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Art with a kick

Local mural artist Hamilton Glass led a group of about 15 Richmond Strikers Soccer Club players in painting Henrico County’s first outdoor mural, at Striker Park in Short Pump, March 9.

Above, Morgan Roberson finishes a section of the mural, which spans two walls of the Striker Park athletic training room and is 60 feet long. Bon Secours Sports Medicine and the Strikers partnered to commission and fund the mural.

Service for Tom J. McGranahan, Sr. to be held Aug. 26

Friends and family will remember Tom J. McGranahan, Sr., who died in May at the age of 82, with a memorial service Aug. 26 at the VA Rep Children’s Theater at Willow Lawn. McGranahan served as facilities manager of the Willow Lawn theater for nearly 17 years, since its construction and opening in 1996.

Henrico author pens children’s book

Henrico author Sara St. Onge’s children’s book, Leroy’s Tiger Tale, recently was released by RoseDog Books.

The book tells the story of a tiger in the jungle who finds it hard to make friends because he is judged by the way he looks and sounds. But one brave tiger does a good deed, which gives him the attention he earned.

Serving a growing need

Because of the downturn in the economy and Virginia’s strict Medicaid qualifications, many low income earning adults are having difficulties affording health care.

CrossOver Ministry, founded in 1983, has provided those who are uninsured with health care options. The organization operates three clinics in the Richmond region, including one in Henrico County.

Benefitting from a recent program funded by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), the clinic has been able to bring in a full-time nurse practitioner.

Sprint Cup driver Biffle visits fans in Henrico

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle visited Henrico County yesterday, greeting fans during an autograph and question-and-answer session at Buffalo Wild Wings on West Broad Street after taking laps around the three-quarter-mile track at Richmond International Raceway. Biffle will return to Richmond in several weeks for the Federated Auto Parts 400 – “One Last Race to Make the Chase” – on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Q&A session, led by RIR Track President Dennis Bickmeier, took place in front of the lunch crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Writers join forces to polish craft

Built in 1824, Walkerton Tavern is one of Henrico's historic treasures, having served as a tavern, store, post office, and perhaps even a field hospital during the Civil War. Today, the building is used as a venue for weddings and special events as well as county Recreation and Parks programs – including a little-known group that treasures it as a unique meeting place and creative retreat.

In 2008, not long after the restored tavern opened, local writer Carolyn Steffen contacted Kim Sicola of Henrico County looking for a place that a writers club could gather. Ever since, the Walkerton Writers have met there monthly, expanding and contracting in size over the years while maintaining a core group of thirteen members.

Dancing the summer away

A handful of Henrico students willingly gave up much of their summer to spend six hours a day, six days a week for more than a month dancing toward their dreams.

These eight young people were among the 170 students participating in the School of Richmond Ballet’s five-week Summer Intensive Program. The dancers range in age from 12 to over 20, but all share a passion and love of dance, and many hope to make a career out of it.

Filipino Festival returns Aug. 9-10

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., will host the eighth annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10.

Enjoy hallmark Filipino cuisine such as lumpia, pancit, adobo, lechon, halo-halo, maha-blanca and more. The cultural program is a fusion of dance, music, song, artwork and exhibits by local and regional Filipino talent. There will also be a children’s corner, health screenings, crafts, jewelry and other vendors.

JRA constructs sturgeon reef in James River

The James River Association (JRA) sponsored a boat trip to the construction site of an artificial spawning reef July 26 so that observers could get a close-up view of the project, which is designed to benefit the river’s endangered Atlantic Sturgeon. This reef, under construction just south of the Varina-Enon Bridge, will use approximately 2,700 tons of rock donated by the Luck Stone Corporation.

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