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Henrico resident wins year worth of groceries from Kroger as part of vaccine incentive program

The prize is worth approximately $13,000.

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As part of Kroger’s #CommunityImmunity Giveaway, members of Kroger Mid-Atlantic and Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., presented Stacey Blizzard of Henrico with free groceries for a year, a prize worth approximately $13,000.

The #CommunityImmunity Giveaway initially was announced by the grocer in June as a way to motivate more Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine to better protect communities across America. The program provided customers and associates with the opportunity to win life-changing prizes, including a chance to win one of five $1 million-dollar checks or groceries for a year to 50 lucky winners. The program culminated in July.

“The #CommunityImmunity Giveaway is a great way for us to motivate people to get the vaccine, and it’s also been a fantastic way to reward our customers and associates,” said Lori Raya, president of Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “The health and safety of everyone we welcome in our stores is our top priority and we’re passionate about doing our part to protect our communities.”

Blizzard is the third Virginian to receive free groceries for a year as a part of the giveaway. Jesse Hamlette, a Kroger associate at Westover Dairy, in Lynchburg, Va. was the first recipient in June and Claire Clasen, a Kroger customer, from Yorktown, Va. received the second groceries for a year prize in July.

The award presentation took place at the Short Pump store at 11895 West Broad Street in Henrico.

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Tazza Kitchen owners bringing new Mexican concept to Patterson and Libbie

Conejo (pronounced Koh-nay-ho) will feature a lunch and dinner menu of fresh drinks, a curated list of mezcals and tequilas, house-made masa, rotisserie meats, tacos, unique salads, and vegetarian options, and a variety of classic Mexican antojitos, the owners said in a press release.

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Big Kitchen Hospitality, the Richmond-based restaurant group which owns and operates Tazza Kitchen, has announced plans for a casual Mexican restaurant at the Westhampton Commons development at the corner of Patterson and Libbie Avenues.

Conejo (pronounced Koh-nay-ho) will feature a lunch and dinner menu of fresh drinks, a curated list of mezcals and tequilas, house-made masa, rotisserie meats, tacos, unique salads, and vegetarian options, and a variety of classic Mexican antojitos, the owners said in a press release.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Mexican Chef and cookbook author, Danny Mena, who has become an integral part of our menu and concept development,” said partner Susan Davenport. “He has a wealth of knowledge about Mexican cuisine and Mezcal – both from his upbringing in Mexico City and his work on his cookbook, Made in Mexico. He has owned and operated several Mexican restaurants in New York but was ready for a change and has moved his family to Richmond to join us on the project. As a Virginia Tech graduate, Virginia is familiar ground. The pieces just fell into place.”

“In addition to being Spanish for rabbit, Conejo is one of the varieties of Mexican heirloom corn we plan to use for our masa. And according to the Aztec myth of the 400 Conejos, divine rabbits are the gods of agave spirits. So, the word Conejo represents elements of this restaurant that are important to us. I am very excited to be here in Richmond and be a part of this team,” said Mena.

The 4,474 square foot full-service restaurant will seat 120 inside and 50 on the partially covered patio. A separate entrance will provide easy access for take-out orders.

The targeted opening date is around year-end. Big Kitchen Hospitality Partners include John Davenport, Susan Davenport, and Jeff Grant. The company has engaged 510 Architects as the architect and Whiting-Turner as the general contractor.

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University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab receives three national awards for Southern Journey Story Map Project

ESRI, the industry standard in the field of mapping technology, awarded the DSL the Best Cartography award and the International Cartographic Association and International Map Industry Association Recognition of Excellence in Cartography award.

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The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond has received three awards for the story map project Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2010. A story map is a digital project that combines text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content for storytelling.

ESRI, the industry standard in the field of mapping technology, awarded the DSL the Best Cartography award and the International Cartographic Association and International Map Industry Association Recognition of Excellence in Cartography award. The project team includes Justin Madron, GIS project manager, and analyst; Nathanial Ayers, visualization and web designer; and Ed Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of Humanities.

This year, judges selected award winners from more than 350 map projects they determined best-exhibited excellence in all aspects of map design and cartographic production.

“It’s an honor to be selected for these awards among such stiff competition,” said Madron. “This project allowed us to combine the best tools used in mapping and digital storytelling, and the interactive maps and animations produce a user-friendly way to interact with the data and information.”

The team built this project as a complement to Ed Ayers’ latest book of the same name. Madron and Nathanial Ayers also created the more than 60 maps for the printed book.

“Justin and Nathaniel invented ways to bring printed pages to life, revealing the interwoven complex causes of the ebbs and flows that have shaped the southeastern United States,” said Ed Ayers. As the award committee put it, “The dominant eye-catching topaz-and-turquoise honeycomb maps are highly effective in intentionally addressing the ambiguity of inconsistent geographic areas over time.”

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Short Pump Town Center’s free summer concert series returns this Thursday with Three Sheets to the Wind

“America’s #1 Tribute to Yacht Rock” will bring the smooth ’70s and ’80s to Short Pump Town Center this Thursday.

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After a COVID-caused hiatus, the 17th Annual Short Pump Town Center free Summer Concert Series returns this Thursday, August 5th. Three Sheets to the Wind, America’s #1 Tribute to Yacht Rock, will kick off the three-part decade-themed series with 70s soft rock hits in their signature, nautical style.

The events begin at 5:00 PM in the Main Plaza near the entrance to Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. Wine tastings provided by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will be available from 5:00 – 8:00 PM near the Main Plaza, the proceeds from which will benefit Henrico CASA.

103.7 will be on-site with Jackson Scott of “Mornings with Jackson” as emcee.

Don’t miss out on the fun — no ticket required.

See below for the full concert series schedule:

Thursday, August 5, 5pm-8pm, THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND
Thursday, September 9, 5pm-8pm, THE DELOREANS
Thursday, October 21, 5pm-8pm, UNCLE JESSE

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