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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.

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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!


BEER NEWS

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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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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PHOTOS: Green infrastructure projects completed at three Richmond Public Library branches

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Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, Four Winds Design, and the James River Association is celebrating the completion of green infrastructure projects that manage stormwater at three Richmond Public Library branches.

Implementation of green infrastructure plans for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, all approved by the City of Richmond’s Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission, occurred this spring. Each of the three projects features bioretention basins that capture and absorb stormwater runoff from library buildings and grounds, thereby reducing the amount of stormwater pollution entering the James River and its tributaries.

“After spending a few years securing funding for the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and developing green infrastructure plans with community input for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch, and West End Branch, Richmond Public Library is thrilled to celebrate the completion of these projects,” said Scott Firestine, Director of Richmond Public Library. “These projects are the result of collaboration with committed partners like the James River Association and Four Winds Design and interdepartmental cooperation within City Hall. We’ve reimagined how library campuses can serve the city, from adding Bike Share stations and outdoor reading benches to new methods of landscape maintenance.”

Harbor Dredge & Dock was selected as the contractor to implement the three projects and volunteer assistance was used to install trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses. A total of 173 trees and shrubs were planted alongside hundreds of perennials and grasses at the three library branches to help manage stormwater and green library grounds. The landscapes were designed to be habitats for pollinators and are complete with interpretive signs for visitors and expanded water-wise irrigation systems. As the trees and shrubs grow, they will help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff leaving library grounds and expand Richmond’s tree canopy. The Richmond Public Library Foundation funded new outdoor seating areas featuring pervious pavers that reduce stormwater runoff near the main entrance at Broad Rock Branch.

“It really is remarkable what public-private collaboration can achieve,” said Justin Doyle, Director of Community Conservation with the James River Association. “My James River Association colleagues and I are grateful for Richmond Public Library’s commitment to the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative and their willingness to install green infrastructure on library grounds to reduce stormwater runoff. We are excited to conduct community engagement activities at East End Branch this month and work toward developing a community-supported green infrastructure plan for the library.”

Community engagement activities including a public meeting and rain barrel workshop are scheduled for East End Branch Library this month. A questionnaire available at the library and online is also being used to gather input from library users and residents of Richmond’s East End. A public meeting will be held at the library on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Attendees will be asked to share thoughts on outdoor spaces at the library and input on where green infrastructure should be installed around the library. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the James River Association is partnering with Richmond Public Library and the Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O to hold a rain barrel workshop at the library. During this workshop, participants will learn how to assemble, install, and use rain barrels to harvest rainwater at home. Participants will also learn about the benefits of native plants and receive a native perennial to plant at home.

Stormwater pollution poses one of the biggest threats to the health of the James River by carrying pollution to its tributaries and green infrastructure helps reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative, a collaboration between Richmond Public Library, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, JRA, and Four Winds Design, launched in 2019 with the implementation of a green infrastructure plan at Westover Hills Branch Library. Since then, the partners have worked together to engage library users and stakeholders in planning and design processes that resulted in the implementation of green infrastructure plans at Broad Rock Branch Library, North Avenue Branch Library, and West End Branch Library.

The primary goal of these plans is to manage stormwater on library grounds through the installation of green infrastructure. The initiative is funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under a 319 grant to the James River Association. Additional support is provided by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Altria, City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, James River Association, Richmond Public Library, Richmond Public Library Foundation, and Virginia Department of Forestry.

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Gift Moves The Green Closer to Fundraising Goal

A tree-lined allée paralleling Broad Street will enhance the pedestrian experience along this busy thoroughfare while buffering traffic activity, sequestering carbon and managing stormwater.

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An update from the Science Museum of Virginia on their latest project.

The Science Museum of Virginia is taking a major step forward on The Green, the 6-acre community greenspace in front of the historic building along Broad Street. Thanks to a $500,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, the Science Museum can maximize the impact of future financial support.

“This challenge grant comes at a critical time in our fundraising efforts to build this amazing community resource,” said Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti. “With the successful completion of the match, the Science Museum will be able to enter phase two of work on this native, urban park that will serve as both a community gathering space and showcase examples of natural solutions to address the impacts of climate change.”

Founded in 1988 by Richmond philanthropist Mrs. Mary Morton Parsons, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation is a private, non-operating foundation supporting the capital needs of charitable organizations. To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $143 million to qualified grantees.

The Foundation has been a Science Museum champion for several decades. The Mary Morton Parsons Earth-Moon Sculpture — which includes the 29-ton granite floating globe located in front of the building informally known as the Kugel — was made possible through a Foundation challenge grant in 1999. The Foundation supported the Science Museum again in 2013 during its Inspire the World Campaign, which produced the first new permanent exhibition in over a decade, “Boost,” a new approach to human physiology and the science of staying healthy.

Thousands of native trees and plants will play a key role in achieving The Green’s design goals and desired environmental and health benefits. A tree-lined allée paralleling Broad Street will enhance the pedestrian experience along this busy thoroughfare while buffering traffic activity, sequestering carbon and managing stormwater. The Green, which is being completed in three phases and projected to be fully realized in 2025, will include walking paths and public art while complementing architect John Russell Pope’s iconic design of Broad Street Station.

