Fresh Air Fund seeks summer host families

During the summer of 2015, ten-year-old Anthony (left), of Staten Island, enjoyed many different outdoor activities with his host siblings, Ben (center) and Madi (right) Shaer. (Courtesy Lori Shaer)
The Fresh Air Fund – a program that has provided free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities for 140 years – is seeking host families in Central Virginia for this summer.

Thousands of New York City children visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

"Edward has truly taught us a lot. We were hoping to give him a fun summer and did not expect anything in return, but he gave us so much," host mom Erin said of her family's summer guest last year. "The respect he has, the kindness and sweetness, that is really what stands out about him. Edward has this smile that just made you feel happiness. I could not imagine our summers without him now.”

For details about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Wynton Marsalis at (212) 897-8942 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at http://www.freshair.org.
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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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