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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

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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