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Wolf Creek Cherokee tribe moves museum to Varina


Henrico County has always been a place of historical appreciation and significance, and that continued with the opening of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum this past month in Varina. The museum houses Native American artifacts from Virginia Cherokee tribes, some of which are from Henrico.

There are about 160 members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe spread throughout the state, with high concentrations in southwest Virginia and others in Henrico and Hanover. > Read more.

Kiss but don’t tell


Next month, the region's oldest veterans will mark the 70th anniversary of V-J Day with a mix of joy for the war's end and sorrow for those who were lost.

A recent arrival in Henrico County will most likely not celebrate the occasion – but she is known around the world for her V-J Day role, just the same.

Greta Zimmer Friedman was the subject of one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, but she believes enough fuss has been made about it already.

"It's in the past," she says. > Read more.

Mo’ne comes to play


Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis, who last year captured the attention of a nation as she led her Philadelphia Little League baseball team to the United States championship game, was in Glen Allen last month as part of a barnstorming tour through the East Coast.

Her team, the Anderson Monarchs, played the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League All-Stars at RF&P Park June 20.

The game was part of the Monarchs’ 23-day bus tour of key sites from the civil rights movement and the heyday of the Negro Leagues. > Read more.
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RIR wins tourism award


Among the honorees at Richmond Region Tourism’s “I Am Tourism” awards breakfast, held recently at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, was Richmond International Raceway (RIR), winner of the Dedicated Partner Award. Accepting on behalf of RIR was Dennis Bickmeier, RIR president (pictured, center, with Jack Berry of Richmond Region Tourism and James Burrell, chairman of the board of directors).

The award recognizes an organization for its outstanding partnership and ongoing collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism, which termed RIR a “tourism powerhouse” for the Richmond region that generates an economic impact equal to that of a Super Bowl. > Read more.

Sales tax holiday for emergency items starts May 25


Virginia is no stranger to hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, earthquakes and flooding. That’s why the Virginia will again offer tax-free shopping for a week, beginning Monday, May 25, on hurricane preparedness items.

The event exempts 22 categories of smaller items from the state and local retail sales tax. The exempt items include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits. As long as each item costs $60 or less, it is tax-exempt.

Last year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less were added to the list of tax-exempt items, along with chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less. > Read more.

WestPark shopping center sold for $33.3M

UPDATE: MAY 20, 4:10 P.M. – A West End shopping center has been sold to an Illinois real estate firm for $33.3 million.

InvenTrust Properties purchased the WestPark Shopping Center, a 176,973-square-foot center on West Broad Street between Stillman Parkway and Pemberton Road, from Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.
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Community

Short Pump Rotary volunteers help with rebuild, repair


On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.

“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.

‘Proof of Heaven’ coming to Glen Allen


Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.

Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.

Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Entertainment

A triumphant return

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride

Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).

It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.






 

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