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Today's Note
Please excuse our dust. We're currently working to bring you an even better newsletter. Over the next couple weeks, you may see some things that are still in the works. We're excited for you to see what we've been up to.
News worth shouting
Have exciting news? Get ready to shout it out in the newsletter. | Photo provided by 6AM City
We’re sharing exciting news with our RICtoday family. We’ve launched a new shoutout section in our newsletter just for you.

We’re offering our most passionate and loyal readers (yep, that’s you) the opportunity to support local journalism through our RICtoday membership program, where you’ll gain exclusive access to have your voice included in the newsletter.

Your voice is valuable, and so are the special moments in your life. Shoutouts allow us to celebrate job promotions, anniversaries, and exciting experiences right here in Richmond. All you have to do is submit your shoutout, and we will take it from there. Already a member? Go ahead and send an email to secure your shoutout now.

Other membership perks include exclusive birthday deals, shoutouts + discounts in our online shop (Six & Main).

In addition to offering membership benefits, we genuinely just love giving you the scoop on the newest restaurants, the coolest events, detailing the city’s history, digging into the latest real estate deals, and keeping you up-to-date on developments around town.

Your membership fee of only $50 will go towards keeping our newsletter hyper-local and supporting our local editors. We’re also donating 10% of memberships annually to a local philanthropic cause.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued readership and support. Ready to take your love for RICtoday to the next level? There’s a shoutout with your name on it waiting for you…
Congratulations to my daughter for getting that job promotion! Let’s celebrate with dinner. Your treat?
- Robin G.

Want to make a shoutout?
Friday, March 17
  • Shamrock the Park | Friday, Mar. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | T.B. Smith Community Center, 2015 Ruffin Rd., Richmond | Free | Active adults ages 55 and up are welcome at this celebration with food, games, and music.
  • Earthquake Relief Benefit Show | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7-11 p.m. | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond | $10 | Support those impacted by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria with a night of music from Miramar Trio, Yeni Nostalji, Chris Whiteman Trio, and Classical Revolution RVA.
Saturday, March 18
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 12-8 p.m. | Hardywood West Creek, 820 Sanctuary Trail Dr., Richmond | Free entry | Expect local live music, food trucks, Irish dancing, and a new beer release at this party.
  • St. Paddy Rock Festival | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 1-11:59 p.m. | River City Roll, 939 Myers St., Richmond | Free | This family-friendly parking lot party will feature live music from Anthony Rosano, Sold Separately, and What’s Our Age Again?
  • “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” | Saturday, Mar. 18, Thursday, Mar. 23 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $8 | Seeing this action classic on the big screen will be no problemo.
Sunday, March 19
  • March Makers Madness Market | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Lakeside Farmers Market, 6106 Lakeside Ave., Richmond | Free entry | Shop from 40+ local artisans and grab a bite from Eat My Egg Roll food truck.

We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

Click here to have your event featured.
News Notes
  • 68º | Cloudy | 17% chance of rain
  • The special election to fill Jennifer McClellan’s seat in the Virginia Senate will take place Tuesday, March 28. Delegate Lamont Bagby (D) is running against Stephen Imholt (R). If you live in the 9th Senate District (check here), you can vote early at the Office of Elections or on Election Day at your normal precinct.
  • Richmond’s newest Sheetz will open for business on Thursday, March 23 at Regency Square. Get there at 9 a.m. for a grand prize giveaway; customers will also enjoy free self-serve coffee and soda all day. The official ribbon-cutting will take place at 10:45 a.m. (Henrico Citizen)
Coming Soon
  • National chain Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will fill the former Plow & Hearth space in Short Pump. The store should open this month. It’ll be the second Virginia location for the retailer. (Richmond BizSense)
  • Today might be St. Patrick’s Day, but the celebration continues next weekend at The Irish Festival in Church Hill. Enjoy live music and performances on two stages, a kids area, 50+ vendors, and plenty of food and drink. Bring a $5 donation to support local organizations.
  • Volunteer to help the Greening Richmond Public Libraries project on Friday, March 31 or Saturday, April 1. The group will plant trees at RPL’s East End Branch. Pro tip: Bring gloves and a bottle of water; tools will be provided. Sign up for a shift.
  • Local nonprofit ReEstablish Richmond is hosting a premiere screening of the documentary “Anahita - a mother’s journey” at the Byrd Theatre on Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the group’s work to support refugees and immigrants in our city.
Plan Ahead
  • Hatch Local is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a block party on Saturday, April 1. Food specials, drink collaborations, free carnival games, prints, face painting, magic shows, and DJ sets are all on the agenda from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • A cash back card so good, even the experts had to have it. (Hint: Features include up to 5% cash back, a big sign-up bonus, and no annual fee.) See what it is.*
  • $241. That’s the real price of a round trip ticket from Boston to Barcelona sold this year via Going — a travel membership that alerts you when flight prices drop. Sign up for a free membership or try an Elite membership for free if you’re interested in business and first class tickets, too.
🐏 How to watch VCU vs. Saint Mary’s
VCU: MBB v Duke
We challenge you to bring the energy of The Peppas to the watch party. | Photo via VCU Athletics
VCU Men’s Basketball faces Saint Mary’s in their first round matchup in the NCAA tournament today at 2 p.m. Here’s where you can support the Rams from the 804 while they’re in Albany:

Beauvine Burger Concept | Happy hour starts early with eight wings for $8, $2 off burgers, and more.

Wood and Iron, Home Team Grill | Join the VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter at the Wood and Iron Scott’s Addition and Midlothian locations or at Home Team Grill in the Fan.

The Barrel Room at Ardent | Head to Scott’s Addition to see VCU on the big screen.

City Dogs | The Fan location will show the game with sound.

Curbside Cafe | Get the best of VCU and St. Patrick’s Day with the game and Irish food and drink specials.

Not down for a crowd? Watch on TBS or listen on The Varsity Network.
The Wrap
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From the Editor
I remember writing about Hatch Local before it opened last year. Time flies when you’re enjoying local eats.
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