Wednesday, June 13, 2012

City Encourages Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. Residents should prepare by stocking up on batteries, flashlights, generators, water, non-perishable food and other supplies that you may need during severe weather. Remember, the cell phone towers may go down, so have an out-of-town contact for everyone in your family to contact. Also, keep your medication and important paperwork in a safe place. Now is the time to get ready, before a storm hits! Click here for more information on preparing your family. 

Click here to view the Office of Emergency Management's 'Emergency Preparedness 101' video.

For more information and to download a copy of the Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Guide, please visit the Office of Emergency Management.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RVA Shoppers' Shuttle Provides Healthy Food Options for City Residents

Mayor Dwight C. Jones has announced that the monthly grocery shuttle offering transportation for Richmond residents will be extended for another six months. The monthly food shuttle will continue to run free of charge on the second and fourth of each month.

The courtesy shuttle is a pilot program that began in February as a transportation support system focused on areas deemed as food deserts – areas without easy access to healthy, nutritional, fresh food.  The areas focused on also have a high concentration of poverty and large populations without personal transportation.

“Providing access to healthy and fresh food options ties right in with the City’s healthy lifestyle focus, and based on the feedback that we’ve gotten over the first few months of this pilot, additional time to track results and measure interest will help us to determine the best course of action for the future,” said Mayor Jones. 

“There are several things we’d like to measure going forward,” said Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Carolyn Graham.  “During Phase One of this pilot, we focused on public housing residents and senior citizens with limited mobility.  For Phase Two, we want to measure the need and responsiveness of areas with a large subsidized housing population. We also want to look at to what extent residents may be willing to pay a small fee for such a service; something akin to what people would pay for express bus services for other purposes. By extending the pilot time period, we can measure and analyze additional data as well as gauge to what degree there may be interest by City Council members to explore supporting such a service in those districts where there is a need.” 

The Shuttle serves the communities of Hillside Court, Fay Tower, Creighton Court, Fairfield, Mosby, Whitcomb, and Fulton.  The shuttle service grew out of preliminary recommendations of the Mayor’s Food Policy Task Force.

Click below for a copy of each bus schedule.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Richmond Ballet Hosts Special Preview Performance Before International Debut in London

Richmond Ballet will make their international debut by traveling to London to perform at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre in Covent Garden this month. The trip will mark the first time in its 54-year history that the company will perform overseas. Ballet lovers have the opportunity to preview the works that will be performed in London in a special program being held in Richmond, June 6-9, in the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre.

“The entire community is proud of the Richmond Ballet for all of their great contributions to the area, and we are especially proud that they will represent Richmond internationally,” said Mayor Jones. “I encourage Richmonders and visitors from the region to attend the special preview performances in a show of pride and support for the Richmond Ballet upcoming London debut.”

Made in the U.S.A.: Traditions and Innovations features four ballets choreographed in America, including two works commissioned by the company as part of its ambitious, ongoing mission to nurture the creation of new works and expand the American ballet repertoire. 

The program opens with Valse Fantaisie, George Balanchine’s joyful tribute to the classical style, with waltz music by Glinka – a whirlwind of continuous movement by one man and five ballerinas. John Butler’s After Eden exemplifies this prolific and versatile choreographer’s trademark combination of classic and contemporary styles through a stunning dance narrative of Adam and Eve after the fall from the Garden of Eden. Ershter Vals was created for Richmond Ballet by award-winning Chinese-American choreographer Ma Cong. Inspired by both Hollywood’s World War II films and the sounds of Klezmer music; its poignant imagery celebrates the triumph of the human spirit. Swipe, the thrilling climax to the program, comes from one of today’s leading American choreographers, Val Caniparoli. Another Richmond Ballet commission, Swipe is an exhilarating fusion of classical and contemporary dance set to a genre-bending electro-remix of Londoner Gabriel Prokofiev’s String Quartet No.2.  

For more information on the Richmond Ballet, ticket information, or the tour performance schedule, please visit:

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