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Young Mountain Bikers Racing in Forest Hill Park today in the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series

It’s another race day in Forest Hill Park.

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Today from around 4 PM to 7 PM (full schedule) the trails in Forest Hill Park will be busy with young riders, ranging from elementary to high school. The Virginia High School race series is having a race in Forest Hill Park. The race is part of 5 races that take place across the state and riders from all over will be taking part. This is the second race in the series.

Don’t be deceived by the name, there will be riders from Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

This is a great opportunity to go out and root for some young riders. The trails will be open but be aware of and get out of the way, when possible, of the racers.

From 2016 races.

About the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series:

VAHS MTB Series is Virginia’s official interscholastic mountain bike race series. Sanctioned by USA Cycling, VAHS MTB offers competitive racing for riders of all ability levels. The series is open to ANY high school, middle school, or elementary school student.

The VAHS MTB Series is held under USA Cycling Permit and is open to any elementary, middle or high school student in the Commonwealth. Each event has separate Elementary School (ages 9 & over), Middle School, JV, and Varsity races for both girls and boys. Most races are on primarily single-track trails and are multiple-lap events to provide a spectator-friendly experience for coaches and parents. Racers do NOT need to be on a school team to participate nor do racers need to have any race experience.VASH MTB Series is open to public school, independent school, and home school students.

The VAHS MTB Series’ mission is provide a professional and enjoyable interscholastic racing experience for competitors and spectators. For those new to racing, it is an ideal introduction to mountain bike racing. If you like to mountain bike and are considering racing, this is your chance.

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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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Reforest Richmond Wants to Give you an Eastern Redbud Seedling

You get a tree, you get a tree, everyone gets a tree.

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Trees make life better. Arbor Day is officially on April 30th but many cities including Richmond celebrate it in late Autumn. As part of this year’s Arbor celebration, Reforest Richmond and the City of Richmond are giving away 10,000 free Eastern Redbud seedlings at citywide pickup sites.

Why are Eastern Redbuds special?

Eastern Redbuds are fantastic understory trees known for their heart-shaped leaves and pink flowers. They are native to the Richmond region and a fantastic source of food and habitat for local birds and pollinating insects.

Watering: Keeping your baby trees watered is important during their first year. One heavy watering every week is ideal. Keep the soil and mulch moist but not soggy. The water should soak into the soil and mulch, but avoid watering so much that you see standing water.
Location: Redbuds love both shady and sunny spots. They live happily under the shade of larger overstory trees or in full sun. Redbuds top out at 25’ tall and are low maintenance and can be planted individually or in little groups.

The bright pink flowers that cover the twigs in spring are edible and somewhat tangy. Great for salads.

Photo Credit: Reforest Richmond

Mature Spread: 25 – 35′
Bloom Time: April
Fall Color: Yellow

Tree pickup sites will be open on the following dates at the locations you can see on the map:

  • Friday, October 30th + Saturday, October 31st
  • Friday, November 6th + Saturday, November 7th
  • Friday, November 13th + Saturday, November 14th

 

Don’t know anything about planting, don’t worry there is a handy guide right here. Have some time on your hands and want to get this trees to a worthy home volunteer here.

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Blanchard’s Coffee Opening on Wednesday

If the postcard delivered on Tuesday can be believed they’re opening tomorrow on Wednesday.

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The first business in the Hill Standard (everyone calls the Veil Brewing spot) development is supposedly opening tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th. Although as of 3:10 PM on Tuesday they’re website and they’re Facebook make no mention of the opening or the hours. The Facebook page’s last post was in December of 2019 so don’t go there hoping for up to date information.  For reference, the Blanchard’s on Broad is open at 8 AM Monday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday through Friday, they’re open at 7 AM.

Above and below are the photos of the postcard we got in the mail. Good luck coffee drinkers.

 

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Richmond BizSense.com reporting that Billy Pie is Coming to Basic City Beer Co.

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Basic City Beer Co. in Manchester has some delicious news to announce, pizza. You might be familiar with Billy Pie if you ever grabbed a pizza at Triple Crossing or hit up their spot on Patterson. Owner of Billy Pie, Bill Fallen hopes to have pizza ready to go in a few weeks.

From Richmond BizSense.com:

Fallen eventually linked up with Basic City owner Bart Lanman over the summer. Lanman was already familiar with Fallen’s work and, before long, the two struck a deal for Fallen to open a location in Basic City’s Waynesboro location.

“In our growth plans, the idea has always been to make things as good as we can, or better. This was a step in the ‘or better’ direction,” Lanman said. “To have gone to Triple Crossing a bunch of times and had the pizza that’s high quality and well-executed, I knew it’s a perfect fit for us.”

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