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.
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Volunteers are needed to help clean East End and Evergreen Cemeteries from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These cemeteries are the eternal sacred grounds for thousands of African American historical figures. Decades of neglect has obscured their graves and thousands of others beneath tangles of ivy, brush, and illegally dumped trash. Since June 2013, a small group of regular volunteers, along with many students and Richmond-area residents, have been working to reveal them, slowly uncovering not just long-buried headstones but an entire community. Lunch will be served. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/EastEndCemeteryProject. Full text

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