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Training for homeless youth featured at workshop


In a first-of-its-kind event in the area, two local organizations last week hosted a workshop and training session for service providers and others who deal with youth homelessness.

Advocates for Richmond Youth organized the event, which took place on June 23 at the Bon Air Methodist Church, and St. Joseph's Villa assisted. The goal of the event was to expose service providers to the reality of youth homelessness and teach them how to access the resources they need to help affected children. It featured representatives from 65 different service providers throughout the state and some from elsewhere in the nation.

‘Superhero’ runners needed for April race to benefit CASA


The Henrico County and Chesterfield County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organizations will hold the seventh-annual Superhero Run on Saturday, April 30 to support local programs for abused and neglected children.

The event, which includes a 5-kilometer race, a Kids’ Fun Run and a post-race fair, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, in recognition of April as national Child Abuse Prevention Month. All participants are encouraged to run in the costume of a favorite superhero character. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and top finishers.

Helped by their “superhero” volunteers, the private, nonprofit CASA organizations work with local courts on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Glen Allen man competing in national golf tournament

A Glen Allen man is competing as part of a foursome in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals golf tournament at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina through April 3. Ralph Sitterson's team is competing with 60 other teams to win the national event. His team qualified for the event by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational at Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis July 30, which supported Autism Society.

The Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals is the culmination of a series of more than 75 charity golf tournaments around the country in 2015 hosted by Liberty Mutual and local and national charitable organizations that raised more than $8 million for charity.

A ‘Jariety’ of blessings


If you walk into the Virginia Governor's Office between now and March 31, you’ll see an exhibit of 15 paintings from a collection titled “Ingenious Artistic Minds,” or “I AM.” Among them are autographed portraits of professional tennis player Serena Williams, Martin Luther King III and legendary blues musician B.B. King.

What you won’t see, though, is the story behind those paintings. You won’t see Jerome and Jeromyah Jones, the father and son from Henrico who crafted the “I AM” collection. The paintings represent a small sample of the lives they have touched, but you wouldn’t know that unless you know the Jones duo.

Queen of harps


The HARPS Foundation presented Claire Jones, the former Royal Harpist, at Richmond Montessori School March 11 for a school-wide assembly. Jones and her husband, a percussionist, performed and discussed her life in the palace from the perspective of a royal musician including the experience of playing for a royal wedding and the Queen.

Additional land at 2 Civil War battlefields in Henrico to be preserved


More land at two Civil War battlefields in Henrico County will be preserved, thanks to federal funding awarded to Virginia through the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants.

The two Henrico sites – 4.92 acres at Deep Bottom Battlefield II and 1.68 acres at Glendale Battlefield – are among nine Civil War sites statewide that will be preserved as part of the $2.7 million in grant money, which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 3.

Grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund were awarded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program to seven states. Virginia was awarded the most money for the most projects, which will be completed in partnership with the Civil War Trust and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

ICGR honors 19 Henrico County students


On Feb. 11, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding.

The annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards has been held every year since 1970 to honor students, nominated by school officials, who exemplify the Council’s mission to promote understanding and cooperation among diverse religious faiths.

Students are selected for their community service and participation in activities that enhance human relationships and for such skills as empathy, understanding, and the ability to relate to others of different gender, race or religion.

Troop celebrates ‘Scout Sunday’


Scouts from St. Michael's Church in Glen Allen celebrated Scout Sunday Feb. 7 by attending morning mass. Pictured (from left) are: back row – Cole Fuhrman and Clayton Fuhrman; front row – Alex Schuler; Griffin Ridley; Noah Ridley; Father Dan Brady, pastor. St. Michael's is home to Pack 736 Cub Scouts, Troop 736 Boy Scouts and Venture Crew 736.

The Troop recently raised three Eagle Scouts: Nick Cormier, Avery Ward and Hunter Wilson.

Cyclists have their say


On a chilly Wednesday evening in Innsbrook earlier this month, more than 30 concerned Henrico citizens crowded into the Capital Ale House’s game room. But games were of little concern Feb. 10 during the first of four "Bike Walk Talks" (informal happy hours), at which Bike Walk RVA officials listened to what county citizens had to say about alternative forms of travel in Henrico.

Attendees at the first event this month – many of whom identified as avid cyclists and walkers – shared their desire for Henrico to adopt a plan similar to the Bikeways and Trails Plan approved by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors in November. That 50-year plan calls for a 360-mile network of new bicycle pathways and trails, estimated at $360 million. Bike Walk RVA, a Sports Backers-sponsored bicycling and pedestrian advocacy group formed in 2012, presented the Chesterfield board with a list of more than 1,000 county residents’ signatures in support of the plan, which supervisors passed by a 3-2 vote.

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