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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 to retain two-race schedule in 2012

Richmond International Raceway will again host two NASCAR weekends – and two Sprint Cup Series races – in 2012, track officials announced today.

Next year's Sprint Cup races will be held April 28 and Sept. 8. The track also will host Nationwide Series races April 27 and Sept. 7 and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race April 26. > Read more.

UR football coach Scott resigns

University of Richmond head football coach Latrell Scott has resigned today, after being charged with driving while intoxicated earlier today in Henrico County and refusing a breathalyzer and blood test.

Scott, a Midlothian resident, faces a hearing Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. in Henrico County General District Court. The DWI charge is Scott's second in a 5-10 year period, according to the Virginia Courts Case Information website.
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Glen Allen hosting Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series

Henrico County and the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association are hosting the 2011 Babe Ruth Baseball 14-Year-Old World Series at the Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park on Mountain Road today through next Friday.

The 10-team event begins tonight with an opening banquet at Glen Allen High School at 5 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. and a home run derby at 8:30 p.m. at RF&P Park. > Read more.

AAU football team provides on- and off-field lessons

When you think of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the sports that first come to mind are probably basketball, baseball and track and field. However, starting this August, the AAU is offering local youth an opportunity to play another sport: football.

The Tri-City Tigers, an AAU football organization based in Chesterfield, is open to young, aspiring football players and cheerleaders between the ages of 5 to 14 that reside in the Richmond area, including Henrico, for the cost of $195 per participant. > Read more.

Strikers, other soccer officials visit China

Six representatives from the Richmond Strikers and other area soccer programs flew halfway across the globe to train a Chinese youth soccer league last month.

According to Scott Turner, the Strikers’ executive director, the representatives wanted to reengage the Chinese youth in soccer because the nation has not embraced the sport as much as the U.S. in recent years. > Read more.

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Community

Holiday glow

Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a bounty of Christmas trees as part of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s annual “Illumina,” a holiday decorated tree display. Hopkins and the center unveiled the trees Dec. 2; they will remain on display through Jan. 3. Each features its own unique theme – from trains to Musicology 101. Admission is free. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road. > Read more.

VBS seeks blood donations

Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.

A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.

Varina’s Big Toy parade to help usher in holiday season


In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.

The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > 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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