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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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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