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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 – Doug Budryk

Holman MS, health and physical education
Thanks to his educator father, Douglas Budryk grasped at an early age the power of a teacher to touch the lives of his students. “I was awed by his influence,” Budryk recalls of his dad. “I saw the lifelong impact educators could have on kids.”

Today, at Holman Middle School, Budryk has been able to have that same lasting influence on the physical and emotional well-being of his health and P.E. students. He doesn’t simply teach them the value of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, but helps build their confidence and shape positive attitudes.

He even – gasp! – convinces them to eat their vegetables. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Ann Marie Benson

Weinstein JCC, preschool
Ann Marie Benson began her journey at Weinstein JCC as a parent volunteer and has transformed into a 19-year preschool teaching veteran who also serves as the early morning childcare coordinator. At the JCC, she is able to combine her passion for working with children and her faith.

Benson is a graduate of Wilkes University but believes her education will never be complete when it comes to teaching. She learns something new every day from her children, co-workers, workshops, lectures and conferences and continues to take college courses each summer in early childhood education.
> Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – David Savino

Hermitage HS, history
David Savino, 38-year teaching veteran at Hermitage High School, created a legacy when he started a 20th Century history class in 1986 that aimed to teach students the story of the 20th (and 21st) centuries and provide them with context for current events. The course is now taught in every high school in the county, viewed as an important supplement to the U.S. history SOL exams, and has remained one of the most sought-after and popular classes at Hermitage High School despite not being required for graduation.

There’s a reason why.

For many of Savino’s students, it’s simply his ability to make history interesting and relatable. > Read more.

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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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Les Stroud, a survival expert, filmmaker and musician best known as the creator, writer, producer, director, camera man and star of the television series “Survivorman” will appear at the Henrico Theatre at 7 p.m. Stroud describes his live musical shows as a marriage of his three greatest loves: music, outdoor adventure and filmmaking. He is known to be personal during his shows, which typically involve a Q&A approach, along with extensive meet-and-greets before and after. Tickets are $10. For details, visit http://www.henricolive.com. Full text

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