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New ABC store opening in Short Pump Dec. 2

A new Virginia ABC store will open in Short Pump Dec. 2.

The store, located at 3450 Pump Road in the Short Pump Crossing Shopping Center, will be the fourth in the new line of "premier" stores, joining those in Williamsburg, Leesburg and Virginia Beach, which have opened since March 2014.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter and Commissioners Judy Napier and Henry Marsh and other dignitaries will attend the grand opening of the Short Pump location. > Read more.

2 Henrico art teachers named best in Virginia

Two Henrico County art teachers recently were named Virginia’s best for 2015 at their respective levels.

The Virginia Art Education Association named Carver Elementary School’s Julz Suder (pictured, left) as the state’s top elementary school art teacher for 2015 and Hermitage High School's Allison Boyd (right) as Virginia’s top high school art teacher for the year.

The two were honored at the group’s state conference in Roanoke. > Read more.

Steward School to offer merit grant program

The Steward School, an independent coed JK-12 school in Henrico County, today announced a new merit-based grant program for its Upper School. The new program is being funded by a donation from a current Steward family. At the donors’ request, their gift will fund several merit-based grants of up to $10,000 each per year for students who are new to Steward in the Upper School.

“A core part of The Steward School’s mission is to celebrate a diversity of talents, abilities, and cultures among our student body, so that we can provide a rich and well-rounded educational experience,” said Dan Frank, head of school. > Read more.
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2 Henrico students participate in White House event

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe represented Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, were accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and joined approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady greeted the students, who then harvested vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoyed a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.

Cavs care

Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.

Schools embrace financial literacy program

A financial literacy program called Banzai has made its way into the curriculum of Henrico County Public Schools and is meant to expose students to financial responsibilities.

Henrico Federal Credit Union started sponsoring the financial literacy program in 2012, and its engagement in the program gives teachers the opportunity to provide an innovative, high-quality experience to their students at no cost.

“The goal was to focus on improving financial literacy for the rising generations who would soon be facing financial decision in their lives,” said Banzai spokesperson Rachel Yentes. “This program also creates a relationship between students and their sponsor, who can help them with financial decisions in the future. Banzai is fun and engaging, which helps students to enjoy learning about financial literacy and most importantly, remember what they are learning." > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

The Band Perry to play Innsbrook After Hours in June

DEC. 1, 11:25 A.M. – Innsbrook After Hours announced today that The Band Perry will perform on Friday, June 24 as part of its 31st season. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at http://www.InnsbrookAfterHours.com and by phone at (804) 794-6700. Early bird general admission tickets will be available for $15 during the first week of the on-sale.

Merging country, pop, and rock elements into a sharp contemporary sound, the Grammy Award-winning sibling trio features Kimberly Perry (lead vocals, guitar, and piano), Reid Perry (bass guitar) and Neil Perry (drums, mandolin, and accordion). > Read more.


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