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Local charities eligible for Richmond Unite funds

Donations will be based upon online voting by the public
Richmond Unite, a nonprofit organization that supports local charities that serve youngsters, has opened the online voting component of its charity project, allowing citizens to vote for one charity a day until Sept. 8. Among those eligible for votes to receive donations are several Henrico organizations. Members of the public can vote for their favorite charities at http://www.richmondunite.org/vote-now/.
 
Richmond Unite raises money for qualifying charities through a variety of channels, including a series of three events – a conference, dinner and party featuring Virgin Group founder Richard Branson – on Sept. 9. Funds distributed to qualifying charities in December will be based on the votes those organizations receive during the month-long online voting process. 

In its inaugural year, 39 charities have qualified to participate in the Richmond Unite project.  The Henrico organizations include Christian Youth Theater, Joyal Capital Management Foundation, Inc., St. Joseph’s Villa, Hilliard House and Challenge Discovery Projects. 
 
The other organizations are: ART 180; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Richmond & Tri Cities; Blue Sky Fund; Boy Scouts of America; ChildSavers; Children, Inc.; Church Hill Activities and Tutoring; City Singers; Communities in Schools Chesterfield; Communities In Schools of Richmond; Friends Association for Children; HARPS Foundation; Higher Achievement; Hope for Families; Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts; Podium Foundation; R.A.M.P.S.; Richmond Ballet; Richmond CenterStage; Richmond Cycling Corps; Richmond Peace Education Center; Richmond Shock; Richmond Tennis Association; ROSMY; Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center; Theatre IV; UMFS; U-TURN; Virginia Foundation for Community College Education; Virginia State Golf Association Foundation; Volunteer Families; William Byrd Community House; YMCA of Greater Richmond; Youth Life Foundation of Richmond.  
 
For details about next month's events or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.richmondunite.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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For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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