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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

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.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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