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‘Holiday Angels’ Gift Drive Underway

With the holiday season approaching, Meals on Wheels and McKesson Medical-Surgical have teamed for their "Holiday Angels" gift drive to benefit Meals on Wheels clients. Most clients who rely on Meals on Wheels for nutritional meals also rely upon the organization for their holiday remembrances and daily necessities, such as toiletries, safety items, warm socks and gloves, as well as gifts for grandchildren in their care.

The number of Meals on Wheels clients in Henrico County has jumped by 20 percent since last year, according to officials.

Often, clients' “Holiday Angels” wish lists provide the only holiday remembrances that they and their grandchildren will receive. Meals on Wheels' partnership with McKesson Medical-Surgical – the Richmond-based national distributor of medical supplies and equipment—seeks to brighten the holidays for these less fortunate neighbors through the “Holiday Angels” gift drive. McKesson’s employees provide specially requested items for children, as well as larger items for homebound adults.

The organizations hope to provide more than 5,500 items this year and need the public's help to reach that goal.

Individuals, organizations and companies may donate the following new, unwrapped gifts, now through Dec. 10:

• safety and security items – night lights, radios, alarm clocks, smoke detectors, flashlights, batteries

• toiletries – shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream, razors

• household items – towels, washcloths, blankets

• generic gifts – stamps, stationery, pill organizers, puzzles

• warm clothing – socks, gloves, scarves, baseball caps

• gift bags – all sizes

No food items or candy are accepted due to many recipients’ special dietary needs.

Collection bins are located at Meals on Wheels’ Distribution Center at 1600 Willow Lawn Drive in Henrico, as well as the area’s participating Walgreens stores. Additional drop-off locations and gift ideas are detailed at http://www.mowdelivers.com Finan.cial contributions also are accepted online.

During the holidays, volunteers from Meals on Wheels and McKesson Medical-Surgical will collect and deliver the gifts to homebound clients who reside in four cities and 10 counties in Central Virginia, including Henrico.
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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