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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.

RIR, Squirrels team up for prize package giveaway

Richmond International Raceway and the Richmond Flying Squirrels are teaming up for the “Double Play With Richmond International Raceway” contest. One fan will win a prize package that includes:

• a pace car ride around the track and to The Diamond on Monday, June 27, for Tribute to Racing Night; > 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.

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AARP to provide free tax assistance

The AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, beginning in February. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. Participants do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this free service.

“Tax-Aide provides a valuable service for taxpayers in the Commonwealth,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It couldn’t be done without the nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers who work hard to make it happen.” > Read more.

Tuckahoe Kiwanis donates to Tuckahoe YMCA

The Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe recently donated $7,000 to the Tuckahoe Family YMCA. The money was raised during the club’s ninth annual golf tournament last year.

The Tuckahoe YMCA will use the money to help continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. > Read more.

‘Go Red For Women’ seeks heart-healthy woman nominations

The American Heart Association’s "Go Red For Women" movement, along with Macy’s, Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute and HDL, Inc. will host a Go Red Total Makeover event on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Macy’s Short Pump Town Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to spotlight one local heart-healthy woman who is in the process of making herself over from the inside out. The organizations are seeking nominees through Jan. 27.

Nominees should be female residents within the greater Richmond community who have taken action to improve their heart health. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Temperatures are getting cooler and this weekend is a great time to spend outdoors! Relive the Battle of New Market Heights as the County of Henrico commemorates the 150th anniversary Sept. 27-28. Get a little exercise while supporting a good cause at the Short Pump Mile & Express Run and Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Or “Party on the Avenues” at a unique street festival at the Libbie/Grove/Patterson corridor. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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