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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Henrico HS student earns national award

Henrico High School’s Dylan Reissner, a senior in visual arts, received a merit award in the selective National YoungArts competition.

Reissner’s unique “wearable art” impressed judges who recognized its use of fashion and color to create memorable visual experiences. The merit award includes a cash prize of $500 along with opportunities to earn additional scholarships and participate in workshops with other winners. > Read more.

Chickahominy YMCA receives $2,500 donation from The Shops at White Oak Village

The Shops at White Oak Village recently made a $2,500 donation to the Chickahominy Family YMCA to help support children at the Y’s Highland Springs Elementary afterschool site for the upcoming winter break. The fully subsidized program provides children in need with access to afterschool programs that foster their academic, physical and social development.

“White Oak Village strives to positively impact the lives of local residents who visit the shopping center every day," said Stephanie Bugno, a spokesperson for White Oak Village. > Read more.

‘Mr. Christmas’ celebrating 40 years of lights, charity

Each holiday season for the last 40 years, Henrico resident Frank Hudak – also known as “Mr. Christmas” – has been lighting up his home in the West End with thousands of holiday lights. During those years, he also has raised more than $82,600 to support Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) through a simple donation box outside his home.

What began as a way to recapture the holiday spirit of his youth in Philadelphia helped start a local holiday tradition of lights and giving. > Read more.

New Varina Library scheduled to open in 2016


Varina's long-anticipated new library will step closer to reality Dec. 10, when the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a plan of development for the facility.

Construction of the 42,333-square-foot Varina Area Library, which will be located on Route 5, adjacent to the Pocahontas Parkway, is expected to begin by May and be completed by November 2015. The facility's targeted opening date is March 1, 2016. > Read more.

Henrico fifth-graders win honors in historical essay contest

Fifteen Henrico fifth-graders were honored for their essays highlighting historical figures and events at the 11th Annual Historical Awareness Project awards reception, held Nov. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Henrico County Public Schools, the project is based on the county’s fifth-grade curriculum and is designed to provide students with an awareness of their local heritage, while encouraging the writers and their families to learn more about their community history. > Read more.

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Community

HPAC honors 5 preservation champions

Two individuals, two organizations, and one newspaper – the Henrico Citizen – were honored recently by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) for their efforts to preserve and promote Henrico County heritage.

In a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the Henrico Theatre, HPAC Chairman Beverly Cocke presented the awards accompanied by Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.

Genealogist and retired educator Brenda Dabney Nichols received the Award of Merit for her lectures and programs regarding Henrico history topics and for her recent publication African Americans of Henrico County. > Read more.

Salvation Army musician kicks off Red Kettle Campaign with 36 straight hours of music

At 9 a.m. this morning, Salvation Army musician Matt Sims kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign at Short Pump Town Center with bells and music. He will play for 36 hours, ending at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. The feat of playing 36 consecutive hours has never before been attempted by any Salvation Army musician. The idea came to him in late summer as he was thinking of ways to increase awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign at a time when donations to The Salvation Army are more important than ever. > 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.

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Entertainment

‘Unanswered Prayers’ to Premier Nov. 29

Unanswered Prayers, a made-for-television movie shot in the Richmond region, including several locations in Varina, will premiere on the Lifetime Television network on Monday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m.

The movie was produced by singer Garth Brooks and based on his song of the same name. The film explores the themes of marriage, family, community and second chances with love, asking, “Did I let the one I loved get away, or is she right in front of me?” > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 3
Antonio’s Pizza, 63 South Airport Drive – One critical violation reported (found quat sanitizer low in three-compartment sink) and no non-critical violations reported.
Autumn’s Custom Catering & Event Planning, 6933 Lakeside Avenue – No critical violations reported and one non-critical violation reported.
Azzurro Restaurant, 6221 River Road – No violations reported. > Read more.

‘Dancing with the Stars of Richmond’ Planned

The second annual “Dancing with the Stars of Richmond” fund-raising event will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio, 5740 West Broad Street. > Read more.

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River City Band will perform at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com Full text

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