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Henrico libraries to host ‘death cafes’


The Henrico County Public Library system will host three "death cafés" – gatherings during which attendees can discuss death and dying in what the library terms "surprisingly upbeat and informative guided discussions" led by spiritual and bereavement counselor Alane Miles.

The events will provide attendees the opportunity to ask any and all questions about the topics of death, dying, grief and funeral practices, in an informal setting. Miles has 20 years of experience in the hospice field, hosts the Death Club Radio show on WRIR and writes for Style Weekly. Registration is not required.

Henrico Health Department offering back-to-school immunization clinics


The Henrico County Health Department will offer back-to-school immunization clinics for children enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in Henrico County Public Schools. The five clinics will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the department’s West Clinic facility at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

On three days that week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – immunizations will be by appointment only. Tuesday and Thursday will be walk-in clinics.

The clinics will take place:

• Monday, Aug. 29: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Tuesday, Aug. 30: 8-11 a.m. (walk-in);

• Wednesday, Aug. 31: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Thursday, Sept. 1: 12:30-3:30 p.m. (walk-in);

• Friday, Sept. 2: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment.

Holton campaigns for Clinton, Kaine in Henrico


Anne Holton (wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine) and Erin Powell, owner of Ginger Juice, discuss the importance of small business to communities, as veggies are cold-pressed into juice during a campaign event in Henrico Aug. 23. Ginger Juice is the first cold-pressed juice company in the region.

Henrico to hold ‘Fight-the-Bite’ event to raise awareness about mosquito control, Zika virus


In an effort to prevent the potential spread of Zika virus, Henrico County is hosting "Fight-the-Bite TODAY," a free event designed to help citizens learn how to prevent mosquito bites and reduce Asian tiger mosquito populations, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road.

Citizens are invited to stop by during the event to pick up free EPA-registered insect repellent, while supplies last. Educational materials and tools will be available, and various community partners and emergency preparedness agencies also will be present.

Henrico supervisors to meet again Sept. 13


The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, following its scheduled break in late August.

The board regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday each month. Meetings typically are not scheduled for the fourth Tuesday in August and December.

Virginia makes $1M in cybersecurity scholarship funds available to students


The Virginia Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for a $1 million state scholarship fund for students studying cybersecurity. The program will award $20,000 a year to eligible Virginia students who are studying how to safeguard computer networks, data and electronic resources. In return, the students must commit to public service by working at a Virginia state agency or institution for as many years as they receive the scholarship.

“As we work to build a new Virginia economy, we must ensure that our electronic infrastructure is secured against cyberattacks,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said.

2 ambulance units shifted


Henrico Division of Fire officials have relocated two of their 15 ambulance units from their home stations to other stations during daytime hours Monday through Friday, as part of a 90-day trial designed to improve response times in the county's busiest service areas.

Through September, the ambulance based at Station 4 (on Strath Road in Varina) is reporting to Station 3 (in Highland Springs), while the unit based at Station 16 (on Shady Grove Road in Short Pump) is reporting to Station 9 (on Quioccasin Road) during those weekday hours.

Have you seen this beetle?


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging Virginia residents to be on the lookout for a destructive beetle.

The Asian longhorned beetle has not yet been spotted in Virginia, but it has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, among others. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People also can help the effort by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden beneath the bark, to new areas.

Henrico libraries have new phone numbers


As part of a migration to a new voice over IP phone system, all Henrico County Public Libraries now have new phone numbers.

The new numbers are:

• Fairfield Area Library – 501-1930

• Gayton Branch Library – 501-1960

• Glen Allen Branch Library – 501-1950

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