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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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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.
‘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.
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CalendarVirginia Opera will present “The Empress and the Nightingale” at 3 p.m. at Weinstein JCC. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic of the same name is a children’s story… Full text