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2 Henrico students to participate in White House event June 3

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe will represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.

Fresh vegetables and fruits can be hard to find


Twenty-eight percent of Virginians report having a difficult time finding fresh fruits and vegetables to buy in their community, according to a survey released on Monday at the fourth Weight of the State childhood obesity prevention conference.

The survey was conducted by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth between March 2014 and March 2015 as part of its Fresh Spot campaign aimed at increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the commonwealth.

Members of Y Street, the foundation’s volunteer group for high school students, surveyed more than 2,700 people in 169 Virginian communities. > Read more.

Business in brief


Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs and BBQ, a West End restaurant that closed in 2011, is trying to make a comeback through a Go Fund Me account. Known for his Virginia State Championship smoked wings and peanut butter pie, owner Carey Friedman is hoping to raise enough start-up capital to re-open the company’s “Hog Wagon,” a fully-operational and mobile food truck. Donations can be made at http://gofundme.com/qgveqs Gran.dpa Eddie’s opened in 2005 in Goochland County but moved to their location on Three Chopt Road in September 2007. > Read more.

Steward School named Green Ribbon School by US Dept. of Education

The Steward School was one of four schools in Virginia and one of 58 schools in the United States named a Green Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Nine colleges and universities also were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award. > Read more.

Mega Millions ticket bought in Henrico County wins $1M

Somewhere there is a ticket from the April 21 Mega Millions drawing that’s now worth $1 million. It was purchased at 7-Eleven, 5200 Williamsburg Road in Henrico County.

The winning numbers for the drawing were 31-33-35-41-69 and the Mega Ball number was 11. This ticket matched the first five numbers and missed only the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million. Had the ticket matched all six numbers, it would have won the jackpot. > Read more.

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Community

News, new date for regional river cleanup

This year's James River Regional Cleanup will take place this year in September, instead of its normal date in June, the James River Advisory Council announced this week.

Since its start years ago, the cleanup has been held on the second Saturday in June. But planners received support for a date change and decided this year to push the date back to Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup will include numerous sites between Lynchburg and Newport News, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several fun family-friendly activities to offer this weekend – check out the butterflies at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, play games at The Armour House & Gardens and walk or run in support of the Autism Society of Central Virginia. If you’re looking to celebrate Memorial Day, Rocketts Landing has fireworks and Sandston has a parade. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Raiders help ‘Stir It Up!’

Among the activities featured at Stir It Up!, a fundraiser and awareness raiser held May 5 at Deep Run H.S., was the opportunity for youngsters – including this young fan pictured with player Raibonne Charles – to play catch with members of the Richmond Raiders professional indoor football team. > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

Extras sought for AMC’s ‘TURN’

Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.

No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.

Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


TGIF! Celebrate the weekend at Oak Hall Baptist Church’s Community Block Party on Saturday. Learn more about ballroom dancing, art and Colonial times. Or take the kids to Generation Z Games for water play or Southern Season to cook up a Disney-theme meal. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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