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Obama to speak at UR Friday

President Barack Obama will speak at the University of Richmond's Robins Center this Friday, Sept. 9 in an event open to members of the public who obtain free tickets in advance.

Obama will talk about the bipartisan proposals to grow the economy and create jobs that he laid out in his speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday. His speech is expected to begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday.

Members of the public can obtain tickets from 3-6 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 8, at the Modlin Center at UR's campus. A limited number will be available and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticketholders will be able to enter the Robins Center's North entrance beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Backpacks, umbrellas, bottles and cans will not be allowed inside the event. Concessions will not be available.

Because the university will be open for classes on Sept. 9, there will be very limited parking for visitors on campus. University officials are encouraging non-university ticketholders to take either regularly scheduled GRTC Route 16 buses or free, university-supplied shuttle buses from City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue, or the UR Downtown site at 626 East Broad Street to the Robins Center. Shuttles will begin continuous operation at 6:30 a.m. Because of the time of day, ticket holders are urged to arrive as soon as possible for shuttle transport.

Groups of 18 or more may be dropped off on campus in their own buses, but those buses will be required to leave campus after unloading and return only after the event. No buses will be allowed access to the Robins Center after 10 a.m.

The president’s speech will be streamed live on the internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

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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Entertainment

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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