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RVA Bike Month kicks off Saturday with full calendar of city-wide events

There are more than 40 events from Richmond and Ashland to the suburbs and beyond in celebration of the annual month promoting bicycling and bike safety, and it all kicks off Saturday.

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Proclamations of recognition and support from local government leaders helped kick off the annual RVA Bike Month, which takes place each May in Richmond. This year’s month features a full calendar of events to go along with a theme of “Fall in Love with Bike Lanes.” This year also marks the fourth year that Bike Walk RVA, a program of Sports Backers, is coordinating the bike related events, with the help of dozens of volunteers and advocates from all over the region.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and City Council kicked things off on Monday, April 24th with an official proclamation designating May as Richmond Bike Month, and the third week of May to be Richmond Bike to Work Week. The following night, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors delivered its first proclamation in recognition of Bike Month and also declared May 19 to be Bike to Work Day.

Leaders from both Richmond and Henrico made a point of encouraging all residents to share the road safely. The Henrico Board recognized the efforts of Varina High School’s ‘Blue Devils for Biking’ club to improve their community for biking and walking through stewardship, skill sharing, and advocacy. Club member Zenia Mincey accepted the recognition on behalf of Blue Devils for Biking and was joined by her fellow students and their family members.

RVA Bike Month will feature over 40 events for bike enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels in 2017. The calendar includes events taking place from Richmond to Ashland, and in the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover–reflecting the growth in support and popularity of increased bike and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the Richmond region.

Activities will include food-themed rides, youth rides, bike commuting seminars, bike rack installations, and group bike commutes, as well as bigger festivals like Dominion Riverrock, which takes place May 19th through 21st on Brown’s Island along the riverfront.

“The community volunteers, advocates, businesses, and organizations that contribute to the full month of events are what make RVA Bike Month stand out as a great treat for the Richmond region,” said Brantley Tyndall, Community Engagement Manager for Bike Walk RVA, in a news release. “The rapid and continued growth of community interest in biking highlights the fact that bikes and bike infrastructure are an important part of the region’s identity.”

Continuing their support for community health and active living initiatives, Bon Secours is partnering with Bike Walk RVA to be the presenting sponsor of RVA Bike Month 2017. The partnership will help Bon Secours highlight the importance of safe, accessible, and connected bike and pedestrian infrastructure that can play a prominent role in advancing community health.

On May 27th, they’ll also serve as the host of the Bon Secours East End Bike Party at the Sarah Garland Jones Center at 2600 Nine Mile Road. The party is free and open to the public.

For a full list of bike month events, and to see the Bike Month poster, check out the 2017 schedule.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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Registration now open to host an Anthem LemonAid stand this summer

During the weekend event, hundreds of lemonade stands will pop up throughout the Richmond area to benefit hematology and oncology services at CHoR. Anyone who is interested in hosting a lemonade stand is encouraged to register now to secure a kit.

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has announced that registration for one of Richmond’s beloved summer fundraising events, Anthem LemonAid presented by Richmond Ford, is now open. The 22nd annual Anthem LemonAid will take place over the weekend of July 22-24, 2022.

During the weekend event, hundreds of lemonade stands will pop up throughout the Richmond area to benefit hematology and oncology services at CHoR. Anyone who is interested in hosting a lemonade stand is encouraged to register now to secure a kit. Registration is free and the kit includes lemonade mix, cups, a pitcher, and Anthem LemonAid signage. Registrants can select the location of their choice for the stand and raise funds through lemonade sales.

Each year, an Anthem LemonAid ambassador is selected to help promote the event. This year’s ambassador is Thomas Carley, an 11-year-old patient at CHoR who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2020. In the role of ambassador, Carley will visit area lemonade stands and encourage others to support the hospital.

“I decided to participate because I wanted to help people like me who have cancer,” said Carley, who is a fifth-grader at Collegiate School in Richmond.

Registration will remain open until July 19. LemonAid stand kit pickup will be held on Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 21 on the front lawn of CHoR’s Brook Road hospital campus. Once registered, additional details about kit pickup will be provided closer to the event.

“We look forward to this sweet Richmond event every year as it’s so exciting to think about a weekend where thousands of Richmonders are showing their support for CHoR by either hosting a stand or buying lemonade,” said Lauren Moore, president, and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’re eager to see the registrations start coming in and watch the momentum build for another great season of Anthem LemonAid presented by Richmond Ford.”

“Investing in our community is key to our mission and something that is extremely important for me and for our associates, and this is one of my favorite events,” said Jeff Ricketts, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia. “We are excited to continue our long-time support of this summertime tradition, which makes a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of so many vulnerable children in Virginia.”

Since the event’s inception in 2000, Anthem LemonAid has raised more than $1,113,000 for CHoR. For more information on the 2022 event, visit www.anthemlemonaidrichmond.com.

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¿Qué Pasa? Festival is Rescheduled Due to Weather

Visitors will be able to experience a vibrant Canal Walk bringing the community together while showcasing the dynamic culture, sounds, tastes and feelings of Hispanic & Latin American countries

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Update 5/4/22:

The ¿Qué Pasa? Festival that was planned for May 7 is now being moved to June 11 due to inclement weather in the forecast, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber announced.

“We are making this decision solely with our partners’ and vendors’ safety and happiness in mind. This move will also ensure maximum turnout to the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival, providing more guests and customers for our many vendors, since the weather would majorly dampen our turnout as well as cause issues for our fantastic entertainers & dance groups,” the chamber said in the announcement.

The festival will still be held along the Canal Walk from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The VAHCC is excited to showcase the diversity and beauty of Hispanic & Latin American cultures once again, in the capital city of Virginia! The goal of this festival is not only to bring a cultural and educational experience to Virginia, but to also bring business back to our amazing local businesses, artisans, food vendors, entertainers, and more!

Dance the day and night away to our amazing live Latin music and prepare to be mesmerized by incredible performances by local favorites. Enjoy delicious Latin culinary staples, savory desserts, select beers, and specialty drinks. Stroll through our artisan market, featuring unique vendors, live artist exhibitions, homemade crafts, gifts, and more. Enjoy some family fun in our Kid’s Area featuring educational installations with arts and crafts activities. Attendees will also enjoy a colorful ride along Richmond’s historic canals on the beautifully decorated boats inspired by the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Mexico.

 

Please visit www.quepasafestival.com for all information about ¿Qué Pasa? Festival.

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