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Western Henrico Rotary Club Golf Tournament Raises $24,500

The Western Henrico Rotary Club raised more than $24,500 for scholarships at the annual Becky Briggs Memorial Golf Tournament on Columbus Day at the Crossings Golf Course – the most it has ever raised through the event. The tournament is named after a 17-year-old senior at Mary Mount High School, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1990. Her father is a member of the Western Henrico Rotary Club.

Since it began in 1991, the tournament has provided nearly $100,000 in scholarships to approximately 60 students, according to club president Christina McClung. The remaining balance of the money raised from the tournament is held and managed by The Community Foundation.

Proceeds are used to provide scholarships for graduating seniors from Hermitage, Tucker and Freeman high schools who plan to attend a four-year college or community college. Recipients are selected from those schools because the Western Henrico Rotary Club sponsors Interact Clubs at those locations. In addition, two scholarships are awarded to students attending J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College who have completed at least one year of study.

Event chairman Steve Esbach said scholarship recipients will each receive $2,000 this year.

The Western Henrico Rotary Club also gives $500 each year to the libraries at Crestview and Johnson elementary schools in Henrico County, where a number of Western Henrico Rotary Club members serve as volunteers in the reading programs.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1. For details, visit westernhenricorotary.org.
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

CAT Theatre to host auditions

CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Book of Days on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held at CAT Theatre, 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico. Book of Days will run Jan. 23-Feb. 7 and is one of CAT’s submissions to the Acts of Faith Festival.

Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder – and community theatre – in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan.

Director Leslie Cline is seeking five females between the ages of 20-65 and seven males between the ages of 24-65. > Read more.

CAT Theatre opens 51st season Oct. 24


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

The story follows Holmes, whose career as the world’s greatest detective seems to have reached its end until 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 companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. > 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.

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