Training On Demand. Need to learn more about computers, e-readers, applying for jobs? Call us at (804) 646-8833 for your 30-minute appointment. Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4.
Environmental Films. Locally produced films focusing on the James River, its wildlife and human interaction. Co-sponsored by RVA EFF, James River Assoc., and RPL. Saturday, September 6, 2 to 4 p.m.
Westover Hills Library Advisory Group. Interested in supporting your library? We meet the first Saturday of each month September through May. Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m.
Westover Hills Fiction Focus Group. Come join our senior read book club! We meet 10:15-12:15 the third Wednesday of each month February through October. Books and discussion questions are provided. Sponsored by RPL and City of Richmond Office on Aging and Disabilities. Wednesday, September 17, 10:15-Noon
Toddler Story Time. Early literacy story time featuring books, music, and rhymes for 18 to 36-month olds, accompanied by an adult. Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, at 11 a.m.
Book Babies. Early literacy storytime featuring books, music, and rhymes for babies ages 0-18 months, accompanied by an adult. Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, at 10 a.m. (No storytime September 4)
Preschool Story Time. Early literacy storytime featuring books, music, and rhymes for children ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m. (No storytime September 4)
Richmond Magazine is sponsoring a lecture on Thursday, September 25, about the mail-order catalog kit homes of Richmond—many of which can be found in Forest Hill, Woodland Heights, and Westover Hills. Kit-house expert Rosemary Thornton, author of The Houses that Sears Built, will speak. The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Virginia Center for Architecture (2501 Monument Avenue). Tickets are $5. Click here to buy.
RHome recently featured an article about mail-order homes in Richmond, including pictures of several in this area. Read the full article.
The final concert of the “Music in the Park” series in Forest Hill Park will be Sunday, October 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. It features Loversville, an old-school, twangy, sultry, and traditional Country band.
The concerts are brought to you by the Westover Hills, Forest Hill, and Woodland Heights Neighborhood Associations, Grow RVA, Relay Foods, the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, and Kathy Graziano. Music in the Park will be back in the spring!
The Westover Hills United Methodist Church’s popular pumpkins will arrive on Sunday, October 5. Sales will continue throughout October.
The church will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone in Westover Hills is welcome to attend the festival. You’ll find children’s games, popcorn, hot dogs, cold drinks, the Backpack Storyteller, a bake sale, and more. And of course, you can get your Halloween jack-o-lantern if you haven’t already done so.
Everyone is invited to join the fun at Good Shepherd Episcopal School’s annual Fall Festival, which will be held Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Forest Hill Avenue and 43rd Street.
The festival is a community-oriented day of family activities such as carnival games and prizes, moon bounce, giant slide, inflatable horse races, and more. There’ll be live music, food, crafts, face painting, jewelry, and a bake sale. Sponsors of the event include MOMComplex, Visiting Angels, Broad Scope Media, Complete Care Center for Women, Left Handed Photography, True Tattoo, and Jerry & Linda Cassell. Get more info here.
Start designing your pooch’s costume now and get a leg up on the competition! The annual “Halloween Howl” canine costume parade and competition will be held Sunday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Forest Hill Park.
The event is sponsored by Friends of Forest Hill Park and Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior (activity coordinators and judges). Please register your canine companion between 1 and 1:20 p.m. Activities will begin shortly after.
Bring your dog decked out in costume to socialize with neighbors and participate in activities including Best Pet Trick, Dog/Owner Egg Spoon Race and Furthest Fetch. Prizes will be awarded. The event will culminate with a pet/owner dog parade. Parade prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best Dog/Owner Duo, Scariest Dog Costume, Cutest Dog Costume, and Best Dog Costume Overall.
Halloween snacks for people and pups will be available. Admission is free, but donations will benefit Ring Dog Rescue. Friends of Forest Hill Park will accept donations as well. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact
The Westover Hills Library is planning a rain garden that will beautify the library and help the environment! A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in the landscape to receive runoff from hard surfaces such as roofs and driveways. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, holding the water for a short period of time and allowing it to naturally soak into the ground.
The project is sponsored by the Library and the Westover Hills Library Advisory Group, and will begin in September. The rain garden will not only improve the library grounds and reduce runoff, but also will provide the opportunity to feature programs and activities relating to the environment inside and outside the library.
