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Local entrepreneur and Henrico resident Barbara Bennett is currently competing to “Get on the Shelf” at Wal-Mart. Bennett launched her company, The Mineral Case, in 2009. A passionate fan of the mineral makeup trend – but not of the mess and hassle of various jars and loose powders – Bennett launched The Mineral Case because it clears bathroom counters and makes cosmetics easily accessible at home or while traveling. If her company receives enough votes, her product will be available at every Wal-Mart location across the country. Fans can vote once a day through April 24 at http://www.getontheshelf.com/product/5505/The-Mineral-Case To v.iew Bennett’s contest entry, visit http://youtube/Miq5hdFxMG8 .

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LOGO Dynamics, a distributor of promotional products in Henrico, recently received the All Star award from Constant Contact®, Inc. Each year, a select group of Constant Contact customers are honored with the All Star award for their exemplary marketing results. LOGO Dynamics’ results ranked among the top 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base. Owner Matt Davidson has been a partner with Constant Contact since 2010 and offers email marketing and social media seminars on a regular basis in Central Virginia. Constant Contact customers using any combination of the company’s email marketing, event marketing and online survey tools are eligible for the award.

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U-Turn Sports Performance Academy and Cap City Ballerz recently announced a new partnership between two of Richmond’s most successful youth developmental AAU basketball programs. The partnership between U-Turn and Cap City Ballerz will focus on combining the best from both organizations to better position athletes and teams to compete at the highest level of basketball and to help provide youth with the support they need to be champions in the classroom, community and life.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently hired Richard Gordon as conference planner and Christopher Murphy as marketing specialist. Gordon comes to the VSCPA from Benchmark Hospitality International at Capital One in Richmond, where he worked as an operations and learning events manager. He has 20 years of experience in telecommunications, accounting and finance, operations management and event planning. Prior to joining the VSCPA, Murphy worked at SunTrust Bank as a mortgage relationship specialist and did freelance graphic design and copywriting. He has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications and graphic design. In his role on the VSCPA Education Team, Gordon will plan, manage and implement VSCPA conferences and work on other educational programs and events. As part of the VSCPA Marketing Team, Murphy will develop and execute marketing plans for VSCPA membership recruitment and retention, VSCPA Educational Foundation fundraising and CPA PAC of Virginia fundraising.

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Raymond Rudolph, Southern States Cooperative, Inc. – Williamsburg Road Service, recently attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify employees as “Certified FeedMaster Specialists” for Southern States Cooperative, Inc. The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals. The program provides new and updated information and qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs) by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination.

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store recently opened a new location at Merchant’s Walk, 7504 W. Broad St. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 501-2356.
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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

Weekend Top 10


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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