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HYPE Off the Clock, a monthly social networking event for young professionals, will host Hob Nob at the Diamond on Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will have a chance to meet elected officials from jurisdictions in the Richmond region in a casual and fun environment. Food and beverages are included. GRCC members are $30, nonmembers are $40 and HYPE subscribers are free. For details, call 783-9368 or visit http://www.hyperichmond.com .

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Quaker Steak & Lube, 8000 W. Broad St., recently introduced new shrimp and salmon menu items that will only be available this October. This pink hued program is timed to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The monochromatic seafood can offer a reminder to the public of the steps women can take to save their lives. The menu will feature Sizzlin’ Shrimp & Roasted Corn Quesadilla, Asian Glazed Salmon Salad, Parm Pepper Salmon Caesar, Fire-Grilled Shrimp Bowl and the Pan Asian Salmon Bowl. A portion of the proceeds from each menu item purchased will benefit local breast cancer programs. For details, call 217-9464 or visit http://www.quakersteakandlube.com .

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Women’s fashion boutique Ann Taylor will be opening a new concept store at Short Pump Town Center in December. This is the first Ann Taylor concept store opening in the area. The new store will feature a more intimate shopping experience, including modern and chic décor, dedicated stylists on staff and new dressing rooms and lounge areas where guests can access http://www.anntaylor.com for complete product information. The new store also features new head designer Lisa Axelson and the fall campaign’s new face, Demi Moore.

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GRTC Transit System recently was named a Silver Winner in the 2011 Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award competition for their marketing department’s work in the “Safety First. Service Always” video campaign for the GRTC fixed route bus service. Companies and individuals from more than 50 countries across five continents participate annually in the Summit International Awards. In 2011, judges analyzed submissions and selected only 18% of the 504 entries to achieve finalist status.

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Alison W. Eckis recently joined Wise Benefits, Inc. as an employee benefits specialist. Eckis is a former business owner, benefits administrator and carrier representative who specializes in individual and group benefits. She worked most recently with Premier Insurance Agency, Ltd. Eckis has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Delaware and a master of arts degree from Villanova University.

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The Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg recently selected Claiborne S. Mason to serve as interim CEO now that Sherri Brach has stepped down to become executive vice president for investor relations at United Way Worldwide. Mason, owner of the strategic planning and marketing firm C.S. Mason Consulting and a former senior vice president with The Martin Agency, has been a member of United Way’s Board since 1996. Stephen Scherger and Board Chair-Elect Gail Letts, Central Virginia regional president and CEO at Sun Trust Banks, Inc., will co-lead the search committee. A national search firm will partner with the search committee to drive the process.

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The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) recently launched http://www.RichmondWorldView.com a sit,e to serve as a go-to resource for international businesses showcasing Richmond as a top prospect for relocation and expansion. The site features country specific brochures in native languages about Greater Richmond’s business advantages; statistics and rankings for the Greater Richmond business environment, as well as regional demographics and information; a directory of more than 150 international businesses in the metro area; news updates about newcomers to the region and the success of established international businesses; details about regional educational institutions’ international networks and offerings, such as specialty programs and languages; and resources about culturally diverse events and communities in Greater Richmond. Rick Whittington Consulting, LLC, a website consulting firm and GRP investor, created and implemented the Richmond World View site design and development. The GRP was launched in 1994 to serve as the regional economic development group for the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico. For details, visit http://www.grpva.com .

