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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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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.

Celtic Festival showcases culture, competition

The Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games returned to the Richmond Raceway Complex Oct. 25-26, showcasing Celtic heritage, food and fun, as well as unique athletic competitions, such as the caber toss, sheaf toss, stone put and Scottish hammer throw. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > 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.

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.

CACGA to host UkeFest Virginia Nov. 2-3

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host UkeFest Virginia, a celebration of the four string dynamo, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3. The Festival features wall to wall music, from serious concerts to informal jams, workshops, and open mic performances, as well as, artisans and vendors; all designed to present the wide range of fun available from this unique and mesmerizing instrument.

The event kicks off Friday as Ashland resident Thomas Wakefield and The Aloha Boys perform at 7 p.m. An Open Mic Jam follows at 9 p.m. > Read more.

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