Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/11
Richmond International Raceway will again host two NASCAR weekends – and two Sprint Cup Series races – in 2012, track officials announced today.
Next year's Sprint Cup races will be held April 28 and Sept. 8. The track also will host Nationwide Series races April 27 and Sept. 7 and a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race April 26.
“This past Saturday night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race reminded our fans of what Richmond is all about,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “After an exciting race where we saw racing that Richmond has become known for, we’re excited to announce our dates for 2012 and again showcase the beating and banging our fans love.”
Account holders who attended the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” NASCAR weekend in September can expect to receive renewal invitations for the spring weekend in early October. For new fans, tickets for the April 26-28 NASCAR weekend will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Seat deposits are currently being accepted. For $20 per seat, fans can guarantee that they will have a seat for the April 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race without having to wait for the on-sale date. Seat deposits can be redeemed on Jan. 11, 2012 and will be applied to the seat price.
For tickets and information, visit http://www.rir.com or call 866-455-7223.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in eastern Henrico! The Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Elf” and the Concert Ballet of Virginia will perform a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. On Sunday the North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Fire Station #3. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
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