Hills & Heights & RVA
Inaugural Wine & Beer Tasting at TaZa Friday
Expect to see these at the tasting.

Expect to see these at the tasting.

On Friday from 5-7 pm Taza will be hosting a free wine & beer tasting.

Taza will be offering tastings from their selection of Virginia wines from Ingleside, Rappahannock, and Potomac Point wineries, as well as Manchester’s own Blue Bee Cider. Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, Vicki Humphreys will be on hand providing tasters with notes on the flavors and aromas of the wines, recommended food pairings, and the wineries themselves. Patrons of the tasting are welcome to try their offerings on Friday, and purchase a glass to enjoy on site, or a bottle or two to take home and enjoy.

Taza is focused on selling beers, wines and ciders sourced from Virginia. I’m not sure which beers will be tasted but  you can pretty much count on them being VA craft beers. Speaking of craft beers, if you see a bottle of Lickinghole Creek Brewery’s Short Pump Saison, I recommend you pick it up. I thought it was great.

Original article http://goo.gl/uO4kTp

Screw work, let’s go for a ride
Blue Bee cidermaking workshop is back for October

Home cider making workshop tools and materials. The bubble wrapped item is a little Erlenmeyer flask. via Blue Bee Cider Tumblr

The September cidermaking workshop at Blue Bee Cider was a tremendous success. So continuing on that wave of success Blue Bee has announced an October cidermaking workshop.

Cidermaker, Courtney Mailey, will host a home cidermaking workshop on Sunday, October 20 from 12:30-2 p.m. The cost of $45 includes everything needed to make cider at home – supplies from Original Gravity, fresh-pressed juice from Blue Bee Cider, and expert instruction.

Link to tickets is here: http://www.bluebeecider.com/shop/home-cidermaking-workshop/

Folks are welcome to contact Blue Bee at (804) 231-0280 or admin@bluebeecider.com with any questions.

Original article http://goo.gl/e7Zhzx

Copper thieves nab downspouts on King William, suspicious activity near Glyndon
Result of the thieves handiwork.

Result of the thieves handiwork.

Copper thieves stole gutters from a home in the 5100 block of King William Road yesterday morning 9/30/13. Only the front downspouts were stolen. Three (3) African-American men in a van. RPD was notified. Please be on the lookout. A next door neighbor, with copper downspouts, was home at the time and didn’t see or hear anything.

Not sure if it’s related but I also received this email Monday night.

Just wanted to report some suspicious activity over the weekend near Glyndon and Woodberry.  This is the granite/gravel hill area, right by the swim club.

Sunday afternoon around 3 pm a young black male, looked to be in his teens, walked up my driveway towards my fence gate.  I happened to be looking out the window as I was expecting company and noticed the young man as he was a few feet from the gate.  I knocked on the window from inside the house and he darted off.

The young man had short black hair, aviator looking sunglasses, a puffy dark colored jacket and possibly some jeans and sneakers.  I had reported the incident to RPD.  Just an FYI to neighbors in the area to be on the lookout!  He was presumably scoping out the yard for stuff to steal..not that anything of worth was back there anyways.

Original article http://goo.gl/Ni7nQ8

BB bandits strike near Belt Boulevard

RTD has the details on three boys armed with BB guns who robbed two girls of their chips and bikes.

Richmond police Capt. Angela Greene said the girls, ages 16 and 14, were both struck by BB pellets but that the pellets did not break the skin and the victims did not require medical treatment.

All three suspects in Sunday’s attack were juveniles and are known by the victims, Greene said.

The attack occurred at 5:10 p.m. in the 3300 block of McRand Street, just northeast of the intersection of Hull Street and Belt Boulevard in South Richmond.

Greene said the two girls were confronted by the three boys who shot at them before taking their bicycle as well as three bags of potato chips.

Original article http://goo.gl/G1S4b6

RTD talks with Legend about 20 year Anniversary and Brown Ale
Photo courtesy of RTD and P. Kevin Morley

Photo courtesy of RTD and P. Kevin Morley

It’s easy to forget how pioneering Legend Brewing now that we have more breweries than you can shake a stein at. Twenty years ago they set out make a “fresh beer”. The not only succeeded in that modest goal they excelled. The beer leading that charge than and now is their Brown. RTD talks with the owners about the beginnings and their flagship beer.

