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Actors Bernsen, Jones film movie in Henrico
Famed actors Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones were in Henrico recently for several days, filming On The Wing, a family-friendly movie whose screenplay was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival and quarter-finalist at the Richmond International Film Festival. The movie filmed for several days at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico, then moved to the Virginia State Capitol and Doswell. Filming will wrap up Aug. 25, and the movie is expected to be completed by January, then marketed in the U.S. and internationally through RedBox and on Netflix.

The crew of two dozen is composed almost entirely of Richmond-area residents, and the lead actor (19-year-old Brennon Tolbert) is from Virginia Beach. > Read more.

Tourist spending increases


Tourism dollars continue to flow into Henrico County at an appreciable rate, according to the most recent county statistics on the matter – and a blast of history later this year could add to that total.

Travel expenditures in Henrico were $746.5 million – the fifth-highest in the state – in 2012, the most recent year for which such data is available. Henrico trailed only Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, according to data compiled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The VTC’s figures for 2013 won’t be available until later this fall. > Read more.

Faison School offers holistic approach to autism care


The Faison School for Autism in Henrico offers a unique opportunity for autistic children through a continuum of care methodology that focuses on providing support and resources for students throughout their lifespan for the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation.

Founded in 1999 by Alan Kirshner and Flo Guzman, The Faison School was built in response to the lack of specialized services that were available locally for his granddaughter, Brittany Faison, who had been diagnosed with the disorder. Kirshner felt it was necessary for the community to have a school available for autistic children that was based upon proven techniques and philosophies. > Read more.

Business in brief


Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia is encouraging the donation of airline miles throughout the month of April to prepare for the busiest wish granting season, summer. Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia will need 33 million airline miles to grant 165 wishes this year that involve travel. Individuals who fly on Delta, United and US Airways can easily donate frequent flier miles, in just a few simple steps, by visiting http://va.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles Dona.ted miles never expire and are never used for anything other than wish travel. Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia accepts the donation of airline miles year-round, but April is a critical time for airline miles as travel arrangements are being made for summer wish travel. > Read more.

NAMI to host free 12-week series on mental illness

NAMI of Central Virginia will sponsor a free family-to-family education program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The 12-week series of classes takes place on Tuesday of each week, beginning May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Centenary United Methodist Church, Social Hall 1st Floor, at 411 E. Grace St., Richmond.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. > Read more.

Numerous animal-related bills pass General Assembly

With the 2013-2014 Virginia General Assembly session officially complete, animal activists and lovers around the state can celebrate the legislative passage animal-related bills received over the past few months.

Four bills dealing with animal/pet welfare and rights were passed this session, including the heavily talked about Senate Bill 228, which also known as Bailey’s Law. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

10k fun begins

At 40,000 participants and still growing, it's no wonder that the homegrown Ukrop's' Monument Avenue 10k has moved into the national spotlight – even earning a USA Today ranking among the top 10 races in the country.

But as several of the event's biggest fans emphasized at a Jan. 4 kick-off celebration, the 10k is much more than just a race – or even just a single event.

When you consider all the preparations that go into the weeks leading up to the March 31 race – the training team workouts, registration rallies, fundraising promotions, costume-designing and party-stop planning – it's clear that the 10k is months in the making, with aspects of party, charitable benefit, self-improvement regimen and music festival combining to provide an ongoing celebration.

It's also clear that having fun reins supreme. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Chinese New Year celebration at Deep Run H.S. Jan. 22

The Organization of Chinese Americans will host the Richmond Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Rd.

The celebration, in honor of the Year of the Dragon, will feature classic Chinese dances and cultural performances by local ethnic Chinese groups, cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, children’s activities, vendor booths and more. > Read more.

Israeli Film Festival highlights JCC’s cultural offerings

Thousands of people zip by the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center on Monument Avenue every day. It’s a good time to slow down for a closer look.

Step inside and you’ll find one of the area’s most vibrant cultural arts communities, with a theater company, speaker’s series, film festival, concerts, authors and more, all celebrating many aspects of Jewish and culture.

“We have tons and tons and tons of events, said Orly Lewis, Director of Adult Services and Cultural Arts. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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