Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Animal Care and Control Adoption Special

Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) is celebrating Easter early with an egg adoption special. Wednesday, April 1 & Thursday, April 2 choose an egg out of our Easter basket for a reduced fee adoption. There are even a few "fee waived" eggs! Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all age appropriate vaccines and a microchip. 

Remember to follow RACC on Facebook.

Gal (pictured here) is available for adoption! How cute is she???

Huguenot HS Hosts 2015 Arts Festival

WHAT:           Huguenot High School (HHS) will present its 2015 Arts Festival in association with the Cadence Theater Company. The event will showcase students delivering a variety of musical and spoken word performances based on James Thurber's work, The Last Flower.

                         Advance tickets will be on sale for $3 at Huguenot High School on Tuesday, March 31  and Wednesday, April 1. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $5 at 5:30 p.m. on April 2.

WHO:              Parents, students, staff and the community

WHEN:           Thursday, April 2
                         6 p.m.

WHERE:        Huguenot High School
                         7945 Forest Hill Avenue

CONTACT:    For more information, contact HHS drama sponsor Lindsey Capraro or principal  Jafar Barakat at (804) 320-7967

Street Closure – Richmond-Henrico Turnpike

WHO:       City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:     Street Closure

WHERE:  Richmond-Henrico Turnpike from East Brookland Park Boulevard to Craigie Avenue
WHEN:    Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3

The aforementioned area will be closed to allow tree cutting along the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

DETOUR: Heading North on Richmond-Henrico Turnpike: From
East Brookland Park Boulevard go north on Wellington Street, west on Craigie Avenue, then north on the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.
Heading South on Richmond-Henrico Turnpike: From Richmond-Henrico Turnpke go east on Craigie Avenue, south on Wellington Street, then enter
East Brookland Park Boulevard

Friday, March 27, 2015

Swansboro Indoor Swimming Pool Reopens

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is pleased to reopen the Swansboro Indoor Swimming Pool, located at 3160 Midlothian Turnpike. The pool will reopen on Monday, March 30 at 8 a.m. The indoor aquatic facility was closed in August of 2014 for comprehensive improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. 

 “These upgrades were necessary for the continued use of the facility by the general public, Richmond Public Schools, and the departments swim teams,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

Program offerings include: Open Swim for All Ages (Monday through Friday 3-4 p.m. and 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.), Aquacise for Seniors (Monday through Thursday 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.), and Adult Aerobics (Monday and Wednesday 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

For more information, please call (804) 646-5733 or (804) 646-8088.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elegba Folklore Society to Hold Three Events

The Elegba Folklore Society, Richmond's Cultural Ambassador, will be holding three signature events on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. The events are in recognition of the end of slavery, 150 years ago, and will feature different ceremonies, music, dance, commentaries, art, and food and drink.

For more information, visit https://madmimi.com/p/3ac906?fe=1&pact=29164972892

Street Closings, Restrictions for Monument Avenue 10K

The Richmond Police Department asks motorists to be mindful of runners, street closings and parking restrictions for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K this Friday and Saturday. The events begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, with the Virginia 529 Kids Run. The first wave of the 10K steps off 8:30 a.m. near Broad and Harrison streets. The 10K’s finish line is on Franklin Street next to Monroe Park.

Logistics of the 10K will require numerous street closings and traffic pattern changes throughout the city beginning with parking restrictions starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 27. Restrictions and closures will continue until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Richmond Police reminds all 10K event participants and attendees to take advantage of parking in the decks near the start and finish lines and to not leave any items that may tempt would-be thieves in plain view in your vehicle, regardless of where you park. 

Following are the Richmond Police closings and changes scheduled from 5 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday:

· W. Franklin Street from Laurel Street to Belvidere Street.

