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The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront (FoCR) has merged with Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), which will carry on the work of both organizations by stewarding the lands previously protected by FoCR. Initial discussions about a merger began in late 2013. Legal due diligence was conducted in early 2014 and the merger decision was formally made in late March 2014. Troutman Sanders LLP provided pro bono legal services for due diligence and document preparation for the merger. As part of the merger, conservation easements held by FoCR will be assigned to CRLC. The restrictions, land use limitations, and reserved rights listed in each easement will remain unchanged. > Read more.

HCPS forming performance task force

Henrico County Public Schools is forming a community-based Student Performance Task Force whose members will serve as liaisons with the community at large and strive to improve student performance and help close the achievement gap among students. The school system is accepting applications and nominations for task force members.

Potential members could include students, parents, teachers, school leaders, central office staff, School Board members, Board of Supervisors members, other elected officials, faith-based leaders, representatives of advocacy organizations and others. > Read more.

Henrico County Police launch Pinterest account

The Henrico County Division of Police is now on Pinterest.

“Connecting with citizens through a variety of social media is important as many people are expanding their personal and professional use of social media,” said Henrico County Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton.

Pinterest allows the Division to develop themed pages of various interests like a virtual bulletin board. > Read more.

Paint power

Volunteers with Henrico County's "Operation Paintbrush" painted the home of Terri Sheppard on Westbourne Drive earlier this month as part of the program, which offers its services to homeowners who need meet certain criteria. Pictured (left to right) are Mallory Horne, Terri Sheppard, Peter Diaz, Melody Moadab, Marcus Squires, Samira Squires, Layne Mitchell, Kenny Trinh, Cassandra Mason, Matthew Giffen and Jeremy Jackson. > Read more.

Blood, food donations sought

Virginia Blood Services is inviting its donors to “triple” the impact of their blood donations from Nov. 27-Dec. 8 by bringing along a non-perishable food item to donate to FeedMore. In addition to transporting the food items, Virginia Blood Services also will donate $1 to FeedMore for each participating donor during the drive. > Read more.

Library seeks book donations for Christmas Mother

The Henrico County Library system is seeking book donations to provide to the Henrico Christmas Mother, whose season starts Dec. 4.

All Henrico libraries have donation boxes, where visitors can donate new or gently used children’s and teen books. All books that are in good shape will be accepted. The Henrico Christmas Mother Program relies on hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors to provide new clothes, toys, books and food to more than 6,000 Henrico County residents who need assistance during the holiday season, including low-income families, adults with disabilities and the elderly. > Read more.

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Community

Traveling tapestry exhibit opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a touring exhibit from the American Tapestry Alliance during the next month and a half.

The Gumenick Family Gallery exhibition, Small Tapestry International 2: Passages, featuring small tapestries created by artists from around the world, opens Sept. 15 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 30. This is the only East Coast venue hosting this touring, biennial exhibition of the American Tapestry Alliance. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter hosts fall plant sale

Grace Harrison of the Henrico Master Gardeners' Association demonstrates vermi composting to a visitor during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's fall plant sale Sept. 17.
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Help CVFB win 30,000 pounds of protein

To boost hunger awareness in the U.S., Tyson Foods is launching a social media campaign enabling the public to choose three food banks to receive a 30,000-pound protein donation from the company. The donation will provide 120,000 meals for each chosen food bank. All food banks are located in counties with high rates of food insecurity. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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