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‘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 le.arn
more about Keep America Beautiful, visit http://www.kab.org
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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