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RIR staffers assist with Operation Paintbrush

RIR President Dennis Bickmeier
Members of the Richmond International Raceway staff assisted the Operation Paintbrush program in Henrico County this week by fixing up a local resident’s home through much-needed repairs. Staff members helped to scrape, paint, repair railings and gutters and give the landscaping a facelift.
 
“We recognize our responsibility of giving back to our neighbors in Henrico County,” said Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier. “In the short amount of time I’ve been here, I realize what a great community this is in which to live, work and play. The Richmond International Raceway team is committed to our volunteer efforts, and Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush is a great opportunity to continue that initiative.”
 
Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush is a program through which volunteer groups are recruited to paint the homes of needy Henrico citizens who lack adequate resources or family help to fix homes that need painting and would only further deteriorate without assistance. Typically they are senior citizens, and most can be classified as very low income. For details about the program or to assist with future efforts, contact Kimberly Pomatto at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 
RIR's effort was the third installment of the raceway's community service initiative. Earlier this summer, the staff assisted Meals on Wheels of Greater Richmond and the Central Virginia Foodbank. Through the NASCAR Unites campaign, The NASCAR Foundation is encouraging fans to pledge at least five hours of volunteer service in an effort to collectively generate more than one million hours of giving back to local communities. Supporters are asked to log their hours online at http://www.nascar.com/unites The t.rack staff will add their hours after each service project.
 
If you know an organization that would like assistance, please contact Richmond International Raceway at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway September 9-10 for its “One Last Race to Make The Chase” doubleheader weekend. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will battle “under the lights” on Saturday, September 10, in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 race. This is one of the most anticipated events of the season, as the race will determine the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at http://www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.


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

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.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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