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Glen Allen Day scheduled for Saturday

Glen Allen DAy 2014 will be held at Meadow Farm Museum-Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will begin with a parade along Mountain Road and also will include a fair, cornhole tournament, live music and performances on two stages, a cornhole tournament, children's activities, a live animal petting zoo, face painting, games, an arts and crafts fair, vendors and more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Upcoming holidays will delay some CVWMA collections

CVWMA curbside recycling collection will be delayed one day Dec. 25-27 and Jan. 1-3, because there will be no collections on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Red Week curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in collections Dec. 25-27. Blue Week curbside recyclers will have one-day delay in collections Jan. 1-3. Curbside recyclers should place bins or carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day after their regularly scheduled day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday.

‘Mr. Christmas’ celebrating 40 years of lights, charity

Each holiday season for the last 40 years, Henrico resident Frank Hudak – also known as “Mr. Christmas” – has been lighting up his home in the West End with thousands of holiday lights. During those years, he also has raised more than $82,600 to support Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) through a simple donation box outside his home.

What began as a way to recapture the holiday spirit of his youth in Philadelphia helped start a local holiday tradition of lights and giving.

A love affair with nature

In the basement of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden year-round, veteran volunteers work amongst tables of dried flowers, acorns, forms, leaves and other natural fixtures to prepare for the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, an annual event that combines the beauty of nature with lighting throughout the Garden.

The winter celebration is a team and community effort, with more than 200 volunteers from all across Virginia who coordinate and work closely with staff members, especially horticulturist and leader of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights team Shannon Smith and Operations Coordinator Justin Brown.

City lights, stardom in sight

Twenty-eight year-old Henrico native Ashley Blankenship moved to New York City last year to continue the pursuit of her dream of acting.

The decision is beginning to pay off for her in a big way: Blankenship recently became the advertising face of Arizona Tea, and she has earned roles in a number of television shows and movies.

Blankenship, who attended Hermitage High School and the Center for the Arts at Henrico High, has known from an early age what her passion was.

Pow Wow celebrates American Indians

Richmond American Indian Pow Wow, held Nov. 15-17 at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico, featured art, culture, dance, exhibits, festivals, music and history showcasing Native Americans in Virginia. Among those honored at the event was 80-year-old Pat Richardson, pictured at right with her son, Wayahsti Richardson. The elder Richardson has supported her tribal family, culture and young dancers for decades.

Graceful living

Bursts of laughter come from a typically quiet room at A Grace Place, an adult care center in Henrico. Inside, groups of players sit contentedly around tables, moving their oversized game pieces around and enjoying each other’s company. At the age of 99, Marie Bradley is the oldest person at the table, but that doesn’t stop her from playing another game of dominoes with her friends.

At A Grace Place, individuals like Marie can find personalized care, health management and just plain fun.

Are ‘Uke’ ready?

Ukelele enthusiasts will gather at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen next month for an intimate celebration of the unique sounds created by the four-stringed instrument.

The second-annual UkeFest Virginia will return Nov. 1-2, uniting musicians and enthusiasts from all over the country.

“Whether you’re a fan of listening or playing, you can find it at UkeFest Virginia,” said Cultural Arts Center spokeswoman Anita Waters.

Across generations

The few minutes Virginia Haden spends helping schoolchildren cross the street at Lauderdale Drive in front of Carver Elementary in the morning and afternoon are the moments she cherishes most during her day.

Haden has been faithfully serving as a crossing guard for Henrico County Schools for more than 43 years and is viewed by many as an established part of the community.

A grandmother to students, trusted by parents, and a friendly, well-known face in the neighborhood, Haden is a special part of Carver Elementary.

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