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Theater Foundation Asks For Bailout

From Times Dispatch article:

The organization that oversees Richmond CenterStage and the Altria Theater is asking the city of Richmond for $1.75 million to a pay a tax bill it never expected.
Richmond Performing Arts Center, the public-private partnership behind both renovation projects, created a for-profit company called RPAC Inc. in order to take advantage of historic tax credits for the renovation work.
But the organization and the city apparently overlooked or misinterpreted a law that requires for-profit companies to pay real estate taxes on leasehold interests in publicly owned properties that would otherwise be exempt from taxation.

“What I can’t understand is how one might think that they wouldn’t be required to pay real estate taxes from a private, for-profit entity,” said Agelasto, 5th District. “It seems to me that somebody got advice that didn’t quite mirror to what the federal law was.”

See earlier posts on this subject here, here, and here.

VCU “Lobs & Lights” On Saturday


From press release:

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Lobs & Lessons program is holding a nighttime glow-in-the-dark tennis event as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.

“Lobs & Lights” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8 p.m. until midnight at VCU’s Mary and Frances Youth Center, 120 S. Linden St., Richmond. The cost is $18 for adults, $14 for college students and $8 for those 17 and younger, who must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for adults and college students increases by $5 if tickets are purchased at the door. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1.

“Lobs & Lights” will begin with a “Youth Glow Zone” from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with fluorescent face painting and glow chalk, QuickStart Tennis, table tennis and carnival games.

“Adult Neon Tennis” will be held from 9:30 p.m. until midnight and features cardio tennis, group tennis games, a one-point singles tournament and a serve and target contest.

Glow bowling, corn hole, arts and crafts and music with DJ Rodney S will take place during the event, which is sponsored by the USTA/Mid-Atlantic, Perkins Law, Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Sports Vision, Alpha Graphics, Richmond Raiders, Courtside West, Volley Futbol and Escape Creative.

Visit to register for the event or contact Rachel Rhoney at or (804) 828-9276 for more information.

The Women of Hollywood Walking Tour This Saturday

From Valentine Richmond History Center website:

October 25, 2014

Explore the significant role that women’s groups played in Hollywood Cemetery’s history from the Civil War to the present. Stops include gravesites of female residents who led independent lives as educators, authors, preservationists, suffragists, humanitarians or as the power behind the scenes of famous men.

$15 per person
$10 for History Center Members
Walk-ups welcome.
Cash or check, or purchase online.
On-street parking.

This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine Richmond History Center.

Food Day @ the Byrd House Market

From email announcement:

Happy National Food Day!

It’s Real JUST Food Day @ Byrd House Market

Shop Real Food from our Local Growers and Makers.


Check out all items being raffled at the information table at the Byrd House Market Tuesdays 3:30-7 PM. All proceeds will benefit William Byrd Community House’s Byrd House Market and Neighborhood Nutrition Incentive Fund (provides SNAP matching funds and family discounts at the Market)! Winners will be announced on the opening day of Renegade Market. Prizes include:
a photography book titled “Sunburn” by local artist Chris McCaw
a numbered and signed lithograph of the Byrd House Market from local illustrator Eliza B. Askin
a gift package from Quirk Gallery

Children can join Emily and Louis in the Community Garden today to make their very own birdfeeder to take home.

Renegade Market, our winter market, will begin Tuesday, November 4. Join us every Tuesday of the season between 3 and 6 PM!

THE $10 DEAL graciously offered by
Agriberry, Origins Farm, Byrd Farm, Epic Gardens, and Tomten Farm

Open to the Public @ VCU:
TONIGHT, October 21st
Growing Cities Film and Discussion; Commons Theater, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Thursday, October 23rd
Healthy Eating on $5 a day; Commons Theater, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Real Food, Just Food Panel Discussion; Commons Virginia Rooms C/D, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Oct. 28: Closing Day
Deals, a Vendor Pot-Luck & Raffles!
Nov. 4 is Election Day and first day of the Renegade Market!

Use Your Credit, Debit or SNAP EBT Cards!
for directions and more.

Noise Issues Continue To Be A Problem

In less pleasant news, noise issues continue to be a problem.

Neighbors complained of multiple fireworks going off at different intervals last night.

While this morning, neighbors were woken up by loud Top 40 music from a sound system at the VCU athletic fields over on Linden and W. Cary that could be heard as far south as the 600 blocks of S.Cherry and Laurel.

From one neighbor:

Sunday morning at 8:15 am, I was awakened by loud music blaring through my closed window. I finally went to the vcu athletic field at 9 and they were blaring loud as crap hip hop music. A Sunday morning! This has to stop.

The music is still blaring. It’s two hours straight now. Called vcu twice, met with vcu police once and an officer called me back and apologized for the noise. He said they brought their own sound system and that he has had multiple complaints every time this lacrosse group uses the field.