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‘Cookies for Kids’ cancer bake sales planned Saturday

The third annual Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake Sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 throughout the Richmond region, including a number of spots in Henrico County.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the national nonprofit founded by Richmond native Gretchen Holt Witt that supports research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer together.

Last year, the local bake sales raised more the $31,000 for the organization. This year, hundreds of adult and youth volunteers, along with a number of local businesses, will join forces to promote bake sales.

Approximately 30 bake sales in the Richmond metro area will be powered by the donation of 20,000 frozen gourmet cookies from Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies in Salem, Mass. Those cookies will be baked and packaged locally by Ashland-based Daystar Desserts.

Daystar Desserts employees, along with their friends and families, conducted a one-day volunteer baking blitz earlier this month to bake thousands of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia and sugar cookies.

In Henrico, cookies will be sold Saturday at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted:

  • Lakeside Farmers Market, 6110 Lakeside Ave. (8 a.m. to noon)

  • Wal-Mart at Short Pump, 11400 West Broad St.

  • Five Below at Short Pump, 11331 West Broad St. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

  • Sam’s Club, Westpark Shopping Center, 9440 West Broad St.

  • AW SHUCKS Country Store, 6100 Pouncey Tract Rd.


  • To see a complete list of bake sales, visit http://www.cookiesforkidscancer.org and click on “Events.”

    For details on the city-wide bake sale, visit http://tinyurl.com/d3cf6pf


    Community

    Garden tails

    The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

    Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


    Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

    The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

    Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


    Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

    The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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    Entertainment

    Is there an Echo in here?

    ‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
    It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

    But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

    That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

    Weekend Top 10


    An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

    New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

    Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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