Friday, May 1, 2015

Spotlight Gallery to Host Art and Poetry Exhibition

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Narratives: Telling Your Story, a community visual and poetic exhibition at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, May 15 with a public reception and a sampling of spoken word poets performing in the theater from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until June 19, 2015.

This mixed media show will feature artists from various backgrounds who choose to express their views with visual art or through spoken word. The spoken word component of Narratives: Telling Your Story will continue on Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pine Camp. In addition to the exhibit in the Spotlight Gallery, artist Bukuru Nyandwi will have his art featured on the Community Art Wall.
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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spirit of the Heart Wellness Campaign Launches in Richmond

The Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign is partnering with the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) to bring the Spirit of the Heart™ wellness campaign to Richmond to raise awareness about the number one killer in the Greater Richmond community, heart disease, with a special focus on heart failure. During this free three-day event, Spirit of the Heart will raise awareness, provide education, and develop long-lasting, community driven strategies and initiatives to improve cardiovascular health.

The Spirit of the Heart™ Weekend begins Friday, May 1, with an invitation only Community Leaders Forum.

The campaign continues on Saturday, May 2, with a family-friendly community health fair at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd Street in Ballroom C, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. VCU Pauley Heart Center, Whole Foods, American Heart Association, Martin’s and other health-oriented organizations have committed to participate in this event which will include free health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, Zumba™, Yoga, and informative resources and exhibitors.

The weekend campaign will close on Sunday, May 3, at First African Baptist Church, 2700 Hanes Avenue, with a message about the importance of heart health and spiritual wellness.

“I commend the Association of Black Cardiologists for their approach to addressing heart disease by hosting the Spirit of the Heart weekend in Richmond,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Providing a variety of health education activities is one way to help residents achieve optimal health. I’m delighted that the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign is joining efforts with ABC, in encouraging communities to proactively be a part of the Healthy Richmond concept of getting healthy and staying healthy.”

“With all that is known and understood about heart failure, the biggest barrier to reducing the burden of the disease is awareness,” says Dr. Phillip Duncan, the Immediate Past Board Chairman of ABC. “Too many individuals are aware that they have ‘a weak heart’ but do not realize that heart failure has a mortality rate higher than most cancers.”
 “The goal of our event is to identify, treat and prevent heart failure,” Dr. Duncan continues. “People need to know that education and staying healthy can be fun which is the focus of Spirit of the Heart.”

About the Association of Black Cardiologists
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), located in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1974 to promote the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in blacks and other minorities and to achieve health equity for all through the elimination of disparities. ABC is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of 2,500 health professionals, lay members of the community (Community Health Advocates), corporate members, and institutional members. For more information, call (800) 753-9222 or visit

About the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign
The Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign grew out of a series of recommendations from the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy. Launched in 2012, the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign promotes healthy lifestyle behaviors and participates in various initiatives to improve the health of Richmond’s residents. Through vital partnerships, the campaign continues to identify ways to ensure that residents have access to health promotion and education activities that support healthy life choices and outcomes. For more information, please contact the City of Richmond’s Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative for Human Services at (804) 646-0586 or visit

Monday, April 27, 2015

City Leaders, stakeholders and community to attend Youth Violence Prevention Consortium on April 28th

WHO:                   Welcome remarks:         
The Honorable Dwight C. Jones, Richmond City Mayor                                                                   
The Honorable Michelle Mosby R. Mosby, Richmond City Council President
Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Judge Steven C. Teske, Chief Judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court of Jonesboro, Georgia
Featured Presenters:
D. Dana T. Bedden, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent
Alfred Durham, Richmond Chief of Police
Dr. Donald R. Stern, Richmond City Health District Director
The Honorable Judge Angela Edwards-Roberts, Presiding Judge of the 13th Judicial District of Virginia
Panel members:
Michel B. Aboutanous, MD. MPH, FACS
Albert D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Allison Sampson-Jackson, Ph.D., LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP
John P. Lindstrom, Ph.D., LCP

WHAT:                 2015 Youth Violence Prevention Consortium

WHEN:                 Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE:               Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222

