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Flags lined a portion of Hilliard Road in Lakeside on Memorial Day, in honor of military service members.

SR-71 moving from Virginia Aviation Museum


One of the most visible exhibits at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Sandston is on its way to a new home.

The world’s fastest and highest flying production aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird, is preparing to move from the museum to the Science Museum of Virginia. The iconic, supersonic stealth plane will become the focal point of the SMVs new exhibition gallery, Speed, opening later this year.

Before traveling to its new home, the Blackbird will be disassembled and packaged by experts from Worldwide Aircraft Recovery and W.M. Jordan Company.

Pins to fall, awareness to rise at ‘Strike Out Cancer’ event


As many as 20 teams of students, teachers and administrators from Douglas Freeman and Mills Godwin high schools will gather this month to engage in some friendly mayhem: mowing down thousands of bowling pins for a cause.

Co-sponsored by the Student Council Associations at the schools, the "Strike Out Cancer" event will raise funds for the non-profit Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2). The organization was founded in 2012 by Melinda Conklin after her husband, Rich, died the year before of colorectal cancer – at the young age of 43.

Whole lotta latkes


The ninth-annual Jewish Food Festival drew thousands of visitors to the Weinstein JCC on Monument Avenue Jan. 17-18. Guests sampled homemade dishes, enjoyed music and had the chance to visit the “Ask the Rabbi” booth.

Let’s get cooking


Craving a homemade chicken piccata dish?

Then you'll want to make plans to visit Emily's Cafe, where that's the signature entree. The restaurant isn't taking reservations yet, but that's only because it doesn't exist.

Emily Waters is determined to make it a reality one day, however – and who would bet against her?

Waters, an 11-year-old student at Henrico's Hungary Creek Middle School and budding chef, already is making plans for the Italian-themed restaurant that she expects to bear her name one day.

Fresh Air Fund seeks summer host families


The Fresh Air Fund – a program that has provided free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities for 140 years – is seeking host families in Central Virginia for this summer.

Thousands of New York City children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old.

Henrico teen named CMoR Snow Queen


Henrico teen Unity Bowling, of Varina, recently was named the Children Museum of Richmond’s 2016 Snow Queen. Bowling won the title through an online vote, defeating two other finalists.

Bowling, who is a junior in high school and is homeschooled, volunteers regularly with Read to Them, Reach Out and Read and the Children's Hospital at VCU. She is a part of Miss America Org and mentors and promotes literacy in the community, advocates for the importance of children being read to from an early age and works with various organizations to promote book drive donations.

Mighty Pen kicking off new sessions


The Mighty Pen Project – a university-level class designed to teach military veterans how to best write the stories of their experiences – has opened the application process in order to fill two upcoming classes. One class will run from Jan. 20 through Mar. 23, while the other will be held from Apr. 13 through Jun. 15. Registration is now available for both of these classes.

The project is sponsored by the Virginia War Memorial. Previous classes have included veterans of conflicts and wars in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Local author’s book designed to inspire


Emily Kimball has criss-crossed the country by bike, hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, and walked coast to coast in England -- all while in her sixties.

She has enjoyed careers as a community organizer, an outdoor recreation manager, and a planner for the Virginia Office on Aging. She's been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured in stories in Family Circle and Lifestyle Magazine.

Now 84, the lifelong outdoor enthusiast has a new book out recounting some of her experiences.

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