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Local students create path at Civil War site

Cameron Hopkins did not grow up in a typical neighborhood.

Sure, it may have seemed like an everyday community at times, but the ground beneath his feet was too significant to call “normal.”

Hopkins, a rising senior at Varina High School, spent his childhood at home in the Fort Harrison section of Richmond National Battlefield Park, a national park commemorating Richmond’s copious Civil War history.

‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ raises more than $340,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 18 in Innsbrook raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research. More than 1,600 participants took part in the event.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of four Walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond held since Sept. 20; combined, the four raised more than $530,000.

Susan Hudson, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond’s 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair, has been a Walk participant for eleven years.

Support for victims of domestic violence

October is nationally known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in recognition of the victims and survivors of the ongoing issue that affects one in four women. In Henrico, a collaborative group of organizations has gathered to provide services and events around the issue.

The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline – (804) 612-6126 – is the newest program to result from the Regional Collaborative, a group of five domestic and sexual violence service providers including the YWCA of Richmond, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor, The James House and Project Hope at Quin Rivers.

The consolidated service provides all callers with a knowledgeable resource to explain options and conduct a safety assessment.

Oct. 25 River City Saunter rescheduled

Due to scheduling issues, the Partnership for Smarter Growth (PSG) has postponed the River City Saunter until spring. Once a new date is chosen, anyone who signed up for the fall Saunter will be notified and provided the opportunity to register first.

For updates on the Saunter and a PSG end-of-year event in November or December, visit http://www.psgrichmond.org/

Harvest Festival scheduled for Oct. 18

Henrico County will hold its 31st annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the 19th century; these include cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and a natural dye demonstration.

Additional family activities will include a petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze and a children’s pumpkin patch, where children ages 3-12 can pick their own pumpkins.

Parade of Homes underway


The 63rd Annual Parade of Homes – the prime real estate event of the year – returned to the Greater Richmond area Oct. 4 for three weekends to showcase the best new homes, design and construction techniques in the region to the public.

The free, signature event for the Richmond real estate industry is hosted by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) and features 70 new homes and one remodeled home built by 34 builders.

The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond region, including the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King William, New Kent and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The event is expected to attract thousands of people, and this year the number of homes represents more than a 17-percent increase in entries and builder participation from last year.

Humane Society’s Pet Expo nears


When the Henrico Humane Society was formed 20 years ago by a group of individuals concerned about animal welfare, its aim was to address the large number of homeless animals in the greater Richmond area.

Still run entirely by volunteers today, the HHS (a nonprofit organization) has matched thousands of animals with new owners since its inception – including more than 700 at its annual Pet Expo last year – saving the lives of pets and bringing new family members to homes in Henrico.

“We had a really successful year last year and placed a lot of animals into forever homes,” said Kathy Hieber, a Henrico Humane Society board member and volunteer manager who also serves on the event committee.

Star Spangled Scramble honors military veterans


In 2005, Sid Cooke lost his ability to walk because of multiple sclerosis. Bound to his wheelchair, he gave up golf.

Seven years later, he stood up and golfed again thanks to a new invention, the Paramobile device, which allows wheelchair users the gift of standing up again.

“The rest is history,” he said. “I went years I couldn’t play. I’ve been playing ever since.”

Jeff Trice, a disabled veteran, teamed up with Cooke at Belmont Golf Course Sept. 26 for the Star Spangled Scramble, an event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that empowers wounded warriors through caregiving, economic and educational resources to aid in their recovery.

Coal Pit Learning Center director named ‘Richmond History Maker’

The Valentine Museum and its partners will pay tribute to Dorothy S. Gallimore, director of the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen, at the 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Awards Reception Oct. 21.

"Miss Dorothy" was named one of five recipients of this year's History Makers award, which honors citizens and organizations making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. Other honorees who will be celebrated at the event include Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II.

Gallimore will be honored in the "Creating Quality Educational Opportunities" category for her success in transforming the abandoned Coal Pit School, once used to educate the families of African Americans working in the coal mines, into a preschool for children from low-income backgrounds.

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