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Henrico Federal Credit Union has teamed with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to help local students learn to manage their money in a fun, real-world way. Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay their bills and balance their budget, as well as how to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. Banzai also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more. The program is available to students and teachers for free. To learn more, call 888-8-BANZAI or visit http://henrico.teachbanzai.com.

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Pam Dietz, of Richmond, recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Dietz can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Pamela Heflin Strieffler, of Richmond, has rejoined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as vice president in the firm’s Glen Allen office and will continue to specialize in retail sales and leasing. Strieffler started her commercial real estate career with Porter Realty in 1996 and originally joined Thalhimer in 1999. She spent several years with The Rebkee Company and was most recently with The Shopping Center Group. Strieffler graduated from James Madison University and lives with her husband, Kevin, and their three children.

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Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named to the “Working Mother” 100 Best Companies list for the 15th consecutive year. The list promotes the interests of working mothers by honoring companies that successfully help employees integrate home and work. Bon Secours Richmond offers family-friendly employee benefits such as flexible scheduling, three on-site child care centers and a wellness program which includes an on-site employee health clinic, pharmacy, health coaching and incentives for making healthy choices.

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The restaurant Mooyah will open in the Short Pump area in early 2013. Location owners, brothers Gurpreet “P2” Sandhu and Gurbhagat “Gulu” Sandhu, are looking to open at least 25 more locations in the next 10 years, all in the Richmond/Maryland/D.C. Virginia area. Mooyah specializes in burgers, fries and milkshakes. For more information, visit http://www.mooyah.com.

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Colonial Shooting Academy (CSA) has been recognized as a five-star shooting facility by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This distinction makes CSA the first five-star range in Virginia, the fourth on the East Coast and one of only 25 nationwide. The NSSF’s rating system for target shooting facilities is based on an evaluation of six criteria: appearance, customer/member focus, customer/member development, management, community relations and amenities. CSA is located at 6020 W. Broad St. For details, visit http://www.colonialshooting.com.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: FEMA – leased 18,325 square feet in Deep Run III at 9954 Mayland Dr.; Cannon’s Online Auctions, LLC – renewed its lease of 14,000 square feet in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center at 9125 W. Broad St.; Credit Union Service Company of Virginia, LLC – renewed its lease of 3,924 square feet in Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Rd.; Maya Mexican Grill and Tequila Lounge, LLC – leased 3,683 square feet in IceZone Retail Shops at Downtown Short Pump at 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd.; G’s Pizzeria & Grill – leased 3,400 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4730 Finlay St.; Virginia Health Care Association, Inc. – leased 1,250 square feet in Grove Park Square at 11541 Nuckols Rd.; The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia – renewed its lease of 7,547 square feet in Parham Professional Park at 2821 N. Parham Rd.; and Sarek Autowerke, Inc. – leased 6,900 square feet at 8401 Brook Rd.

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Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, will lead a discussion on women in finance at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in Queally Hall’s Ukrop Auditorium. A panel of four women will explore the challenges of succeeding in the financial services industry and will discuss leadership, professional experience in the industry and achieving work/life balance. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required at http://tiny.cc/womeninfinance100312.

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Martin’s Food Markets’ A+ School Rewards will return Oct. 7 and continue through March 30, 2013. To participate in the program, customers must sign up and designate their chosen schools by visiting their local Martin’s or at http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus. A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase a customer makes using his or her BonusCard. There is no restriction on what schools can do with the cash they earn. Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ website.

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The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofits based in central Virginia, including three in Henrico: Circle Center Adult Day Services – received a $50,000 grant to provide funding for full daycare for seniors with limited financial resources; The Society of St. Andrew – received a $30,000 grant to support the Food Recovery Operation in Virginia; and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter – received a $15,000 grant to provide for respite care for seniors with dementia. In central Virginia, the ACECF has awarded 948 grants totaling $27.6 million in the last 11 years.

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Kitchen Thyme is forming a supper club. Once a month, guest chefs will be featured for a fine dining experience at Kitchen Thyme with a once in a life time menu. Prices, times and menus will vary. The club’s first meal on Sunday, Sept. 30 will feature Chef Carly Herring, of C’est Le Vin. The four-course fine dining brunch is $45 (includes tax). The fare includes one alcoholic beverage with a cash bar available. Seating times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with 20 seats available per seating time. Cash only. Kitchen Thyme is located at 7801-25 W. Broad St. To register, call 396-COOK.
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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.
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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


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Shops at Willow Lawn’s community event Mommy & Me and Daddy Too continues with Jonathan the Juggler from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning out with live entertainment, crafts, games and programs designed to enhance parent's interaction with their children. The program continues on the second Wednesday of each month. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.com. Full text

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