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Glen Allen-based Snagajob has announced a national contest to find the best undiscovered musical talent. The Hourly Gig invites hourly employees and job seekers to submit videos of original songs that highlight their skills for a chance to perform as the opening act at the Brantley Gilbert concert at Innsbrook After Hours at the Snagajob Pavilion on Sept. 19. Participants can upload videos, which should not exceed three minutes in length, to YouTube and submit links to those videos at http://www.snagajob.com/hourlygig Subm.issions will be accepted through Aug. 29. The contest is open to U.S. residents, ages 14 and older, who are currently working in or searching for an hourly job. Both group and solo acts are eligible.

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University of Richmond Robins School of Business will host “Summer of Scandal: Lenses on Ethical Failures in Business” Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at Ukrop Auditorium. Faculty members from the university’s schools of law, business and leadership will discuss how a business school should respond to corrupt practices in the marketplace and what students should be taught to decrease the chances such events will recur. The panel discussion will be moderated by Nancy A. Bagranoff, Robins School dean. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://tiny.cc/summerofscandal082912 For m.ore information, contact Andi Minor at 289-8813 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Honeywell International, Inc. – leased 14,085 square feet in Villa Park III at 7870 Villa Park Dr.; Auto Solutions, LLC – leased 13,714 square feet at 6102 Nine Mile Rd.; Velocitel, Inc. – leased 4,200 square feet in Dabney Corporate Center at 2026-A Dabney Rd.; Sheltering Arms – expanded in their current space and now leases 4,000 square feet in Audubon Crossing at 4740 Audubon Dr.; and Millennium Investment Solutions – leased 1,959 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.

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BrownGreer PLC has purchased the historic 37,000 square foot Cedar Works building at Rocketts Landing in Varina, the first commercial sale at Rocketts. The law firm, which specializes in the administration of settlements in legal cases, plans to bring over 300 employees to the space. After renovations that include the construction of a three-story glass atrium, the firm plans to move in by April 1, 2013. Originally built in 1895, the Cedar Works building was part of Richmond Cedar Works Manufacturing Co., a factory complex that produced ice cream freezers and decorative woodenware.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $89,000 to Jerry Gilfoyle, professor of physics at the University of Richmond, to continue his research in medium energy nuclear physics. The award is the latest DOE support for Gilfoyle who has been funded by DOE since 1990. Prior awards bring Gilfoyle’s total research grants to nearly $2 million. Gilfoyle will use the grant to fund Richmond undergraduates’ summer research and for a graduate-level visiting student from the University of Surrey in the U.K. Gilfoyle has taught at Richmond since 1987.

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CiCi’s Pizza will host its first National Guest Appreciation Day, in honor of the busy back-to-school season, on Thursday, Sept. 6. CiCi’s endless buffet will be $2.99 all day from 11 a.m. until closing time. The custom buffet has a wide variety of classic and specialty pizzas, garlic parmesan knots, salad, breadsticks, hot soup and oven-baked desserts. For locations, visit http://www.cicispizza.com .

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Alan Mudd has joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as a portfolio manager in their Richmond office. Mudd will manage a portfolio of commercial properties, including office, office-medical, retail and industrial properties. He was most recently with Jones Lang LaSalle, and prior to that had been a portfolio manager with Thalhimer for five years. Mudd is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in real estate and urban studies and holds the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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