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Erik Estrada to appear at Glen Allen church screening of ‘Finding Faith’

Erik Estrada

Glen Allen Baptist Church will screen a new faith- and family-friendly film on Jan. 26, in addition to hosting stars of the film, including Erik Estrada.

Estrada is best known for his role as Ponch in the television series, ChiPs. Since playing that role, he has appeared in a long list of movies, television shows, and reality programs. Estrada is also the national celebrity spokesman for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, the creators of the film Finding Faith.

Finding Faith is a full-length narrative motion picture that tells the true story of a family's struggles to find and rescue 14-year-old ‘Faith,’ who accidently falls victim to an online predator. The film, based entirely on true events and observations from experts, highlights Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force efforts to rescue children from predators – often just in time to save children from great harm. The film is designed to inform parents, educators and concerned citizens of the ways children are targeted, and to caution that even the most closely-knit families or most guarded parents have difficulty stopping predators who have perfected their trade.

The screening at Glen Allen Baptist Church is part of a national awareness tour conducted by Estrada and the film’s creator and executive director of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation to raise awareness about the issue. Parents concerned about their elementary-aged child learning to use search engines or about their high school student's
growing dependency on social networking sites will find the information in the film especially valuable.

The screening will take place at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the church sanctuary at 3028 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. For details about the film, visit http://www.FindingFaithFilm.com
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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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.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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