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School Briefs - Pocahontas Middle School

At Pocahontas Middle School, we kicked off the school year with a bang. A mere seven weeks after the start of the Hawk school year, Pocahontas is already milling with activity. Sales of “Pink Out” shirts wrapped up in the bus lobby, preceding our Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness Day Oct. 24. All the proceeds from selling our Pink Out shirts will be donated to Breast Cancer research. Hopefully, by wearing pink to support breast cancer, it will bring attention to a prominent issue.

Pocahontas has also been busy with the Feed the Penguins fundraising project. It was a massive endeavor to secure the assistance of the student body in this fundraising mega-project. There were miniature penguins, magic thumbs, and bladeless fans given as prizes. The winner for the most number of paper sales was eighth grader Carter Ryder and online sales winner was seventh grader Amy Layton. Both students received a generous fifty dollars for the feat. There were approximately 1,500 sales made by our students.

Fall sports have also started, and so far our teams have been doing well. Boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, football, and cheerleading are all underway with only a few more games before each team wraps up their season. The first pep rally took place early in the school year; the eighth grade class won the spirit flag which will be displayed in their hall until the next rally. Powder puff football has also started up. Seventh- and eighth-grade girls have the opportunity to play flag football while seventh- and eighth-grade boys cheer from the sidelines.

Last, but surely not least, the Hawkball tournament is coming up on Friday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 pm. Teams of six students strong will play dodge ball against each other, and teams are encouraged to wear the same color, or even a costume. As we progress farther into our year, Pocahontas moves forward in leaps and bounds.
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

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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