School briefs - Deep Run High School
Deep Run students in both the vocal and instrumental music department are busy preparing for concerts and performances this winter season. These free admission performances occur throughout the year at school, for local events and even at long-distance venues. The band performed in the Deep Run auditorium on Dec. 6; the vocal music performance will take place on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Together, the band has two classes of concert band, a wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, and a percussion ensemble. The saxophone quartet is a self-taught and student run band and during the concert, it will have their shining moment with its very own number.
“Most students see band concerts as boring and only the parents go to see their children, but you might be shocked on the quality of their performance,” Instrumental Music teacher Jimmy Pennington said. “There’s something in it for everyone.” Deep Run band has earned the honor band distinction repeatedly. In 2007, the band performed in London on New Year’s Eve.
For the choir, 150 DRHS students will perform, and 40 students from Shady Grove Elementary School in a group called Soundsations will perform two songs: one with Belle Voci and one with the show choir. Vocal Music Director Amy El-Khouri said that many students in the Deep Run choir were inspired to sing when they were in Soundsations themselves as Shady Grove Elementary students.
The performance will include a mix of holiday selections and winter-themed songs. In one song every year, alumni are invited to come back and sing. Three student-run quartets also will perform during the winter concert. Students will have the opportunity to hear all of the music department perform on Thursday, Dec. 20 during the two “winter celebration” assemblies for the whole school.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
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