Richmond National Battlefield Park seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day

Volunteers from throughout the nation – including several groups at Richmond National Battlefield Park – will visit and help to improve their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests Saturday, Sept. 26 – and to celebrate National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer day for public lands in our country.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) brings together volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. Last year, more than 175,000 Americans participated at more than 2,100 sites, and included groups such as the Student Conservation Association, Outdoor Nation, The Corps Network, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA.

Volunteer groups and individual volunteers are invited to participate and will be serving at the Fort Harrison unit of the park to plant grasses on the Civil War earthworks, the earthen defense formations remaining from battles fought 151 years ago. The grasses to be planted are native, warm season varieties; they protect the soil while requiring no watering or fertilizer, so they also meet the park’s sustainability goals.

Volunteers should meet at the Fort Harrison parking lot, 8621 Battlefield Park Road in Henrico Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. For details, contact Lindsey Kellogg (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or visit http://www.nps.gov/rich/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=602949-232573.
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New GRASP scholarships to aide winners with college debt and costs


Fifteen Henrico County Public Schools students recently received a “2+2” scholarship from the non-profit organization GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.). In total, the newly created scholarships will help 71 students receive their baccalaureate degrees from a Virginia college or university with lower costs and less student debt.

The scholarship awards each winner $1,000 for his or her first year at a community college to cover the costs not covered by financial aid, such as books and computers. > Read more.

Long & Foster’s Innsbrook, Short Pump offices participate in community service day event


Thousands of real estate agents and employees with Long & Foster Real Estate, including those at the Innsbrook and Short Pump offices in Glen Allen, Virginia, took part in the company’s 20th annual Community Service Day June 7.

The Innsbrook and Short Pump offices chose to volunteer with Housing Families First on June 7. The organization’s mission provides families experiencing homelessness with what they need to move to a stable housing situation. > Read more.

Network of Enterprising Women to award scholarships to local HS grads

Three recent Henrico County high school graduates are among the 10 local students who will receive scholarships from the Network of Enterprising Women during the organization's monthly luncheon July 6. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week – June 26, 2017


Richmond detectives need the public’s help to identify the vehicle and suspects in the shooting incident of a 7-year-old boy and an adult male. Can you help Crime Stoppers solve this latest shooting?

The shooting occurred in the 1500 block of North 22nd Street in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city. Officers arrived and found the two victims near a bus stop. > Read more.

Richmond Montessori School earns VAIS reaccreditation


Richmond Montessori School, an independent Montessori school for children ages 2 to 14, recently earned reaccreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. The VAIS accreditation program is one of only a few recognized at the national level through the National Association of Independent School's Commission on Accreditation and is also recognized and approved by the Virginia Board of Education through the Virginia Council for Private Education. > Read more.

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The Weinstein JCC will host the first-ever Israel Fest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This “everything Israel” street festival features camel rides ($6), a petting zoo, henna tattoos, Israeli cuisine for purchase, Israeli wine tastings, the Israeli Friendship Caravan performance at 3 p.m., dance demonstration at 4:30 p.m. and an Israeli-style shuk with local artisans. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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