Trash/Recycling Pickup Tomorrow

This Wednesday is a red Wednesday, which means trash and recycling pickup. Ideally, rolling recycling containers are stored and deployed in the back alleys along with trash cans. Please make sure you pick up containers after pickup tomorrow night.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to sign up for your Recycling Perks.
In order to take your recycling to the next level, read this: 10 ways to improve your recycling.

In recycling news, the Virginia Gazette reports that the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has begun a oyster shell recycling program to go along with its composting efforts.

11th Annual Halloween Parade Announced

From the FaceBook event page:


Richmond’s 11th Annual Halloween Parade presented by ALL THE SAINTS THEATER COMPANY is around the corner!

A Funeral March for Demons of the Day: the Goddesses and Elements are here to wash them away!

Monday, October 31st
7pm sharp
Monroe Park (near VCU Campus)
Richmond VA

Guys and gals and all non binary conforming pals, join us in this all inclusive Richmond tradition! Dress up in a costume, make your own giant puppets or flags, and/or volunteer to assist withour giant puppets, flags, props and more!

What are the demons of the day?! There are many! And they are very very spooky! All the Saints sees racism, extraction, corporate greed, bombs, droids, war, hunger, privatized education, and police brutality batting the goddesses of our ancient consciousness collective and ancestors using the elements as the one true tool, and Mother Earth and her green medicinal herbal allies as a way to defeat these demons!

We will make one huge “demon of the day” puppet which we invite folks to write their demons of the day on fabric and attach it to the puppet on site before parade begins. We will find a place to burn the demon of the day of the shadow of the day of the dead. We will make many larger than life 3 person goddess puppets and will have an army of burning skeletons. We will color code the parade separated by EARTH, WIND, WATER, and FIRE. The space between or the etheral will be the section for all the demons of the day!

We need music, bike ushers, and folks to help make puppets!

Free puppet making workshops starting Thursday October 6, and every Tuesday and Thursday to follow. First workshop at the Wizard Shoppe. 1607 Hull St.

We will post address for the later workshops at a later time.

Join us for fundraiser for this years parade at Tuesday October 25th for potluck and cabaret and puppet making at the Earth Folk Collective!

Mid Century Modern Coffee Table

From Craigslist ad:

Mid-century modern style wood coffee table with shelf. It is a nice sturdy, solid piece of furniture that offers a large storage space for books or whatever on the shelf below. This table is in great, gently used condition with a few very minor scratches/dings. Located in Oregon Hill. I’m only asking $40! (firm)
Specs, stock photos, and reviews in this link:

Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association Meets Tuesday

From email announcement:

Good afternoon everyone

OHNA will be meeting Tuesday, September 27th , for its monthly meeting at 7 pm, at the Parish House at St. Andrew’s.


On the agenda:

VCU Chief Venuti will be attending with VCU Police Officer Greg Felton.

Jack Berry, or a represantive from his campaign for Mayor, will be attending.

A representative from ToolBank may be attending.

“VCU Broad Street Mile” This Saturday

From the website:

The VCU Broad Street Mile combines a street festival with a 5K Run and series of one-mile fun runs on the city’s major thoroughfare, Broad Street. In addition to providing a fun, festive event, the VCU Broad Street Mile provides a turnkey fundraising opportunity for local community organizations. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better with a 5K route through the VCU Campus and performances from local community organizations in the festival area.

The FREE festival will feature live music, food trucks, local vendors, kids activities and more. People are encouraged to come enjoy the festival even if you are not participating in one of the run/walks.

DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road
FESTIVAL: FREE & open to the public
RUN/WALK: 5K & One-Mile Fun Runs (Choose between the No Limits Mile, Kids Mile, Doggy Dash and Spirit of Giving Mile)


Throwback Thursday: Hotel X

Bad photo of most of the cover of Hotel X’s Residential Suite album, recorded in 1993 and released in 1994 on SST Records


Before it was the name of the still-morphing local avant-garde jazz/rock band, it was the nickname of this Oregon Hill house on Idlewood that used to often offer lodging for touring musicians.

And tomorrow night:

Kokanko SATA + Assaba DRAMÉ + Lamine SOUMANO
Malian String Trio adds RVA to U.S. tour, reveals the Mande touch in Jazz and the Blues

Richmond’s Afrodelic Funk experience.
8-piece band playing original African-inspired groove music

Friday, 23rd September 2016
At the Neighborhood Resource Center of Fulton Hill
1519 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, VA 23231

This concert in honor of Mali’s National Independence Day will benefit the Segou-Richmond House. Kokanko’s fantastic trio is lending their gifts to help VFOM raise funds for this joint project between our two sister cities: The Segou-Richmond House will be a community center to support removing barriers to girls education and social empowerment through sports, the arts and IT. On 6 acres of land near the Niger River, donated by local Cheick Mansour Haidara Foundation, the Virginia Friend of Mali and Segou’s Sister City Committee has begun construction of the site’s water source – a 10 meter deep well – that will facilitate the making of bricks, the playing fields and next phases of building.
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Monroe Park Conservancy Announces That Funds Are Secured

Richmond Magazine reports:

“The Monroe Park Conservancy announced today that it has raised $3 million for the project, half of the $6 million facelift planned for the city’s oldest public park in the heart of Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus. The city will cover the other half.”

Oregon Hill used to border Monroe Park and neighbors still regard it as an important part of our public life.

No mention of donors other than the City.

“The conservancy has raised $1.3 million toward the goal since this past spring, but Massie declined to name specific organizations or donors to the project.

In spring 2014, Richmond City Council approved leasing the 8-acre public park to the conservancy for 30 years. The nonprofit planned to raise funds to cover its half of the bargain over the next year and begin construction in fall 2015, after the UCI Road World Championships wrapped up. Raising the money proved more difficult than expected and set the project back, Massie said this past spring.

The project’s designs have already been approved, but council must vote to accept the private funds before construction can begin. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for November. Afterward, the park will be closed for 12 to 18 months while construction is completed.”

There are a lot of rumors about how the renovation plans are changing…