These days, Legend Brown Ale accounts for 60 to 65 percent of the brewery’s overall beer sales, said Dave Gott, vice president of operations at Legend.

It’s also a star in the portfolio of Brown Distribution Co., not only leading Legend sales but also eclipsing outside competition. “No other brown ale from any other company has come close,” said Jacob Brunow, Brown’s craft and import director.

Legend Brown Ale had an unassuming beginning. It was one of four recipes concocted by owner-founder Tom Martin, with a little help from his dad and no help from modern-day equipment.

Original article http://goo.gl/1P5EA0

City block on Cowardin for sale as Church files bankruptcy


The Richmond Christian Center’s building is located at 214 Cowardin Ave and takes up an entire city block. The church was looking down the barrel of the foreclosure gun but dodged that bullet by filing bankruptcy. The church is hoping to either restructure their financing or sell the property. With this news the ears of every southside land developer perked up. More from RichmondBizSense.com.

DeRegibus said the property has drawn interest from a variety of potential buyers, including developers and church and community groups. The property could be sold to a developer interested in the land only, but DeRegibus said the best use would take advantage of what’s already in place.

“It’s got a gym, it’s got a day care, it’s got office space, it’s got a large auditorium, a banquet hall and an auto shop,” he said. “All of these components are marketable in their parts, and it could be sold as a whole.”

The property is zoned for general business. The building as is would lend itself to few uses, DeRegibus said.

“As it is now, it could be used for a mega-church, or it could be used for a school,” he said. “If there was a conversion, you’re not too far from VCU, so you could potentially have apartment development there. It has amenities in place, and some developers in the area are circling.”

Tom Papa, a principal with Fountainhead Properties, which has developed several properties in Manchester, said the RCC space would be well suited for continued use as a gathering space such as a community center, school or church.

But Papa didn’t rule out potential retail development for the site.

“Probably the highest and best use would be a grocery store at this point, because there’s not any near there,” he said. “It would help the neighborhood quite a bit.”

Original article http://goo.gl/gLNlwh

Ballet classes for kids at Westover Community Center
Image courtesy of Richmond Ballet

Image courtesy of Richmond Ballet

From the Parks and Recreation blog

The department is offering introductory ballet classes for children ages 5 through 12 at its Westover Community Center, located at 1301 Jahnke Road. The introductory classes will be taught by members of the Richmond Ballet and provide a variety of activities that include learning the basics of ballet steps, poses and much more.

The first class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting September 30 and continuing until November 20. It is for children 8 to 10 years old, and the fee is $60 for city residents and $80 for non-residents.

The second class will be for children age 5 through 7. It will begin on October 1 and be held on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. through November 11. The cost for this class will be $40 for residents and $60 for non-residents.

For more information or to register call (804) 646-8995 or e-mail Shanna.Battle@RichmondGov.com.

Original article http://goo.gl/f7Mcm1

Patrick Henry teacher picked for Governor’s Teacher Cabinet

Steven Schwartz, Grade 4/5 Math and Science Teacher of Patrick Henry School is 1 of 22 teachers that will be serving on the Governor’s Teacher Cabinet. ”The Governor’s Teachers Cabinet will play a pivotal role in advising our administration about new strategies and ideas to enhance teacher quality and professionalism, increase parent and community involvement, reduce administrative burden, and close the achievement gap. Our teachers know what works and what doesn’t.” [Full Press Release]

Original article http://goo.gl/Crjc9O

Two local schools to get more fruits and veggies

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Westover Hills Elementary is receiving $23,998 and Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary $31,720 in grant money to introduce students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and provide healthier snacking options. It would be awesome if a program like this could be rolled out to every school in RPS.

From the press release

Nineteen Richmond City elementary schools will receive funding to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2013-2014 school year. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is part of a federal initiative by the USDA to offer schools a wider variety of fresh produce. The goals of the program include providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption, and making a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health. The 19 schools selected to participate will use the funding to provide students with a wide variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. Through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, many schools offer mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks to students. Students will be given the opportunity to try fruits and vegetables that they recognize, but in a different form.

Schools were awarded funding through a competitive application process, which began Jul 1, 2013 and will last until June 30, 2014. See full press release for a complete list of schools that received grants.

Original article http://goo.gl/hY1Q2M