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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.


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


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


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

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.

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 Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club will host a Spaghetti Luncheon from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 3812 Nine Mile Rd. behind Dabbs House Museum. Enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and homemade desserts. Adults are $8 and children under 12 are $4. Full text

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