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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.

United Way celebrates ‘Read Across America Day’


Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss’s birthday, was celebrated March 2 by more than 60 members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, who fanned out across the region to read to toddlers and preschoolers. Their mission was to foster a love of books and reading with children and to raise awareness for the importance of early literacy.

The goal of early literacy is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between youngsters and adults and the role of literacy-rich experiences.

Above, Kings Dominion employee Raquel Goodson reads Green Eggs and Ham to some eager listeners at Antioch Learning Center in Henrico’s East End.

Feeling right at home


The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Lakewood exhibit features residents’ art


One hundred people attended the opening of an art exhibit hosted by Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Feb. 6 at the Robinson Gallery at Lakewood, a continuing care retirement community in western Henrico County.

The exhibit featured works by two residents of Lakewood: woodcarver Margaret Leith and photographer Bill Draper (pictured).

Leith has been carving wood for nearly 15 years. An engineering design draftsperson in her career, she always loved architecture and wood.

Canine CARE-givers


When Vicki Powell of Sandston lost her 22-year-old son, Jamie, in 2011, she made it her goal to carry on his work through Capital Area Rescue Effort, a volunteer based non-profit dog rescue that has doubled the number of dogs adopted over the past two years.

“When he passed away, we wanted something that would carry on his dream and his passions,” said Powell. “Jamie always liked dogs that had special needs and had started rescuing dogs. We wanted people to remember him for the good things he did, and this was the perfect way to do so.”

Derby day


Cub Scout Pack 736 (pictured at top) held its annual Pinewood Derby car race Jan. 31 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, featuring 69 cars made and painted by Scouts – including the Batman-themed racer displayed by nine-year-old Jaden Radogna (above).

Fifty-nine Scouts participated in the derby races and all had to comply with the technical specifications that apply to all Cub Scout pinewood racecars. A number of creative designs were reflected among the cars, including tanks, bacon, Hershey bar, submarine, cheese and Lego shapes and themes.

Troop produces 6 Eagle Scouts

Six Boy Scouts from a West End Boy Scout Troop will earn Eagle Scout recognition Feb. 8.

The Scouts from Troop 770, sponsored by River Road Presbyterian Church, are: Adam Jones, Sam Murphy, Cabell Murray, Ted Palmer, Kyle Adams and Grayson Phillips. The teens started in the troop together and have steadily climbed the ranks to earn the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever become Eagle Scouts. The awards will be conferred at River Road Presbyterian Church.

“What an impressive group of young men,” said Scoutmaster David Bernhardt. “They have excelled in Scouting, in the classroom and on the athletic field.”

A dream remembered

Dr. Arthur Roots of Richmond (at right) sings a capella during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration at Highland Springs United Methodist Church Jan. 19. The event also featured Henrico native and actor Tony Cosby giving his impassioned version of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech and a performance by the seventh-grade chorus from Fairfield Middle School.

For Sandston group, Africans, a net gain

Members of the Sandston Baptist Church with Ghana Baptist Convention members.

Five Members of Sandston Baptist Church recently traveled to Ghana, West Africa to distribute chemically treated mosquito nets to the tribes of people in Yendi through the program More than Nets, a nonprofit that works in conjunction with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and the Ghana Baptist Convention to reduce malaria.

Linda Shobe, 63 and a lifelong member of the church, said that the October trip was the most rewarding and spiritual experience she has had.

“I have wanted to do a mission trip to Africa since I was a young girl, and now I can say that I went,” she said.

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