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School briefs - Rolfe Middle School

John Rolfe Middle School had a few things happen in December. On Dec. 21, the last day of school before winter break, students had their nine-weeks Indian party. At the beginning of every nine weeks students receive a John Rolfe Indian with the word “Indian” on it. If you have any negative behavioral problems, you lose a letter off the word “Indian.” If no letters were lost in the nine weeks, then you can attend the party. The party was in the gym, and there were lots of things to do. You could play basketball, hula-hoop, jump-rope, throw a football and even dance!

In December, students had things called "smencils" they could buy. A smencil is a pencil that smells like a mint. The smencil included a candy cane with it, too. Students had a choice of which flavored candy cane they wanted. The flavors of the candy canes were mint, chocolate or even fruit! Students could buy one for themselves or for someone else in the school.

Dec. 12 was Student/Parent Lunch Day. It was a day when students could enjoy lunch with their parents or guardians. Students weren’t the only ones that attended. Teachers could also bring their parents to school for lunch.

This month, John Rolfe is having a warm coat drive Jan. 7-14. During the drive, you can drop off new or used coats to the box in seventh-grade hall. We don’t only accept coats – we also accept jackets, mittens/gloves, scarves and hats. The drive is sponsored by Go 4 Goal.


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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