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RVA Beer Explorer: Gardening with Natives, RVA IPA, Horror Trivia, Stone Pride Weekend

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Gardening with Native Plants Class at Starr Hill
August 31st

Native plants are better for your yard, the local critters and the environment. Bonus for most you don’t have to deal with watering or mowing a massive grassy yard.

Join Alex Little of Green Heron Garden Co. for an in-depth class on Gardening with Native Plants! 🌱
🌳 Alex installed all planters and flora at Starr Hill Richmond and has been taking care of our plant babies since 2020.
🪴 On Wed. Aug. 31st, come learn all about planting and caring for native plants and take home a plant of your very own–all for $20!
Learn more about Green Heron Garden Co. here: https://www.greenherongardenco.com/


RVA IPA Release at Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
September 2nd

Beer hopped by the people for the people.

All of your hard work harvesting paid off! Now come try this year’s batch of our community hopped RVA IPA.
Since 2012, we have given away over 6500 hop rhizomes to interested growers to plant throughout greater Richmond. Our growers collectively supply over 50 pounds of fresh hops for RVA IPA. Vibrantly floral with notes of citrus, RVA IPA is a showcase of the terroir of Richmond and a true representation of our community’s commitment to collaboration.
RVA Food: Hardywood Pizza Kitchen open 2-9:30pm
RVA Music: TBD
WC Food: Cocina Calle
WC Music: TBD

Horror Trivia: Slashers at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
September 2nd

September is officially when you can start talking about Halloween. Trivia focused on horror movies is a niche that I’m sure one you can fill.

THIS MONTHS THEME: Slashers
Join us for drinks and horror-themed trivia at Strangeways Brewing on Dabney Rd! It may be summertime, but we’re keeping the vibes of spooky season alive and well.
– New trivia questions about all things spooky, including identifications, quotes, music, and more
– Play in teams (up to 5 members per team)
– Spooky themed prizes
– Flex your horror knowledge. This round is beginner/normie friendly!
– Open to folks 21+. Enjoy some brews!

Stone Brewing Richmond Pride Weekend
September 3-4th

Pride events are always good events. Stone Brewing has a nice mix planned for the weekend.

Saturday, 9/3/22:
12-5pm – Pride Moon Market! Featuring local LGBTQIA+ artisans and crafts-folk, held on our Mezzanine.
3-5pm – Live Music by the incredibly talented Lucas John.

Sunday, 9/4/22:
3-5pm – Pride Reading! Featuring fantastic writers from around Virginia, including Patty Smith, Charley Burton, Wendy DeGroat, Annette Marquis, and Cindy Cunningham.

BEER NEWS

Not local but interesting. Can you imagine any vendor doing the same in the United States.

Vendor applauds staff for serving free beer at Big Ten game in Dublin – Washington Post

The stadium’s vendor, Levy UK + Ireland, blamed the situation on a technical issue with its payment provider that prevented card transactions from being processed for two hours.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this caused customers,” a Levy spokesman said in a statement, “and would like to thank our employees at Aviva Stadium for the spirit they showed in keeping everything going.”

Word quickly spread in the first half and before long lines began to grow at concession stands. It wasn’t just beer that was handed out, but everything available, including food.
The Omaha World-Herald reported at least one fan coming away with seven beers and many others opting for a more manageable four. French fries — or chips, as they are called on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean — proved a popular item, as did hot dogs.
“Nothing is free in Ireland — but this is!” exclaimed a Dublin native attending the game, per the newspaper.

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Government

City hosting public meeting on replacement of Byrd Park Reservoir roof

The Byrd Park Reservoir was built in 1876 and has been serving the City of Richmond residents and surrounding counties continuously since then. The Reservoir operates as two finished water tanks. Upgrades and maintenance have occurred over the years to ensure peak operating capacity.

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities invites residents, commuters, and visitors who utilize areas around Byrd Park to attend a public meeting to learn more about the new phase of the Byrd Park Reservoir Roof Replacement Project. The meeting is from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the Byrd Park Roundhouse at 621 Westover Road.

The Byrd Park Reservoir was built in 1876 and has been serving the City of Richmond residents and surrounding counties continuously since then. The Reservoir operates as two finished water tanks. Upgrades and maintenance have occurred over the years to ensure peak operating capacity. DPU is in the process of additional upgrades to improve the distribution system reliability and increase the operational flexibility of facilities associated with the reservoir. The concrete roofs are reaching the end of their useful life and will be replaced by two new aluminum roofs.

Construction will be sequenced to maintain the use of the park and will take place within a fenced area, with boundaries shifting as the work progresses. Access to the rest of the park and its trails will be open to the public.

