Friday, January 23, 2015

Urban Agriculture Series


The 2015 Urban Agriculture Series is set to return on Saturday, February 14, 2015. This six week free event will be held at Blanton House, 700 Blanton Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Schedule of speakers include:

February 14:
Duron Chavis, Project Director of Virginia State University Indoor Farm
Sean Shepard, Co-Owner Backyard Farmers.

Topic: Economic opportunities and entrepreneurship in sustainable urban agriculture.

February 21:
Victoria Campbell, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities Community Garden Coordinator
Kelly Deegan, Blue Bee Cider Horticulturist

Topic: How to grow vegetables and fruit organically.

February 28:
Ellen Shepard, Linwood Holton Elementary School School Garden
Kristi Orcutt, Bright Hope Farm

Topic: How to develop school gardens. How to raise goats and chickens in an urban environment.

March 7:
David Stover, Urban Apiary and Beekeeping
Arthur Kay, Environmental Scientist at Carverponics

Topic: The art of beekeeping. How to grow fish and hydroponic food to eat.

March 14:
Bruno Welsh, Founder of CompostRVA
Dennis Williams, Tricycle Gardens

Topic: Composting and growing worms.

March 21:
Cheryl Crawford, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service
Ana Edwards, Market Coordinator for Byrd House Farmers' Market

Topic: How to preserve foods and cooking what you grow.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

City Offices Closed January 19 in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, city government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, January 20.

Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Libraries and all city community centers, both of which will reopen on Tuesday.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday as the city’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the remainder of the week, as the collection schedule will begin on Tuesday and continue through Friday.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Monday, January 19. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

 For more information on city services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Murals in Richmond" Artist Talk


The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Murals in Richmond” artist talk on Wednesday, January 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road.

A panel discussion will be held on both days with four of the city’s famed muralists; Ed Trask, Hamilton Glass, Sir James Thornhill, and Matt Lively; where they will explain the inspiration behind their work, their passion for art, and their artistic vision for Richmond.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 646-3674.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

City Government 2014/2015 Winter Holiday Schedule


 
City government offices, including City Hall, will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24 and will remain closed until Monday, December 29, 2014 for the Christmas holiday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on December 29. City government offices are also closed on Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2015. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Monday, January 5.

Richmond Public Libraries will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and are closed Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26. Libraries will reopen at regular business hours on Saturday, December 27. All City libraries will close at 5 p.m. on December 31 and are closed Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2. Libraries will be open at regular business hours on Saturday, January 3. Broad Rock Library is normally open on Sundays, but will be closed on Sunday, December 28 and Sunday, January 4.

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will open the locations listed below using the following schedule: Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, December 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. All City community centers are closed on Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26, 2014; Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2015.

 

Battery Park (Norrell Gym)                                   2100 Fendall Avenue

Bellemeade Community Center                           1800 Lynnhaven Avenue

Blackwell Community Center                               300 East 15th Street

Creighton Community Center                               2101 Creighton Road

Hickory Hill Community Center                            3000 East Belt Boulevard

Hotchkiss Community Center                              701 East Brookland Park Boulevard

Humphrey Calder Community Center                  414 North Thompson Street

Powhatan Community Center                              5051 Northampton Street

Randolph Community Center                               1415 Grayland Avenue

Whitcomb Community Center                              2302 Carmine Street

All City community centers will open at their regular hours on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Refuse collection will follow its normal schedule Monday, December 22 through Wednesday, December 24; however, no refuse collection will occur on Thursday, December 25. Thursday’s collection schedule will be performed on Friday, December 26.

Refuse collection will follow its normal schedule Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31; however, no refuse collection will occur on Thursday, January 1. Thursday’s collection schedule will be performed on Friday, January 2.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24 and will remain closed through Saturday, December 27. Both locations are open Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31. Both facilities are closed Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2. Each facility’s normal schedule will resume on Saturday, January 3.

Richmond Animal Care and Control (RAC&C) will be closed Monday, December 22 through Friday, December 26. The shelter is open Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28. RAC&C is closed Monday, December 29 through Thursday, January 1 and will reopen at regular business hours on Friday, January 2. RAC&C will be available for stray drop-off and to pick-up lost animals.

For more information on City services and schedules, please visit www.RichmondGov.com.

 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Celebration Brings Local Talent “Home for the Holidays”



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities is proud to introduce a new holiday offering this season. Home for the Holidays brings together Richmond’s diverse artistic community to celebrate the sights and sounds of the Yuletide season on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street. The show will begin at 4 p.m.

The lineup for this holiday extravaganza includes home town favorites Larry Bland, Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion, the City Dance Theater, Emma Davis- finalist of RVA Got Talent, Richmond’s Youth Jazz Guild lead by Ashby Anderson, and many more.

“Guaranteed to be a fun filled afternoon, Home for the Holidays is a great showcase of talent that will appeal to all ages. The program was created to re-spark interest in the department’s city wide holiday celebration. With attendance in previous years being inconsistent, we expect the introduction of Home for the Holidays to generate great interest once more,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, Director of the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so it is suggested to arrive early. For more information, please call (804) 646-3677.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

City to Host “Driftwood Comes to Life” in the Spotlight Gallery



The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host an art exhibit and gallery talk featuring local artist Everett A. Mayo at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The art exhibit titled “Driftwood Comes to Life” will open on Friday, November 21 with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and a gallery talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until January 2, 2015.  

Mayo, a former heavyweight boxing champion, was injured in a construction accident and declared legally blind in one eye. Seeking a new hobby, he began producing sculptures using pieces of driftwood. “Today I feel the art took the place of boxing. The love and drive I had to be a champion boxer and the accident made me channel everything I had in me towards creating art out of driftwood. The art is here to stay” says Mayo. Mayo has taught many how to paint on driftwood including Alzheimer’s patients, youth in schools, and pediatric patients in several hospitals.            

The first showing of his work was in 1993. Since then, Mayo’s works has exhibited in several museums and galleries. Mayo was also nominated for and mentored youth in the Virginia Heroes Program which was started by the late tennis professional Arthur Ashe, Jr. Mayo has also appeared as a guest artist to showcase his unique art on the Parents’ Choice Award winning Nickelodeon show “Gullah Gullah Island”.          

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Youth Tackle Football Championship Set




 
The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host its tackle football championship games on Saturday, November 15 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. 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.”

 Entrance to the championship games will be $2 for youth ages two to 12 years old and $4 for 13 years and older.

 

9:30 a.m.
Reid (8-1) vs. Calhoun (5-3)
Junior
11 a.m.
TB Smith (9-0) vs. Mosby (8-1)
  Midget
12:30 p.m.
Reid (9-0) vs. Blackwell (8-0-1)
Pee Wee
2 p.m.
Hotchkiss (9-0) vs. Battery Park (8-1)  
JV Pee Wee