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BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Holiday Food Drive is currently underway. The food drive will benefit local Feeding America food banks and help ensure those in need receive well-balanced and nutritious meals this holiday season. The public can donate nonperishable, non-glass food items through Dec. 12. The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Henrico is located at 1320 Starling Dr. in the county’s west end. Members and nonmembers are welcome to donate items. Nonmembers can visit the Member Services desk to receive a free 60-day trial membership. For more information on BJ’s Feeding Communities Program, visit BJ’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bjswholesaleclub .

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently promoted David R. “Chip” Dustin to senior vice president and treasurer. Dustin is assuming the responsibilities from Edmond S. Pittman who is retiring from the firm after 32 years of service. Dustin joined Thalhimer in 2002, assumed the Controller role in 2004 and most recently served as vice president of operations. He graduated from the University of Richmond with a business degree and earned an MBA from Loyola College. Dustin started his career with Westinghouse and has held financial management positions with Sprint PCS and Great Coastal Express. Pittman started his career with Thalhimer in 1979 and during his three decades with the firm, he has managed Thalhimer’s financial operations as well as the human resource function. He also significantly contributed to the growth of the firm by managing the operations of MGT Services and MGT Construction.

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St. Joseph’s Villa recently received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation in support of its Career and Transition Services (CATS) program. The CATS program helps students develop skills necessary for success in the workplace. The program uses a sequence of services to assess student aptitudes and interests and to develop plans for success. After classroom instruction, students take part in on-campus internships and, eventually, off-site internships. More than 140 students took part in the program during the past year.

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Hair Cuttery salons throughout metro Richmond are collecting donations for Krausey’s Koats through Jan. 1, 2012. Krausey’s Koats is a national effort to gather gently used coats, jackets, hats, scarves and mittens for those in need this winter. All collected items will be delivered to local missions and homeless shelters in collaboration with the United States Army. Hair Cuttery partnered with the Krausey’s Koats campaign last year in the Philadelphia area and successfully collected 6,500 coats. Krausey’s Koats was started by Philadelphia radio personality Joe Krause with the support of IBEW Local 98 six years ago. Donations can be brought to any Hair Cuttery location in Richmond during normal business hours.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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