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ChildSavers expands school-based therapist program with Richmond Public Schools

A program expansion is offering more students in the Richmond-area access to mental health services in school.



ChildSavers recently added Thomas C. Boushall Middle, George W. Carver Elementary, and J.H. Blackwell Elementary to its school-based therapy program.

School-based therapy increases access to trauma-informed mental health services by embedding clinicians in schools. ChildSavers’ partnership with Richmond Public Schools launched during the 2017-2018 school year with funding from the Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant.

The nonprofit now serves 10 schools within the Richmond Public Schools system with therapists in Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle and Preschool, Fairfield Court Elementary, Woodville Elementary, Henry L. Marsh III Elementary (formerly George Mason Elementary), Overby-Sheppard Elementary and Oakgrove-Bellemeade Elementary.

“Providing mental health services at school breaks down barriers and allows more students to access trauma-informed therapy,” said Robert Bolling, ChildSavers CEO and president. “The program is also an important opportunity to bring mental health resources to students of color, specifically Black youth. This is important work and we’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with Richmond Public Schools.”

ChildSavers uses school-based therapy as a critical tool to address racial disparities in mental health services among adolescents. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it. Black Americans are also more likely to be exposed to factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, such as homelessness and exposure to violence.

Ninety-one percent of the youth served in the school-based program are Black.

Therapy sessions are held via Zoom to align with Richmond Public Schools’ virtual learning plan during the pandemic. Teachers, staff, and parents can refer students to the service and therapists are currently accepting new clients.

“Expanding the therapy program helps us create safer and more inclusive school cultures,” said Jason Kamras, Richmond Public Schools superintendent. “We see positive results in academics and social well-being in our schools with therapists. Not only are clinicians providing critical therapeutic services, but ChildSavers’ school-based teams are also serving as valuable resources for teachers and staff by helping them navigate challenging situations.”

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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.



A relatively small “tent”.

Image Courtesy: ENTOMOLOGY at the University of Kentucky

Where Spotted: Everywhere
Common Name: Tent Caterpillar
Scientific Name: Malacosoma americanum
Length: 2-2-1/2 inches long

Quick Facts Courtesy of Entomology at the University of Kentucky

  • A pest native to North America. Populations fluctuate from year to year, with outbreaks occurring every several years.
  • While tent caterpillars can nearly defoliate a tree when numerous, the tree will usually recover and put out a new crop of leaves.
  • Eastern tent caterpillar nests are frequently confused with fall webworm nests. Unlike the tent caterpillar, fall webworm nests are located at the ends of the branches and their loosely woven webs enclose foliage while the tents of the eastern tent caterpillar do not.
  • The eastern tent caterpillar overwinters as an egg, within an egg mass of 150 to 400 eggs. These masses are covered with a shiny, black varnish-like material and encircle branches that are about pencil-size or smaller in diameter.

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Jessifer at Richmond SPCA

Hey there! My name is Jessifer. No, I am neither a turtle nor a wallflower. I am just a gal that is trying to break free of being labeled a scared cat. I know once I am adopted my personality is going to soar. Can anyone help me out by taking a chance on me?

Age: 4 years, 2 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: White / Orange
ID: 49726824

Adopt Jessifer at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.



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RVA Beer Explorer: Drag Bingo, Earliest Ancestors, Comedy, 5k Run

Two of our events are tonight so get ready to head there after work. If you’re cool that is otherwise move along and read about a robot bringing you food at Cville Three Notche’d.




Drag Bingo: Mamma Mia at Starr Hill
May 17th (TONIGHT), 7-9 PM

Bingo while Drag Queens doing Mamma Mia. Sounds like a delight to the eyes, ears, and beers delighting the belly.

