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St. Benedict Oktoberfest Begins Festing this Friday

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen it’s time for giant pretzels, wiener schnitzel, and of course beer.



The original Oktoberfest is in Munich, Germany. It’s 16-18 days of fun and considered the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Traditionally it runs the last two weeks of September leading to the first Sunday in October. One possible origin of the festival date back to October of 1810 when the country was invited to a party thrown to celebrate the marriage of Kronprinz Ludwig, later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825–1848), to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. This information was gathered from Wikipedia and there is some debate about the exact origins of the festival. What isn’t debatable is that the festival took off and has been repeated (except during WWII) ever since.

Our local Oktoberfest is put on by St. Benedict at the St. Benedict Catholic Church N. Sheppard Street and last 3 days with activities kicking off this Friday at 4 PM.

Non-liquid consumption options include what you’d expect for a German Festival. You’ll find bratwurst, knockwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, wiener schnitzel, and just a plain hot dog for the little ones but it sounds fancy when called a kinderdog.

When it comes to your liquid consumption the focus is beer. Lots and lots of beer. I’ve been to beer festivals with less options. There will be 53 different beers to select. Begin your beer planning by checking out the full list here.

Only official St. Benedict Oktoberfest tickets are accepted for food and drinks at the event. The main ticket booths can be found at the Belmont entrances of Oktoberfest (at Grove, Hanover, and Stuart Avenues), and a small kiosk is located between the Weingarten and the main food tent. The other non-food/drink vendors in the Christkindlmarkt, with the exception of our Oktoberfest Kaufhaus and Lebkuchenherzen booths, will not accept Oktoberfest tickets.

In my excitement about the beer I almost forgot about the second best part of Oktoberfest, the bands. You’ll be able to get down to the chicken dance to your heart’s content. Traditional polka and oompah band will also be entertaining the masses throughout the fest.

Lastly, don’t forget to train your biceps for stein holding contests. See ya at the Fest.



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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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.



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.



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.

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 or 804-646-8325.
Questions about hazardous household waste to: or call 804-646-8131.

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
(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 :
click RVA One (upper right corner)
Check out the
Recycling Wizard
for guidelines to
recycle other items:



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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.



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 or at their website,



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