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Matthew T. Williams, of Glen Allen, has been accepted into The Julliard School’s new Master of Fine Arts in Drama program, beginning next week. This inaugural class accepted only eight graduate actors. The MFA in Drama is a four-year conservatory program in actor training. Students in the graduate program will participate in advanced courses in addition to working side by side with undergraduates in certain skill sets and in performance. The final year of the MFA program is dedicated to performance and other opportunities creating a bridge to the profession.

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Hampen-Sydney College student Brandon A. Long recently studied the Spanish language, culture and contemporary issues at the Universidad de Alcala De Henares in Spain. The opportunity is offered to Hampen-Sydney College students by the Global Education and Study Abroad department at H-SC through the University of Franklin at the Universidad de Alcala. Students reside in private homes during their stay and the personal contact with host families provides a first-hand experience of Spanish life and culture. Long is a graduate of J.R. Tucker High School and is the son of Anthony and Kelly Long, of Glen Allen.

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Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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Kristen Baird, of Richmond, and Kori Amacker, of Glen Allen, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. Baird earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in metals and jewelry. Amacker earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in animation.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed several local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority – Mary C. Doswell, of Richmond, senior vice president of Alternative Energy Solutions for Dominion Resources; and Dr. Benjamin J. Lambert, of Richmond, optometrist; Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects – Robert A. Boynton, of Richmond, architect at Boynton Rothschild Rowland Architects; and Board of Historic Resources – H. Edward “Chip” Mann, of Glen Allen, public affairs specialist.
Community

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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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


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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