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Willow Lawn to offer holiday “trolley” service from Church Hill

Willow Lawn shopping center will offer free shuttle trolley service between Church Hill and the center on four days during the next two weeks.

The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as Friday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 7 as part of "Green Ride RVA."

The service stems from a national sustainability transportation program funded by the Ford Motor Company, in partnership with eight universities, including VCU in Richmond. > Read more.

Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.
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Proposed CARE bus reservation changes put on hold

GRTC officials have decided to shelve several proposed changes to the way disabled and elderly riders make reservations for the system's CARE and CARE Plus bus transportation services, following concerns expressed by members of the public and staff members.

Henrico County supervisors also had voiced concerns about the proposal during a work session last week. A revised proposal could be introduced by late summer, according to GRTC Chief of Transit Operations Tim Barham.

CARE service is federally mandated transportation designed to serve areas within three-quarters of a mile to either side of existing fixed-route bus service. In Henrico, CARE Plus offers door-to-door service anywhere in the county seven days a week to disabled and elderly residents who live farther from bus routes or who need to travel during the times CARE buses do not operate (between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weeknights and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends). > Read more.

Softball game pairs HS players, disabled students

A unique, inclusive softball game today is pairing students with disabilities and players from Henrico County high school baseball and softball teams. The Challenger Day softball game includes students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from high schools across Henrico County.

Virginia Randolph Education Center is a Henrico County Public Schools program that provides academic and behavioral educational services to students with disabilities. > Read more.

Honoring those who served

Thousands of people spent Memorial Day in Sandston, honoring veterans and enjoying the sights and sounds of the sixth annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade, hosted by Sandston American Legion Posts 242 and 144. The event was preceded by a memorial service at the Seven Pines Cemetery. > Read more.

Six Henrico students graduate from Project SEARCH

Six Henrico County high school seniors were among 24 high school seniors with autism spectrum disorders from Virginia recognized this week by the Bon Secours Virginia Health System for their completion of Project SEARCH, a national school-to-work program, at four Bon Secours facilities.

Henrico seniors Gabe Brown, Jessica Brown, Alonte Burrell, James Lockett, Sean Perkins and Shyheim White were honored during a ceremony June 3 at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital. The Project SEARCH program provides hands-on training to students with disabilities through internships at health care facilities and other businesses, with a goal of full-time employment upon completion. Bon Secours Virginia is the only Project SEARCH program targeting students with autism and participating in clinical research. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Girls in foster care meet princess

Twenty young girls in foster care under Henrico County’s Department of Social Services came to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond Centerstage hoping to meet a Disney princess, and left with new-found friends.

The forum, There is a Princess Tiana in all of Us, was put together by Feld Entertainment and the Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show that played at the Richmond Coliseum in September. The girls worked on creating their own tiaras, then enjoyed a visit with Princess Tiana and conversation and encouragement from local successful women. > Read more.

Cure by Design celebrates cancer survivors

Among the surprise celebrity appearances at the Sept. 24 Cure by Design Fashion Show was one by top male model Brad Kroenig (pictured with Sydney Page and First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell, the honorary chair for the event).

Governor Bob McDonnell also dropped in to join his wife at the gala, which was held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, while national designer Alex Garfield drummed up bids for the live auction.

The event centered around a fashion show featuring nearly 50 local cancer survivors as models. Following the fashion show, the traditional champagne toast and birthday reception was held to honor survivors, who posed with family and friends and celebrated “A World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” > 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.

Henrico through the lens

Valentine exhibit explores county's history in photographs

Photographs that span more than a century and help tell the stories of everyday life in Henrico County during that span are on display as part of a new exhibit at the Valentine Richmond History Center downtown.

"Into Focus: Henrico County through the Camera" – a collaborative exhibit with Henrico County featuring about 50 photographs of the county from as far back as 1899 – opened Oct. 13 and will continue through March. Photos in the exhibit document each of the county's five magisterial districts and are arranged by district, curator Meg Hughes said. The exhibit is designed to celebrate Henrico's 400th anniversary this year. > Read more.

Richmond Quilter’s Guild tri-annual show at Richmond International Raceway

The Richmond Quilter’s Guild will present its tri-annual show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22-23 at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Over 300 quilts will be on display plus raffle quilts, demonstrations, vendors and door prizes. > Read more.

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