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Saturday, October 18 is HandsOn Day

Saturday, October 18 is HandsOn Day

Imagine how much better Richmond could be if we all spent just 4 hours doing something together for the community. Join one thousand other volunteers across the metro region this October at nearly 60 sites to make a difference in Richmond on one of many organized volunteer opportunities.

Find the project for you! Registration for projects will close 24 hours in advance of the day. Remember–youth are volunteers too and must be registered for projects.


Registered volunteers and nonprofit staff hosts are invited to join us again this year at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery at 2408 Ownby Ln, near the Diamond, for a celebration after service. Join us for:

• food and beverages
• live music
• a community art project
• family friendly activities and games
• in a festive indoor-outdoor atmosphere

The Celebration will be from 1:30-3:30pm.

Go here for more information.

The Richmond Folk Festival: Event Information

The Richmond Folk Festival: Event Information

The Richmond Folk Festival often attracts more than 200,000 people to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. It has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running. The 2014 Festival will bring a new and similarly amazing list of performers, artists and exhibitors.

Hours of Operation:

• Friday, October 10, 6 PM – 10:00 PM
• Saturday, October 11, Noon – 9:30 PM
• Sunday, October 12, Noon – 6:00 PM


The Richmond Folk Festival is a FREE event – you can enjoy the performances, the Union/University of Richmond Virginia Folk Life Area & Stage, and the Genworth Family Area at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

Bucket Brigade

Help keep the Richmond Folk Festival a FREE event! A group of community volunteers carrying orange buckets will be circulating the festival asking for your support. All donations made through the bucket brigade help directly cover the costs of the festival. Thank you in advance for your support!

NO Pets

DO NOT BRING PETS (other than service animals) to the festival. We expect very large crowds and your pets will be more comfortable at home.

FAQ: What can’t I bring with me?

Items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:
• Pets (service animals are permitted)
• Coolers, Large Backpacks
• Alcohol
• Bottles/glass containers
• Contraband (drugs and weapons)
• Laser pointers
• Bikes, skateboards, inline skates
• Flying objects (kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.0

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11th Annual Empty Plate Luncheon

11th Annual Empty Plate Luncheon

M. H. West & Co., Inc. was proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 11th Annual Empty Plate Luncheon by Senior Connections. The event was held at the Trinity Family Life Center. Other sponsors recognized included Bon Secours, Dominion, Genworth, UPS, CareMore, JenCare, and PACE.

The recipients of this year’s awards were:
The Phoebe and Frank Hall Humanitarian Award for Service to Vintage Virginians – Mrs. Sherry Peterson, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter

The 2014 Community Service Award -  Mrs. Gloria Johnson, Retired Educator, Senior Connections Board of Directors

Age Friendly Business Recognition Award – Ms. Beth Ludden, Genworth Financial

Sabrina Squire, News Anchor for NBC12 News was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Mark Gordon, CEO of St. Francis Medical Center was the Keynote Speaker. Croaker Spot catered the event.

October 3rd is World Smile Day

October 3rd is World Smile Day

Harvey Ball, creator of the Smiley Face became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

Be sure to join the celebration this year on Friday, October 3rd, and “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile”!

Learn more about World Smile Day® and Harvey Ball at this website: www.worldsmileday.com

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

Monday, October 6th
Anti-bullying activities include STOMP Out Bullying™’s signature campaign Blue Shirt Day™ World Day of Bullying Prevention on the first Monday of every October  – this year on Monday, October 6th. Watch for our public service announcements by featured celebrities!

The Week of October 13th Make friends with someone you don’t know at school
If you’ve ever been isolated from others at school or you were knew at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.

Make friends with someone at school who you don’t know. invite them to sit at your lunch table or join you in an after school activity. You probably wish someone had done that for you.

Be a leader. Take action and don’t let anyone at school be in isolation. (more…)

This Year’s State Fair Has Many New Features

This Year's State Fair Has Many New Features

The State Fair of Virginia is steeped in tradition, but there are plenty of new features that could become fairgoer favorites.

If you’re hungry for something new, this year’s signature sandwich might satisfy that craving. The Piggyback Burger is a juicy hamburger topped with pulled pork barbecue and a crispy fried onion ring. It will be available from Fun Time Foods on the fair’s Festival Loop. Another food vendor is taking a quintessential Southern favorite—the Virginia ham biscuit—and deep-frying it. This new treat can be found at D&J Concessions, also on the fair’s Festival Loop. D&J also will offer the Twinx, a Twinkie stuffed with a Twix candy bar, then wrapped in bacon, battered and fried, and topped with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar.

For fairgoers looking to up their thrill quotient, there are new rides on the Midway Madness, presented by the Virginia Lottery, and the Virginia529 Kidway. Adults can try the wild, spinning Hang Ten; the Sea Ray, a giant swinging ship; or the Yo-Yo, which dangles riders in swings and spins them through the sky. Kids can ride the Happy Swing, which resembles a giant porch swing and rocks a dozen riders to and fro. Or they can try Jump Around, which includes themed vehicles circling around and bouncing up and down. The vehicles may resemble frogs, Angry Birds or even circus cars. (more…)

September 22-27 is Active Aging Week

September 22-27 is Active Aging Week

Active Aging Week celebrates seniors in our communities and participation in physical activities, workshops and forums that promote a proactive approach to health and wellness at every age. The kickoff for this week of celebration will be held on Monday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. at Senior Connections.

