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Science Museum of Virginia Arousing Excitement with Science on Tap: Mate Night

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a bit of adult science.

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The Science Museum of Virginia is back with another virtual Science on Tap, this time dubbed Mate Night. Due to its proximity to Valentine’s Day, and just as the name suggests, the event will be full of STEaMy fun tied to attraction, mating, romance and more.

From the comfort of their own home – and while listening to the love songs of their choice – guests will enjoy the following stimulating programming:

  • The Museum’s resident lecturer of all things blush-worthy, Jim Blow, will present “This is How We Do It” about mating habits animals and humans have in common.
  • Neuroscientist Dr. Catherine Franssen will explore the five sense of attraction in “I Touch Myself.”
  • Museum educators will lead a rousing round of “Wicked Games” to test guests’ knowledge of horny animals. (horns, people … animals with horns!)
  • Romance is in the air, but what about the vacuum of space? Astronomer Justin Bartel will celebrate cosmic anniversaries with “Feels Like the First Time.”

Just because Science on Tap is on Zoom does not mean the rules change: as with the in-person events, the content is aimed at an adult audience and is not kid friendly.

When:
Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Who:
Curious-minded adults are invited to pop some bubbly, grab some oysters, put on heart-covered PJs and plug in a laptop as hosts digitally unzip all the irresistible science fun that will surely include plenty of innuendo.

Science on Tap: Mate Night is presented by WestRock.

How:
Guests should register on the Museum’s website before 7 p.m. on February 10. No matter when they register, guests will not be emailed the link to access the Zoom program until the night of the event. Guests should register per device access, not per person.

Museum staff are working hard to keep people entertained and enriched while socially distant. The Museum is not charging for Science on Tap events, but – as they don’t create themselves – guests are welcome to support the programming efforts by donating to the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation after registering.

Why:
The Museum hosted the first virtual Science on Tap in May 2020. Feedback from guests who have joined the digital events said they have enjoyed the show’s humorous and informative content, and want the Museum to continue offering more adults-only digital programs. The Museum is happy to oblige as providing a reminder about the importance of science in people’s lives has never been more vital, and continues to be paramount to the organization’s mission.

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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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June Richmond Greek Festival Canceled

Although the June festival is canceled they are working on another version so stay tuned.

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Bad news for lovers of the annual Greek Festival which is around 30k of y’all. The following was posted on their Facebook page and website.

Due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic, the Richmond Greek Festival scheduled for June 3-6, 2021 has been canceled. We begin preparations for our Festival months in advance and with the current health climate, we are unable to do that while adhering to health and safety regulations.

However, we’re not giving up just yet– we’re exploring options to bring you a version of the Richmond Greek Festival you know and love later this year. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates.

We wish our friends, family, and the Richmond community good health and safety during this time.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Chipotle and 36 townhomes Planned for Stratford Hills

The planned development would go into the area around the former tattoo shop near Publix and Mexico.

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This bit of news comes to us from Richmond BizSense.com:

Harper Associates is planning an expansion of the Shops at Stratford Hills, a retail center the company developed in the early 2000s.

Plans call for a new retail building to be occupied in part by Chipotle, and, if approved by the city, 36 townhomes on a roughly 3-acre plot next door at 6935 Forest Hill Ave.

Most of the land eyed for the townhomes is currently wooded, and the former Lock Stock & Barrel Tattoo building that sits on the site would be razed to make way for a new 6,500-square-foot, drive-thru-ready outparcel.

There is a catch.

In order to move forward with the expansion, Harper is seeking to revise the conditional use permit it was granted from the city when initially developing the center. Its application was filed with the city last month.

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Friends of Bryan Park starting restoration on well-known Azalea Garden pond

The centerpiece of Bryan Park will soon be restored to its former glory thanks to several local groups.

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From Friends of Bryan Park and GrowRVA:

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