Henrico County VA

Extension seeks volunteers for ‘Master Food’ training course

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will co-sponsor a four-week program this fall to train volunteers to serve as community experts in basic nutrition, meal planning and healthy cooking techniques.

The Master Food Volunteer Program is being introduced to residents of Henrico, Chesterfield County and the city of Richmond to promote nutrition and wellness. The program is modeled after the Master Gardener Program, which trains residents to serve the community as experts in horticulture.

Informational meetings on the Master Food Volunteer Program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the L. Douglas Wilder Building at Virginia State University on Carter G. Woodson Avenue in Chesterfield County. The deadline to register is Thursday, Aug. 2.

The training classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 18 through Oct. 9 in the Wilder Building at Virginia State. The $65 fee will offset the cost of materials, a continental breakfast and a lunch prepared during each session. As part of the program, participants will be expected to complete 30 hours of volunteer service within one year by leading food demonstrations or working displays at health fairs or farmers markets.

For information or to register for one of the informational meetings, call Kimberly Edmonds at 501-5160 or visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/extension
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 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.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re in the mood for a little music this weekend, you won’t be disappointed! Pete Peterkin, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will present a musical tribute to the legendary Ray Charles at CACGA tomorrow. Fans of gospel music can head to Sandston Baptist Church for an Eastern Henrico FISH benefit concert. Richmond native and American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin will perform at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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