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Sarah Breitenberg, daughter of Hal and Susan Breitenberg of Glen Allen, and Jimmy Mello, son of James and Stacy Mello of Henrico, were recently cast in Longwood University’s production of “Godspell,” which opened Nov. 10 and runs for two weekends, concluding on Sunday, Nov. 20. Breitenberg, a 2009 graduate of Hermitage High School, has also appeared in other Longwood productions including “The Underpants,” “The Vagina Monologues,” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” Mello, a 2011 graduate of Freeman High School, will be making his Longwood debut. Tickets are $5 for LU students, $6 for senior citizens, students from other schools and faculty, and $8 for general admission. Advance reservations are recommended. For more information, contact the box office at 434-395-2474 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed Elena Ferranti, of Glen Allen, to the Common Interest Community Board. Ferranti is the project manager for Virginia Management, Inc.

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Glen Allen native Stefan Jobe, a senior at James Madison University, will be part of JMU’s first graduating class of engineering students. The developing program began in 2008 and will be graduating 47 students this spring. As part of their graduation requirements, engineering students are required to complete a capstone project, usually executed over a two year period. Jobe and his team will be conducting biomimicry, by observing characteristics of the fast and efficient travel and movement of animals to inspire technological advancements in transportation. The group was inspired by the skin of sharks to use a similar application to reduce drag on semi-trucks. These practical, real-world projects allow students to experience the field of engineering as they would in a career, while also solving important problems and meeting real needs. These applications also require students to work with a team to achieve a common goal over a certain period of time, preparing students for the engineering world ahead of them.
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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