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Henrico recognized as a 2017 ‘Playful City USA’ community


A national nonprofit organization, KaBOOM!, has selected Henrico County as a 2017 Playful City USA community. The organization encourages communities to bring fun and balanced activities to children every day.

Henrico's selection is joined by the city of Richmond, town of Ashland, as well as the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent and Powhatan. All of the localities make up the first region completely recognized through Playful City USA.

Local companies partner for winter clothing drive

Lee Conner Realty and Keen Insurance in Sandston are partnering with Risen Army Ministries to host a winter clothes drive for children and teens. The companies specifically are seeking coats, knitted hats and socks for children ages 3 to 17.

New or gently used items may be dropped off at either Lee Conner Reality and Associates, Inc., Suite A, or Keen Insurance, Suite D at 309 E. Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

Glen Allen residents to appear on ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Monday on ABC


Al and Esther Thompson's Glen Allen home will be featured on the ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday at 9 p.m. The couple's home is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items.

The couple's house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, is one of several that will compete on the show for a $50,000 prize. The show was taped in October.

Sensitive Santa to visit Regency Square


Regency Square will host Sensitive Santa Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event gives children on the autism spectrum an opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Santa this Christmas during the first Sensitive Santa event. Families can experience Santa without the common hustle and bustle and sensory overload.

Families also may book during certain times, easing the experience of standing in long lines. Children can be photographed with Santa in an autism-friendly setting.

Henricus ‘Hops’ event about more than beer


The crowds thronged roads and walkways leading to their destination. Some visitors pushed strollers; many brought multiple children; others came singly or in couples. But all shared the same singlemindedness and eagerness to achieve their goals.

No, it wasn't Black Friday.

These visitors came seeking history, family fun – and beer.

The second annual Hops In The Park Harvest Festival, held Nov. 12 at Henricus Historical Park, showcased Virginia craft beverages of all kinds and had representatives from 21 breweries, cideries and meaderies on hand, in addition to hops farmers from around the commonwealth.

Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy.

Two Henrico women honored by Virginia Jaycees

Two Henrico women are among the four Virginians honored recently by the Virginia Jaycees.

The organization selected Unity Bowling as its "Outstanding Future Leader" and Amanda Hall as one of three "Outstanding Young Virginians." The awards honor Virginians who make a positive impact in their communities.

“This year we honored four outstanding young leaders from around the Commonwealth who strive to change the world around them by creating positive and sustainable change in our communities," Virginia Jaycees President Diego Soto said.

Hope by the pound


As a freelance videographer and editor for the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Lindsay Stone has tackled a variety of challenging projects.

Among her more notable productions is a 2010 documentary, filmed during travels in Germany with Holocaust survivor Alexander Lebenstein and depicting his childhood experiences through the horrors of Kristallnacht, deportation, and imprisonment.

At the conclusion of the video, Stone documented efforts of his hometown community to connect with Lebenstein, and the residents' renaming of the town school The Alexander Lebenstein School Against Racism.

‘One Bag of Trash’ challenges Virginians


While it may not inspire the sheer mania and hype of the Ice Bucket Challenge that recently swept the country, a new Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) campaign has caught the imagination of a number of area residents – and even a VIP or two.

The OneBagofTrashVa Challenge asks individuals and groups to pick up one bag of litter and recyclables, take a photo (or film a video) of the collection, and post it on social media with #OneBagofTrashVa.

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The fifth annual Youth Triathlon, presented by Endorphin Fitness, will take place at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 West Broad St. The race is open to ages 5-14 and features a short pool swim, loop bike course closed to vehicular traffic, and a run on level playing fields. An optional four-day youth triathlon camp will precede the event, taking place Aug. 14-17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Participants will be taught essential skills of the sport in a safe, fun environment. Cost of the camp is $95. All proceeds from the event will benefit the children at VHBG. For details, fee information and registration for the VHBG Youth Triathlon and camp, visit http://www.endorphinfitness.com/vhbg-youth-triathlon. For details about sponsoring or volunteering at the triathlon, contact Joan Marble at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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