Movin’ in the classroom

Bon Secours Virginia Health System recently unveiled its "movin' mania" program – designed to address childhood obesity – at Montrose Elementary in Eastern Henrico, one of a number of local schools that will employ the program.

Bon Secours will donate $120,000 to 115 schools in Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield and Richmond to fund SOL-compliant movin' mania Learnercise mats, which encourage learning while moving. Teachers will track students’ physical activity on the mats at, where students can earn points for healthy choices and redeem them for prizes, such as sports equipment.

“Finding a way to integrate movement into the core curriculum daily is a challenge,” said Dana Baldacci, principal of Montrose Elementary. “We are thrilled to partner with Bon Secours to give our teachers an additional resource to increase both academic achievement and fitness.”

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.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Eastern Henrico FISH will hold a benefit concert at 5 p.m. at Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. in Sandston. The concert is in honor of our veterans. Full text

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