VCU Master Plan Process

VCU announcement:

“VCU Vice-President for Administration Dr. Meredith Weiss announced the second round of public meetings in support of the University’s ONE VCU master site plan process. Please see the attached document or visit for more information. The University is committed to providing an open, thoughtful, transparent and inclusive master planning process designed to engage the VCU community and our external stakeholders. To that end, we are holding several public presentations (details below) that may be of interest to you.”
Please feel free to distribute this information:
MCV Campus
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Kontos Medical Sciences Building Auditorium (basement level), 1217 E. Marshall Street
A live webcast of the MCV campus presentation will be streamed on VCU’s Facebook page:

Monroe Park Campus
Wednesday February 28, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Temple Building room 1160 (first floor), 901 W. Main Street
Monroe Park Campus*
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Temple Building room 1164 (first floor), 901 W. Main Street
*Free parking is available at the West Main Street Parking Deck, 801 W. Main St., for those who attend the evening session. Ask for parking validation before you leave the meeting room.

It’s noteworthy that many neighbors are still very concerned about VCU’s encroachment into Oregon Hill and the neighborhood association has repeatedly asked for a memorandum of understanding over the last fifteen years.

Councilperson Agelasto’s Meeting Tonight

From Amy Robins, 5th District Liaison:

REMINDER: Councilmember Parker Agelasto is holding a 5th District meeting this Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Southside Community Service Center (4100 Hull Street).
Richmond Public Schools new Superintendent Jason Kamras and 5th District School Board Representative Dr. Pat Sapini will be holding a “Meet & Greet” at the same location starting at 6pm.
Starting around 6:45pm, the meeting will cover the following agenda:
~Cigarette Tax Discussion
~Crime & Public Safety, Richmond Police Department
~5th District Updates & Discussion
UPDATE: Code Enforcement has been moved to the April 26th meeting.

Solar Co-op Meeting On Oregon Hill This Saturday

Holly Street neighbor Phaedra Hise is hosting a meeting of the Richmond Solar Open House this Saturday.

RSVP for the event at:

Have you ever considered going solar?
Come to a Solar Open House!

Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Solar Home of Phaedra Hise:
714 Holly St, Richmond, VA 23220

Tour the solar home of Phaedra Hise, ask questions about solar and the co-op process, and connect with other homeowners in the area who are interested in solar! Stop by for a few or stay for a while!

Learn more about our Richmond Solar Co-op at:

“Our Fathers’ Fight for Freedom” At Va. War Memorial Saturday

From the event page:

Part of the Virginia War Memorial’s 2018 Black History Month Series:

“If ordinary people are given proper training and opportunity they can do extraordinary things, regardless of race, creed, or color.” Those words were spoken by Mr. Howard Baugh (pictured), who flew 135 missions with the Tuskegee Airmen. During World War II, African-Americans fought fascism overseas and racism at home. These American heroes also included men like Mr. George Bland, who was serving aboard the USS West Virginia during the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.

CBS6 Anchor Greg McQuade will lead the discussion as Captain Howard Baugh Jr. and Mr. Frank Bland share stories of their fathers and spread their legacies at the Virginia War Memorial on Saturday, February 17 at 2:00pm.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Parking is free and will be available next door to the Virginia War Memorial at the VHDA.

Register here:’-fight-freedom

Oregon Hill, Randolph, and Uptown Neighborhood Litter Cleanup Scheduled For February 17th

RVA Clean Sweep is organizing an area clean up and litter pickup on Saturday, February 17 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Volunteers are meeting at Clark Springs Elementary (1101 Dance Street).

From FaceBook event page:

• What we’ll do
Clean Sweep is partnering with the Capital District of Circle K International for this three neighborhood cleanup. They are provide a larger group of volunteers and we need a handful of local residents to help guide the volunteers through the neighborhoods. Oregon Hill: Idlewood, Cumberland, Belvidere
Randolph: Idlewood, Allen, Harrison/Colorado
Uptown: Parkwood from Harrison to Meadow then back down Grayland

• What to bring
Please bring water bottle and wear layers.

• Important to know
There will be staged drop off points through the cleanup area. Details will be provided the day of.

RVA EFF Extended

Usually today is the last day of the RVA Environmental Film Festival. The Virginia Environmental Film Contest entries and winners will be screened at the Byrd Theatre this afternoon (along with two excellent features).

However the festival keeps growing and there are at three events next week that extend the film festival. So, tomorrow night, come enjoy short films and a filmmakers’ forum at the VCU Grace Street Theater.

For the full schedule, go to As always, these events are free and open to the public.

“Hellfighters and Sons of Freedom” At The Virginia War Memorial Thursday

From the Virginia War Memorial website:

The 369th Infantry Regiment was the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Known for their toughness in battle, they were nicknamed the “Hell Fighters” by the German army because they never lost a man through capture, lost a trench or a foot of ground to the enemy.

Join the Virginia War Memorial Executive Director Clay Mountcastle, as we commemorate the start of both Black History Month and the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. During his presentation, Clay will share the fascinating often untold, stories of these war heroes and many more, as he examines the larger role African-Americans played in The Great War.

Thursday from 5-7 pm, presentation starts at 6 pm. It’s free to attend but registration is strongly encouraged.

RVA EFF Kicks Off Tonight

The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) kicks off tonight at the Science Museum of Virginia. It goes on all this week and part of next week at venues around the area. All the shows are FREE (thanks to generous sponsors)!

Please take the time to look over the full schedule by going to the website.

Tomorrow it will be at VCU in the afternoon and then at the Main City Public Library in the evening.

Artifacts Roadshow At Virginia War Memorial Saturday

Style Magazine has a piece on the upcoming “Artifacts Roadshow” at the Virginia War Memorial.


Whether a medal, canteen or helmet, every piece of military paraphernalia has its own distinctive story to tell.

One way to help unlock those stories is to take military-related items, whether passed down through the family, found in the attic or acquired antique hunting, to the Virginia War Memorial for the Artifacts Roadshow on Jan. 27.

The first-come, first-served event features Virginia War Memorial curator Jesse Smith, along with experts Robert House and Warren Shindle, examining items. House, whose area of expertise is firearms and edged weapons, works at Classic Firearms and Echoes of Glory Auction House in Virginia Beach and Shindle is a photo expert specializing in U.S. military photography from the 1840s to 1940s.

The public service event aims to help the public identify their memorabilia as well as any possible historical significance they hold. Artifacts of any era beginning with the War of 1812 through the Global War on Terrorism will be reviewed and preservation tips offered. There’s no admission charge or fee to have an expert review artifacts, although donations to the Virginia War Memorial are appreciated.