Sign up NOW to participate in the annual Westover Hills Neighborhood Yard Sale set for Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. Rain date is Saturday, May 3. WHNA pays for two classified ads in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one the day before the sale and one the day of the sale. It costs you nothing to participate! (We list only your address in the ads, no names, and no description of items to be sold at each household.) WHNA is planning to get a local charity to come by Westover Hills in the afternoon to pick up your “left-overs.” To get your address in the ad, sign up before April 23. Just contact
Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. Author’s Night with Dr. Elizabeth O'Leary, writer of The Carillon Neighborhood: A History. Dr. O’Leary will tell about the neighborhood’s land and people from the colonial frontier to antebellum farmland, from Gilded Age streetcar suburb to upscale Jazz Age development, from postwar housing boom to hub for civil rights activism. The talk will focus on the formation of the Carillon Civic Association and its efforts in the turbulent 1960s and 70s in nurturing one of Virginia’s first successfully integrated communities. An art historian who resides in Richmond, Dr.O’Leary is the former associate curator of American art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Copies of her book may be purchased through the Virginia Historical Society website.
Ongoing: Story Times with Kim Smith. Story times will not be held the middle two weeks in April (April 14-19 and April 21-26), but will resume April 28. The regular schedule is as follows: Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Toddler Time (Ages 18-36 months), Thursdays at 10 a.m. Book Babies (Ages birth to 17 months), Thursdays at 11 a.m. Preschool (Ages 3-5).
Bring the whole family to bang on some drums at WHES on April 24 at 6 p.m. for the Second Annual WHES Drum Circle Celebration. Who doesn't love banging a drum? This event started last year to give the community a chance to join WHES students in playing the school’s brand new class set of hand drums. It was a such a hit that our new music teacher is carrying on the tradition. This year will consist of multiple mini-circles merging into one unified final circle! This event is fun for the whole family and a great way to check out the school. Greg and Beth Simos wrote about their experience at last year's Drum Circle for the September issue of the Westover Rag; click here to read it.
“Sunday in the Park with Friends” is a special day in the spirit of Forest Hill Park’s former days as an early 20th century amusement park. Sponsored by Friends of Forest Hill Park, the event offers plenty of old-fashioned fun and games for children, as well as live music, artisan vendors, and exhibits. On April 27, from noon to 6 p.m., the park will explode with balloons, bubbles, bands and so much more! All activities are free.
A “Green Alley” will feature displays and activities with an environmental theme by local non-profit groups. Enjoy shopping for unique items in the “Market” and support our talented local artists and craftspeople. Dine in the park with the Richmond Foodie Trucks.
The popular Children’s Pavillion will be back with face painting, carnival games, Deborah Fellman's balloon creations, make-and-take crafts, Jonathan the Juggler, puppet shows, magicians, tree climbing, a bike rodeo and other activities
Come and help celebrate the unveiling of the new Little Free Library in the park. Richmond Police and Fire departments will be on hand as will the Bruiser Wrestling Federation, the Arena Racing USA car, the Dogtown Hoopers, and a Boxing exhibition.
There will be live music all day long. Bands include Sturgeon City, ICB, Broad Street Ramblers, The Bon Airs, Altered State and Lil'Ronnie & the Grand Dukes.
The Pooch Pad hospitality tent is back by popular demand of our four-legged friends, donated by Crittertown Bathhouse.
Treats and ice-cold bottled water will be provided FREE. Please remember: The city requires a leash on dogs at all times in the park. All activities are under tents and offered rain or shine. For more information contact, Lee Shewmake at 230-7684 or by
The city’s director of Public Utilities, Bob Steidel, will speak at the quarterly fourth District Meeting sponsored by City Councilwoman Kathy Graziano. The meeting is set for Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church at 7757 Chippenham Parkway.