2018-01-24 / Announcements

Meeting to focus on neighborhood improvement


JAMES HASKINS JAMES HASKINS Learn how to enhance your community at the 2018 Empowering Neighborhoods Forum, set for March 3. This year’s event, presented by Chesterfield County’s Revitalize Our Communities Committee, features keynote speaker Laura Lafayette, chief executive of the Richmond Association of Realtors. The event is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center, 13900 Hull Street Road. Local vendors will be on hand and local experts will lead workshops for residents discussing home and community curb appeal; improvements for increasing home value; and developing community association leadership. For vendor applications or to register to attend the forum, visit

Health Care

The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital will participate in a new study, called STRIVE, which focuses on developing a test for early breast cancer detection. The study is designed to determine if a blood test can complement mammography screenings by identifying genetic material arising from tumors to help discover breast cancer at its earliest stages. The study, sponsored by GRAIL Inc., is seeking to enroll 120,000 women across participating sites. Women who volunteer to participate will provide a blood sample and complete a short questionnaire at the time of their regular screening mammogram. In addition, participants will be followed and their health records will be monitored for up to five years for new cancer diagnoses. For more information, visit


Discover 37 career-education options available to Chesterfield County high school students during the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center (CTC) Open House on Jan. 27 from noon-2 p.m. at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse, 10101 Courthouse Road, and from 1-3 p.m. at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Parents, students and the public are invited to participate in a self-guided tour of the facilities to learn more about the career opportunities at the technical centers. CTC teachers, students and business and industry representatives will provide information through demonstrations, explanations and handouts on the educational and employment opportunities for each of the programs.


The small business incubator BizWorks will host an open house on Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. to introduce BizWorks University. The semester for BWU begins on Jan. 30 and features a variety of sessions where entrepreneurs can learn business startup basics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, and meet BizWorks staff and members. The open house is free and will take place at the BizWorks office at 2545 Bellwood Road. To register for the open house, visit

The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker, located at 7600 Beach Road, has announced its respite weekend schedule for children (ages 6 to 17) and adults (ages 18 and older) with disabilities for 2018. Camp Baker is a 22-acre, handicap accessible, wooded facility that provides programming for people with disabilities year-round. On tap this year: a Richmond Symphony performance, as well as local sporting events and plays, and Respite Field Day with face painting and a dance competition. Respite sessions for children will be held Friday through Sunday on the first weekends of February through July and the last weekends of August through November. For adults, the sessions are: Feb. 9, 16 and 23; March 9, 16 and 23; April 13, 20 and 27; May 11, 18 and 25; June 8, 22 and 29; July 13, 20 and 27; Aug. 3, 10 and 24; Sept. 7, 14 and 21; Oct. 5, 12 and 19; Nov. 2, 9 and 16; and Dec. 7 and 14. The cost is approximately $13.43 per hour (or the equivalent in Medicaid respite waiver hours), with scholarships available for eligible families. For more information, call Camp Baker at 748-4789 or visit


The work of local artist Virginia Hickey will be on display at Swift Creek Mill Theatre during the production of “All My Sons,” which runs through Feb. 28. An award-winning artist, Hickey paints in oil, watercolor and on porcelain, and specializes in portraits, flowers and landscapes. Visit to see some of her work.

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