News In Brief - Oct. 5, 2006

SportClips to Donate to Henrico's 'Team Rescue Mode'
SportClips stores in the Richmond area will donate 10 percent of their total revenue from four days in October to a team of Henrico firefighters who will compete in an international event this November. Henrico's Team Rescue Mode qualified for the event earlier this year but must pay its own way to the competition in Nevada and handle all other event-related expenses itself. SportClips will donate 10 percent of its revenue from Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 to the team.

J.R. Tucker Drama Boosters to Hold Yard Sale
The J.R. Tucker High School Drama Boosters will hold their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the school's parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon. Booths are available for $25 until Oct. 16. For details and application forms, contact Lisa Dyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 527-4600. Checks should be made payable to the J.R. Tucker Drama Boosters.

HCPS Gifted Advisory Council to Meet
The Henrico County Public Schools' Gifted Advisory Council will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend but needs assistance should call Mychael Dickerson at 652-3724.

MOPS to Hold Yard and Bake Sale
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will host its Giant Yard and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glen Allen Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen.

Books, toys, furniture, music, collectibles and more will be available for purchase. Anyone interested in renting space at the event should contact Nina at 779-3057 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The rain date is Oct. 21.

The MOPS at GACC serves as a support group for mothers of all preschoolers. It meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Glen Allen Community Church.

First Marker Bank Fundraiser to Benefit AMA Heart Walk
First Market Bank will holds its Third Annual Yard Sale to benefit the American Heart Association's Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the parking lot of First Market Square, 2000 Westmoreland Street (behind Richmond Ford on West Broad Street).

Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church to Hold Harvest Fest
Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside will hold its sixth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will feature outdoor worship at 10:50 a.m., following Bible Study for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

Exhibits with information and visuals that promote the church's ministries and community offerings will be open from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A smoked barbecue dinner will be available for $3 per person, and a hot dog dinner will be available for children for $1. The event also will include music.

Following the meal, members of the church will participate in the Franco's Lakeside Avenue 5K Run and Family Walk to benefit the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad. The family walk will be held at 2 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Those who have registered through local community churches can gain free admission to the garden by wearing the official t-shirt produced specifically for the event. For details, call 266-9696 or visit http://www.active.com.

ComedySportz to Hold Auditions
ComedySportz, Richmond's longest running improv show, will hold auditions for improvisers on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Those who are selected will be trained during a six-week period for six two-hour improv classes.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. ComedySportz is located in Dumbarton Square Shopping Center at 7115-A Staples Mill Road. For details, call 266-9377.
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FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers


Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country. > Read more.

Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too. > Read more.

‘It’s such a blessing’


On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side. > Read more.

Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First. > Read more.

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital. > Read more.

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