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HI-Richmond Hostel Benefit At Va. War Memorial On Saturday

This Saturday the Richmond Youth Hostel will be holding a benefit event at the Virginia War Memorial from 6 to 10 pm.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the Richmond hostel and need your support to help push us over the top! Join us in making local culture and travel accessible to the next generation of active global citizens in a fundraiser featuring:
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres by DeFazio’s Catering
Beer & Wine provided by Ardent Craft Ales & Triple Crossing Brewery
Music from The Meadow Street Band
and a Silent & Live Auction

Monroe Park Fountain Work

Several volunteers, including Oregon Hill neighbors Todd Woodson, Charles Pool, and VCU’s Tito Luna, Turk Sties, Elinor Kuhn, and City’s Paul Manning worked yesterday afternoon to give the fountain in Monroe Park a fresh new look. The water should be turned on in the next few days, which will make it pop even more.

Special thanks to Todd Woodson for spearheading the effort and securing a Love Your Block grant. Paul Manning, the City’s Chief Service Officer, provided the funding as well as volunteering. A few people in the park who identified themselves as homeless saw what they were doing and pitched in as well.

Photos provided by Tito Luna.

Congratulations To Salvation Tattoo, Mammu Zu, and L’Opposum

Style magazine‘s annual ‘Best of Richmond’ issue is out this week, and in it is a recommendation for Salvation Tattoo Gallery (on W. Cary Street) as “Readers’ Choice” for the area’s “Best Tattoo Parlor”.

In almost 11 years of operation, husband-and-wife team Katie Davis and Fred Pinckard have become known as much for their bod style as their reputation for consistent work. The couple now works with there additional artists who play off each others’ strengths. David adds that their manager, Philip Armstrong, makes a point to remember every client’s name. “You’re going to have something on you permanently,” Davis says, “and you’re going to remember where you were and what the feeling was like when you got that done.”

Mamma Zu (corner of Spring and S. Pine) also received mention as the “Reader’s Choice” for the “Best Italian Restaurant” (though Style could not resist adding a snooty comment about its Oregon Hill locale), while L’Opposum (corner of China and S. Pine) has a small article on its “Most Entertaining Interior”.

Trash/Recycling Pickup Thursday

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which normally means trash and recycling pickup, however, because of the Monday holiday, pickup will be Thursday morning. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup. 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.

In local AND national recycling news, Rock-Tenn Co. agreed to acquire Richmond-based rival MeadWestvaco Corp. in a deal valued at about $9.2 billion to create the world’s second-largest packaging company. MeadWestvaco outlined plans earlier this month to spin off its specialty-chemical unit, a transaction that will still proceed. Environmentalists will be watching how the new executive leadership team for the combined company will improve recycling efforts.

In international recycling news, industries are still digesting discussions from the 2015 BIR World Recycling Convention, which was held May 17-20 at the InterContinental Festival City in Dubai. Europe has gained ground on the U.S.’s supremacy as the leading supplier of recovered fiber to China, leading some to call for trade protections.

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto’s 5th Voter District Meeting On June 3

From City Council press release:

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto to hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District

All Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) – The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, will hold a district-wide meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District. This is part of regular meetings Councilman Agelasto holds, which include information on his Richmond Central 5th Voter District goals and accomplishments; a thematic agenda of current interest; and, special guests. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The planned agenda/discussion topics for the upcoming meeting include:

· Introduction of Richmond’s New Chief Administrative Officer:
Ms. Selena Cuffee-Glenn

· James River Park System Presentation
Mr. Nathan Burrell, James River Park System Manager,
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

· Richmond Public Library Programs
Ms. Patricia Parks, Branch Manager
Richmond Public Library – Main Library

· Emergency Management Presentation
Mr. Anthony McLean, Deputy Director
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services

· Questions, Comments, and Concerns
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

WHEN Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

WHERE Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
Randolph Community Center
1415 Grayland Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

WHO The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

CONTACT For more information, please contact:
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, at 804.646.6050 (tel), or (email)

Councilman Agelasto’s Future Richmond Central 5th Voter District Meetings

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond – Southside Club
2409 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
World War Memorial Carillon
0 S. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia

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OHNA Meeting Tonight

From email reminder:

Hello all

Your reminder that OHNA will be holding its monthly meeting tonight, Tuesday, May 26th at 7 pm at WBCH.

I’ve had a couple of people express interest in being on the agenda, but no confirmations. It will be a surprise!

I met with Michael Buck of Acorn Signs to discuss historic house plaques. I will have some samples of different materials to pass around.


St. Andrew’s School Wins Creativity Award

From the St. Andrew’s School FaceBook page:

St. Andrew’s School was one of the winners at last night’s festive RVA Creativity Awards! We won in the RVA Engagement & Impact category for our collaborative work with Edible Education and Field of Dreams Farm in the development of our Nutrition & Wellness Program. Of course, the real winners are our children, who benefit from (and LOVE) the fresh, healthy, chef-prepared breakfast, lunch and snack they received in school every day.


Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony

From the Virginia War Memorial website:

Commonwealths Memorial Day Ceremony 5/25/2015 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
This ceremony honors all veterans who have given their lives and reminds citizens that we must remain vigilant to protect our freedoms. We will have extended hours during the weekend with other special activities. Governor Terry McAuliffe has been invited to be the Guest Speaker. Open to the public. Free. Co-hosted with the 11th District American Legion. Thomas Jefferson High School Corps of Cadets Alumni Band will play patriotic music in the Shrine of Memory at 2:00 pm.

P.S. Something else to see at the Va. War Memorial:

WWII veteran’s harrowing mid-air escape commemorated with help of 3-D printer

Silent Memorial Day Run

From the article:

For the third year, the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department will host a silent run in honor of Memorial Day put on by veteran and officer Stephen Adt.
The 5K from the Stuart C. Siegel Center to the Virginia War Memorial serves as a somber reminder that the holiday is more than the beginning of summer or an opportunity for discounts at the mall.

“This is my way of kind of changing that,” Adt said.
The first year attracted more than 200 runners and Adt said he hopes the idea will gain traction in other cities to remember military men and women killed in war. Each year, a combat veteran leads the run carrying the American flag.

What: The third annual 5K run in silence to memorialize military men and women killed in war. Runners are asked to wear white shirts.
When: Monday, May 25 rain or shine; 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. guest speakers and light stretching, noon run, short ceremony and flag presentation after the run.
Where: Starts at VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St. and ends at Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St.
Cost: Free
For more information, search “Never Forget Memorial Run” on Facebook.