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Henrico Extension’s ‘Tree Smarts’ seminar series concludes April 19-21

The Henrico County Extension Office and Henrico County Master Gardeners will offer the final installment of the “Tree Smarts” seminar series April 19-21 with a program on mature trees. The seminar is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. each night at the following locations (each session will feature the same information): Tuesday, April 19, Dorey Recreation Center, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; Wednesday, April 20, Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Parkway; and Thursday, April 21, Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.

“Caring for an Older Tree” will highlight the importance of maintaining a stable environment around mature trees to ensure their health. Older trees typically do not respond well to stresses, have greater demands on their energy supply than younger trees and need balance with their surroundings to remain healthy, noted County Agent Karen Carter.

The Tree Smarts seminar series is designed to increase understanding of trees, the role they play in the community’s landscape and how homeowners and others can improve the way they care for them. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Participants can pre-register by calling Henrico Extension at 501-5160. Additional information is available online at http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension
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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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Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center will sponsor a Bullying-Prevention Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Godwin High School. Representatives of the Virginia Center for… Full text

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