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Glen Allen Resident to Sing National Anthem at Nationwide Race

When thousands of fans stand for the national anthem tonight prior to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway, all eyes will be on a Glen Allen resident fulfilling a lifetime dream of singing at a NASCAR race.

Twenty-two year-old Ryan Corbin of Glen Allen entered Richmond International Raceway’s National Anthem contest last month and ultimately won the opportunity to perform prior to the race.

“I’m so excited,” said Corbin. “Four months ago I was in the stands hoping I could sing at a race one day. And four months later I’m doing it. It’s the chance of a lifetime and I’ve wanted to do it since I was five years old. I’m just overwhelmed with joy right now.”

In August, the track hosted a month-long contest to determine who would perform the National Anthem prior to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Nearly a hundred submissions were received via e-mail, mail and through an open audition at Short Pump Mall. The second and final rounds were showcased at the mall and Corbin bested eight other finalists for the opportunity to perform.

Corbin is a huge NASCAR fan and was introduced to motorsports by his father. Following his first race, he was instantly hooked.

“Racing at Richmond is exciting in so many ways,” said Corbin. “Forty-three cars on a short track at night, running side-by-side, watching them beat and bang for every lap! Now that's exciting, and the reason Richmond racing is so special. When you walk to your seat you can feel the vibrations as the cars go around and you can see drivers up close! It’s just an all around amazing place!


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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