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Cheering volunteers sought

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes from throughout Virginia will convene in the Richmond region June 8-9 to participate in the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games, and organizers are seeking volunteers to cheer at the events.

Athletes will be competing in tennis, powerlifting, swimming, bowling, track and field and softball competitions during the event. Organizers hope to pack venues to provide the athletes with the true feeling of competition and support.

To register, visit http://www.volunteer2cheer.com Fans .who sign up also have the chance to win prizes, including an Amazon Fire Tablet, Kings Dominion tickets, $100 Kroger gift cards and Sweet Frog treats. Like the Special Olympics on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsVirginia for prize details.

Summer Games, presented by Comcast, Hardee’s, Sheetz, Rising Up Sports and the University of Richmond, is the largest of seven state-level competitions offered by Special Olympics Virginia.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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Regency Square will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party Sat., Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mall at 1420 Parham Rd. The event is free… Full text

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