Wednesday, April 27, 2016

City to Highlight National Photography Month


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will celebrate National Photography Month with an exhibit at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit titled “Slices of Life: RVA” will open on May 13 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until June 17.

The exhibit focuses on area photographers capturing life in Richmond, Virginia. Varying genres will be on display in this stunning exhibition and will include digital, film and pinhole photographs.

Spotlight Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

 

Help Send Richmond’s Children to Summer Camp



On Thursday, May 5, residents of Central Virginia can help send a child from the City of Richmond to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music by donating to the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities 9th annual Send a Kid to Camp radiothon.

Through the City’s partnership with the Enrichmond Foundation and Radio One, residents can call (804) 521-8400 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, to donate. For a donation of $25 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 99.3/105.7 FM or iPower 92.1/104.1 FM. Donations can also be accepted anytime online at www.enrichmond.org/send-a-kid-to-camp.

All donations are tax deductible and will help pay for city children to attend any of the summer camps hosted by the City department.

This year’s Great Summer Escape camp theme of “Up, Up, and Away” will bring campers an exciting and educational summer experience that will feature activities such as swim lessons, participation in the STEM summer program in partnership with the 4H Virginia Cooperative Extension, and how music has influenced our culture. 

“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few constructive options for summer activities,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director for Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “By making a donation during the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon, you are helping with the City’s efforts to shape the future of our children.”

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities summer camp programs offer nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer camp session begins on June 27 and ends on August 26. For city residents, the cost to send one child to the Great Summer Escape camp is $250; however, the donations from the radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them.

For more information about the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon or summer camp offerings, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit our website at www.richmondgov.com/parks .

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Women in the Arts Exhibit set for March 18



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host a performance art exhibit in honor of Women’s History Month featuring area artists and performers at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The one night art exhibit titled “Women in the Arts” will open on March 18 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be a one-night-only extravaganza.  

This event will feature choreography, storytelling, video footage, renditions, and more inspired by celebrated women artists spanning several generations. Women contributors to the arts such as Lucille Ball, Carmen Miranda, Maya Angelou, and others will be highlighted during this show. This kick-off event will also celebrate the 60 years of showcasing Richmond’s talent at the Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell.  Dogwood Dell will be celebrating their Diamond Anniversary this year.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please contact coordinators Shaunn Casselle or Barbara Brock at (804) 646-6722.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To Sir...With Love



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host a group art exhibit featuring area African-American artists at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The art exhibit titled “To Sir With Love: African-American Male as Subject” will open on Feb 5, 2016 with a Meet the Artists reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until March 4.  

This exhibition will feature images of African-American males in various media including photography, ceramics, paintings, textile art, and more.
"Promise" by David Marion

Spotlight Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule tours please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Home for the Holidays ~ "The Night Before"



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities is proud to present Home for the Holidays ~ “The Night Before” which is a dance adaptation of the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Altria Theater. The show will begin at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so it is suggested to arrive early.

The show will feature participants enrolled in the department’s dance classes, as well as the City Dance Theatre.

“Guaranteed to be a fun filled afternoon, Home for the Holidays ~ “The Night Before” is a great showcase of talent that will appeal to all ages,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, Director of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

For more information, please call (804) 646-3677.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Youth Tackle Football Championship Set



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host its tackle and flag football championship games on Saturday, Nov. 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue. 

“These players have played a great season and I am looking forward to seeing them play their last game of the season. I hope the entire community comes out to support all of the teams,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.  “Our coaches, both site staff and volunteers, have taken the time all season to ensure that these players understand the basics of the game and how to work together as a team.”


9:30 a.m.
Southside vs. Whitcomb (Junior)
11 a.m.
Battery Park vs. Hillside (Midget)
12:30 p.m.
Battery Park vs. Hotchkiss (Pee Wee)
2 p.m.
Powhatan vs. Hotchkiss (JV Pee Wee)
3:30 p.m.
Southside vs. Battery Park (Flag)

 
The Hotchkiss Eagles will be making their second championship appearance in the JV Pee Wee division. The Eagles won the 2014 championship 6 to 0 against the Battery Park Vikings. This is the first championship appearance for the Southside Ducks and the Hillside Hawks.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

City Youth Tackle Football Playoffs Begin November 7



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’  youth tackle football playoffs will kick off Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. Games will be hosted at community center sites as well as at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 West Leigh Street. The department’s cheerleaders, who will be competing in their own championship event on Thursday, November 5 at the Richmond Coliseum at 6 p.m., will also be in attendance to engage the crowd.

TB Smith Seahawks vs. Battery Park Vikings
2014
“These players have played a great season and I am looking forward to seeing them play for the championship in their respective divisions. We should all be proud at this moment,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.“Our coaches, both site staff and volunteers, have taken the time all season to ensure that these players understood the basics of the game and how to work together as a team.”

The game schedule can be found on the department’s Facebook page Richmond VA Parks and Recreation as well as the department’s webpage. The public is invited to attend the games at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, but please note that no smoking, personal food, or drinks are allowed at the facility; however vendors will be onsite selling food, sodas and water in the concession area. Parking is available on West Leigh Street, and spectators will need to bring their own seating.