Paris McCray, of Richmond, recently completed the Freedom Alliance Military Leadership Academy, a leadership program based on the curriculum of the U.S. military. In its tenth year, the two-week academy couples an intense leadership training environment with challenging and educational experiences like a tour of the Aviation Logistics School and simulators at Ft. Eustis, a Leadership Reaction Course, and land navigation and fire team tactics. The cadets also visit historical sites, such as the monuments in Washington, D.C., to maximize lessons on selfless service and celebrating America’s achievements. For more information about the academy, visit http://www.mlacamp.com .
The Richmond Association of REALTORS® recently held its annual Installation Reception and Awards Ceremony at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Henrico. The 2011 award recipients are: A. Kenton Muhleman, Jr. Scholarship Award – Jennifer E. Jennings, Keller Williams; Laverne A. Boschen, Jr. Educator of the Year Award – Donna O. Procise, Long & Foster; REALTOR® of the Year Award – R. Scott Shaheen, Long & Foster; Adrian L. Bendheim, Jr. Sales Associate of the Year Award – Nancy Cheely, Joyner Fine Properties; C. Porter Vaughan, Jr. Outstanding Service Award – William Stanley, Long & Foster; and Civic Leader of the Year Award – Stanton L. Thalhimer, RE/MAX Commonwealth. Also at the ceremony, Scott Ruth, of Long & Foster, was named the 2012 president of the Richmond Association of REALTORS® and Shanna Wiseman, of Parr & Abernathy Realty, Inc., was named the 2012 president of the Central Virginia multiple listing service. Joining Ruth and Wiseman in leading the association and MLS in 2012 will be President-Elect for RAR/CVR MLS Linda Staples Terry of Tranzon Fox Auctions; Vice President Mark Joyner of Napier REALTORS® ERA; and Immediate Past President Cheryl Hamm of Joyner Fine Properties. Scott Shaheen, with Long & Foster, will chair the 2012 Broker Council and serve on the Board of Directors. The newly elected Board of Directors members are David Adams, Gary Duda and Lummie Jones for RAR/CVR MLS, and Al Wells and Kathy Diradour for CVR MLS. Incumbent directors are: Dawn Bradley, Nancy Cheely, Amy Enoch, John S. Finn, Jr., Woody Hogg, Thomas Innes and Bill White.
Navy Seaman Apprentice D’Angelo N. Harris, son of Yvette R. Harris, and Navy Seaman Christina L. Kuzenkova, daughter of Cheryl L. and David W. Bowles, of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Harris and Kuzenkova completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Harris is a 2008 graduate of Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. And Kuzenkova is a 2007 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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