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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.

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.

Dierks Bentley to perform at RIR Sept. 8

Dierks Bentley will perform at Richmond International Raceway during the track's race weekend in September.

Bentley, a national country music recording artist, will perform Thursday, Sept. 8, at the track's amphitheater as part of the first “Rockin’ the Raceway” to benefit the Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. > Read more.

Jeremy’s Game helps local fight against hunger

For the second Saturday in a row, SkateNation in Short Pump was alive with the sounds of hockey as Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) hosted the first annual Jeremy’s Game on June 25.

The game was dedicated to the life and memory of Jeremy Bannon, who died this past March at the age of 29 when he was struck by a vehicle in Chesterfield County. Bannon, who was described by his friends as a talented chef, worked at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and as a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including RHFC and the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. > Read more.

RIR to add SAFER barriers along backstretch

Richmond International Raceway officials announced today that they would install SAFER barriers along the entire length of the inside backstretch wall in time for the September races at the track. The barriers will cover more than 900 feet in total. > Read more.

Glen Allen boy earns repeat trip to MLB Pitch, Hit and Run event

A Henrico County boy will be back in the national spotlight for the second year in a row next month at the Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Ten-year-old Nick Biddison of Glen Allen is once again a national finalist in the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. For the second year in a row, Biddison is one of three boys who will compete for the national title in the 9-10 year-old age division. > Read more.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden nominated for North American honor

Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.

The 20 public gardens nominated are:

• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.

Henrico PAL honors seven community members at annual banquet


The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year.  Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.

Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.

DAC chapter donates $1.3M in coupons

The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.

The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Out of the box

‘Trolls’ offers cute characters, but too many lessons
The last film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, ParaNorman, was a movie with a message. And that message was: “Don’t judge others (in ParaNorman’s case, a pack of not-so-ravenous zombies) just because they’re different from you or me.”

Laika’s latest offering, The Boxtrolls, has a message of its own: “High society isn’t necessarily the best society.”

Also, it’s about being a good father. And the importance of music. Oh, and what it means to be a hero. And just for fun it throws in the same “no judging the different” shtick from ParaNorman.

Maybe The Boxtrolls should have dialed it down a shade. > 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.

Weekend Top 10


The nonprofit organization Fighting More Than Fire will present its inaugural Fall Festival tomorrow with music, beer, a chili cook-off, games, pumpkin patch and more! Another fall festival is happening at Varina Church of the Nazarene. You can also check out roses at Lewis Ginter or products and services for the home at the 27th annual Richmond Home Show. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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