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Hit the Trails this Weekend with Tour de Fall Line

If the trails seem a little more crowded this weekend now you’ll know why Tour de Fall Line is happening. It’s not too late to join in the fun.

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Details from RVA More:

A Scenic Tour of the James River Basin by bike.  Explore the length of the James River’s fall line.

Hosted by rvaMORE to raise money for the trail building cause.  All proceeds directly benefit rvaMORE to help enhance your outdoor experience on our local trails. Come out and explore with your fellow cycling enthusiasts.

Day of Registration and Packet Pickup starts at 7:00am for 50 miles, 7:30am for 28 milers, 8:45am for 14 milers.

Mountain Bike Routes:

Here is your chance to ride a route that hits all the major trail systems in the City of Richmond in one 50 mile loop! You will ride trails in a number of Richmond’s Parks including the James River Park System, Forest Hill, Ancarrow’s, Dogwood Dell, Powhite, Pony Pasture and Larus. Smaller ride options of roughly 28 and 14 miles are available as well. All routes showcase what makes Richmond trails so unique and fun to ride.

Mountain bikes are recommended as the courses will have plenty of dirt and lots of technical singletrack.  You will follow a marked course with aid stations along the way. Finish and receive a beer and a meal, and additional frosty cold beverages for purchase. Please don’t forget your helmet, tubes, and other bike repair items you might need along the way.

Please note you will be riding on an open course in an urban environment on a mix of singletrack and linked with on road connections. Most roads will be low traffic but the course does require short sections of some high volume roads. Although the trails on the course will be marked please keep a cell phone with google maps and make sure know how to navigate via the course map.

Explore the course outlines here:
Note: The new connector on North Bank will be included, maps below do not include it. 

14 Miler:
https://www.trailforks.com/route/tour-de-fall-line-14-mile-ride/

28 Miler:
https://www.trailforks.com/route/tour-de-fall-line-28-mile-ride/

50 Miler:
https://www.trailforks.com/route/tour-de-fall-line-50-mile-ride/

What does your registration to the tour include:

  • Food and drinks at all aid stations
  • Post-ride party with Stone beer and a meal.
  • Marked trails –  Ride on your own or join the course leader, available on all routes.
  • Course sweepers for all routes and sag support via cell phone
  • Basic bike assistance at aid stations (free lube, tire pumping, etc.)
  • And don’t forget, a large portion of your fee goes back to the trails you are riding!

Click HERE to Register!

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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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Richmond Animal Care and Control Looking for Information on Dog Found in Dumpster

The dog was found in a dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills (5852 Westower Drive). If you have an information please call 647-5573 or email [email protected]

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From RACC Facebook:

We just don’t know what to say about this one. Swear words want to come out first…followed by tears…then back to bigger swear words. 😡😭😡 This sweet dog was found in this dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills. No joke. Citizens saw him and called our team. Officer Jones removed him from the dumpster and took him straight to Virginia Veterinary Centers.

We named him Blue Skies. 🌼 He’s 10 months old and was in terrible shape; starved, covered in feces, with open wounds on his body-our RACC Medical Pics closed group shows more (if you can handle graphic). We need your help finding the person responsible for his suffering. Please call 647-5573 or email [email protected] with information. Our hearts are breaking over the sweet spirit of this dog that deserves a chance at a better life. 💔 Please share-plus he will need a home-email if you can help with that too. 💕 #weareyourcityshelter #throwninthetrash #HelpUsHelpHim #ijustcantanymore

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Sacred Heart Center Needs Help Filling Up their Food Bank

The Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish has been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.

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Sacred Heart Center at  1400 Perry Street runs a food bank and donations are not keeping up with current demand. You can donate items directly (contactless) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or make a donation online.
A message from Sacred Heart Center.

Dear Sacred Heart Center Friends and Family,

While Sacred Heart Center continues to implement our educational programs remotely for our community, we are currently accepting food donations to support our families during this critical time.

Due to the great need that our families experience, demonstrated in the number of people served each time we open the food bank (more than 150 people per day,) through our Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish, we have been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.

We will be accepting food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Donations can be dropped off at the side of our main building, located at 1400 Perry Street. Please drive into Sacred Heart’s parking lot and pull up to the designated parking spot located next to the first door on the left.

Please stay in your vehicle and someone will come to accept your donations.

If you would like to help replenish our food pantry, but are unable to come to the SHC, please consider donating online so that we can continue to support our community at this time.

We are accepting all food items while also strongly asking for foods that our community consumes:

  • Corn flour
  • Tortillas
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Rice
  • Baby formula
  • Snacks for small children
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Tuna
  • Canned Fruit
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Cooking oils

    Other items we are accepting:

  • Personal Care Products (Deodorants, lotions, dental care, hair care, shaving needs, laundry detergent)
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Latex gloves
  • Paper & Plastic bags to distribute food
  • Cardboard Boxes to distribute food
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • Large size diapers (size 4-6)

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering for our Curbside Food Bank,  please do not hesitate to ask:

 [email protected].

If you are in a position to give back to the community, please join us!

To stay up to date on available community resources, please visit our website at: www.shcrichmond.org/en/links We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.

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Richmond BizSense Reporting: T-Mobile is Hanging Up on Stony Point Fashion Park

Another national chain has left the Southside mall.

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The wireless carrier permanently shuttered its store at the Southside mall in late December. A company spokeswoman didn’t specify what motivated the decision.

“We have a number of stores in this area within just a few miles, so as part of our normal course of business we closed this store on Dec. 27, 2020,” the T-Mobile spokeswoman said in an email last week.

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