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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 10 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Monday, Oct. 17 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Aug. 19, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. > Read more.

‘Evening with Henry Winkler’ event to benefit Henrico Schools


The Henrico Education Foundation will host a Nov. 3 fundraiser at Glen Allen High School with actor and author Henry Winkler, who is best known for his role as Fonzie in the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days."

The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include remarks and conversation with Winkler; coffee and dessert; and a book sale and signing.

Tables of eight for the event are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.henricogives.org or by calling (804) 652-3869, ext. 3. Individual tickets will be released in early fall. > Read more.

Henrico Public Library offers new nature exploration backpacks


Thanks to a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia, Henrico County Public Library now offers nature exploration backpacks, which are available for check out. Each backpack checks out for 14 days and contains information and materials to make a trip to one of Virginia's 36 state parks a fun learning experience for the entire family. > Read more.
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15 HCPS schools earn Sports Backers’ ‘Active RVA’ designation


Fifteen Henrico County schools have been named 2016 Active RVA Fit Schools, recognizing their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.

The certification is given by healthy-lifestyle nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community.

The certified HCPS schools for 2016 are:

• Dumbarton Elementary School
• Fair Oaks Elementary School > Read more.

Home-schooling booms in Virginia


Thomas Burgess begged his mother to be home-schooled with his sister Gina, who as a kindergartner severely struggled with school anxiety. At 5, Gina dreaded going to the communal bathroom shared by three other classrooms. She hated the stares from her peers, so she waited to use the bathroom until after school.

From second to eight grade, Thomas was home-schooled, too.

“When we first moved to Roanoke, we did this satellite TV home-schooling program,” said Burgess, now a freelance writer and editor in Richmond. > Read more.

Scott announces annual Third Congressional District Art Competition


Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, who represents Virginia's Third Congressional District, this week announced the beginning of the annual Third Congressional District High School Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) who live in the district, which includes portions of eastern and northern Henrico. Entries are due Apr. 22.

An Artistic Discovery is a nationwide program coordinated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the artistic talents of our youth. The nationwide competition involves more than 50,000 talented high school students. In the past, over 200 Members of Congress have participated in the program.

Acceptable entries may include, but are not limited to, paintings, drawings, and photography. The first place winner will receive a scholarship and travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a Congressional Reception in honor of all the winners from around the nation. > Read more.

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Community

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.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
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Pelon’s serves up a good mix of variety, value

I first stumbled into Pelon's on a Wednesday night, lured by the promise of $2 tacos and beers. At those prices, I had assumed the place was a hole in the wall, and was pleasantly surprised by the spacious, pleasant interior.

Having spent my teen summers in Virginia Beach surfing, I also felt instantly at home amid the ocean-themed decor. From the ride-the-waves posters lining the walls and the TV displaying non-stop surfing footage, to the foosball table and enormous spools serving as tables, Pelon's is a delight for beach lovers and surfing fans. Reading the menu is part of the entertainment here, as patrons browse burrito choices that include Rip Tide, The Curl, Hawaiian Pipeline and Big Kahuna. > Read more.






 

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