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ConnectRichmond and ConnectSouthside, nonprofit programs known for their popular information-sharing tools and resources, recently announced progress on the merger and launch of a new, improved and redesigned website that will enhance services to the community. In anticipation of these new developments, the two programs are hosting a logo and tagline contest open to Central and Southside Virginia residents and workers. In addition to the winning design serving as the official logo and tagline of the new “connectva,” the winner will receive a grand prize of $500 cash and $100 GiveRichmond Giving Card. The card can be used to make a donation to any charity registered on http://www.GiveRichmond.com The .committee is: Selection Committee Chairman Michael Whitlow, executive vice president and corporate practice director at CRT/tanaka; Andy Azula, senior vice president and group creative director at the Martin Agency; Jeffrey Cribbs, president and CEO of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation; Robyn Deyo, president of Barber Martin; Todd Gray, vice president for marketing and communications at YMCA Greater Richmond; Jesse Randall, art director at Elevation Advertising; Daphne Maxwell Reid, co-founder and principal partner of New Millennium Studios; Peyton Rowe, associate professor at VCU’s School of Mass Communications; and Risha Stebbins, senior program officer and coordinator of communications at The Cameron Foundation. For more information about the ConnectRichmond and ConnectSouthside logo contest, including the design brief and contest rules, visit http://bit.ly/njBrxd The .submission deadline is Sept. 30.

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“Like to Love” is the theme for this year’s VA-1 Tourism Summit, to be held Oct. 17-19 at the Hilton Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, 12042 W. Broad St. The summit is the premier event for the Virginia Tourism Industry. Speakers will present cutting edge research and marketing techniques in breakout sessions and workshops on a variety of subjects including how to leverage funds in tight economic times, the statewide tourism plan, five ways to win travelers’ love and money and more. There will also be an awards luncheon. Registration is $145 and includes all sessions and meals. The Electronic Marketing workshop is an additional $50. To register, visit http://www.vhta.org .

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To boost hunger awareness in the U.S., Tyson Foods recently launched a social media campaign enabling the public to choose three food banks to each receive a 30,000-pound protein donation from the company. The donation will provide 120,000 meals for each food bank. With the help of Feeding America, Tyson selected ten food banks from communities in the U.S. where per capita food insecurity is highest. The Central Virginia Food Bank is one of the ten. Guests can vote until Sept. 30, the end of Hunger Action Month, at http://www.facebook.com/TysonHungerRelief.

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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently awarded Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc., a regional economic development organization, with four awards at its annual conference. IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Awards Program annually recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year’s most influential leaders. The program honors organizations and individuals in 28 categories for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Since 1997, the Partnership has received 52 awards from international and regional organizations recognizing the team for its economic development work and innovative promotional tools. The GRP was launched in 1994 to serve as the regional economic development group for the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico. For details, visit http://www.grpva.com .

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Outreach Magazine recently named the Richmond Outreach Center in South Richmond the fastest-growing church in America, indicating a vast 83% growth in attendance from 2009 to 2010. When the church, known as The ROC, opened in 2001, Richmond had the fifth-highest murder rate in the U.S. Since then, it has dropped to 55th. Local and federal governments have recognized The ROC numerous times for its contribution to that reduction through ministries such as after-school and sports programs for kids living in public housing. The Outreach 100 lists were compiled by LifeWay Research and include only Protestant churches, as defined by the American Religious Data Archive, that opted to participate in the study.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Chemtreat leased 49,548 square feet in Franklin Commons, 5640 Cox Rd., and Innovative Animal Care Associates, PLLC leased 4,234 square feet at 4804 Nine Mile Rd.

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The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF) recently awarded nearly $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits based in Central Virginia. A committee of 26 employees chose the grant recipients from nearly 145 proposals, with 80 local organizations receiving grants. Of the 80 organizations, 11 are first-time recipients. Area organizations include: Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter, Circle Center Adult Day Services, Henrico CASA, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, American Red Cross Greater Richmond Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond, Comfort Zone Camp, Inc., Connor’s Heroes Foundation, Feed More, Inc., Greater Richmond ARC, Greater Richmond SCAN, Safe Harbor, Senior Connections The Capital Area Agency on Aging, St. Joseph’s Villa, YMCA of Greater Richmond and more. In Central Virginia, the ACECF has awarded 868 grants totaling $25.6 million over the last 10 years.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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