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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.

‘Hockey For Hope’ cancer-fighting game scheduled June 18

Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) will host its annual 'Hockey for Hope' game tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump. The charity event matches RHFC and the Virginia Hockey All-Stars (a (a combination team including players from the Henrico Firefighters, Sperry Marine Hockey
Club of Charlottesville and members of other local charity organizations). > Read more.

Tickets for RIR fall races on sale today

Tickets for the fall races at Richmond International Raceway went on sale today. RIR will host the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, Sept. 9, followed Sept. 10 by the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. > Read more.

Freeman inducts HOF class

Eleven former Douglas S. Freeman H.S. athletes and supporters were inducted May 23 into the DSF Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at Short Pump Hilton Hotel and Spa.

The event featured Maggie Nave, DSF Class of 2011, singing the National Anthem, and remarks by DSF Principal Anne Poates; Gary Hess of Virginia Sports Network served as Master of Ceremonies. > Read more.

Henrico teen wins state title

Fourteen-year-old Henrico resident Natalie Weber (pictured at right) won the all around level 7 state championship at the girls gymnastics state meet in Chesapeake earlier this spring. Weber earned a score of 37.900 in the four events in which she competed. > Read more.

Game to raise funds for Buddy Ball program

Two top high school baseball teams will face each other tomorrow night in Glen Allen in a game that will be about more than winning and losing.

Benedictine and St. Christopher's – each ranked in the top three in the Virginia Independent Schools poll – will meet at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen's RF&P Stadium at RF&P Park. > Read more.

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Community

‘Step UP for Down Syndrome’ festival scheduled for White Oak Village Oct. 12

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) will hold its seventh annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Shops at White Oak Village in Eastern Henrico.

The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,000 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a newly expanded free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome. > Read more.

Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Back to the future

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (reincarnated) offers some laughs

Baby boomers may feel a curious pull towards Mr. Peabody & Sherman. If a childhood was spent parked in front of the TV, watching a dog genius and his boy companion travel through time, one might be interested to see what modern times have done to Messrs. Peabody and Sherman.

The result is not flattering. No longer is cartoondom’s foremost super-intelligent, time-traveling beagle content with dry wit and the occasional history pun. No, the Peabody of today is “cool,” in that half-baked way that can only come from someone who’s trying way too hard to be cool. This Peabody is a master of slow-motion kung fu. He tears up a guitar better than Hendrix. He Zumbas. > Read more.

CAT Theatre to present Enchanted April again

CAT Theatre will present Enchanted April March 21 through April 5. As part of the theater's 50th anniversary this year, patrons selected Enchanted April (originally performed in 2007) as the CAT performance that they would most like to see repeated.

Enchanted April was written by Elizabeth von Arnim, and the novel was adapted to the stage by Kane Campbell. The 1991 film version featured Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina and Joan Plowright. > Read more.

The Band Perry, Darius Rucker coming to RIR Amphitheater in July

The Classic Amphitheater at Richmond International Raceway will host concerts by The Band Perry July 12 and Darius Rucker July 18. Tickets for both shows go on sale April 4 at 10 a.m.

The Band Pery, fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers, Neil and Reid, has achieved much acclaim since the release of its self-titled debut album in October 2010. Pioneer, the band’s sophomore album, was released in April 2013 and has helped to secure the band a string of hit singles including "Better Dig Two,” “Done” and the current single, “Chainsaw”, which was released to country radio in March 2014. > Read more.

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