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Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Henrico kindergartners discuss the holiday
In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked several Henrico County elementary school classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear here. (Special thanks are due to Henrico County Public Schools and the teachers and administrators at each school for their assistance in this effort.)

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?



Ms. Dillon’s kindergarten class, Seven Pines Elementary School

Because to celebrate the people that brought food.
– Abigail

To eat ham and turkey.
– Jordan

Because it’s Thanksgiving and we eat and drink milk.
– Aviyana

Because we eat and drink and watch “Nick Jr” on TV.
– Connor

Because they like to eat food – potatoes and corn.
– Matthew

‘Cause it’s fun to eat mashed potatoes and have cheesecake.
– Aqiila

Because we go to people’s houses and eat dinner like turkeys.
– Samantha

Because it’s nice to share food and be good to other people and stuff like that.
– Roger

Because we celebrate turkeys!
– Kaleigh

Because we eat turkey and lots of food. Then, you get ice cream.
– Xavier

You can bring corn and share it.
– Daylee

Because it’s fall and we eat turkeys and chicken wings.
– Juan

Because if people don’t have food, we can share with them.
– Roddrey

To give stuff away to other people and eat turkey.
– Shane

Because it’s special and we cook cookies and roast beef.
– Destiny

We go around the table and eat bread, nuts, and turkey.
– Amanda

Because we want to have Thanksgiving! And to eat turkey and lasagna.
– Chesni

So we can get together and be friends.
– Tyasia
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


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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.

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