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The Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable is hosting Disability Awareness and Etiquette training on Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, 2001 Maywill St., Suite 202. Participants will learn how to build better relationships and increase their awareness level of the needs of people with disabilities. The program is free and open to the public but will be of special interest to business and community leaders, human resource personnel and those pursing diversity within their organizations. To register, call RADR Chair Dorene Scarangella McKelvy at 420-6337 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Glen Allen-based The Wine Loft is celebrating Virginia Wine Month by donating a backpack of food to FeedMore for every bottle of Virginia wine purchased in October. The backpacks The Wine Loft is donating are part of FeedMore’s Backpack Program which feeds children in need. The Wine Loft carries around two dozen different Virginia wines from wineries such as Barboursville Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Jefferson Vineyards and more. The Wine Loft opened in 2010 and is located in West Broad Village. For more information, visit http://www.wineloftrichmond.com .

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University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services has hired Bonnie Graham as project manager of career and recruitment events and Lynn Busby McMullin as assistant director for regional initiatives, focused on alumni events. Graham is responsible for planning and managing all student career events, including Spider Road Trips and Career Expos. McMullin works with regional alumni volunteers to coordinate programs, including networking events, Spider athletic pre-game and game watch parties, receptions with university speakers, and other social and cultural activities.

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BCWH Architects have promoted Charles W. Tilley to principal. Tilley, a resident of Henrico, has over 17 years of experience in the planning and design of educational, cultural and civic facilities for public and private clients. He earned a bachelor of science degree in design and a masters of architecture at Clemson University. BCWH recently completed Henrico’s Gayton Library renovation and is currently working on renovations at Dumbartion and Varina libraries.

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Stephanie Quinby, owner of RVA Massage and Wellness, LLC in Henrico, recently was appointed to Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Quinby is also a massage instructor at the American Institute of Massage and a yoga instructor at Project Yoga in Richmond.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 9220 Brook Rd. Dana’s Habitat, Inc. purchased the approximately 1,982 square foot property from VanHuss Holding, LC for $387,000 to be used for an adult daycare facility. Isaac DeRegibus of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Big Lots – renewed its lease of 36,900 square feet in Parham One at 8191 Brook Rd.; AMEC Environment & Infrastructure – leased 2,400 square feet in Dabney Corporate Center at 2028 Dabney Rd.; Little House Green Grocery – leased 1,625 square feet at 1227 Bellevue Ave.; and Jackson Summer & Associates – leased 1,152 square feet in Glenburnie Office Park at 5413 Patterson Ave.

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc., located in Glen Allen, has named Cathy Drewry Grieve as vice president of business development. Grieve will serve as a key contact, establishing, cultivating, and maintaining client relationships. Grieve has been in hospitality sales for over 22 years. In 2001 she helped open the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and most recently served as the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University.

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For the fifth consecutive year, Innsbrook-based Snagajob has been named one of the best companies to work for in America on the Great Place to Work annual ranking published recently by Fortune magazine. Snagajob ranks 12th on the list of 25 best medium-sized companies. Snagajob, which was named the No. 1 Best Small Company to Work for in America last year, graduated to the medium category this year as the company experienced significant growth in 2012. Companies were judged according to employee surveys, an in-depth culture questionnaire and factors such as credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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