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Brady named Henrico Christmas Mother

Terry McConnell Brady, a retired Henrico County math teacher, has been named the 2012 Henrico Christmas Mother.

A native of Abingdon, Va., where she grew up on a farm with three brothers, Brady resides in the Tuckahoe District and is a long-time member of Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church, where she serves as a Sunday school teacher and works in the outreach division. She also volunteers with Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society, and has been involved with the Henrico Christmas Mother program for three years.

Brady has been married to her husband, Patrick, for 48 years and they have three children and six grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading and gardening.

The mission of the Henrico Christmas Mother is to provide new clothes, toys, books and food to qualifying families, the elderly, and adults with disabilities during the holiday season.

The 501(c)(3) organization is run by an all-volunteer Council consisting of former Henrico Christmas Mothers and representatives of each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. This year's Henrico Christmas Mother Council officers include President Shelly Poole, Vice President Betsy Foster, Treasurer Mary Shaia, Assistant Treasurer Betty Lyon, Recording Secretary Robin Smith, Corresponding Secretary Karen Moore and Members-at- Large Charlotte Melton and Ruth Radzisauskas.

Donations of checks may be mailed to Henrico Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 70338, Henrico, VA 23255-0338. To make online donations or to learn about volunteering, sponsoring a family or applying for assistance, visit http://www.henricochristmasmother.org or call 236-9741.
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

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.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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