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Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday


The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com .

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community. > Read more.
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Commemorating the end of Civil War and slavery


It was the night they drove old Dixie down, and the American Civil War came to a close.

After four years of bloody fighting, the war that had torn apart the United States and Virginia finally reached its conclusion in the commonwealth. In one of the most eventful and fateful months in American history, April 1865 would see the fall of Richmond to Union troops, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Confederacy, the Civil War and slavery.

Now, 150 years later, the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War is reaching its own closing days in Richmond and across the state. Virginians are once more reflecting on the end of the war and how it shaped the state’s history and culture even to this day. > Read more.

Local United Way pioneer honored at ‘Hoopla’


A Henrico resident received some long-deserved recognition March 24 as Hermena “Hermie” Powell was honored with the 2015 Royal-Green Award at a gathering of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Held at the Virginia War Memorial, the “Red Feather Hoopla” brought together more than one hundred members of the council, a group dedicated to the mission of preparing children for their roles as tomorrow’s leaders. Members symbolically accented their outfits with red feathers and boas to celebrate the impact of women who give, advocate and volunteer to strengthen the community.

In her keynote address, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe spoke of her twin initiatives of improving childhood nutrition and remedying food insecurity, and of the challenges facing child advocates across the Commonwealth in helping youth whose most basic needs are not met. > Read more.

Henrico County CASA welcomes new volunteers


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates kicked off Child Abuse Awareness Month April 1 by welcoming 15 new CASA volunteers. The new volunteers were sworn in by Rondelle D. Herman, chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Herman thanked the new volunteers for committing their time to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being.

“Each party of a case comes to the Court with their own agenda," Herman said. "CASA does not have an agenda. CASA is objective, unbiased and fact driven when reporting to the court. > Read more.

Glen Allen students win Reflections awards

Three Glen Allen High School students were winners in the PTA Reflections Contest recently. Junior Noah Carpenter (pictured above, right) won the Award of Excellence in the Virginia PTA Reflections Contest for his film entitled “A Better World Starts at Home.” Junior Katherine Weber (left), won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Music Composition. Freshman Abby Dodd (center) won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Dance Choreography. > Read more.

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Community

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre’s ‘Now Then Again’ planned


Director Melissa Rayford has selected the cast for CAT Theatre’s Now Then Again, the theater’s submission to the Acts of Faith “Fringe” Festival. The performance will run March 20 through April 5 at the theater, located at 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico.

The cast includes Matt Hackman as Henry Rainer; Rebecca A.K. Turner as Ginny Aiden; Chandler Hubbard as Chris Hale; Elliot Eisenberg as Felix; Craig M. Smith as Dr. Armand Trousant; and Kathy Northrop Parker as the minister/musician. > Read more.

Fifth annual ‘Cancer is a Drag’ pageant planned for March 28 at RIR


The Fifth Annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will be held March 28 at Richmond International Raceway’s Old Dominion Building. The event is designed as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

It began as a way to honor Shelby Layne Bowery, who died from melanoma cancer at the age of 12 in 2010.

The first pageant was held in Varina and raised more than $7,000. Subsequent events have grown in size and raised progressively more money – including $16,000 last year. > 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.

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