March RFM means spring is in the air!

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    I can hardly wait for March 12 – that’s the day we’ll spring forward, and for one day, I will be perfectly willing to give up an hour of precious sleep for a good cause. Who doesn’t love more daylight in the evening?! More time to bike, enjoy dinner on the patio, toss a Frisbee with Fido. Bring it on, spring!

    We’re in full summer camp mode here at RFM, and you’ll find lots of help making your camp choices in this issue. Be on the lookout for info from more than twenty camps from across the state and beyond – everything from an all-girls sleepaway camp at St. Margaret’s in Tappahannock to a rockin’ day camp in Short Pump or Midlothian at School of Rock. When you contact the camps to book your weeks, be sure to tell them you found them in RFM. It’s important to let all of our advertisers know that their ads are working – after all, they are the only reason we’re able to exist!

    To find out even more about summer options, make plans to join us at our seventh annual RFM Summer Adventure Expo, Sunday, April 2, from one to four, back at Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing. We’ll have summer camps from all over the region on-hand to answer all of your questions, send you home with information packets, and show you one seriously good time. There will be games, prizes, food trucks, your favorite local mascots, and a FREE rock climb for the kids, so mark your calendar now and tell your friends to meet you there!

    As if this isn’t enough camp goodness, wait until you see this month’s giveaway when you turn the page. We’re giving away FREE camp weeks to some of RVA’s hottest camps for kids of all ages – over $1,000 worth! We’ve got all the activities covered, from art to theater, from sports to singing. Be sure to enter the ones your crew would love – that’s the only way to be one of our five lucky winners!

    After you’ve entered all of this month’s contests and marked your calendar for the Expo, you’ll be all ready to dive into this month’s great issue. First up, on page 14, Margie Sims explores the many benefits of drama classes and camps. She is sure to have you thinking about getting your kid on stage, or at least to a drama camp this summer. (But if you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve already seen his dramatic side when things don’t go his way!). We’ll dive into the sensitive (and scary) subject of cyberbullying with Paula Peters Chambers on page 20 – be prepared for an eye-opening look at what young people are facing in today’s world of technology. Next up, on page 28, Joan Tupponce spent some time with some Richmonders you know well – at least by voice and sight. Take a fun glimpse into the lives of three of Richmond’s favorite media celebrities!

    Thanks for picking up this month’s RFM, and be sure to stay in touch with us all month long on social media and by subscribing to RFM eNews on our homepage!

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    Margaret Thompson
    Margaret Thompson never thought she’d be a business owner (or a mom for that matter!), but after realizing a need for a high quality, content-focused magazine for Richmond area families, she dove in! With twenty years of marketing and project management under her belt, she pulls all of the pieces together each month to get RFM out to our eager readers. Mom of two young boys, Margaret and her husband Chris live in Hanover County.