WHNA’s monthly board meetings are held on the second Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Westover Hills United Methodist Church (1705 Westover Hills Boulevard). The next meeting is on Thursday, May 8. This will be a general meeting and will include election of officers. Click here for proposed slate of officers; additional nominations will be taken from the floor. All Westover Hills residents are welcome to attend any monthly meeting. We welcome your participation and hope to see you there!
Let’s block off a street and have a party! All neighbors are invited to attend the annual Westover Hills Neighborhood Picnic on Saturday, May 10, 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 membership dues at the picnic ($15).
The weather will probably be wonderful, but if the picnic must be cancelled due to rain we will try again on Sunday, May 11.
The picnic is hosted by the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association. For information or to volunteer, contact
Here’s your chance to pick up some treasures and enjoy a lovely day in the ‘hood! The Westover Hills Neighborhood Yard Sale will be Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. So come out and check out what your neighbors are selling!
Rain date is Saturday, May 3. (Note: The deadline to get your address listed in the newspaper ad about the yard sale was April 23.) For more information, contact
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.
Officers for WHNA’s 2014-2015 fiscal year will be elected at the May general meeting on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Westover Hills United Methodist Church.
Everyone is encouraged to come to this regular business meeting, and to vote for officers. The proposed nominating slate consists of the current officers, and additional nominations will be solicited from the floor:
President: Rich Meagher, who has been co-president for two years with Wade Thrift
Vice President: Bryce Lyle, vice president for the past year
Secretary: Jenny Ballard, who has served as secretary for the past two years
Treasurer: Melissa Butler, who has agreed to continue for a fifth year as treasurer
The new officers will begin one-year terms on July 1. WHNA had a great team of officers, district representatives, and committee chairs this past year, many of whom are continuing to serve.
We give special thanks to Wade Thrift, who is “retiring” from the WHNA board after doing a great job as co-president for two years. He has been an active association volunteer for many years, serving as vice president and most recently chairing the annual Holiday Decorations Contest. Volunteers like Wade–and all the rest of the board members and committee chairs–help make Westover Hills a great place to live. Hats off to them for their service!
Recently copper gutters and downspouts have been stolen from homes in Westover Hills and nearby neighborhoods. At least two Westover Hills homes have been hit, and we have reports of another theft of copper gutters from a Forest Hill home. The thefts have all occurred during the daylight hours. Even though an observant neighbor saw one theft occurring and notified police, the thieves have not yet been caught. Please keep an eye out! If you see someone tampering with gutters or downspouts, try to get a good description (car make and color, license tag, description of the persons involved) and call police right away at 646-5100.
Westover Hills Elementary School will host an open house and school tour on Thursday, December 5, at 10 a.m. Here’s your chance to find out more about our neighborhood school! Email Curious about Westover with questions or join the Curious about Westover Facebook group for more details.
Are you interested in volunteering at Westover Hills Elementary School? There are always volunteer opportunities available. Please contact
to get plugged in. Some current areas of need include:
All three first grade teachers are looking for helpers to man literacy stations each morning (from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.) and math stations each afternoon (from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.), plenty of spots available!
The Kid's Tennis Club is looking for volunteers to help get the WHES tennis team ready for this spring's Young Aces Open. The Tennis Club meets for four weeks on Mondays after school starting November 11.
There are plenty of students who could use a lunch buddy once a week, once a month, or even just once. This is an easy way to make a big difference in a young life.
The first round of the city’s vacuum leaf pickup in Westover Hills is scheduled for the period between December 2 and December 13. Of course, weather conditions can play havoc with the schedule, so we’ll keep you posted if these dates change.
The second round pick-up is now scheduled for between February 17 and February 28.
WHNA’s annual Yards of the Month program has ended for 2013, but will be back next spring. Here are the recent winners:
2006 Southcliff. This yard got the "most attractive" award as well as the "most improved." The owners had ivy removed and planted grasses, ferns, Daphne (which will be beautiful and odiferous in February), rhododendrons, and low-growing Mazus. It's mostly a shaded yard, and the owners have done a great job in making it green, calming, peaceful, and beautiful.
5023 Caledonia. This home drew the eye with its pleasant array of blooming liriope, alternating red and white begonias, and robust shrubbery. The lawn was gorgeous, even as the summer drew to a close.
5624 St. James Court. With the cone flowers and black-eyed susans fading in the summer light, the purple liriope blooms and golden colors of the nandina bushes signaled that fall was just around the corner. In September, this home was well-manicured and changing colors for the start of the season!
5311 New Kent Rd. This property has rebounded splendidly after the destruction caused from Hurricane Irene that downed two massive trees in 2011. With new hardscaping, plantings, and sculpturing, this yard is truly beautiful and is better than ever.
Thank you to all Westover Hills residents who have already joined WHNA for this fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014)! We have one of the largest, most active associations in the area. Almost half of the more than 850 homes in the neighborhood support their neighborhood as paid members of WHNA.
If you haven’t already joined for this year, we hope you’ll do so soon. Please consider participating now as a contributor to all the programs and activities that WHNA provides! Dues are just $15 per year per household. A reminder about membership is on its way in the mail.
Association dues support communication such as this newsletter, the monthly blast emails, and the WHNA website, as well as annual events such as the picnic, yard sale, July Fourth children’s parade, holiday decorations contest, and yards of the month. WHNA works with area merchants, other neighborhood associations, and city government on projects to help keep our area a great place to live.
To join, send back the membership notice or just mail a $15 check (made payable to WHNA) to WHNA at P. O. Box 13421, Richmond, Virginia 23225.