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2 Schools Earn ‘Virginia Naturally’ Recognition

The Green Team of Colonial Trail E.S. (top) includes (left to right): back row – Assistant Principal Eun Jung Kim, parent volunteer Ingrid Schweickert, parent volunteer Britt Hayes, parent volunteer Linda Levine, Resource Teacher Cynthia Jefferson, (front) Hailey Payne, Esteban Ovalle-Garcia and Kelsey Levine.
For the third consecutive year, Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge Elementary Schools have been recognized as Virginia Naturally Schools for their efforts to promote good stewardship of Virginia's natural resources during the 2009-10 school year.

During the past year, Colonial Trail Elementary School increased recycling material options and celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a school-wide “Spring Eco Fest.” The school assembled the first fifth-grade Green Team and started an Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program.

Rivers Edge Elementary School sponsors "paperless days" to encourage hands-on activities that save approximately 3,000 sheets of paper. Student leaders serve on a "Green Team" to collect recycling bins each week.
The Go Green Team of Rivers Edge E.S. displays its Virginia Naturally plaque and pennant.


The Virginia Board of Education has recognized the Virginia Naturally School program as the official environmental education school recognition program for the state. This program recognizes the efforts of many Virginia schools to increase the environmental awareness of the state's youngest citizens. Virginia Naturally Schools must meet specific requirements that increase with each successive year a school achieves this recognition.

Schools receiving this honor have qualified in several areas including: administrative support, staff development and curricular integration, resource conservation efforts, and school/community based projects. Additional requirements for schools qualifying beyond the first year include: documentation of efforts to secure library materials/equipment; developing instructional settings/outdoor classrooms; and developing community partnerships with area businesses, parent/teacher organizations, and civic groups.
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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