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Jeremy’s Game helps local fight against hunger

For the second Saturday in a row, SkateNation in Short Pump was alive with the sounds of hockey as Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) hosted the first annual Jeremy’s Game on June 25.

The game was dedicated to the life and memory of Jeremy Bannon, who died this past March at the age of 29 when he was struck by a vehicle in Chesterfield County. Bannon, who was described by his friends as a talented chef, worked at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and as a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including RHFC and the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.

“Jeremy loved to feed people, whether in a restaurant or in his own home,” said Dennis Bannon, Jeremy’s father and an RHFC member who participated in the game.

For a $5 admission fee, fans in attendance were treated to a thrilling hockey game pitting a white team and a green team that were both a mix of recreational and former professional players.

Among the participants in the game were members of RHFC as well as several former NHL players, most notably Gary Rissling, Peter Leboutillier and Yvon Labre, a fan favorite with the Washington Capitals in the 1970s who scored the NHL franchise’s first home goal.

While the white team won the game by the score of 11-4, the biggest winner of the afternoon was the Central Virginia Food Bank, which will receive all of the proceeds from the game.

“I couldn’t imagine a better way to honor Jeremy’s memory than to combine his passion for food with his love for hockey, while helping a vital organization like the Central Virginia Food Bank,” Bannon said in a statement.

In addition to the high-scoring three periods of hockey, various hockey souvenirs donated by the NHL were given away in a silent auction, such as a few signed Alex Ovechkin jerseys and a player card signed by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith.

Fans also were treated to a post-game autograph session with the former professional players as well as an opportunity to talk with Frank Cipra, the NHL’s premier hockey mask painter.


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

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

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.

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