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Longtime Henrico County educator Marilyn Hinson Royal dies

Marilyn (Elise) Hinson Royal, a trailblazing force at the intersection of teaching, learning, and leadership, died on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, leaving behind a legacy as vast as the universe she inspired her students to explore.

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Richmond Symphony hopes to give and receive

The Richmond Symphony will accompany “The Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition for many, at the Carpenter Theater Dec. 8-24.

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Home again: VMFA returns ancient works to their countries of origin

44 pieces are back in Italy, Egypt and Türkiye

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) announced Tuesday that it has deaccessioned and returned 44 works of ancient art following an investigation by the Antiquities Trafficking Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security into the global trafficking of looted or stolen antiquities.

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VCU reflection room promotes student wellness

A new, multipurpose space on the second floor of Virginia Commonwealth University’s James Branch Cabell Library will provide students a quiet area for meditation, contemplation and prayer.

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VSU Marching Band named top divisional band by ESPN

Virginia State University’s Trojan Explosion Marching Band has been named the top Division II HBCU band in the country in 2023, according to ESPN the university has announced.

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Holiday events near and dear

Holiday events to add to your calendar

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Getting homes winter-ready

With El Niño returning for the first time in four years, Virginia could be in for a cold, snowy winter. Chill. Help is on the way.

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Virginia War Memorial, Navy League commemorate Pearl Harbor

The Virginia War Memorial and the Navy League of the United States, Richmond Chapter, will co-host the 82nd Commonwealth’s Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony on Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be outdoors in the Memorial’s Shrine of Memory — 20th Century at 621 S. Belvidere St. The public is invited and should dress accordingly.

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Bon Appetit!

VMHC exhibit to showcase American chef and TV personality Julia Child

As families prepare to gather around the table this week for Thanksgiving, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is preparing a new exhibition that will explore the life and legacy of American chef and TV personality Julia Child.

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Hanover County bans books in schools

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Wicked” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” are among the 75 books Hanover County school administrators directed teachers and librarians to remove from their schools last Friday, according to various news reports.

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