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Martin’s Food Markets donates $25k to Food Bank

Martin's Food Markets donated $25,000 to the Central Virginia Food Bank Sunday, in celebration of the company's one-year anniversary of converting 25 stores in the Greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities from Ukrop's stores.

The check presentation (pictured) took place June 5 at Broad Appétit, a downtown Richmond food festival that benefits the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Martin's Regional Vice President Jim Scanlon made the donation to Kathy Erhardt, director of strategic gifts for the Central Virginia Food Bank.

“Martin's strongly believes in giving back to the communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Jim Scanlon, regional vice president. “One of our main charitable causes is the fight against hunger and last year we were able to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to those Central Virginians most in need. We look forward to continuing to support local hunger relief efforts and other local charitable causes throughout 2011.”

Martin's donations during the past year within the Metro Richmond and Williamsburg communities as part of the company’s “Living Here, Giving Here” program, totaled more than $1 million in combined cash and product contributions. The donations supported local hunger relief organizations, the Salvation Army and other non-profit groups at the local level.

In addition to the $25,000 gift, the Central Virginia Food Bank last year received a $50,000 donation as part of Martin's grand opening festivities, 191,990 pounds of food (valued at $854,652) during the conversion and remodel process and 1,000 turkeys at Thanksgiving. Customers who utilized reusable bags directed bag credits in the amount of $28,314 to the Central Virginia Food Bank during the past year.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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