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Registration opens for Valor Awards

Jennifer Smith Love
Registration is open for the 22nd annual Valor Awards, which honor regional law enforcement officials, firefighters and EMS officials for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown.

Each year, a number of these public safety personnel are honored for their extraordinary efforts during the past year. First responders from Richmond, Ashland and the counties of Hanover, Henrico and Chesterfield will be present to salute their peers.

The special keynote speaker for the event will be Jennifer Smith Love, the assistant director of the Security Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C.
Love most recently served as acting assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division, where she oversaw the the Inspection Strategic Analysis Section, Internal Investigations Section, and External Audit Section.  She has served in a variety of departments throughout the country and has investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, computer intrusions and civil rights matters. 

Corporate table sponsorship for the event table includes a sign and 10 seats for $425. Individual seats are $40 apiece.

For details or to register, visit http://www.retailmerchants.com/featured-events.asp#valor Donat.ions that will allow recipients, their families or other first responders to attender also are being accepted. For details, e-mail Jenny Price at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

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.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


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.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘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.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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