July 4th Parade starts at 10 .m.

Get ready to decorate those bicycles, scooters and strollers for the annual Westover Hills Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m. Wear your red, white, and blue, and deck out your pets, too!
The parade will begin at the intersection of Peterborough and Sylvan Road and conclude at 5021 Sylvan Road, where you can socialize with neighbors and have that Fourth of July snow cone before you continue on to other celebrations.
This simple, fun, festive neighborhood tradition continues now for the 14th consecutive year. The children who participated in the first parade are now 16 years old! Come be a part of it! Children love to have neighbors come out to line the streets and cheer them on!
Volunteers are needed to help set up road blocks, decorate the street, safeguard the intersections (despite the road blocks), and make those snow cones. By about 11:30 a.m., we’ll need volunteers to help move the barricades to locations to close off Riverside Drive for the Fourth of July fireworks. Please contact Laura Dysart at lauradysart@verizon.net to volunteer.

July 4th street closing for fireworks

The WHNA will again sponsor street closings on Saturday, July 4, so folks may safely view the fireworks display at Dogwood Dell.

Riverside Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the area between Prince Arthur and Evelyn Byrd, and also from New Kent to Breckenridge on the other side of the railroad bridge. These closings protect the safety of spectators by preventing traffic and parking in these areas.

Riverside Drive is one of the best spots in the city to watch fireworks! Feel free to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show, but please be courteous to the homeowners in the area by staying off lawns, parking on the street (not someone’s yard), and cleaning up your litter when you go home. The fireworks display at Dogwood Dell usually begins between 9 and 10 p.m.

Friday is Food Truck Night

food truck

Friday is Food Truck Night at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church parking lot (611 West 31st Street).  Each week, you’ll find a variety of vendors selling delicious food! So come set up at a table, or bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs and spread out on the lawn. . or, just grab your dinner to go! The food trucks will open for business at 5:30 p.m. and remain until 8:30 p.m. each Friday night.

You’ll find different rucks each Friday night, but all are members of the Richmond Food Truck Association. Members include:: Alchemy Coffee, Boka Tako Truck, Bonbon Asian Fusion, Carytown Burgers & Fries, Cheezilla, Curbside Creations, Dressed and Pressed, Gelati Celesti, Goatacado, Great White Buffalo, Happy Empanada, Hungry Turtle, Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O, Jazzy Petite Treats, King of Pops, Kona Ice, Mister Softee, Mobile Sweet Shoppe, Monique’s crepes, Mosaic, Opa, Paris Creperie, Pedal Pops RVA, Piedmont Smokehouse, Pizza Tonight, Polar Roller, Popping Mealies, River City Wood Fire, Sideways Mobile Bistro, Street Deli Food Cart and Catering, Suck on this BBQ, The Boardwalk, and the Dog Wagon.

Check out the beautiful Yards of the Month

April 2015 winners

2015 Westover Hills Boulevard. The front yard slopes to the street and new brick walls have been built to terrace the yard.  In April, the grass was bright green (not even one dandelion).  And the vinca ground cover was in bloom, along with the jonquils and the phlox. Spring had finally sprung, and this home definitely stood out as a winner

5115 Evelyn Byrd. Judges have been eyeing this magnificent yard for years. This spring, it was as beautiful as ever, teeming with early blooming tulips. A spectacle like this takes work, and the owner can be found toiling away constantly.

May 2015 winners

5012 New Kent. This well-manicured and welcoming yard invited all passersby to take a second look. With hanging ferns, window boxes teeming with impatiens, and azaleas in bloom, this yard was well deserving of the May Yard of the Month.

4613 Sylvan. This home has only a couple azaleas . . .and just a few pansies . . .but it’s the greenery that makes this yard stand out!  The lawn is lush and the shrubs at the low rock wall at the sidewalk, against the , and along the property lines make it a true stand-out.  In May, the large rose bushes at the entry were in bud and are about to add much color to all the green. As the judge placed the “yard of the Month” sign in the yard, several of the neighbors and applauded for their neighbor!  Job exceptionally well done!

June 2015 winners

4701 King William. Over the last couple of years, the owners of this home added on to the back of their house and this year have greatly improved the front yard.  An attractive stacked stone wall now finishes the front yard at the sidewalk. Yellow flowers on top of the wall and colorful annuals planted in window boxes added to the look  The greys and whites on the house presented soothing appeal to the entire property.  Nice job!

5200 Sylvan Road. Located on a corner lot, 5then home presents a rare treat because passersby can enjoy views of both the beautiful front AND back yards. With day lilies, roses, and trailing hibiscus a plenty, this yard was a summer-time stunner!

Southsiders for Walking and Biking to have cleanup August 8


Southsiders for Walking and Biking is having a Neighborhood Cleanup Day on Saturday, August 8, from 8-10am. We are going to clean up the debris and overgrown vegetation off of the sidewalk leading to the Nickel Bridge, which is greatly impeding the accessibility of the sidewalk for our community.

We will have bags, a pickup truck, a tent, and some cool water and snacks for volunteers. We should have a small amount of gloves, shovels, and brooms, but please bring some if you can. A gas powered leaf blower and weed eater would also be very helpful! Contact us at minnix1@verizon.net to let us know you are coming and if you bring any supplies. Meet on the sidewalk on Westover HIlls Blvd on the southside of the Nickel Bridge.