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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.
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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > 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

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The expo is designed to provide parents with an engaging trade show atmosphere while kids enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. There will be contests and prizes, hands-on activities, giveaways, summer camp and school information, arts and crafts, vendors, vacation planning, food and more. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 2-12 and free for kids under two. For details, visit http://www.richmondkidsexpo.com. Full text

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