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!


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.

Reminders: City Council Forum Tonight/Tackle Sidewalks Thursday

It’s a busy time of year in Richmond, and there are more events to keep track of than you have ever heard of.

So just count this as a quick reminder.

City Council candidate forum tonight at 6 pm at Diversity Thrift. I know Oregon Hill’s councilperson, Parker Agelasto, is looking forward to it. (Open Source RVA and WRIR will be taping on Tuesday and broadcasting the forum on Friday Sept. 23rd at 9 am. WRIR is also a co sponsor of this forum and the subsequent Tuesday candidate forums to be held at Diversity Richmond. So if you can’t make it, be sure to tune in.)

On Thursday, please volunteer to help take care of Oregon Hill sidewalks. Pine Street neighbor Stephenie Harrington is hoping to get a good group. There is also a second day of sidewalk cleaning planned on Saturday, 9/24, 9:00am.

It’s National Preparedness Month

It’s now September, and with Tropical Storm Hermine coming in this direction, its a good time to remind everyone that September is National Preparedness Month.

“…we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.”

Candidate Forums, So Many Candidate Forums

As the election season hits full swing, there are many candidate forums taking place. It would be helpful if someone put together and published a full, public list of them. In the meantime, if you know of any particular ones that may be of interest to Oregon Hill, please add in comments.

Sept 20
Richmond City Council

Sept 27
4th District
7th District

Oct 4
All 8 candidates are confirmed

Oct 11
Richmond School Board

Oregon Hill Walking Tour This Sunday

Valentine Museum-sponsored walking tour of the neighborhood takes place this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm.

From FaceBook event page:

Oregon Hill originated as a grouping of residences for workers from the Tredegar Iron Works and survives today as a tight-knit working class enclave that has continued to thrive with remarkable cohesion. Learn about its history and newer developments. Meet at Laurel and Idlewood streets.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members
Walk-ups welcome.
Cash or check.
On street parking.

This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city’s past, present and future.

Neighborhood Association Meeting Tomorrow Night

From email announcement:

Hello all

Just a reminder that the August OHNA meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday the 23rd, at 7 pm. We are meeting at the Parish House at St. Andrew’s.

On the agenda:

The newest group of Grace on the Hill interns will be present.

Joyce Livingstone, a biologist, and neighbor Stephenie Harrington will be discussing a native Virginian plant, the cardinal flower. Joyce started growing the plant in her own yard, and with the wet weather we had this year, she has a bumper crop of cardinal flowers. Joyce will be handing out free plants starting at around 6ish at St. Andrew’s. The cardinal plant has bright red flowers and likes shade and a damp environment.

Joyce has started a Facebook page to post information and pictures of the cardinal flower and notifications of events where she will be handing out free flowers. This public group is “Cardinal Flower Fever.”

Neighbor Nolen Blackwood of 349 S. Laurel St (Bunny Hop) will be present.


Nearby Protest March Saturday

There is a planned protest in Richmond by Service Employees International Union on Saturday, August 13 (click for Washington Post article).

From Richmond police:

The following locations will be closed for the event planned Saturday between the hours of 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
W. Franklin Street between Belvidere and N. Lombardy St.
Monument Ave between N. Lombardy and S. Meadow Street.
All side streets at these location wil also be closed.
No Parking will be enforced on Franklin St and Monument Ave. N. Allen Ave will also be enforced as well as the 1600-1800 Blk of W.Broad St & 1000 Blk. W. Grace St. Between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please pay close attention to the No Parking Signs during this day. We are trying to prevent vehicles/personal property from possibly be damaged.