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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

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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Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The meeting will provide an update… Full text

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