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Greg Cuenin, of Midlothian, recently joined MetLife Bank as a reverse mortgage consultant for the Richmond region. Prior to joining MetLife Bank, Cuenin worked as an area director at MetLife Home Loans for 13 years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Education and is currently president of the Richmond Mortgage Bankers Association.

Local nonprofit organization Shop RVA will host the Local Moguls Social from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 23 at The Tobacco Company, 1201 E. Cary St. The gathering was created to give thanks to Richmond’s local business owners for bringing creativity and uniqueness to the city. The celebration will include guest speakers from the area, networking opportunities with other business owners and learning more about Shop RVA. All of this and more will be offered in an informal environment with hors d’oeuvres provided by The Tobacco Company. For more information, visit http://www.weshoprva.com .

Riad Moroccan Grill recently leased 9,959 square feet in Gold’s Gym Plaza, 8902 W. Broad St. in Henrico. ABC Board – Property Management Services has renewed its lease of 4,473 square feet in Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1370 Gaskins Rd. in Henrico. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations.

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes will be providing instruction this summer at a seasonal learning clinic in the Gaskins Professional Center, 1129 Gaskins Rd. Summer instruction for children and adults will be available in both morning and afternoon sessions through Aug. 19. Lindamood-Bell instruction develops the cognitive processes that underlie reading, comprehension and math skills and can also provide solutions for individuals with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center recently partnered with Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions (OWLS) to expand its offerings to corporate and association clients in Central Virginia OWLS’ corporate development and team building programs are designed to help employees, managers and executives develop and hone important business-related skills, such as motivating others, goal alignment, taking calculated risks and communicating within a group while enjoying a guaranteed return on investment. The facility also recently appointed Chris Moore as guest service manager. Moore will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s front office, including day-to-day management of Wyndham ByRequest®, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand’s guest recognition program. He brings more than seven years of operations experience to his new position.

The Jeanette and Harry Snipes Team, along with Greg Baron at Weichert Realtors – Baron & Snipes in Glen Allen, recently were honored with the Richmond Association of Realtors' distinguished achiever silver award for 2010. In addition, Jeanette Snipes was recognized with an award for her 20 consecutive years as a Distinguished Achiever.
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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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