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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

Monday, October 6th
Anti-bullying activities include STOMP Out Bullying™’s signature campaign Blue Shirt Day™ World Day of Bullying Prevention on the first Monday of every October  – this year on Monday, October 6th. Watch for our public service announcements by featured celebrities!

The Week of October 13th Make friends with someone you don’t know at school
If you’ve ever been isolated from others at school or you were knew at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.

Make friends with someone at school who you don’t know. invite them to sit at your lunch table or join you in an after school activity. You probably wish someone had done that for you.

Be a leader. Take action and don’t let anyone at school be in isolation. (more…)

This Year’s State Fair Has Many New Features

This Year's State Fair Has Many New Features

The State Fair of Virginia is steeped in tradition, but there are plenty of new features that could become fairgoer favorites.

If you’re hungry for something new, this year’s signature sandwich might satisfy that craving. The Piggyback Burger is a juicy hamburger topped with pulled pork barbecue and a crispy fried onion ring. It will be available from Fun Time Foods on the fair’s Festival Loop. Another food vendor is taking a quintessential Southern favorite—the Virginia ham biscuit—and deep-frying it. This new treat can be found at D&J Concessions, also on the fair’s Festival Loop. D&J also will offer the Twinx, a Twinkie stuffed with a Twix candy bar, then wrapped in bacon, battered and fried, and topped with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar.

For fairgoers looking to up their thrill quotient, there are new rides on the Midway Madness, presented by the Virginia Lottery, and the Virginia529 Kidway. Adults can try the wild, spinning Hang Ten; the Sea Ray, a giant swinging ship; or the Yo-Yo, which dangles riders in swings and spins them through the sky. Kids can ride the Happy Swing, which resembles a giant porch swing and rocks a dozen riders to and fro. Or they can try Jump Around, which includes themed vehicles circling around and bouncing up and down. The vehicles may resemble frogs, Angry Birds or even circus cars. (more…)

September 22-27 is Active Aging Week

September 22-27 is Active Aging Week

Active Aging Week celebrates seniors in our communities and participation in physical activities, workshops and forums that promote a proactive approach to health and wellness at every age. The kickoff for this week of celebration will be held on Monday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. at Senior Connections.

Activities this week include:

• Ramping up Workplace Activity
• Senior Olympics
• Gentle Yoga For Everyone
• Walking Club
• Elders Creative Spirit Art Show
• Farmer Brown Mobile Market
• Pickle Ball
• Livable Communities Virginia Exhibit
• Cooking Made Easy
• Silver Sneakers®

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/RVAActiveAgingWeek for more information.

Honoring Those Who Were Lost on September 11, 2001

Honoring Those Who Were Lost on September 11, 2001

Below are some ways to honor the memory of those who were killed on September 11, 2001:

Teachers and students can organize service projects within their classrooms that are dedicated to the victims of 9/11 to help educate children about the events of that day.
Lesson plan: “Lending a Hand after 9/11

Honor First Responders
Write letters of appreciation or contact your local fire or police department to see how you can help.
Lesson plan: Grades K – 2 “Brave Individuals
Grades: 3 – 5 “Brave Individuals

Provide for those in need
Organize a clothing and food drive for a community in need.
Lesson plan: Grades 6 – 8 “Global Responses to 9/11

Help prepare your community
Collect supplies for and distribute emergency preparedness kits.
Lesson plan: Grades K – 2 “In Case of an Emergency
Grades 3 – 5 “Planning for Emergencies


Changing Times Around Richmond

Changing Times Around Richmond

The article below by Virginia Business provides examples of the many big changes that are occurring around the Greater Richmond area right now. A Chinese copy is building a manufacturing plant in Chesterfield which will employ 2000 people. Young professionals are flocking to Richmond’s downtown and creating an apartment boom. VCU is building a $35 million dollar building dedicated to contemporary art on Broad Street. Many other changes are noted in this article, all of which will impact Richmond in the near future.


News about American investment and jobs going to China has become routine. That’s why a June announcement put the Richmond region in the international spotlight.

China’s Shandong Tranlin Paper Co. Ltd., a pulp and paper company, plans to invest $2 billion in building an advanced manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County, its first in the U.S. The factory will employ 2,000 people.

At a news conference, Gov. Terry McAuliffe characterized the move as “transformational” for the region’s economy.

Economic change, in fact, already is taking place throughout the Richmond region, despite its longstanding reputation for stodginess.

Downtown Richmond is attracting millennials like a magnet; retail and residential development is booming in Henrico County’s Short Pump area; and Hanover County has become a home for massive distribution centers. This time next year the region will host a nine-day international cycling competition that is expected to attract 450,000 spectators.

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Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend Events

There are a lot of great events around Richmond this Labor Day Weekend including: Jason Derulo, Flowers After 5, Pete the Cat, Opera in the Park and fireworks.

Flowers After 5Thursday

It’s the last Flowers After 5 of the season at Lewis Ginter with stringband The Hot Seats. Enjoy wine and beer for purchase, plus small dishes and food for kids too. Water Play stays open late. Plus you can stroll the gardens and enjoy one of the last evenings of summer. $12 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3-12; free for children under age 3 and free admission for members.  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 1800 Lakeside Ave.

