Buy emergency supplies, save money during sales tax holiday

Hurricane season starts June 1 and the Commonwealth of Virginia is helping residents get ready by offering a tax-free shopping week set for May 25-31.

No sales tax will be charged on the purchase of many items that can be used to prepare homes and businesses and to fill emergency supply kits. Among items exempt from sales tax include: batteries, flashlights and lanterns, bottled waters, battery-powered and hand-crank radios, first-aid kids, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, tarps, duct tape, water storage containers, generators and more.

“Last year proved that Virginia is not immune from hurricanes and tropical systems,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “Five Virginians died as a result of Hurricane Irene in late August, which caused the second-highest number of power outages in Virginia history. Then we were hit by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in September that took the lives of five citizens and displaced hundreds more. Nearly the entire state was affected to some extent, and we were left with millions of dollars in property damage. Everyone should take steps to prepare for this hurricane season.”

For more information on the sales tax holiday and a complete list of eligible items, visit Additional information about preparing for hurricane and flooding season is available at

Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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"The Progressed Moon" by Lynn Koiner is the focus of a workshop sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) at 1 p.m. at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Koiner will focus on the aspects made by the progressed Moon to natal and progressed planets; the Moon’s movement through the signs and houses as a cycle of emotional needs. Admission is $15 for NCGR members and guests in advance and $20 at the door. To register, contact Ruth Barrett at 740-1133 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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