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The Richmond Tennis Association (RTA) recently announced the winners of its Junior Player Awards. Those recognized were Liam Sullivan, a junior at Trinity High School; Connor Brewer, a junior at Collegiate School; Harris Blair, a student at St. Christopher’s School; Jacqueline Dillon, a sophomore at Godwin High School; Justin Cerny, a sophomore at Trinity High School; and Allie Straus, a student at Collegiate School. RTA is one of the oldest and most successful community tennis organizations in the United States. The Junior Player Awards are presented annually. For more information, visit http://www.richmondtennis.org .

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In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance recently honored 30 individuals and groups who have made significant contributions in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. The honorees range from sexual and domestic violence program directors to law enforcement officers and legislators. Local award winners include: Steve Clementi, of Richmond – volunteer with the Verizon Foundation; Kathleen Demro, of Henrico – executive director of Safe Harbor; Dr. Marcella Fierro, of Richmond – chief medical examiner in Virginia from 1994-2007; Ted Heck, of Richmond – advocate of the LGBTQ community; Harriet McCollum, of Richmond – executive director of the Virginia Commission on Family Violence Prevention from 1994-1999; and Susheela Varky, of Richmond – governing body facilitator with Action Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.vsdvalliance.org .

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Tiana Espaldon Ramos, a 2009 graduate of Deep Run High School and an environmental sciences major at Wellesley College, recently was awarded a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The endowment provides financial support for students during their junior and senior years and a paid summer internship at an EPA facility. This past summer she worked at a Guamanian nonprofit environmental organization and hopes to work with the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council in the future. Ramos is the daughter of Arlene and Jose Ramos of Glen Allen.

Tommy Nolen, of Richmond, recently won the AMSOIL “Super Chevy” Best of the Best award in the Chevy Full-size category. “Super Chevy” hosted 12 shows at various racetracks across the country at which editors nominated the top cars in five categories. “Super Chevy” readers then selected the winners. Nolen’s submission was a ’61 Impala SS 409.

Kayla Adams, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Sarah Deutsch, of Richmond, is a first-year student at Pace University’s New York City campus. Pace enrolled 2,100 new undergraduate students at its campuses in New York City and Westchester County this September. Pace was founded in 1906 as a business school but now has a core curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences.
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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.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Extras sought for AMC’s ‘TURN’

Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.

No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.

Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


TGIF! Celebrate the weekend at Oak Hall Baptist Church’s Community Block Party on Saturday. Learn more about ballroom dancing, art and Colonial times. Or take the kids to Generation Z Games for water play or Southern Season to cook up a Disney-theme meal. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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