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Mud pies, skies and butterflies

Math Science Innovation Center in Eastern Henrico celebrates 50 years of wonder

Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to offer alcohol impairment simulation series

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital will host three alcohol impairment simulation events this week to raise awareness of how one’s balance, motor planning, and coordination skills are effected by alcohol.

The simulation series will be held in the Forest Lobby of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Road, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26; and at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28. > Read more.

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.

Wegmans opens in Short Pump

Wegmans employees prepped last week for the Aug. 7 grand opening of the chain's new Short Pump store. The new location, in the West Broad Marketplace west of Short Pump Town Center just off West Broad Street, employs about 550 people, most of whom were hired locally. It is the second Wegmans to open in the Richmond region, joining the Midlothian store, which opened in the spring. > Read more.

2 ambulance units shifted

90-day trial seeks to improve EMS response times

Henrico Division of Fire officials have relocated two of their 15 ambulance units from their home stations to other stations during daytime hours Monday through Friday, as part of a 90-day trial designed to improve response times in the county's busiest service areas.

Through September, the ambulance based at Station 4 (on Strath Road in Varina) is reporting to Station 3 (in Highland Springs), while the unit based at Station 16 (on Shady Grove Road in Short Pump) is reporting to Station 9 (on Quioccasin Road) during those weekday hours. > Read more.

3 Henrico students earn KLM Book Scholarship awards

Three Henrico County students were among the 33 students from Virginia and Maryland who earned 2016 Book Scholarship Awards from the KLM Scholarship Foundation. Awards were presented Aug. 6 during a ceremony at Linwood Holton Elementary School.

Christopher Gray (who will attend Hampden-Sydney College and major in psychology); Zoie McMillian (who will attend Virginia Tech and major in animal science; and Heather Williams ( who will attend Virginia Tech and major in animal and poultry sciences) each earned $1,000 scholarships. Gray intendeds to become a lawyer and eventually open his own firm. > 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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The Caring Clothes Closet will be hosting over 25 one-of-a-kind vendors in the third annual Pop Up Shop Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Rd. in Glen Allen. Find unique and handcrafted items perfect for holiday gift giving. Vendor space benefits the Caring Clothes Closet, a free clothing ministry that helps at-risk kids, single moms and the homeless. For details, contact Sara Fender at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 360-3907, ext. 51 or visit http://www.caringclothescloset.org. Full text

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