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Solar picnic

Thanks to a grant from the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF), Pinchbeck Elementary School fourth graders enjoy the use of 14 Earthboxes each year in which to grow food. This year, they planted and grew a variety of fresh herbs, which they harvested and washed for a solar energy picnic held June 14 at the school.

Among the varieties of teas brewed in solar jugs and sampled at the picnic were peppermint, spearmint, chamomile, lemon verbena, and pineapple sage; pouring tea, from left, are Sandra Ngo, Natalia Paolini-Medina, Samantha Davis, and Logan Martin. Students also prepared snacks of crackers topped with cheese and their own grown herbs (chives and varieties of basil), built their own solar cookers, and cooked hotdogs; showing off their specially-cooked hotdogs are (pictured, at right) Katherine Fincke, Anoushka Motswani, and Sydney Nelms. The activity complemented the fourth graders' study of plants and solar energy, as well as tying in to Virginia Studies about the growing of food by native peoples.
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The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.


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