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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.
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Rinard Family will perform a collection of toe-tappin’ favorites, beloved hymns and original tunes at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Purchase tickets ($5) at… Full text