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Kickers announce pre-season schedule

The long, long soccer drought will end in March.

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From Richmond Kickers:

The Richmond Kickers announced the 2017 preseason schedule today, which will be highlighted by the eighth annual Pro-Am Challenge featuring the University of Virginia on Saturday, March 4 and a match against North Carolina FC on Wednesday, March 15.

The Kickers will open their preseason camp with a closed-door scrimmage against the College of William & Mary on March 1 before taking on UVA the following weekend.  Kickoff for the Pro-Am Challenge on March 4 is slated for 5:00 p.m. at Ukrop Park and the match will serve as the marquee game during the weekend’s prestigious Ultimate Cup, hosted jointly by the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers.

Tickets are $10 and space is limited to just 500 seats.  Limited space is also available for Red Army members in an exclusive on-field standing section.  Richmond Kickers Season Ticket Holders are eligible for a private pre-sale before general admission tickets go on sale on Friday, January 13 at 9:00 a.m. at RichmondKickers.com.

The Kickers’ preseason test will continue with a home and away series against North Carolina FC, hosting the NASL side at City Stadium on March 15 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and 2017 Season Tickets will be accepted at this match.

The preseason tune-up will conclude with a closed-door game against Virginia Commonwealth University on March 19.

2017 Richmond Kickers Preseason Schedule*

DATE TIME OPPONENT VENUE
March 1 7:00 PM William & Mary Ukrop Park
March 4 5:00 PM University of Virginia Ukrop Park
March 8 11:00 AM @ North Carolina FC Cary, NC
March 15 7:00 PM North Carolina FC City Stadium
March 19 5:00 PM Virginia Commonwealth University City Stadium

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Forest Hill Park Invasive Plant Removal Work Day

Invasive plants harm the entire ecosystem.

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Spotted on Facebook. The workday is scheduled for Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Please join members of Friends of FHP for invasive plant removal. Invasive nonnative plants reduce populations of native, beneficial creatures. We will meet in the 3800 block of Forest Hill Avenue near the Forest Hill Historic District sign (east of Roanoke St. traffic light). Please bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them, and dress for the possibility of poison ivy (no open footwear). Thanks in advance for helping us restore some ecological balance in FHP!

You can see a list of invasive plants here. Hedera helix (common ivy or English Ivy) is one of the biggest and most obvious offenders in our area.

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Drink Beer and Help Friends of James River Parks

Raging James Pilsner is the latest release from Legend Brewing and a portion of each sale will got to Friends of James River Park.

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Friends of James River Park announced their latest partnership today and it’s tasty.

Legend Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in Virginia. As their Vice President of Operations, Dave Gott, told us, “It’s important that you be a part of the community – not just IN the community.” Legend has hosted our board meetings and annual get-togethers. On any given weekend (and often any given day) their parking lot is full of cars carrying kayaks and bicycles, and their patio is crowded with people who have spent the day enjoying the James River Park System.

Given their proximity to the James River and our Park, we were elated when they floated the idea of creating a special beer for our organization. Raging James Pilsner is their newest release, and a portion of the sale of each can will help us continue our efforts. Legend has supported Richmond for almost 30 years, and as we approach 50 years of commitment to the Park, we’re honored to partner with them on this.

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How to move a snapping turtle across the road and why.

You’re most likely to see a female Snapping Turtle on the road crossing to find a good dry spot to lay her eggs.

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Snapping Turtles are one of the scariest and coolest looking critters you can run across in the Richmond area. Unfortunately many times you’ll see them on the road and that is not a good spot for a Snapping Turtle or any turtle to be. It’s egg-laying season so female Snapping Turtles are on the move and crossing roads. Snappers travel long distances away from water to search for a nest site on dry land.

NEVER pick up a Snapping Turtle by its tail because doing so can cause spinal injury. Gloves are recommended when available. Always move turtles in the direction they were headed and do not relocate.

Snapping Turtle populations have declined significantly in recent years due to over-harvesting, poaching, and poor reproductive success.Snapping Turtles don’t reach maturity until 6 to 7 years of age and female turtles lay a single clutch of 26 to 55 eggs once a year. There is a high nest failure rate, with most of the eggs eaten by predators resulting in only 6 to 9 percent of hatchlings surviving.

If you can here is how to safely move a snapping turtle.

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