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Melissa Krumbein, the entrepreneur behind Kitchen Thyme, will begin teaching ethnic cooking courses, starting with food from her own heritage, Jewish soul food, on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Classes will precede Jewish holidays and each class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kitchen Thyme, located at 7801-25 W. Broad St. The series of classes offered by Krumbein is “Getting Ready for the Holidays” and starts with foods of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The second class will be Sept. 19 featuring recipes to enjoy in the Sukkah. Each class is $54; subscribing to all seven classes is $360. For more information and to register, call 396-COOK or visit http://www.kitchenthymerva.com .

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Gail Letts, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, has been elected the new chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg. Letts, who has been on the board since 2008, will serve as chair until June 2014. Channing J. Martin, chair of the Environmental Law Group at Williams Mullen and a longtime United Way Board member, has been elected to the vice chair position. Four new members have also been elected to the Board of Directors: Robert K. Blake – longtime United Way volunteer and current chair of the Community Building Committee, which oversees United Way’s community impact work; Jonathan A. Leon – treasurer of The Brink’s Company and member of the Board’s Investment Committee and Finance Committee; Gail W. Johnson – founder and owner of Rainbow Stations and chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative; and J. Scott Walters – associate vice president and the regional counsel for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Practice Group at Nationwide Insurance and previous board member for United Way of Marathon County in Wisconsin.

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Circle Center Adult Day Services will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Learn about the Center’s innovative programs for older adults, post-stroke and wellness, medication management, low-cost options for long term care and more. Circle Center Adult Day Services is located at 4900 W. Marshall St. For more information, call Molly MacBean at 355-5717 or visit http://www.circlecenterads.org .

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Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, will be the guest of a C-Suite Conversation Sept. 20 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with leading business decision makers. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Richard Coughlan, senior associate dean of the Robins School of Business, will interview Ukrop about leadership, decision making, strategy and other areas that contribute to an organization’s success in a question-and-answer format. The program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m., following a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://tiny.cc/csuiteukrop092012
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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