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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.
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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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Reynolds Community College will host author Kristen Green at an “Around the World Through Books” discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the Parham Road Campus. The discussion will feature Greens’ novel “Something must be done about Prince Edward County,” which tells the story of a Virginia community that defied the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Admission is free and open to the public. Canned goods for the Central Virginia Food Bank are requested. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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