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Let’s go racin’

A newcomers’ guide to NASCAR weekend at RIR
On Sept. 6, Henrico County will play host to one of the most pivotal races of the NASCAR season: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The behemoth that is a NASCAR race – drivers arriving in helicopters, pit crews in tractor trailers, fans in RVs and media in droves – will descend upon Henrico for 48 hours, beginning Sept. 5 with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race.

For the uninitiated fans – the ones who every year are bothered by the traffic and the noise and don’t understand why people get so excited about “guys driving in circles" – here are five reasons to take a closer look at the race in our backyard: > Read more.

Fair(field) market value

Healthy eating, business sense and the value of entrepreneurship are among the many lessons students from Fairfield Middle School learned this summer.

The Fairfield Middle School East End Community Garden, a student-run farmers’ market that has operated each Wednesday, concluding Aug. 13, has served as the training ground for these skills.

Fairfield math teacher Amanda Hall dreamed up the farmers’ market two years ago. > Read more.

Villa starts new autism intervention program

St. Joseph’s Villa recently launched an early intervention program for children ages 2 to 5 with autism. The program, one of the first of its kind in Central Virginia, operates on the Villa campus and is overseen by Adam Dreyfus, director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.

The program was formed in response to the increasing rate of autism in the nation and an improved ability for its diagnosis as early as age 2. > Read more.

Waterworks


Residents and river enthusiasts in Henrico soon will be able to access local waterways and the Chickahominy and James rivers with greater ease, thanks to the addition of multiple public access points that will increase opportunities for recreational use and spread the impact of visitation.

There are only two public access sites to waterways in Henrico currently – at Deep Bottom Park and Osborne Landing in Varina – both of which access the James River. > Read more.

Business in brief


CarLotz, a Richmond-based used vehicle consignment business serving the sale-by-owner and corporate fleet vehicle market, recently announced the closing of a $5-million round of equity capital that will aid the company’s expansion efforts. CarLotz currently operates in Henrico, Midlothian and Chesapeake. The capital was raised from the company’s existing investors as well as funds from a small handful of investors and executives with experience in national multi-site retail expansion, real estate, and the broader automotive industry. CarLotz is actively seeking new retail center locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia in the near term with plans to expand further up and down the east coast over the next several years. > Read more.

EDA to host two October events

The Henrico Economic Development Authority will host two innovation events in October designed to inspire entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses and to support business owners who are seeking to take their companies to the next level. The events will be held on back-to-back days at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

The EDA’s Catalyst business workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is targeted to business owners who want to advance their businesses. It will include a handful of rapid-fire sessions about common business pain points and trending topics of 2014, networking segments and “work team” breakout sessions designed to address problem-solving and promote group sharing. > Read more.

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Community

Lakeside Rescue Squad donates to family

Members of the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad sponsored a local family through the Henrico Christmas Mother program last month.

The family requested mostly basic-needs items, such as food, gift cards to grocery stores, clothes, bed sheets and educational games for the pre-teen in the family. > Read more.

Continentals delight crowd at Hermitage

The Continentals performed their classical big band-style of music before a crowd of about 400 at Hermitage High School Dec. 3. The event was sponsored by the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks. The 15-piece band has performed in the Richmond region since 1979 and is led by bandleader Gray McCalley. All members are at least 50 years old. This month’s performance included commentary and introductions from Floyd Henderson, a member of the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Julie Quarles assisted with vocals on several songs. > Read more.

Holiday glow

Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a bounty of Christmas trees as part of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s annual “Illumina,” a holiday decorated tree display. Hopkins and the center unveiled the trees Dec. 2; they will remain on display through Jan. 3. Each features its own unique theme – from trains to Musicology 101. Admission is free. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The stuff legends aren’t made of

‘Dorothy’ shouldn’t have bothered to return
A question hangs over the head of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. A question that will needle its way into the audiences’ brains over the course of its 88-minute running time.

“Why is this in theaters?”

Because Legends of Oz doesn’t particularly look like a movie – at least not one you’d typically pay upwards of ten dollars for. It looks like a direct-to-DVD Oz : cheap and ugly, with the level of animation typically found in a nasal spray ad. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Are you looking for a date night idea? Sit back and enjoy local theatre performances like “Leaving Iowa” at CAT Theatre and “Lady Patriot” at the University of Richmond. For some laughs, check out comedian Kevin Bozeman at the Richmond Funny Bone. Or sample some Virginia wine, cider, mead and wine at James River Cellars Winery’s Experience Virginia event. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Barbecue finds a home

Buz & Ned’s impresses in West End location
For about two years, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue has been open at the corner of West Broad and Parham, and it’s my fault for not going sooner. If you haven’t made the trip, shame on you.

As I finally walked in at noon on a Monday, I put aside many years of deep Fuddruckers-laced nostalgia from my childhood, and the smell of all kinds of barbecue greeted us.

There is much to see; nothing is overlooked when it comes to decor. > Read more.

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