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Registration opens for Valor Awards

Jennifer Smith Love
Registration is open for the 22nd annual Valor Awards, which honor regional law enforcement officials, firefighters and EMS officials for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown.

Each year, a number of these public safety personnel are honored for their extraordinary efforts during the past year. First responders from Richmond, Ashland and the counties of Hanover, Henrico and Chesterfield will be present to salute their peers.

The special keynote speaker for the event will be Jennifer Smith Love, the assistant director of the Security Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.
Love most recently served as acting assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division, where she oversaw the the Inspection Strategic Analysis Section, Internal Investigations Section, and External Audit Section.  She has served in a variety of departments throughout the country and has investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, computer intrusions and civil rights matters. 

Corporate table sponsorship for the event table includes a sign and 10 seats for $425. Individual seats are $40 apiece.

For details or to register, visit http://www.retailmerchants.com/featured-events.asp#valor Donat.ions that will allow recipients, their families or other first responders to attender also are being accepted. For details, e-mail Jenny Price at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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

CAT Theatre opens 51st season Oct. 24


CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. The play is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The story follows Holmes, whose career as the world’s greatest detective seems to have reached its end until 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 companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. > 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.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re in the mood for a little music this weekend, you won’t be disappointed! Pete Peterkin, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will present a musical tribute to the legendary Ray Charles at CACGA tomorrow. Fans of gospel music can head to Sandston Baptist Church for an Eastern Henrico FISH benefit concert. Richmond native and American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin will perform at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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