Festival will help RIR ‘race’ into spring

Richmond International Raceway will host its second annual Race Into Spring Festival on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., featuring a number of family-friendly activities.

The free event will include more than three times the number of displays as the inaugural event. Among the features will be: a petting zoo, featuring an alpaca, sheep, goat, rabbit, pony, pig, chicken and ducks; candy-filled egg hunts for children ages 12 and younger (times vary by age group, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); free popcorn, lemonade and water; hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas available for purchase; face painting; a moon bounce and a “big” race bounce/slide; the Richmond International Raceway Pace Car; games, including bowling, bean bag toss and ladder golf; a live radio remote by 93.1 The Wolf; and displays, exhibits and giveaways from a number of local businesses and organizations.

Attendees should enter the property at Gate 4, located off Laburnum Avenue near Carolina Avenue. For details, visit http://www.rir.com
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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Jewish Family Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” March 1-11 at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble gum rock and rock ‘n roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Enjoy dinner with the show on March 8. Tickets are $20 for JCC members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for seniors and students. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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