Wednesday, February 22, 2012

'The Slumber Party' at Hickory Hill

The department will present three performances of “The Slumber Party” on stage at its Hickory Hill Community Center, located at 3000 Belt Boulevard. The performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28, Feb. 29 and March 1, and a reception will follow the opening show.
     The play, written by E. Claudette Freeman, is the story of five friends. As children they experienced first loves, heart breaks and the changes of life together. They endured family struggles, bouts with racism, the joy of one’s pregnancy and then separation. Now some six years later, they gather again, at the request of Daniella Reed for a slumber party. An evening of memories and childhood antics turn into a night of skeletons bearing rude awakenings, realizations and tests of friendships.  
The production is directed by Margarette Joyner, and the cast features Shanna Battle, Tiffany Byrd, Mahogany Kidd, Carolyn Hayes, Stephanie Pope, and Shalandis Wheeler Smith.
You must be 18 or older to attend, and a donation of $10 at the door is requested. Advance reservations are not required.
For more information, call 804-646-7934.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Department Statement on Removal of Skateboard Ramps

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has asked users of the skateboard ramps placed on the tennis courts at Carter Jones Park, located at 2813 Bainbridge St., to remove the ramps by Wednesday, February 15. The public notice also advises that if the ramps are not removed by that date, they will be removed by the City.

“While the department supports skateboarding as a recreational activity, we have determined that the ramps are being used after the park is closed to the public at sunset and late into the night, which has resulted in continuing complaints from the neighborhood,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the department. “It is unfortunate that the situation has come to this, however we have found that there is no other way to prevent this activity after hours in the park other than to remove the equipment. We will be meeting with the skateboarders for discussion with them in hopes of getting their understanding and cooperation,” Merrifield said.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wear Red for Go Red! Richmond


WHO:             Dr. Carolyn Graham, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services
Dr. Donald Stern, Director of Public Health

WHAT:           Go Red! Richmond - A Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign to raise
                        awareness of heart disease among women

WHEN:          Friday, February 3, 2012
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:       Marshall Street Plaza
                        900 E. Marshall St.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ Healthy Richmond Campaign is encouraging all City of Richmond, Richmond Public Schools, and Richmond Health Department employees to Go Red! Richmond, by wearing red on Friday, February 3, and rally at Marshall Street Plaza for a brief presentation, prizes and a 15-minute Zumba class, to raise awareness of heart disease among women. Go Red! Richmond, coincides with National Wear Red Day, when millions wear red to celebrate the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease in women. Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, when in fact it is the leading cause of death for both women and men.

The Healthy Richmond Campaign strives to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve the health of all Richmond residents. The Campaign recognizes that good health impacts not only individuals and families, but the entire economic well-being of the city of Richmond.

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