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School Briefs – Henrico H.S. Center for the Arts

This month we will begin a series of monthly “spotlights” that will highlight each of the four disciplines here at the Henrico High School Center for the Arts! First, we will be focusing on the Visual Arts department, led by art teachers Mary Scurlock and Genevieve Dowdy.

The Center for the Arts (CFA) opened its doors in 1990, and in 1995, the first class of visual arts students was welcomed to the Center. The program began with a single teacher, Mr. Jeff Hall, and grew exponentially in the space of just a few years, necessitating the hire of a second full-time teacher, Ms. Mary Scurlock. In 2006, Mr. Hall left the Center to become the art teacher at the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, and Mrs. Genevieve Dowdy was welcomed to the CFA staff.

The Art Department is housed in the recently-completed, state-of-the-art Lee Hanchey Visual Arts Building. This building contains four fully-equipped classrooms, each with their own sinks, work stations, portfolio storage, and all the amenities that an art student could ever wish for. These classrooms flank a professional gallery space, located in the center of the building, which is home to the Fall and Spring Visual Arts Showcases.

We welcome you to come and experience the Center for yourself as we celebrate the CFA’s 20th birthday at the 20th Anniversary Fall Retrospective Showcase on Nov. 19-20! The Visual Arts showcase will be held in the Jeff Hall gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the performing arts showcase will follow at 7:30 in the auditorium. These showcases run for two nights only – Friday and Saturday – so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to come out and see all the wonderful talent that the CFA has to offer!
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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