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Meals on Wheels seeks Eastern Henrico volunteers

Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound residents along routes in Highland Springs. Deliveries are scheduled weekdays between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. The minimum volunteer commitment is a couple hours at least one weekday per month, though additional shifts are available.

Meals on Wheels collaborates with local agencies, donors and volunteers to meet the needs of many of these homebound seniors and disabled adults in Henrico County and throughout the region. Some are frail with limited incomes. Others are ill or perhaps recovering from surgery, most live alone and many suffer from chronic hunger.

“The cost of food and disabilities keep me from acquiring food that is good for me,” said a local Meals on Wheels client. “This has given me at least one healthy meal a day.”

Another homebound senior wrote, “I don't have to try & prepare food holding on to my walker.”

In Henrico alone, 250 nutritious meals are delivered every weekday from FeedMore’s Community Kitchen to MOW clients. The meals are designed to be wholesome and customized to each client’s specific dietary requirements.

In addition to the meals, volunteers provide caring safety checks and bring smiles to brighten the days of their clients.

“It’s a real pleasure to do something for people in need,” said David Irving, who along with his wife, Ruth, began delivering meals to MOW clients in Highland Springs two months after he retired in 1995. They still volunteer every Wednesday more than 15 years later.

“The time may come when we have to be participants instead of volunteers,” Irving said. “But for now, it’s nice to have something to prove that you can be used in a good way.”

For details about volunteering, visit http://www.mowdelivers.com or call 934-1951.
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

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.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

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.

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