Third-grade students at Beulah Elementary School were recently treated to an interactive presentation by Page Hutchinson, forestry education specialist with the Virginia Department of Forestry. The students are enrolled in Dominion Virginia Power’s environmental education program, Project Plant It! The program teaches children about trees and gives them a redbud seedling to plant for Arbor Day. Hutchinson shared her knowledge of trees with the students and engaged them in several activities, such as voting thumbs up or thumbs down on whether items on a screen come from a tree or not.
Commonwealth Medical Acupuncture LLC has announced the official opening of its new office, located at 13803 Village Mill Drive, Suite 101, in Midlothian. Dr. Erin N. Moore performs all services. Conditions treated include acute and chronic pain, mental health disorders, women’s health, palliative care, stress and general wellness.
James River Insurance Agency Inc. has announced a company name change to Sumser Insurance Professionals Inc. The new company name, effective immediately, reflects the independent insurance agency’s growing footprint in Virginia and North Carolina. Sumser Insurance Professionals, which opened in 1994, provides a wide array of insurance to businesses in general liability, property, commercial auto and workers’ compensation and to families and individuals for home, auto and life insurance needs. Sumser Insurance Professionals is headquartered in Midlothian, operates an office in Virginia Beach and supports clients throughout Virginia and North Carolina.
Argent Credit Union is conducting a food drive to benefit Mercy Mall of Virginia through Saturday, April 22, at all member centers. In addition, on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, Argent will hold a Shred-A-Thon at the Oxbridge Member Center, 3611 Oxbridge Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to bring canned food donations and their documents to shred.
On Thursday, April 20, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café will officially open its third Virginia location on Stone Village Way in Midlothian. To celebrate the event, a donation will be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond, a nonprofit organization that improves the quality of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families through family support, education, community awareness and advocacy.
The new location at 12643 Stone Village Way will seat more than 85 people inside and will also have an outdoor patio.
Bethel Baptist Church, located on Huguenot Springs Road, is celebrating 200 years of worship this month. The church was formed with 56 members on April 23, 1817, and Benjamin Watkins was chosen as pastor. The current pastor, Rev. Todd Bradbury, came to the church in 2013. Bethel Baptist Church was officially recognized as a Virginia Historical Landmark in 1998. An anniversary celebration will be held on Sunday, April 30.
Registration is open for Chesterfield County’s new Government Citizens Academy, which will offer residents a hands-on way to learn about local government, meet local government leaders and offer feedback about how the county is serving them.
Beginning in May, the county will offer two sessions of the academy. The spring session will be held weeknights one evening per week, starting May 16 and concluding June 28. The fall session, set for Sept. 19-Oct. 25, will offer classes during the day. Both sessions will include optional tours of county facilities and points of interest.
Sessions are scheduled across the county in fire stations, libraries and school facilities, with a mix of roundtable discussions and classroom settings with networking breaks built in.
Enrollment is free and anyone can participate. For more information or to register by May 12, visit chesterfield. gov/govacademy.
Chesterfield County is holding a job fair on Thursday, April 27, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd. The public is invited to meet with employers such as the Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Fort Lee, Care Advantage, Lowe’s, Richmond International Airport, Centimark, Teleperformance and more.
These employers have current job openings in different service areas, including customer service, food services, government, child care and health care. Job fair attendees should come professionally dressed and with copies of their resumes. Since most employers require online applications, laptops will be provided.
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