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Community festival with a focus on health

VCU’s Massey Cancer is throwing an open-to-everyone family-friendly carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St.

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Finding a safe space

Virginia State University will host a free discussion focused on African-American men and mental health as part of several HBCU Across America forums participating in Real Talk Drives Real Change events.

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Richmond International Film Festival returns

Filmmaking and musical guests from around the world will be in Richmond for the 12th Annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF). The six-day festival will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 26, with film premieres, live music performances, panel discussions and more.

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RPS names new leadership at McClenney and Overby-Sheppard elementaries

Richmond Public Schools recently announced two new interim principals.

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VCU names Faye Belgrave as vice president, chief diversity officer

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., a respected scholar, author and equity advocate, has been named vice president and chief diversity officer at Virginia Commonwealth University, effective Oct. 23.

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Ornithologist and wildlife ecologist J. Drew Lanham to address racism and the great outdoors

McArthur Fellow J. Drew Lanham, an ornithologist and wildlife ecology professor at Clemson University, will deliver VCU Libraries’ 2023 Social Justice Lecture to discuss “Coloring the Conservation Conversation.”

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SUN announces co-op solar initiative

The Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) announced the launch of the Metro Richmond 2023 Solar and EV Charger Co-op to help residents and small businesses in the Metro Richmond area go solar.

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Chesterfield-Colonial Heights announces housing assistance guide

In response to rising levels of housing insecurity, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services has created a digital housing assistance guide to help residents access critical resources at their convenience.

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Opening set for GRTC’s new $2.2M transfer station

GRTC will officially cut the ribbon to open its new $2.2 million Downtown transfer station at 8th and Clay streets on Monday, Sept. 11.

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VSU students help address teacher shortage

On Tuesday, students in Virginia State University’s College of Education got a head start on their careers while helping to address teacher shortages in Petersburg through a new program. Starting this semester, five VSU students began work as teachers in Petersburg’s K-12 school system as part of VSU’s Hybrid Education Residency Opportunity (HERO) program.

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