The Westover Hills Merchants Association invites you to a "Meet and Greet" social event on Thursday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at TaZa. Light refreshments will be provided by TaZa (Ben Spencer), O'Toole’s (John O'Toole), and Act 1 (Shirley Chewning).
Everyone is welcome: all residents of Westover Hills, Forest Hill, and Woodland heights neighborhoods, as well as local police, fire department, library, and merchants
Please RSVP by September 26 to Shirley Chewning (232-4490) or
And check out the merchants new website: WestoverHillsMerchants.com. The 14 paid members will be highlighted and shown on a map overview, but the site lists all merchants (45) n the Forest Hill Avenue/Westover Hills Boulevard area. The plan is to highlight a merchant member each month. You can also click here to find out more about what’s new with the merchants. Find out more about the merchants.
The Westover Hills Merchants Association would like to thank Amen Kahwagy of Paragon Place for his time and efforts as the merchants' president for the past several years, having followed Suzanne Feigley and before that, Dr. Greg Toler.
We are pleased to announce the name of our NEW President (drum roll) who is BEN SPENCER with TaZa Coffee and Cream. Ben has been a long time merchant and has worked hard to add positive visibility of his shop (located at 5047 Forest Hill Ave) while enhancing the aesthetics of the merchants' corridor. Ben had been on the second floor, off the back alley where Blanchards' Coffee was. We now have easy access to his establishment and can see the shop from Forest Hill!
At the merchants last meeting, on July 9, an additional merchant join us. His name is also Ben - Ben Kitenke. His business is Prime Wireless. There will be more information to follow, as the merchants plan to highlight various members so that the neighborhood might become more familiar with our good merchants.
On Thursday evening, October 2, Westover Hills Merchant Association will hold a social event for all neighbors and merchants. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at taZa. Please join us!
Also in the fall, some of the merchants plan to be involved in an event called the "Dixie Donut Walk." Participants will start in the Westover Hills Merchant's area, walk or run across the "Nickel" Bridge to The Dixie Donut Shoppe on Cary Street. Participants will then get some donuts and run back to the Westover Hills merchants area for commeraderie and fun.
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)
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 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.
5112 Caledonia. This yard was a lush and shady oasis, pristine and pretty as a picture. Manicured ivy, vibrant caladiums, potted impatiens, and hanging ferns created an inviting and welcoming July Yard of the Month.
4706 King William. Once again, this yard was a stand out. Three lavender crape myrtles are planted the sidewalk and road, and purple & white petunias said “welcome” at the sidewalk. Small boxwoods lined the curved entry walk, and containers at the door were filled with more purple flowers. All complemented the purple front door, and was set against a backdrop of buttery yellow stucco walls. Beautiful!
5634 Woodburn. The tiered gardens leading to the front door of this charming Westover Hills West home are attractive and minimize water runoff. All the flowers are great supporters of our insect pollinators.
Special honorable mention: 4902 Riverside Drive. Every now and then as our judge walks the eastern section of Westover Hills, he says he notices a back yard, side yard, or alley that just says “WOW.” Peeking into the back yard of this home while delivering the RAG down an alley this summer, he saw a yard definitely worthy “Yard of the Month” . . . although but no one would ever see it! Although this is a back yard, it’s the day-to-day entry into the house from the alley and carport. It’s a shady area with hostas, curved walkways, and a water feature in a tall urn. It appeared so very soothing on a hot, muggy July day. Let’s hope this acknowledgement does not increase the traffic in the alley!!
1509 Westover Hills Boulevard is an example of just how beautiful simple elegance can be! The grass was thick and green, with not a single weed. The red geraniums in urns and window boxes added the right touch of color, and the topiaries at the entrance lent another touch of elegance. Nice job, owners.
5603 New Kent Road. This yard offered a variety of textures and colors, with pops of lime green as a consistent accent throughout the yard. The well-manicured yard provided a beautiful compliment to this home.
5002 Riverside Drive. Soft flowers of pink, purple, and white created a soothing color palate. This yard's lush shrubs, well-manicured lawn, and potted new guinea impatiens combined to make it a true winner.
5113 Evelyn Byrd. Once again this year, this show-stopping yard stood out with its gorgeous spring tulips. Many homes in Westover Hills had beautiful blooming bulbs in
April and May. It's just a shame these bulbs aren't in bloom longer so all of us in the neighborhood could enjoy their beauty deeper into the spring.
4709 Devonshire was lush and green, due to the four inches of rain that came in late April, and the beauty of the home was set off by lime green plants. Adding to the appeal were astilbe and window boxes with red geraniums. It’s obvious that the owners are garden folks who take a lot of pride in their yard!
5705 Regent Circle. When the blooms of spring finally arrived, this home had no shortage of flowers. Simple placement of a variety of trees and flowering shrubs brought a peaceful beauty to the yard. Closer inspection on a stroll to the front door showed that this yard will continue to beautify the neighborhood in the coming months.
5509 Riverside Drive. This home’s yard was in its prime in May. This standout yard features bountiful window boxes teeming with multicolored calibrachoa, a lush and green lawn, and a wide variety of shrubs and evergreens. Gardenias, azeleas, boxwoods, and nandina all combine to make the yard at 5509 Riverside Drive truly spectacular!
For the next three months, the city will be closing sections of Forest Hill Avenue between Powhite Parkway and Jahnke Road to replace natural gas lines. During construction activities, the inside Westbound lane will be closed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, sections of the eastbound lane will be closed to traffic 24 hours a day.
The library's summer reading program kicks off June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westover Hills Branch library with a program called "Spin Pop Boom!" presented by Mad Science. The program features a little bit of magic, a lot of science, and a whole bunch of fun!
And you can sign up right there for "Fizz boom READ," the 2014 summer reading program aimed at sparking imaginations for kids and teens. You can also register for the program and log your books online at the library's website. The program runs from June 14 to August 2 with a grand finale at the Main Library on August 9. Participants who log the books they read during the summer will win prizes.
After a long cold winter, spring is finally here! So WHNA is starting up its annual "Yards of the Month" awards. The committee selects one yard from each of the three geographical areas of Westover Hills (east of the Boulevard, west of the Boulevard, and Westover Hills West). Judges try not to give the award to the same yards time after time, and they like to recognize major improvements.
The first winners of 2014 were selected early in April, when many Westover Hills gardens were still recuperating from the harsh winter:
4620 King William
4620 King William. This home always seems to have that one-in-a-million look. The grass was green and the raised borders with yellow daffodils in bloom just made it stand out. And a coming attraction is going to be the yellow jasmine on the step railings. Congratulations to these folks for their fifth Yards of The Month award since 2002.
5113 Evelyn Byrd. This home’s array of orange and red tulips were just exceptional.
Yards of the Month will recognize the hard work in many beautiful yards this season. Every part of the neighborhood will be canvassed monthly, but if there’s a particular home the judges should consider, please contact one of them. It’s even okay to nominate yourself!
East of the Boulevard: Dick Bragg at 231-3252 or by
. West of the Boulevard: Ned & Carolyn Wheeler at 919-619-4039 or by
. Westover Hills West: Donna Poland at 757- 846-0981 or by