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Willow Lawn to offer holiday “trolley” service from Church Hill

Willow Lawn shopping center will offer free shuttle trolley service between Church Hill and the center on four days during the next two weeks.

The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as Friday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 7 as part of "Green Ride RVA."

The service stems from a national sustainability transportation program funded by the Ford Motor Company, in partnership with eight universities, including VCU in Richmond. > Read more.

Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.
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Sales tax holiday for Energy Star and Water Sense products runs Oct. 10-13

Virginia consumers can save when they purchase energy-efficient appliances and other home items Oct. 10-13, as part of a sales tax holiday. Purchases made during those days of items that carry the Energy Star or Water Sense label and cost less than $2,500 or less each will be free of state sales tax.

Items must be purchased for personal or non-commercial use.

Qualifying Energy Star products include air conditioners, ceiling fans, washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). WaterSense-labeled bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, toilets, showerheads, urinals and landscape irrigation controllers also will be tax-exempt. Certain used Energy Star and WaterSense items will also qualify for tax-free status during the four-day exemption period. > Read more.

Sandston student named Virginia ABC College Tour peer advisor

Sandston resident Abby Pendleton, 21, is a sociology major at Longwood University, a graduate of Varina High School and a do-it-yourself project fanatic. She also is one of the first-ever peer advisors for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) College Tour.

College Tour is a series of one-day events that gives students the necessary alcohol education to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking, along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and leadership. This year’s tour will stop at James Madison University (Oct. 24), University of Richmond (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 2015), the College of William and Mary (Mar. 21, 2015) and George Mason University (Mar. 24, 2015). > Read more.

Travelers can enroll in TSA PreCheck at Richmond International Airport

A temporary enrollment site for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program will be open inside the Richmond International Airport terminal during the last two weeks in October for individuals who sign up in advance to enroll in the TSA's expedited screening program. The in-person appointment typically takes less than 10 minutes.

Enrollment in TSA PreCheck enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to participate in the expedited screening program that allows air travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes. > Read more.

Virginia Randolph students will take a stroll Oct. 9

Students at Henrico County’s Campus at Virginia Randolph will be taking their test scores for a walk later this week.

Students at the two-school campus in Glen Allen will seek to prove the positive link between aerobic exercise and academic success with their first “Walk at School” event Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.

Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll have a DJ to keep them moving. > Read more.

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Community

Art, with spirit

The work of local artist KB Joseph is on display at The Daily Grind Coffee House and Café in Short Pump for a three-month period as part of owner Sam Jarrar's ongoing effort to spotlight the works and talents of local visual and musical artists.

Joseph, a James Madison University graduate, has won multiple awards for her work and publications in The Virginia Art Education Association Magazine and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her style of movement and “hidden” imagery involves artistic movements such as futurism, cubism, abstract expressionism and even graffiti. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Easter events are starting to pop up – Virginia Center Commons will host the Simon Kidgits Club Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Christ Church Episcopal will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon. Other fun activities for families include Kid Khaos, for ages 4-6 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, and an Orienteering Competition at Dorey Park. 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.

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