Obama to speak at UR Friday

President Barack Obama will speak at the University of Richmond's Robins Center this Friday, Sept. 9 in an event open to members of the public who obtain free tickets in advance.

Obama will talk about the bipartisan proposals to grow the economy and create jobs that he laid out in his speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday. His speech is expected to begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday.

Members of the public can obtain tickets from 3-6 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 8, at the Modlin Center at UR's campus. A limited number will be available and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticketholders will be able to enter the Robins Center's North entrance beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Backpacks, umbrellas, bottles and cans will not be allowed inside the event. Concessions will not be available.

Because the university will be open for classes on Sept. 9, there will be very limited parking for visitors on campus. University officials are encouraging non-university ticketholders to take either regularly scheduled GRTC Route 16 buses or free, university-supplied shuttle buses from City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue, or the UR Downtown site at 626 East Broad Street to the Robins Center. Shuttles will begin continuous operation at 6:30 a.m. Because of the time of day, ticket holders are urged to arrive as soon as possible for shuttle transport.

Groups of 18 or more may be dropped off on campus in their own buses, but those buses will be required to leave campus after unloading and return only after the event. No buses will be allowed access to the Robins Center after 10 a.m.

The president’s speech will be streamed live on the internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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American Legion Post 233, 8088 Recreation Rd. in Varina, will present the Cruisin’ Car Show from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Classic cars, antiques, bikes and motorcycles are invited to take a ride on Route 5. There are no registration fees. Judging will be by popular vote. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be for sale to benefit veteran’s organizations. Brunswick Stew will be available for $8 a quart. For details, call 572-3124. Full text

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