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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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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.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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The Great Richmond Trivia Bee, sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and benefiting The READ Center, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Hippodrome Theatre, 528 N. 2nd St. It’s a team-based competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature and showing off how smart they are. Emcee will be ABC8 News Anchor Christina Feerick. Team registration is $500; audience tickets are $20. The READ Center helps adults with low-level literacy develop basic reading and communication skills. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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