Seniors or teens: Who’s got more talent?


<br /> Steve Harris and L.T. Holmes took first place during the 2017 Senior <strong>Idol</strong> competition with a rendition of the 1972 classic &ldquo;Me and Mrs. Jones.&rdquo; Can the teens top that?<br
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Steve Harris and L.T. Holmes took first place during the 2017 Senior Idol competition with a rendition of the 1972 classic “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Can the teens top that?
JAMES HASKINS
Auditions for Senior and Teen Idol of Chesterfield, Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities areas, will be held 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway. Registrations will be taken at the door. This year, teens ages 13-19 can join seniors ages 50 and older who are entertainers, comedians, dancers, ventriloquists, musicians, singers or with unique talents, and sign up for this friendly competition. Eight contestants will be chosen from each age group to compete in the Senior and Teen Idol Competition finals event to be held May 4 at Victory Tabernacle Church. The three top winners in each age group will win cash prizes ($300, $200 and $100 respectively). For more information, visit shepcenter.org or call 706-9198.

<br /> On Saturday, March 24, a group of students from Matoaca High School spent their afternoon volunteering with STAY RVA. Charlotte Brock, Labriana Gordon and Madyson Fitzgerald (from left to right) worked to beautify the entrance of John Marshall High School.
On Saturday, March 24, a group of students from Matoaca High School spent their afternoon volunteering with STAY RVA. Charlotte Brock, Labriana Gordon and Madyson Fitzgerald (from left to right) worked to beautify the entrance of John Marshall High School.
Organizations

John Walker, CEO and president of the Greater Richmond ARC, announced that the not-for-profit, which serves people with disabilities of all ages, is planning the construction of a 10,000-square-foot, multi-purpose programming building at its Camp Baker location at 7600 Beach Road. Construction is expected to begin this August and be completed by May of 2019. The ARC, which served 571 people last year at the Chesterfield location, offers year-round, regional services for people with disabilities from multiple localities. The new building will provide opportunities for physical recreation and training to better meet the needs of ARC’s physically and medically fragile clients currently enrolled in daily after-school and day support programs; residential weekend and emergency respite programs; and weeklong summer camp sessions.

<br /> Superintendent James Lane, left, and members of the School Board honored officials with Amazon during the annual Business and Community Partners Appreciation luncheon.
Superintendent James Lane, left, and members of the School Board honored officials with Amazon during the annual Business and Community Partners Appreciation luncheon.
Business

Magnolia Green has added Vericor Homes to its inventory of homebuilders. Founded in 2018, Vericor Homes represents the merging of two well-established builders in the Hampton Roads market: Kirbor Homes and Kroll Enterprises. Both companies have building experience that spans more than 25 years. Vericor Homes joins a number of builders in Magnolia Green, including LifeStyle Home Builders, Biringer Builders, Harring Construction Co., Ryan Homes, CraftMaster Homes, HHHunt Homes, Schell Brothers, Arbor Signature Homes, Homesmith, Jones Homes Custom Builders and Ray Williams Custom Homes. For more information, stop by the Magnolia Green Welcome Center at 17301 Memorial Tournament Drive or visit magnoliagreen.com.

Discount Tire, an independent tire and wheel retailer, recently opened a new store in Chesterfield at 1420 Hull Street Road, located just across the street from Hancock Village Shopping Center.

National homebuilder D.R. Horton has entered the Chesterfield housing market with the recent purchase of 48 lots in two sections of the Collington development.

Chesterfield County’s River City Sportsplex has been named one of SportsEvents magazine’s “Ultimate Soccer and Lacrosse Destinations and Venues,” following a nationwide Facebook contest. According to SportsEvents Magazine, more than 16,300 people were reached on Facebook with over 1,000 votes tallied. River City Sportsplex received 133 votes, the most from a list of 30 destinations and venues, and will be featured in the magazine’s April issue.

Steam Bell Beer Works owners Brad and Brittany Cooper have launched their second brewery, Canon & Draw, in Richmond’s Fan district. Their Chesterfield taproom is located at 1717 Oak Lake Boulevard.

Education

Several Chesterfield County neighborhood homeowners associations have signed on to the Communities for Kids partnership in which community yard sales also serve as collection drives to benefit Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia and parent teacher associations of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Goodwill provides event support and takes away unsold goods at the end of the sale, sharing a portion of the proceeds with the PTAs of Chesterfield County elementary schools. Several HOAs that have already scheduled their events for April and May include The Riverton Civic and Salisbury HOA community yard sale on April 14, benefiting Bettie Weaver Elementary; Woodlake HOA’s first community yard sale on April 21, benefiting Clover Hill Elementary; The Grove HOA community yard sale on April 21, benefiting J.B. Watkins Elementary; Woodlake HOA’s second community yard sale on April 28, benefiting Woolridge Elementary; and Birkdale HOA community yard sale on May 5, benefiting Spring Run Elementary. Members of the community who are not part of an HOA but want to bring donations to the event are welcome to do so. For information on registering a yard sale or collection event, call 745-6300 and ask for Russ Rainer.

Doris Heath has been appointed interim assistant administrator for programs with Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University. As interim assistant administrator of programs, Heath, a VSU alumna, will provide oversight to Extension specialists at VSU; help specialists develop their plan of work; serve as a liaison between the Cooperative Extension at VSU and Virginia Tech and create opportunities for collaborations; assist in developing strategies and processes and improve operational effectiveness.

Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah has announced that U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax will serve as commencement speakers for VSU’s spring commencement ceremonies. The university will hold two ceremonies on Sunday, May 13: a morning ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. in the VSU Multipurpose Center. Lt. Gov. Fairfax will be the 9 a.m. speaker and Sen. Warner the 2 p.m. speaker.

More than 300 school and school division partners were recently recognized at Chesterfield County Public Schools’ annual Business and Community Partners Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union. Bon Secours Health System, Amazon and the Chesterfield County faith community were chosen as 2018 Partners of the Year for their contributions in support of the school division’s students, schools and families.

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