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Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir.

Heaven-sent pennies

Children in the Chickahominy Family YMCA’s afterschool program gave a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Shelby Walker, a store associate at the JC Penney at the Shops at White Oak Village, last month. Walker is credited with having the highest participation rate – 99 percent – of all associates in JC Penney’s back-to-school “Pennies from heaven” campaign, through which store associates ask customers to round up their purchase total to the next whole dollar, with proceeds going to the company’s afterschool fund.}

Henrico Extension offering gardening workshop April 7

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 7 to show how residents can start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration in advance is required.

The workshop is free and open to the public and geared for residents who are interested in growing vegetables to reduce their grocery costs and improve their diets.}

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest.}

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda.}

Corvette Club of Richmond seeking plush bunnies for Bunny Run

The Corvette Club of Richmond (CCR) is seeking plush bunnies for its first annual Corvette Cruise-In and Bunny Wrangling on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Padow’s Hams & Deli/Celebrity Room, 9864 W. Broad St. The event is open to all Corvettes with reserved Corvette-only parking. Participants are invited to vote for their favorite Corvette by donating a new plush bunny.

The bunny buddies will be delivered to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond during CCR’s 16th annual Bunny Run on Saturday, March 31. Corvette owners are invited to meet at 12:15 p.m. at Smith Turf & Irrigation, 2201 Dabney Rd. The group will depart for the Children’s Hospital at 12:45 p.m. and once the kids are ready, the parade of Corvettes will proceed and unload the bunnies. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. }

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.}

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story.}

High Heel Dash for breast cancer in Innsbrook Saturday

Women – and men – are invited to kick up their high-heeled stilettos, pumps and platforms and race to find a cure during Richmond’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash on Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at The Shoppes at Innsbrook.

Hosted by the Central Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the High Heel Dash participants will sprint 50 yards in their heels of choice. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest and “best dressed” racers. Race participation is open to the public for a $10 entry fee. Registration is available online at http://www.komencentralva.org or on the day of the race beginning at 3 p.m. Teams and creative costumes are encouraged. There is no admission for spectators. }

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