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HFCU makes donation to Hermitage PTSA

Henrico Federal Credit Union officials presented a check for $599.57 Nov. 18 to Hermitage High School PTSA, signifying the amount of money earned by HFCU Community Rewards VISA cardholders. The Community Rewards VISA donates up to one percent of members' purchases to the Henrico PTA, PTSA or PTO of the cardholder's choice. The program has awarded more than $20,000 to such organizations since it debuted in 2003. Hermitage raised the most money this year.

Above, left to right, Hermitage cheerleaders, HFCU President and CEO Chris Williams, Hermitage PTSA President Scott Cowdery and PTSA volunteer Jennifer Ramirez-Washington pose during the check presentation, held during the Panthers' regional championship football game.

Several other parent- teacher groups also received sizable returns ranging between $100 and $400, including Wilder Middle School($396.30), Twin Hickory Elementary ($336.38) and Echo Lake Elementary ($221.88).

“When this VISA is used for everyday purchases it can really add up to be a major contribution for Henrico County PTSAs,” Williams said. “Despite some of the relatively small check amounts, I would like the PTSAs to know that they have an easy way to raise funds for their organization,” said Williams.

The accrual period for CRV donations runs from September to September. “Our hope is that as popularity of the card continues to grow, we can dramatically increase the payout to area schools in years to come," Williams said.
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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