Gardening with your good companions

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: June 17, 2019

What makes someone a good friend or companion? That person sticks by your side, may be different from you but generally likes the same things you do, provides support and even protects you from harm. Well, plants can have companions, too. “Companion gardening” is the practice of planting two complementary types of plants in proximity to one other. These plants have similar water... READ MORE

Carol Burnett’s Q&A roadshow

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: June 17, 2019

Although beloved American comedian Carol Burnett grew up in poverty in the 1940s with two alcoholic parents, she never felt poor or unloved, thanks to her grandmother. With their scrounged pennies, the two would retreat to the cool darkness of movie theaters in California as often as possible. The optimism of the films, coupled with her grandmother’s love, left a lasting impression on... READ MORE

Free art classes at the Visual Arts Center

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Sue Nelson, a retiree who moved to Richmond several years ago, was looking for a hobby. “I had worked for 55 years,” Nelson said. “It was time to play.” Although she had always been crafty, Nelson had never created with stained glass. On a whim, she signed up for a class at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond — established in 1963 and nicknamed VisArts — and quickly grew to ... READ MORE

It’s never too late to own a muscle car

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: June 11, 2019

My friend Russ is a solid, predictable citizen: College professor, husband, father, non-profit volunteer. But he has a sideline that is not only unpredictable but wonderful: He sells vintage cars to senior citizens. Russ does this all by himself, and he does it for only a small profit. But the real reason he does it is, in his words, “to bring some nostalgia and some pleasure to... READ MORE

Making mayo and more for 132 years

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: June 10, 2019

When you stroll by the C.F. Sauer plant at 2000 West Broad Street — or even wait at the stoplight with the car windows down — your nose tingles. A pungent whiff of pepper or sweet scent of vanilla might waft by. “The aroma emanating from the building varies depending on what is being produced that day,” said C.F. Sauer’s marketing director, Erin Hatcher. Since 1887, the C.F. ... READ MORE

Summer fiction by prolific older authors

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: June 07, 2019

Open a book to while away the long, warm days ahead. This summer, become engrossed in a fictional tale expertly devised and creatively concocted by these veteran authors. The Fox, by Frederick Forsyth, 304 pages, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Frederick Forsyth is a bestselling British author and octogenarian who has entertained readers for decades. His first thriller was published 50 years... READ MORE