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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.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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