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RVA Bike Month is in full swing with over 50 events all month long

2019 marks the sixth 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 across the Richmond region.

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With a theme of ‘Bikes Mean Business,’ RVA Bike Month 2019 features a full calendar of events.

2019 marks the sixth 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 across the Richmond region.

Highlights of the calendar include the always-popular Pizza Crawl, Black Girls Do Bike’s kickoff ride, the Better Housing Coalition Tour, Sportable’s adaptive cycling rides, Massey Cancer Center’s Pedal Through Petals fundraising ride, and a variety of youth and family-focused focused rides like Parker’s Southside Kids Ride. Richmond Bike to Work Day, in celebration of National Bike to Work Day, will take place on Friday, May 17, and will feature a group ride to City Hall with Mayor Levar Stoney.

2019’s calendar will also feature the second-annual Bike Walk RVA Awards Ceremony on May 28, honoring individuals and groups for their year-round commitment to bike and pedestrian advocacy. The awards program is just one part of a calendar that features over 50 events for bike enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. Running from April 27 through June 2, RVA Bike Month includes events taking place in the City of Richmond, Town of Ashland, and 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 and mural-themed rides, parent and kid rides, food tours, storytelling events, film screenings, fundraisers, history tours, and group bike commutes, as well as bigger festivals like Dominion Energy Riverrock, which takes place May 17-19 at Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar.

“Studies show that people who bike for transportation or recreation contribute significantly to the local economy, and this year’s RVA Bike Month theme, Bikes Mean Business, encourages riders to do just that,” said Brantley Tyndall, Director of Outreach for Bike Walk RVA.

“This platform of more than 50 regional events is a great opportunity for getting people to ride to restaurants, to local shops, and to work. Local businesses that have installed bike racks or are located on streets optimized for biking and walking are displaying their welcome signs for this group of customers and neighbors, something we will advocate for as we continue to promote safe places to bike and walk.”

RVA Bike Month hosted over 50 events and tracked over 4,000 participants in 2018, and it is expected to grow this year.

For a full list of bike month events, and to see the Bike Month poster, check out the 2019 schedule here.

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Enjoy free admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through January 19th

Explore the January blooms – both indoors and out – at Lewis Ginter for free until January 19th.

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There is plenty to see at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in January, as the warm and cozy conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, passion flowers, and other tropical plants. Outdoor blooms are even more treasured because they are unexpected.

Garden admission is free through January 19th, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The Garden Café and Robins Tea House are closed during this time, but the rest of the property remains open.

See Lewis Ginter’s January blooms page for other highlights of winter interest and blooms.

See the Lewis Ginter website for more information.

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City Hosted Winter Cleaning Includes Christmas Tree Chipping, Document Shredding, Electronic Recycling and Much More

Winter Cleaning 2020 includes the shredding of documents, Christmas tree chipping, oil-based paint, pesticides, herbicides, and electronics recycling on January 11th.

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The City has provided a ton of information about their Winter Cleaning event.

WHO: Richmond residential collection and disposal only. This event is NOT for commercial or business disposal.
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Corner of Arthur Ashe Blvd & Robin Hood Rd.
WHAT:

Christmas Tree Chipping: un-decorated live trees
Shredding: up to 5 boxes or 5 paper bags of PERSONAL documents

  • Taxes, bank statements, canceled checks, credit card statements and receipts, financial accounts, medical records, and insurance documents.

We cannot accept:

  • COMMERCIAL BUSINESS documents, X Rays, cardboard, plastic bags, metal, batteries, CDs, notebooks, binders, or bags of previously shredded papers.

Electronics recycling: (cash or check – no card)

The electronics recycling fees are as follows:

  • Hard drive – cellphone tablet shred $5
  • CRT monitor $17
  • CRT television $28 (more than 27”)
  • CRT television $23 (equal to or fewer than 27”)
  • Projection television $23
  • LCD monitor $6
  • LCD television $14
  • Printer $5 (more than 25 lbs.) Printer $2 (fewer than 25 lbs.)

No fees:

  • Computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.). VCRs, camcorders, stereos and all phones. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT STRINGS!

Hazardous Household Wastes:

  • Pesticides, Herbicides and Oil-based Paints in original containers.

Small Recycle Tubs ( you know the green ones you no longer use)

  • Clean up and drop off your old curbside recycling bins for reuse in the schools.

HELP spread the word by sharing this notice.

This free event is only available to City of Richmond residents – proof of residency is required.