Attendees of the public meeting can expect to learn more about the scope and review project plans.

For more details about this project, visit the project page here.

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Tacos, Tattoos, and Beer

I doubt any spots are left but you can still swing by and get some killer tacos on Tuesday.

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From TBT Gallo

Love tattoos? Love free tacos?

We’re celebrating our 2 year anniversary with a block party @true_tattoo_rva where if you get a TBT or Taco related flash piece you’ll get free tacos from us for life

We’ll drop the flash sheet on Tuesday (3/14)

Just show us your dope ink when you purchase two tacos, and we’ll give you the third one for free

On Tuesday, March 14th, we’ll start booking slots, and we’ll have walk-ins the day of the event. Call @true_tattoo_rva to book appointments

We’ll be on-site slinging tacos and vibes with our amigos @capsoulbrewing pouring up suds.

We’ll have raffles and prizes available from our amigos as well!

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Feds identify ‘significant’ ongoing concerns with Virginia special education

After failing to meet federal requirements to support students with disabilities in 2020, the Virginia Department of Education will remain under further review by the federal government after continuing to fall short in monitoring and responding to complaints against school districts, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

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After failing to meet federal requirements to support students with disabilities in 2020, the Virginia Department of Education will remain under further review by the federal government after continuing to fall short in monitoring and responding to complaints against school districts, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Education.

“We have significant new or continued areas of concerns with the State’s implementation of general supervision, dispute resolution, and confidentiality requirements” of IDEA, stated the Feb. 17 letter from the Office of Special Education Programs.

The U.S. Department of Education first flagged its concerns in a June 2020 “Differentiated Monitoring and Support Report” on how Virginia was complying with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, following a 2019 visit by the Office of Special Education Programs.

IDEA, passed in 1975, requires all students with disabilities to receive a “free appropriate public education.”

The Virginia Department of Education disputed some of the federal government’s findings in a June 19, 2020 letter.

Samantha Hollins, assistant superintendent of special education and student services, wrote that verbal complaints “are addressed via technical assistance phone calls to school divisions” and staff members “regularly work to resolve parent concerns” by providing “guidance documentation” and acting as intermediaries between school employees and parents.

However, some parents and advocates say systemic problems in how the state supports families of children with disabilities persist. At the same time, a June 15, 2022 state report found one of Virginia’s most critical teacher shortage areas is in special education.

“Appropriate policies and procedures for both oversight and compliance, and their implementation, are crucial to ensuring that children with disabilities and their families are afforded their rights under IDEA and that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided,” said the Feb. 17 letter from the Office of Special Education Programs.

While the U.S. Department of Education wrote that it believes the Virginia Department of Education has resolved some of the problems identified in 2020, including resolving complaints filed by parents and creating a mediation plan, it said it has identified “new and continued areas of concern” and intends to continue monitoring Virginia’s provision of services for students with disabilities.

Among those are ongoing concerns over the state’s complaint and due process systems that “go beyond the originally identified concerns” originally found. The Office of Special Education Programs writes it has concluded Virginia “does not have procedures and practices that are reasonably designed to ensure a timely resolution process” for due process complaints.

The department also said it has concerns over the practices of at least five school districts that are inconsistent with IDEA’s regulations.

The decision comes after the U.S. Department of Education announced in November that Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia’s largest school district, failed to provide thousands of students with disabilities with the educational services they were entitled to during remote learning at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virginia is also facing a federal class-action lawsuit over claims that its Department of Education and Fairfax County Public Schools violated the rights of disabled students under IDEA.

Parents involved in the case said the Virginia Department of Education and Fairfax school board “have actively cultivated an unfair and biased” hearing system to oversee challenges to local decisions about disabled students, according to the suit.

Charles Pyle, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Education, said in an email that “VDOE continues to work with our federal partners to ensure Virginia’s compliance with all federal requirements, as we have since the ‘Differentiated Monitoring and Support Report’ was issued in June 2020.”

The federal government said if Virginia could not demonstrate full compliance with IDEA requirements, it could impose conditions on grant funds the state receives to support early intervention and special education services for children with disabilities and their families.

Last year, Virginia received almost $13.5 billion in various grants linked to IDEA, according to a July 1, 2022 letter to former Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, who resigned on March 9.

James Fedderman, president of the Virginia Education Association, blasted Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration after the findings were released.

“While the Youngkin administration has been busy waging culture wars in schools, his administration has failed to meet basic compliance requirements with the U.S. Department of Education for students with disabilities,” Fedderman said. “This failure threatens our federal funding for students with disabilities and is a disservice to Virginia families who need critical special needs support.”

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