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The 2012 Southern States Holiday Food Drive collected nearly 2.5 tons of canned, boxed and other stable food items for food banks and charitable organizations in 36 cities and towns in the company’s south and mid-Atlantic regions. The drive, in its second year, was held Nov. 12 through Dec. 16. Southern States is a Richmond-based farm supply and service cooperative, founded in 1923 that now has more than 300,000 farmer-members.


Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., of Henrico, is one of four Central Virginia companies accepted recently into the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Fifty companies currently participate in the VALET program, which provides participating companies assistance from the commonwealth and from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. To participate, each eligible business must meet several quantitative criteria and complete an application process. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. More than 188 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.


Bremo Pharmacy, a locally owned and operated pharmacy in Richmond for over 30 years, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy have joined forces to improve medication management and outcomes for seniors in Central Virginia. Seniors are at increased risk of medication adverse events, side effects, interactions, overlap in therapy and poor outcomes. Many of the symptoms that are considered a normal part of aging, such as confusion, falls, depression and incontinence, can be common side effects of the medications that seniors take. In order to reduce these risks and allow seniors to live more independently, the School of Pharmacy and Bremo will offer a variety of services, including medication checkups, special packaging, home delivery, automated refilling, reconciliation of hospital discharges and personal medication profiles for patients to keep with them at all times. For details, visit


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Goodwill Industries, Inc. – renewed its lease of 6,958 square feet at 6202 W. Broad St.; Neuropsychological Services of Virginia, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,393 square feet in Richmond Medical Park at 2000-2012 Bremo Rd.; Babystuff and Kids 2 – leased 1,609 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11759 W. Broad St.; Rocoto Chicken – leased 1,502 square feet in Gold Gym’s Plaza at West Tower at 8900 W. Broad St.; and Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities – leased 1,443 square feet in Dumbarton Oaks at 5511 Staples Mill Rd.

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.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Highland Springs United Methodist Church will host a new contemporary worship service on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month starting Oct. 27 at 6:15 p.m. “The Vine” is going to be a comfortable and casual place to worship God and connect with others through contemporary songs, practical messages, and intentional discipleship. The speakers will rotate on a volunteer basis, as will the special music guests. For details, visit Full text

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