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Henrico FCU supports teachers in financial education curriculum

Robyn Clark (Henrico FCU Financial Education Manager), Dr. Mary Eckert (HCPS Educational Specialist) and students and teachers from the Panther, Wildcat and Warrior branches.
Henrico Federal Credit Union and Hermitage High School partnered over the last two weeks of school to deliver life lessons in financial education. During a time when teachers are often reviewing and giving exams to other students, the end of the school year has been a great opportunity for teachers to invite the credit union in for hands-on activities on budgeting and being credit smart.

Henrico FCU has been on the forefront of educating young people on finance by opening student run branches in three of Henrico County’s high schools -- Deep Run, Hermitage and Henrico -- and appearing in classrooms to partner with teachers on lessons in personal finance.
Robyn Clark with Hermitage High
School students during Reality Store game.

Robyn Clark, Henrico FCU’s financial education manager, introduced a real world simulation in which students were given "life situations" and had to make decisions regarding spending and lifestyle. The students had to factor in expenses like taxes, financial institutions, real estate, apartment rentals, apparel, car loans, credit cards, day care, entertainment, gasoline, groceries, insurance, utilities and more.

Henrico FCU also provided student seminars on “Making Smart Credit Choices” and “Buying Your First Car” right before the school year ended.

In the fall of 2011, Virginia mandated students take a class in financial education during their high school career. Virginia's high school students are required to pass economics and personal finance in order to graduate. The requirement doesn't apply to current juniors and seniors.
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

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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