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RVA Sparks Award Deadline Is Next Monday

Something more positive:

RVA Sparks Award deadline: Monday, Sept. 22
Are you a young person that sees something in your world that you want to improve? Do you have a new idea for how to make a positive impact in your community? The Spark RVA Awards is here to inspire creative thinkers to use innovation for social good. The Spark RVA Awards expects to make up to ten (10) awards over two funding cycles in 2014. The minimum award is $1,000 and the maximum award is $10,000. Award recipients agree to share what they learn with The Community Foundation and with others to help inspire further innovation and community change. The Community Foundation will profile the award recipients on its website and in a variety of other venues. In 2014, the Spark RVA Awards will focus on youth engagement and leadership to improve the lives of people in the community. The program will be piloted in metro Richmond in partnership with youth serving organizations, schools (public or private), faith communities, and/or locally operated businesses. For more information about the award and application process, visit

Sign Up Today For HandsOn Day


Registration opens TODAY for HandsOn Greater Richmond’s HandsOn Day:

1 Day. 1000 Volunteers. People at the Center of Change.

Imagine how much better Richmond could be if we all spent just 4 hours doing something together for the community. Join one thousand other volunteers across the metro region this October at nearly 60 sites to make a difference in Richmond on one of many organized volunteer opportunities.

There is at least one project in the neighborhood, at the William Byrd Community House, called Growing Our Yard.

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.


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

Excerpt from the 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.

Learn To Swing Dance At The Library This Wednesday

As the event appears on ConnectVA:

Event Description Learn to dance (individual or group classes) and have a fun aerobic workout! Every Wednesday in August.
Event Date 8/20/14
Event Time 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Event Address 101 E. Franklin Street Richmond, VA
Event Directions / Parking
Event Price FREE
Event Phone 804-646-7223
Event Email
Event Website
Open to the Public Yes
Locality Richmond
Posting Organization Richmond Public Library

VCU Students Arrive (Note Traffic Restrictions)

From VCU press release:

RICHMOND, Va. (Aug. 13, 2014) – Virginia Commonwealth University’s incoming freshman class will begin to arrive on campus this weekend and move into student residence halls as the university launches its annual Welcome Week schedule of activities.

Reuban Rodriguez, Ed.D., associate vice provost and dean of student affairs at VCU, will be available for media interviews about move-in days and the opening of the academic year from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, in front of Brandt Hall, at the corner of Laurel and Franklin streets.

VCU will enroll an estimated 31,000 students this fall. This year’s freshman class is expected to be approximately 3,600 students.

About 88 percent of VCU’s freshman class is from Virginia, including 23 percent from Northern Virginia, 20 percent from the Richmond Metro area, 20 percent from north central Virginia and 20 percent from the Tidewater area.

Minority students represent 47 percent of the freshman class, with another 2 percent of the class being international students.

VCU will enroll about 2,200 transfer students, which includes about 1,400 students from the Virginia Community College System.

Freshmen will move in on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. Traffic congestion is expected in the areas near VCU’s student residence halls on both Saturday and Sunday and nearby street parking will be blocked.

In order to ensure safety and order as students move into residence halls, the following streets will have travel restrictions or will be closed:

· Franklin Street: Traffic will be reduced to one travel lane between Harrison and Belvidere streets
· Main Street: Traffic will be reduced to one travel lane between Belvidere and Laurel streets
· Laurel Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between W. Franklin and W. Grace streets
· Pine Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between W. Cary and W. Main streets

Traffic restrictions and closures will be in effect on Friday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Stripers at the Main Library This Friday

“Stripers: The Quest for the Bite,” a new documentary by Miller Productions, will be screened this Friday, 6pm at the downtown library auditorium. Free. There will be a discussion and DVD/photo signing after with music by Jim Westlyn.

David Miller’s previous documentary, “Breathing Life Into the Chesapeake”, was a top prize winner at this past February’s RVA Environmental Film Festival’s first annual Local Documentary Contest. The second annual Contest will be announced tomorrow.

(Also, many of the local documentaries from this year’s RVA Environmental Film Festival will be at the Celebration of the James film series at North Avenue Library this Saturday at 2pm. See the Style article on this by clicking here.)

BunnyHop To Compete In Flat Fix Contest

Oregon Hill’s Bunnyhop Bike Shop employees promise to “bring it” to Balance Bike Shop‘s Flat Fix Competition.

From the contest FaceBook page:

Do YOU think you have what it takes to be the best at fixing flats?

We are hoping to get 22 people who want to try and win a bunch of cool prizes.

1st Place: 20″ Cannondale M200 w/o wheels OR Brooks Professional saddle
2nd Place: As first loser, you get seconds on whatever the champ didn’t want.
3rd Place: As thrid loser, you get a Wald Pizza Rack. Probably better to get nothing at all.

If we get 22 people, we will do a bracket style competition.

Fair warning, shop employees will compete. The first 22 people to write “confirm” BALANCE BICYCLE”S FACEBOOK ONLY. WE CAN’T SEE OTHER PEOPLES FACEBOOKS!!!!

Don’t be a dick and confirm if you can’t come. Also, we have the prizes, you have the refreshments.

It all happens this coming Thursday, July 31 at 8 pm at Balance’s 904 W. Broad shop.

Registation Closes Today For James River Splash & Dash Event

The James River Splash and Dash is this Saturday, but advanced registration for it closes today.

A fundraiser for the James River Association, the James River Splash and Dash is a trail run and flat water tube event. Participants run a trail course, grab a tube, paddle (with their hands) across a stretch of the James, and run their tube to the finish line. After the race, JRA will be hosting an after party which will include live music, beverages from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the RVA Street Foodies featuring Richmond food trucks.

The Richmond event is located near Belle Isle with the after party located at Historic Tredegar.