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Melissa Krumbein, the entrepreneur behind Kitchen Thyme, will begin teaching ethnic cooking courses, starting with food from her own heritage, Jewish soul food, on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Classes will precede Jewish holidays and each class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kitchen Thyme, located at 7801-25 W. Broad St. The series of classes offered by Krumbein is “Getting Ready for the Holidays” and starts with foods of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The second class will be Sept. 19 featuring recipes to enjoy in the Sukkah. Each class is $54; subscribing to all seven classes is $360. For more information and to register, call 396-COOK or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com.

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Gail Letts, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, has been elected the new chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Letts, who has been on the board since 2008, will serve as chair until June 2014. Channing J. Martin, chair of the Environmental Law Group at Williams Mullen and a longtime United Way Board member, has been elected to the vice chair position. Four new members have also been elected to the Board of Directors: Robert K. Blake – longtime United Way volunteer and current chair of the Community Building Committee, which oversees United Way’s community impact work; Jonathan A. Leon – treasurer of The Brink’s Company and member of the Board’s Investment Committee and Finance Committee; Gail W. Johnson – founder and owner of Rainbow Stations and chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative; and J. Scott Walters – associate vice president and the regional counsel for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Practice Group at Nationwide Insurance and previous board member for United Way of Marathon County in Wisconsin.

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Circle Center Adult Day Services will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Learn about the Center’s innovative programs for older adults, post-stroke and wellness, medication management, low-cost options for long term care and more. Circle Center Adult Day Services is located at 4900 W. Marshall St. For more information, call Molly MacBean at 355-5717 or visit http://www.circlecenterads.org.

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Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, will be the guest of a C-Suite Conversation Sept. 20 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with leading business decision makers. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Richard Coughlan, senior associate dean of the Robins School of Business, will interview Ukrop about leadership, decision making, strategy and other areas that contribute to an organization’s success in a question-and-answer format. The program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m., following a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://tiny.cc/csuiteukrop092012.
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Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

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Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy and the duo of Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson will co-bill a performance at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd., at 7 p.m. Bundy, described as an “Acoustic Ninja,” independently sold over 110,000 albums with video clips on YouTube garnering over 36 million views. Porter and Nickerson are touring in support of their new album “Bonfire to Ash,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For details, call 447-8189 or visit http://www.tinpanrva.com. Full text

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