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8th annual Hokies vs. ‘Hoos “Food Fight” welcomes new title sponsor

Seven years of the friendly but fierce rivalry between Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia has yielded food and funds for more than 236,000 meals for the hungry in Central Virginia via the annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos” food drive. MARTIN’S, which hosted donation bins for the first time last year, has become the “Food Fight” title sponsor.

This year’s competition will be held at all Richmond-area MARTIN’S supermarkets during the week of the big UVA vs. Virginia Tech basketball showdown in Blacksburg on February 21. Donation bins will be set up inside stores from Feb. 20-26. MARTIN’s will also afford customers the opportunity to make monetary donations at the registers this year.

“MARTIN’S is excited to be part of this friendly competition for the second year in a row and the first year as the title sponsor,” said Jim Scanlon, regional vice president of MARTIN’S Food Markets. “Whether you’re a Hokie or a ’Hoo, we encourage our customers and our associates to support the Central Virginia Food Bank and help fight hunger in our communities.”

The Hokies vs. ‘Hoos "Food Fight" capitalizes on the intense rivalry between Virginia Tech and UVA alumni and fans by encouraging donations during a time of year when they typically decline after the holidays. After seven years of this lively contest, the Wahoos hold a slight edge, with four wins to the Hokies’ three wins.

Each can or box of food donated in the VT or UVA bins in each MARTIN’S location will count for one point and every dollar donated at Martin’s between Feb. 20-26, or online between Feb. 13-29 at http://www.hokiesvshoos.com will ,count for 5 points. The score will be updated daily on the competition website with the winner to be announced on Friday, March 2. Several local elementary, middle and high schools will also join the “fight” to collect food donations.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

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