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Trash/Recycling Pickup Thursday

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which normally means trash and recycling pickup, but due to the Monday holiday, pickup will happen on Thursday morning. Again, because of the Labor Day holiday, collection will be Thursday instead of Wednesday. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup Thursday night. They do not belong on the sidewalk after Thursday night.

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

So we have mentioned plastics and aluminum cans, what next? How about glass? From the EPA:

Americans generated 11.6 million tons of glass in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in 2012.
About 28 percent of the glass was recovered for recycling.
Glass recycling increased from 750,000 tons in 1980 to more than three million tons in 2012.
Food, soft drink, beer, food, wine, and liquor containers represent the largest source of glass generated and recycled.
Glass in durable goods, such as furniture and appliances, round out the sources of postconsumer glass.

Unfortunately, there are still many questions about recycling glass in Virginia…even in Arlington

But CVWMA says about glass in City of Richmond:

Glass bottles and jars (no lids please). Recycle through City of Richmond’s curbside recycling collection program or at one of the drop-off recycling collection sites. No other glass items accepted for recycling.

(Personally, as with plastics, I put all glass in the bin in the hope that there will be more improvements made.)

UDC Meets Thursday

Reminder from City Councilperson Parker Agelasto:

The Urban Design Committee will meet on September 4 at 10:00 am in the 5th Floor Conference Room at City Hall. On the agenda is the Conceptual Location, Character and Extent Review of the proposed roundabout along Idlewood Avenue between S. Cherry and S. Harrison Streets (UDC No. 2014-30, as well as the same review of the proposed Floyd Avenue Bike Boulevard (UDC No. 2014-31). The Carytown Gateway Sign (UDC No. 2014-12) will receive its Final Location, Character and Extent Review.

Additional:

Kimley-Horn Associates has completed the design for the proposed roundabout on Idlewood Avenue between S. Cherry and S. Harrison Streets. Residents from Randolph and Oregon Hill are invited to walk the site with the engineers on Wednesday, September 3, at 9:00 am. The Urban Design Committee will then review the proposal at its meeting on September 4 at 10:00 am in the 5th Floor Conference Room at City Hall.

Beneath the Pavement: A Public Talk on Richmond’s Archaeology This Saturday

From FaceBook event page:

The public is invited to join RVA Archaeology for an introduction to archaeology, with an emphasis on the special nature of cities. Beneath Richmond’s Pavement will be presented by Taft Kiser, former researcher at the VCU Archaeology Research Center (VCU-ARC). During Taft’s years at the VCU-ARC, from 1988 to 1998, the Center carried out hundreds of projects throughout Virginia. He will describe six excavations performed in the City of Richmond, including evidence of the British occupation of Rocketts Landing and dissected human bones found in a well at VCU.

WHEN: Saturday, August 30, 2014

TIME
10 am: Business meeting to discuss organizational goals (for RVA Archaeology members & people interested in becoming members)
11:30 to12:30 p.m. Public Talk

WHERE: Richmond Public Library (Main),101 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219

CONTACT: RichmondArchaeology@gmail.com

Byrd House Market Today

From email announcement:

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Byrd House Market is a nutrition education program of
William Byrd Community House – Growing Richmond’s Kids – Smart, Strong, Self-confident! Ready for School. Ready for Life.
National Dog Day Cherry Popsicle Day
Banana Lovers Day Women’s Equality Day
Cherry Chia Pops for you and Puppy Pops for your pooch. Whole meat jerky treats for doggies. Wandering Cow Farm and Serene Suds will make you a nice deal if you mention National Women’s Equality Day at their stalls. UN-local bananas paired with local… raspberries in a smoothie… peach chunks in yogurt… a chocolate croissant… goat cheese and creamy egg custard… Green beans, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers galore, mushrooms, melons…But do you need an excuse, really?
Byrd House Market is a village of small and powerful delights, afford-ably, thoughtfully made for you, for friends, for family, for the 4 legged or just because. Birthdays, Thank-Youz and Gifties (how ’bout a small sac’o'tokens, yeah!)

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The Tasty
NEED SALSA?
So good with grilled goodies – veggie, vegan or carni. Make your own from our farmers’ best or buy it made and ready to scoop!

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GOT SOMETHING IN MIND?
USE OUR PRODUCT SEARCH
GOT A FAVORITE VENDOR?
CHECK THE MARKET MAP

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The True
We Open 3:30 (not 3)
There’s some confusion because of our policy to allow restaurants and chefs to shop at 3 pm, but vendors do need the time to complete their set-up, as does the Market Info tent with the credit/debit/snap machine. So please restrain your passion for our good foods until 3:30! Thank you.

