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VHBG to host kids’ triathlon

An Olympic medal is only a dream for many kids, but local competition teams and events offer them the chance to excel in athletics and win championships.

To introduce local youngsters to triathlons, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) is partnering with Endorphin Fitness to provide a new youth triathlon event for ages 5 -14. The VHBG Youth Triathlon will take place in Henrico County on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the VHBG campus at 8716 West Broad Street in Richmond, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Triathlon recreational teams are an excellent way for kids to become fit and find out what sports they like if they are interested in pursuing an Olympic dream,” said Michael Harlow, founder of Endorphin Fitness. “The power of fitness can change lives, and we’re excited to offer this new event for the community and for all the kids at VHBG.”

The event will benefit VHBG, a nonprofit organization focusing on child and family services. The agency provides residential group homes, an alternative school and intensive community-based services to support children and families in their home and school. Since 1846, more than 20,000 children have called VHBG home.

“Part of our mission here at VHBG is to help our kids build permanent healthy relationships in the community, and this event is just one more way we’re empowering our youth to succeed,” said Claiborne Mason, VHBG President. “Our pool and layout on campus is the perfect place for a triathlon,” added Mason. “And, Michael and his team have a passion for sharing their love of endurance athletics with others. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to try a new sport and engage in community events.”

The event is open to beginners and Harlow is also offering an optional five-day camp, Aug. 20 - 24, to prepare youth for a triathlon where they will learn the basics of the competition.

For details or to register for the VHBG Youth Triathlon, visit http://www.vhbg.org or call Amanda Bazzi at 270-6566, ext. 145. The registration fee is $45-$55 and the training camp is $95-$115. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt, water and post-race food with their registration.
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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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