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‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ raises more than $340,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 18 in Innsbrook raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research. More than 1,600 participants took part in the event.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of four Walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond held since Sept. 20; combined, the four raised more than $530,000.

Susan Hudson, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond’s 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair, has been a Walk participant for eleven years. > Read more.

Superintendent Russo to host community meetings

Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Russo will host a series of five public meetings with Henrico citizens – one in each magisterial district – during the coming weeks.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and engage in an open dialogue with Russo about school-related issues. > Read more.

Tucker HS show ‘Movements’ to benefit Daily Planet

Students and staff from Tucker High School will present “Movements,” a stage production featuring music, monologues and more, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Tucker High auditorium. “Movements,” a show about being moved to move others, will be presented to the Henrico community in order to raise money and items for Daily Planet, a local organization that offers comprehensive health and human services to the homeless, as well as potentially homeless, in the Greater Richmond area. > Read more.

Business in brief


Thomas Fredell has joined Glen Allen-based Snagajob as the company’s chief technology officer. Fredell will oversee Snagajob’s engineering and product departments and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s product offerings and support architecture. Prior to joining Snagajob, Fredell served as chief technology officer at IntraLinks for 10 years. He is also the founder of Membly.com, a social sharing site that helps users capture, contribute and share memories, and serves as a board member for the Knowledge Is Power Program in Massachusetts, which prepares students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. > Read more.

Safe Harbor hosts open house

Safe Harbor held a community open house Sept. 20 to highlight the agency’s work throughout Henrico County. Representatives from the agency’s programs were available to answer questions about Safe Harbor’s work supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships in the community.

Pictured at right, Vanessa Durrant stands in Safe Harbor’s playroom, where children impacted by sexual and/or domestic violence receive supportive services to help them deal with their experiences. > Read more.

Libraries offering ‘always available’ e-books

Henrico County Public Library recently added an additional way to check out e-books, known as "Freading." Freading, is a new service that provides “always available” eBooks through a lending system that uses weekly tokens. Freading has been made available to public libraries throughout the state through funding from the Library Service and Technology Act granted by the Institute of Museums and Library Service administered by the Library of Virginia. > Read more.

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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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