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RIR September race tickets go on sale May 23

Tickets to NASCAR's September race weekend at Richmond International Raceway will go on sale to the general public Friday, May 23.

The weekend will feature the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday, Sept. 6, which sets the field for the Sprint Cup Series' Chase for the Sprint Cup, locking in the drivers who areeligible for the season title. > Read more.

Local student interns at National Baseball Hall of Fame

Fifteen college students arrived in Cooperstown May 29 to begin a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as members of the 2012 class of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. The Class of 2012 includes Lindsey Hale, a junior at the University of Virginia and a Glen Allen native, who is interning in the Hall of Fame’s education department in public programs.

Now in its 12th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development program offers college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work alongside museum and library staff members to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches the student’s major. > Read more.

Tickets for RIR’s Sept. 7-8 NASCAR weekend on sale now

One of the most anticipated weekends on the NASCAR schedule is coming to Richmond International Raceway September 7-8, and tickets for the two-day event go on sale today. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

The weekend kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to RIR for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes practice and Gatorade Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Friday’s advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. > Read more.

Deep Run’s Wharton named state soccer player of the year

Being named Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year, maintaining a 4.79 weighted GPA and signing a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at University of Virginia probably gives a high school student fair reason not to be humble, right? Wrong – at least for Todd Wharton, 18, of Deep Run High School.

“It meant a lot [to win the Gatorade award] because I know there’s a lot of good players in the state of Virginia,” Wharton said, “but I’m not interested in individual awards this year. It’s all about the team for me. I know it sounds cliche, but it is.”

Frank Ford, who serves as Wharton’s head coach at Deep Run HS, said his star player had worked hard his whole life and was incredibly humble. > Read more.

RIR offers public track time

Richmond International Raceway is offering local residents a number of opportunities to take their personal vehicles onto the racetrack for five laps, in exchange for a $20 donation to RIR Cares, the track's charitable account that assists a number of local nonprofit organizations. RIR assisted nonprofits in raising more than $300,000 through donations and volunteer opportunities in 2011.

The RIR Cares Track Laps program will host eight "open track" opportunities (one each month) beginning Wednesday, March 7, at noon. Subsequent dates are: Wednesday, Apr. 4 at 12 p.m.; Wednesday, May 9 at 5 p.m.; Sunday, June 10 at 12 p.m.; Wednesday, July 11 at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. > Read more.

Tickets on sale today for April 26-28 race weekend at RIR

Tickets for the April 26-28 race weekend at Richmond International Raceway go on sale at 9 a.m. today and can be purchased online at http://www.rir.com or by calling 1-866-455-RACE. > Read more.

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Community

Squirrels, RIR to host golf tournament in Henrico

The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond International Raceway are teaming to host the inaugural Turn Left Golf Classic at The Dominion Club in Wyndham June 2. The charity golf event strengthens the partnership between the organizations and will equally benefit the charity arms of both, Richmond International Raceway Cares and Flying Squirrels Charities.

The event was named because the common denominator between the two organizations is competitors turning left during competition. (Drivers turn left at “America’s Premier Short Track,” and base runners turn left as they round the bases at The Diamond.) > Read more.

AARP to provide free tax assistance

The AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, beginning in February. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. Participants do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this free service.

“Tax-Aide provides a valuable service for taxpayers in the Commonwealth,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It couldn’t be done without the nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers who work hard to make it happen.” > Read more.

Tuckahoe Kiwanis donates to Tuckahoe YMCA

The Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe recently donated $7,000 to the Tuckahoe Family YMCA. The money was raised during the club’s ninth annual golf tournament last year.

The Tuckahoe YMCA will use the money to help continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Classical Fever’ strikes Henrico

Last month, world-renowned conductor and speaker Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra presented a free concert to more than 400 people at St. Michael Catholic Church. He joined the Symphony Musicians of Richmond and American Federation of Musicians Local 123 for the charity event benefiting United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.

Zander conducted “Classical Fever,” a unique performance for those without classical music in their lives. It aims to help people discover personal connections to the art and have a deep artistic experience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get some sun, some exercise and support two great causes – this weekend in Innsbrook! The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s CF Great Strides Walk is on Saturday and the MISS Foundation’s Kindness Walk Remembering Those We Love is on Sunday. Families will enjoy an ice cream social, May Play Day, and an Artist Reception at Crossroads Art Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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