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Henrico student helps Dominion promote ‘Project Plant It!’

As the school year comes to an end, there’s one Henrico County student who will have some very special memories to share with friends and family.

Alexis Kirby, a third-grader at Colonial Trail Elementary, was selected as the student spokesperson for Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to educate children and plant trees. During March and April, she conducted interviews with media representatives from television, radio, newspaper and online outlets, sharing her passion for conservation and protecting the environment.

Her media appearances included WTVR-TV 6’s Virginia This Morning, Radio Disney, Lite 98 with Bill Bevins, WCVE/NPR and the website Macaroni Kid, among others. She charmed the media reps with her knowledge of trees and her friendly personality.

“It was cool meeting the reporters and telling them about Project Plant It!” she said. “I wanted other kids to know how much fun it is to learn about trees by playing games on the Project Plant It! website and planting trees at home.”

Irene Cimino, manager of corporate public relations for Dominion and the corporate spokesperson for Project Plant It!, joined Alexis for all of the interviews.

“A student’s perspective is so important because Project Plant It! was created to align with the Standards of Learning for the third-grade curriculum,” she said. “Alexis was very effective at communicating that Project Plant It! is both fun and educational.”

Cynthia Jefferson, resource teacher at Colonial Trail Elementary, recommended Alexis for the important role of media spokesperson.

“I was asking some third-graders about their activities to help the environment, and was I impressed by all the things that Alexis does at home,” said Jefferson. “She even unplugs the television and video games when the family is away to save on electricity. I knew that she was the right person for the job.”

For details about the program, visit http://www.projectplantit.com .
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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