Activities this week include:

• Ramping up Workplace Activity
• Senior Olympics
• Gentle Yoga For Everyone
• Walking Club
• Elders Creative Spirit Art Show
• Farmer Brown Mobile Market
• Pickle Ball
• Livable Communities Virginia Exhibit
• Cooking Made Easy
• Silver Sneakers®

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/RVAActiveAgingWeek for more information.

Honoring Those Who Were Lost on September 11, 2001

Honoring Those Who Were Lost on September 11, 2001

Below are some ways to honor the memory of those who were killed on September 11, 2001:

Teachers and students can organize service projects within their classrooms that are dedicated to the victims of 9/11 to help educate children about the events of that day.
Lesson plan: “Lending a Hand after 9/11

Honor First Responders
Write letters of appreciation or contact your local fire or police department to see how you can help.
Lesson plan: Grades K – 2 “Brave Individuals
Grades: 3 – 5 “Brave Individuals

Provide for those in need
Organize a clothing and food drive for a community in need.
Lesson plan: Grades 6 – 8 “Global Responses to 9/11

Help prepare your community
Collect supplies for and distribute emergency preparedness kits.
Lesson plan: Grades K – 2 “In Case of an Emergency
Grades 3 – 5 “Planning for Emergencies


Changing Times Around Richmond

Changing Times Around Richmond

The article below by Virginia Business provides examples of the many big changes that are occurring around the Greater Richmond area right now. A Chinese copy is building a manufacturing plant in Chesterfield which will employ 2000 people. Young professionals are flocking to Richmond’s downtown and creating an apartment boom. VCU is building a $35 million dollar building dedicated to contemporary art on Broad Street. Many other changes are noted in this article, all of which will impact Richmond in the near future.


News about American investment and jobs going to China has become routine. That’s why a June announcement put the Richmond region in the international spotlight.

China’s Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. Ltd., a pulp and paper company, plans to invest $2 billion in building an advanced manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County, its first in the U.S. The factory will employ 2,000 people.

At a news conference, Gov. Terry McAuliffe characterized the move as “transformational” for the region’s economy.

Economic change, in fact, already is taking place throughout the Richmond region, despite its longstanding reputation for stodginess.

Downtown Richmond is attracting millennials like a magnet; retail and residential development is booming in Henrico County’s Short Pump area; and Hanover County has become a home for massive distribution centers. This time next year the region will host a nine-day international cycling competition that is expected to attract 450,000 spectators.

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Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend Events

There are a lot of great events around Richmond this Labor Day Weekend including: Jason Derulo, Flowers After 5, Pete the Cat, Opera in the Park and fireworks.

Flowers After 5Thursday

It’s the last Flowers After 5 of the season at Lewis Ginter with stringband The Hot Seats. Enjoy wine and beer for purchase, plus small dishes and food for kids too. Water Play stays open late. Plus you can stroll the gardens and enjoy one of the last evenings of summer. $12 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3-12; free for children under age 3 and free admission for members.  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1800 Lakeside Ave.

Pete the Cat Author & Food Trucks at CMoRFriday

“Pete the Cat” is a groovy cat and book series with catchy YouTube videos for kids. The author Eric Litwin is visiting the Children’s Museum of Richmond to introduce his new series “The Nut Family.” The museum along with local bookstore bbgb is pulling out the stops for a mega-kids’ book star visit with food trucks, games and hopefully a performance from the author himself. Mosaic and Kona Ice will be serving healthy treats, SPLASHmor water play will be open late and there will be a special craft that goes along with the book. Event starts at 4 p.m., author visit at 7 p.m. Event is free, $8 general admission to visit museum. CMoR Central location, 2626 W. Broad St.

Jason Derulo & End of Summer Music FestivalFriday through Monday

You may know Jason Derulo’s (ahem) ubiquitous hit “Wiggle” about big butts complete with backup from Snoop Dogg. He’s visiting Kings Dominion this week as part of their “End of Summer Music Festival.” Kings Dominion, prepare thyself. The music fest continues through the weekend at the Doswell theme park with bluegrass music on Saturday, Kings of Swing on Sunday and local kid-music favorite Diggity Dudes on Sunday. Jason Derulo tickets start at $44.99 and include park admission. Other acts included in regular park admission.

Opera in the ParkSaturday

Last year, over 2,000 people turned out for free opera in the park from Virginia Opera. Featuring a full orchestra from the Richmond Symphony and classics from the upcoming season, it’s a magical evening not to be missed. The concert will feature classical pieces by Rossini, Verdi, and Mozart along with more contemporary pieces by Steven Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.  Led by conductor Adam Turner. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dogwood Dell, 1300 Hampton Ave. (more…)






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