Tuesday, March 3, 2015

City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open Tonight, March 3 Through Friday, March 6

~ City's Day Warming site open March 5 and 6 ~

The City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open tonight, March 3 through Friday, March 6 as overnight temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees during this period. The overflow shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter entrance is the second entrance on the 9th Street side of the building closest to Leigh Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Shelter registration will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

The City’s Cold Weather Day Warming site will open Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day warming site is located in the Public Safety Building, 505 North 9th Street.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry by 5 p.m. each day for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of Entry is located at 511 West Grace Street. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral.

The City’s Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Formal Swearing-In Ceremony for New Police Chief

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the Richmond Police Department invite the public to the formal investiture ceremony for the Department’s 18th chief of police.
Chief Alfred Durham comes to Richmond Police after retiring from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., with 25 years of experience in law enforcement.
The new chief of police also is a veteran of his country, having served 17 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. 
Chief Durham is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He earned an associate degree in Corrections Administration from the University of the District of Columbia.                        
Although new to the City’s top law enforcement position, Chief Durham is not new to the City of Richmond or Richmond Police. He previously served as chief of staff under former Chief Rodney D. Monroe for two years. 
The public and members of the media are invited to attend the investiture.

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015

Virginia Union University's Coburn Hall
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA  23220

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Register for Summer Camp!

Registration for the 2015 Great Summer Escape Day Camp is open to everyone starting March 2. Located at 12 sites across the city, individuals age six to 12 will have the opportunity to participate in academic, artistic, and athletic programming that develop new interests and increase self-esteem. This year's theme, "All Aboard", will bring the story of locomotives to life through hands-on-activities, historic train artifacts, movies and museum exhibits. The kids will also partake in regular camp activities such as arts, crafts, hiking, and swimming.

$250 for the first child
$225 for the second child
$200 for the third child or more
$400 for non-city residents

Taking place at Pine Camp Cottage, teens age 13 to 15 will have the opportunity to challenge themselves at the 2015 Teen Summer Camp, “Generation Z”. Teens will be able to work with their peers to complete projects, partake in multiple water activities on the James River, learn various music styles, and have an introduction to non-traditional interactive games. This will put them on a path to gain self-confidence, independence, and success. Registration is open for City residents only.

$300 for June 22 - August 21 (entire summer)
$150 per session
Must register two weeks prior to the start of one of the four offered sessions

Both nine week programs operate Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting June 22 and continuing through August 21.

To register online:
- Go to www.Richmondgov.com/parks and click on the icon for the online registration
- Create an account / username and password if you have never registered for a program before
- Search for summer camp
- Add your camp / programs / classes to the cart
- Checkout by paying with a Discover, Visa, MasterCard or debit card

or in person:
- Take application and all supporting documents to the community center of your choice

For more information, please call 804-646-5733

Kickers to Hold Youth Soccer Clinic

The Richmond Kickers will host a Pre Season Soccer Clinic for kids age five to 12.  Learn drills, skills, and the basics of the game of soccer! Participants can also register for the upcoming soccer season onsite! Lunch will be provided to all participants!

Saturday, March 21
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bellemeade Community Center
1800 Lynhaven Avenue
Richmond, VA  23225

Please call 804-646-8235 to pre-register or for more information.

Monday, February 23, 2015

City Celebrates First African-American Majority of the Richmond City Council

WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                     Michelle Mosby, President Richmond City Council, 9th District

HONORING:  Henry L. Marsh, III
                     Willie J. Dell
                     Walter T. Kenney
                     Claudette Black McDaniel
                     Chuck Richardson

WHAT:            Celebration of the first African-American majority of the Richmond City Council.

WHERE:        Hippodrome Theater
                     528 North 2nd Street
                     Richmond, VA, 23219

WHEN:    Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.


The public is invited to a celebration of the first African-American majority of the Richmond City Council on Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theater. This majority was elected to Council of the City of Richmond in 1977 under the City’s new system of voting districts.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. This is a non-ticketed event and seating will be available on a first come-first serve basis.

Monday, January 26, 2015

February and March MPACT Community Meetings

Please join your neighbors at the monthly MPACT Community Meetings. The February MPACT meeting dates are as follows:

Precinct 2 – Monday, March 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
     Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road

Precinct 3 – Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
     Byrd Park Roundhouse, 600 South Boulevard

Precinct 4 – Thursday, February 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
     Linwood Holton Elementary School,1600 West Laburnum Avenue

Precinct 1 – February 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m

     East District Center, 701 North 25th Street

During these meetings, residents are able to discuss concerns they have in their community, hear from City Departments and administration about events that affect their community and the City, as well as become an active member in helping improve the aesthetic qualities of their neighborhood through volunteer opportunities.

For more information on MPACT, please click here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2014-2015 Leaf Collection Schedule

Signs will be posted in neighborhoods at least 48 hours in advance. Please adhere to the signage to avoid vehicle towing and to have an indication of when to rake your leaves to the property line.

Please click here to view the leaf collection schedule.

Occasionally, during vacuum leaf collection season, you may see crews in your area ahead of your neighborhood’s collection schedule. That means they are just lightening up the amount of leaves. When it is your turn, they will post signage, then return during the scheduled vacuum dates.

Individual service requests for collections must be called in through Customer Care a 3-1-1 (646-7000).  Such requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may result in a $75 special collection fee.