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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently leased 20,356 square feet of retail space to Michaels in The Shops at White Oak Village, 4531 S. Laburnum Ave. Michaels will occupy the former Circuit City location and will join the anchor line-up that includes Sam’s Club, Target, Lowe’s, Martin’s, JC Penney, PetSmart and Office Max within this 900,000 square feet center.

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Sewing Faith, LLC recently leased 3,727 square feet in Deep Run Centre I at 3991 Deep Rock Rd. Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer handled lease negotiations.

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Elizabeth Duke will speak about her progression from a community banker to the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the University of Richmond’s Camp Concert Hall. Duke took office in August 2008, filling an unexpired term that ends Jan. 31, 2012. Before her appointment, she was senior executive vice president and COO of TowneBank, a Virginia-based community bank. Duke’s lecture is presented by the university’s Robins School of Business Executive Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Stanley S. Watts Lectureship and funded in part by a grant from the Manville Foundation for Private Enterprise. All events in the Robins Executive Speaker series are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required by Jan. 8 and can be completed online at http://tiny.cc/governorduke011612 For .details, contact Andi Minor at 289-8813 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Faith in Richmond, a new website for the Richmond-area faith community, recently launched. The site, http://www.faithinrichmond.com is pa,rt interfaith directory and part news hub where visitors can keep up with what’s happening in local faith organizations. There are directories and features about: where to worship, how to serve, where families connect with weekday activities and the area book buzz. A calendar will highlight special events. All faiths will be included.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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