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Not Time to Squash Big Bugs! Giant Insects Exhibit Stays at Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Virginia Extends “Giant Insects” Touring Exhibition Until January 3.

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When the Science Museum of Virginia opened the traveling exhibition “Giant Insects” on January 18, 2020, it expected guests to visit the larger-than-life bugs through the end of August. But the pandemic-induced closure meant guests missed out on nearly six months of time to explore the exhibition.

That was bugging Museum staff, so to give guests more time to see “Giant Insects” while it’s in Richmond – and to help squash their fear of bugs – the Museum is extending the exhibition through early next year.

When:
The “Giant Insects” exhibition will now close Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.

Who:
Insect lovers and curious-minded guests of all ages are invited to explore six enormous, robotic insects ranging from 40 to 120 times larger than life size; numerous stations to understand how insects eat, their camouflage techniques and identify insect sounds; and terrariums with live bugs.

Designed by California-based Kokoro Exhibits, “Giant Insects” blends art and science with impressive animatronic insects that move like their real-life counterparts. Big bugs depicted in the exhibition include the desert locust, which has a 20-foot wing span; two rhinoceros beetles engaged in mortal combat; a tranquil wiggling caterpillar that, in adulthood, would become a Swallowtail butterfly; a 60-times life size praying mantis; and the master-of-disguise stick insect camouflaging with Mother Nature.

While the Museum’s Animal Lab is still closed, guests can view live arthopods in “Giant Insects,” including tarantulas, a vinegaroon, millipedes, several species of beetles and hissing cockroaches.

Why:
By switching the guests’ perspective and putting them the size of the bug and the bug the size of the guest, “Giant Insects” helps guests better understand the complexity and diversity in the insect world and appreciate that they are an important part of our ecosystem.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

Museum operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How:
“Giant Insects” is included with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code.

The Museum has made adjustments to operating procedures, including purchasing tickets online in advance, to help ensure a safe environment for all who enter the building. Guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome before their visit.

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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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Flower Delivery by GWAR’s JiZMak Da Gusha is Terrifyingly Awesome

Nicola Flora has for a limited time a special delivery person (delivery demon, delivery thing).

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Originally spotted on rva/Reddit is the news that will be sure to brighten that special someone in your life. Sure it will cost you $100 bucks but how many people in this world can say they got flowers from a dog-headed drummer?

ATTENTION SCUMDOGS OF RICHMOND!!!!

Has your quarantine been as pitiful and pathetic as your meaningless existence?

If so, then we have just the thing to add some much-needed excitement (and possibly some terror) to your day!

For a limited time only, GWAR’s infamous dog-headed drummer JiZMak Da Gusha is delivering flowers on behalf of Nicola Flora. (He really needs the money.)

This special delivery service starts at $100 and includes a designer’s choice floral arrangement, delivery and photos with JiZMak.

Please include any messages you would like JiZMak to yell at your unfortunate flower victim on your behalf.

Place your order here.

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Halloween Howl Takes the Dogs Online this Year

You have a week to show off your pooch’s best trick and/or costume.

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Halloween Howl has been a long standing annual tradition in Forest Hill Park, bringing our community together with dogs and their people to benefit Friends of Forest Hill Park and Ring Dog Rescue. The Howl has included dog/owner games, best pet trick competition, costume parade and refreshments. Ring Dog Rescue participated with their adoptable dogs, and CritterTown BathHouse provided a Pooch Pad as well as free nail clipping for a donation to Ring Dog Rescue. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior, Middle and High School park volunteers, judged the events and awarded prizes. This year due to COVID health concerns, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Jacob Lee, has created a virtual event page for our event so we can continue to host it this year! We greatly appreciate Jacob’s time and talent!

For more information on Ring Dog Rescue go to ringdogrescue.org.

For more information on Friends of Forest Hill Park and the Junior Group go to friendsofforesthillpark.org

How it Works

Please register for the Halloween Howl event below. We hope you will consider making a donation as well. Half of the donations will go to Ring Dog Rescue and and the other half to Friends of Forest Hill Park.

Upload a picture of your dog in his/her costume or a short video of your pet’s best trick by Saturday, October 24th at Noon. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior will Judge the following categories, and prizes will be awarded:

  • Best Pet Trick
  • Best Dog/Owner Duo
  • Best Costume Overall
  • Cutest Costume
  • Scariest Costume
  • Judges Choice

You will be notified by email Sunday, October 25th, and winners will be posted on this site. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy until we can resume our live event in the park!

Register Here

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Suspect Sought in Theft from Broad Street Building

It’s not stated by RPD but based on Tweets earlier this week we believe this is Mayor Stoney’s re-election headquarters.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is suspected of stealing from a building on West Broad Street on Monday.

During the early morning hours on Monday, October 12, the suspect entered the building in the 2600 block of W. Broad Street and stole a large television from the common area. The suspect was last seen heading west on Broad Street with the TV.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective K.L.  Robinson at (804) 646-6820 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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