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‘Adventure Series’ to begin Friday

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The County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will present its annual Adventure Series in March, featuring slide presentations and speakers celebrating the outdoors. The first two presentations will include speakers discussing their own adventures, and the series will conclude with some short films on mountain culture.

The Adventure Series is free for all ages and takes place on March 2, 16 and 23. Locations vary and are listed below, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series will feature the following presentations:

• “Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts”, Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Henrico County Administration Board Room (4301 E. Parham Road, Henrico 23228) – In 1996 Steven Faulkner and his 16 year-old son Justin left the fast world of cars, jobs, schools, televisions, and computers and set out on a 1,000 mile voyage in their 16-foot canoe, Natty Bumpo. They followed the route first taken in 1673 by the early French explorers Joliet and Marquette to
discover the Upper Mississippi River. Waterwalk is a journey into the heart of this continent 300 years ago, a modern exploration of the quiet waterways that weave their way through America, and a voyage through the heart of a father-son relationship. Steven Faulkner teaches Creative Writing at Longwood University. A movie based on his book “Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts” is being produced by Michigan Blue Lake Productions.

• Across the Roof of America presented by Leonard Atkins, Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Henrico County Administration Board Room (4301 E. Parham Road, Henrico 23228) – The Continental Divide follows the Rocky Mountains for more than 2,700 miles in the United States and is a part of the National Scenic Trails System. A
complete traverse of it demands using maps and compass during cross-country travel, fording glacier melt-swollen streams, ascending 13,000-foot passes, crossing deserts in 100-degree heat, and crashing through thigh-high snow drifts. As Coordinator of the Across the Roof of America Expedition, award-winning local author and renowned hiker
Leonard Atkins will share stories and photos as he walked the Continental Divide for six months from Canada to Mexico.

• An Evening With Mountainfilm, Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs (305 E Nine Mile Road, Henrico 23075) – Each year in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm celebrates cultures unique to mountain communities with an international rendezvous of legendary mountaineers, environmentalists, filmmakers, authors, scientists, and artists. The mission of Mountainfilm is to educate and inspire audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, and environments worth preserving. Don’t miss this opportunity to view incredible outdoor films!
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > 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.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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