Henrico students compete in LifeSmarts competition at VSU

High school students from throughout Virginia – including Henrico County – will compete March 8 in a statewide LifeSmarts competition at Virginia State University.

Eight teams of students will face challenging questions about personal finance, health and safety, consumer awareness, and home energy use. Student teams will represent Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Spotsylvania and Chancellor and High Schools in Spotsylvania County, and 4-H programs in Henrico County and Franklin County, Va.

The winning team will compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship in Atlanta, Ga., April 20 – 23.

Cherry Hedges, financial education director for Virginia Credit Union, is the chair of LifeSmarts this year.

“LifeSmarts is built on the premise that knowledge is power. With hours of practice, the high school students who compete in LifeSmarts are extremely well-informed consumers. They are well-prepared to make decisions with their money and other resources as they enter college and careers.”

Each LifeSmarts competition requires large numbers of adult volunteers who serve as quizmasters, time keepers and judges. The March 8 competition includes volunteers from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, the Virginia Department of Education, the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Virginia State University, the Virginia Credit Union League and Virginia Credit Union.
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Henrico Public Library wins Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation grant


The Henrico County Public Library system recently won the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's Library Grant Award, which provides funding, materials and programming from VBCF to help educate citizens about breast cancer.

The grant is given to select libraries in Virginia that apply and is intended to further the VBCF mission to educate the public about breast health and breast cancer. > Read more.

Pet Valu to open in Glen Allen Aug. 26


Pet supplies and accessories retailer Pet Valu will open at 5304 Wyndham Forest Drive in Glen Allen Saturday, Aug. 26.

The store will offer free samples, goody bags, refreshments, raffles and prizes and kid- and pet-friendly entertainment during its first day of business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

State issues warning about purebred puppy scam


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning Virginia consumers about an active fraud involving purebred puppies.

Herring's Consumer Protection Section recently has received a number of reports of consumers entering into agreements to buy a pet with a company they found online, later to learn the website and the company are a scam – and that no such puppy ever existed. > Read more.

Kaine, McEachin to host Service Academy Day


Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will co-host their Service Academy Day to educate high school students about the service academy nominations process, an honor awarded by members of Congress for students interested in attending a service academy after high school.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield 23838. It will provide an opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the nation’s military academies, a career in military service and the nominations process. > Read more.

Red Cross, Sport Clips offer free haircuts to blood donors


The American Red Cross and Sport Clips are partnering to provide free haircuts to anyone who donates blood or platelets to the Red Cross during September.

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. > Read more.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host a Sun Celebration and Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Glasses to view the eclipse safely will be given to the first 500 guests starting at 1 p.m. Peak viewing time is at 2:45 p.m. Other activities include botanical sun prints, testing out a pinhole viewer for observing the eclipse, painting with water and watching it evaporate, sun salutations with yoga instructor Michelle Israel and more. Included with Garden admission which is $8 to $13. For details, visit http://bit.ly/SolarECLIPSE. Full text

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