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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

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.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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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