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There’s always something to do or see in the Richmond region. Here are some of our favorite happenings, along with important industry news you should know about.

Richmond ice cream maker scoops up Food Network win: Rabia Kamara, the owner of Ruby Scoops ice cream shop in Richmond’s North Side, recently won “Ben & Jerry’s Clash of the Cones” on Food Network. Kamara beat out five other contestants for the victory, which included a $20,000 cash prize. Some of the winning flavors, like her Strawberry Yum Yum, a blending of strawberry cheesecake, ricotta, cream cheese, chocolate and peanut butter, are currently available at the store.

New signposts celebrate Jackson Ward’s legacy: As part of the JXN Project’s activities to celebrate the historic neighborhood’s 150th anniversary, organizers recently started, “Unveiling the Vanguard,” an initiative to pay homage to 15 notable residents of Jackson Ward by honoring them with honorary street designations. Jackson Ward is the nation’s first historically registered Black urban neighborhood and the JXN Project is working to properly contextualize, share, and uplift the community’s untold stories.

5 tips for producing networking events at conferences: In person networking is important. Check out these strategies from Connect Meetings on how to successfully execute after-hour networking events. Hint: Take it outdoors and don’t forget the food.

Amplifying Black cultural history in Virginia and RVA: Richmond Magazine profiles how organizations across Virginia are working to center the Black experience in marketing outreach. “We have consistently promoted that we’re a very diverse destination, a welcoming destination. That’s one of our best assets,” said Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism in the piece. RRT partnered with community leaders to launch BLK RVA in 2019, a campaign that works to attract tourism while highlighting Richmond’s Black history, culture and entrepreneurs. 

Richmond recognized in Forbes: Forbes recently included Richmond as one of its recommended places to travel in September. The magazine spotlights American landscape photographer Ansel Adams’ exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which opened on Sept. 25th. The Jefferson Hotel partnered with the VMFA to offer the Ansel Adams Package, which includes an evening in a plush guest room and two tickets to the exhibit.