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Fresh Air Fund seeks local summer hosts

The Fresh Air Fund – a summer program that brings children from New York City to communities from Virginia to Canada to experience rural and suburban life – is seeking local hosts in Henrico County and Metro Richmond.

Nearly 5,000 children visit volunteer host families every summer through the Fund’s Friendly Town program.
“A child taking a walk in the grass barefoot, gazing at the stars, being outdoors and enjoying a slower pace – that’s what it’s all about,” one host parent said, describing the Fresh Air experience.
First-time Fresh Air children are between the ages of 6 and 12. More than 65 percent of all children are invited back to stay with the same host families year after year, according to program officials.

The program began in 1877 and has continued as a way for children to escape their low-income neighborhoods, which can turn dangerous during the summer months, and experience simple summer pleasures in rural and suburban communities.

For details about hosting a Fresh Air child, call Kelli Dalseide at (804) 467-6316 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003, or visit http://www.freshair.org
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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