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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YMCA event will focus on teen mental health


The YMCA, in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and PartnerMD, will host a free event May 2 to help parents learn how to deal with teen mental health issues. “When the Band-Aid Doesn’t Fix It: A Mom’s Perspective on Raising a Child Who Struggles” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Family YMCA,11255 Nuckols Road. The event will focus on education, awareness, and understanding the issues facing teens today. > Read more.

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.
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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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