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If you tag your Instagram with #RVAHub it might end up as our Photo of the Day.

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This was posted on our Instagram and while it made me smile, clever littering is still littering and not cool.

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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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Get Out and Enjoy the Outdoor Evening Events at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

A great chance to get outside and enjoy music, friends, food and of course a beautiful garden.

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Getting out of the house safely is a challenge right now. One of the safest options is being outdoors. Luckily Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a host of options to help relieve that Covid-19 Cabin Fever.

Past favorites, Flowers After 5 and Fidos After 5 are back and will run through the end of September. New on the scene is Fridays Alfresco, a night out for friends or a date, with food provided by the Tea House. Enjoy patio dining, or folks can borrow a blanket and eat a picnic with food/wine purchased onsite.

Full Details on the events below.

Flowers After 5 
Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine, beer, dining and shopping.

Tickets for Flowers After 5 will be limited and timed tickets will be required for all guests, including members.  Tickets will be available online ONLY (no walk-ups). The event is rain or shine; no refunds. Cost is $14 adults; $11 senior citizens (65+); $8 children age 3-12; free for children under 3 and members. Included is the brand-new, nationally traveling exhibit M&T Bank: Wind, Waves and Light, featuring large-scale, stainless steel kinetic sculptures that move and change with the wind.

With more than 50 acres, guests can socially distance while exploring the gardens. Instead of one band at one location, the performers are splitting into soloists or duos in two locations, allowing for social distancing and providing background music for evening strolls and dining. The second and fourth Thursday nights are also Fido’s Nights when the Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed dogs are allowed.

Guests are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs. Food is not allowed to be brought into the Garden, but there is an option to purchase food online to eat outside in the Garden. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, snacks, desserts, drinks, and kids’ meals, as well as “Family Bistro Boxes” with choices of chicken tacos, salmon and pork BBQ, all available via online ordering. Beer, wine and hard seltzers will also be available for purchase in several spots throughout the Garden.

Check our website for the full band line-up!

Jozy at Fidos Photo by Annie Goldman

Fidos After 5 — August 13 & 27, September 10 & 24, 2020

The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA and leashed pets are allowed during Flowers After 5 on these special nights only (second and fourth Thursdays of each month).

Fridays Alfresco
Friends & date night in the Garden, 5-9 p.m.
Friday Nights in August and September
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11, 18, 25

Escape to a garden paradise on Friday nights in August and September. Bring your friends or bring a date! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has more than 50 acres of fresh air, fragrant blooms and cool evening breezes—perfect for a special Friday night out. Exciting new dining options coming soon, please check back for updates and details! Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

Tickets for Fridays Alfresco are online only (no walk-ups), limited and have a timed arrival. The event is rain or shine; no refunds.

 

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Spicebush Swallowtail
Scientific Name: Papilio troilus
Wingspan:  92-124 mm (3.83-4.78 in)

Quick Facts

  • Males are reported to drink from mud puddles. More commonly, they are extracting minerals from wet soil, not from puddles.
  • Males patrol host plants and flyways to locate females.
  • The spicebush swallowtail is threatened throughout its range due to mortality of its caterpillar host plants from laurel wilt fungus which is transmitted by the introduced red bay ambrosia beetle.
  • A male spicebush swallowtail was featured on the third butterfly stamp (issued January, 2013) in the U.S. Postal Service’s series of stamps for large greeting cards.
  • The spicebush swallowtail is found throughout the eastern half of the United States from southern Canada south to southern Florida (except the Miami area and Keys) and west to Texas. It is less common farther west from the Mississippi River.

Oxford Comma at Richmond SPCA

Oxford Comma is the name…don’t wear it out! I can be a bit of a stickler for grammar, but I promise I won’t get on you too much! If you’re in need of a sophisticated pal, come meet me at the Richmond SPCA!

Age: 4 years, 5 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Grey
Declawed: No
ID: 43933999

Adopt Oxford Comma at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 




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Help James River Park System Clean-up the Dry Rocks Area

Litter sucks.

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Spotted on RVA Clean Sweep Facebook a chance to help make the river a nicer area to visit.

The James River Park System is hosting a cleanup of the Dry Rocks area on the south side of Belle Isle. They will have supplies for everyone and it goes from 9 am-12 pm so you can come at any point during that time. I’ll be there early to beat the heat and I’d advise doing the same. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes and drink plenty of water, I’ve been told that the area is extremely littered so there will be lots of work for everyone, hope to see some of you there.

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