All Henrico Reads book discussions start Thursday
Citizen Staff Reports 03/05/12
Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” has been selected as the 2012 author for All Henrico Reads.
Book discussions for “The Art of Racing in the Rain” will be held at several libraries: Tuckahoe, 1901 Starling Dr. – March 8 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Fairfield, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. – March 12 at 2 p.m.; Varina, 2001 Library Rd. – March 13 at 3 p.m.; Twin Hickory, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. – March 14 at 1 p.m.; Dumbarton, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. – March 20 at 7 p.m.; and Sandston, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. – April 9 at 7 p.m.
Stein will discuss the book and sign copies at the AHR main event on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen High School. The book tells the story of race car driver Denny Swift and his dog, Enzo. Enzo, a philosopher with a nearly human soul, has gained tremendous insight into the human condition by watching television and listening very closely to the words of his master. Enzo sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast; using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
For more information about All Henrico Reads, call 290-9000 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
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.
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.
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.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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