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VHBG to host kids’ triathlon

An Olympic medal is only a dream for many kids, but local competition teams and events offer them the chance to excel in athletics and win championships.

To introduce local youngsters to triathlons, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) is partnering with Endorphin Fitness to provide a new youth triathlon event for ages 5 -14. The VHBG Youth Triathlon will take place in Henrico County on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the VHBG campus at 8716 West Broad Street in Richmond, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Triathlon recreational teams are an excellent way for kids to become fit and find out what sports they like if they are interested in pursuing an Olympic dream,” said Michael Harlow, founder of Endorphin Fitness. “The power of fitness can change lives, and we’re excited to offer this new event for the community and for all the kids at VHBG.”

The event will benefit VHBG, a nonprofit organization focusing on child and family services. The agency provides residential group homes, an alternative school and intensive community-based services to support children and families in their home and school. Since 1846, more than 20,000 children have called VHBG home.

“Part of our mission here at VHBG is to help our kids build permanent healthy relationships in the community, and this event is just one more way we’re empowering our youth to succeed,” said Claiborne Mason, VHBG President. “Our pool and layout on campus is the perfect place for a triathlon,” added Mason. “And, Michael and his team have a passion for sharing their love of endurance athletics with others. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to try a new sport and engage in community events.”

The event is open to beginners and Harlow is also offering an optional five-day camp, Aug. 20 - 24, to prepare youth for a triathlon where they will learn the basics of the competition.

For details or to register for the VHBG Youth Triathlon, visit http://www.vhbg.org or call Amanda Bazzi at 270-6566, ext. 145. The registration fee is $45-$55 and the training camp is $95-$115. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt, water and post-race food with their registration.


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

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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