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Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Holly Colby

Dumbarton ES, kindergarten
A career in graphic design was in the cards for Holly Colby when she entered VCU’s School of the Arts as an undergrad, but a service-learning class at John B. Cary Elementary School in Richmond changed that.

“I was really just taking a class to fill up the semester,” Colby recalled, “but I just loved it. I found myself looking forward to it. I guess a lightbulb went on and I was like, ‘Why don’t I become a teacher?’” > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Lauren Byrd

Moody MS, English
Outside Lauren Byrd’s classroom, it’s not uncommon to hear laughter through the door.

Byrd, 47, is a coach, facilitator, lecturer and comedic relief for her seventh- and eighth-grade English students at George H. Moody Middle School. Byrd brings the subject to life through a learning style that relies heavily on exposing students to classics, highlighting universal human themes and engaging interdisciplinary units with literature, history and media. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Shamiya Bell

Ridge ES, kindergarten
Shamiya Bell fell in love with the idea of teaching when she was in third grade in Tennessee. Her teacher, Mrs. Casey, pushed her to do her best and encouraged her. She was strict, but fun.

“I just never forgot that grade – or her,” Bell recalled recently. “I always wanted to teach third grade.

So when Bell graduated from VCU as an education major with a master’s degree in the field as well, there was little doubt about which grade she would teach.
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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Crossroads Art Center will hold a TedxRVAWomen watch party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch this sold-out event (taking place live at the Byrd Theatre) live-streamed in Building 3 of the arts center. Enjoy the give-and-take of an audience of your peers along with coffee and donuts. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com. For more information on this independently organized TED event, visit http://www.tedxrva.com/women. Full text

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