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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.
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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

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‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

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