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Polar Bear Plunge at Pony Pasture New Year’s Day

Be at Pony Pasture at 11 a.m. if you feel a great desire to jump into a cold Jame River with other fools adventurous souls. Video is from last years plunge.

Patience Salgado aka Kindness Girl named a Face of 2012 by RTD

WHY YOU KNOW HER: Known as “Kindness Girl,” Salgado has tried to make the world a kinder, gentler place through various good deeds and kindness projects. (Full RTD article)

5th District residents form Community Action Team

Citizens of Richmond’s Fifth District have organized a Community Action Team, 5CAT.  The team has been established as a venue to build unity among the district’s neighborhoods and give voice to 5th District citizens’ concerns.  5CAT had its first meeting in November, with plans to meet monthly at various locations throughout the 5th District.  The next 5CAT meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 11, 7:00pm at […]

Update on the Holiday Gift Program

From Alia Butler we have an update on the success of the McKinney-Vento Program. The support from the Hills and Heights community was even more amazing this year!!! Everyone really stepped up to make Christmas special for those who have the least among us!! 

Dixie Chicken picked as one the best new restaurants

The year is fast coming to a close and that means everyone is publishing lists. RVANews is no exception and released their list of Ten of 2012′s best new restaurant. Dixie Chicken comes in at #3 saying, “Delicious takeout fried chicken–once you start you just can’t stop.”  

Local graffiti

This and another piece is in the alley behind the 48 Hours Store (on the old beauty parlor). The third one is located on the dumpster in the parking lot of  Crossroads. Anybody else seeing graffiti like this in the area.

A peek at newly opened Albert Pizzeria

The latest contender in the H&H pizza crown has opened their doors. Albert Pizzeria is in the old Chicken Mania location  at 7524 Forest Hill Avenue. Open, Mon-Thur. form 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm and Sun. 11am-9pm. I haven’t been yet but luckily Richard of Road Holland (if you’re a cyclist and haven’t checked out Road Holland do […]

Fatal fire on W. 49th

From RTD. Richmond firefighters report one person killed in a fire that heavily damaged a South Side home this morning. Lt. Robbie Hagaman said the blaze at 900 W. 49th St., near Pincecrest Avenue, was reported around 2 a.m. Firefighters from a nearby station quickly arrived, to see heavy flames from the rear and roof […]

Merry Christmas from 1970

Black and white photograph of (left to right) Sean Patrick and Bill and John O’Toole riding bikes outside on Forest Hill Avenue near Westover Hills Boulevard; Bill holds a walkie-talkie (a Christmas gift) and smiles; houses at left. – Photo courtesy of Richmond History Center and John Murden

Dog found

I received this email this morning but haven’t been around to post it until now. Found this young guy wandering around 42nd and Springhill this morning about 9 AM. Has a collar but no tags. He is very sweet and playful. Unfortunately our other dog doesn’t get along with him so we are going to have to take him to […]

Ask a Hills and Heighter

Lucky number 13 in my simple mission to find out more about my neighbors and neighborhood. I plan to ask the same questions to artists, craftspeople, musicians and local business owners. Today we sit down with Justin Joplin, Pastor of Westover Baptist Church.

Second Annual “A Warmer Winter” to Gift Richmond Family New Furnace

Richmond, Va. December 17, 2012 – In partnership with WTVR and the Better Housing Coalition, Woodfin is bringing more comfort and joy this winter with the second annual “A Warmer Winter,” a public service effort to bring a new furnace to a family in need in Metro Richmond.

Celebrate Winter Solstice Belle Isle Style

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with folks from Friends of James River Park on Belle Isle, Friday. Gather at the pedestrian bridge around 4. There will be hot cocoa, music, stories, poetry and a bonfire. Fittingly this is the last day that Ralph White who has served as a steward for the Parks for the past […]

Blanchard’s Coffee has a new website and special James River Blend

The website is at the same location, and the coffee is a James River Blend thatwas done in partnership with The James River Association. Proceeds support the JRA and its mission to protect the James River. A 12oz bag will cost you $11.00. Go here to pick it up and you can also check out the […]

Typographic RVA Maps

I’ve always been a fan of the less colorful typography map but disliked that so much of H&H was ignored. The newer bolder typography map is better yet is still amazing how much of RVA (most of the Southside) is left out. Despite my petty complaints these make great gifts. Purchase at RVANews for $40 a pop but you […]

Housecleaning recommendations in H&H

A reader requested that I ask my faithful and not so faithful readers, to recommend house cleaners who work in the neighborhood. This same question was asked in March of last year but a lot can change is close to a year. In the spirit of Christmas please don’t post negative statements about any house […]

Southbank Holiday Photo Contest continues

Update: 3 Entries doesn’t make a contest, I think 10 is a minimum. I’ll run this for a bit more to see if I can drum up some interest. Submit some photos folks. Win this awesome RVA pint glass and a less awesome but still cool Virginia is for Lovers pint glass by sending me […]

RPS might be adding a 6th Grade to Fisher

It is no mystery that RPS has a tough sell when it comes to middle school. As a parent of a current RPS student I’ve asked a good number of fellow RPS parents about Jr. High options. I’ve not heard a comforting response. Adding another International Baccalaureate program would be a logical step but that […]

Help bring Impressive Mastermind dance piece to Dogtown Dance Theatre

Dilligaf tattoo parlor debuts unintentional drive through service

Photo courtesy of NBC12 & Anthony Rumley. From NBC12 A small blue car crashed into the DILLAGAF Tattoo Shop at around seven o’clock this evening in the 6900 block of Forest Hill Avenue. Police say the driver lost control and crashed. We were told that no one was hurt, just shaken up.

$12 gets you $25 at Maldini’s

Click the image to purchase and read the small print.

What could have become of the James River Parks?

Phil Riggan aka James River Guru, has done it again with an article on Richmond.com. The article takes a look at Riverfront plans from the late ’60s that thankfully, in most cases,  never occurred.

Comic book lovers rejoice, Merry Christmas from Stories

P.S. – A good way to help those needing their Walking Dead fix.

Hills and Heights Flickr photos

There are over 2,400 photos in the Hills and Heights Flickr group. Check them out here and some of your own. We live in a pretty cool place and this is a nice reminder. Don’t forget about the H&H Holiday Photo Contest.

World Hoop Day today in Manchester

Kids, families, and hoop lovers of ALL AGES are invited to join RVA Hoop House to celebrate the 2012 World Hoop Day! FREE hula hoops will be given out. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The free celebration is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dogtown Dance Theater 109 West 15th Street. World Hoop Day’s mission is to bring […]

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