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Model Railroad Show Pulling Into Science Museum

If your family is causing you holiday stress head over to the Science Museum of Virginia and ride the rails. In your imagination only please the trains are too small for actually riding.

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The Science Museum of Virginia’s annual tradition returns the weekend after Thanksgiving. Model train club displays will fill the Dewey Gottwald Center for the 44th Model Railroad Show presented by Dominion Energy.

The three-day event features eight different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, guests will enjoy seeing the wide variety of classic and unique scenes.

While at the Museum during Model Railroad Show weekend, guests can enjoy a feature in The Dome. Two new films are playing: “Birth of Planet Earth” at noon and 3 p.m., and “Antarctica” at 2 p.m. The popular Sesame Street-inspired astronomy show “One World, One Sky” is showing at 10 a.m. and the action-packed giant screen film “Superpower Dogs” runs at 11 a.m.

Guests can also help with a collaborative railroad scene and make a conductor hat in The Forge, and Museum educators will offer daily demos at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. In addition to the activities, the “Speed,” “Boost,” “Bringing the Dead to Life,” “Birds of the Commonwealth” and “Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™” exhibitions will all be open for guests to explore.

Guests can head outside to see the Science Museum’s vintage train cars, take a trackless train ride on the Teddy Bear Express between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and watch a blacksmith forge custom metal pieces from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When:
The Model Railroad Show takes place Friday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 28.

The Science Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for the general public. The Science Museum is offering members exclusive, early access hours from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. each day.

Who:
To manage the flow of guests, the Science Museum will follow timed entry to the Model Railroad Show with 75 tickets available in each 15-minute timeslot. Attendees, including members, should pre-purchase tickets on the Science Museum’s website to help ensure they get the timeslot they would like. Onsite tickets will be sold in person based on availability. Guests may visit the Science Museum at any point before or after they explore the model trains during regular business hours.

Model Railroad Show activities are free with Science Museum admission. Members and children two and under are admitted free. The Science Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Qualifying guests should call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving those tickets with the discount code.

Features in The Dome are $5. Seating is limited to 250 guests and is first come, first served. The gift shop will be open each day of the show, but concessions will be closed.

Why:
The Model Railroad Show is a holiday tradition that families look forward to—and create lasting memories during—each year. Science Museum staff and the model railroad participants are both excited to see guests enjoying the train-themed STEM-packed fun.

How:
The Science Museum is grateful for Dominion Energy’s continued support of the Model Railroad Show as they return as presenting sponsor for the fourth year.

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

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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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Snack Collection for Westover Hills Elementary

Everyone deserves a snack.

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The good folks over at Westover Hills United Methodist Church (1711 Westover Hills Blvd) are helping out Westover Hill Elementary students and you can help as well.

The WHUMC Connect Group is collecting snacks for Westover Hills Elementary! We will be organizing and delivering the snacks at our October 12th meeting and would love to have donations in by then. If you are able to donate, please feel free to drop off at the church! Thank you!

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Richmond BizSense Reporting Goatcado Moving into Forest Hill Avenue Spot

There is no timeline for when the Goatcado will be up and running.

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In the spot that held a fish market, Dixie Chicken then Happy Empanada there will be a new eatery. Goatcado will be setting up. The three store strip is currently home to Current Culture Fly a shop focused on fly-fishing.

From Richmond BizSense

The fast-casual eatery is planning to open an outpost in the strip center at 1205 Westover Hills Blvd., while keeping its existing West Main Street location in the Fan.

Its 3,800-square-foot Southside storefront will be next to Current Culture Fly, a fly fishing shop that opened earlier this year.

Goatocado owner Ian Newell said he’s taking over the remaining two suites in the center: one going to Goatocado and the other for a to-be-determined concept.

“Goatocado is still doing well. I think it’s a solid model, it’s a good offering for both locations – fast-casual, kind of health food,” Newell said, adding that the menu at the Southside location will be similar to that of the Fan location.

Goatcado has one other brick and mortar spot on West Main Street in the Fan. Goatcado started as a food cart (still in operation) and serves up veggie focused bowls and wraps. Most of which is grown on their own farm. You can check out the menu here.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to buy 6.2 acres from Lakeside Baptist Church

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will acquire 6.2 acres along the western edge of its Lakeside Avenue location through a purchase agreement with Lakeside Baptist Church that is being supported by Henrico County.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will acquire 6.2 acres along the western edge of its Lakeside Avenue location through a purchase agreement with Lakeside Baptist Church that is being supported by Henrico County.

The nonprofit community-oriented garden has agreed to buy the church’s property at 7401 Woodman Road for $1.9 million. The parcel borders the garden on its northern and eastern sides and includes a 1963 sanctuary and classroom buildings totaling 23,700 square feet. Henrico is supporting the sale by contributing $750,000 over three years, leaving the garden to raise the remaining $1.15 million from donors.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, at 1800 Lakeside Ave., currently encompasses 82 acres. The land from Lakeside Baptist Church will represent the largest expansion of the grounds since the garden’s opening in 1987.

In announcing the acquisition today outside the garden’s Conservatory, Lewis Ginter President and CEO Brian Trader said church leaders reached out in October 2021 to gauge interest in a potential sale. Under the agreement, ownership will transfer in July 2025.

“We’re honored Lakeside Baptist Church approached us with this opportunity and extremely grateful to Henrico County for making it possible,” Trader said. “The church and the garden have been wonderful neighbors over the past four decades, and this ensures the church’s legacy will continue. It also provides additional future opportunities as the garden seeks to serve the community in exciting and innovative ways.”

Henrico Supervisors Daniel J. Schmitt, of the Brookland District, and Frank J. Thornton, of the Fairfield District, lauded the agreement and welcomed the garden’s opportunity to grow.

“This agreement to add 6.2 acres to the garden in Lakeside is great news for all parties – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Lakeside Baptist Church and Henrico County,” said Schmitt, who also serves on the garden’s Board of Directors. “Henrico and its Board of Supervisors are pleased to support this effort as it will allow the garden to continue to serve our residents and community for generations to come.”

Thornton added, “Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an absolute treasure for Henrico County as well as our region and state. It promotes visitation and tourism, with more than 390,000 visitors, including students, last year. The garden also helps us to appreciate the beauty of our natural world and brings joy and peace to our lives. With this additional land, Lewis Ginter will be poised to grow and bloom for years to come.”

The Rev. Becky Gunter, pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, called the announcement of the property transfer a historic moment for the church, the garden and the community. She thanked Lewis Ginter for being such good neighbors and said the church felt particularly blessed seeing the garden’s dome illuminated during its annual light show.

“We have taken great pride over the years telling people that this beautiful garden of colorful flowers backs up to our property. Unknowingly to Lewis Ginter, they have been a ‘directional’ beacon to the location of our church,” she said. “We come with mixed emotions but are excited to know that the property is going to continue to be used to bless many people in the years to come. As Mr. Rogers would say, ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!’”

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