Mamma Mia–here we go again! 🕺💃👰‍♀️

Drag Bingo returns with more amazing performances from Mamma Mia the movie, inspired by ABBA! Join your favorite hosts, Michelle Livigne and Wette Midler, for a crazy night of fun 🎡

We’ve got bingo, musical drag performances, prizes, and Happy Hour, so don’t miss out!
Timber Pizza Co. will be on the patio for dinner

Profs. and Pints: Seeking Our Earliest Ancestors at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 17th (TONIGHT), 6 PM, $6-8, Tickets Here

By earliest ancestors, we’re not talking about your great-great-grandpappy who ran a still. We’re talking your grandpappy who ran from critters that wanted to eat him for lunch.

Profs and Pints Richmond presents: “Seeking Our Earliest Ancestors,” with Dr. Amy L. Rector of Virginia Commonwealth University, a paleoanthropologist who has spent more than 20 years investigating human origins on the African continent.

What does it mean to be human? That’s the primary question that drives the research of Professor Amy Rector, a paleoanthropologist and paleoecologist who also serves as director World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Her quest for knowledge about our earliest ancestors has taken her to the field in Morocco, South Africa, and Ethiopia, and has her in the process of launching a new research project in Zambia. But you don’t have to go any farther than Richmond’s Triple Crossing-Fulton brewpub to learn about her most interesting findings and experiences.

Dr. Rector will discuss how her work involves identifying fossils from 2 to 3 million years ago to reconstruct what the world must have looked like when our ancestors work up in the morning. Using such information, she seeks to piece together the story of how environmental contexts shaped the evolutionary history of our lineage. What was food for such ancestors? As important: What around them considered them food?  The answers to these questions shed light on what traits enabled them to avoid starvation and escape predators long enough to pass on their genes.

She’ll discuss how we identify our ancestors in the fossil record and tell stories of fossil hunting adventures and experiences such as coming face to face with a hyena in the dark. It will be an absolutely fascinating evening, and Triple Crossing’s great beer and pizza will ensure that the environmental context for it is darned good. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, or $13 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in.)

HumpDay HaHas at Isley Brewing
May 18th, 6:30-9 PM

Protip the more you drink the funnier they are. Protip #2 don’t drink so much that you think you’re funny because it won’t go well when you get up there and people will record it to your eternal shame.

“Uh ooh, guess what Ht day it is?!” 🐪

That’s right! It’s Wednesday! Time for #HumpdayHaHas, Isley’s Open Mic Comedy! 🎙

Come out to watch local comics work on their material or maybe even sign up and try out some of your own jokes while you sip on a craft beer or seltzer! 🍻

Signup at 6:30, Show starts at 7!

5k Beer Run at Main Line Brewery
May 21st, 11 AM – 2 PM, $30-100 Tickets Here

I’m a drinker not a runner but some of you semi-healthy folks are both. Go for it.

We are the Virginia Brewery Running Series™ and we run for beer!

Join us at Main Line Brewery on May 21st, 2022 for a 5k-ish, fun run event that starts and ends at this awesome taproom in Richmond, VA. Run, walk, jog – whatever goes! Complete the course and celebrate with us and a local craft brew at the finish line.

What’s included?! All participants receive:
CASH to purchase first beer, additional merch or to keep!
Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a gift card
Access to event festivities, games, goodies and giveaways

And more!
2022 marks our 10 year anniversary season! The Brewery Running Series started with one event in Minneapolis, MN in 2012 – we now organize over 300 events per year, across 20+ states and counting!
Our mission is to be active, have fun and give back to our local community. A portion of all proceeds supports local nonprofits – over $250k raised to date! This event will add to that tally – supporting the efforts of local charities // supporting organizations like The Longest Day. So not only do you get to enjoy some healthy activity and great, local beer – you are helping us support local organizations that do important work in our community.

Registration is limited, so sign up today!

Important details:
This is an untimed, fun-run. All levels of walkers, runners, and joggers are welcome.
This is an open course, meaning roads will NOT be closed. You are responsible for obeying all traffic laws and regulations.

We create each route to start and end at the brewery and to show off the surrounding neighborhood. The course will be marked with arrows to help you know where to go.

