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Regency hosting Back-to-School Expo this Saturday to coincide with Tax Free weekend

This free, one-day event is a one-stop shop for back-to-school resources including afterschool care, nutrition, tutoring, finance, fashion, sports, housing, health and medical needs.

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From Regency:

Join us for the 2nd annual Back-to-School Expo this Saturday, August 4th! This FREE one day event is a one stop shop for back-to-school resources including afterschool care, nutrition, tutoring, finance, fashion, sports, housing, health and medical needs. Take advantage of Tax-free weekend and the various sales throughout the center.

Bring much needed school supplies directly into the mall and drop them off at their booths in Center Court near Sephora!

Expo schedule

10am – 4pm Richmond Raceway Simulator

10am – 4pm Free Eye Screenings from Virginia Eye Institute

11:00 am The Florettes – Baton Twirling Demonstration
Prize Giveaway # 1

12 noon JCPenney Fashion Show
Prize Giveaway # 2

1:00 pm SCOR Dodge Ball Challenge Ages 6-8
(Tournament winner gets a week at SCOR’s camp)
Prize Giveaway # 3

1:30 pm Victoria’s Kitchen – How to Make Healthy Snacks
Prize Giveaway # 4

2:00 pm Prize Giveaway # 5

2:30 pm SCOR Dodge Ball Challenge Ages 9-12
(Tournament winner gets a week at SCOR’s camp)

3:00 pm Prize Giveaway # 6

4:00 pm Prize Giveaway # 7

Prizes

1- $100 XXI Forever (Forever 21) Gift Card
2- $50 McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill Gift Certificates
1- $50 It’s A Man’s World Gift Card
4- portrait memberships for JCPenney Portrait Studios
1- Backpack from Spencer’s
Family 4-pack to Kings Dominion – Tickets are good through Labor Day
Family 6-pack of tickets to the August 7th Flying Squirrels Game
A pair of tickets to the September 22 race at Richmond Raceway
$100 in Discovery Toys (merchandise)
Here is what The Jimmy Benson Team and NFM Lending are giving away. One prize per hour.

Family 4-pack to Richmond Kickers
Family 4-pack to Richmond Spiders game
Family 4-pack to Richmond Spiders game
Family 4-pack to Richmond Flying Squirrels
1 photo session with Christine RVA Photography
1 – $50 Target gift card
Sherwin Williams paint and supplies for a 15’ x 15’ room makeover

Schedule of activities

Richmond Raceway Simulator: The interactive two-seat, in-car driving simulator allows fans to get behind the wheel and drive Richmond’s famed 3/4-mile D-shaped oval track and 79 other tracks including some select “Racing Virginia” tracks. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is powered by iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation platform. Richmond-based Sim Seats designed and installed the new hardware for the simulators. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is featured at select outbound events throughout the year.

SCOR: Interactive soccer drills and dodge ball games!

JCPenney Fashion Show at noon – featuring all the latest styles!

Test your skills as a newscaster at the 8 News booth

Visit with WRIC TV personalities and have your photo taken with them!

Stuff the Bus with school supplies! Donate at the Jimmy Benson Team / NFM Lending table and you could win one of seven great prizes!

Gift Bag Giveaway: The first 800 adults 18+ will receive a reusable tote filled with awesome offers, coupons, t-shirts, magazines, and much more!

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Hurricane Preparedness information

Information on afterschool activities

Discounts and giveaways

$5 Haircuts for kids at JCPenney Hair Salon on Saturday, August 4! Offer good for kids in Kindergarten through sixth grade. $10 haircuts are available now through September 15.

The first 800 adults 18+ receive a goodie bag filled with giveaways, offers, and discounts!

Free Kids Eye Screenings from Virginia Eye Institute!

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Local artist Doug Orleski, better known as RVA Coffee Stain, selected as Monument 10K “Dash for the Cash” participant

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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Doug Orleski, the Richmond-based artist known as ‘RVA Coffee Stain,’ has been selected for an opportunity to win $2,500 on Saturday, March 28, as the Dash for the Cash participant at the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. In the Dash for the Cash, one participant is selected to get a head start on the course and race against the rest of the field in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. If the contestant can outrun the fastest elite runner, the Dash for the Cash prize is theirs for the taking.

Orleski’s head start will be based on his estimated predicted time on his race entry form, previous running experiences, and estimated times of elite runners in the field. His goal is to attempt to cross the finish line before any of the other athletes running in the full 10k (6.2 miles). If he does outpace the rest of the field to the finish line, he will win the $2,500 cash prize.

The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k will be Orleski’s first-ever race after taking up running several years ago as part of a commitment to improving his health through active living. He began exercising and running on a regular basis and in the process lost 60 pounds on his journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Through his cartoon and sketch work as RVA Coffee Stain, Orleski says he’s able to celebrate Richmond through art, and his work helped him become part of the community after he moved to the area in 2012. Taking part in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is a natural extension of that community involvement and another great way to celebrate Richmond’s love for active living and big events.

“I was surprised and excited to be approached with the opportunity to take part in the Dash for the Cash,” Orleski said. “I was looking forward to the experience already since this will be my first actual race, and now I am anticipating race day on March 28 even more.”

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of the official charity partners of the 10k, to help aid in their fight against cancer and support the lifesaving research being done here in Richmond.

In addition to the training he’s already done, Orleski plans to utilize the help of the Richmond Road Runners Club Advanced 10k Training Team, particularly to build speed. Orleski joked that after learning he’d been selected, “I texted my wife and said it looks like it’s time to start training so I don’t look like a fool out there,” but he knows this is a rare opportunity and a unique way to engage with the 10k, and he says he’s looking forward to the experience: “I’ll plan to do some fun stuff on RVA Coffee Stain social media leading up the race…. this will be really cool.”

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The world is coming to Richmond for the Menuhin Competition – the “Olympics of Violin” – this May

The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world.

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The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world. Richmond is set to be the host city in 2020—only the second time that the Competition has been held in the U.S.

The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 will showcase the exceptional talents of 44 competitors: 22 Juniors ages 15 and under, and 22 Seniors from ages 15-21. A record 321 candidates from 32 countries and five continents applied by the Oct. 31 deadline, and the 44 global competitors were announced in January. One of the competitors is from Virginia, Kayleigh Kim.

For 11 days in May, Richmond will be transformed into a celebratory festival of music with competitions, performances, master classes and concerts in several music genres throughout the region. Co-hosts are the Richmond Symphony, the City of Richmond, the University of Richmond, VCU and VPM.

The first round events at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond are free to the public, but a ticket is required for admission and can be requested here. Semi-final rounds will be held at the W.E. Singleton Center at VCU, and final rounds will be held at the Dominion Energy Center downtown.

For more information about the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, including dates, times, venues and tickets for all of the events, visit the website.

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Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC

Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.

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Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.

The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.

Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.

The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.

Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.

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