Following are the Richmond Police closings and changes scheduled from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday:

· W. Broad Street – both directions - from Belvidere Street to Lombardy Street will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon. The recommended detour for westbound traffic on Broad is right on Belvidere, left on Leigh Street and left on Allen Avenue. The recommended detour for eastbound traffic on Broad is left on Allen, right on Leigh and right on Belvidere.
· N. Belvidere - southbound lane - from W. Broad to Main from 7 a.m. to noon.
· Blacker Street will be closed from Monument to Monumental from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Canal Street between 2nd Street and Belvidere from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Chantilly Street between Monument and Monumental from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· W. Franklin Street between Shafer and Belvidere from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· W. Franklin Street between Stuart Circle and Shafer from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
· W. Grace Street between Belvidere and N. Allen from 7 a.m. to noon.
· Harrison Street from W. Marshall to Park from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Kent Road from Wythe to Monument Avenue from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Laurel Street from W. Main to W. Broad streets from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Cathedral Place will be closed from Laurel to Shafer Ct from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Harrison Street will be closed from Park to Marshall from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· N. Lombardy Street from W. Broad to Park Ave. from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
· Chantilly will be closed from Monumental to Monument from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Park Avenue between N. Lombardy/Stuart Circle and Shafer Court from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
· Shafer Street between W. Franklin and W. Broad from 4 a.m. to noon.
· Exit ramp from Westbound I-195 to Belvidere will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Monument Avenue will be closed from Staples Mill Road to Stuart Circle (Lombardy Street) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The recommended detour for eastbound traffic is left on Staples Mill, right on Broad, left on Allen, right on Leigh and right on Belvidere. The recommended detour for westbound traffic is right on Belvidere, left on Leigh, left on Allen and right on Broad.

There will be many street closings for all north and south streets intersecting Monument Avenue and Franklin Street from Staples Mill Road to Belvidere Street. Motorists are strongly encouraged to use I-95 and I-195 to travel around the city.

In addition to the street closings, parking will be prohibited - on both sides of the streets as posted - prior to and during the 10K on the following streets starting at the following times:

1 p.m. Friday, March 27
· Both sides of W. Broad Street from Belvidere to Lombardy 
· Both sides of W. Franklin Street from Laurel to Belvidere
· Harrison Street between Marshall and Park Ave.
· N. Laurel Street between W. Main and W. Broad

3 a.m. Saturday, March 28
· Monument Avenue from Stuart Circle to Staples Mill
· W. Franklin Street from Stuart Circle to Shafer 
· N. Laurel Street from W. Main to W. Broad
· Park Avenue from N. Lombardy to Shafer Court/VCU
· Shafer Street from W. Franklin to W. Broad
· Lombardy from Park to Monument
· Chantilly Street from Monument to Monumental
· Kent Road from Wythe to Monument
· Canal Street between Belvidere and 2nd
· Blacker from Monument to Monumental
· N. Lombardy between W. Broad to Park
· W. Grace from Belvidere to N. Allen
· Eastbound side only of W. Broad between N. Lombardy and Allen

See two maps below and attached to this release

RPD Sponsors a Second “Police and Peeps” Event

WHAT:      “Police and Peeps” – A Community Conversation 

WHEN:      6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WHERE:   MLK Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street

The Richmond Police Department is sponsoring the second in a series of conversations with Richmond residents about public safety and enforcement issues in the city.

Called “Police and Peeps” – A Community Conversation, the event will provide an opportunity for people to talk to Chief Alfred Durham, his officers and each other about how the Department conducts business.

“We need the public’s help to do our job. It’s as simple as that,” said Chief Durham, “We need to hear what people think about how we are preventing crimes and solving crimes, while respecting their civil rights.”

Clovia Lawrence, News and Community Affairs Director at radio station iPower 92, will return as moderator.
The Department plans to sponsor these events on a monthly basis at different locations throughout the city. 

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact RPDCares@richmondgov.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RACC to host $10 Rabies Clinic March 28

On Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) will be hosting a rabies clinic at Southside Plaza Shopping Center 507 East Southside Plaza, Richmond, VA 23224. FREE distemper shot to any city resident canine with the purchase of a rabies vaccination ($10). 

We will also be selling city licenses onsite--all city of Richmond animals (dog and cat) must be up to date on Rabies and have a city license to be in compliance.

Monday, March 23, 2015

RPD Community Walk Tuesday in South Side Richmond

Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff and other officers on a walk Tuesday afternoon through the Circle Shopping Center and Southside Plaza. During the walk, the officers will speak with business managers, clerks and customers about any safety concerns they may have. 

