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Holiday Events In Richmond This Weekend

Holiday Events In Richmond This Weekend

Holiday house tours, James River Parade of Lights, Court End Christmas and Tacky Light Run…all this weekend. Happy holidays, Richmond!

Holiday House Tours
Richmond’s beautiful, beautiful late 19th century, early 20th century houses. From the Fan to Church Hill, you can check out many of these gems all decked out for the holidays on holiday house tours. Fan Holiday House Tour on Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Church Hill Holiday House tour on Sunday, $20 in advance, $25 day of tour, noon to 5 p.m.

The Tacky Light Run is back for its second year of a 6K run around one of Richmond’s best neighborhoods for Tacky Lights. Deck yourself out in your tackiest sweater, string yourself with lights and get ready for selfie stations throughout the route. Last year’s run sold out at 5,000.  Hosted by Sports Backers. $45 to $50. Begins at 6 p.m.

Check out the brightly decorated boats as they motor down the river for the James River Parade of Lights. The parade begins in Richmond, just below the fall line, and the boats cruise through Henrico and Chesterfield counties to the Varina-Enon Bridge. We suggest nabbing a window-table at The Boathouse or Conch Republic for optimal viewing. Or grab dinner at a Church Hill hotspot like The Roosevelt and then walk over to Libbie Hill Park to watch the boats. Viewing spots include Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m., parade viewing at 6 p.m. Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock and Water streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m. Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment begins at 4 p.m., parade viewing 7-7:30 p.m. Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade viewing 7:30-7:45 p.m. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment begins at 6 p.m., parade viewing 7:45-8 p.m.

The Court End Christmas in  downtown Richmond, offers free admission and holiday festivities all day long. Carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. Stop by The Valentine, The Museum and White House of the Confederacy, The Egyptian Building, the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion and many more sites throughout the day. Noon to 5 p.m. Free.

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Enduring Legacy of L. Douglas Wilder Symposium

M.H. West & Co., Inc. was represented in the room with a huge crowd of supporters of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of L. Douglas Wilder’s election as the 66th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the 1st African-American elected Governor in the United States of America.  WEST’s Chairman/CEO was particularly proud to be seated with the Black History Museum as Chair of its Board of Trustees.  She also notes that her Richmond (VA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was one of many other donors for the 1st class and upscale event of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.  Not sure what the encore is, but clearly December 4th was most memorable and all who played a part should take a BOW for their vision to keep the spotlight shining on one of the nation’s finest.

New Huguenot High School Sets Bar High

M. H. West & Co., Inc. applauds Richmond on completion of the Huguenot High School.  School Climate is impacted favorably by state-of-the-art technology, open spaces, natural light and a clean, functional environment.    In WEST’s technical assistance work to turn around schools in urban areas such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York, school climate was a critical factor that affected academic performance, behavior and student/teacher relationships.


Derik Jones walked from one open, well-lit space into another, corridor after corridor, marveling every step of the way at the new Huguenot High School.

“This is not the place where I went to school,” said Jones, a 1994 Huguenot graduate now serving on the Richmond School Board, as he passed a glass wall overlooking the football field. “This is a great example of what Richmond can be.”

Jones was part of a group of about two dozen people who toured the school Thursday.

When it opens Jan. 5, the $63 million school will become the first new high school to open in Richmond since 1968, when what is now Armstrong High opened as John F. Kennedy High on Cool Lane in the East End.

The 250,000-square-foot building will hold 1,400 students. It features state-of-the-art technology, including a wireless computer network designed to prevent even the briefest of outages, a necessity in an age of online state testing.

Two floors of classrooms feature natural light and the latest in everything from seating to whiteboards to handicap-accessible lockers.

There’s a 1,000-seat auditorium; a 2,500-seat, three-court gymnasium; and a 2,500-seat football stadium.

The school is the last of four new schools built under the administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones, following Broad Rock and Oak Grove elementary schools, which opened in January 2013, and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, which opened in January.

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November 29th Is Small Business Saturday

November 29th Is Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 29, 2014 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

How You Can Participate

For shoppers
• Find participating small businesses in your area

For small business owners
Read the transcript of our Holiday Marketing Tips & Ideas web chat to learn how to maximize your holiday profit and increase sales volume

• Get advice on how to prepare for the holiday season on the Small Business Matters blog:
6 Ways to Maximize Your Return on Sponsoring or Hosting Holiday Events
7 Holiday Marketing Tips on a Limited Budget
5 Ways to Market Your Business for the Holiday Season
Start Now to Plan Your Holiday Retail Marketing Campaign
How to Market Your Business with an Event
33 Creative Ideas for Small Business Holiday Marketing
6 Good Reasons to Start your Holiday Marketing Plan Now

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Marilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship Award

Marilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship AwardMarilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship Award for the first four years. Marilyn is the Chair/CEO of M. H. West & Co., Inc., which is a Virginia-based consulting firm that specializes in management, planning and education services. Through a talented team of professionals, WEST has developed solutions that help clients build and maintain a qualified and satisfied workforce, strengthen internal and external customer relationships, align the organizational structure with the strategic plan, reduce costs, assure the delivery of quality products and services, meet financial and other performance goals, keep pace with the factors that impact their market share and monitor outcomes from resources expended. A broad cross-section of industries, governments, non-profit organizations and trade associations have engaged WEST.
Applications for the  book award are processed with the Continental Societies scholarship program.






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