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The A+ School Rewards program will return to Martin’s Food Markets on Oct. 9. Customers will be able to designate up to two local schools and points will accrue every time that customer uses the designated Martin’s BonusCard through March 31, 2012. Schools can earn cash for technology, scholarship programs, summer programs, field trips, playgrounds and other educational needs. Customers can earn double points by purchasing select bonus products and triple points by purchasing Healthy Ideas labeled items. These items will be specially marked on store shelves. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $10 million has been donated to local schools. To sign up, visit your local store or go online to http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia announced recently the recertification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients with pulmonary problems such as COPD recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants will offer two free seminars in celebration of Virginia Certified Public Accountants Week, Sept. 18-24. “Nonprofit Finance” will be held on Sept. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richmond CPA Center, 4309 Cox Rd. The seminar will examine basic accounting and financial issues for nonprofits, including IRS concerns, fundraising, budget practices, financial reporting, enhancing management and more. It is designed for nonprofit managers, staff and boards of directors. “Budgeting 101” will be held on Sept. 20 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. online and via conference call. The workshop will highlight money, income, spending, debt, savings, investments and more. Both seminars are free and open to the public. To register, call 800-341-8189 or visit http://www.vscpa.com/
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Aarrow Transmissions & Automotives’ fourth “Shoot Down Hunger” food drive to benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank yielded donations totaling 23,397 pounds of food. Aarrow’s approach to success was to invite local BNI groups to participate competitively. The winning BNI chapter was Synergy, who contributed 3,300 pounds of food – a donation that exceeded the entire amount of the first Aarrow Transmission/BNI effort. As the winner of the competition, each member of the Synergy group was awarded an Aarrow Transmissions “Good Neighbor Card,” which is good for two free oil changes. Aarrow is locally owned with two locations on Midlothian Turnpike and in Short Pump.

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Cox Media Group, including K95, WKLR 96.5, Hot 100.9 and 103.7 The River, and over 30 area employers and educational development outlets have joined forces for the Richmond Employment & Education Fair, to be held Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies will host free hourly seminars with topics on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and networking. Over 500 career seekers are expected to attend. For more information, visit http://www.k95country.com http:,//www.965klr.com, http://www.hot1009.com or http://www.1037river.com.

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Linda Carne, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced recently the closing of Camp Kittamaqund and Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp due to damage from Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.

At Pamunkey, 200 large trees are down with many more uprooted and leaning. Many structures were damaged or destroyed from wind or downed trees and most of the hiking trails are completely impassable. Camp Kittamaqund has downed power lines and trees as well. Access roads to both camps are extremely difficult to navigate. It is estimated that repairs and debris removal for Pamunkey alone will be a minimum of $100,000. A Camp Restoration Fund has been created for donations. For details, visit http://www.comgirlscouts.org.

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School-age children with special needs enrolled in Greater Richmond ARC’s after-school program are learning how to help save the environment one piece of paper, plastic and can at a time. A year-round recycling program shows children in the after-school program ages five to 22 the importance of preserving the environment by separating disposables in containers at the ARCenter, 3600 Saunders Ave. Twice a month they also travel with ARC staffers to Wise Recycling Center to watch the cans being crushed and recycled. Students attending ARCenter’s after-school program come from Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield, a year-round program on 22-wooded acres near Pocahontas State Park also provides after-school care from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Activities there include nature walks, arts and crafts and quiet time relaxing at the Camp’s sensory garden.
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

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

Cultural Arts Center seeks artists, designs for holiday displays

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is seeking artists, crafters, and creative groups for three opportunities allowing creative thinkers and doers to design and display imaginative holiday decorations.

The center is seeking designs for:

• Illumination 2014 – A Festival of Trees: Artists can celebrate the holiday season by creating a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree filled with decorations to suit any unique or traditional theme. Past trees exhibited have included Buzz Lightyear; HEROES; Santa tree; Musicology; and many others. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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