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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

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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