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Hardywood Food Truck Court – Hardywood Craft Brewery, Thursday

 

This is a regular Thursday event. The weather should co-operate this week and it’s a perfect excuse to get a head-start on the weekend. Food starts at 5:30. Full list of food trucks here.


STREET FIGHTER II BEER RELEASE, ALBUM RELEASE, & CHARITY TOURNEY – GARDEN GROVE, THURSDAY

Drink beer, play video games, compete in a tourney, listen to brand new music, this event has it all. There is even going to be cosplay and it’s all going to benefit Building a Better RPS!

BEER RELEASE
Special release of GGBC’s original Street Fighter brew, “Hundred Hop Slap IPA,” with proceeds to benefit Building a Better RPS!

TOURNAMENT
The 4th tournament in our Gaming For Good monthly series! $5 entry donation to play. Registration & Practice Play starting at 6PM. Tournament kicks off at 7:00! PRIZES for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place!

SOUNDTRACK RELEASE
Richmond hip-hop producers, DJs, and artists from various squads, labels, & collectives have collaborated to produce a Street Fighter II-themed compilation album to showcase the collective strength of RVA’s hip-hop scene, pay homage to one of the most game-changing, ass-kicking games of all time, and to raise funds in behalf of Building a Better RPS!

Featuring: Dope Solo, RT, Slugg, Black Liquid, Goad Gatsby, Dogf*ck, 1NF1N1T8, Sant Kilmagik, Tru Nyce, Ninja Ropes, PT Burnem, Sultans, Jono Flacowicz, F1NG3RS, Mauricio, Ant The Symbol, Rob First, LithiumGod, PhD Khari, & 8-Bit Mullet.

Tracks will be performed LIVE by our local RVA artists throughout the evening!

COSPLAY COSTUME CONTEST
Video Game Character cosplay STRONGLY encouraged (does not have to be SFII)! Various categories and prizes to be awarded!


HANOVER MATERS, CORKS AND KEGS – HANOVER VEGETABLE FARM, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Hanover tomatoes are as about as perfect as a tomato can get. The first crop is ready and the Hanover Farm is celebrating with tomato related activities and of course beer and wine. Ardent, Isley, Midnight, Center of the Universe, Strangeways, and Bold Rock will all be available. Live music, cornhole tourney and vendors of all sorts round out this weekend in the country. Tickets are $10, purchase here.


PRIDE DAY – CASTLEBURG BREWERY, SUNDAY

“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” — Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Join us for a celebration of love! Castleburg is a place where we want everyone to feel welcomed, loved, and to enjoy themselves. All while enjoying some delicious craft beer!

RVA New York Style will be on hand all day serving up the yummy grub!

MUSIC LINE UP:
1:30-2:30pm Amy Henderson
2:30-4:00pm Rachel Leyco
4:00-6:00pm DJ Alexander Cortes
6:00-7:30pm Paige Miller of Life Support w/Matt Blanton

Wear your Rainbow Attire and receive a discount off your first pint of beer!

Wear your Rainbow Attire AND make a monetary donation to Friends of Side by Side (formerly ROSMY), and receive an even bigger discount off your entire tab! Best of all, Castleburg will match all of your monetary donations, up to $300, to give to this wonderful organization.

Let’s have an awesome day together!


NEW BEER TO DRINK

 

CHROME DOME BEER RELEASE to support Richmond bike groups

Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, in collaboration with I Am RVA and Breakaway RVA, has brewed up a special cherry lime radler with hibiscus blooms, perfectly bright and refreshing for a Richmond summer day.

This one-of-a-kind beer will be available this Friday and proceeds will jointly benefit I Am RVA and Breakaway RVA.

Plus, there will be a fun opportunity to hear from the brewer how Chrome Dome was made. Come on out, drink a beer, and support biking in Richmond!

Friday, June 23, 2017, 5 PM – 7:30 PM
2930 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230


NEWS

Craft Beer Certificate Program – VCU

Go to college study beer get no credit. Sounds like my college experience.

The VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) has partnered with the VCU School of Engineering and VCU Department of Biology to introduce the VCU Craft Beer Certificate Program, a noncredit certificate in the art of craft beer. The program will provide an exciting opportunity for knowledge expansion of the craft beer industry.


KINGS DOMINION GETS ITS OWN BEER – COTU

Kings Dominion is getting the royal treatment this summer.

Thanks to a collaboration with Center of the Universe Brewing Company, the Doswell theme park is getting its own beer! A royal ale called Kings Brew.

Brewed for coaster enthusiasts, this Session IPA is made with 2-row barley and copious amounts of Cascade hops. Kings Brew has a nice malt backbone with citrus notes like lemon and orange peel. It’s an effervescent and sessionable brew fit for a king (and perfect for summer)!

“When the park decided we needed our own beer, the obvious choice was Center of the Universe. The brewery is located in Ashland, Virginia, only a short drive down I-95 from Kings Dominion. Center of the Universe Brewing is all about embracing and taking pride in the local community. Kings Dominion is honored to be a part of that community and partner with a great company to bring another local product into the park.” – Gary Chadwick- VP &

General Manager of Kings Dominion “We have always enjoyed a great partnership with our interstate neighbors at Kings Dominion, so it was only natural to take that partnership one step further with Kings Brew. It is an honor to brew their official beer and we can't wait to enjoy one (or two) in-between hitting the coasters and relaxing in their expansive water park.” – Chris Ray, Cofounder, Center of the Universe Brewing Company

This royal ale is available on draft and in cans exclusively at Kings Dominion. Swing by any restaurant that serves beer in the park.


