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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.

Students discuss Thanksgiving, favorite meals

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked two Echo Lake Elementary School kindergarten classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear below.

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Because it’s fun. –Addison

So we can celebrate what we’re thankful for. –Autumn

For turkeys. –Brendan > Read more.

City lights, stardom in sight

Twenty-eight year-old Henrico native Ashley Blankenship moved to New York City last year to continue the pursuit of her dream of acting.

The decision is beginning to pay off for her in a big way: Blankenship recently became the advertising face of Arizona Tea, and she has earned roles in a number of television shows and movies.

Blankenship, who attended Hermitage High School and the Center for the Arts at Henrico High, has known from an early age what her passion was. > Read more.

Rivers Edge dedicates Sensory Garden

A year’s worth of work is now sprouting beautifully at Rivers Edge Elementary School.

Earlier this month, the school dedicated its new Sensory Garden, which was designed using the input of Rivers Edge students, beginning in 2012. It engages the beholder’s five senses – a section of flowers for sight, an herb garden for taste, a section of plants with different textures to touch, a section of fragrant plants for smelling and a section of wind chimes and music for one’s listening pleasure. > Read more.

Safe Harbor event raises more than $15,000

Safe Harbor’s annual cocktail party and festival of trees Nov. 8 raised more than $15,000 to support the agency’s work assisting those who have suffered sexual and domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. More than 100 guests attended the Nov. 8 event at the Deep Run Recreation Center.

The event featured holiday-themed trees and wreaths available for purchase through silent auction as well as many other silent and live auction items. > Read more.

Libbie Mill library plans unveiled as development takes shape

The churn of bulldozers and dump trucks has been evident since July on the site of what will become a powerhouse mixed-use development in Henrico's Near West End. Earlier this month, county officials got their first look at the plans for a state-of-the-art library that is expected to open there in less than two years.

Upon buildout within the next decade or so, the 80-acre Libbie Mill community (situated at the corner of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road) is expected to house 994 for-sale units and 1,096 apartments and more than 200,000 square feet of office, commercial and community space. > Read more.

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Community

Cure by Design celebrates cancer survivors

Among the surprise celebrity appearances at the Sept. 24 Cure by Design Fashion Show was one by top male model Brad Kroenig (pictured with Sydney Page and First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell, the honorary chair for the event).

Governor Bob McDonnell also dropped in to join his wife at the gala, which was held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, while national designer Alex Garfield drummed up bids for the live auction.

The event centered around a fashion show featuring nearly 50 local cancer survivors as models. Following the fashion show, the traditional champagne toast and birthday reception was held to honor survivors, who posed with family and friends and celebrated “A World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” > Read more.

Fun run attracts hundreds in Short Pump

Hundreds of youngsters and teens sprinted through Short Pump Oct. 1 during the C&F Bank and Lite98 Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, the region’s largest timed youth road race. The event took place behind Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

2011 Christmas Mother selected

Community volunteer Bonnie L. Abernathy has been named the 2011 Henrico Christmas Mother and already is at work with hundreds of schools, businesses, civic organizations, church groups and individuals to help Henrico citizens experience the the holiday season. > 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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