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Monument City Classic volleyball tournament returns to town this weekend

More than 3,000 girls volleyball players from the Mid-Atlantic region will compete in the three-day Union First Market Bank Monument City Classic tournament, hosted by Henrico's Richmond Volleyball Club at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Jan. 17-19.

The event's 11th year also is expected to bring some 6,000 spectators to the region. Teams will travel to Richmond from Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina, bringing 10-12 players, 2-3 coaches and 10-15 spectators/parents apiece with them. > 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.

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.

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Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association to salute military members June 7

The Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association (GAYAA) will honor members of the military as part of an event at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park in Glen Allen on Saturday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Association officials will present a check to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) during the event. The GAYAA raised money by selling special camouflage hats and t-shirts to benefit the area’s wounded veterans and support VWWP’s ongoing efforts. > Read more.

FeedMore to open summer food sites in Henrico

In the coming weeks, 13 separate Henrico locations will serve as Summer Food Service sites.

FeedMore, a Central Virginia-based organization that works to fight hunger, is taking part in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program again this year.

The program is designed to provide meals for children who receive free or reduced meals during the school year and who otherwise might not receive meals during the summer months when school is out. > Read more.

ICGR honors 2 with appreciation awards


Rabbi Ben Romer and Sister Cora Marie Billings were honored April 28 as recipients of the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond’s 2014 appreciation awards at the ICGR’s Sixth Annual Clergy & Community Leaders Recognition Breakfast. Held at the Rosyln Conference and Retreat Center on River Road, the breakfast brought together faith and community leaders members from all backgrounds and denominations and featured Rev. Dr. Judith Bennett of The Resource Center as keynote speaker. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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