Santa Paws

Some local pet owners took the opportunity to introduce their pets to Santa Claus at Virginia Center Commons mall last month.

Above, Santa poses with four pugs and a cat named Macaroni (owned by Ruth Ferrer and Nancy and Gabriel Williams of Mechanicsville). > Read more.

Police charge Chesterfield man in 19 Henrico commercial burglaries

UPDATE: DEC. 2, 11:14 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 50-year-old Chesterfield man in connection with 19 commercial burglaries in Henrico beginning in October. David Allen Williamson, of the 2300 block of Alfalfa Lane in Chesterfield, also faces charges in connection with 12 commercial burglaries in Richmond and eight in Chesterfield.

The incidents in Henrico showed that the method of entry was consistent, and similar items were taken from each location. When Richmond and Chesterfield began experiencing similar incidents, police in the two jurisdictions collaborated. > Read more.

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Community

Ninth-annual Filipino Festival scheduled Aug. 8-9

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., will host the ninth-annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9.

Attendees will enjoy hallmark Filipino cuisine, entertainment and exhibits from local and regional Filipino talent, vendors, hands-on crafts and games for the kids and more. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

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Ukulele aficionados will definitely love this weekend’s third annual UkeFest VA at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There will be concerts, workshops, open-mic and jam sessions, vendors and more. Other concerts this weekend are at Glen Allen Library with Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner and the Tuckahoe Moose Lodge for the Dominion School for Autism benefit fundraiser. Another fundraiser is a Brunswick Stew Sale to benefit the Kiwanis Club of North Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CACGA unveils horse exhibit

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen unveiled a new exhibit – “Heart of the Horse” – Nov. 1 in the Slantwall Gallery.

The exhibit will run through the end of the month and features photorealistic paintings and abstracts by artist Willa Frayser.

The exhibit is free and open to the public for all ages.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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