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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.

Highland Springs Community Center grand re-opening planned

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate Highland Springs Community Center, 16 Ivy Avenue, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 9.

The event is open to the public and will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature remarks by county officials, facility tours, children’s activities, exhibits and entertainment by Manny Green.}

Reindeer and helpers

Christmas Mothers from decades past gathered at the Deep Run Recreation Center Oct. 7 to prepare for their holiday activities and honor 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother Harriet Long. A retired Henrico County math teacher and long-time volunteer with the program, Long (pictured, bottom row, center, in red blazer) also is a product of Henrico County schools, having attended Lakeside E.S. and graduated from Hermitage H.S.}

‘Step UP for Down Syndrome’ festival scheduled for White Oak Village Oct. 12

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its seventh annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Shops at White Oak Village in Eastern Henrico.

The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a newly expanded free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome.}

Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.}

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift.}

Short Pump Ruritan Club donates $50k to Virginia War Memorial

The Short Pump Ruritan/Civic Association Foundation, Inc. recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation. The donation will be used to finance the production of a new film about the Vietnam War as part of the War Memorial’s award-winning Virginians at War film series.}

Vintage Home Market set for June 15-16

A longtime Lakeside business owner and his partner are bringing "The Vintage Home Market" to the Richmond International Raceway Complex June 15-16.

Tony Turner has operated a business on Lakeside Avenue for nearly 20 years, beginning with Huckleberries Home & Garden for 10 years in The Hub Shopping Center and followed by Feathernesters across the street in the Lakeside Town Center.}

Fan Care offers heat relief to seniors

Qualifying senior citizens can receive free relief from summer heat through the 23rd annual Fan Care program, which provides fans and cooling assistance to seniors 60 and older in need.

The program is an initiative of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging for seniors who meet income eligibility requirements and have a situation that threatens their health.}

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