22nd Citizens’ Fire Academy graduates

The 22nd Henrico Citizens' Fire Academy graduated twelve citizens December 7 (L to R, front row): Sharon Gainey, Kathy McAndrew, Sandy McGuire, Ruth Barrett, Nicole Mayton, Brenda Kapelewski (CFA Coordinator); back row, Chrissy Smith, Bev Newman, Cassandra Bland, Walker Bland, Sr., Dan Bryant; not pictured, Mark Bryant and Taryn Giroux). Participants attended class one night a week for 12 weeks to learn about Henrico County Division of Fire, the Office of Emergency Management and various response teams.

They also participated in fire related training and learned about prevention as well as how to be better prepared to handle emergencies. Highlights of the Academy include driving fire engines, wearing turnout gear, and learning about Emergency Medical Services and specialty teams such as hazardous materials and water search and rescue. Fire Chief Edwin Smith congratulated each graduate and encouraged all citizens to attend the Henrico Citizens’ Fire Academy, which is free of charge. Chief Smith said he looks forward to the day when Henrico Fire can say all Henrico citizens have come through the Henrico Citizens’ Fire Academy.

For details about the program, contact Mrs. Brenda Kapelewski at 501-7601 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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