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Commonwealth Eye Care Associates, 10431 Patterson Ave., is inviting blind and visually impaired artists from metro Richmond to participate in their first annual CECA Insight Art Exhibit displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures and other mixed media. Artwork will be selected based on the artist’s originality, expressive use of media, artistic excellence and on their ability to inspire dialogue about the role of vision in the creative process. Selected artwork will be displayed in the CECA reception area from August 2-16. Participants may enter up to four pieces in each category; entries are due June 1. For more information, call Amy Philipp at 217-6363.

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Chef Todd Brady, formerly with LA Grill in Lakeside, is now operating out of The Dixie Chicken, located at 1203 Westover Hills Blvd. off Forest Hill Ave. Brady serves the same homemade, southern style cuisine as he did with LA Grill. For more information, call 837-0935 or visit http://www.thedixiechicken.com .

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The Henrico Business Council will host its Henrico Café event at the 28th annual Lebanese Food Festival on Friday, May 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Rd. in Glen Allen. Guests will gather in the covered patio between the sanctuary and church parking lot and then proceed as a group to the festival area. Enjoy Lebanese delicacies, music, traditional dancing and networking with business council members. Admission is free but guests are encouraged to purchase food. For information on the festival, visit http://stanthonymaronitechurch.org/festival To r.egister, call 783-9368 or visit http://www.grcc.com .

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SyCom Technologies, headquartered in Richmond, recently received the Cisco Partner Summit theater award for outstanding customer satisfaction for the East area. Out of all of the Eastern US Cisco partners, SyCom was chosen number one in customer satisfaction with a score of 4.95 on a 5-point scale. Cisco Partner Summit awards are presented at three levels: global, geo and theater, and reflect a partner’s performance in a given geographic region of the United States or Canada. Founded in 1996, SyCom is an award-winning IT Systems Integrator.

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The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently published the free downloadable book, “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” in which University of Richmond was listed. The Princeton Review selected colleges for the book based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada. Results also are used to tally a “green rating score” of 60-99, used in the company’s other college guidebooks and website. Colleges in the book are not ranked, but each scored a green rating of at least 83. Richmond scored 95.

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The Greater Richmond Alliance recently elected their executive committee. Chosen were Darel Gallagher of RBC Wealth Management and Melissa Carpenter of Springdale at Lucy Corr. Lisa Hollier of Choice Connections was re-elected as president. The Greater Richmond Alliance is an organization of highly competent and trustworthy individuals who specialize in providing professional services for seniors and their families. For more information, call Lisa Hollier at 364-0123 or visit http://www.greaterrichmondalliance.org .

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Circle Center Adult Day Services, 4900 W. Marshall St. near The Shops at Willow Lawn, will hold an open house on Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tours, refreshments, adult day programs and activities and information on long term care. For more information, call Molly MacBean at 355-5717 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently named University of Richmond to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth time in recognition of commitment to, and achievement in, community service. Schools are selected annually for the scope and innovation of service projects, percent of student participation in community service, incentives for service and the extent of service-learning courses in the curriculum. CNCS is a federal agency that oversees service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serves America, and leads President Barack Obama’s initiative, United We Serve.
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Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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