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Vietnamese Assoc. honors students

Forty-seven students from Henrico County were among those honored by the Richmond Vietnamese Association at its Sixth Annual Academic Awards Celebration, held Aug. 12 at the Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs in Henrico. Students were recognized for academic excellence. The keynote speaker was Henrico Superintendent Patrick Russo.

Henrico pubic school students honored were rising first-grader Trinhity Jade Desjardins; rising second-graders Rachel Duong, Michelle Ngo, Brian Nguyen and Tuong-Van H. Nguyen; rising third-graders Yen Luong, ThienMin Duong, Anna Lam, Trish Le, Anthony H. Nguyen, Minh-Thu H. Nguyen, Angela Nguyen and Troy Vu; rising fourth-
graders Khang C. Duong, Hoang T. Le, Khanh T. Ly, Jessica Nguyen, Trish Mimi Nguyen and Michelle Quach; rising fifth-graders Vinh P. Luong, Vivian Nguyen, Alex Minh Quan Quang Nguyen, Mai Ngoc Pham and AngelMai Truong; rising sixth-graders ThanhLong Duong, Kevin L. Nguyen and Vy D. Thi; rising seventh-graders Joy N. Luong, Justin Chinh Nhan Quang Nguyen and Tri Minh Nguyen; rising eighth-graders Linh Thuy Dao, Tri Kevin H. Duong, DonSon Nguyen, Justin Nam Nguyen and Maria Pham; rising ninth-graders Derek-Duy Duc Pham and Patricia Vo; rising eleventh-grader Minh-Vy Duong; rising twelfth-graders Van N. Le, Vi Thuy Nguyen-Tran and ThanhGia Trinh; and recent high school gradutaes Dung N. Nguyen-Tran and Kristina Khanh Pham.

In addition, four students from Henrico’s Our Lady of Lourdes school also were honored: rising fifth-grader Linh Ho; rising sixth-graders Tiffany Tran and Tracy Tran; and rising seventh-grader Christina Tran. The event was sponsored in part by the law firms of Allen and Allen; Thompson, McMullan, Cochran & Owen; and Schettine and Nguyen;
The Dave Duong Agency; Pho Boston; Virginia Commonwealth University; and Kara Nails Salon.
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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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Entertainment

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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘Sizing Up!’ opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center unveils a new exhibit – "Sizing Up!" – Nov. 20-Jan. 18 in the Gumenick Family Gallery.

Artist Chuck Larivey has spent the past three years "sizing up" – creating large-scale oil paintings that are designed to engage their viewers in a monumental way by using size to captivate them and make them a part of the artistic experience.

The exhibit is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public at the center, located at 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

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