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Race nut

Leonard Tengco, first-place winner of the costume contest at the 2010 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, visited Maggiano’s in Short Pump Jan. 5 to help promote the 2011 race.

Tengco said his costume, “Squirrel Chasing a Nut,” was inspired by his experiences with the squirrels that overran his roof and yard when he was living in the Fan.

Now a resident of Virginia Beach, he plans to be back for the April 2 10k with a new, still-top-secret outfit.

Among other visitors to 10k Media Day were members of the on-course musical group, 3rd Wave; representatives from Bon Secours, who have started a 10k training team for post-surgical weight loss patients; and 35-year-old Kevin Pannell, who will be running his first race since a 2009 diagnosis of kidney cancer. Pannell will be among the runners representing VCU Massey Cancer, the official race charity.

For race information and registration, visit sportsbackers.org.
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The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams. > 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.


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