Villa receives outdoor classroom


Thirty-five volunteers from Dominion constructed an outdoor classroom at the St. Joseph’s Villa campus Nov. 27, completing the Villa’s newly installed learning and therapy garden. The garden serves all of the nonprofit’s clientele, including at-risk and developmentally disabled children.

Teachers will utilize the outdoor classroom to promote sensory, hands-on learning in all subjects, especially those related to science and nutrition. The outdoor classroom consists of durable benches with backs, a podium and a weather-resistant whiteboard.

“Dominion is a long and cherished partner at the Villa,” said Kathleen Burke Barrett, CEO of St. Joseph’s Villa. “They were one of our largest corporate donors to the campaign to redevelop our 82-acre campus, and this outdoor classroom builds on the work we’ve done over the last five years to transform our campus into a tool for outdoor learning and therapy.”










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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Enjoy an evening of holiday favorites featuring The Rainier Trio with soprano Leslie Mabe at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The Rainier Trio captivates audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. The group consists of Kevin Matheson, violin; Bryan Matheson, viola; and Brenda Wittwer, piano. Tickets are $15 to $20. Dinner and beverages will also be available for purchase. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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