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Henrico student named honoree for Jingle Bell Run/Walk

The Richmond Arthritis Foundation will hold its 13th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec. 5 at Mary Munford Elementary, and Henrico resident Kyleigh Broomell will be the 2015 Youth Honoree.

Broomell loves to dance, swim and run; she also just learned how to roller-skate. But some mornings, the active eight-year-old doesn’t even feel like getting out of bed. For the past six years of her young life, Broomell has been living with juvenile arthritis.

Arthritis in its various forms affects one in five people in the U.S., and 300,000 of them are children like Broomell.

Dominion Gardenfest of Lights begins Nov. 27 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dominion GardenFest of Lights will kick off its holiday illumination Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The celebration will begin with a countdown and a flip of the switch to turn on more than a half-million twinkling lights.

After the illumination, attendees can enjoy strolls through the Garden, botanical decorations, model trains and family activities. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+, $8 for children ages 3-12, free for children under age three, and free for Garden members.

MADD Virginia to host Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope at Lewis Ginter

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia, will host its annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope Nov. 23 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, to remember lives lost and lives changed forever by impaired driving and to help mobilize the community to assist MADD with its efforts to stop impaired driving.

Victims' names will be read as candles are lighted.

Lakeside kicks off the holiday season

Thousands of shoppers enjoyed the 11th annual Holly Jolly Christmas along Lakeside Avenue Nov. 13-14. The event included free trolley rides (above) from shop to shop both days, a special holiday market Friday night at the Lakeside Farmers’ Market and a number of specials, extended hours and presentations (including one at The Dance Studio, pictured) at participating businesses. A number of Lakeside businesses will offer extended hours, specials and prizes – including the chance to win free tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Gardenfest of Lights – each Thursday before Christmas (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) as part of “Light up Lakeside.”

Henrico woman competes at USTA nationals

Henrico resident Dana Wilson recently competed at the 40 and Over Adult 4.0 USTA League National Championships as part of a local team, which represented the Mid-Atlantic section at the Championships.

Team members (pictured, from left) are Paige Oostdyk, Catherine Newins, LaVera Williams, Jane Colgin, Dana Wilson, Laurie Malheiros, Kim Michael, Sandra Dee Mason, Victoria Lett Bradt, Taihi Egres, Kathryn Napier (captain), Catherine Estes, Sally Ann Lake, Melissa Abell, Maureen McGrath.

Collegiate to host TEDxYouth@RVA

For the second year, TEDxYouth@RVA will be one of hundreds of youth events happening as part of TEDYouth Day 2015. Beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Collegiate School, a diverse selection of speakers will contribute to the theme “Made in the Future.”

Among the speakers will be Aidan Brown, Moody Middle IB student; Emma Callaghan, Hermitage H.S. Center for Humanities sophomore; Luke Tyson, Collegiate School eighth grader; John Marshall, Glen Allen H.S. administrator; Justin Graves, Virginia Tech graduate; May Donahue, Collegiate senior; Craig Dodson, founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps; Daniel Bartles, STEM coordinator at Collegiate; Dominic Barrett; executive director of Shalom Farms; Sara Surface, University of Virginia senior; Hillary Zell, designer and printmaker; Garth Callaghan, founder of Napkin Notes; and Joshua Bailey, co-founder and CEO of the Gray Haven Project.

Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $418,000

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 7 in Innsbrook raised more than $418,000 for Alzheimer’s care support programs, and research, according to organizers.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of three walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; the others were held in Urbanna Sept. 19 and in Fredericksburg Sept. 26.

American Legion, Va. War Memorial to offer disposal of worn American flags

The Virginia War Memorial is again teaming up with the American Legion to collect and properly dispose of old, worn and soiled American flags.

From Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 15, any individual or group with an American flag or flags in poor condition can bring them to the Virginia War Memorial at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond. The flags will be collected and retired as part of a formal ceremony conducted by members of American Legion Post 84 in Henrico County.

“We began offering this public service program in November 2013 and have been extremely pleased with the public response,” said Candi Shelton, Virginia War Memorial Education Director.

Final Holiday Shoppers Fair scheduled Nov. 6-7

The 21st and final Holiday Shoppers Fair, presented by the Museum Stores of Richmond, will be held Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue. Admission is free.

At the event, Richmond-area museum gift shops sell their wares, including many specialty items that make unique holiday gifts. Proceeds from the sale benefit the participating museums. They include:

• Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

• Science Museum of Virginia

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