Partial funding and support has been pledged from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Drew Harrigan’s Four Winds Design, and the Westover Hills Library Advisory Group. Additional funds and sponsorships are being sought to complete the rain garden.
The Westover Hills Library Advisory Group is launching a "$55 for 55" fundraising campaign in honor of the library’s 55th anniversary. The funds will be used for the library rain garden. If you’d like to contribute, make your check payable to WHLAG and send it to or drop it off to the library at 1408 Westover Hills Boulevard. Of course, any amount is welcome and, and the group has 501(c)3 status, so all donations are tax deductible. If you have questions about the fundraiser, please contact WHLAG chair Reeves McCune by
or by calling at 339-7308. For more info, contact Nancy Buck, librarian and community services manager, at 646-0652.
Here are August winners of WHNA’s Yards of the Month project:
5633 St. James Court. The natural layout of this yard minimizes water, allowing native flowers and plants to flourish. In August, it was a summer’s dream as you walked the rock trail through the yard.
5208 Caledonia. This cozy craftsman was both warm and inviting. The wide, shady porch overlooked a lovely yard and beautifully landscaped walkway. The potted pink geraniums were thriving and perfectly complemented the home’s cheery yellow exterior.
2002 Southcliff. This home boasted the “most improved” yard of the season east of the Boulevard. The grass and weeds had been removed and replaced with lots of mulch, and plants such as vinca, ferns, dogwoods. It’s very rustic and natural and is going to be spectacular when it all matures in just a few years. Nice job by the owners.
This fall, the James River Association (JRA) is offering free trees. You can receive up to $200 per home for each tree planted on your property.
This tree incentive program is only open to Richmond residents. Reimbursements are available September through November 2014. To qualify, homeowners must be an existing River Hero Home or submit an application to become a new River Hero Home.
River Hero Homes is JRA’s certification program that recognizes homeowners who are successfully taking steps to improve water quality by reducing the amount of stormwater and pollution leaving their property. To become certified, JRA requires homeowners to install a river-friendly practice, such as planting trees or installing a rain barrel, as well as follow some simple everyday actions to reduce pollution— such as picking up after your pet or planting native plants.
Tree reimbursements are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available until funding runs out. Click here or more info and to find out if your property qualifies.
The final “Music in the Park” concert in Forest Hill Park is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. It features Loversville, and old-school, twangy and sultry, traditional Country band
The concerts have been brought to you by the Westover Hills, Forest Hill, and Woodland Heights Neighborhood Associations, Grow RVA, Relay Foods, the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, and Kathy Graziano.
The next WHNA meeting will be Thursday, October 9, at 7 p.m.at taZa on Forest Hill Ave. We hope to see a lot of people there! WHNA’s monthly board meetings are usually held on the second Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Westover Hills United Methodist Church.
The Richmond Food Truck Association (is running a Food Truck Court in the parking lot of Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 West 31st Street) on Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. About eight vendors are expected each Friday. For more info, click here to check out the food truck association.
WHNA’s picnic got rained out in May, so now we are ready to have some fun at the re-scheduled picnic on September 20. Let’s block off a street and have a party!
You’re invited to attend the annual Westover Hills Neighborhood Picnic on Saturday, September 20, from 4:30 p.m. to dark. The picnic will be on the 1900 block of Prince Arthur Road, between Evelyn Byrd and New Kent. This is a great event for everyone to meet their neighbors. We will have fun activities for the kids like face painting, balloon twisting, bubble wands, and kid games. Kids and adults will enjoy the music of a live band and the best of O’Toole’s picnic food. Soft drinks, wine, and keg beer will be provided along with grilled burgers, hot dogs, barbequed beans, desserts, and all the fixings.
Children 5 and under attend free. Adults pay $15 per person, $25 for 2 people, or $30 for a family of three or more. If you haven't renewed your WHNA membership dues for this year, do so at picnic entrance and get $5 off. Those brand new to the neighborhood get in free when paying their annual membership dues at the picnic ($15 per household).
The weather will probably be wonderful, but if the picnic must be cancelled due to rain we will try again on Sunday, September 21.
The picnic is hosted by the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association. For information or to volunteer, contact