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NASCAR crew competes with fans in bagging challenge

Members of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil crew and local Virginia media personalities paired up at the Kroger store in Short Pump on Thursday to compete in a ‘Tailgating Cook off,’ where the No. 22 crew members barbecued burgers for customers to sample for the chance of being selected the ‘People’s Choice’ winning team.

Crew members and shoppers competed in a ‘Grocery Bagging Challenge’ to see who could correctly bag groceries in the fastest time. Fans who filled their bags faster than the crew won Shell Gift Cards, Kroger Gift Cards and other No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil car themed prizes. The event was held in celebration of the exclusive relationship between Shell and Kroger.

Driver Kurt Busch, will feature the Kroger logo on the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge during the April 30 race at Richmond International Raceway.

The Shell-Kroger partnership provides Kroger shoppers in several U.S. cities the opportunity to earn savings on fuels by redeeming their Kroger Fuel Points at Kroger fuel centers and participating Shell stations. Customers in participating markets have the opportunity to instantly redeem up to 1,000 fuel points per visit to save up to $1 per gallon at Kroger fuel centers and participating Shell stations. This offer is valid up to 35 gallons of fuel per purchase. Customers earn one fuel point for every dollar spent at participating Kroger stores when they use their loyalty cards.


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

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

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


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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