Cheering volunteers sought

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes from throughout Virginia will convene in the Richmond region June 8-9 to participate in the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games, and organizers are seeking volunteers to cheer at the events.

Athletes will be competing in tennis, powerlifting, swimming, bowling, track and field and softball competitions during the event. Organizers hope to pack venues to provide the athletes with the true feeling of competition and support.

To register, visit http://www.volunteer2cheer.com. Fans who sign up also have the chance to win prizes, including an Amazon Fire Tablet, Kings Dominion tickets, $100 Kroger gift cards and Sweet Frog treats. Like the Special Olympics on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsVirginia for prize details.

Summer Games, presented by Comcast, Hardee’s, Sheetz, Rising Up Sports and the University of Richmond, is the largest of seven state-level competitions offered by Special Olympics Virginia.
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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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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Reynolds Community College will host author Kristen Green at an “Around the World Through Books” discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the Parham Road Campus. The discussion will feature Greens’ novel “Something must be done about Prince Edward County,” which tells the story of a Virginia community that defied the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Admission is free and open to the public. Canned goods for the Central Virginia Food Bank are requested. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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