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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation donates $50,000 toward playrooms at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU 

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play. 

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Richmond Kiwanis Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, has announced a donation of $50,000 to support the playrooms that will be a part of the Wonder Tower, the new inpatient pediatric hospital at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

The age-appropriate playrooms will be located throughout the 16-story hospital and can be used to help children feel safe and at ease while at the hospital and to remain connected with their home life through play.

“We’re here to support the children in the community, especially when they need us most,” said Bruce Tyler, Kiwanis Club of Richmond president. “Children in health care environments need areas where they can be children. Playing, having fun and using their imaginations while they receive care at CHoR.”

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond’s mission is to serve the children of Richmond and the world. That focus has led Richmond Kiwanians to be key drivers for progress in the community in its century of service to children. For over 100 years, Kiwanis and CHoR have remained closely connected and support has included hosting the beloved holiday party for the children at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus each year, providing properly fitted bike helmets to second graders in Richmond Public Schools and supporting a family lounge adjacent to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“Our relationship with the Kiwanis Club of Richmond has stood the test of time and we’re so grateful for their ongoing support,” said Lauren Moore, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This group is wholeheartedly in it for the kids and Richmond is fortunate to have such a thriving, generous Kiwanis chapter doing so much good for the community.”

This $50,000 gift is part of the Foundation’s annual grant program, where organizations whose missions align with Kiwanis are invited to apply for fundings for programs that benefit children in the Richmond area, particularly children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  In 2022, Kiwanis Richmond has awarded more than $60,000 to a diverse array of Richmond-area nonprofits.

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Library of Virginia helps Billy Porter discover his family history on July 10th episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

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Watch for Richmond and the Library of Virginia during the July 10 season opener of the genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?,” now back on NBC.

While exploring his Virginia roots in the episode, featured celebrity Billy Porter—the award-winning actor, singer, Broadway star, and author—traveled to Richmond on his family history quest and visited the Library of Virginia to see 19th-century records from the collections relating to his ancestors.

The genealogy TV show has filmed segments at the Library of Virginia in previous seasons for episodes featuring actors Hilary Duff, Bill Paxton, and Blair Underwood.

The episode premieres Sunday, July 10th at 7:00 PM on NBC. Episodes will stream on Peacock the following day.

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PHOTOS: Green infrastructure projects completed at three Richmond Public Library branches

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Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, Four Winds Design, and the James River Association is celebrating the completion of green infrastructure projects that manage stormwater at three Richmond Public Library branches.

Implementation of green infrastructure plans for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, all approved by the City of Richmond’s Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission, occurred this spring. Each of the three projects features bioretention basins that capture and absorb stormwater runoff from library buildings and grounds, thereby reducing the amount of stormwater pollution entering the James River and its tributaries.

“After spending a few years securing funding for the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and developing green infrastructure plans with community input for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, Richmond Public Library is thrilled to celebrate the completion of these projects,” said Scott Firestine, Director of Richmond Public Library. “These projects are the result of collaboration with committed partners like the James River Association and Four Winds Design and interdepartmental cooperation within City Hall. We’ve reimagined how library campuses can serve the city, from adding Bike Share stations and outdoor reading benches to new methods of landscape maintenance.”

Harbor Dredge & Dock was selected as the contractor to implement the three projects and volunteer assistance was used to install trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses. A total of 173 trees and shrubs were planted alongside hundreds of perennials and grasses at the three library branches to help manage stormwater and green library grounds. The landscapes were designed to be habitats for pollinators and are complete with interpretive signs for visitors and expanded water-wise irrigation systems. As the trees and shrubs grow, they will help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving library grounds and expand Richmond’s tree canopy. The Richmond Public Library Foundation funded new outdoor seating areas featuring pervious pavers that reduce stormwater runoff near the main entrance at Broad Rock Branch.

“It really is remarkable what public-private collaboration can achieve,” said Justin Doyle, Director of Community Conservation with the James River Association. “My James River Association colleagues and I are grateful for Richmond Public Library’s commitment to the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and their willingness to install green infrastructure on library grounds to reduce stormwater runoff. We are excited to conduct community engagement activities at East End Branch this month and work toward developing a community-supported green infrastructure plan for the library.”

Community engagement activities including a public meeting and rain barrel workshop are scheduled for East End Branch Library this month. A questionnaire available at the library and online is also being used to gather input from library users and residents of Richmond’s East End. A public meeting will be held at the library on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Attendees will be asked to share thoughts on outdoor spaces at the library and input on where green infrastructure should be installed around the library. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the James River Association is partnering with Richmond Public Library and the Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O to hold a rain barrel workshop at the library. During this workshop, participants will learn how to assemble, install, and use rain barrels to harvest rainwater at home. Participants will also learn about the benefits of native plants and receive a native perennial to plant at home.

Stormwater pollution poses one of the biggest threats to the health of the James River by carrying pollution to its tributaries and green infrastructure helps reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative, a collaboration between Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, JRA, and Four Winds Design, launched in 2019 with the implementation of a green infrastructure plan at Westover Hills Branch Library. Since then, the partners have worked together to engage library users and stakeholders in planning and design processes that resulted in the implementation of green infrastructure plans at Broad Rock Branch Library, North Avenue Branch Library, and West End Branch Library.

The primary goal of these plans is to manage stormwater on library grounds through the installation of green infrastructure. The initiative is funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under a 319 grant to the James River Association. Additional support is provided by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Altria, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, James River Association, Richmond Public Library, Richmond Public Library Foundation, and Virginia Department of Forestry.

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