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All active, retired or former U.S. military veterans will receive a free lunch in celebration of Veteran’s Day at Texas Roadhouse outside Virginia Center Commons Mall. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, veterans can choose one of 10 entrees, including a six ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides, plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee. Proof of service including military or VA card or discharge papers is required to participate. Free meal offer is for military personnel only; spouses or other family members are not included. For details, visit http://www.texasroadhouse.com .
Immigration attorney Emily Sumner, who is fluent in Spanish, recently opened Sumner Immigration Law PLLC in Innsbrook. A graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law, Sumner is experienced in a wide range of immigration law services including permanent residence, work and business visas, visas for artists and athletes, investor visas, consular processing and fiancé and marriage-based green cards. For more information, call 396-3412 or visit http://www.sumnerimmigration.com .
Denise Kranich, former executive director of the Innsbrook Foundation, recently was named head of the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC). As LINC’s executive director, Kranich is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and works with the board of directors to further LINC’s mission of easing the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing education, assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources. Before joining LINC, Kranich served for 18 years with the Innsbrook Foundation where she was responsible for the Innsbrook After Hours concert series, the Richmond Corporate Games and other activities. A breast cancer survivor, Kranich was named the 2010 Henrico Community Leader of the Year and one of the 2011 Influential Women of Virginia.
Chadwick & Son Orchids, Inc. recently donated a collection of 27 specimens of their renowned First Lady orchids, now known as the Presidential Collection, for permanent display at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG.) The collection includes plants named after former first ladies, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush as well as those recently presented to First Lady Michelle Obama. The plants will be grown off-site at the USBG production facility until blooming, and then put on public display at their conservatory across from the Capital. The orchids will bloom at different times throughout the year so there will be new orchids to see almost year round. Founded in 1989, Chadwick & Son Orchids operates 10 greenhouses located in Powhatan County and a retail location in Richmond’s museum district. The company also boards more than 13,000 orchids for local clients and maintains the orchid collection for the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico.
Veteran arts manager Shannon Hooker recently joined the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts as assistant director. Hooker came to the Modlin Center from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she was director of campus life arts and programs. Her primary responsibilities as assistant director will be to implement a comprehensive operations plan. The plan includes enhanced customer services initiatives, educational and residency programs, volunteer development and community outreach. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Winthrop University and a master of arts from the University of New Orleans.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Two Brothers Mattress Company – leased 6,900 square feet at 8401 Brook Rd.; Eagle Energy Solutions, Inc. – leased 3,718 square feet in Interair Center, 5371-5393 Glen Alden Dr.; Apple One – leased 2,013 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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