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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 part 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.
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Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The speaker will be Robert Wright, an environmental scientist who loves the animal and plant life of the Richmond region, and is fortunate enough to make a living exploring it. His talk, “Married to the Job: What's Not to LOVE About Environmental Science?” will provide a visual feast featuring Virginia flora and fauna found on projects that require environmental solutions. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.vnps.org/pocahontas. Full text

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