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Gift Protects Important Public Access to James River Park System Near Nickel Bridge

Richmond’s nationally celebrated James River Park System grows by a few acres today; private landowners have donated nearly 3.5 acres in a crucial area of the park system.

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Richmond’s nationally celebrated James River Park System grows by a few acres today; private landowners have donated nearly 3.5 acres in a crucial area of the park system.

Buttermilk Trail is an essential part of the James River Park Trail loop that Men’s Journal named one of the best in the country in 2021. It wasn’t long ago, however, that portions of this trail
were at risk of being closed due to liability concerns from public use, organized races, and events that brought more than 60,000 people onto private property. The City of Richmond was delaying acceptance of a 10’ wide trail easement despite owners seeking city-provided liability coverage since 2007.

Such was the case of Josh and Carrie Belt Rogers who wanted to allow for continued use of 0.3 miles of the Buttermilk West Trail on their property from a trailhead located at Westover Hills
Boulevard on the south end of the Boulevard Bridge. It was not until 2015 that the Rogers were able to establish a recreational easement with the City of Richmond. Such agreement secured the use of the trails though they also contained termination clauses that could again threaten the closure of Buttermilk Trail.

Today, the Rogers have taken the ultimate step of ensuring the public will forever have access to the Buttermilk Trail from Westover Hills Boulevard. The Rogers have subdivided their property and donated 3.46 acres, including the entirety of the trail network located on their property, to the Capital Region Land Conservancy (“CRLC”) to be protected in perpetuity and be added into the James River Park System (“JRPS’) conservation easement upon transfer to the City of Richmond. In so doing, the Rogers are fulfilling a promise to keep the trails open to the public and taking action to implement the James River Park Master Plan by increasing the acreage of the park.

“We have been proud to protect the public use of these trails for the past 15 years and are thrilled to share that this land will be conserved as parkland for all to enjoy for generations to
come,” shared the Rogers. “Carrie and I grew up in this neighborhood—Westover Hills—independently developing our love of the outdoors by playing in these woods and hiking these trails when they were still just animal trails,” said Josh Rogers.

“Residents of the 4th District, and the City, routinely prioritize the park not just as a neighborhood amenity but as a regional attraction and economic driver for outdoor and adventure tourism boasting over 2 million visitors annually,” said 4th District Council member Kristen Nye. “On behalf of so many users, we thank the Rogers for addressing the need to expand the park through their generous donation.”

Friends of James River Park provided a grant of $25,000 to CRLC to support due diligence expenses to facilitate this transaction. “Opportunities to expand JRPS are usually pretty hard to come by, so we are grateful for the chance to help CRLC make this a reality. We really appreciate the hard work that went into this. I know our visitors appreciate having a little bit of extra room, and the comfort of knowing that this segment of Buttermilk will forever remain open to the public” said Josh Stutz, Executive Director of Friends of James River Park.

Additionally, the Rogers gift is helping to save the highest priority conservation value lands in the Commonwealth of Virginia by protecting scenic as well as cultural and historic resources identified in ConserveVirginia 3.0, a tool consisting of 24 mapped data inputs that rank the top 10%. The property also ranks for important forestlands for conservation and land that is essential to maintain or improve water quality according to the Virginia ConservationVision, a digital atlas for green infrastructure planning developed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program.

“Access to the outdoors is important to a healthy and vibrant community and protecting land from development is essential in allowing the trees and soil function to improve air and water quality” said Parker Agelasto, Executive Director of the Capital Region Land Conservancy. “Where the public has been able to enjoy these benefits for years through the agreements the Rogers had with the City of Richmond, it is truly their gift of this land to CRLC that assures all of us that these privileges will last in perpetuity. For that we will forever be thankful for Josh and Carrie and their family.”

About Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC): Incorporated in March 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, CRLC seeks to conserve and protect the natural and historic land and water resources of Virginia’s Capital Region for the benefit of current and future generations. Visit www.capitalregionland.org to learn more about CRLC’s land conservation programs.

