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Mudstock run draws hundreds to Henricus

The first annual Henricus Mudstock – a 5k mud run through Henricus historical Park in Chesterfield – took place June 28, bringing more than 600 runners to the park. The event also included a one-mile Flower Children run.

The Mudstock was sponsored by the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Henricus Trail. Participants navigated their way through obstacles along the way, such as water traps and a crawl through a mud ditch.

‘Beyond Barbie’ designed to empower women

Although Susan Singer’s life has handed her challenges, she was always able to prevail and find strength through art, which has inspired Beyond Barbie, Singer’s unique series at Crossroads Art Center that begins March 28. The series will feature performances and discussions from diverse, passionate females; it aims to instill the same strength and empowerment in other women.

Singer began the series in 2011 in conjunction with her art show Not Barbie, a series of paintings of female nudes of every size, shape, age and race to provoke society to expand its definition of beauty.

Student-run camp assists children of cancer patients

Barbie Quick, a 47-year-old data entry specialist, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She has been in remission four times since then and endured a long and expensive road to recovery – one that she hasn’t taken alone. Quick’s daughters Kristin, 12, and Rebecca, 15, have dealt with their mom’s cancer for more than half their lives, which hasn’t left them much opportunity simply to be kids.

That’s why Quick turned to Camp Kesem.

Gem, mineral, jewelry show planned this weekend

Treasures of the Earth Inc. will host a Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, on March 21-23. Sterling silver and 14-karat jewelry will be featured, as well as classic, estate, fashion, pearls and other items.

Also at the event will be a display of Virginia rocks, minerals and dinosaur bones by the Richmond Gem and Mineral Society, as well as jewelers and wire wrappers who can design, remount and set stones and make repairs.

Starting over


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.

The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people.

McShin Foundation helps addicts to ‘love themselves’

At only 12 years old, Honesty Liller began drinking and using marijuana. Through her teen years, she moved on to cocaine, followed eventually by heroin. After an overdose, a pregnancy and hitting rock bottom, she found her place at the McShin Foundation, a full-service recovery community organization (RCO) serving individuals and families fighting substance abuse disorders.

“I was desperate,” she says. “I didn’t love myself, and I wasn’t a mother. I was broken down, beaten down, and I didn’t have any money.”

She moved into the foundation’s recovery house, located off Dumbarton Road in the basement of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. During the following five months, she began doing odd jobs as a nanny and landscaper and eventually began working for The McShin Foundation.

Racing for a cure, one breath at a time

More than 250 participants will take a stand against lung cancer in the fourth annual Richmond Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk March 8 at Innsbrook Corporate and Community Center, which aims to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking research in the early detection of the disease.

Susan Keen, a thoracic nurse navigator at CJW Medical Center, founded the local area race after losing four family members to lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer in men and women.

Canine commitment


Sixty-one year-old Debbie Hart-Bowley of Henrico suffers from a neurological movement disorder that limits her mobility. But she has gained some of her freedom back after being paired with Fletch, a young Labrador/golden retriever mix through Companions for Independence.

Fletch can open doors, turn light switches on and off, assist with transportation and pick up dropped objects; Hart says he’s a perfect match.

“Fletch is laid-back and just loves moving at my pace, which is important because my health has slowed me down,” she says. “I can do so much more when he is helping me, and I save time and energy. I am no longer sitting looking at four walls; Fletch has helped me enjoy life again.”

CACGA rings in Chinese New Year with flurry of colors

The Chinese community celebrated the arrival of the new lunar year – a year dedicated to the horse – with a parade of dancing lions and dragons, acrobatics, other cultural performances including Peking opera, vendors and children's activities at the The Cultural Art Center At Glen Allen Jan. 19, just a few days before the official new year began Jan. 31.

All over China, people may take several days of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the new year with family and friends as Americans do for Thanksgiving. The new year 4712 is designated to the horse, one of the twelve rotating Chinese zodiacs.

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