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‘Tis the season

Southern Season celebrated its grand opening on Staples Mill Road earlier this week with an invitation-only sneak peek, during which the company's Share the Food Foundation made a $20,000 donation to FeedMore.

The store combines groceries with a wine and beer bar, gift baskets, housewares and a restaurant, among other amenities. It's the first business to open in the new 80-acre Libbie Mill development at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road, near I-64 in the Near West End. > Read more.

Milestones


The following students graduated from Virginia Tech in December 2011: Amira Aljabar, Bailey Atkins, Kevin Barry, Ashley Fortier, Robert Hoke, Jonathan Peck and Tiffany Luu, of Glen Allen; and Paul Croasdale and Kylie Roman, of Henrico. > Read more.

Survivor Day training event planned for Saturday

Henrico County will be one of 12 central Virginia localities hosting a free Survivor Day training event. The class will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Henrico Fire Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd.

Emergency and community response professionals across the region will demonstrate the best ways to prepare for life threatening situations, emergencies and natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and more. Individuals and families will learn how to live safely through these events, how to survive in their home without power for at least 72 hours, and what to take with them, should they need to leave in a hurry. > Read more.

Stakeholders give high marks to HCPS

Henrico County Public Schools received high marks on recently conducted stakeholder surveys. When grading HCPS, 87 percent of parents gave Henrico County Public Schools a grade of A or B.

All middle and high school students, parents, staff, and a sampling of local businesses provided feedback on a range of topics including school quality and climate, effectiveness of communication, engagement in learning, and development of positive relationships. > Read more.

Oil-ay!


Owner Shauna Wells (center, holding glass) and her husband, Don, (center, white shirt) joined with friends April 14 to mark the grand opening of The Olive Oil Taproom with a celebratory toast. In addition to tastings of the store’s extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and truffle oils, the event included a show of classic cars and Harleys in the parking lot of the store on Towne Center West Boulevard, just west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Twist and shout

On April 14, BJ’s Wholesale Club on Starling Drive invited children of all ages to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Oreo Cookie by participating in a “Twist, Lick and Dunk” contest.

Among those competing to be the first to twist open an Oreo, lick off the filling, dunk the cookie and finish off the milk were (pictured, at right) Jade Surina, age 10, and her sister Izzi, age 14. > Read more.

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Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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