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Luther named director of Recreation and Parks

Neil Luther
Henrico County has named Edwin C. "Neil" Luther IV as director of the division of Recreation and Parks, effective Oct. 8.

County Manager Virgil Hazelett announced the appointment yesterday.

Luther has been serving as the division's acting director since the retirement of Karen K. Mier in June. Mier spent 34 years with the county.

As director, Luther will lead an agency with more than 185 full-time staff members, as well as hourly and seasonal employees, and a total budget of more than $17.3 million for the 2012 fiscal year.

Recreation and Parks provides comprehensive leisure and recreational programming for all ages, offering a variety of classes, workshops and activities in the cultural arts, nature and the environment, outdoor and therapeutic recreation.

The division manages an extensive system of adult and youth sports leagues, tournaments and special events; it also coordinates the county’s historic preservation and museum services. The division oversees a park system of more than 3,600 acres and operates more than 40 recreation centers, athletic complexes, community centers and other facilities, including Meadow Farm Museum, Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park and Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium.

Luther, a Henrico employee since 2002, previously worked as a planner and served as assistant director of Recreation and Parks before being named acting director. He is a member of both the National and the Virginia Recreation and Park societies, received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and earned a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.


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

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.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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