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Photos: 2018 Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series Forest Hill Park Race

Hundreds of racers gathered in Forest Hill Park on Tuesday here is a little of what we saw.

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It was a fun afternoon of watching the VAHS Mountain Bike Series in Forest Hill Park. A record 125 racers lined up for the JV boys race and resulted in quite an exciting start. It was inspiring to see the kids that suffered spills or mechanical problems tough it out and finish the race as best the could.

Most of the racers you’ll see are from the Elementary, Jr. High, and JV races. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stick around for the Varsity.

The results of the races will eventually be online but aren’t posted yet.

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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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