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2 Henrico students win Congressional Art Awards

Two Henrico students earned recognition in the Congressional Art Awards ceremony, held at Capital One in Goochland earlier this month.

From nearly 70 entries, judges chose Hermitage High School student Caitlyn Le’s work “Still Life” as the first-place winner. Henrico High School student Katie Hennessee won an honorable mention for her work entitled ‘Deep Web.’

Henrico to present youth poetry ‘slam’ May 5


The Youth Ambassadors of Henrico County and the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services’ Prevention Services will present a Hip-Hop Poetry Theme Slam on Thursday, May 5 to promote health, wellness and self-expression among youth.

The themes for the event are bullying, substance use and suicide prevention. Entries must be submitted by Sunday, May 1 to Prevention Specialist Michael Harris at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). They will be reviewed for language and content and should show “Hip-Hop Poetry Slam” in the email subject line.

Sidewalk project to impact traffic around Henrico Government Center beginning May 2


Work to install and improve sidewalks along Prince Henry Drive at the Henrico County Government Center will affect traffic beginning Monday, May 2.

Crews will close lanes on Prince Henry periodically to accommodate construction, which is expected to continue for three months. Flaggers will direct traffic while work is underway, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Prince Henry runs between East Parham and Hungary Spring roads and spans the perimeter of the Government Center campus, which includes the administration building, county courthouse, jail and other facilities.

New traffic patterns at RIR during NASCAR races


Traffic patterns will temporarily be altered on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016, to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially on Sunday before and after the race from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. WRVA-1140 AM will broadcast traffic reports.

‘It Takes a Village’ forum April 28 to promote health, wellness among Henrico youth


The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition and Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services’ Prevention Services will hold the fourth-annual It Takes a Village Community Forum on Thursday, April 28 to promote good health and wellness among youth in Henrico County.

The forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Strawberry Hill Ballroom of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event is free, open to the public and intended for youth, parents, professionals and others interested in making a positive impact on local youth.

Parham lane closure at Three Chopt begins Tuesday

North Parham Road’s right, northbound lane will be closed at Three Chopt Road for two weeks beginning Tuesday, April 19 for stormwater, turning lane and traffic signal improvements.

Traffic will be merged into Parham’s left, northbound lane. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during periods of heavy traffic.

Henrico Extension accepting applications for SMART Lawns program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension has opened enrollment in its SMART Lawns program, which provides residents with customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. Participants will receive recommendations for fertilizer and lime, as well as suggestions for environmentally friendly weed control, mowing and watering practices.

Local law enforcement agencies offer online registration for valuables


The four largest Metro Richmond localities have partnered through their law enforcement agencies to offer a free online registration system through which residents can register and track personal property, in the event items are stolen.

Henrico, Richmond and Chesterfield police, along with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, are partnering with LeadsOnline to offer the "ReportIt" service, which is free. Citizens may record serial numbers and upload images of personal items. In the event that personal items are stolen, the information captured through the ReportIt system will assist law enforcement in accurately and quickly identifying property.

Henrico Extension to offer April 26 workshop on managing finances

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free workshop Tuesday, April 26 to help residents manage their money and make sound financial decisions.

The Tools for Today’s Economy workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. To register, call (804) 501-5160 by Friday, April 22.

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