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Harvie ES students ‘touch’ history

History, past and present, came to life Feb. 16 as Harvie Elementary School students portrayed some of the most influential African American entertainers, scientists, athletes, doctors, political and military figures in American history as part of the school’s “Touch Museum.”

Students stood motionless, holding their poses until touched by their teacher, at which time they sprang to life, naming the figures they were portraying, as well as their accomplishments and other facts of historical note.

Kirah Dandridge as Judith Jameson

Corey Ginn (left) as a Tuskegee Airman and Ramar Sebastian as Alvin Ailey

Deja Carroll as Mary McCleod Bethune

Gianni Ivy as Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Left to right, Vaughn Huckaby (Tony Dungy), India Dailey (Althea Gibson), Al-JaQuan (Jackie Robinson), Elijah Shelton (Tiger Woods) and Toriaunna Jefferson (Venus Williams)

Darryl Rawlings (left) as Garrett Morgan and Treazure Wooley as Mae Jemison

Corey Ginn as a Tuskegee Airman

India Dailey as Althea Gibson

Kimberly Martinez as Shirley Chisholm

Nia Boyd as Bessie Coleman

Sanihya Turner as Condoleezza Rice

Nassir Bolling as Dr. Benjamin Carson

Jolin Fox as Wynton Marsalis

Ramar Sebastian as Alvin Ailey

Tre Hedgepeth as President Barack Obama
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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.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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Commonwealth Parenting will offer the class “The Goodnight Story: What New Parents Need to Know about Babies and Sleep” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Innsbrook at 4121 Cox… Full text

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