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Virginia to observe ‘School Readiness Month’ in August

In recognition of the Commonwealth’s commitment to early childhood initiatives as the foundation for success in school and in life, Gov. Bob McDonnell has proclaimed August as “School Readiness Month” in Virginia.  

Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 30 can start kindergarten this fall.  During “School Readiness Month,” parents of all children ages birth to five are reminded that early childhood, or the first five years of life, create the foundation for school readiness.  

In addition to the typical back to school shopping, there are important activities families can do to help their children get ready for the first day of school. 

Some tips from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation include:  adjusting bedtimes so that children will have enough sleep for those early-morning wakeup calls and enough time to eat a nutritious breakfast; encouraging young children to have listening ears, walking feet and inside voices when they’re in a group setting; praising children when they follow directions, take turns and treat others with kindness and respect; and talking to children about what to expect on the first day to make the transition easier. 

Most importantly, children need to be registered and all of their required paperwork submitted before school starts. When children are registered, the school then knows how to contact parents to share important information about bus schedules, events and activities that will help the child feel comfortable on the first day of school. A health exam is required and sometimes the need for additional screenings or immunizations are identified. To get answers to frequently asked questions about registration, parents can dial 2-1-1 on their phones from any location in Virginia or contact their specific school division.
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Your trees, please

With a nod to Arbor Day, Citizen seeks photos, descriptions of significant Henrico trees

Do you have a favorite tree in Henrico?

Do you know of a tree with an interesting story?

Do you live near an especially large, old, or otherwise unusual tree – or do you pass by one that has always intrigued you?

Arbor Day 2015 (April 24) was last week, and though the Citizen has published stories about a few special trees over the years (see sidebar) we know that our readers can lead us to more. > Read more.

Henrico’s most famous tree


Henrico's most famous tree, known as the Surrender Tree, still stood for more than a century near the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and New Market Road -- until June 2012.

It was in the shade of that tree on April 3, 1865, that Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo met Major Atherton Stevens and troops from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry and handed over a note surrendering the city to Federal troops. Evacuation had already begun. > Read more.

ARC event raises $75k for ICDS program


The Greater Richmond ARC's annual Ladybug Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on April 11 netted $75,165 to benefit its Infant and Child Development Services (ICDS) program.

About 350 guests sampled fine West Coast wines and craft beer from Midnight Brewery at Richmond Raceway Complex's Torque Club, along with food from local eateries. Carytown Cupcakes provided dessert. > Read more.

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Henrico HS student selected as student playwright for ‘New Voices for Theater’ program


A Henrico High School student was one of eight students from Virginia selected as a 2015 student playwright as part of the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's 26th annual New Voices for the Theater Festival of New Works, which will be held July 10-11 at VCU.

Elaina Riddell of the Center for the Arts at Henrico HS will join the other students and bring her original one-act play to life on stage at the event. In total, 150 plays were submitted to SPARC. Riddell and the other winners will work closely with New York City-based professional playwright Bruce Ward for the event. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


In the mood for some spring shopping? Eastern Henrico FISH will hold their semi-annual yard sale this weekend – funds raised assist at-risk families in Eastern Henrico County. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will hold a spring plant sale which is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Put on your detective hat and find out “whodunnit” at the movie “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer,” presented by the Henrico Theatre Company May 1-17. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s that time of year – charity races are popping up everywhere! On Saturday, St. Joseph’s Villa will be the site of the sixth annual CASA Superhero Run and the fifth annual Richmond Free to Breathe Run/Walk will be held in Innsbrook. Also in Innsbrook, the 2015 Richmond Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis will take place on Sunday. If you’re more into relaxation than exercise, check out Wine for Cure’s Dogwood Wine Festival or the Troubadours Community Theatre Group’s production of “West Side Story” at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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