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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 .

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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 .

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Genesis Electrical Services, Inc. and Renewable Engineered Systems (RES) will give a free seminar on affordable, residential solar power on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the education building at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Space is limited to 30 guests. To register by Nov. 14 call 912-3665 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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