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The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School. > Read more.

2 Henrico companies to participate in VALET program

Two Henrico County companies are among the new participants selected by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) for inclusion in its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. ChemTreat, Inc. and H&A Architects & Engineers will participate in the program, which launched in 2002 and assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. > Read more.

Henrico Extension ready to help residents grow SMART Lawns

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. > Read more.

United they run


It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Henrico woman wins $200k

Henrico resident Felicia Walker went to A&A Convenience Store on Hungary Spring Road in Henrico recently to play the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game, but the clerk was on the phone and couldn't assist her. So, instead, she bought a pair of $200,000 Jackpot scratcher tickets and took them home with her. One turned out to be the third of seven grand-prize winners. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > 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.

‘Sam Cooke Experience’ set for Sept. 30

Richmond’s Tony Cosby (pictured, center) and his band of thespians will present The Sam Cooke Experience, a musical and theatrical tribute to gospel great and R&B legend Sam Cooke on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd.

WLEE radio personality Jack Gravely will be the guest master of ceremonies for this variety show, starring the talents of home-spun thespian troupe Theatre&Co and featuring local recording artist Delores Fox and Justin Morris of the Soul Stirrers. > Read more.

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