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8th annual Hokies vs. ‘Hoos “Food Fight” welcomes new title sponsor

Seven years of the friendly but fierce rivalry between Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia has yielded food and funds for more than 236,000 meals for the hungry in Central Virginia via the annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos” food drive. MARTIN’S, which hosted donation bins for the first time last year, has become the “Food Fight” title sponsor.

This year’s competition will be held at all Richmond-area MARTIN’S supermarkets during the week of the big UVA vs. Virginia Tech basketball showdown in Blacksburg on February 21. Donation bins will be set up inside stores from Feb. 20-26. MARTIN’s will also afford customers the opportunity to make monetary donations at the registers this year.

“MARTIN’S is excited to be part of this friendly competition for the second year in a row and the first year as the title sponsor,” said Jim Scanlon, regional vice president of MARTIN’S Food Markets. “Whether you’re a Hokie or a ’Hoo, we encourage our customers and our associates to support the Central Virginia Food Bank and help fight hunger in our communities.”

The Hokies vs. ‘Hoos "Food Fight" capitalizes on the intense rivalry between Virginia Tech and UVA alumni and fans by encouraging donations during a time of year when they typically decline after the holidays. After seven years of this lively contest, the Wahoos hold a slight edge, with four wins to the Hokies’ three wins.

Each can or box of food donated in the VT or UVA bins in each MARTIN’S location will count for one point and every dollar donated at Martin’s between Feb. 20-26, or online between Feb. 13-29 at http://www.hokiesvshoos.com will ,count for 5 points. The score will be updated daily on the competition website with the winner to be announced on Friday, March 2. Several local elementary, middle and high schools will also join the “fight” to collect food donations.
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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