A bountiful harvest

Hundreds of people enjoyed Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival at Meadow Farm in Glen Allen Oct. 15. Visitors experienced hands-on activities and demonstrations that depicted life in a simpler time.

Sadler, Virginia529 partner

NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader – and Virginia native – Elliott Sadler was in Henrico this week to announce a partnership with Virginia529, the title sponsor of next week's Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Sadler will appear with his wife, Amanda, several times prior to the race to promote the program, which offers four college savings programs for participants. Virginia529 is the largest 529 college savings program in the country.

Malvern Hill listed for sale

Malvern Hill Farm, a 900-plus-acre homestead in Varina that has been owned by the same family for several generations, has been listed for sale. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, LLC will handle the sale of the property, located north of New Market Road and west of Carters Mill Road. The asking price is $10.6 million.

About one-third of the historic property is actively farmed and the rest is wooded. Acquired by William Ferguson in the 1930s, today the farm is owned by multiple generations of the same family. Malvern Hill Hunt Club has been caring for the farm for decades.

National Parenting Center issues Fall Seal of Approval report

The National Parenting Center this week issued its Fall Seal of Approval report, which follows two months of consumer testing by parents and children at the organization's test centers. Recognition from The National Parenting Center is a key indicator for retail and online buyers about which games, toys, books and other children's items will be well-received by consumers. Amazon identifies all Seal of Approval winners on their product pages.

Blood drive to honor local child

The family of Callen Tyson – a local child who is battling leukemia – will host a blood drive at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.

Tyson was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2014 when he was only four years old and is nearly halfway finished with his three-year treatment. Part of that treatment has involved blood infusions, which has inspired his family and friends to host blood drives.

“By holding drives continuously throughout the year and in various locations across the state, we hope to help keep blood banks stocked and ready for anyone in need,” said Tyson's mother, Katie Tyson.

Mr. Peanut spreads birthday cheer

Local residents (from left) Amy Gilbody, Devin Embrey, Annie Gilbody, Ignatius Gilbody and Lilie Gilbody helped celebrate Mr. Peanut's 100th birthday at the Short Pump Walmart Aug. 11. Mr. Peanut, the symbol of Planters Peanuts, is traveling the nation in his Nutmobile in celebration of his birthday year. He made two stops in Henrico; the other was Aug. 14 at the Brook Road Walmart.

VHBG to host fifth annual youth triathlon

The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls has partnered with Endorphin Fitness to bring a fifth iteration of its widely popular youth triathlon back to Henrico on Aug. 20.

For the past five years, VHBG has hosted the event, which allows children in the program ages 5-14, as well as local children in the same age range, to participate in the race, which includes running, swimming and biking. More than 225 children are expected to participate in this year’s event.

A fair-ly good time

Visitors enjoyed food, games, music and fun at the Midtown State Fair Aug. 7 at Libbie Mill Midtown. The event combined locally grown and produced food and craft beer with the atmosphere of a fair.

Fighting crime with fun

Dozens of communities and neighborhoods throughout Henrico County celebrated National Night Out Aug. 2, taking the time to enjoy food, fellowship and take a stand against crime. Richmond International Raceway hosted an event for surrounding neighborhoods, which included games and activities, smiles from members of the Virginia Clown Alley #3 (top), face painting by Sandra 'Strawberry' Winstead (second from top) and remarks from Henrico Police Chief Hum Cardounel (below, flanked by State Senator Donald McEachin and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam.)

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