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

Nick Biddison with his father, Alan, and the Washington Nationals’ mascot, Screech.
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.

The competition will be held in Phoenix, prior to the MLB Home Run Derby July 11. Biddison and the other competitors (three boys and three girls in each of four age brackets) also will shag fly balls during the Home Run Derby, which will be televised nationally.

More than 600,000 youngsters competed for the right to advance to the finals. Last year, Biddison finished third in his age bracket prior to the All-Star game in Anaheim, Calif.

Biddison's journey this year began at a MLB Pitch, Hit and Run local level competition held in April at RF&P Park in Glen Allen. The local winners qualified to compete in a sectional competition in Hopewell in May. Nine different sectional competitions held throughout Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. fed into the next level of competition, which featured the top three overall winners from among those sectionals in each age bracket. That competition was held at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.

In Phoenix, Biddison will compete against boys from Laverne, Calif., and Beaumont, Tex.

Biddison has been playing baseball with the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association for the past five years and is on the league's all-star ream, which recently won the Babe Ruth Division 3 Tournament. The team will compete in the state tournament in Lexington next month for a chance to earn a berth in the Babe Ruth World Series in Winchester in August.

Biddison also has played travel baseball for the Glen Allen Slammers, and recently spent a week playing with the Tidewater Drillers in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. 

To read an article about Biddison's journey last year, click here: http://www.henricocitizen.com/index.php/sports/article/a_big_league_experience_for_9_year_old


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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