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HCPS ARTS Festival planned Apr. 25-26


Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its second year with a weekend of music, drama and fine art. The Henrico ARTS festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held April 25 and 26 at Hermitage High School.

The festival will feature two days of diverse musical performances, interactive stations, displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

There also will be a Saturday talent showcase performance of “Henrico’s Rising Stars” at 4:30 p.m., after the rest of the festival closes for the day. > Read more.

Watchdog group blasts Assembly’s ‘murky practices’


Transparency Virginia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan legislative watchdog group, released a report Tuesday highlighting “murky practices” and “disturbing” findings from the 2015 General Assembly session with regard to unrecorded votes and short notices for committee meetings.

The principal author of the report, Megan Rhyne of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said the system is devised for insiders and “the short sessions and the rapid-fire scheduling of committee meetings undermine participation by and accountability to the citizens of Virginia.”

Transparency Virginia formed in December to study legislative practices in three areas: advanced notice of committee meetings, consideration of bills and recorded votes on bills. > Read more.
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Three vying for 74th seat in special election

Charles City Democrat Kevin J. Sullivan and Henrico Republican Matt D. Walton will compete in a special election for the 74th District House of Delegates seat Jan. 13, and they’ll be joined by the man who resigned the seat late last year – Joe Morrissey, a Democrat who is running as an independent while serving a six-month jail term.

The winner will be sworn in the following day, when the General Assembly returns to session, and will serve the final year of a two-year term.

The somewhat strange scene was set when Morrissey entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (not admitting guilt but admitting that there was enough evidence to convict him) after his relationship with a then-17-year-old girl who worked for him was questioned. > Read more.

Credit union collects more than 4,000 pounds of food for FeedMore

With the help of the community and local businesses, Entrust Financial Credit Union collected 4,027 pounds of food for FeedMore as part of its “Pack the Christmas Pod” effort during four weeks last month.

The “Pack the Christmas Pod” event supported the efforts of FeedMore, Central Virginia’s hunger-relief leader, by encouraging the greater Richmond community to fight hunger by working together. More than 20 local businesses partnered together and packed non-perishable food items into Entrust Financial Credit Union’s 12-foot storage unit. > Read more.

HCPS hosting job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Jan. 13 to seek full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road.

“We need people who love children and who want flexible schedules to drive our students to and from school on a full-time basis or when our full-time drivers are not available,” said Mary Alderson of HCPS Human Resources. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henricus Historical Park has announced that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation to assist in the execution of SOL- and STEM-aligned, multi-curricular programming for students enrolled in the After School Program for Richmond City Public Schools for grades K-5. Social studies, history and science programs provided by educators at Henricus will focus on Colonial and Virginia Indian life in 17th-century Virginia. Education programs offered by Henricus Historical Park include: History Kids (English and Virginia Indian); Mapping the James River; Math and Mapping the James River; and 17th-Century Sciences. One-hour programs designed for 35 students will feature hands-on learning techniques, individual engagement and team work. Each program offers a fun and interactive way to learn about Colonial and Virginia Indian history. Outreach education programs at Henricus are designed to bring the museum experience to a school setting. For more information, call 748-1611. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


This weekend is dedicated to all the Young Citizens out there! Grab an adult and get healthy at the YMCA, unleash your inner superhero and sample some delicious Indian food. Parents, you can help support children at St. Joseph’s Villa’s Bluegrass Ball! For more family-friendly events, click here! > Read more.

Raise money for kids with cancer at ASK Fun Walk & 5K

The ASK Fun Walk & 5K will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Short Pump Town Center. All money raised will support local children and their families battling cancer with assistance, support and kindness through the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 5K Run will start at 8 a.m. with the Family Fun Walk following at 8:05 a.m. Family-friendly activities will take place throughout the morning including live music from The Jangling Reinharts, games, children’s activities and awards. Race winners will be recognized, as well as top fundraisers. All ASK kids (current patients and survivors) will participate in the Kourageous Kids Victory Lap. > Read more.

Civil War Living History Day planned for Saturday

Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for the Civil War Living History Day. This free family event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road in Henrico.

Explore life during the Civil War for men, women and children whether they were at home, in camp or on the battlefield. Re-enactors will set up Civil War style encampments, soldier drilling and firing displays. Other domestic Civil War chores and activities will also be highlighted. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Stratford University hosts International Food and Culture Festival Oct. 5

The Henrico campus of Stratford University will host a Food and Culture Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature food from around the world, three culinary competitions, cultural entertainment and more.

Stratford has partnered with ClearChannel radio to present the Richmond Best Chefs Competition, where local budding chefs have the opportunity to compete for scholarship prizes. Radio personalities from Q94, XL102 and 106.5 The Beat will be competing against each other in a Best Radio Chef Competition. > Read more.

CAT Theatre celebrates 50 years

The CAT Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary last month, as patrons, actors and crew members gathered at Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club in Mechanicsville for a fund-raising auction that included memories, tributes and live entertainment.

“CAT Theatre is a wonderful theatre tradition here in Richmond that blends old friends and new,” said Board President H. Lynn Smith, “And we have an exciting season lined up to begin our next 50 years.” > Read more.

Breaking the chain

Chuy’s proves it’s possible to have many locations but retain unique feel

If you’ve driven through Short Pump in the past six months, there’s not a chance you’ve missed Chuy’s, the big and bold Tex-Mex restaurant in West Broad Village. From the outside, the brightly painted 8,000 square foot building gives a foretaste of what’s inside: eclectic decor, a fun menu, and from my experience, a lot of noise. The restaurant is a chain of 40 in the nation, but it’s the first of its kind in Virginia.

We were fortunate to arrive at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday, the perfect time for happy hour. From 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, there are drink specials, but what’s really special is the free nacho bar served out of a giant car hood. > Read more.

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