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Business in brief

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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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