‘America Recycles Day’ is today

America Recycles Day, recognized annually on Nov.15, is designed to celebrate the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling throughout the year.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of non-profit Keep America Beautiful,Inc.(KAB). Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 14-year history of ARD,a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home,at work,and on the go.

Event organizers will proudly declare “I Recycle. Do you?” at events throughout November, designed to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to recycle more while encouraging their friends and families to do the same.People around the country are uniting around the practice of recycling; America Recycles Day 2009 featured more than 850 registered organizations conducting more than 2,500 events.

Online registration is now open at http://AmericaRecyclesDay.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to resources,such as best practices guides,posters (on recycled paper),banners (made from recycled plastic bottles),pencils (made from recycled newspaper), buttons (made from recycled steel), and more. Access to the materials and/or downloadable resources are available to any organization ranging from state and municipal governments to local “green teams” or scouting troops.

Many collateral materials are offered “first-come,first served," so early registrations are highly encouraged. Events can be scheduled any time during the month of November,but should be held as close to Nov. 15 as possible.

New opportunities for high profile events are being offered for 2011.For the first time ever,in partnership with KAB, Walmart locations nationwide are inviting local organizers to hold America Recycles Day educational tabletop events at their stores on Saturday,Nov.12. If you are looking for a high-traffic location for a recycling awareness event, this is a great opportunity.

Details on holding events at Walmart stores are available to registrants as part of theorganizers’ “Go-to Guide.”

Additionally, KAB has joined forces with the College and University Recycling Coalition to produce new resources and guidelines for hosting America Recycles Day events at NCAA football games and tailgating events in collaboration with the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency’s “Game Day Challenge” initiative. More information on this program can be found at http://AmericaRecyclesDay.org.

America’s leading companies and organizations support recycling through sponsorships and partnerships with America Recycles Day 2011: American Chemistry Council, Anheuser-Busch, Earth911.com, Disney’s Friends for Change, Naked Juice, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo and Waste Management. Partners include: Glass Packaging Institute, Soles 4 Souls,Solid Waste Association of North America and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.In addition to financial and in-kind support,many ARD sponsors and partners are planning creative programs throughout the country.

Keep America Beautiful,Inc.,established in 1953,is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations,Keep America Beautiful forms public private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.To join America Recycles Day, visit http://AmericaRecyclesDay.org. To learn
more about Keep America Beautiful, visit http://www.kab.org.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Dr. Brent Rusnak of River Run Dental, 7820 Shrader Rd., will host a Dentistry from the Heart event, providing free extractions, fillings and cleanings to adults. First-come, first-served. Dentistry from the Heart was founded in 2001 as a way to provide free dental care to those without dental insurance. For details, call 262-1060. Full text

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