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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.

Businessman makes ring donation

Businessman Royce Mulholland (pictured at left) donated $6,000 to the Henrico High School boys basketball state championship ring fund during a small ceremony at the school April 11. Mulholland, who owns several properties near the school, told the team’s players that he wanted to help them commemorate their title and also empower them with the responsibility to take the same championship attitude and demeanor with them off the court during the rest of their lives. Henrico cruised to its first state championship by beating John Marshall in March. > Read more.

NOVA of Virginia to host Swim-A-Thon

NOVA of Virginia Aquatics will host its annual Swim-A-Thon on Saturday, April 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NOVA Aquatics Center in western Henrico. During the event, swimmers will have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths, or about three miles. Donors are encouraged to support the athletes either via a flat donation or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes. The fundraising goal for the 2013 Swim-A-Thon is $55,000. > Read more.

Henrico boys’ basketball team plays for state title Friday

The Henrico High School boys’ basketball team will face John Marshall in the state championship game Friday night at VCU's Siegel Center, with tip-off expected at 9 p.m. The Warriors, champions of the Central District and Central Region, already have defeated John Marshall twice this year, winning in an in-season tournament and also in the Central Region championship game last week.

It will be the first time in Virginia High School League history that two Central Region teams have met for the state championship. > Read more.

Toyota to sponsor 2 RIR races in 2013

Toyota and Richmond International Raceway announced yesterday multi-year race entitlements, beginning with the April 26-27, 2013 doubleheader weekend at America’s Premier Short Track. The weekend will feature the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. > Read more.

Deep Run graduate named Big Ten Golfer of the Week

University of Michigan freshman golfer Chris O'Neill, a Deep Run High School graduate, was named the Big Ten conference Golfer of the Week Oct. 17, following his career-best performance at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational Oct. 15-16. It is the first conference accolade of his career.

O'Neill, who tied for 14th individually at the MacKenzie Invitational, recorded his second top-20 and lowered his career-best 54-hole tournament total by eight shots with his three-under 210. He bettered the 218 he posted earlier this season at the Windon Memorial Classic, held Sept. 23-24. > Read more.

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Community

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive to benefit FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

On May 10, Central Virginians will have an opportunity to fight hunger in their community by taking part in the 22nd edition of the National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC, ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive.

In early May, more than 250,000 food drive donation bags will be delivered by letter carriers to homes throughout the Richmond metro area. The public is then asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them near their mailboxes on the morning of Saturday, May 10. On this date, their letter carrier will pick up their donation and deliver it to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank, where the items will be sorted and then redistributed through FeedMore’s partner agency network. > Read more.

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

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Entertainment

From many, one voice

Members of the Shenandoah Valley Children Choir with conductor Jo-Anne Van Der Vat-Chromy perform at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen during a jazz concert of the One Voice Chorus.

The concert, entitled “A Little Jazz’ll Do Ya !” entertained the audience with “cool contemporary and classic jazz favorites (including J. Hendricks, G. Gershwin, A. Jobim and R. Rogers). It was a joint performance of the One Voice Chorus, the Russell Wilson Jazz Combo and the Shenandoah Valley Children Choir. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t give Dad another tie. Give him an experience to remember! Dads who like beer and meat will love the inaugural Moo and Brew taking place tomorrow. Dads who like cars will appreciate the 45th annual Richmond AACA Car Show and Swap Meet at RIR. Dads who love ice cream are sure to enjoy Walkerton Tavern’s ice cream social on Sunday. And Dads that just need a little down time can relax with music, food and family activities at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Hardball, the hard way

‘Million Dollar Arm’ inspires with true story of Indian pitchers

Million Dollar Arm is your traditional sports flick. It’s based on a true story, so if you’re curious, have access to Google, or follow baseball to some degree, you may know Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. In 2008, they were victorious on the Indian reality series Million Dollar Arm and won the opportunity to train for a shot in the major leagues.

But Million Dollar Arm isn’t so much the story of Dinesh and Rinku as it is J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), the scout who first came up with the idea to take baseball (or, at least, a baseball-themed reality show) to Southern Asia. Because this is a Disney pic, and that is the typical Disney sports formula. Consider Miracle and Remember the Titans, two incredible athletic stories that were less about the athletes, and more about the coaches – played by Kurt Russell and Denzel Washington, respectively. But that’s not such a bad thing, because Million Dollar Arm benefits from the endless charm of Mad Men star Hamm. > Read more.

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