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The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors.
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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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Rebuild America gives Highland Springs HS a makeover


Highland Springs High School received a minor makeover earlier last month, thanks to volunteers from Rebuild America.

Members of the volunteer group are spending this week painting and cleaning the school, adding wall art and performing outdoor maintenance.

The group is composed of citizens who care about the well-being and beautification of communities across the United States. It already has completed several projects in the Richmond area – including three at Henrico elementary schools last year – and nationwide, including a major project in Detroit during several weeks in 2014.
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Staying SAFE

Task force to distribute addiction resource cards at local retail spots

Within the next week or so, grocery shoppers in Henrico and around the region will be able to add an item to their grocery bags that they never could before.

For those shoppers with family members who struggle with addiction, the item may even be a life-saving one.

Chesterfield SAFE, a regional coalition of community leaders, health care workers, educators, law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, will launch a blitz July 25 to place resource cards in grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers and medical centers across the greater Richmond area.
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Church uses goats to clear overgrowth


For the past week, dozens of goats have called the Christ United Methodist Church off of Horsepen Road home.

The goats are not just for show though; – they are actually hard at work. Julia Davidson, a long time member of the church, came up with the idea of hiring goats to come in and help eat the large amount of foliage that has cropped up in the woods behind the church. Davidson told the Citizen that she thought the woods area obscured the view of the church from the road.
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Refugee fair offers help and hope


From a distance, you can't tell that Ahmed Oudah is actually blind in both eyes and needs assistance to move around.

He wasn’t born that way; rather, his eyesight was taken from him when an IED detonated outside of a court building in Baghdad, shattering both his vision and his sense of security. Since that day, Oudah has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and happy future for his family. He finally found that security by applying as a refugee and immigrating to Henrico County.

Although thankful to be out of Iraq, life for Oudah still is very difficult in U.S. As a middle-aged, blind refugee who speaks only limited English, finding work and becoming integrated into the community has been a challenge.
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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.
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‘Spirit of Becky’ lives on

Scholarship fund has donated $164,200

Howard W. “Bud” Minor, Jr. had just assumed the presidency of the Western Henrico Rotary Club in 1990 when he got the call one July evening from fellow Rotarian Cordell Briggs.

Seventeen-year-old Becky Briggs, Cordell's daughter, had been killed in an auto accident that afternoon on Interstate 95 near Emporia.

At Briggs' request, Minor went to identify the body. His long-time friend said he just was not up to the task.
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Running on air


More than 250 teams and 5,600 runners from throughout the region took part in the seventh annual Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook June 9. The event is designed to highlight the importance of workplace wellness programs to businesses of all sizes in the Richmond region.

The overall winners were Skeeter Morris of 3Sports (male division) and Sarahbeth Jones, Apex System (female division). Andrew Rose of Compare.com took the title in the Fastest Male CEO category, and Carrie Roth of Virginia Biotech Research Park won in the Fastest Female CEO category.
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The second annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. Taste of Virginia is a family-friendly food festival showcasing delicious dishes from local restaurants, each competing for the honorary “Taste of Virginia” title, as well as awards for other significant categories. Each restaurant competitor will be providing a $3 sample plate of their signature dish from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as additional menu items for purchase during the festival. Enjoy live music by Whiskey Rebellion, Soul Expressions and The Silver Bullets. There will also be an artisan market with craft vendors and local businesses, a Kid’s Zone with moon bounces and corn hole, and the evening will conclude with fireworks. Proceeds support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Rain date is July 2. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/InnsbrookTOVA. Full text

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