vol. 69 / ripple effect

One weekly email. Three must-do ideas. Infinite potential.


One pebble. Thousands of ripples. Just something to think about this week when you’re out there exploring this place we call home. Every action we take, even the small ones, can send ripples throughout Richmond. Read on for three happenings that are fun, simple, and for a good cause. 

Let’s go …


in the River

RVA’s coolest winter festival goes down this Saturday benefiting Keep Virginia Beautiful. This annual shindig offers up a chance to lend a hand during a community cleanup, participate in a 5K walk/run, or jump into the chilly James – or do all three! 

Cleanup starts at 10 am at Historic Tredegar (last year, 500+ people gathered well over a ton of trash), followed by a brisk walk/run through the James River Park at noon, and the big river jump for those hardy souls (costumes highly encouraged) at 1:30 pm. Plus, there’s a Winter Festival throughout the day with three bands, food trucks, and plenty of beer.
Now in its fifth year, Shiver in the River supports efforts by Keep Virginia Beautiful to spiffy up our natural environment while getting folks more involved in litter prevention, recycling, and waste reduction.



Open House

Richmond is #TeamTommie. Show your support of the Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) shelter today, Friday, and Saturday during a series of Open House events honoring Tommie, the beloved pit bull that passed away earlier this month. Richmonders are encouraged to celebrate Tommie’s life and to see firsthand how gifts from around the world are supporting the work of RACC on a daily basis. 

For those looking to give an animal in need a forever home, come ready to adopt. Dewey (pictured), a shy little pit bull who could use a friend, is one of 3,000+ animals that RACC helps each year. Walk through the kennel this weekend and say “hi” to Dewey and the other animals at the only open admission public shelter in Richmond.
Perk: For those who do bring home a new pet, River City Roll, a boutique bowling alley in Scott’s Addition, is offering free bowling.


Fried Chicken

Beer Dinner

Wait – fried chicken, beer, and a good cause?! Count us in! Mean Bird and Väsen Brewing are hosting a beer dinner featuring family-style fried chicken paired with craft beer and benefiting Beyond Boundaries, a local nonprofit that specializes in guiding people with and without disabilities on outdoor adventures. This collab is part of an ongoing series of beer dinners at Väsen designed to support local nonprofits. 

Beyond Boundaries was selected as the beneficiary of this month's beer dinner due its efforts to offer individuals of all ability levels, no matter their physical, cognitive or economic situation, the opportunity to experience outdoor activities with the surrounding community. Mean Bird is planning a special menu for Monday, February 25, including their famous fried chicken (with AR’s Ames Hot Southern Honey), turnip greens, pork and leek terrine, kilt turnip salad, and more. 
Perk: Check out @here.weekly on Instagram and tag a friend to join you for a chance to score two free tickets. 




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