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The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Read for a chance to win an iPad mini and more at HCPL

Henrico County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club launched on June 3. All ages from pre-readers and up are welcome to sign up with their library card online or at their local library. All who sign up get a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A Icedream cone. And all participants who finish their reading goal are entered into a grand prize drawing for iPad minis and gift cards to Jumpology Trampoline Arena or local restaurants. Visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/src to sign up or for more details about prizes and how the club works.

Henrico CASA honored with Governor’s Award

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (Henrico CASA) was recently named one of nine winners of the 2013 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The awards ceremony, recognizing individuals and organizations for volunteer efforts that contribute to the life and welfare of citizens throughout the Commonwealth, was held June 6 at Hunton &Williams LLP.

Henrico to commemorate expanded Fire Station 13 on June 8

Henrico County will celebrate the expansion and renovation of Fire Station 13 with a ceremony and family-oriented activities Saturday, June 8 at the station, 12491 Church Road.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a ribbon-cutting and a hose-uncoupling, as well as remarks by members of the Board of Supervisors and other county officials. The activities also will include tours of the station, food and a fire truck inflatable bouncer for children.

Cantor seeking Congressional Veteran Commendation nominations

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor is seeking nominations for this year’s Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) to honor veterans in Virginia’s 7th District.

“The Congressional Veteran Commendation is an opportunity to honor Virginia’s veterans and military families," Cantor said. "Each year we pay tribute to these brave men and women from the 7th District. Many of them are parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends, and I hope you will consider nominating a veteran in your community so we can thank them for their incredible service to our country.”

Henrico to test community alert system June 4

Henrico County will test its community alert system Tuesday, June 4, by sending a message to nearly 157,000 landline phones and to more than 3,500 email addresses and wireless devices that are registered with the system.

The test of the Community Emergency Notification System is planned ahead of the 2013 hurricane season and is expected to have minimal impact on residents and businesses. They will not need to answer the calls or respond to the messages that are left on their answering machines or received as emails or text alerts.

Henrico rabies vaccination clinic set for May 18

The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

The clinic will be on the first level of the parking deck adjacent to the Administration Building.

Lottery has produced billions for schools

The Virginia Lottery was created after a statewide vote in 1987, making the Old Dominion the 29th state to establish a government-operated lottery.

Today, 44 states have lotteries – including Wyoming, which joined the club in March. Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also have lotteries.

Virginia Lottery hits its own jackpot

Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers started selling tickets.

During the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Virginia Lottery’s ticket sales totaled $1.6 billion. That was an increase of $136 million, or 9 percent, from 2011.

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