About Friends of James River Park (FOJRP): Friends of James River Park is the largest nonprofit support organization for the James River Park System (JRPS). With a mission that focuses on protecting, expanding, and enhancing the JRPS, FOJRP works with the City of Richmond to implement projects that make a real difference in the Park. 2022 marks 50 years since the creation of the JRPS, and FOJRP are excited to be dedicating additional resources to park expansion and improvement. For more information, visit https://jamesriverpark.org/.

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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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Local Star of HBO’s Big Brunch Show Hosting Dumpling Pop-up at the Veil

The dumplings will be popping into mouths starting at noon but stick around until 7 pm for a viewing party of the new HBO show The Big Brunch in the sunroom.

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@youngmotherva the Dumpling popup of Daniel Harthauses aka @danielharthausen will be doing their dumpling pop-up takeover starting at 12 pm at the Veil Forest Hill location this Sunday, November 27th. Sorry taco lovers no @ytumama.mx on Sunday. The dumplings will be popping into mouths starting at noon but stick around until 7 pm for a viewing party of the new HBO show The Big Brunch in the sunroom. Those of you in the know already know Daniel is a competitor in The Big Brunch. Limited seating is available.

The Big Brunch Show is created and hosted by Emmy® winner Dan Levy, The Big Brunch celebrates inspiring, undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. This eight-episode cooking competition series gives ten talented chefs the opportunity to share their stories and business dreams while vying for a life-altering $300,000 cash prize.


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Punks for Presents Tickets on Sale Now

Punk music shows that provide presents for kids in need is a truly worthy cause.

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A Richmond punk rock Christmas tradition beginning in 2005. Christmas themed punk and metal parody bands putting on shows for charity every year!

You can learn more on Instagram or Facebook. Their still looking for prize donations and sponsors. Head over to one of those social media spots and drop them a DM.

Lineup

December 9, 2022 NIGHT 1 – THE CAMEL $10 ALL AGES
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5838562/punks-for-presents-at-the-camel-richmond-the-camel
IMAGINARY TOYS (THE CURE)
TOY DIVISION (JOY DIVISION)
X-MAS (X)
JOLLY HOLLY (BUDDY HOLLY)

December 10, 2022 NIGHT 2 – WONDERLAND $10 21+
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8522910/punks-for-presents-at-wonderland-richmond-wonderland
ROCKET QUEEN (GUNS N ROSES)
SMOOCH (KISS)
MERRYDETH (MEGADETH)

December 16, 2022 NIGHT 3 – RICHMOND MUSIC HALL $10 ALL AGES
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2384207/punks-for-presents-at-richmond-music-hall-richmond-richmond-music-hall
YOOL (TOOL)
SNO TEMPLE PILOTS (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS)
HIGH VOLTAGE (AC/DC)
SMASHING PRESENTS (SMASHING PUMPKINS
)SNOASIS (OASIS)

December 17, 2022 NIGHT 4 – HARDYWOOD $10 ALL AGES
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4831118/punks-for-presents-at-hardywood-richmond-hardywood
OPERATION ICY (OPERATION IVY)
DEC.ENDENTS (DESCENDENTS)
MXPXMAS (MXPX)
SALT, SWEAT, SUGAR-COOKIES (JIMMY EAT WORLD)
RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REIN-QUEERS (THE QUEERS)
KRIS LITTLE KRINGLES (STIFF LITTLE FINGERS)

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Weekend Radar: Inlight, Ballpark Warming, The Great RVA Bake-Off, Northside Artists Holiday

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InLight 2022 at Bryan Park
November 18-19th

You light up my life, You give me hope to carry on, You light up my days and fill my nights with song or in this case 1708 Gallery is lighting up my life at Bryan Park.

From InLight a few years ago.

InLight 2022 at Bryan Park

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE INLIGHT 2022 MAP!

INLIGHT HOURS

Friday, November 18 — Saturday, November 19

7 – 11 p.m.

LANTERN MAKING & PARADE

InLight kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. We will gather at 7:00 pm at Gabriel Prosser Circle by the vehicle bridge (near the InLight info booth) and the procession begins at 7:30 pm. Need a lantern? Join us on Friday, November 18th at 6:30 pm at the Parade gathering site to make one!

