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What is the tallest point in Henrico County?
The three-tiered, 18-story grandstand at Richmond International Raceway, designed to take racing to a new level…literally.

The grandstand was the result of a multi-million dollar expansion project, designed to create more fan-friendly seating within the raceway arena.

The construction began in 2006 and was completed in May 2007, adding 7,843 seats and increasing the raceway’s capacity to 112,029.

This monumental structure measures in at an impressive height of 182 feet – four feet taller than the air traffic control tower at the Richmond International Airport. The grandstand’s three tiers are composed of the Commonwealth Mezzanine, the Club Level and the Commonwealth Tower, along with some of the best seats the track has to offer. The most prestigious of the three sections, the Club Level, featuring the Torque Club, has a capacity of 700 and is reserved for members only. The club also is used year-round to house special events on non-race weekends.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Richmond Funny Bone, located at Short Pump Town Center, will present comedian Joe Torry at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Jan. 6, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and at 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Torry received his big break in 1992 when he was given the job of hosting Def Comedy Jam after Martin Lawrence left the show. He has been in many movies and commercials. Torry founded the Giving Back the Love Foundation in 1996 through which he gives back to his hometown of St. Louis through youth and community programs. Tickets are $15 to $17. For details, visit http://www.richmondfunnybone.com. Full text

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