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Strawberry Hill Races move to May 21

The Strawberry Hill Races will move to a new date, May 21, at Colonial Downs in New Kent County for the 79th running. Strawberry Hill will run the same day as The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore.

This year’s race theme is “Super ‘70s Secretariat,” a tribute to the kitschy style and the herculean racing pedigree of Secretariat during his Triple Crown breakthrough in 1973.

Pari-mutuel wagering will again be available to Strawberry Hill attendees through Colonial Downs, both on selected simulcast races from throughout the United States as well as the Preakness Stakes. Most of the Pimlico Race Card will be simulcast at the Strawberry Hill Races in real time, with the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes being the grand finale of the day. As a result, gates will open later – at 11 a.m., with the first of five races on the Strawberry Hill Race Card going off at 2:30 p.m.

Several forms of admission to the Strawberry Hill Races will cost less this year. Fans can buy carload and shuttle passes for the lowest prices in five years, $35 and $115 respectively, through March 18. Fans also can save an additional $10 on rail spaces from March 18 until April 8. Jockey Club packages also are available on the third floor of the Colonial Downs clubhouse.

Strawberry Hill Races’ parent company, SFVA, owns The Meadow Event Park, where Thoroughbred legend Secretariat was born and trained. Secretariat won horse racing’s Triple Crown, (The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes) in 1973 by record times in each race.

For details, visit http://www.strawberryhillraces.com


Community

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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The Henrico County Extension Office will present a two-day babysitting workshop at 3 p.m. July 23 and 25 at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd. Participants must attend both days.… Full text

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