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Cooking school for kids has new location

Jr. Champion Chefs Kids will open Aug. 12 in its new location at 1911 Dixon St. in Fredericksburg.

It offers cooking classes for children ages 8 to 16, as well as mobile after-school cooking programs, birthday cooking parties, and cooking classes for scouts.

Students learn such things as knife and measuring skills, kitchen safety, meal preparation and time management in a fun, hands-on environment.

Owner Allison Vimont is a mother of three young girls and has studied culinary arts. She got the idea for the business when she noticed that in an era of fast food and pre-packaged meals, few people know how to create meals from scratch.

Each class has a maximum of eight students, and costs $25. Students must complete the five-week junior chefs class in order to advance to the senior chefs class. To register, visit

—Cathy Jett

July’s job growth is a sign that the economy is recovering

July’s employment report showing net growth of 209,000 jobs was below expectations and a sharp tail-off from the previous month, but still represents a solid gain that shows the recovery from the Great Recession is advancing, economists said.

—Los Angeles Times