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GRASP awards scholarships to 8 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization based in Glen Allen, recently awarded 42 College Success scholarships totaling $60,970.00 to Virginia students currently attending college who have participated in the GRASP College Success program. Eight Henrico students were among the recipients.

“We had significantly more scholarship applicants this year and almost double the amount of dollars to award for this year’s scholarships," said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. > Read more.

Business in brief


BOLLYX, the new Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program, launched last month at the Gold’s Gym in western Henrico. As part of the gym’s special group exercise event, all members of the public are invited to try BOLLYX for free on Saturday, April 5 at 11:15 a.m. Each 50-minute session is an exhilarating cardio workout that cycles between high- and low-intensity dance sequences to get participants moving and sweating. An eclectic mix of heart-pumping music from around the world serves as an exciting backdrop for each class. Classes are now available regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, visit http://www.bollyx.com/classes/richmond > Read more.

Robotics teams shine


Robotics teams from J.R. Tucker and Godwin high schools are on their way to the world championships in St. Louis after emerging as winners at the state level. The two Henrico County schools were among three Richmond-area winners at the Virginia Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition last month.

The J.R. Tucker “Sparky 384” team and Godwin's "Talon 540" team won in competition against other machines in front of more than 3,000 onlookers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center. Both teams are returning to the world championships for the second year in a row.

In competitive robotics, teams create machines to compete at predetermined challenges, such as scoring goals or stacking objects. More than 1,500 students and 72 high school teams competed in more than 100 rounds of action during last month's event. > Read more.

Finding a new way home


Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

Hem and Chitra Bhattarai, two Nepali-speaking Bhutanese brothers now living in Henrico County, arrived at a refugee camp in Nepal in 1991. Although it was the land of their ancestors and they spoke the language, the refugees fleeing Bhutan in the early 1990s were not welcomed as Nepali citizens.

The Nepali-speaking Bhutanese could come into Nepal, but they had to stay in the camps until Bhutan and Nepal could figure out what to do with them. Exiled by Bhutan, not welcome in India or Pakistan, and merely tolerated in Nepal, Hem, Chitra, and the 100,000 other Nepali-speaking Bhutanese had become a stateless people.

The refugees moved into small huts, made of bamboo with plastic roofs. > Read more.

Henrico supervisors to hold public hearing April 8 on proposed budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 8 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.1 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter named second-best public garden in the nation

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden finished second in USA Today’s 10Best Public Gardens contest. Twenty gardens nationwide were nominated, including some of the most stunning green spaces across North America.

The public was invited to vote for their favorite garden during March, and the top 10 were announced April 2.

“This has been the second most popular contest in the history of Readers’ Choice, so a top ten finish is really saying something!” said Libby McMillan, Content Manager and Senior Editor at USA Today. “America loves its gardens more than any of us knew.” > 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.

Hoopsters with heart

Andrew Tilghman, age 9, was one of several family members of "Make-a-Wish kids" who got a special treat Dec. 2 at Dave & Buster’s Restaurant in West Broad Village, with the help of the Harlem Globetrotters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. Globetrotters Firefly Fisher (pictured above, with Andrew), Slick Willie Shaw, and the legendary Curly Neal hosted a pre-Christmas Parade party at which five children (including Andrew's sister) enjoyed food, drinks and free game cards with their families. > Read more.

Year-end 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.

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Entertainment

James River Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 10

The 19th annual James River Parade of Lights, a boat parade sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, will take place Saturday, Dec. 10. Boats decorated with thousands of lights will cruise the James between Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties. > Read more.

Surviving the holidays

HTC production aims to be hilarious, heartwarming
One way to survive the holidays is to wallow in them. Embrace them. Absorb every sweet, sticky second of December. Forget the stress of bargain hunting, trying to find a parking place in Short Pump or baking your famous fruitcakes.

Instead, crank the car radio and sing along with the carols, slurp some eggnog and have a holly jolly time.

For a few more tips for happy holidays, check out Henrico Theatre Company’s production, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” > 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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