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Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Citizen wins 2 Va. Press Association awards

The Henrico Citizen won two awards in the Virginia Press Association’s annual News Contest. Awards were presented Apr. 9 at the VPA’s annual banquet, held at the Hilton Short Pump.

Freelance writer Ryan McKinnon won a first-place award in the feature writing category for his article last year entitled "Fields of Gold" profiling the Varina District. Publisher Tom Lappas won a second-place award in the sports feature photo category for a photo of several businessmen cheering for a cyclist during the UCI Road World Championships in September (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Business in brief

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Southern Wine & Spirits of America – expanded into an additional 5,200 SF and now occupy a total of 17,000 SF leased in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; C3 Health RX, Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,200 SF in Dabney Corporate Center at 2026-A Dabney Rd.; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. – expanded into an additional 1,534 SF and now occupy a total of 5,456 SF in Interstate Center at 2108 W. Laburnum Ave.; Tops China – renewed its lease of 2,400 SF in Dumbarton Square Shopping Center at 7101 Staples Mill Rd.; and Defender Security Co. – renewed its lease of 1,300 SF in Parham Trade Center at 2500 E. Parham Rd. > Read more.

Henrico to present youth poetry ‘slam’ May 5

Entries on bullying, substance use, suicide prevention needed by May 1

The Youth Ambassadors of Henrico County and the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services’ Prevention Services will present a Hip-Hop Poetry Theme Slam on Thursday, May 5 to promote health, wellness and self-expression among youth.

The themes for the event are bullying, substance use and suicide prevention. Entries must be submitted by Sunday, May 1 to Prevention Specialist Michael Harris at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). They will be reviewed for language and content and should show “Hip-Hop Poetry Slam” in the email subject line. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Crossroads Art Center will hold a TedxRVAWomen watch party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch this sold-out event (taking place live at the Byrd Theatre) live-streamed in Building 3 of the arts center. Enjoy the give-and-take of an audience of your peers along with coffee and donuts. For details, call 278-8950 or visit http://www.crossroadsartcenter.com. For more information on this independently organized TED event, visit http://www.tedxrva.com/women. Full text

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