According to Sector 211 commander Lt. Michael Bender, shoplifting and other property crimes are the principle drivers of crime in the area. “We have been able to reduce the number of incidents recently by increasing our patrols on the days and times when these crimes occur,” said Lt. Bender. “We call it focused policing.”

The officers will be joined by members of the Hull St./Midlothian Civic Association and the Department’s Faith Leaders group. They will meet at the city’s Social Services Building, 4100 Hull Street at 2 p.m. to begin the walk.

This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted on a monthly basis by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Street Closures for the Irish Festival

The Richmond Police Department will be closing the following streets starting Friday afternoon for the Irish Festival in Churchill this weekend. Parking in those areas will also be prohibited. 
Street Closures/Parking Restrictions
E. Broad Street between 24th and 26th Streets.
25th Street between E. Marshall and E. Grace Streets.

Street closures and parking restrictions run from 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 20 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22. See the attached map.
Vehicles in those locations will be towed.
We encourage citizens to come out and enjoy the festivities but ask all to be responsible and safe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Richmond Police Department announces 19th Citizen's Police Academy

The Richmond Police Department will host the 19th Citizens Police Academy April 21 through May 21 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.  This FREE 5 week Academy is ideal for citizens who are interested in learning about the Richmond Police Department, have an interest in pursuing a law enforcement career or just want to know how police operations work.  Classes will consist of an overview of the Richmond Police Department, patrol functions, hands-only CPR training, tours of Divisions within the Richmond Police Department, crime prevention, personal safety, crime scene investigation and so much more.

Applications are due April 17, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mayor Jones to Commend Local Girls for Creating Social Change Event

WHO:        Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones
                 Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody
                10 teen girls from Girls For A Change/Camp Diva Summer Retreat

WHERE:   City Hall Lobby (Marshall Street side)
                 900 East Broad St.

WHAT:       Event to commend Richmond girls for creating a social change event

WHEN:      Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 2 p.m.


In advance of the 2015 Date With Dad Weekend, March 20-22, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones will commend girls belonging to the Richmond non-profit organization that started the event. The event began as part of a Girls For A Change (social change) project by girls in Richmond-based Camp Diva. Now, this event is in demand around the country, and is being recognized in national media, to include CNN, ABC World News, Inside Edition, and The Washington Post. Mayor Jones will publicly commend the girls during a press conference on Tuesday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, 900 East Broad St. 

In 2008, girls taking part in Camp Diva, a local non-profit program aimed at preparing teen girls for womanhood, were asked to identify an issue in their community and create a project aimed at changing something about that issue. The girls chose fatherhood, and created a special dance aimed at improving father-daughter relationships through a ‘date.’ That dance grew into a weekend full of events, which includes a dance for incarcerated fathers and their daughters inside the Richmond City Jail. This weekend has become a movement in which other cities around the country want to be involved. Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody will join the mayor to commend the girls for creating events that not only connect fathers and daughters, but also promotes healthy families.

Camp Diva is a program of national organization Girls For A Change. Date With Dad was originated by girls taking part in a Girls For A Change program as part of the Camp Diva Summer Retreat. For more information on Date With Dad or Camp Diva, visit www.campdiva.org.

$17 Adoption Fee at Richmond Animal Care & Control

The City of Richmond's Animal Care and Control (RACC) is featuring a $17 adoption fee for all animals in celebration of St. Patrick's Day! RACC will discount adoption fees from a regular $100 to a wonderful $17 beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22. The $17 adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all age appropriate vaccines/tests and a microchip.

RACC is located at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue.

Mayor Jones to Deliver Meals on Wheels on Monday, March 16

WHAT:          Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones will take time out of his busy schedule on
                    Monday, March 16, to deliver Meals on Wheels in celebration of
                    March for Meals Champions Week.

VISUALS:    Mayor Jones rolling up his sleeves as a volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels.

WHO:           Mayor Jones, who is committed to fighting hunger in the Richmond Metro area and beyond.

