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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.

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.

Hermitage coach honored by Redskins

The Washington Redskins this week named Hermitage head football coach Patrick Kane the Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of Oct. 3.

The Redskins High School Coach of the Week program is designed to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching. > Read more.

Coaching legend Bobby Ross to speak at Hermitage H.S.

Richmond coaching legend Bobby Ross will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Touchdown Club of Richmond, to be held at Hermitage High School Oct. 10. Club members will meet in the library at 6 p.m. for dinner and Ross will speak at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. > Read more.

HSHS football team competes Friday for national win

Highland Springs High School will compete for a $2,500 scholarship this Friday in <>Friday Night Football<>, a national competition sponsored by Southern Recipe pork rinds.

This Friday, the community can also help the team win by voting for Highland Springs H.S. at the game (7 p.m. at Victor W. Kreiter Stadium, 15 South Oak Ave.) or online at VotePorkRinds.com. > Read more.

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Community

James River Ringers to hold auditions Jan. 13

The James River Ringers will hold open auditions for their 2014-15 performance season on Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., at Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 8000 Hermitage Road. Those interested will be asked to ring a variety of positions during a format typical of a regular rehearsal. Potential candidates must be able to read music, demonstrate a good sense of rhythm and have a good work ethic. While prior experience ringing is helpful, it is not necessary. > Read more.

Lakeside Rescue Squad donates to family

Members of the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad sponsored a local family through the Henrico Christmas Mother program last month.

The family requested mostly basic-needs items, such as food, gift cards to grocery stores, clothes, bed sheets and educational games for the pre-teen in the family. > Read more.

Continentals delight crowd at Hermitage

The Continentals performed their classical big band-style of music before a crowd of about 400 at Hermitage High School Dec. 3. The event was sponsored by the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks. The 15-piece band has performed in the Richmond region since 1979 and is led by bandleader Gray McCalley. All members are at least 50 years old. This month’s performance included commentary and introductions from Floyd Henderson, a member of the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Julie Quarles assisted with vocals on several songs. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Bee’ takes flight in Latin Ballet show

Celebrating the beauty of the planet and reminding attendees of the importance of creatures such as bees was the message of the colorful and intense ballet production “The Kiss of the Bee” that the Henrico-based Latin Ballet of Virginia presented at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen April 3-6.

Albert Einstein’s warning of “No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man,” was presented by the ensemble using dance and music as universal and cross-cultural languages.

“The Kiss of the Bee is a purely educational dance production and a continuation of the ballet’s environmental theme “Verde” that points to the importance of energy and resource conservation as well as the protection of animal and plant species,” said Ana Ines King, the artistic director of the Latin Ballet. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s forecasted to be a beautiful weekend and there are no shortage of outside events to keep you busy! Enjoy the spring weather and make a difference by participating in Walk MS and the Richmond Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis – both at Innsbrook. You can also support the PTA at Springfield Park Elementary School through their Spring Carnival taking place tonight! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Songbirds at play

‘Rio 2’ is loaded with music but short on plot

Rio 2 starts off with a treat: a quickie cartoon called Almost Home, in which a fleet of cuddly purple aliens embark on a disastrous search for a new home planet. It’s cute, it’s reasonably entertaining and it’s got Steve Martin as the mustachioed alien leader.

But the experience sours just a little if you’ve seen Mr. Peabody & Sherman; Almost Home played in front of that one, too. It cheapens the experience a little – almost like we’re watching someone else’s lukewarm leftovers.

The same could be said for Rio 2. > Read more.

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