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Eastern Henrico hosted the Electric Football World Championships and Convention July 31-Aug. 2 at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, bringing together 80 teams of hand-painted miniature football players “handled” by their coaches, who came from throughout the United States and even from Paris. The event was sponsored by Tudor Games. > Read more.

Bon Secours begins donor breast milk initiative


Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently launched a donor breast milk initiative at its St. Mary’s Hospital to provide healthy donor human breast milk to high-risk, premature infants whose mothers need assistance with supplementing their own breast milk after giving birth.

According to Denise Smith, nurse manager of the NICU at St. Mary’s (pictured), breast milk plays an important role in improving outcomes for critically ill infants, especially very low birth weight (VLBW) infants. “It has been proven to decrease the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which is a severe inflammatory bowel condition,” she said.

If a new mother is unable to provide breast milk, donor breast milk can be provided to infants that meet the following criteria after obtaining signed consent: birth weight of 3.3 pounds or less and gestational age of 30 weeks or less. > Read more.

Business in brief


OrthoVirginia will acquire magnetic resonance imaging technology at its Henrico Parham location, one of its busiest offices of the 11 sites it has in central Virginia. Up to this point, OrthoVirginia performed MRI procedures on its single mobile unit at its Johnston-Willis and Farmville locations. The practice has been referring out to other MRI service providers two-thirds of its patients who require an MRI scan. OrthoVirginia received approval for its Certificate of Public Need application with the Virginia Department of Health. The new MRI facility is expected to cost $2.2 million. It should be fully operational by early 2016. > Read more.
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Business in brief


Virginia Eye Institute is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Cataract Mission program, an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria include a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) and a lack of financial means to pay for the surgery. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. About 80 Virginia Eye Institute volunteers work with the program each year and the program has donated over 240 surgeries to date. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens. Qualified candidates may call 287-4905 to request an application. > Read more.

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‘Elf shop’ helps children provide gifts for their families


Earlier this week, Varina Episcopal Church hosted its first "Elf's Shop," an event designed to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged children to "shop" for Christmas items for their families.

In April 2009, the chuch established a food pantry to assist residents in the area by distributing meat, produce, bread and dry goods on the first and third Monday of each month. Since that time the pantry has grown from four families to 40 families and has distributed more than 40,000 pounds of food. > Read more.

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Community

Donate ‘cast-offs’ for Henrico CASA


Are you doing some summer cleaning? Wondering what to do with all those items you no longer need? Consider donating your valuable items to benefit CASA's kids.

Henrico CASA and Susan's Selections are partnering to present an online auction beginning Sept 12. Proceeds will benefit Henrico CASA. Any item with a $50 or more resale value – from pottery to furniture and everything in between – can be donated.

Bring goods to Susan's Selections, 4909 W Marshall St. in Richmond between Aug. 13-26. Weekday drop-off hours will be 10 a.m. until. 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. until 3 p.m, and Sundays 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. > Read more.

10th annual Filipino Festival coming in August


The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.

Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
Entertainment

ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, O.A.R., others to play Innsbrook


Innsbrook After Hours will welcome ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, O.A.R. and other performers this month.

On Aug. 12, Tyler Farr, with special guest Parmalee, will perform at 6 p.m., with gates opening at 5 p.m. Farr began his career with years of formal voice training with the OAKE National Choir but at 21, he moved to Nashville. Tickets are $15 to $99.

On Aug. 13, Innsbrook After Hours will present ZZ Top, with special guest Blackberry Smoke, at 6 p.m. > Read more.






 

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