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John Hutcheson, Jr., son of Rossie and Randy Hutcheson; Graham Jones, son of The Rev. and Mrs. Gary D. Jones; and Warren Snead, III, son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr., of Richmond, were recently inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The Order of the Gowsnmen is a unique student government body among U.S. colleges and universities. Since 1875 the Order of Gownsmen has remained the body responsible for maintaining the spirit, traditions, and ideals of the University of the South. The wearing of the gown is both a sign of academic achievement and a promise to continue the ideals and traditions of the university.

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Megan Wallace recently joined the University of Richmond as director of business development in the Office of Alumni and Career Services. Wallace manages recruiting relationships with employers and leads a comprehensive strategic employer development and stewardship plan. She also serves as a key leader in setting metrics for outcomes, program assessment, documentation and evaluation. Prior to joining Richmond, Wallace was assistant director of career development at Wake Forest University School of Business. She previously was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and the account director of member services for Corporate Executive Board. Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer information systems, from James Madison University and a master’s degree in education and human development with a concentration in student affairs from George Washington University.

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond recently hired Liz Pearce as the organization’s first director of parent engagement, part of a new initiative at the museum. CMoR is one of only a few in the country to expand its mission to include education for parents and caregivers. Pearce has worked in the areas of parent education and support for 21 years, most recently as director of Commonwealth Parenting from 2004 to 2011. In February, she will be named president of the National Parent Education Network. The initiative includes plans to provide parents with a wide array of resources to address various issues families may encounter. The vision is for the museum to be a central hub of information for parents and caregivers, in addition to its primary purpose of providing a creative environment where children learn through play. Resources for parents will range from information on age-related expectations and concerns, to parenting support for those experiencing difficulties, to in-the-moment advice about a particular behavior. Last year, CMoR saw 360,000 visitors at both its Central and Short Pump locations; roughly half of whom were parents. For more information, visit http://www.c-mor.org .

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: James Monroe Law Office Museum and Memorial Library Board of Regents – Peter Broadbent, Jr. of Richmond, partner with Christian & Barton LLP; and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees - Steven A. Markel, vice chairman of Markel Corporation; Ranjit Kumar Sen, chief advisor of Stefanini IT Solutions; and Dr. Shantaram K. Talegaonkar, ophthalmologist at Virginia Eye Institute.

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Don Kaiserman, of Henrico, recently was elected president of the 18-Virginia Council of Chapters (VCOC) Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The swearing-in ceremony was performed by Admiral Norb Ryan, president of MOAA, the largest national organization of military officers. Kaiserman had served a two-year term as president of the Richmond chapter and currently serves as VCOC first vice president and legislative officer on state and national issues of interest to uniformed officers, their family members and surviving spouses in the Commonwealth.

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Amanda E. Ziegler, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. Ziegler received a bachelor of liberal studies degree in interdisciplinary studies, Cum Laude.
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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