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Snowstorm causes urgent need for blood donors


The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors throughout the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region to give blood or platelets following the recent winter storm, which has compounded a severe winter blood shortage.

Snow and icy roads forced 27 blood drives to cancel in the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, causing about 750 donations to go uncollected. Last month, nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel across the country due to severe weather, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. Overall, hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors and weather contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed.

Fields of gold


As the summer begins, corn, wheat, soybeans, herbs and fruit are growing throughout Henrico County.

Despite surrounding three sides of Richmond and being the fifth most populous county in the state, Henrico is still home to 117 farms and 12,891 acres of farmland. County residents and leaders have been debating the role of farms in Henrico for the past 50 years. While few will dispute the beauty of historic Tree Hill Farm or Varina Farm, there is a wide spectrum of opinions as to what role farms should play in the future of the county.

Nowhere else in the county is farmland as expansive as in the eastern district of Varina.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition.

Students get a head start on art


When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.

Sandston Memorial Day parade planned


The Seventh Annual American Legion Post 242 and Battlefield Post 144 Sandston Memorial Day Parade will take place on Memorial Day, May 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at Seven Pines Elementary School on Beulah Road and proceed down Williamsburg Road through Sandston to Confederate Avenue.It will be preceded at noon by a veterans’ recognition ceremony at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Sandston.

Ruritans honor Varina students


The Varina Ruritan Club annually sponsors an environmental poster and essay contest for Varina Elementary School students each March. The club recently invited winners of this year's contest and their families to attend its monthly meeting, at which the students were honored and recognized.

Pictured are the winning students and Varina Elementary School Assistant Principal Terry Larkin.

Henrico man wins $1M in Va. Lottery


Sometimes being wrong isn’t such a bad thing. When Charles Bibbs discovered he’d matched the first five numbers in the April 21 Mega
Millions drawing, he figured he’d won $250,000, and he was excited about it.

“I had to look at the ticket 20 or 30 times,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

It turns out the Henrico man was wrong. He hadn’t won $250,000. His ticket was actually worth $1 million.

World of Wool


A sunny spring day was the perfect opportunity for Meadow Farm visitors to learn about sheep and wool and to witness the methods used to process the fiber through hands-on activities. At four separate "stations," visitors watched as sheep were herded by dogs, then sheared with scissors and machines to remove their wool, which then was weaved and spun on site by members of Clotho's Spinning Guild.

Pictured at top, Guild member Mary Frances Mays demonstrates the spinning process from wool sheared off the sheep.

GrowRVA, Cultural Arts Center to introduce Sunday Brunch Markets


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (CACGA) and GrowRVA have partnered to introduce a new market that will launch in May. The Sunday Brunch Markets will premier on Sunday, May 3 at The Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

Each Sunday, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at the center's outdoor location, the Sunday Brunch Markets will welcome art and market enthusiasts with art vendors, kids’ markets and activities, food trucks, art experiences, and more. Followers of GrowRVA’s South of the James Markets and the Center’s surrounding communities will now have access to a healthy open-air Sunday Brunch alternative to include market vendors such as Bella Grove, Mosaic, Wandering Cow Farm, among others. The center’s art programs, four on-site art galleries and Atack Family Gift Shop will be available and open to the public.

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