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‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio.

4 Henrico residents among Allen & Allen’s ‘Hometown Heroes’


Four Henrico residents are among the 2015 class of 50 "Hometown Heroes," as selected by the Allen & Allen personal injury law firm. The firm began the program in 2010 to honor local acts of kindness and heroism in the Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg regions, where it has offices.

The Henrico winners are Robert Bell, Jr., Shaw Blackmon, Kimberly Braine-Tillem and Patricia Clement. They and the other 46 winners will be recognized July 17 at the Fridays After Five concert in Fredericksburg; July 21 at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game in Richmond; and July 29 at the Celebrate Virginia Live concert in Charlottesville.

Bass fishing league tournament coming to Henrico


The 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League season will visit Henrico County on Saturday, July 25, when the Shenandoah division takes on the James River. As many as 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day event.

The event will launch from Osborne Landing in Varina. Anglers will be seen targeting bass in summertime patterns on the main river in areas that include natural cover, like rocks and brush piles. Jigs, square-billed crankbaits and ChatterBaits will be popular at this point in the season. Previous winners on the James River also have found success with buzzbaits in the grass marshes on the lower end of the river. A 15-pound five-bass limit will most likely be needed to win this tournament, according to tournament officials.

Guns continue to trigger debate


Standing outside Zombie Defense gun store in northern Henrico on a cigarette break, a store employee, who asked not to be named, cautiously talked about misconceptions of gun laws in America.

“They think that anyone can get a gun anywhere,” he said. “But everybody who buys a gun from us, or any licensed dealer, has to go through a state and federal background check.”

Inside the store, other employees expressed frustration with the way the debate over guns has been waged locally. Groups like The Right to Bear Arms RVA used in-your-face tactics to raise awareness, marching through Carytown with guns.

Henrico Christmas Mother program’s ‘Christmas in July’ kickoff social planned


Henrico Restaurant Week will sponsor a kickoff social on Wednesday, July 15, at Mosaic Restaurant on River Road to support the Henrico Christmas Mother program, the beneficiary of Henrico Restaurant Week Oct. 2-11.

Admission is free, and there will be free food, happy hour specials, a chance to bid on silent auction items (such as restaurant gift certificates, artwork, Richmond Flying Squirrels tickets and more) and a chance to meet Henrico Christmas Mother Beverly Cocke. Donations to the Christmas Mother program also will be accepted. All silent auction proceeds will benefit the program.

New partnership centered on family

A new collaborative community group, the Henrico Partnership for Family and Community Engagement, is in the works, with a focus on building healthy communities through family stability and building partnerships between regional organizations to create collective efforts.

Group organizers believe that family stability is essential to building healthy communities and that it's important to engage parents in their children’s lives – with equal importance placed on the involvement of the mother and the father. The group seeks to create opportunities for growth between families and community partners.

Wolf Creek Cherokee tribe moves museum to Varina


Henrico County has always been a place of historical appreciation and significance, and that continued with the opening of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum this past month in Varina. The museum houses Native American artifacts from Virginia Cherokee tribes, some of which are from Henrico.

There are about 160 members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe spread throughout the state, with high concentrations in southwest Virginia and others in Henrico and Hanover.

Kiss but don’t tell


Next month, the region's oldest veterans will mark the 70th anniversary of V-J Day with a mix of joy for the war's end and sorrow for those who were lost.

A recent arrival in Henrico County will most likely not celebrate the occasion – but she is known around the world for her V-J Day role, just the same.

Greta Zimmer Friedman was the subject of one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, but she believes enough fuss has been made about it already.

"It's in the past," she says.

Mo’ne comes to play


Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis, who last year captured the attention of a nation as she led her Philadelphia Little League baseball team to the United States championship game, was in Glen Allen last month as part of a barnstorming tour through the East Coast.

Her team, the Anderson Monarchs, played the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League All-Stars at RF&P Park June 20.

The game was part of the Monarchs’ 23-day bus tour of key sites from the civil rights movement and the heyday of the Negro Leagues.

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