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Henrico student helps Dominion promote ‘Project Plant It!’

As the school year comes to an end, there’s one Henrico County student who will have some very special memories to share with friends and family.

Alexis Kirby, a third-grader at Colonial Trail Elementary, was selected as the student spokesperson for Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to educate children and plant trees. During March and April, she conducted interviews with media representatives from television, radio, newspaper and online outlets, sharing her passion for conservation and protecting the environment.

Her media appearances included WTVR-TV 6’s Virginia This Morning, Radio Disney, Lite 98 with Bill Bevins, WCVE/NPR and the website Macaroni Kid, among others. She charmed the media reps with her knowledge of trees and her friendly personality.

“It was cool meeting the reporters and telling them about Project Plant It!” she said. “I wanted other kids to know how much fun it is to learn about trees by playing games on the Project Plant It! website and planting trees at home.”

Irene Cimino, manager of corporate public relations for Dominion and the corporate spokesperson for Project Plant It!, joined Alexis for all of the interviews.

“A student’s perspective is so important because Project Plant It! was created to align with the Standards of Learning for the third-grade curriculum,” she said. “Alexis was very effective at communicating that Project Plant It! is both fun and educational.”

Cynthia Jefferson, resource teacher at Colonial Trail Elementary, recommended Alexis for the important role of media spokesperson.

“I was asking some third-graders about their activities to help the environment, and was I impressed by all the things that Alexis does at home,” said Jefferson. “She even unplugs the television and video games when the family is away to save on electricity. I knew that she was the right person for the job.”

For details about the program, visit http://www.projectplantit.com .
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

Tim 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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