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The following students recently were inducted into the James Madison University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business students: Jingxiong Wu, of Henrico; and Laura Mason and Austin Highfill, of Glen Allen. To be eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, students must be a junior or senior and rank in the upper 10 percent of their respective class.

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Safe Harbor has named Susan Thweatt the honoree for the 2012 Beacon of Hope Award. Thweatt is a long-standing volunteer with the agency serving in the emergency and transitional housing programs, on the organization’s Board of Directors, on fundraising teams, and, most recently, as the chief designer and decorator for the agency’s transitional houses. Safe Harbor will also be honoring George Drumwright, one of the agency's founding Board members, for his years of service to the agency. The Beacon of Hope was created in 2007 to recognize an outstanding individual or agency in the Henrico community that has been instrumental in empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence and/or promoting healthy relationships for all.

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Local Avon Representative Diane K. Hooker has completed the ELITE (Educating Leaders In Transformational Excellence) professional development certification hosted by the Direct Selling Woman's Alliance. As a reward, Hooker attended a three-day all-expense-paid graduation celebration in Orlando, Fla. along with 75 other Representatives who completed the curriculum through Avon's AUL Academy. Hooker is a member of the inaugural class of Avon's AUL Academy which is an educational curriculum designed to enhance their independent businesses, advance title promotion and accelerate earnings levels.

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Ford Torney, of Henrico, has been selected to play the mysterious man for the University of Mary Washington production of “Into the Woods” Nov. 1-18. Torney is the son of Maureen and Chris Torney, of Henrico, and is a 2011 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. A sophomore majoring in international affairs, Torney has been a member of the Student Senate. In addition, he is a Washington Guide and a member of the Association of Residence Halls. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. Tickets are $20 to $24. For more information, call 540-654-1111 or visit http://www.umw.tix.com
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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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Entertainment

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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘Sizing Up!’ opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center unveils a new exhibit – "Sizing Up!" – Nov. 20-Jan. 18 in the Gumenick Family Gallery.

Artist Chuck Larivey has spent the past three years "sizing up" – creating large-scale oil paintings that are designed to engage their viewers in a monumental way by using size to captivate them and make them a part of the artistic experience.

The exhibit is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public at the center, located at 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

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