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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.

Holiday glow

Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a bounty of Christmas trees as part of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s annual “Illumina,” a holiday decorated tree display. Hopkins and the center unveiled the trees Dec. 2; they will remain on display through Jan. 3. Each features its own unique theme – from trains to Musicology 101. Admission is free. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road.}

Marathon spirit

Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park.}

CCC seeks donations to help its ‘blanket Virginia’ effort

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is seeking donations of 500 new or gently used adult and baby blankets in the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Norton regions as part of its “Let’s Blanket Virginia” campaign in the regions it serves. The effort will run through Thanksgiving.}

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift.}

Short Pump Ruritan Club donates $50k to Virginia War Memorial

The Short Pump Ruritan/Civic Association Foundation, Inc. recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation. The donation will be used to finance the production of a new film about the Vietnam War as part of the War Memorial’s award-winning Virginians at War film series.}

‘Lady’s Fashion Show’ at Meadow Farm

Meadow Farm hosted its "Lady's Fashion Show" June 1, showcasing the fashions of seven generations of Meadow Farm women – including four generations of Sheppard women who lived there between 1810 and 1920.}

Raiders help ‘Stir It Up!’

Among the activities featured at Stir It Up!, a fundraiser and awareness raiser held May 5 at Deep Run H.S., was the opportunity for youngsters – including this young fan pictured with player Raibonne Charles – to play catch with members of the Richmond Raiders professional indoor football team.}

Indian flair

Children perform during the India Spring Fest, held April 27-28 at the Hindu Center in Glen Allen. The event featured traditional Indian food, shopping and entertainment for children and adults.}

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