Questions about chipping, shredding, electronics and small tubs to
Darlene.Mallory@richmondgov.com or 804-646-8325.
Questions about hazardous household waste to:
Jennifer.Clarke@richmondgov.com or call 804-646-8131.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR STUFF???
Household batteries: Rechargeable and non-rechargeable, alkaline, lithium, auto, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt
Where: AERC Recycling 3301 Rosedale Avenue, Richmond
When: 2nd Friday of each month: 9:00am – 3:00pm Fee: $0.75 a pound
https://www.aerc.com/pdf/AERC-DropOffFriday-National-07242015.pdf
(804) 550-1762


Discarded tires or illegal dumping decorating your alley, neighborhood or roadsides?
To have abandoned tires and other illegally dumped items removed, call 311 and report the specific location for pick up.


Disposing of Old Paint, Hazardous Waste and Tires at East Richmond Road Convenience Center

This service is free to Richmond residents who provide proof of residency, such as a valid driver’s license, utility bill or vehicle registration. The City’s Department of Public Works’ staff will assist residents with unloading and disposal of their waste materials.
The facility cannot accept fire extinguishers, asbestos, road flares, herbicides or pesticides, explosives or materials that are shock-sensitive, radioactive or infectious or waste items from commercial entities.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Noon.

Directions: The East Richmond Road Convenience Center is at 3800 E. Richmond Rd. Take I-64 East from Richmond. Exit at 193B and turn right onto Nine Mile Road. Before the second traffic light, turn right onto Evergreen Road (which becomes Stony Run Parkway). Then turn right onto East Richmond Road. Immediately look for landfill signage on the left.

Household hazardous waste items accepted at the facility include:

  • Solvents: mineral spirits, paint thinner, turpentine, acetone
  • Car fluids: motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze
  • Paints (20 gallons per month/per household limit): oil or latex, polyurethane, tung oil, stains, varnish, shellac,tints, lacquer thinner, paint reducers, primers, varsol
  • Car batteries – lead acid batteries only
  • Cooking oil
  • Fuels: gasoline, gasoline additives, #2 fuel oil, kerosene, diesel, chain saw fuel, motor boat fuel, oil additives
    Propane tanks

Tires with no rims, free with a limit of 4. No off-road or oversized tires taken. Southside Transfer Center and East Richmond Road Convenience Center. Costs are as follows: $1 each for more than four passenger tires with DEQ permit
$5 each for tractor-trailer tires with DEQ permit

For questions call: Customer Care
3-1-1 or 804-646-7000
For online service requests :
www.Richmondgov.com
click RVA One (upper right corner)
Check out the
Recycling Wizard
for guidelines to
recycle other items:
http://cvwma.com/recycling-wizard/c

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This weekend’s Henrico Humane Society Pet Expo marks 20 years for the nonprofit’s signature event

Expect a lure course, adoptable dogs, pet contests, vendors, a kids’ area, and much more at the Richmond Raceway Complex this weekend.

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Henrico Humane Society’s (HHS) is celebrating its 20th annual Pet Expo, which will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23222.

Pet Expo is a family and pet-friendly event designed with your pet in mind! Whether you’re looking for stylish collars, an obedience trainer, toys, treats or anything in between – you’re likely to find it at the Pet Expo. More than 50 vendors will be onsite selling pet-related products and services. A full day of activities is scheduled including a pet parade, puppy races, dog contests, agility and lure courses, dog adoptions, caricatures, and several silent auctions. The Kid’s Area will have new activities including a bounce house,  an adoption stand with stuffed animals, and a ‘Vet Clinic’ where kids can get their new ‘pet’ examined by a vet. WTVR Richmond TV personality Greg McQuade is scheduled to emcee.

“Since Pet Expo began in 2000 more than 38,000 people have attended the event, which has netted more than $400,000 benefitting the pets in our care. We’re proud to be the longest-running event in Richmond where people can bring their pets to participate in a day of fun,” Melissa Golden, event organizer and HHS vice president said.

In honor of the 20th Pet Expo anniversary, Henrico Humane Society is inviting everyone who has previously adopted a pet from the organization to “strut their mutt” in an alumni parade and pose for a group picture.

The event is sponsored by local organizations and companies that make a difference in our community. Petco Foundation is the Diamond level sponsor; Platinum level sponsors include CBS6, Nestle Purina and Richmond Family Magazine.

Proceeds from the Pet Expo, the flagship fundraising event for the organization, help cover medical expenses for dogs and cats in their care, including those who have been neglected or abused, so that they can be adopted into a permanent, loving home.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12; children under 6 and pets are free. Tickets can be purchased online for $8 prior to the event. All proceeds benefit Henrico Humane Society. For more information on the Pet Expo, visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/HenricoHumaneSociety or at their website, henricohumane.org.

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