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Henrico’s redistricting process begins

With fresh data in hand from the U.S. Census of 2010, Henrico County officials are beginning in earnest the three-month process of redrawing the boundaries of the county's five magisterial districts.

Census results show that the county's population increased by 17 percent from 2000 – from 262,300 to 306,935 – with the greatest percentage of growth occurring in the Three Chopt District. The population of that district jumped by 32 percent from 2000, to 72,035, meaning that its borders will shrink during the redistricting process.

Dividing the county's total population by five means that the "ideal" district should contain 61,387 people. The Brookland District comes closest to that ideal number in its current form, missing by just 0.15 percent. Three Chopt deviates from the ideal number by more than 17 percent. The Fairfield District (4.9 percent lower than the ideal number), Tuckahoe District (9.2 percent lower) and Varina District (3.3 percent lower) all fall below the threshold and likely will see their boundaries grow.

To educate the public about the redistricting process, Henrico officials will host two public information sessions – one at the Eastern Henrico Government Center and one at the Western Henrico Government Center in mid-March. The Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings to solicit input from citizens at its March 22 and April 12 meetings at the Western Government Center.

The county also will launch a website, http://www.henricoredistricting.com withi,n a matter of days to provide information and opportunities for public input.

Census data shows that the county's white population grew by only 958 people during the past decade, while the black population grew by nearly 26,000. Whites now comprise 59 percent of the county's population, while blacks comprise nearly 40 percent.

Henrico's Asian population grew by more than 112 percent – from 9,451 to 20,052 – and now represents 6.5 percent of the overall population.

For more on this story, read the March 3 print edition of the Henrico Citizen.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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