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Michael Holt, a graduate of Godwin High School, and Conan Zhao, a graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, recently received Johnson Scholarships to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and candidates are chosen on the basis of exceptional academic and personal promise. The scholarships provide at least tuition, room and board, and allow students to graduate debt-free. Holt and Zhao began classes at W&L in September.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed local residents to several boards and commissions: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission – Nick Faraone, of Henrico, vice president of Senior Solutions of Richmond; and Lynne Kytle Seward, of Richmond, CEO of A Grace Place Adult Care Center; Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Board – Thomas J. Kirkup, of Richmond; Board of Directors of the Small Business Financing Authority – James S. Thomas, of Richmond, executive vice president and chief credit officer of Eastern Virginia Bankshares; Board of Medical Assistance Services – Brian H. Ewald, of Glen Allen, regional sales manager of medical devices; Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees – H. Benson Dendy, III, of Richmond, president of The Vectre Corporation; Virginia Museum of Natural History – Christina S. Draper, of Richmond, program coordinator with the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies; and Board for Veterans Services – Don Lecky, of Richmond, CEO of Westminster Canterbury.

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The following students began classes at Ferrum College in September: Jessica Jones and Breonna Tharrington, of Highland Springs; Jessica Presgraves and Travis Epps, of Sandston; Crystal James, Thomas Betts and Charles Spicer, of Henrico; and Shelbie Hall, Elizabeth Dahl, Taylor Rutledge, Willie Smith, Wade Ostrowski, Michael Schamerhorn, Clair Coley, Mendel Smith-Harris and Jordan Ramirez, of Glen Allen.

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Basir Artist-Warrington, of Richmond, has enrolled in Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.
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

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.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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