Moody music department wins top honors at festival
The Moody Middle School Music department recently attended the Musicale Music Festival at Busch Gardens and earned top honors. This festival is a competition for middle and high school music ensembles.
Mixed Choir placed first and was Grand Champion in their division, and Treble Choir took first place as well.
Sixth and Seventh Grade Orchestra earned first place, Eighth Grade Orchestra took first place, and Chamber Orchestra took first place and was Grand Champion in their division.
Sixth and Seventh Grade Band earned first place and Eighth Grade Advanced Band received first place and was Grand Champion in their division.
“We have an incredible music program,” said Art Raymond, principal at Moody. “Nearly 35 percent of our students are enrolled in either band, chorus or strings. Their achievements at the Musicale reflect an enormous amount of preparation and focus. It is wonderful to see so many of them pursuing a passion that they will carry with them throughout their lives."
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is a magnificent, emotional ride
Explaining the nuts and bolts of Pixar’s new, exciting, innovative Inside Out – really digging into the film’s shape-and-color explanation of the human mind – would take up the entirety of this review. And probably three or four more (if movies had instruction manuals, Inside Out’s would be the size and general poundage of a cinder block).
It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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