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Short Pump Kroger eliminating single-use plastic bags today, other stores to follow

The plans to eliminate plastic bags in Kroger stores in the Richmond area have been in the works since 2018.

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Today, the first Kroger store in the Richmond area will eliminate single-use plastic bags. Customers at the Kroger Short Pump store, located at 11895 W. Broad St., will have the option to bring a bag, purchase a reusable plastic bag for 10 cents, or purchase a reusable tote for 99 cents. Proceeds from the sale of reusable bags will be donated to the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation.

In 2018, Kroger announced plans to phase out single-use plastic bags in Richmond stores and transition to reusable bags by 2025. The change is one that is being implemented across the Kroger family of stores as a part of the grocer’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, which strives to create communities free of hunger and waste.

“We thank our customers for partnering with us today to make a difference tomorrow,” said James Menees, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We know taking this step to reduce waste will help protect our planet for future generations.”

Kroger has 18 total stores in the Richmond area. Kroger’s 17 other Richmond locations will eliminate single-use plastic bags by 2025.

To learn more about Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative and the phaseout of single-use plastic bags, click here.

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Community

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by the Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Tuckahoe Creek Park
Common Name: Red-bellied Woodpecker
Scientific Name: Melanerpes carolinus
Length: 9.4 in (24 cm)
Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz (56-91 g)
Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in (33-42 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices. Males have longer, wider-tipped tongues than females, possibly allowing a breeding pair to forage in slightly different places on their territory and maximize their use of available food.
  • You may sometimes see Red-bellied Woodpeckers wedge large nuts into bark crevices, then whack them into manageable pieces using their beaks. They also use cracks in trees and fence posts to store food for later in the year, a habit it shares with other woodpeckers in its genus.
  • For birds that nest in cavities, nest holes are precious turf. Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been known to take over the nests of other birds, including the much smaller (and endangered) Red-cockaded Woodpecker. But more often they’re victims to the aggressive European Starling. As many as half of all Red-bellied Woodpecker nests in some areas get invaded by starlings.
  • You may occasionally see a Red-bellied Woodpecker flying quickly and erratically through the forest, abruptly changing direction, alighting for an instant and immediately taking off again, keeping up a quick chatter of calls. Scientists categorize this odd behavior as a type of play that probably helps young birds practice the evasive action they may one day need.
  • The oldest known Red-bellied Woodpecker was a male in Georgia, and at least 12 years, 3 months old when he was identified in the wild by his band.

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Madonna at Richmond SPCA

Are you searching for a fun, friendly and adorable family member? My name is Madonna and I’m the girl for you! I am pretty lonely here by myself, just waiting for my special someone to come along. Won’t you please take me home today?

Age: 3 years, 2 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: White / Black
ID: 50949953

Adopt Madonna at Richmond SPCA

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Mini Greek Festival returns to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral through Saturday

One of Richmond’s most popular spring food festivals is returning with its smaller fall iteration this weekend.

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One of Richmond’s most popular spring food festivals is returning with its smaller fall iteration this weekend. The Mini Greek Festival returns to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 30 Malvern Avenue through Saturday.

The condensed festival is mainly held indoors in the church buildings and features signature Greek dishes, including Pastichio, Moussaka, Chicken and Pork Souvlakia, along with other popular sides and pastries. There will also be nightly music and dancing.

It all takes place November 10-12, 2022, from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Organizers say hours are subject to change as product availability may vary.

Learn more here.

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Education

University of Richmond celebrates New Zealand with gumboot throwing, sheep cuddling, and ambassador visit

The annual event celebrating International Education Week this year focuses on our Kiwi friends.

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Richmonders can sample New Zealand cuisine, visit with some sustainably raised sheep, and more at the University of Richmond along with Bede Corry, New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S. next week as the University of Richmond celebrates International Education Week.

The annual program returns at a pre-COVID cadence with events available for the campus and greater community November 14-18. Programming themes for Aotearoa New Zealand Week include the natural world and sustainability, female leadership, indigenous peoples, and sport.

“Aotearoa” is the Maori name for the country.

“This annual tradition has been a valuable way of promoting deeper connection to cultures in the classroom and beyond. UR’s ‘meeting with’ another country during International Education Week emphasizes our commitment to global engagement, dialogue, and cultural exchange,” said International Education Dean Martha Merritt. “Returning to full-scale engagement is exciting as this week provides an opportunity for our campus and greater community to learn together about Aotearoa New Zealand as they return to the world stage after the pandemic.”

This year, scholars and visitors will travel to Richmond from New Zealand and Washington, D.C. to offer their expertise, and faculty have geared their teaching toward intersections with New Zealand. Participants can also participate in a variety of fun and social activities, including attending a Cricket exhibition or trying a BODYPUMP class (the popular fitness class that originated in New Zealand).

Peak programming that is open to the campus and greater community is on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and key events include:

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Fair, 4:30 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons
    • More than 20 stations will allow attendees to explore a wide variety of community connections to New Zealand, including a business school case study on Allbirds shoes, children’s literature, urban biodiversity, women in STEM fields, and more. Details here.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Dinner, 6 p.m., Heilman Dining Center
    • Samplings will include lamb chops, Kiwi burger, fish and chips, kumara, and chocolate lamingtons. Full menu here.

Ambassador Corry will be meeting with members of the campus community during a private event.

A full list of events is available here.

Previous years have focused on Chile, India, East Asia, South Africa, and Denmark. Earlier this year, Richmond received the Association of International Education Administrators Innovation Award in Internationalization, recognizing innovative approaches to International Education Week programming during the pandemic.

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