BACKGROUND:   Youth violence is a mayor problem nationally, regionally, and in the City of Richmond. In Richmond, homicide is the leading cause of death among young people 15-24 years of age (according to the 2010 Annual Report of the Virginia Commonwealth University Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development). Young people are affected by violence in their homes, neighborhoods and schools at alarming rates. The Youth Violence Prevention Consortium on April 28th will allow participants to hear from featured speakers whom are on the forefront of youth violence prevention work locally and nationally, and to take part in discussion about contributing factors and issues revolving around youth violence, as well as solutions and strategies.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mayor Jones and City Officials to Hold Media Briefing on UCI Event Preparations

WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Deputy Chief John Buturla, Richmond Police Department
                        City Department Heads and Representatives
                        Partner Group Representatives
WHAT:           Media Briefing concerning City preparations for the
2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

WHEN:          Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. 

WHERE:        Richmond City Hall (2nd Floor Large Conference Room)
                        900 East Broad Street


Media are invited to a briefing concerning City preparations for the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

How will the city’s budget be impacted? What roads will be paved? What plans are being made related to tourism and economic development?  Will any city services be impacted while thousands of visitors are in town? What about licenses and permits? Are city gateways being improved? Will fire and emergency services be impacted? 

City officials will discuss these matters during the first in a series of planned media briefings designed to convey information as the event approaches.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mayor Jones to Announce UCI Recycling Eco-label

WHO:              Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                        Wilson Flohr, Chief Executive Officer, Richmond 2015, Inc.
                        Alicia Zatcoff, City of Richmond Sustainability Manager
WHAT:           Earth Day Sustainability Press Conference

WHEN:           Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:         Libby Hill Park – (Intersection of E. Franklin and 28th Streets)


Mayor Dwight C. Jones is holding an Earth Day press conference to issue a Progress Report on the City’s RVAgreen Sustainability Plan and to share how the city is leveraging the UCI World Championships to further implement community-wide initiatives promoting environmental responsibility. 

The City’s Progress Report tracks headway in achieving the 55 sustainability initiatives established in RVAgreen; develops indicators to measure overall sustainability goals in areas such as green jobs, healthy food access, community energy use, recycling rates, open space access, housing cost burden, and alternative modes of transportation; and sets goals to reduce city government and the community’s greenhouse gas.

The 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships is the first Road World Cycling Championships to receive the official UCI recycling eco-label (other cycling events have received the label, but not a Road World Cycling Championship). The city of Richmond’s approach is expected to encourage future UCI World Championships to become more environmentally responsible.

Monday, April 20, 2015

City to Host Kick-Off of Victims' Rights Week Campaign

WHO:      Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                Michael Herring, City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney
WHAT:     Kick-Off of Victims’ Rights Week Campaign

WHEN:    Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  City Hall Lobby (Marshall Street side)
                900 East Broad Street
                Richmond, VA

On Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m., Mayor Jones will host public officials in the lobby of City Hall to kick-off "Start by Believing," a city-wide sexual assault awareness campaign. The City is partnering with the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, State officials, colleges & universities, corporations, and non-profit organizations for National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 19 through 25, to engage communities and empower victims.

The “Start by Believing” campaign focuses on the public’s response to sexual assault. Victims typically tell a friend or family member first and the goal of the campaign is to reduce responses of doubt, shame or blame. There will be 35 campaign locations throughout the City of Richmond to provide information and resources.

The campaign also includes a Victims' Rights Forum at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 West Graham Road, on April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MPACT Meetings in April

The following are the City of Richmond MPACT meetings taking place in April.

Thursday, April 16, 4th Precinct Meeting
6 - 7:30 p.m. Linwood Holton School, 1600 West Laburnum Ave
Topic: Department of Public Works- City of Richmond Refuse and Recycling Ordinance, City of Richmond Noise Ordinance

Wednesday, April 22, 1st Precinct Meeting
6 - 7:30 p.m. East District Center, 701 North 25th Street
Topic: Department of Public Works- Street signage, Street markings, Traffic signals, and creating a more friendly Wheelchair/Disability city
Department of Budget and Strategic Planning- Mayor Dwight Jones proposed Biennial Fiscal Plan for FY2016-FY2017

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.