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Henrico hosts U.S. Baseball Championships

Henrico County will welcome more than 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country — as well as college coaches, scouts and a nationwide television audience — when the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships take place July 20-28.

Eighty-eight teams from 18 states and Canada, including several from the Richmond area, will compete at 16-under, 17-under and 18-under age divisions. Games will be played at a number of county facilities, including Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park, Dorey Park and Tuckahoe Park, as well as other sites in the metro area, beginning Friday morning. All games are open to the public.

Teams will also participate in numerous activities during the week including a Home Run Derby sponsored by Louisville Slugger, lectures and discussions by college coaches, college placement opportunities, and much more.

The CBS Sports Network will broadcast live nationwide the 16-under/17-under all-star game from Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. Admission is free.

Chad Gibbons, sports tourism coordinator for Henrico Recreation and Parks, said the U.S. Baseball Championships is a showcase event for prospective college athletes and for the county’s growing sports-tourism program. The estimated economic impact of the event on the Richmond Region is $1.7 million with a total of 2,576 hotel room nights.

“Many of these players will be offered college scholarships,” Gibbons said. “The (U.S. Baseball Championships) brings talented athletes from all over the country, not just Virginia or the Southeast. It’s great exposure for the kids."

For complete information on Triple Crown Sports and the game schedule for the U.S. Baseball Championships, visit http://www.triplecrownsports.com
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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