Glen Allen advances in 14U Babe Ruth World Series


The Glen Allen Babe Ruth Baseball League 14-year-old all-star team advanced to the single-elimination round of the 14-year-old World Series, which the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association is hosting at RF&P Stadium in Glen Allen.
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Earnhardt gives Redskins a ride


Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88, stopped at Richmond Raceway Aug. 8 in advance of the track’s NASCAR weekend in September. He was joined by five players from the Washington Redskins, who were in town for the team's training camp, which concluded Aug. 14. The day in Richmond gave Earnhardt and the Redskins players an opportunity to see how the athletes compete in their respective sports.
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READ Center a finalist for $25k grant


The READ Center is a top-200 cause finalist in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program, making it eligible to earn a $25,000 grant to support adult literacy in the Richmond region. The 40 organizations from across the nation with the most votes will win grants.

The READ Center, based in Henrico, provides classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring to adults with very low literacy.
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Tahoes California Grill will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. The first 144 guests who “like” Tahoes California Grill on Facebook and show up between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. with at least one canned good for FeedMore will receive a free burger. Also, the restaurant will randomly be “comping” one table's check per hour. And at 8 p.m. they will give away to one lucky guest a “Free Tri Tip Meal for a Year” to anyone on their mailing list or who is a member of their Frequent Diner Program. The restaurant is located at 3601 Cox Rd., Suite A, at the corner of Westerre Pkwy.
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Lakeside kicks off the holiday season


Thousands of shoppers enjoyed the 11th annual Holly Jolly Christmas along Lakeside Avenue Nov. 13-14. The event included free trolley rides (above) from shop to shop both days, a special holiday market Friday night at the Lakeside Farmers’ Market and a number of specials, extended hours and presentations (including one at The Dance Studio, pictured) at participating businesses. A number of Lakeside businesses will offer extended hours, specials and prizes – including the chance to win free tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Dominion Gardenfest of Lights – each Thursday before Christmas (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) as part of “Light up Lakeside.”
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Saxon’s ‘Shoes for the Needy’ begins


Saxon Shoes kicked off its 2015 Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection Nov. 7 with a special performance by The Richmond Boys Choir (above) at its Short Pump Town Center location. The 23rd annual collection will continue through Dec. 24, and Saxon will accept donations of new or gently-used shoes from the public at Saxon Shoes in Richmond at Short Pump Town Center and in Fredericksburg at The Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre.

Collected shoes will be presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond and The Salvation Army in Fredericksburg.
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More than 1.3 million Virginians expected to travel for Thanksgiving


More than 1.3 million Virginians will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday away from home in 2015, according to projections from AAA Travel. That represents a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from last year. Nationwide, AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29.

Virginia roads will be especially busy over the holiday period with 1.2 million expected to drive to their holiday feast, a slight decrease of 0.3 percent over last year.
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Business in brief


Pirtek USA: On-Site Hydraulic Hose Replacement Service has opened a Henrico location by leasing 2,875 square feet at 2115 Dabney Road. Beamon & Kisner Associates is the landlord and Sai Krishna, LLC DBA as Pirtek-West End is the lessee. John Jay Schwartz of Have Site Will Travel, Ltd and David Kalman of One South Realty represented the tenant.
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Henrico teachers recognized with R.E.B. awards


Four Henrico County teachers were among 34 finalists for the 2015 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognized recently by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation.

Selected from 102 teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues, the 16 winners and 18 finalists are considered among the best in their field and will receive cash grants totaling $185,100. The R.E.B. Awards provide opportunities for area public school teachers to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime and collect real-life experiences that will help make lessons relevant and bring subject matter to life for students.
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Collegiate to host TEDxYouth@RVA


For the second year, TEDxYouth@RVA will be one of hundreds of youth events happening as part of TEDYouth Day 2015. Beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Collegiate School, a diverse selection of speakers will contribute to the theme “Made in the Future.”

Among the speakers will be Aidan Brown, Moody Middle IB student; Emma Callaghan, Hermitage H.S. Center for Humanities sophomore; Luke Tyson, Collegiate School eighth grader; John Marshall, Glen Allen H.S. administrator; Justin Graves, Virginia Tech graduate; May Donahue, Collegiate senior; Craig Dodson, founder and director of Richmond Cycling Corps; Daniel Bartles, STEM coordinator at Collegiate; Dominic Barrett; executive director of Shalom Farms; Sara Surface, University of Virginia senior; Hillary Zell, designer and printmaker; Garth Callaghan, founder of Napkin Notes; and Joshua Bailey, co-founder and CEO of the Gray Haven Project.
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Extension Office to host open house Nov. 17


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Tuesday, Nov. 17 to highlight its range of programs and services and its work with community partners to address local needs.

The open house will feature activities, educational displays and prizes. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to FeedMore, which provides hunger relief in central Virginia.
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Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $418,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 7 in Innsbrook raised more than $418,000 for Alzheimer’s care support programs, and research, according to organizers.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of three walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; the others were held in Urbanna Sept. 19 and in Fredericksburg Sept. 26.
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Rayvon Owen performs at Henrico H.S.


American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen, an alumnus of the Henrico High School Center for the Arts, performed two concerts at the school Nov. 7 as part of the center's 25th anniversary celebration.

Owen also attended a special reception for the CFA at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center in Ginter Park Nov. 6.

Owen, 24, began singing at church in Varina and graduated from Henrico H.S. in 2009. He attended and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, then skyrocketed to fame with his fourth-place finish on Fox's American Idol television show in 2014.
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Adams to seek recount in Fairfield School Board race

UPDATE: NOV. 6, 2015, 5:44 P.M. – Following a 43-vote loss in Tuesday's election, Fairfield District School Board candidate Tara Adams announced tonight that she will seek a recount.

Adams lost to Roscoe Cooper III, 5,095 votes to 5,052 votes, according to the results that were certified today by Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley. The tentative results Tuesday night had given Cooper a 48-vote victory.

In a statement, Adams said that she made her decision to seek a recount after much deliberation.
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Filmmaker Ken Burns speaks at Collegiate School


Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and historian Ken Burns visited Collegiate School Nov. 5 and spoke to students about his career. He later addressed a paid crowd at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on the subject "Sharing the American Experience."

Burns' visit was the culmination of the school's year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

"Our centennial offers our school community the extraordinary opportunity to honor Collegiate’s rich history and celebrate the broader Richmond community, by inviting Mr. Burns to share with us," said Steve Hickman, Collegiate's Head of School.
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