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Good Work
Open Door Resource Center
ODRC serves “those who have served our country in the armed forces, those currently serving, and their families. We assist our clients by providing services to the homeless, assisting clients with healthcare, education, Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, and promoting self-sufficiency.”
Virginia Chapter Sierra Club
Sharing information about The People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21. “The People’s Climate March–held just days before the United Nations Climate Summit–is an unparalleled opportunity to let our world leaders know how urgently the public is calling for solutions to climate disruption, and how we need to move quickly from dirty fuels to clean energy.”
Good Practice
Please Park on the Soccer Field
It’s on the street, along Idlewood Avenue, certainly, but there’s MUCH MORE parking available on the Soccer Field. The walk is short and partly shady. AND at the end of S. Linden St. there is an area designated for handicapped shoppers and quick pick-ups.
You can make this!
Savory saute and sear!

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SNAP @ THE MARKET
Use Your Credit, Debit or SNAP EBT Cards!

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The $10 Student Deal is now for
Faculty and Staff, too!
Show your University ID to a participating vendor (Agriberry, Origins Farm, The Byrd Farm, Epic Gardens, Tomten Farm) and ask about their deal of the day!
Visit byrdhousemarket.blogspot.com
for directions and more.

Tredegar Plans To Add New Building

From the Times Dispatch article:

The new American Civil War Museum will create a contemporary L-shaped building in the courtyard at Historic Tredegar to unite the site and the Civil War experience.
Renderings for the stone and brick building were released Monday by the museum, which unites the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.
The new building will wrap around the Foundry building, home to the American Civil War Center, and replace a much smaller brick-and-glass entry. The current exhibit in that building, “In the Cause of Liberty,” will close after Thanksgiving. In the new setup, the Foundry building will become a multipurpose space for conferences or events.
The main entrance of the new building will face the plaza and be at a right angle to the entrance of the Pattern Building, where the Richmond National Battlefield Park visitor center is located. The visitor center will remain open throughout the construction.

Seeking Missing Artwork

From Craigslist ad:

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If you, or someone you know, took the panel of wood that was covered in collaged and then wheatpasted black and white xeroxes of space capsules and astronauts throughout time which someone left in the trash on Cherry Street this evening, please contact me. PLEASE. I am the original artist. This piece has an incredible amount of emotional importance to me. It represents a huge landmark in my own personal artistic development, I am desperate to have it back. Please, if you have this piece, contact me immediately. My heart is broken that this went into the gutter, it wasn’t supposed to wind up on the curb like this. I really hope someone can help. I would do anything to have this back.

Councilperson Agelasto: Support The EPA Plan

5th District Councilperson Parker Agelasto has a guest column in today’s Times Dispatch newspaper that calls for citizens to support state and federal plans to reduce carbon pollution and produce more clean, renewable energy.

He concludes the column with this statement:

Moving from polluting fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable power will be a four-way win for Virginia: (1) more clean energy jobs, (2) lower electricity bills, (3) better public health and (4) combating climate change. For all these reasons, I strongly encourage our governor to speak out in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and to implement it as aggressively as possible.

RichmondOutside.com: ‘Tour de Fall Line’ to highlight RVA’s river, trail resources

Excerpt from the RichmondOutside.com article:

A new outdoor festival is coming to Mayo Island and the James River on September 27, and mountain bikers and paddlers should take notice. The Tour de Fall Line is a coordinated effort between Richmond-MORE and the James River Coalition to show off everything they fight for as advocates for mountain biking and paddling in Richmond, while at the same time serving as a fundraiser for both organizations.

The Tour de Fall Line will highlight Richmond’s epic trails — like Buttermilk (pictured). Credit: Trey GarmanThe Tour de Fall Line will highlight Richmond’s epic trails — like Buttermilk (pictured). Credit: Trey Garman
The day will consist of two separate events, both meant to be casual experiences open to all. For mountain bikers, there is a 50-mile loop that runs over virtually every trail along the James River — Buttermilk, Northbank, Forest Hill Park, etc. Meanwhile, whitewater enthusiasts will drop in at the Huguenot Flatwater boat landing and run the James River all the way to Mayo Island. That’s where paddlers and mountain bikers will meet at the end for an outdoor party, complete with a band and beverages.