WHEN:         10:30 a.m., Monday, March 16. Media set up is 15 minutes earlier.

WHERE:      FeedMore’s distribution center at 1415 Rhoadmiller St., Richmond VA for dispatch.

                   Since the mayor will go to private homes, the media may not accompany him.


“During the month of March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country are reaching out to their communities and building the support that will sustain them all year long,” said Tim McDermott, FeedMore’s chief development officer. “We’re celebrating at FeedMore by inviting several community leaders to join us in delivering meals with us during March on Meals Community Champions Week.”

FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver to over 800 home-bound neighbors who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. Providing for 15 different diet combinations that are tailored to meet the needs of each client, FeedMore’s Community Kitchen prepares each meal specifically tailored to meet the needs of each recipient. Each day, volunteers deliver meals on 92 routes throughout 14 cities and counties and offer a safety check to ensure independent living.

FeedMore serves neighbors across Central Virginia’s 31 counties and 5 cities, spanning nearly one-third of the state. Through partnerships with businesses, faith-based, non-profit, public, and other organizations, FeedMore offers comprehensive hunger solutions target the region's most vulnerable neighbors: children, families and seniors. FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach to hunger relief targets the many gaps in the region. Kids CafĂ© provides snacks each day at 63 sites for children ages 5 to 18 and provides supper at 42 of those sites each weekday during the school year. FeedMore’s Backpack program provides 12,000 meals every weekend to kids who might otherwise go hungry most of the weekend. FeedMore’s Mobile Pantry feeds 5,000 individuals monthly. For more information, visit www.feedmore.org.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

City of Richmond Celebrates Fix-A-Leak Week

“Leaks Can Run, But They Can’t Hide.” That’s the theme for Fix-a-Leak Week, March 16 – 21, 2015.  During this week, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities and other WaterSense partners remind residents and customers to check their plumbing and irrigation systems for leaks. Customers may be surprised at how costly leaks can be and how simple some are to repair. Representatives from the Department of Public Utilities will distribute free water leak detection kits at the following locations this week:
·Tuesday, March 17            10 a.m. – 3 p.m.          East District Center, 701 North 25th  Street
· Wednesday, March 18     10 a.m. – 3 p.m.               Lobby of City Hall, 900 East Broad Street 
· Friday, March 21    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Southside Community Service Center, 4100 Hull Street
“Water is one of our most valued natural resources.  That means that water conservation is everyone’s job,” said Department of Public Utilities Director, Bob Steidel. “During Fix-A-Leak week, we like to highlight to our customers the importance of saving money by fixing those everyday household leaks.”
At each location, visitors can enter to win a prize by submitting their favorite water conservation tip. City of Richmond plumbers and technicians will be available at each location with a water meter display and a toilet tank to answer water leak related questions and explain how to repair simple leaks. For more information on Fix-A-Leak week, visit             http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html.

The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is a premier provider of utility service.  DPU provides natural gas, water, wastewater and storm water service to more than 500,000 residential and commercial customers in the metropolitan region.  In addition, DPU operates an electric street lighting utility, which maintains 37,000 streetlights throughout the City.  For more information, visit DPU's Web site at www.richmondgov.com/dpu.

Street Closures for St. Patrick's Day Events

Street Closures for St. Patrick's Day Events

March 12, 2015

The Richmond Police Department will be closing the following streets for Saturday’s two St. Patrick's Day events. Parking in those areas is also prohibited. 

Boulevard Event (Shamrock the Block)

*    N. Boulevard between W. Moore and W. Broad streets
*    W. Leigh St. between N. Boulevard and Altamont St.
*    W. Clay St. between N. Boulevard and Altamont St.
*    W. Marshall St. between N. Sheppard St. and N. Boulevard
*    Myers St. between W. Broad St. and Leigh St

Street closures and parking restrictions run from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Shockoe Bottom Event (Shockoe Fest)

*    N. 17th St. between E. Main and E. Grace streets
*    N. 18th St. between E. Main and E. Grace streets
*    E. Franklin St. between Ambler and N. 18th streets
*    Ambler St. between E. Franklin and E. Grace streets
*    Grace St. between 18th and Ambler St.