You must bring a valid ID or driver’s license. You do not need to be 21 to enjoy the event, but you must be 21 to enjoy the beer. Please drink responsibly. Registered, underage participants will receive a token for a FREE non-alcoholic beverage.

Our events are rain or shine! If conditions become unsafe to run, we will still hang out and drink beer.

There will not be a bag check; please plan accordingly and dress appropriately for the weather.

Dogs and strollers are welcome on the course, with care and caution. Please remember – you are running at your own risk on city sidewalks/streets/trails, which might not be suitable for your 4-legged and /or pint-size running buddies. You will also want to check with the brewery to make sure you can abide by their dog / underage policies. Please make the best decision possible for your crew.

Please drink responsibly. We always encourage carpooling and safe, designated drivers.
Keep an eye out – we will send you all final event details via email the week of this event and share anything else you might need to know.

Questions? Check out our FAQ | Contact us at [email protected]
Cheers to beers! We’ll see you at Main Line!


No robot for Richmond yet but maybe someday the future will be here as well.

Three Notch’d Brewing testing robotic food runner – NBC29

“Every table is put into the machine, it’s got a little screen on the back, you just hit the table number, it goes right to the side of the table and parks,” Scott Roth said. “The idea would be that if you’re running short on hosts or on food runners, which a lot of people in our industry are, you might have an opportunity to try to offset some of that with the use of the robot.”




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Kickers Manage to Get Draw Against Omaha – Photos and Game Summary

The Kickers are still trying to get back to their winning ways. The didn’t lose but they didn’t win on Saturday so a step in the right direction.



Official Kickers Summary

The Richmond Kickers (2-2-2, 8 pts) battled to a 1-1 draw against reigning USL League One titleholders, Union Omaha (1-1-3, 6 pts), Saturday night, as new Kickers’ signing Owayne Gordon scored the equalizer in his first start for the club.

In their third home match in seven days, the Kickers asserted themselves early and pushed for a go-ahead goal. Emiliano Terzaghi and Gordon formed a strike partnership up top and looked to combine often. Terzaghi crossed the ball from the right wing, in the 8th minute, nearly finding Gordon, but the cross was intercepted by Omaha goalkeeper, Rashid Nuhu.

Later, in the 20th minute, the Kickers had another big opportunity to score from a header. Stephen Payne lofted a dangerous ball into the box to Gordon who rose above his marker. The forward made a connection, but the header went just high of the crossbar.

The visitors would ultimately find the opening goal of the night against the run of play. In the 25th minute, Ryen Jiba carried the ball up the left side in transition and played a cross into the box to Noe Meza who headed the ball on target at point-blank range.

The Omaha lead did not last for long as Stuart Ritchie was able to lead Gordon with a piercing through ball in the 40th minute. Flanked by a defender as Nuhu charged forward in the box, Gordon remained on his feet instead of drawing the foul and chipped the ball into the back of the net.

With the momentum going in the Kickers’ favor in the waning minutes of the first half, Nil Vinyals nearly found the go-ahead off a free kick, hitting the top right corner of the crossbar six minutes into extra time.

The second half saw both sides create near chances but neither could break the deadlock.

In the 78th minute, on the break, Omaha was able to play a one-two that opened up space for a one-on-one attempt against Fitzgerald. The reigning USL League One Goalkeeper of the Year remained resolute on his line, baited the attacking player to shoot early, and denied the potential go-ahead goal.

The Kickers nearly found their go-ahead goal in the 82nd minute with a free kick taken by Leonardo Baima. The Argentine initially looked to play a cross to the back post but instead knuckled his attempt high and on frame, forcing Omaha’s reserve goalkeeper Kevin Piedrahita to make a last-second backward save.

Richmond has the opportunity to enjoy a more traditional week as it prepares to travel for one match next week. The Roos are on the road to FC Tucson on Friday, May 20. Kickoff in the desert is set for 10 pm.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at and on the official team app.



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