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Jewelers raise money for Children’s Hospital

Pictured, left to right, are (first row) – Vicki Robinson, Fink's Jewelers; Rejena Carreras, Carreras Jewelers; Jane Sternheimer, Charles Schwarzschild Jewelers; Cheryl Fornash, Cheryl Fornash Jewelers; Mary Gill Lawson, Victoria Charles Jewellery; (second row) – Cameron Cummings, co-chair, Children's Hospital Foundation Ball; Ronnie Adolf, Adolf Jewelers; Don Dransfield, Dransfield Jewelers; Todd Minnich, Schwarzschild Jewelers; Vera and Mike Caniglia, Vera's Fine Jewelers; Martha Bowdin, co-chair. Not pictured: Taylor Cowardin, Cowardin's Jewelers; Jack Kreuter, Jack Kreuter Jewelers; Ray Bigam, Peter Alexander Jewelers.

For the third consecutive year, a number of local jewelers have joined together to make a donation to the community. Each participating jeweler donated a piece with a retail value of $1,500 to a raffle, which raised $13,525 for the Children's Hospital Foundation.

"Organizing the Jewels for Children raffle has been a wonderful experience for me," said Cheryl Fornash of Cheryl Fornash Jewelers. "Working with the Children's Hospital Junior Board has been delightful, and the jewelers have once again been gracious and extremely generous."

In addition to Fornash, participating jewelers included Adolf Jewelers, Carreras Jewelers, Charles Schwarzschild Jewelers, Cowardin Jewelers, Dransfield Jewelers, Fink's Jewelers, Jack Kreuter Jewelers, Peter Alexander Jewelers, Schwarzschild Jewelers, Vera's Fine Jewelers and Victoria Charles Jewellery.

This was the first year that the raffle benefitted the Children's Hospital Foundation. In February, the jewelers' raffle raised $13,000 for the Massey Cancer Center at the annual Women in Wellness event.

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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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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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.

Restaurant watch

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

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