PARKING

The main entrance to Bryan Park will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use the Bellevue Ave entrance to park in the parking lots inside Bryan Park. A TukTuk shuttle will be running from these lots to the site for those who need assistance. Auxiliary parking will be available at the Virginia Repertory Theatre (formerly Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center) located at 4202 Hermitage Road with shuttles running continuously from 6:30 – 11:30 pm to the main entrance of Bryan Park. There is limited on-street parking in the surrounding area and the park can be entered on foot or bike through all the entrances (Bellevue Ave; Bryan Park Drive; and the main park entrance).

FOOD & BEVERAGE

InLight 2022 will feature local food trucks, including Monique’s Crepes, Four Brothers, and Boka Tako, Momma’s BBQ, and Alchemy Coffee. Hungry for more? Check out one of the great restaurants in the neighborhood! Just thirsty? Wine and local brews by Brown Distributing Company will be on tap.

Ballpark Warming Party at the Diamond
November 19th

Take me out to the ballpark and I’ll donate a coat and eat a hot dog.

Saturday, Nov 19th 11am-2pm the Flying Squirrels and WTVR CBS 6 invite all their friends and fans to donate coats in support of Puritan Cleaners Coats for Kids program at the Ballpark Warming Party.
Come out to the Diamond and enjoy family fun including: live music from The Hit List, hot dogs, bounce houses, kids activities, monster trucks, vehicles from Richmond Fire Department, Virginia State

Police, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond Raceway and more.

Special giveaways while supplies last.

While warm coats for every member of the family are welcome, we especially need kids coats. You can help by donating any gently used or new coats you no longer need.
Puritan Cleaners will clean and repair each donated coat before delivering them to the Salvation Army to be distributed to local families in need this season.
Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need through Coats for Kids.


The Great RVA Bake Off – FUNdraiser & 1st Anniversary Celebration at Tablespoon
November 19th

You had me at bake. Tablespoon does awesome work and y’all should give them some love and money.

This fall, our first annual “Great RVA Bake Off” (a play on the very popular Netflix series) will be held on November 19, 2022, from 12:00-2:00 pm at our Bakery’s location – 1707 Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23225.

Your favorite RVA Celebrities will team up with the Tablespoons’ Cookie Crew in the ultimate challenge to take home the trophy: Katie Ukrop & Shelley, Bill Martin & Chris, Marc Cheatham & Kemani, Robey Martin & Haley, and Todd Waldo & Cheyenne.

The event will involve a live judging component with judges from Richmond’s Culinary Scene: Jared Golden, Co-Founder of Richmond Restaurant Group; Eileen Mellon, Food Editor for Richmond Magazine; and Ken Lowrie, Executive Chef of The Westwood Club.

We will have Caroline Coleburn of CBS 6 serving as our emcee, Nutzy from the Flying Squirrels assisting with awarding prizes, and live music from The Sugar Hollows and Matt Lomaka.

November 19th marks the return of this signature fundraiser (since pre-COVID days) and celebrates our 1-year anniversary since the Bakery’s grand opening to the community.

Operating under the larger nonprofit, Next Move Program, Tablespoons Bakery allows us to carry out our mission each day – working to directly combat the 70% unemployment rate for young adults with developmental disabilities here in the Commonwealth. Tablespoons serves as both a supported employment site for young adults in the community and an internship site for area high school students with diverse abilities.

Your support of this event allows us to provide life-changing vocational education and employment services to our students and bakers, at no cost to them or their families.

Northside Artists Holiday Show at Lewis Ginter Recreation Association
November 19th

Tis time be crafty or at least check out those that are crafty.

More than 30 Northside Richmond artists are presenting a holiday show and sale benefitting FEEDMORE, November 19 from 11 am to 5 pm, at the Ginter Park Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Avenue, Richmond 23222. Jazz will be featured on stage throughout the day, and bar proceeds, in addition to 10 percent of sales, go to FEEDMORE.

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