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A new one-of-a-kind store will open Saturday, March 31 in Towne Center West near Short Pump Town Center called The Olive Oil Taproom. The store is a full-service retail merchant offering fine extra Virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet cheeses and other fine products such as sauces, tapenades, dips and gifts. Guests will be able to sample specialty items such as naturally infused olive oils and vinegars that complement any type of gourmet food. The Olive Oil Taproom’s oils have more than the standard levels of polyphenol and oleic acids; higher levels of each have been proven to be a very high antioxidant associated with lowering the incidence of breast cancer and coronary diseases such as cholesterol.

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The Virginia Innovators Network (VINE) recently was formed to support innovative Virginians who are looking to bring their unique products and service ideas to market. VINE, an independent nonprofit organization, enables inexperienced innovators to engage successful ones, and introduces them to resources with critical subject matter expertise for protecting, developing, licensing, manufacturing and selling their product or service. VINE is affiliated with the United Inventors Association and will hold its first public event on Monday, March 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Meeting Center, 2708 Enterprise Pkwy. VINE President Mike Bucci will speak on “Making the Jump from your Idea to Market Success.” VINE’s vision, goals and activities will also be discussed. To learn more and register, visit http://www.vainnovators.org.

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Rent The Help, a new home and business labor assistance company, recently was formed in Henrico by CEO and founder Corey Divine. The company offers clients the extra hands to help accomplish any task or project they may need assistance completing, such as landscaping, moving, event setup/take down, holiday decoration or organization. Rent The Help’s associates are fully insured, bonded and background checked. Employees wear uniforms and personalized ID badges to verify their identities. For more information, call 249-9024 or visit http://www.rentthehelp.com.

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Richmond-West LearningRx, an all-ages educational center, recently developed a continuing education online self-study course that teaches people to recognize cognitive deficiencies. The U.S. Department of Education recently indicated that weak cognitive skills are the source of 80% of learning problems. LearningRx’s course “Cognitive Skills – Understanding Learning Challenges” provides methods for detecting students with weak cognitive skills while also providing the tools needed to strengthen these skill deficiencies. Teachers and parents taking the class will receive a solid foundation in understanding cognitive skills, as well as video demonstrations of strategies and printable activities that can be used with students. The course is approved by Henrico County Public Schools. For more information, call 612-9959 or visit http://www.learningrx.com.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Richmond Brain Aneurysm, Stroke and AVM Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, a guest house run by Bon Secours at 1100 Libbie Ave. The support group is sponsored by the Joe Niekro Foundation. For details, email Brenda Sawyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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