Pete the Cat Author & Food Trucks at CMoRFriday

“Pete the Cat” is a groovy cat and book series with catchy YouTube videos for kids. The author Eric Litwin is visiting the Children’s Museum of Richmond to introduce his new series “The Nut Family.” The museum along with local bookstore bbgb is pulling out the stops for a mega-kids’ book star visit with food trucks, games and hopefully a performance from the author himself. Mosaic and Kona Ice will be serving healthy treats, SPLASHmor water play will be open late and there will be a special craft that goes along with the book. Event starts at 4 p.m., author visit at 7 p.m. Event is free, $8 general admission to visit museum. CMoR Central location, 2626 W. Broad St.

Jason Derulo & End of Summer Music FestivalFriday through Monday

You may know Jason Derulo’s (ahem) ubiquitous hit “Wiggle” about big butts complete with backup from Snoop Dogg. He’s visiting Kings Dominion this week as part of their “End of Summer Music Festival.” Kings Dominion, prepare thyself. The music fest continues through the weekend at the Doswell theme park with bluegrass music on Saturday, Kings of Swing on Sunday and local kid-music favorite Diggity Dudes on Sunday. Jason Derulo tickets start at $44.99 and include park admission. Other acts included in regular park admission.

Opera in the ParkSaturday

Last year, over 2,000 people turned out for free opera in the park from Virginia Opera. Featuring a full orchestra from the Richmond Symphony and classics from the upcoming season, it’s a magical evening not to be missed. The concert will feature classical pieces by Rossini, Verdi, and Mozart along with more contemporary pieces by Steven Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.  Led by conductor Adam Turner. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dogwood Dell, 1300 Hampton Ave. (more…)

August 19th is World Photography Day

August 19th is World Photography Day

In 2009, Korske Ara, a passionate young photographer from Australia launched the World Photo Day Project with the dream to unite local and global communities in a worldwide celebration of photography.

On August 19th 2010, World Photo Day hosted it’s first global online gallery. With 270 photographs shared and website visitors from over 100 countries, this marked the first official, globally reaching World Photo Day.

Since the launch of the project, we’ve heard from people that have been celebrating photography on August 19th in their local communities prior to 2010. There’s also evidence of an attempt to start a June 1st photography celebration in 2005. We acknowledge this history of previous celebrations and believe that it demonstrates that the passion behind photography is the foundation of World Photo Day.     >>>Read More

Young Entrepreneurs Program’s Grand Opening

Young Entrepreneurs Program's Grand Opening

Yesterday was the Grand Opening for the Young Entrepreneurs Program. Friends and family were invited to P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School where they could purchase services provided by the Young Entrepreneurs. This year the businesses were Lemonade, Face Painting and Photography. The students created their own jingles to attract customers and also used candy as an incentive. Each company member had their own job duties to perform whether it was running the cash register, taking pictures or promoting their business to potential clients.

The money earned during the Grand Opening will be donated to a local charity selected by the students. The Young Entrepreneurs will be able to use skills they learned such as decision-making, critical thinking, communication, planning, math, time management and teamwork for the rest of their lives.

Appreciate Your Friends on Friendship Day

Appreciate Your Friends on Friendship Day

Yesterday was Friendship Day, so thought we would share this nice article by Harrison Gregory:

On the first Sunday in August, in countries around the world, people will celebrate their relationships with friends, family members, office mates and fellow human beings as part of Friendship Day.

By most accounts, this special day of recognition, unrelated to Richmond’s more tattooed relative Best Friends Day, was founded by the Hallmark company in 1930, though some research indicates it goes back even further, to 1919. Ostensibly, the day was created so that folks would send greeting cards to one another, but over time it has come to represent a celebration of friendship and fellowship between all people regardless of race, color or religion. In 1998, Winnie the Pooh, gregarious pal of Tigger, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore and children everywhere, was named Ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations.

In addition to standard gifts such as flowers and cards, friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of South America this time of year. But as Richmond happens to be the capital of a state renown for its amorous tendencies, there are plenty of ways to honor and recognize your friends here in town.

Read the entire article.

Young Entrepreneurs Program Soft Opening

Young Entrepreneurs Program Soft Opening

It is week five of the Young Entrepreneur Program at P. B. Young, Sr. Elementary School. This week features the Soft Opening of the program’s businesses. It is time for the students to put many of the business concepts that they have learned into practice. The three companies this year are Lemonade, Face Painting and Photography. The Soft Opening gives the students a chance to learn which aspects of their respective businesses are working well and which parts need some fine tuning. They do this by having their schoolmates act as customers, using “play” money. It is important that the Young Entrepreneurs have their businesses running smoothly, because next week is the Grand Opening when the customers and money will be real.

M. H. West & Co., Inc. members Justin House, Brennan West, Jillian Winans and Joe Armstrong all attended the Soft Opening. They all came away impressed with the various marketing techniques that the Young Entrepreneurs used to attract customers. Some wrote their own jingles, while others used candy as a bonus to draw in buyers. All are looking forward to the Grand Opening next week.






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