RMA elects board of directors, officers

The Retail Merchants Association recently named five new members to its Board of Directors for three-year terms ending in 2014: Donnie Caffery, Good Foods Grocery; George Haw, Ruffin & Payne; Jo Ann Rossi, Zooom Printing; Chip Tompkins, We Think In Ink; and Ellie Venafro, Tots on the Go.

Re-elected to the board were: Bill Agee, Agee’s Bicycles; Dorothye Brodersen, Infotel; Michelle Nielson, Ms. Tuffy; and Tom Winfree, Village Bank.

The RMA officers are: Chairman – John Whitlock, The Whitlock Group; First Vice Chair –
Ken Wayland, Free Agents Marketing; Second Vice Chair – James Hatcher, Pleasants Hardware; Immediate Past Chair – William Selden, C.P. Dean; Nancy Thomas, President/CEO, RMA; Bill Garland, Secretary/Treasurer, RMA

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Virginia Center Commons will host the annual Mall-o-ween event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This safe, indoor alternative to traditional outdoor Halloween activities will offer free mall-wide trick-or-treating for the whole family to enjoy. Participating stores will have a special pumpkin flyer posted in their store-front window (while supplies last). For details, call 266-9000 or visit http://www.shopvirginiacentercommons.com or www.facebook.com/VirginiaCenterCommons. Full text

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