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Virginia Credit Union members are now able to deposit checks from virtually anywhere, at any time, using their smartphones. VACU mobile banking users deposit checks by taking a picture of the check using the camera on their iPhone or Android smartphone. Since launching mobile banking last summer, nearly 35,000 of VACU’s members have signed up. VACU also recently launched a new service for online banking members, Money Tracker. The free personal financial management tool helps members manage and track income, expenses and spending. Members may also create a savings goal and monitor their progress toward achieving their goal month by month.

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Averett University’s Glen Allen Campus, 4880 Cox Rd. in Innsbrook, will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. The fair is open to the community and will feature workshops on resume writing, interview skills and electronic job searching. More than 40 local employers will be onsite including VCU Health System, Cox Media Group, Nationwide Insurance, Wells Fargo, Shamin Hotels, General Electric and Mass Mutual. For more information, call 800-849-0115 or visit http://www.averett.edu .

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Uquality Automotive Parts Corp. – renewed its lease of 67,102 square feet at 4201-4215 Eubank Rd.; Rainbow Apparel – leased 15,968 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; and Jorgensen Group, LLC – leased 1,812 square feet in Westerre Commons at 3711 Westerre Pkwy.

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Sports Backers announced today the first-ever Martin’s Tour of Richmond cycling event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6. This ‘Gran Fondo’ will feature a full 102-mile loop around Richmond as well as a 58-mile option and a 29-mile option. The full 102-mile course starts and finishes at the Richmond International Raceway complex, which is also the site of the post-ride party for all three distances. The 58-mile course is projected to start at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Goochland Campus, and the 29-mile course is projected to start at Poor Farm Park in Hanover. The post-ride celebration will feature live entertainment, beer and dinner for all participants. Sports Backers’ new Active RVA initiative, a program focusing on making the Richmond area more bike and pedestrian friendly, will serve as the official charity. A $50 donation will result in a $20 discount off the race entry fee. For more information and to register, visit http://www.sportsbackers.org .

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Barry M. Taylor, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Richmond, has announced his retirement from the organization effective December 31. Taylor has been with the YMCA for more than 36 years and served associations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and California before coming to Richmond in 2002. During his tenure, the Y was able to provide over $6 million in financial assistance to families and individuals and delivered programs for students in seven school districts. Taylor has also helped oversee partnerships with dozens of nonprofit organizations. Jamelle Wilson, vice-chair of the Y’s board of directors, is leading a search committee that has been formed by the board.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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