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Maryann Kaminsky of In Plain English and Christine Walters of Lessons Of Laughter and ComedySportz are teaming up to provide a series of improv programs to help students with speaking disorders increase confidence and learn theatre tips and techniques to aide in speaking with ease. Three “LOL In Plain English” classes for elementary, middle and high school students will be offered beginning the first week in October. Each class is two hours and will be held at ComedySportz Improv Theatre, 8906 W. Broad St. A program for adults is in the planning stages. Classes are limited to 12 students per session. The cost is $250. To register, call 539-8843 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Wheat Systems Integration of Glen Allen announced recently its purchase of Assured Packets, LLC, a Richmond-based company that specializes in cloud and virtualization technologies, with an emphasis on storage, VMWare, NetApp and WAN Optimization. One of the benefits of the acquisition is the combination of Assured Packet’s proven experience in the virtualization and storage fields with Wheat Systems’ strong capabilities in the networking and security arenas. This allows Wheat Systems to be one of the few Richmond-based integrators that have all of the partnerships and skill sets in place to provide the cutting edge in virtualization designs.
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Blue Equinox: A Harvest Celebration to Benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 15 at James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Hwy. The event will be hosted by 103.7 The River’s Melissa Chase and will feature gourmet pairings of wine and cheese, a special trunk showing of John Hardy’s latest designs, winery tours and music. Tickets are $15 and include a glass of wine, assorted appetizers and free parking. Additional food will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the VCU Massey Cancer Center. For details, visit http://www.support.vcu.edu/event/schwarzschild_cox .
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The Retail Merchants Association’s First Friday Forum will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 9 at the Westin Richmond, 6631 W. Broad St. Ed Grier, dean of the VCU School of Business, will discuss greater leader strategies learned during his 28-year career with the Walt Disney Company and his journey to VCU. He will also reveal challenges faced by the corporate giant such as market pressures, cultural shifts, takeover threats and more, and how Disney got back on track and into a position of ever greater strength. Admission is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For details, call 662-5500 or visit http://www.retailmerchants.com .
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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Hot Mouse Mo, LLC – leased 3,000 square feet in Westpark Shopping Center, 9621-9691 W. Broad St; Dominion Air & Machinery Co. – leased 2,850 square feet in Interair Center, 5371-5393 Glen Alden Dr.; and The Bell Company – leased 1,900 square feet at 6717-6719 Janway Rd.
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JES Foundation Repair, a regional engineering solutions company specializing in commercial and residential foundation support systems for rehabilitation and new construction, will offer a free seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Sheraton Park South Hotel, 9901 Midlothian Tnpk. The seminar, “An Introduction to Helical Foundation Systems, Helical Soil Nails and Push Piers,” is for engineers, architects and general contractors. Two of the industry’s top geotechnical engineers, Jeff Kortan, P.E. and Don Deardorff, P.E., will be educating participants about commercial and residential structural support technologies, applications, designs, installation and terminology. The seminar is worth five professional development hours/ learning units and includes a free technical manual and a free presentation guidebook as well as a free continental breakfast and lunch buffet. To register, call Michelle McLees at 866-795-6083 or visit http://www.jeswork.com/freece .
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HYPE Off the Clock, a monthly social networking event, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Bar Louie, 11788 W. Broad St. Admission is free for HYPE subscribers and $15 in advance and $20 at the door for nonmembers. Admission includes one drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres. To register, visit http://www.hyperichmond.com or call 783-9368.


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

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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