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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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown. > Read more.

VSP issues warning about automated traffic ticket email scam

Virginia State Police officials are warning Virginians about an email scam that tells people they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the agency. State Police do not use or issue digital or automated traffic tickets or summonses, however. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email, police said. > Read more.

READ Center offers free classes, training to low-literate people


One in six adults in Metro Richmond has literacy issues, and the READ Center in Henrico County is working to address the issue.

Next week – Sept. 24-30 – is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, a time during which the READ Center is shining a light on its efforts to help some of the 35,000 adults in the region for whom reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target. > Read more.

Play Day RVA planned for Sept. 21


The Richmond region will celebrate Play Day RVA Thursday, Sept. 21, with activities throughout the area to celebrate the opportunities that exist to play in the community. Dozens of employers, local governments, schools and community organizations will participate by hosting events that integrate playful activities into daily life and spread awareness of the value of active living. > Read more.

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