The next “Music in the Park” concert in Forest Hill Park will be Sunday, September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Paulo Franco and the Rateros, Woodland Heights' own Americana and roots rock purveyors.
The final concert of the series 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 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.
There’ll be NO WHNA meeting in August. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in a new location, TaZa! Everyone, come join us and grab a tasty beverage or foodstuff from sandwiches to donuts. Hope to see some new 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 (1705 Westover Hills Boulevard).
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.
In May when WHNA’s annual picnic was scheduled, it didn’t just rain, it poured! The rained-out event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, September 20. So mark your calendars for an afternoon and evening of food and food for the family. Rain date will be Sunday, September 21.
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!!
The 43rd Street Festival of the Arts will be back on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival is one of Richmond’s premier art events -- right to our neighborhood! It features about 75 fine artisans selling their wares, from pottery to painting, from jewelry to turned wood.
Local musicians will provide great entertainment all day. The line-up this year includes OminOtagO at 10 a.m., Rachel Leyco at 11:30 a.m., Janet Martin at 1 p.m., Bluz Catz at 2:30 p.m. Blue Line Highway at 4 p.m.
Food will be available from various vendors, and kid activities such as street art and face painting will make it fun for the whole family.
The festival is also a fund raiser for CARITAS, which provides services to homeless people in the Richmond area.
The city will hold its next e-cycle and document shredding day on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.at 1710 N. Boulevard (corner of North Boulevard and Robin Hood Road). Now you have an efficient and green way to recycle unwanted electronics. Items accepted include all household electronic items, such as computers, monitors, radios, vacuum cleaners, and microwaves. There is a $7 recycling fee for televisions. All other items will be recycled free of charge. Fluorescent light bulbs and large appliances will not be accepted.
Gone 4 Good Shred will be on-site for document shredding. Residents can dispose of up to five boxes of unwanted paper.
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
The 43rd annual "Arts in the Park" show and sale will be held this Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Carillon Civic Association.
Arts in the Park takes place on the mall and in the shaded groves of Byrd Park surrounding the Carillon. Whether you are looking for unique paintings or crafts, you will find plenty of variety among the work of more than 450 artists. Free parking is available at the City Stadium with free shuttle service. Handicap parking is available at the park. No pets, please.