Food Truck Court returns to VHS

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RICHMOND (WTVR) — The Food Truck Court will return to the Virginia Historical Society’s parking lot on Tuesday, April 2. Food Trucks will set up every Tuesday and Friday, from 6-9 p.m., behind the VHS through Sept. 9.

After the success of last year’s Food Truck Court, a group of food vendors following the lead of Malcom Andress, from Soul-Ice, and Paul Cassimus from King of Pops, decided to create a coalition of food vendors called RVA Street Foodies.

Andress says the group formed so the Food Truck Court could be a more united effort and to allow for a group strategy to maximize the visibility of food truck within the community.

One of the additions includes an outdoor stage where Lyric Ave, a Richmond-based group that specializes in variety shows, will host a variety show at the Food Truck Court beginning in April.

Andress says the dates are…

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Virginia’s Governor’s Cup awarded to Barboursville Vineyards

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RICHMOND (WTVR) – Gov. Bob McDonnell declared Barboursville Vineyard’s 2009 Octagon 12th Edition the winner of Virginia’s Governor’s Cup. Barboursville has become the first Virginia winery to win the award four times. [See list of past winners]

For Luca Paschina, general manager and winemaker for Barboursville Vineyards, the Virginia Governor’s Cup is another affirmation that the vineyard’s efforts to produce quality wine are not in vain.

“It’s a project we’ve been working on for two decades. It makes us feel like we are doing the right thing,” Paschina says.

The award-winning Octagon is only produced when the conditions are favorable to producing the vintage wine.

In the tasting, the wine was described as a dry yet somewhat fruity wine, having a deep garnet color with aromas of chocolate, red berries, cranberries.

Paschina says he and his team have dedicated two decades to perfecting the flavor of this…

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37 awesome pictures of LEGO KidsFest in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — The LEGO KidsFest is coming to Richmond this weekend. Unfortunately, tickets for the event are sold out.

Aaron Wartner, spokesperson for the LEGO KidsFest, says this is their first time in Virginia and the event has attracted people from about five different states.

“We’ve got over three acres of interactive hands-on fun for kids ages two to 92,” Wartner says.

The great part about the event, Wartner says, is that there are activities people can do from their homes and activities that are unique to the LEGO KidsFest experience.

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Wartner says the event includes unique experiences such as a big Brick Pile filled with over a trillion LEGO bricks, Creation Nation, a map of the U.S. for kids to build on and the opportunity to meet two of the seven Lego Master Model builders in North America.

“What we want kids to go away…

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Fighting cancer, one relay round at a time

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By Alix Hines and Tina Irizarry (Special to WTVR.com)

RICHMOND, VA – Shaun Kelley has already survived one round of cancer, but is now battling the disease again. To support his own and others’ fight against cancer, he came to VCU’s Relay for Life event on Saturday with his daughter Adrienne Wass and his wife Sue.

The VCU organizers counted more than 50 teams and 505 participants who walked the track one round at a time at West Cary Street. At the end, the organization had raised $37,000 for the American Cancer Society, just short of its annual fundraising goal of $40,000.

“The participation of all the youth is very special, because I think young people now are more aware of cancer and the possibility of getting cancer. You hear more on the news about children having cancer and young people having cancer,” Kelley said.

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Porn as revenge, complete with Facebook links, unnerves many

EDITOR’S NOTE: This semester WTVR.com has partnered with VCU’s School of Mass Communications “iPadJournos” mobile and social media journalism project. Those VCU students reported the following story.

By Alix Hines and Tina Irizarry (Special to WTVR.com)

RICHMOND, Va. – Dani Wynn received a call from her boyfriend last month, saying that she was featured on “Is Anyone Up,” a pornographic submission website. It is a site people use to post nude photos of others and take screen shots of their social media accounts so site visitors can contact them.

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Downtown garden to produce fresh produce for soup kitchens

EDITOR’S NOTE: This semester WTVR.com has partnered with VCU’s School of Mass Communications “iPadJournos” mobile and social media journalism project.  Those VCU students reported the following story.

By Alix Hines and Tina Irizarry (Special to WTVR.com)

RICHMOND, Va. – W. B. Braxton-Bantu had a “meager meal” for breakfast at Conrad Soup Kitchen on a recent Sunday morning. It consisted only of a small portion of oatmeal and a cup of coffee. He said that it’s difficult for soup kitchens to provide fresh fruits and vegetables.

Braxton-Bantu is just one of the hundreds of people living around Richmond without knowing where their next meal will come from and how nutritious it will be. But Green Unity, a VCU student organization, wants to change that. The students are planning a community garden next to the Larrick Student Center on the MCV Campus that will provide fresh produce to the Central Virginia Food Bank and local soup kitchens.

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