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Athlete of the Week – May 22: John Woolley

Douglas Freeman H.S., varsity boys’ lacrosse

John Woolley, attacker for Freeman High School’s lacrosse team, knows that he only has a few games left in his high school career. The 18-year old senior hopes that one of those games is the state championship.

Woolley said all season long his coaches have preached “peaking late,” viewing every game, win or loss, as a stepping stone toward the state tournament.

On May 12, the Rebels faced Atlee in a matchup of the two best public school lacrosse teams in the area and what was a likely preview to a playoff matchup coming next week. Freeman staged a comeback after being down four goals in the third quarter and won the game 14-11. > Read more.

Tucker graduate excels as goalie for USC club hockey team


Dale Turner not only acknowledges his weirdness, he embraces it.

The University of South Carolina hockey team’s senior goalie, a Tucker High School graduate, not only talks to the posts in his net, he’s named them – Larry, Moe and Curly. > Read more.

NOVA swimmers win 13th straight Va. Swimming Long Course title

NOVA of Virginia, a Henrico-based swim program, recently won the Virginia Swimming Long Course age group championship for a 13th consecutive time.

NOVA sent 110 swimmers to the Christiansburg, Va., competition, where they broke six Virginia records and seven meet records. > 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.

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Community

Henricus to portray ‘Arnold’s Raid on Richmond’ Jan. 31


The Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield this weekend will portray "Arnold's Raid on Richmond," which took place in 1781 when British General Benedict Arnold took his small British and Loyalist forces and raided Richmond as Governor Thomas Jefferson watched from the safety of Manchester.

The event will take place Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period-dressed historical interpreters will occupy the bluff overlooking the James River.

Visitors are invited to join the American militia, British regulars, Hessians and Loyalists in camp. > Read more.

‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

OutRVA, ‘Say I Do!’ to give away all-expenses paid wedding at Lewis Ginter

OutRVA and Say I Do! have collaborated to offer LGBT couples an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Tea House on March 7.

In September, Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA, a campaign designed to show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination.

The winning couple will say "I do" in a ceremony coordinated by event designer and floral artist Casey Godlove of Strawberry Fields Flowers & Gifts and marriage concierge, Ayana Obika of All About The Journey. The couple will receive wardrobe and styling, a custom wedding cake, florals, an overnight stay at the Linden Row Inn (including a suite on the day of the wedding for preparation), and a post-wedding brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday, March 8. > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre’s ‘Now Then Again’ begins March 20


Now Then Again, CAT Theatre’s submission to the Acts of Faith “Fringe” Festival, will run March 20 through April 4. There will be a talkback session following the March 29 matinee performance. Now Then Again was written by Virginia native Penny Penniston, an alumnus of St. Catherine's School.

The play tells the story of Ginny and Henry, who find love and a future together in spite of obstacles like his neuroses, her husband and a full disbelief in destiny, while working together at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.

"From the moment I read Now Then Again, I was immediately drawn to this modern love story that looped together the theories of Heisenberg and Schrödinger with a predestined ending that was completely dependent upon coffee being spilt underneath a burnt out lightbulb," said Director Melissa Rayford. > Read more.

A surprise champion

Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ is more than just sports

McFarland, USA is a Disney sports movie, and like any Disney sports movie, there are a few rules it has to follow.

First, it must star a Hollywood actor whose popularity is slightly on the wane (Kevin Costner – check).

Then it must follow a surprising-yet-true story about underdogs who win big (a high school cross-country team from one of the most destitute areas in the country becoming the state champs? Check).

And, there have to be life lessons all around – not just for the young men who learn the importance and discipline of sports, but for our slightly past-his-expiration-date hero, who goes from a grouch to a loving father figure. Check, check, check. > Read more.

CACGA to celebrate 16th anniversary March 14


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will celebrate its 16th anniversary Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m. with “A Date with Frank & Marilyn,” an evening of fun and entertainment designed to raise funds for the center's three outreach programs – Art Matters, Artful Living and Creative Family Studio. A performance by a duo impersonating Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe will highlight the evening.

The evening will include an artist live and silent auction with a variety of unique and hard-to-come-by prize packages including two tickets to the 2016 Masters golf tournament, a trip for two to Napa Valley, dinner for 10 by celebrity chef Patrick Evan-Hylton served at CACGA's gardens, followed by opening night tickets to The Capital Steps and 10 individual date-night packages around Metro Richmond. > Read more.

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