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Virginia Eye Institute is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Cataract Mission program, an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria include a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) and a lack of financial means to pay for the surgery. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. About 80 Virginia Eye Institute volunteers work with the program each year and the program has donated over 240 surgeries to date. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens. Qualified candidates may call 287-4905 to request an application.

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WTVR Channel 6, the Better Housing Coalition and Woodfin are currently accepting nominations for its second annual “A Warmer Winter,” a public service effort to bring a new furnace to a family in need in Metro Richmond. Nominations should include a description of why a family or friend deserves a new home heating system. Forms can be obtained at http://www.wtvr.com/warmerwinter or http://www.askwoodfin.com and will be accepted through Jan. 13, 2013.

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K2 Trophies and Awards, an online trophy retailer, recently purchased a 50,000 square foot building on Jacque Street in Henrico as its new headquarters. The building previously served as the home of Binswanger Glass. K2 Trophies and Awards has been leasing space nearby on Dabney Road but outgrew the space and will move into its new location in March. The company was founded in 2002 and is led by President Charlie Moss.

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HHHunt Communities has announced its newest community in Henrico, Westin Estates. Located near Short Pump, Westin Estates will feature custom homes on one-acre plus wooded lots. Home prices start in the upper $500,000s. The first phase of development includes 24 lots and construction of new homes will begin in early 2013. HHHC has developed other communities near Short Pump including Wellesley, Wyndham and Twin Hickory. For more information, including community maps and plans, visit http://www.hhhuntcommunities.com/community/westin/index.php .

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Peebles – renewed its lease of 59,524 square feet in Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Road; MAACO – leased 9,510 square feet at 3318 W. Broad St.; American Family Fitness – leased 6,345 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr. to serve as their corporate office headquarters; Lynch & Associates – renewed its lease of 2,193 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; and Fresh and Press – leased 1,120 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7574 W. Broad St.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has hired David Bass as public relations manager, Veronica Boyett as conference specialist, Jennifer Harris as business development associate and Amalia Melis as marketing and communications manager. Bass is responsible for leading strategies for VSCPA public and media relations and community outreach programs. Boyett will plan, manage and implement VSCPA conferences and will work on other educational programs and events. Harris is responsible for creating high-value partnerships to benefit members and affiliated organizations. Melis will lead the strategies for VSCPA marketing and communications efforts as well as brand and social media management.

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Sally Green, first vice president and COO of The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will be the guest in a C-Suite Conversation Jan. 16 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with business decision-makers in central Virginia. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Robins School Senior Associate Dean Richard Coughlan will interview Green. The program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://tiny.cc/csuitegreen011613 .

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Cliff Hamner has joined the Commercial Property Services team at Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as a senior portfolio manager. Hamner has over 20 years of experience in property management, including multi-family, retail, office, industrial and office-medical properties. He recently worked for Jones Lang LaSalle and prior to moving to Richmond, was a regional property manager for Weingarten Realty in Raleigh, N.C., where he oversaw a portfolio totaling over 3.3 million square feet of retail and industrial. He has also worked for Craig Davis Properties in Cary, NC.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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