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Chili and Art Unite for Visual Arts Center Chili Throwdown

Adult admission to this event includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made by a VisArts clay artist—and a drink ticket. You also get to try over 25 different chilis from local restaurants.

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The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will host its Sixth Annual VisArts Chili Throwdown on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature the chili of more than 25 Richmond restaurants and music by the Cary Street Ramblers.

Tickets are $25 for VisArts members and $30 for the general public. Kids under age 12 eat for $5 and kids under age 3 eat free. Adult admission includes a handmade ceramic bowl—made by a VisArts clay artist—and a drink ticket. Additional ceramic bowls will be available for purchase.

At the VisArts Chili Throwdown, Richmond restaurants contribute their best chili, which is taste-tested by both a blind jury and the event’s attendees. VisArts names an overall winner and a people’s choice winner. After guests have voted, they’re welcome to go back for a full bowl of their favorite chili. This year’s celebrity guest judges are Eileen Mellon (Richmond magazine Food Editor), Laura Sant and Nicole Lang (Hosts of Richmond Famous, a podcast about food, culture and community in RVA),and Philip Mills (VisArts Clay Instructor).

Last year, more than 500 people attended this indoor/outdoor event. The 2018 defending champions are Maple & Pine and Postbellum.

The following restaurants have already signed on to participate this year: 821 Café, Amuse, Bombolini Pasta, Brenner Pass, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbeque, Curbside, Gadean’s Smokin’ Six O, Garnish Catering, Goatocado, The Graduate, The Grill, Hometeam Grill, Maple & Pine, Mean Bird, Mise En Place, Mosaic Catering, Mosaic Restaurant, Oak & Apple, Perch, Postbellum, Salt and Forge, Scuffletown Garden Smoke Pit Grill, Soul n’ Vinegar, Tazza kitchen, Union Market, WPA Bakery, and ZZQ.

Interested in volunteering at this event? Please sign up on our volunteer page. For every two hours you work, you receive $10 off VisArts tuition.

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Suspects Sought in North Laurel Street Robbery

On Saturday, March 28, two victims reported the suspects approached them from behind in the 200 block of North Laurel Street, grabbed them and demanded money.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photos, who are suspects in a robbery that occurred last weekend.

On Saturday, March 28, two victims reported the suspects approached them from behind in the 200 block of North Laurel Street, grabbed them and demanded money.

The female victim broke free, but dropped her iPhone XS Max along with her wallet. The male victim stated the suspects held him and told him to give up the money. The male victim gave the suspects $150 cash before they fled on foot toward the 700 block of West Grace Street.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective C. Berlack at (804) 646-4636 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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PHOTOS: Neighbors in the Fan socialize at a safe distance during weekly ‘#PorchSolidarity Parties’

Neighbors in the Fan have found a creative way to socialize during this time of social distancing, and do it from the comfort – and safe distance – of their own porches. Reader Rachel Scott Everett and her husband Brian Gibson organize regular porch gatherings to catch up with neighbors over drinks, music, and conversation.

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Neighbors in the Fan have found a creative way to socialize during this time of social distancing, and do it from the comfort – and safe distance – of their own porches. Reader Rachel Scott Everett and her husband Brian Gibson organize regular porch gatherings to catch up with neighbors over drinks, music, and conversation.

“While the photos may appear fun and carefree, all of us are currently facing different challenges regarding health, family, loss of work, financial strain, etc.,” Rachel said in an email to RVAHub. “This time offers everyone an hour to come out on their respective porches (or stoop or front yard) and (re)connect in solidarity – possibly with neighbors they may not have seen or met before.”

She says it’s an easy and fun way to “keep our spirits up.”

We hope these photos brighten your day as much as they did ours.

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Suspects Sought in Fan District Graffiti Vandalism

At around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, security video shows three unknown males walking in an alley near North Allen Avenue and West Grace Street. Video captures one suspect vandalizing a trash can with graffiti.

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Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects in the attached photos and video who are suspected of vandalizing property with graffiti in the Fan District.

At around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, security video shows three unknown males walking in an alley near North Allen Avenue and West Grace Street. Video captures one suspect vandalizing a trash can with graffiti.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Third Precinct Det. H. Wortham by email at[email protected]comor by phone at (804) 646-1940 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com

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