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UR completes $14 million in construction, renovations

The University of Richmond has completed more than $14 million in summer renovations and construction, including $2.5 million in library improvements, a new Student Activities Complex and a café at UR Downtown.

Reflecting increasing study and work on portable computers and other mobile devices, numerous power outlets and additional table surface space have been added throughout Boatwright Memorial Library. Added library work areas include seven group and eight individual study rooms. Renovations also have enabled all collaborative study areas to be moved to the second floor, allowing designation of the first floor for quiet study.

Construction of a new $5 million Student Activities Complex has been completed, providing a Student Center and a court of eight cottages designated for sorority use. Three blocks of the on-campus University Forest Apartments have been updated with new roofing, flooring, an additional half bath, and new bedroom furniture and kitchen appliances.

Artificial turf and upgraded lighting are being installed on the campus Intramural Fields to accommodate their heavy use and extend playing hours. In the Robins Center, football offices and meeting rooms have been renovated.

Ryland Hall and North Court, two of the oldest buildings on campus, both received interim improvements while their complete renovation is planned.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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