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A newcomers’ guide to NASCAR weekend at RIR
On Sept. 6, Henrico County will play host to one of the most pivotal races of the NASCAR season: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The behemoth that is a NASCAR race – drivers arriving in helicopters, pit crews in tractor trailers, fans in RVs and media in droves – will descend upon Henrico for 48 hours, beginning Sept. 5 with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race.

For the uninitiated fans – the ones who every year are bothered by the traffic and the noise and don’t understand why people get so excited about “guys driving in circles" – here are five reasons to take a closer look at the race in our backyard:

Little Feet, big hearts

Douglas Freeman H.S. students (from left) Evelyn Harper, Selmira Avdic, Liza Shands, and Alaina Murphy (pictured with Nicholas LaGanke) served as volunteer buddies at the annual Little Feet Meet, held April 19 at DSF. A collaborative sports play program organized by Special Olympics Virginia and Henrico County Public Schools, Little Feet Meet is designed to bring together children with and without disabilities and promote more inclusive school environments.

A chance to ‘Stir It Up’

Feel like getting active this weekend?

Or do you feel like eating your way through a tasty sampler of foods from local farms, restaurants and chefs?

Thanks to a new community event, you can do both.

Milestone birthday extra special for stroke survivor

When the ballroom fills with merrymakers at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center April 20, it will be a celebration of more than a simple 60th birthday.

Renee Saunders, who turned 60 on April 15, will be celebrating the occasion with a “Harlem Nights”-style party – in addition to celebrating her survival, and a remarkable comeback from a near-fatal stroke.

Vithoulkas to ‘Walk in Their Shoes’

Fifteen local non-profit organizations will once again join forces to host the sixth annual Affordable Housing Awareness Week this month to increase awareness of affordable housing issues in Richmond and grow support for the organizations’ belief that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home.

Innsbrook After Hours seeks volunteers

Innsbrook After Hours officials are seeking volunteers to assist with this year's concert series, which will open Wednesday, May 1 and continue for 22 Wednesdays through Sept. 25.

Volunteers should be able to arrive by 4:30 p.m. in order to welcome visitors to the Innsbrook Snagajob Pavilion each Wednesday when gates open at 5 p.m.

Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition, Safe Harbor to host forum April 20 on teen relationships

The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition’s youth ambassadors and Safe Harbor will present a forum Saturday, April 20 to educate youth and parents on healthy relationships and how to identify and prevent teen dating abuse.

The Healthy Teen Dating Relationships forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Georgiadis Hall at the Parham Road Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 1651 E. Parham Road.

JSRCC student’s culinary career heats up

On Feb. 10, the second annual Elby Awards drew 400 food experts, food lovers, and food industry professionals to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to pay tribute to the local culinary elite – and to Henrico resident and internationally renowned chef Paul Elbling, for whom the event is named.

Among the youngest honorees was another long-time Henrico resident who is just beginning her career in the food industry, but for whom teachers and Elby judges foresee a future ripe with promise.

2013 Bizarre Bazaar at Richmond Raceway Complex

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