Childcare providers celebrate their stars

Three child care programs and three home-based providers in Henrico were recognized with star ratings May 22 by the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI). Among the individuals and groups recognized were (from left, front row) Barbie Gallini (home-based provider), Sara Smith (Antioch Child Development Center), Audrey Hopkins (home-based provider), Elaine Kastleberg-Mentor, and [back row]: Mary Cox (Jack N Jill Child Development Center), Mary Landis-Mentor, and Shirley Shannon (home based provider).

Shady Grove YMCA Child Development Center also was recognized by VSQI, a statewide program designed to help in the search for high quality child care. In addition to the star rating, which is the first step of the VSQI process, providers who participate in the voluntary program are given tools to improve their quality through mentoring and other assistance. Managed locally by ChildSavers in partnership with United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and Smart Beginnings, the VSQI system was designed by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and Virginia’s Office of Early Development.

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.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Enjoy an evening of big band music featuring Joe Enroughty and His Royal Virginians at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Dinner and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 to $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit Full text

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