BJ’s partners with Crestview Elementary School

BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. recently announced a partnership with Crestview Elementary School through the organization’s Adopt-a-School (ADAS) Program, which assists schools by providing funds to enhance educational programs and curriculum objectives. 

BJ’s offers two versions of its ADAS Program: “Giving” and “GRADES”.

Schools participating in the “Giving” program receive a one-time donation to use toward discretionary programs such as field trips and special events, reading enhancement programs or other educational needs. The program also provides a complimentary BJ’s Membership and invitations to BJ’s-sponsored events that promote good citizenship or help build learning skills.

Crestview Elementary School is enrolled in the “GRADES” program, which will enable the school to work directly with BJ’s Community Relations Specialist Ruth Zajur to develop customized partnership plans focused on curriculum enhancement, community involvement and fundraising.

Founded in 1996, the ADAS program will provide assistance this year to a total of 196 schools in the 15 states where BJ’s Clubs operate. For information on Adopt-a-School visit

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 Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Why would a young woman spend time fertilizing native grass on an undeveloped barrier island? That young woman, Ashley Moulton, will present the results of her Master’s thesis, including the important implications of how the functional diversity of plant communities can be altered by global and local disturbances in coastal systems. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit Full text

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