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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen recently announced the addition of two more gallery spaces. The Glass Doors Gallery has been created to showcase three-dimensional artwork and the Midway Gallery has been added as another area for exhibiting paintings, drawings and photographs. These galleries join two other galleries – The Gumenick Family Gallery and the Slantwall Gallery. The current exhibition in the Glass Doors Gallery is “Creatures in the Hall” which features plush art as well as drawings and paintings by Richmond artist Phil Barbato. Colorful, whimsical plush animals fill the Gallery Doors Gallery cases along with two dimensional paintings of similarly whimsical animals. This exhibition continues through Nov. 18. The Midway Gallery will be an exhibition area for artwork in conjunction with the upcoming El Dia de los Muertos festival on Saturday, Oct. 22. For more information, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com.

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The Venture Forum, Richmond’s promoter of the local entrepreneurial community, recently announced its Greater Richmond’s Companies to Watch annual event, to be held Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing, 4708 E. Old Main St. The GRCTW program promotes the entrepreneurial environment of the Greater Richmond area by highlighting early-stage businesses that have the potential to become significant contributors to the local economy. A select number of companies will be awarded at the ceremony. Interested businesses are encouraged to apply at http://www.richmondventureforum.com. The website discusses criteria and benefits of being selected. Tickets to the event are $25 for Venture Forum members, $35 for nonmembers with a sponsor/member connection and $50 for nonmembers. For more information, visit http://www.richmondventureforum.com.

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The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) will unveil the Sara Belle November Educational Theater and the opening of “Smokey Joe’s Café” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 19-20. The new artistic space, once a taxi garage, has been renovated, restored and transformed into a warm and intimate theatre space, with tiered and comfortable seating and state-of-the-art visual and audio systems. Named for the key benefactor’s wife, Sara Belle November, the theater venue is dedicated to the instruction and presentation of the performing arts. A talented 14 member SPARC ensemble will perform “Smokey Joe’s Café” on the new stage. The show is a rollicking look back at the 50s and 60s, featuring the timeless music of the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller. The songs are supported by many of the popular dances associated with each time period, including the Jerk, Pony, Swim, Stroll, Twist and rocks with a live onstage combo accompanying this vivacious cast. Tickets are $12. The SPARC center is located at 2106-A N. Hamilton St. For details, visit http://www.sparconline.org.

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Lisa Good Spalding recently joined EXiT First in Glen Allen. Spalding has 13 years of real estate experience in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Chester, Goochland and Virginia Beach. She has lived in the Richmond area for over 19 years having relocated from Shenandoah Valley. She has raised three children with her husband, Brian. For more information, call 527-3948 or visit http://www.exit1strealty.net.

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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently appointed Barbara Joynes and Richard M. Nelms to its Board of Trustees. Joynes is a partner and member of the executive team at The Martin Agency where she serves as director of account management for Martin Direct. In her role, she leads the agency’s work in Digital Media, Relationship Marketing, Data Analytics, Telmark, Media, Integrated Production and Information Technology. Nelms is the former president of Long & Foster’s Richmond, Hampton Roads and Southwest Virginia regions. He started Bowers, Nelms and Fonville in 1967 and grew the company into the region’s leading real estate firm before merging the organization with Long & Foster in 1998. He serves on the Board for the American Heart Association and is past president of the American Cancer Society.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia will celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary with Mysterypalooza from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library. This day of mystery will showcase local mystery/thriller writers and includes an “Our Pathways to Publishing” panel discussion with Mary Burton, LynDee Walker, Mollie Cox Bryan, Mary Behre, and Tracey Livesay, followed by a meet and greet and book signing with twelve local mystery/thriller writers. Full text

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