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Crossings eagle returns to roost

All eyes were on the eagle June 11 as the 3000-pound landmark sculpture -- with a boost from a 160-ton crane -- was re-installed in its perch atop the refinished golden dome of the Jefferson Building at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen.

The eagle, which has resided atop the Jefferson Building since the complex served as Figgie International's headquarters in the 1980s, had spent a week "nesting" on the ground after its June 4 removal. Among the restoration and repair tasks performed during the bird's makeover was the regilding of its 24-carat gold leaf wings.

At a ceremony prior to the eagle's flight, the sculpture was re-dedicated in honor of America’s Armed Forces and their families and re-christened the Liberty Golden Eagle. A number of veterans from the adjacent Crosspoint community attended the ceremony, and representatives from Fisher House and the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia accepted donations from the Wyndham Virginia Crossings.

Read the full story of the restoration here: http://www.henricocitizen.com/index.php/news/article/the_eagle_has_landed0608
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15

Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.


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