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Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event will be held Sept. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Anthem, 2015 Staples Mill Rd. This social, after work event will feature table top exhibitors, refreshments, door prizes and networking opportunities. Tickets are $15 to $20 for members and $30 to $40 for nonmembers. For more information on exhibiting or attending, call Christy Schneider at 783-9322 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg recently announced that Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, co-founder of the Richmond-based IT company CapTech Consulting and member of United Way’s Board of Directors since 2004, will serve as the chair of the 2011 annual fundraising campaign. In his role as chair, Fitz-Hugh will lead the 13-member Campaign Cabinet, and the community, in raising at least $17.5 million over the next year for United Way, its partner agencies and impact initiatives. In 2010-11, United Way exceeded its fundraising goal achieving a total of $17.5 million. The United Way fundraising campaign brings together the region’s public and private sectors to support the most vulnerable members of the community. More than 40,000 individuals and more than 1,200 public and private companies, agencies and schools around the region participate in the campaign each year.
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Martin’s Food Markets announced recently that they will be collecting donations in all stores on behalf of the American Red Cross through Sept. 26. All proceeds will benefit local American Red Cross chapters to assist families who continue to struggle with basic necessities and cleanup efforts as a result of Hurricane Irene and recent flooding. Customers can make a donation at checkout.
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Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently was named among the top 20 in this year’s “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” list for meeting the needs of working mothers and offering family friendly benefits for working parents. This is the 14th year Bon Secours has been named a top company, first making the list in 1998. The number one demand of working moms in 2011, according to “Working Mother,” is flexibility. Bon Secours was recognized for its flexible work arrangements including job sharing, compressed work weeks, telecommuting, flexible summer schedules and start times, phased retirement and full benefits with a part-time schedule of just 16 hours a week. Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s workforce is 85% female. Applicants were judged on answers to 650 questions including data on access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, child care, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management. For more information, visit http://www.workingmother.com/bestcompanies .
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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Securitas Incorporated – leased 2,000 square feet in Dabney Road Center, 2095 Dabney Rd.; Spirit Halloween Superstores – leased 9,736 square feet in Parham Plaza, 1501-1567 N. Parham Rd.; La Cabana Restaurant – leased 1,212 square feet in East Towne Plaza, 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; and Organic Cleaners – leased 1,200 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump, W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

Extras sought for AMC’s ‘TURN’

Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.

No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.

Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.

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