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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

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.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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