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RIR grandstands to become smoke-free

Cars may continue to smoke at RIR,
but fans no longer will be permitted to do so
in the grandstands this year.
Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced today that Richmond International Raceway’s grandstands will be smoke-free beginning this season. Fans who smoke may continue to do so, but in approved areas only. The new policy is in response to fan feedback, Fritz said.

“Beginning this season, smoking will not be permitted in and in front of the grandstands or in portals leading to seating areas,” said Fritz. “Additionally, restrooms, buildings and areas that were already smoke-free at Richmond International Raceway will continue to be smoke-free,” said Fritz. “We are implementing this policy based on comments received from fans. Those who wish to smoke may continue to do so in designated areas.”

Approved smoking areas include:
• underneath and behind the grandstands;
• designated areas of the Commonwealth Mezzanine concourse;
• all parking lots;
• the Midway;
• in the campgrounds;
• outdoors areas in fan hospitality;
• the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate area.

Grandstand ushers will monitor seating areas to ensure the grandstands remain smoke-free, track officials said. Fans will be able to notify an usher or use our text messaging service if they wish to report a violation of the non-smoking policy.

RIR previously announced that it would make seats wider and allow fans to bring larger coolers to the stands with them – up to 14 by 14 by 14 inches (six times larger than previously allowed).

Tickets for the Spring NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend at Richmond International Raceway go on sale this Friday at 8:30 a.m. The weekend includes the Saturday, April 30 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (tickets start at $45), the Friday, April 29 BUBBA burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (tickets start at $30) and the Thursday, April 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race (all tickets are $10).

Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Thursday and Friday.


Community

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.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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VCU Medical Center will present the seminar “Forgiving Ourselves and Others for Better Health” at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Learn why forgiveness is important… Full text

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