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HCPS to stream Friday’s Varina-Highland Springs football game

Didn't get a ticket to the sold-out Varina-Highland Springs football game Friday night? You can still watch the game online, thanks to Henrico County Public Schools. HCPS-TV will stream the game live through its website, http://www.henrico.k12.va.us Varin.a enters the game 8-1, while Highland Springs is 7-2. Both teams are assured of berths in the high school playoffs. > Read more.

Coaches participate in Redskins clinic

A number of Henrico County high school football coaches and athletic officials attended the Washington Redskins High School Coaches Clinic July 31 at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond. The clinic, presented by Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers, was hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen, Head Coach Mike Shanahan and former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington. > Read more.

Henrico girl completes tennis ‘three-peat’

Nine-year-old Henrico resident Alexandra Perkins won her third consecutive 10-under girls tennis tournament on the Richmond Junior Tournament Circuit earlier this month at the Steward School, defeating Kayli Shenk 6-5 (9-7 tiebreaker) in the final.

The RJTC is a summer-long series of 13 one-day tennis tournaments for young players who are new to competitive tennis. Sponsored by the
Association of Richmond Tennis Professionals with support from the Richmond Tennis Association, the events feature play on 36-foot, 60-foot and standard 78-foot tennis courts using red, orange, and green tennis balls (depending upon age division). > Read more.

St. Gertrude to offer athletic camps in Henrico

Saint Gertrude High School will offer several athletic camps for girls this summer at its Outdoor Athletic Center in Henrico, including softball (June 17-21 and August 5-8) and field hockey (June 17-21; Weed Wackers Field Hockey for third- through fifth-graders Aug. 5-8). The SGHS Outdoor Athletic Center is located at 500 Scott Road off North Parham Road. Sports camps to be held on the school campus on Stuart Avenue in Richmond's Museum District include basketball (July 15-19) and volleyball (July 29-Aug. 2). > Read more.

Businessman makes ring donation

Businessman Royce Mulholland (pictured at left) donated $6,000 to the Henrico High School boys basketball state championship ring fund during a small ceremony at the school April 11. Mulholland, who owns several properties near the school, told the team’s players that he wanted to help them commemorate their title and also empower them with the responsibility to take the same championship attitude and demeanor with them off the court during the rest of their lives. Henrico cruised to its first state championship by beating John Marshall in March. > Read more.

NOVA of Virginia to host Swim-A-Thon

NOVA of Virginia Aquatics will host its annual Swim-A-Thon on Saturday, April 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NOVA Aquatics Center in western Henrico. During the event, swimmers will have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths, or about three miles. Donors are encouraged to support the athletes either via a flat donation or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes. The fundraising goal for the 2013 Swim-A-Thon is $55,000. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Registration opens for Superhero 5k race

Registration is now open for the fifth annual CASA Superhero 5k race, kids run and family fun event, scheduled for April 26 at St. Joseph's Villa.

Participants are invited to dress as superheroes as they run or walk to raise money for Henrico and Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Last year's event raised enough money to provide funds for advocates for an additional 45 abused and neglected children in Henrico and Chesterfield counties. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden nominated for North American honor

Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.

The 20 public gardens nominated are:

• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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