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Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters on Friday at Forest Hill Park

The weather hasn’t been kind to this year’s Movies in the park hopefully we’ll luck out.

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This Friday night Richmond VA Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is showing Ghostbusters (the original Bill Murray classic) at Forest Hill Park. Bring your blanket, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The movie starts when it’s dark enough.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Next Wednesday is Westover Hills ES Give Back Day at Laura Lee’s

Enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner at Laura Lee’s next Wednesday and a % of the sale will be going to support Westover Hills Elementary School’s PTA

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Enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner at Laura Lee’s next Wednesday and a % of the sale will be going to support Westover Hills Elementary School’s PTA as part of Give Back Day. Laura Lee’s is one of our go-to date night spots and love sitting at the bar.

This year they expanded their hours and are now open for lunch. Lunch is available 11AM-2:30PM Tues-Sun, and dinner is from 5-9PM Tues-Sun. Check out their menus here. Dinner always has some specials as well. For lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with the Double Cheese Burger or the Fried Chicken Sandwich.

 

 

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Forest Hill Park Invasive Plant Removal Work Day

Invasive plants harm the entire ecosystem.

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Spotted on Facebook. The workday is scheduled for Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Please join members of Friends of FHP for invasive plant removal. Invasive nonnative plants reduce populations of native, beneficial creatures. We will meet in the 3800 block of Forest Hill Avenue near the Forest Hill Historic District sign (east of Roanoke St. traffic light). Please bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them, and dress for the possibility of poison ivy (no open footwear). Thanks in advance for helping us restore some ecological balance in FHP!

You can see a list of invasive plants here. Hedera helix (common ivy or English Ivy) is one of the biggest and most obvious offenders in our area.

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UMFS opens new $11 million residential center to enhance youth behavioral, mental health treatment

After an investment of more than $11 million, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges has created a new multipurpose treatment center focused on healing.

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After an investment of more than $11 million, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges has created a new multipurpose treatment center focused on healing.

UMFS, a statewide nonprofit leader in child and family services, has officially unveiled the transformation of its Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC). The state-of-the-art center took a year to complete. Previously, youth enrolled in CFHC lived in five separate cottages, originally built in the 1950s.

The 33,600-square foot center includes five residential suites, each accessible by separate entrances. Designed intentionally to promote safety and complement program enhancements, CFHC’s five identical suites each have a common area, full kitchen, group therapy room, family room, meeting space, and 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms. The center, which includes office space for administration and staff, can accommodate 50 youth.

CFHC serves youth ages 11-17 who are experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges and other traumas. Therapists, mentors, teachers, psychiatrists, nurses and other staff support the youth who live on campus as they focus on healing and building life skills.

“The new Child & Family Healing Center continues our long tradition of excellence in providing effective, high-quality residential care for youth,” said UMFS President and CEO Nancy Toscano, Ph.D., LCSW. “We intentionally designed the space utilizing a trauma-informed approach to promote healing in a safe and affirming environment. The upgraded center will help create normalcy while respecting a child’s need for independence during treatment.”

The center is one of the state’s only youth residential treatment programs to employ a “hybrid” security model, where youth can move freely throughout each suite and have supervised access to school, green spaces, a gym and other recreation on UMFS’ 33-acre campus. For safety, the building is regularly secured from evening to morning, and staff can secure each suite on an as-needed basis.

The CFHC marks the completion of Phase 1 of UMFS’ Be a Champion capital campaign, which aims to transform the educational and residential resources on its Richmond campus. Hundreds of donors and partners have contributed to the effort so far.

Phase 2 of the campaign is underway and will include an addition to the nonprofit’s Charterhouse School, a specialized educational program for K-12 youth who have special needs. The planned addition will allow UMFS to enhance its student services and expand programs. Demolition for Phase 2 will begin soon, and UMFS expects to break ground on the school addition this spring.

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