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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

HCA Virginia names new CEO of Parham Doctors’ Hospitals

HCA Virginia recently announced the appointment of Zach McCluskey as chief executive officer of Parham Doctors’ Hospital, effective May 1. Both hospitals are campuses of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

“Zach brings a breadth of experience to this new role with a healthcare administration background that includes surgical services, rehabilitation, oncology and many capital improvement projects as well as other strategic growth initiatives,” said Will Wagnon, CEO of Henrico Doctors' Hospitals. > Read more.

Tourist spending increases


Tourism dollars continue to flow into Henrico County at an appreciable rate, according to the most recent county statistics on the matter – and a blast of history later this year could add to that total.

Travel expenditures in Henrico were $746.5 million – the fifth-highest in the state – in 2012, the most recent year for which such data is available. Henrico trailed only Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, according to data compiled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The VTC’s figures for 2013 won’t be available until later this fall. > Read more.

Faison School offers holistic approach to autism care


The Faison School for Autism in Henrico offers a unique opportunity for autistic children through a continuum of care methodology that focuses on providing support and resources for students throughout their lifespan for the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation.

Founded in 1999 by Alan Kirshner and Flo Guzman, The Faison School was built in response to the lack of specialized services that were available locally for his granddaughter, Brittany Faison, who had been diagnosed with the disorder. Kirshner felt it was necessary for the community to have a school available for autistic children that was based upon proven techniques and philosophies. > Read more.

Business in brief


Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia is encouraging the donation of airline miles throughout the month of April to prepare for the busiest wish granting season, summer. Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia will need 33 million airline miles to grant 165 wishes this year that involve travel. Individuals who fly on Delta, United and US Airways can easily donate frequent flier miles, in just a few simple steps, by visiting http://va.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles Dona.ted miles never expire and are never used for anything other than wish travel. Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia accepts the donation of airline miles year-round, but April is a critical time for airline miles as travel arrangements are being made for summer wish travel. > Read more.

NAMI to host free 12-week series on mental illness

NAMI of Central Virginia will sponsor a free family-to-family education program specifically for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The 12-week series of classes takes place on Tuesday of each week, beginning May 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Centenary United Methodist Church, Social Hall 1st Floor, at 411 E. Grace St., Richmond.

The course will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress. > Read more.

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Community

Something seems fishy

The Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale brought antiques and rare collectibles to Henrico for the 28th year Jan. 17-19 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The event attracted more than 80 dealers from Florida to New England, offering old prints, China, toys, children books and small furniture pieces among many others.

At right, vendor Rebecca of Richmond sought enthusiasts of Japanese collectibles, like the rare, 100-year-old half-carp, half-dragon incense burner shown. > Read more.

Squirrels, RIR to host golf tournament in Henrico

The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond International Raceway are teaming to host the inaugural Turn Left Golf Classic at The Dominion Club in Wyndham June 2. The charity golf event strengthens the partnership between the organizations and will equally benefit the charity arms of both, Richmond International Raceway Cares and Flying Squirrels Charities.

The event was named because the common denominator between the two organizations is competitors turning left during competition. (Drivers turn left at “America’s Premier Short Track,” and base runners turn left as they round the bases at The Diamond.) > Read more.

AARP to provide free tax assistance

The AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, beginning in February. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. Participants do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this free service.

“Tax-Aide provides a valuable service for taxpayers in the Commonwealth,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It couldn’t be done without the nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers who work hard to make it happen.” > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Band Perry, Darius Rucker coming to RIR Amphitheater in July

The Classic Amphitheater at Richmond International Raceway will host concerts by The Band Perry July 12 and Darius Rucker July 18. Tickets for both shows go on sale April 4 at 10 a.m.

The Band Pery, fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers, Neil and Reid, has achieved much acclaim since the release of its self-titled debut album in October 2010. Pioneer, the band’s sophomore album, was released in April 2013 and has helped to secure the band a string of hit singles including "Better Dig Two,” “Done” and the current single, “Chainsaw”, which was released to country radio in March 2014. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s the last weekend in March and eastern Henrico is the place to be! Sunrise Productions and Henrico High School will present “Finding Chris, My Father” at the Henrico Theatre on Saturday. Also at the Henrico Theatre is “Real to Reel” featuring the film Shenandoah. End the weekend with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti luncheon from the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

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