Weekend Top 10

Aug. 5
Henrico Rec and Parks and Chesterfield Rec and Parks have teamed up once again to host the 16th annual Hummer of a Summer event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Rd. The picnic is open to survivors of brain injury and their families. An adult must accompany participants under age 18. Bring a side dish to share. Admission is free but registration is required. For details, call Kariayn Peach at 501-5135.
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Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will offer a free introduction to square dancing during its open house from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 8102 Ridge Rd. Singles and children ages 12 and older are invited. For details, call Chris at 426-6995 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The movie “Finding Nemo” will be shown at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd., at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 6. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491.
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Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7. During this three-day period, eligible items will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. To be eligible, school supply items must be $20 or less and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies. Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers , can be viewed at http://www.tax.virginia.gov.
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Bass Pro Shops’ 2011 Fall Hunting Classic begins today and runs through Aug. 21 at its store in Ashland, 11550 Lakeridge Pkwy. The 17-day event will feature a variety of free activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.basspro.com/classic.

Aug. 6
The Vegetarian Society of Richmond will meet at 5 p.m. for a potluck dinner and program with Rob Murphy at Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. Murphy, a certified raw chef, teacher and coach, will discuss making summer raw dishes. He is the organizer of the Richmond Raw and Living Foods Meetup Group. Please bring a place setting, beverage and a dish to share with recipe; vegan is preferred. For details, call 344-4356 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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The Gone to the Birds Festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Shockoe Bottom, next to 17th Street Farmer’s Market. The festival began in 2008 when the City of Richmond and local bird enthusiasts and bird groups teamed up to create an urban experience that is unique in the United States – the migration of thousands of Purple Martins rushing to roost on the Bradford Pear trees next to the 17th Street Farmer’s Market . All ages are invited. For details, visit http://www.gonetothebirds.com.
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The Richmond Kickers’ 4th annual Family Fest will begin at 4 p.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave. The Kickers will take on the Dayton Dutch Lions. There will be live music, games, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, concessions and more. Virginia Blood Services will also be onsite to collect donations. The pro game will start at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a special gift from Union First Market Bank and admission is just $10 for the whole family before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. admission is $12 for adults and $7 for youth. For details, call 644-5425 or visit http://www.richmondkickers.com.

Aug. 7
The 28th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along a one-mile stretch of W. Cary St. There will be 80 musicians playing at various locations throughout the festival, over 100 exhibitors and a large kids’ area with activities. Proceeds from watermelon sales will directly benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.carytownrva.org/watermelon.
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The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association will host its 3rd annual Freshman Send-off Picnic celebrating the VT Class of 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd. Meeting incoming freshmen and mingle with VT ambassadors and alumni while enjoying music, food and more. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Include name, high school and number of attendees.


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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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