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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students. > Read more.

Controlled burn scheduled at Malvern Hill


The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns at the Richmond National Battlefield Park site of Malvern Hill in Eastern Henrico April 1. The burn will take place on approximately 60 acres of the Civil War site. Another burn is scheduled on 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County within the next few weeks, conditions permitting.

The park burns these areas every two to three years in order to maintain the landscape as it appeared when the opposing armies fought during the summers of 1862 and 1864.

The specific objective of the burn at Malvern Hill is to maintain the historic 1862 scene as a meadow and to reduce woody and non-native species density. > Read more.
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Hermitage student named to All-American band

Mercer Swetnam of Hermitage High School recently was named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Swetnam will join a group of marching band members who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Successful band members require great skill, teamwork and dedication – qualities similar to those of Army Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of our talented 2015 U.S. Army All-American Band members and commend each of them on their selection to this recognized group.” > Read more.

Canines help TSA at Richmond airport

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration demonstrated their passenger-screening dogs at Richmond International Airport Oct. 15. The explosives-detection dogs are trained to process air current and recognize certain odors, whether a person is moving or still, is present or has recently passed through an area.

At right, explosives detection German shorthaired pointer "Brooks” and his handler, Inspector Damon Hopgood, cover the atrium area of the airport. > Read more.

Construction moves Henrico Arts Fall Showcase to CenterStage

Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.

“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”

The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13. > Read more.

Henrico County Public Library receives second Star Library honor

For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.

HCPL was the only system in Virginia to receive a five-star rating, which is the highest class. It earned a four-star rating in 2013. HCPL was among four library systems in Virginia and 258 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2014.

Library Journal, a national publication for library professionals, has compiled its list of Star Libraries annually since 2008. > Read more.

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Community

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration planned for Dec. 3

Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning at the Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd., and ending at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. > Read more.

Winter bazaar and community festival at Varina H.S. Dec. 3

Varina High School PTSA will host a Winter Bazaar and community festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 7053 Messer Rd. There will be free arts and crafts, vendors, mime dancers, performances from local organizations and churches, raffles, prizes, food and more. > Read more.

Gift basket project for senior citizens underway

The Annual Holiday Gift Basket Project, an initiative of Senior Connections, is accepting donations through Dec. 9. The program promotes healthy aging, helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities, and brings holiday cheer to isolated seniors and those in the greatest need of support.

During the recent years of economic recession, Senior Connections has received an increasing number of calls from seniors seeking assistance. The basket project has helped seniors who often have to choose between paying utility bills, purchasing medications and food or taking care of the rent or mortgage. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Tucker graduate to perform in VCU Theatre’s ‘Avenue Q’

J.R. Tucker High School graduate Max Moore (pictured, seated), a VCU student, will play the role of "Brian" in Theatre VCU's performance of "Avenue Q," a Broadway hit that won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical.

The show features a cast of people and puppets who tell the story of adult life in New York City in a funny and raunchy way. > 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.

Submit your holiday photos!

The holiday season is upon us, and the Henrico Citizen wants to share good memories with you. Send us a favorite photo from a previous Christmas, Hanukkah or other winter holiday and we may publish it in an upcoming issue. If your photo is selected for publication, you'll also receive a gift certificate for food or entertainment! > Read more.

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