The Green aligns with the city’s Richmond 300 development plan, which prioritizes green infrastructure for Greater Scott’s Addition. As one of the fastest-growing, high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods in the city, the district has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover in Richmond.

For more information about The Green, please visit smv.org/thegreen or contact the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation at 804.864.1540.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Comedy, Salsa, Big Gay Weekend Market

A little light on the events this week as everyone is recovering from the extra day off.

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Well, as predicted last week Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield all have high COVID-19 Community Level. 7-day case rates per 100,000 people in each of the localities are 274, 297, and 309, respectively (the threshold for a high level is 200). The 7-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people for the whole region is 10.5 (the threshold for a high level is 10). At this level, the CDC’s guidance for individuals is that Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public.

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First Saturdays Stand-up Comedy at Legend Brewing
June 4th, 7PM, $5 Tickets

Get laughing and get drinking as my granddaddy used to say. He was an alcoholic clown so it made sense he’d say things like that.

NYC and RVA stand-up comedians live at Legend Brewing on Saturday, June 4th at 7pm

On Saturday, June 4th at 7pm come see some of the best local and visiting comedians on stage for First Saturdays at Legend Brewing!

Advanced tickets are highly recommended for this event.

Claim your tickets on Eventbrite to save your place on the deck. A $5 per person charge will be added to checks at the venue.
Will Purpura is a stand-up comedian based in New York, NY. His high-energy act features an offbeat sensibility and unique timing. Will has performed in the Westside Comedy Festival (LA) the North Carolina Comedy Festival (Greensboro), and Devil Cup Comedy Festival (NY). He was a finalist in the 2019 NC’s Funniest Competition at Goodnights in Raleigh and the 2019 Ultimate Comedy Challenge in Greensboro, NC.

Raised in Richmond, Apple Brown Betty performs all over MD, DC, VA and the Carolinas. Her honest, audacious humor inspires not only laughter, but human connection. An evening with Apple Brown Betty leaves audiences feeling a little bit better about themselves, and the state of the world we live in.
Now residing in RVA, Montana’s own Cale Moore likes turning big rocks into small rocks, has over 40 books on his Goodreads list, and is the proud owner of over three band t-shirts.
Your host for the evening, Ant Perez, is a native of the 757. He has performed on Kill Tony, is a regular at Cozzy’s Comedy Club and Virginia Beach Funny Bone, and is a showrunner at 1865 Brewing Co. in Hampton, VA

 

Salsa Night Social at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
May 4th, 8PM, Free

If you see me dancing you know I’ve had too much to drink. Perhaps if I took lessons it wouldn’t be such a trainwreck but I’m doubtful. For those with normal feet and rhythm, this is a perfect opportunity to work up some sweat and move.

 

PRIDE Richmond Makers Market at Basic City Brewing
May 4th & 5th, 12-6PM

As I’ve said many times nothing puts you in a buying spirit like a couple of pints.

It’s BIG GAY WEEKEND and we want to celebrate the beginning of Pride month with you 🌈
Saturday and Sunday shop with your favorite LGBTQ+ makers at our indoor. + outdoor Market.
Market Hours
Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm
Stay after 6pm to have a beer or three and show off your finds. Basic City’s tap room closes at 9pm
Saturday:
Angry Black Gxrl Art
Arcane
Black Moon Candle Co.
BURNWITHCASSIETHENOVA
Fat Girl Media
Caught My Fancy Co.
Cheek Cases
Crystal Quietude
Dayum Jam RVA
guavacandy
Throws like a Girl
Guy Piper Handmade
Heartspace Hydration
Inner Raediance LLC
Iwbt
Jguthrie Works
K.P.Knitcraft
Katastrophic Creations
Lend Handmade Soaps
Less Than Ladylike Candle Co
Mae’s Magick
KitColorShow
Moonhanded Studio
Paws that Heal LLC
Project CommuniTEA
Rachel Mohan
Red Willow Jewelry Co.
Ryan Myers Prints
Spooky Unicorn
Tempest and Spark
The Asylum LLC
The Divine Chalice
Wigglebutts LLC
Sunday:
Willow Sage & Soul
Throws like a Girl
Three to the Em Prints
The Patchwork Punk
The Curio Fairy
TGI Studio LLC
Sassy Hound
Raven Conjure
OtaConnor
One Eyed Raven Gifts, LLC
Oh Craft
O Wisteria
Nectar and Hive Glass
Moonhanded Studio
Merrins Art
KitColorShow
Katastrophic Creations
Griot Goods
Glow Friend Designs
GimmePoundLLC
Funky Friend Jewelry
Foxy Epoxy
Eclectic Vintage
Dogwood Boutique
Death by Glitter
Dayum Jam RVA
Cut teeth creations
Blair Family Woodcraft
Atelier Owens
Arcane
Angry Black Gxrl Art
A. Muse Henna and Glitter Body Art

 

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Strangeways Brewing headed to Williamsburg for newest taproom – Richmond BizSense.com

The idea for a Williamsburg spot was prompted by The Lamar Cos., the New Jersey-based owner of The Shops at High Street, reaching out to Burton and Strangeways.

The 4,000-square-foot Williamsburg location is expected to open sometime this summer. Much like its other locations, it’ll have dozens of beers on tap — 48 this time around. It’ll also have a food menu offering pub staples like Bavarian pretzels and chips and queso.

 

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