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Richmond Peace Education News

From email announcement:

Tomorrow! The U.S. in the Middle East: Community forum featuring Raed Jarrar and Larry Syverson. Thursday, April 16 at 1000 Floyd Ave., 7:30pm. Free. All are welcome. Facebook page here: More info here.

Youth Opportunities
Peace Essay Contest deadline April 20th! Write about “what inspires you.” Cash prizes for winning essays. Download the submission form here. The contest is open to students grades K through 12.

Youth Peace Summit is April 25. The theme this year is “Working for Racial Justice in Richmond.” Teens are encouraged to register today!

VCU’s “Relay for Life” Saturday

There is an all-day annual event that VCU is hosting this Saturday. It’s called ‘Relay for Life’, and it’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

It is open to the community and interested persons can sign up or donate by clicking on this link.

The event goes from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cary St. Field.

Organizers have been working to ensure that the sound projects toward Cary St. and not the neighborhood. That said, we know that sounds can and will bounce off buildings. Should the volume become problematic residents can call VCU PD’s non-emergency number at 828-1196.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow…and win a car!

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after tomorrow night.

In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

In trash/recycling news, tampons may not be an obvious scientific tool, but engineers have been using them to identify where waste water from baths, washing machines, sinks and showers is polluting our rivers and streams.

Don’t forget- join the Recycling Perks program in Richmond and get a chance to win a car!:

VWM 5K This Saturday

The Virginia War Memorial 5K Run/Walk To Remember will be Saturday, April 18th. The race kicks off at the Memorial @ 8:30 a.m. and will be travelling through Oregon Hill between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Organizers are expecting 500+ participants and over 600 military running in formation. There will be Course Marshals and Fort Lee soldiers along the route and at each corner. Richmond City Police will be involved with the race too. Only 2nd street and Belvidere from Byrd Street to the Lee Bridge entrance ramp will be closed, but due to the number of participants there might be a few delays on the streets involved.

This race is a wonderful opportunity for the public to honor and remember veterans.

VWM 5K Flyer FINAL 4-18-15

Birds Bring Economic Vitality to Cities, New Study Finds

Many Oregon Hill residents love having birds in the neighborhood and recognize how lucky we are that we get a lot bird traffic due to nearby James River Park and Hollywood Cemetery, which serve as havens for wildlife and important stops for bird migrations.

A new study published last month in the journal Urban Ecosystems tries to determine what economic value residents in two comparable cities place on having birds in their backyards and parks.

From an article on the study:

“This paper shows that our interactions with birds actually have a pretty high economic return to the community where you live,” said John Marzluff, a University of Washington professor of environmental and forest sciences and the paper’s co-author. “We know that having a livable, green community that attracts birds also increases the value of homes in that area. This paper shows there’s an economic service birds are providing.”

It’s something to consider as development pressures and increased riverfront activity come to bear. There is a lot at stake.