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Hermitage to host Monday night football events

Hermitage High School will host weekly Monday gatherings in the school's auditorium from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide the public with an inside glimpse of the Hermitage football program.

Football staff members will discuss offensive and defensive game-planning from the previous week's game, highlight top plays and outstanding players from the game and show video highlights from the game.

The events are open to the public. > 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

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.

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.

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Entertainment

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

Playing with fire

‘Dragon’ sequel is a rare part-two success story
Sequels are like toys. Any sequel worth its salt needs more stuff – more “cool,” more “new,” more of everything, really.

Just like the toys those sequels inspire. What kid’s going to want a medium-sized dragon after the first How to Train Your Dragon ended with a beast the size of a skyscraper? They want something bigger and shinier; something that lights up or shoots little plastic firebolts.

Dreamworks certainly had this in mind for How to Train Your Dragon 2 – not just for the merchandising (truly, this is the franchise that will launch a thousand dragon-themed birthday parties), but for the film itself. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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