More than 1.3 million Virginians expected to travel for Thanksgiving

More than 1.3 million Virginians will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday away from home in 2015, according to projections from AAA Travel. That represents a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from last year. Nationwide, AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29.

Virginia roads will be especially busy over the holiday period with 1.2 million expected to drive to their holiday feast, a slight decrease of 0.3 percent over last year. Across the country, nearly 42 million Americans will take a holiday road trip this Thanksgiving, an increase of 0.7 percent over last year.
Nationwide, air travel is expected to increase by 0.1 percent, with 3.6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease 1.4 percent this Thanksgiving, to 1.4 million travelers, according to AAA.

In 2014, AAA came to the rescue of nearly 5,000 motorists in central and western Virginia during the holiday. AAA expects to rescue more than 360,000 motorists nationwide. The primary reasons for calls for assistance are dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends motorists check the condition of batteries, tires, belts, hoses, fluid levels and the general health of vehicles before starting holiday journeys. Trusted repair shops also offer vehicle
inspections. AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Centers offer a pre-trip 42 point checkup for motorists at no charge. AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities are also available for inspections.

Gas prices in Virginia are averaging under $2 per gallon ($1.97), 73 cents less than a year ago today and 66 cents less than the average price on Thanksgiving last year ($2.63). At an average savings of close to $13.50 per fill up, the 1.2 million motorists driving over the holiday weekend this year will save a total of about $16.2 million dollars per fill up than last year at this time. Virginia also enjoyed the ninth-lowest gasoline prices in the country.

“Thanksgiving travelers will have more money to use for Black Friday shopping or to save for December holiday gifts this year as gas prices will likely be the lowest since Thanksgiving 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income, and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central location, 2626 W. Broad St., will host its 17th annual Halloween Hoopla from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be trick or treating, monster puppet shows, pumpkin experiments, glitter tattoos, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and more. Cost is $4 for adults and free for children; children still require a ticket for admission. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org. Full text

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