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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
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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
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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
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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 or call 783-9368.

Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Innsbrook's 7th annual Great Pumpkin Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Punkin Dunkin competition starts at 11 a.m. Public launchings will begin following the competition with pumpkins available for purchase at the pumpkin patch; proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. There will also be a battle of the bands, costume parades and contests, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy houses, a rock climbing wall, local vendors and crafters, and more. Admission is free. For details, visit Full text

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