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.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. This festive celebration of life features live performances by the Latin Ballet and the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL, as well as dancing, music, sweets, arts and crafts activities and more. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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