Richmond Raceway hosting 3-day PWBA Tour Championship this week

Before NASCAR takes to the track, the season finale of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour visits Richmond Raceway this week as part of the track’s fall race week festivities. The bowlers will compete for the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship Sept. 4-6.

The 16-player field will be composed of PWBA members who have won a 2017 event and will be completed by top point earners for the season.

Reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick automatically earned spots in the finals as the top two players on the 2017 PWBA Tour points list. Monday and Tuesday’s best-of-five matches will take place two at a time as contenders compete in a single-elimination, best-of-five match-play bracket to determine the two competitors who will advance to the finals to challenge Johnson and Kulick. The final four competitors will compete in the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship televised live on CBS Sports Network Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.

“Before the racing world descends on Richmond, we will award the first championship of the week as part of the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to hosting this world-class bowling event to provide another great experience for fans that makes our fall race week a destination.”

Virginia-based Smithfield Foods is the title sponsor of the PWBA season’s final major for the third consecutive season. QubicaAMF, whose U.S. headquarters are in Richmond, has installed four state-of-the-art bowling lanes in the historic Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex. QubicaAMF is the world’s largest manufacturer of bowling products.

The full schedule of events for the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is:

• Sept. 4 – Session 1: Matches 1-6 at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
• Sept. 5 – Session 2: Matches 7-12 at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m.
• Sept. 6 – Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship at 8 p.m.

Doors open to the public 90 minutes before bowling gets underway each day.

Tickets for the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship is $25 for three days of access on Sept. 4-6. Individual tickets for the PWBA Tour Championship on Sept. 6 is $20 and Sessions 1 and 2 on Sept. 4-5 are $10 per event. Tickets are available at the Richmond box office, via phone at 866-455-7223 and online at

For details about the event or the PWBA, visit
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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.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21

Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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