Henrico County VA

Students get a head start on art

Nuckols Farm third-graders raise money for VCU's Institute for Contemporary 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.

Free legal services available Sept. 11 to Henrico seniors

Many older adults need help to address legal needs and Senior Connections and Williams Mullen will partner again this year to provide life planning documents (wills, durable powers of attorney and advance medical directives) for seniors residing in Henrico County and the City of Richmond Sept. 11

Senior Law Day” is a service offered at no cost and open to older adults and persons with disabilities. Confidential legal assistance is provided by attorneys who volunteer their time.

A breath of ‘Fresh Air’

The barrage of hot weather continues its assault on Virginia, but for some, the fresh air of Henrico is making it a haven for children visiting from inner city New York.

On July 29, 13 New York City children arrived at Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond as part of The Fresh Air Fund, a program that sends thousands of New York City children to spend one or two weeks with host families up and down the east coast.

Last week, many of the local families were holding signs welcoming their new guests.

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.

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