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Join us for our spring meeting!

Our next Woodland Heights Civic Association meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 W. 31st St.). Enter from the parking lot door.

Hope to see you there!

Woodland Heights Makers’ Day 2022 helps neighbors in need

The third Woodland Heights Makers’ Day, an arts and crafts festival showcasing handmade goods from local artists and artisans, took place on Saturday, November 5. More than 500 people attended the event, which raised $1,001 to support the Woodland Heights Food Pantry. The Food Pantry provides food and other non-perishable items to neighbors throughout the year. 

More than 50 vendors set up tables at Woodland Heights Baptist Church on a beautiful fall morning. The vendors featured a variety of goods, from handmade clothes and accessories to candles, prints, and other home decor, and more. Food trucks were stationed in the church parking lot.

Neighbors organizing Makers’ Day included Vaughn Garland, Kathy Graham, Tom Hammond, Julie Hill, and Wayne Swatlowski. These volunteers worked closely with church staff and vendors to plan event logistics, advertising, fundraising, and secure volunteers. Thanks to the generosity of our vendors, one hundred percent of vendor registration fees supported the fundraising effort. To become involved in next year’s event, please email

Woodland Heights Makers’ Day returns Nov. 5, 2022

Our last Makers’ Day in 2019 was a great success thanks to our generous vendors and participants, and we’re bringing the event back to the neighborhood! Join us as the Woodland Heights Civic Association presents an arts and crafts event to benefit the Woodland Heights Food Closet. 100 percent of vendor registration fees will be donated to the food closet to help them purchase food items for our friends and neighbors in need of food. Please support us as we support them!

Saturday, November 5, 2022

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 W. 31st St. off of Semmes Ave.)

Local artists and artisans will be showing and selling their handmade items, and we’ll have a craft table for kids and face painting.

Please join us!

VENDORS: Interested in being a vendor? Review our vendor guidelinesRegister today!

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: Are you a community organization that would like to participate? Register here!

Your opinion matters! Please complete the Virginia Department of Transportation survey by April 22, 2022.

Your opinion matters! Please complete the Virginia Department of Transportation survey to help improve travel in our community.

Provide feedback on potential transportation safety, operations, transit, transportation demand management and bicycle/pedestrian improvements along Route 60 (Semmes Ave.) between Route 683 (Forest Hill Ave.) and Route 1/301 (Cowardin Ave.).

Take the survey in English:

Llene la encuesta en español:

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We know times have changed. Some of us love picking up a paper copy of our Riverside News and reading about topics of community interest, while many of us consume news solely online or among friends and neighbors. There are also individuals who like keeping informed any which way they can, and we appreciate all of you.

Riverside News is typically published 4 times per year. We’ve scaled it back to 2 issues in 2021 due to low content submissions. While our generous neighborhood advertisers have offset the financial cost of the print newsletter, our volunteers contribute hours of time each issue securing content and advertisements, arranging layouts, and delivering the print editions.

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Conservation Yards of the Season Winners

Congratulations to our neighbors!

Lawn Reductions and/or Green Fertilizers & Irrigation Practices: Carol Buckingham and George Nixon

Carol and George have a pesticide free yard with over 700 gallons of rainwater storage that feeds extensive vegetable, herb and fruit gardens. Material for composting is collected from 9 households.

The lawn is seeded with clover and chemical free so it needs no water and stays green longer. Invasives, like ivy, are plucked when they appear. Water runoff and AC condensate is channeled to fruit trees/bushes.

Native Species: Betty Garrett

Betty’s nominator shares that he’s, “Surprised no one has nominated my wife, Betty, for recognition. So, I decided to do it myself. No doubt you have seen her flower gardens on our corner. One thing for sure— the bees, butterflies, finches, and hummingbirds, etc., know where it is. Lots of native species, too!”

Pollinator Friendly: Liz Hodges

Liz’s nominator notes that, “Over the years Liz has lived in Woodland Heights, she has planted and nurtured many bee-friendly plants, both native and ornamental. She and her husband Neil are committed to gardening organically and to tackling exotic invasives without using herbicides. They have a lovely vegetable garden, fruit tree and a stunning bank of azaleas that numerous neighbors stopped to admire this spring.