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Kindergartners offer thoughts on Thanksgiving

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked several Sandston Elementary School classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear here. (Special thanks to the school, Henrico County Public Schools and the teachers and administrators at Sandston E.S. for their assistance in this effort.) > Read more.

Henrico student named honoree for Jingle Bell Run/Walk

The Richmond Arthritis Foundation will hold its 13th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec. 5 at Mary Munford Elementary, and Henrico resident Kyleigh Broomell will be the 2015 Youth Honoree.

Broomell loves to dance, swim and run; she also just learned how to roller-skate. But some mornings, the active eight-year-old doesn’t even feel like getting out of bed. For the past six years of her young life, Broomell has been living with juvenile arthritis.

Arthritis in its various forms affects one in five people in the U.S., and 300,000 of them are children like Broomell. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 2-8

A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3050 Kinvan Road – $187,500, 2,084 SF (built in 2005), from Delmonth and Naomi Walker to Heather N. Gore.
12116 Rutgers Drive – $207,400, 1,536 SF (built in 1990), from Thomas J. and B. M. O'Connell to Federal National Mortgage Association.
12078 Foxfield Circle – $225,000, 1,500 SF (built in 1993), from First Bank of Richmond to Patrick A. and Emily K. O'Hare.
2414 Marions Lane – $232,580 (vacant site), from HHHunt Providence LLC to Shirley L. Johnson and Darius Pulliam.
2013 Hunton Commons Lane – $249,900, 1,902 SF (built in 1999), from Michael H. and Lakeysha Cook to Michael J. Boswell, Jr.
10325 Waltham Drive – $270,000, 1,768 SF (built in 1976), from Anne M. Colvin to Sheryl Smith.
6113 Bremo Road – $285,000, 1,371 SF (built in 1946), from Carter P. Augustine to Ryan A. Schuyler. > Read more.
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These cooking tips could prevent a kitchen fire

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day
Henrico Fire officials demonstrated what happens when water is used on a grease fire.
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day, and Henrico Fire officials want you to be informed about how to prevent them.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

If you're cooking this holiday season, remember the following:

• Be alert – If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop; > Read more.

Dominion Gardenfest of Lights begins Nov. 27 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Dominion GardenFest of Lights will kick off its holiday illumination Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The celebration will begin with a countdown and a flip of the switch to turn on more than a half-million twinkling lights.

After the illumination, attendees can enjoy strolls through the Garden, botanical decorations, model trains and family activities. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+, $8 for children ages 3-12, free for children under age three, and free for Garden members. > Read more.

Divakaruni to serve as ‘All Henrico Reads’ author in April

The Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library will host internationally bestselling author Chitra Divakaruni as part of its All Henrico Reads program on Wednesday, April 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

Divakaruni's novel, One Amazing Thing, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India. She came to the United States for her graduate studies, receiving a Master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Oh., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. > Read more.

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The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.


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