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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


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 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


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


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


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.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the E. Bruce Heilman Dining Center at the University of Richmond. Each meeting features breakfast and an interesting speaker. For details, call Pete Sizemore at 288-0999. Full text

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