Belmont tennis courts re-open
A landmark of the Henrico County tennis community re-opened on July 13 when the county held a dedication ceremony for the eight newly renovated tennis courts at Belmont Golf Course and Recreation Center near Lakeside Avenue.
The courts had been closed since November 2010 for a renovation that cost approximately $600,000 in county funds from the capital improvement program.
“We desperately needed to take [the courts] out of service to redo them,” said Neil Luther, acting director of the Henrico County Division of Parks and Recreation.
Numerous and widespread improvements were made to the six clay courts and two hard-surface courts at Belmont that originally were constructed in 1960. Among the upgrades made were a major overhaul and resurfacing of all eight courts, an underground irrigation system for the clay courts and brand new fencing around the courts.
“[This renovation] would not have been possible without the support and vision of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors,” Deputy County Manager Robert Pinkerton said during the re-opening ceremony.
Officially acquired by Henrico County in 1977, the tennis courts at Belmont have become an integral part of the local tennis community.
“[These courts] are definitely the crown jewel of tennis in Henrico,” Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors Frank J. Thornton said.
The dedication ceremony for the courts began with remarks from several Henrico government officials, including County Manager Virgil Hazelett and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover, vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
Then, in the early morning heat and humidity, government officials and other distinguished guests participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed immediately by two ceremonial first serves by Thornton and Glover.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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‘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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