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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 .
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 .
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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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.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘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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