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Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director. > Read more.

First Capital Bank to ‘Stuff the Bus’ in August

First Capital Bank will kick off the school year with its seventh-annual "Stuff the Bus" event, which is designed to collect school supplies for students in need.

During the month of August, First Capital Bank officials will host five collection events in the metro Richmond region, including one in Henrico County Aug. 16, at the Short Pump Walmart on West Broad Street at Pump Road.

On that day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., bank officials will park a school bus in front of the store, which will serve as a drop-off point for pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and other new school supplies donated by shoppers. > Read more.

VBS offers giveaways to donors as part of ‘Donor-Rita-Ville’

Virginia Blood Services is transforming its blood donation centers and mobile blood drives in August into "Donor-Rita-Ville" as part of an effort to boost donations and reward donors.

All August donors will receive giveaways and be entered in a random drawing to win one of six pairs of Jimmy Buffett tickets at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Aug. 16. The effort is a nod to Buffett's "Margaritaville." > Read more.

Hancock Fabrics to host grand opening event for White Oak store

Fabric retailer Hancock Fabrics will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Henrico County Aug. 2.

The store is located at The Shops At White Oak Village on Laburnum Avenue at I-64 in Eastern Henrico.

Hancock Fabrics’ new format stores are designed with new fixtures to maximize the selection of fabric and sewing notions while providing a more comfortable shopping experience, according to company officials. > Read more.

Chamber, colleges unite to create intern clearinghouse

The Greater Richmond Chamber, in partnership with the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, recently launched RVAIntern.com, a website through which businesses in the Richmond region can recruit qualified interns from colleges and universities in Central Virginia.

The one-stop site allows employers to submit their internship needs simultaneously to seven schools. Prior to the site's launch, businesses had to visit the websites of each of the seven participating schools to post opportunities to each one. > Read more.

Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets. > Read more.

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Community

Nominate a local senior for Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer

Emeritus at Deep-Run, a senior living community in the west end, is seeking nominations for its Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer contest. A local senior, who otherwise would spend Valentine’s Day alone, will receive a free Valentine’s dinner at home with gifts and friends. > Read more.

Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite program scheduled

The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years, will host weekend respite opportunities for adults (ages 18 and older) and children (ages 10-17) with developmental disabilities throughout the year at Camp Baker in Chesterfield.

The weekend respite program provides participants with a wide range of supervised activities, including music, arts and crafts and community outings at ARC's 22-acre, handicapped-accessible facility. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several family-friendly events to offer this weekend: a mini career day at Virginia Center Commons, a pajama party to benefit Commonwealth Parenting and a family game night at Dorey Recreation Center. Whether you have children or not, saving money these days is vital – a Couponing 101 workshop on Saturday will help you get started! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Henrico County is the place to be for performing arts this weekend! The University of Richmond will present the NT Live broadcast of “Frankenstein” – featuring the dapper and ever-so-delightful Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. CAT Theater’s production of “The Joshua Plant” opens Friday and on Sunday, Pedrito Martinez Group and Stavna Ballet perform. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A good walk spoiled

Producers try too hard in ‘Dinosaurs’ re-make

A long, long time ago, Walking with Dinosaurs was probably a terrific movie. The film’s namesake, BBC’s original dinosaur documentary, was outstanding in its own right, so crafting a version for the big screen would surely achieve the same successes, right? That was the plan, at first – Walking with Dinosaurs was to be a prehistoric nature film that could appeal to all audiences and all ages.

Then the “powers that be” stepped in. Dinosaurs, it was declared, weren’t family-friendly enough on their own, and what Walking with Dinosaurs needed was to lose the nature film vibe and get those dinos cracking wise. > Read more.

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