VBS offers giveaways to donors as part of ‘Donor-Rita-Ville’

Virginia Blood Services is transforming its blood donation centers and mobile blood drives in August into "Donor-Rita-Ville" as part of an effort to boost donations and reward donors.

All August donors will receive giveaways and be entered in a random drawing to win one of six pairs of Jimmy Buffett tickets at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Aug. 16. The effort is a nod to Buffett's "Margaritaville."

Participating donors who visit any Virginia Blood Services community donor center in August will receive a limited edition t-shirt and hurricane mug. Along with entrance in a random drawing for Jimmy Buffett concert tickets, donors will also be entered to win one of two, “Cheeseburger in Parrot-dise” tabletop grills.

“Our goal is to create a fun summer experience for our donors, while supporting life in our communities” says Julie Moore, the executive director of Virginia Blood Services. “Even if you’re not familiar with Jimmy Buffett, most of us can conger tropical paradise when we hear the Caribbean sounds of steel drums and enjoy iced drinks. This gets everyone in the relaxed mood, which is the essence of summer.”

Summer is a challenging time for VBS, Moore said. Routine blood donors are on vacation, and high schools and colleges are hosting fewer blood drives resulting in decreased collections.

All walk-ins are welcome and donors are encouraged to schedule their appointment by visiting http://vadonor.org. In preparation for their donation, donors are asked to eat well, stay hydrated and arrive with proper identification.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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