Fan Appreciation Weekend to return to Richmond Raceway next month

Richmond Raceway will again host Fan Appreciation Weekend during its September NASCAR weekend. Like last year, fans will be showered with praise and thanks in numerous different ways, RR officials said.

“NASCAR fans are some of the greatest in all of sports, and we are very appreciative of all they do,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Without the fans, there would be no NASCAR. That’s why teams, drivers, and sponsors are joining us in saying ‘Thanks fans’ in September. We look forward to Fan Appreciation Weekend, and hope fans across the country and in Richmond feel our gratitude.”

For the second year of Fan Appreciation Weekend, fans can expect to see some familiar items return and others begin. The "4-Wide Salute" became the iconic moment of last year’s Fan Appreciation Weekend, and it will return in 2017. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line up four-wide during the pace laps of the Federated Auto Parts 400. This nod to the fans was a crowd favorite.

“The 4-Wide Salute was not only a hit with our fans, but the entire industry,” said Bickmeier. “We received lots of feedback about how cool it was to either be in the grandstands for this moment or to be watching it on television. We knew then that we had to bring it back for this year’s Fan Appreciation Weekend. Seeing drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series line up four-wide during the pace laps is something that all fans need to see, and we’re happy to bring it to them.”

In addition to the 4-Wide Salute returning, the Fan Prizes program will be back for its second year. Fan Prizes offers fans the chance to win exclusive giveaways from Richmond, teams, drivers, and sponsors. To register, fans can visit

Fans also will be invited to attend the driver/crew chief meetings for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series, both of which will take place in The Classic Amphitheater to allow more fans the chance to attend. Fans who have purchased a Virginia529 College Savings 250 race ticket are invited to the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver/crew chief meeting Sept. 8. To attend the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver/crew chief meeting the following day, fans must be 2017 "Richmond Nation" members or renew their 2018 "Richmond Nation" season ticket package by Aug. 31. For details, visit

Tickets are available for both races and can be purchased online at or by calling the Richmond Ticket Office at 1-866-455-7223.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1

Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

Business in brief

Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate

Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair

Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will screen National Theatre Live’s “Peter Pan” at 3 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (“NT Live: Jane Eyre”) directs this inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to cinemas around the world. Tickets are $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit Full text

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