Street closures and parking restrictions run from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The closed streets are marked in green on the attached maps.

We encourage citizens to come out and enjoy the festivities but ask all to be responsible and safe.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

City’s Upcoming E-cycle Day Set for a Southside Location

Richmonders who live on the City’s southside will have a shorter commute to the next E-cycle Day, as it will take place on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broad Rock Park, 4835 Old Warwick Road. 

In addition to electronics, the event also will include on-site document shredding.  Residents can bring up to five boxes of paper for shredding.  

Small electronic items that will be accepted for recycling include, but are not limited to, printers, computer monitors, radios, VCRs, camcorders and microwaves. Televisions will be disposed at a cost of $10 each. There is no charge for all other items. 

For more information on City programs and services visit www.RichmondGov.com

Crestview Community and MPACT Morning of Service

Please join Crestview Community and MPACT Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. - noon for a morning of service of in the Crestview area neighborhood. Meeting will take place at the corner of N. 37th and Crestview Road 

All safety equipment will be provided by the Clean City Commission, and refreshments will be available for volunteers. 

Click Here to Map It

For other volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/index.aspx

Spotlight Gallery to Host Hispanic Women in Arts Exhibit for Women’s History Month

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host “Mujeres!” in celebration of Women’s History Month at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center located at 4901 Old Brook Road. The exhibit will open on Friday, March 20 with a public reception and gallery talk from 6 – 8 p.m. “Mujeres!” will be on display until May 1, 2015.

Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Women in the Arts organization, the exhibition will celebrate the talents and strength of several female artists of Hispanic descent living in the Richmond area. This show will include paintings, textiles, sculpture, and other works on display. There will also be a special performance from the Eight-Oh-Four Brass, a brass group comprised of music students from Virginia Commonwealth University during the opening reception. 
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.

Visit their website at www.RichmondGov.com/parks <http://www.RichmondGov.com/parks

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mayor to Join in Pep Rally for MYA Robotics Team

WHO:             Mayor Dwight C. Jones
Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services Debra Gardner
Members of the Mayor’s Youth Academy First Robotics Team

WHAT:           Pep Rally for Mayor’s Youth Academy Robotics Team

WHEN:          Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:        Lobby of Richmond City Hall
                        900 East Broad Street


In December, the Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) launched a FIRST Robotics (FRC) team, RVA Coder Collective, in partnership with CodeVA. It is Virginia’s only all-city team that is not directly sponsored by a single school. FRC teams participate in the premier international robotics competition run by FIRST Robotics.

The MYA team will compete against teams from all over the world March 18 - 21 at Virginia Regional’s competition held annually at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center. The team will build, program, market and compete using a robot of their own design, with hands-off assistance and mentorship from teachers, industry professionals and other volunteers.

Youth Basketball Championships

City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will hold the 2015 Youth Basketball Championships on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 at Huguenot High School. The excitement starts at 6:15 p.m. and will include three games each night. 

When:  Tuesday, March 17 at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Huguenot High School
             7945 Forest Hill Avenue
Who:  6:15 p.m. - JV Pee Wee
          7:15 p.m. - Mid-Jet Girls
          8:15 p.m. - Pee Wee

When:  Wednesday, March 18 at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Huguenot High School
             7945 Forest Hill Avenue
Who: 6:15 p.m. - Midget Boys
          7:15 p.m. - Junior Girls
          8:15 p.m. - Junior Boys

Come out and cheer on these young athletes!

March MPACT Community Meetings

Please join your neighbors at the monthly MPACT Community Meetings. 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.

 The March MPACT meeting dates and topics are as follows:

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

     Code Enforcement to discuss abandoned property strategies
     Zoning to discuss illegal uses
     DPW to discuss street signage

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

      Bike lanes and rules of the road with City Bike Coordinator Jakob Helmboldt
      Richmond Police Department Neighborhood Watch

Precinct 1 – Wednesday, March 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m

     East District Center, 701 North 25th Street

     Introduction  of the New Police Chief Alfred Durham

For more information on MPACT, please click here.