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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.


Tonight’s Fireworks Postponed To Saturday Evening Due To Weather

From Times Dispatch article:

RVA Fireworks on the James has been postponed from Thursday night until Saturday due to predictions of poor weather, the city of Richmond announced this afternoon.
The entertainment and fireworks festival has been held in and around Brown’s Island on the Fourth of July eve for several years. Because of the postponement, it will be held Saturday evening with the fireworks expected to start about 9:15 p.m.

This means police measures for the neighborhood are postponed to Saturday also.

Expect Police Presence For July 3rd Fireworks, Updated

Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association leaders have been meeting with the police ahead of the July 3 riverfront fireworks show.
From email:

Just a note that there will be 4 police officers in the neighborhood on July 3rd, starting around 3 in the afternoon.

We met with Lt Beazley and Officer Green this afternoon and discussed traffic and illegal parking.

They may close some of the alleys to thru traffic. The Lee bridge will be shut down around 7:30 pm.

There will still be a traffic backup getting out of the neighborhood, but we are hoping things will run a little smoother.

If you see any problems, let me know. I will be following up with the police on things that need to be changed or improvements that could be made for the next year.


Update: It sounds like police will also close off Holly Street, 2nd Street, and the Lee Bridge at times during the event.

National Park Service to present “Voices from the Storm: The 1864 Overland Campaign” at Historic Tredegar

From the press release:

RICHMOND, Va.– On Sunday, June 29, 2014, as part of the nationwide Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration, the National Park Service will present Voices from the Storm: The 1864 Overland Campaign. This special outdoor multimedia program will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Tredegar Iron Works (500 Tredegar Street in Richmond) and will feature images, voices, and music of the people who lived 150 years ago.

I found him in front of the altar… He had been shot through the chest, was breathing loud and in gasps, worn out for want of support… His words led several men near to draw their sleeves across their eyes; but they all knew he was dying… He reached toward the floor, and the man next handed up a daguerreotype case… I took it and opened it; found the picture of a young, handsome woman and held it and a candle so that he could see it. His tears fell on it, as he looked… “Is that your wife?” and he replied, “No! But she would have been.”

(Jane Swisshelm, hospital nurse)

This story is one of hundreds from churches turned to hospitals, from farm fields that became battlefields, and homes that would never again be seen by their sons, fathers, and brothers. These stories illustrate how the massive 1864 Overland Campaign reverberated throughout the nation that summer 150 years ago, and for years afterward.

The National Park Service will share some of these stories in Voices from the Storm: The 1864 Overland Campaign, presented by park rangers and volunteers from Richmond National Battlefield Park, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, and Petersburg National Battlefield. The free program is a partnership event cosponsored by the three parks and the American Civil War Museum. A reception will precede the program at 8:00 p.m.

The Overland Campaign

In five weeks of fighting between May and June 1864, tens of thousands of American soldiers were casualties of what became known as the Overland Campaign, a series of battles fought across a broad swath of central Virginia, from Fredericksburg to Richmond to Petersburg. That summer, the families and loved ones of almost 100,000 American servicemen received news that their husbands, sons, fathers, and friends were casualties of the fighting in Virginia—killed, wounded, or missing—captured or maybe one of the countless unidentified dead hastily buried on the battlefield. As the siege of Petersburg and Richmond began in June 1864, the outcome of the war was far from certain—for the future of the Union, the Confederacy, and four million enslaved African Americans. Since early May, thousands of visitors have followed in the footsteps of Union and Confederate armies as the three parks and partner sites throughout central Virginia have been commemorating the 1864 Overland Campaign.


St. Andrew’s School Reunion On Friday

From St. Andrew’s School event page:

Friday June 20, 2014
Service at St. Andrew’s Church – 6:30PM
St. Andrew’s School Reunion – 7:30 to 8:30 PM

St. Andrew’s School
227 S. Cherry Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(Service is next door at St. Andrew’s Church)

The inaugural St. Andrew’s School Reunion will reunite and celebrate current and former students, teachers, staff, volunteers and friends. Join us for refreshments, updates and a school tour. Guests are invited to attend the Grace Arents Commemorative service at St. Andrew’s Church, 6:30pm, prior to the Reunion.

The service will be followed by a brief talk about the history of Grace Arents and her meaningful work in Richmond. Families and children who prefer not to remain for the speaker are welcome to play on the playground after the service ends and before the reunion begins in Baldwin Hall. We hope to see you!

Wednesday: The Defenders Present: Battle for Brooklyn (2011)

There is a documentary screening this Wednesday evening at 6:30 at the William Byrd Community House. From the FaceBook event page:

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality are pleased to present the documentary “Battle for Brooklyn,” a 2011 film that tells the story of residents of the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., and their 8-year fight against the big developers and city politicians who attempted to seize 22 acres of land via eminent domain in order to build a basketball stadium surrounded by dense development.

You can see a trailer for the film here:

The film (1 hour, 56 minutes) will be preceded by a brief introduction by Ana Edwards, Chair of the Defenders’ Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, on the parallels between the Brooklyn struggle and the Richmond community’s fight against a Shockoe stadium.

Light refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome. We are currently trying to arrange for childcare, but this is not certain yet. If you have accessibility concerns, please contact Kat.

While this event is free, donations are appreciated and will help us continue our all-volunteer work.

Note: This film is being made available free by the filmmakers as their contribution to the efforts to stop a Shockoe Stadium.

New Saturday Fun

I already mentioned the Richmond Record Show, but there are lots of other fun and interesting events happening nearby Saturday.

The Main library is considered Oregon Hill’s nearest branch of the Richmond Public Library. One of the things happening there Saturday is the opening of the Celebration of the James film series. From Style magazine’s plug for it:

After the Lynchburg train wreck and fiery oil spill into the James River in April, Richmond’s beloved 343-mile-long source of wildlife, recreation and drinking water made national headlines. The Celebration of the James Film Series turns an appreciative focus on the state’s most vital natural resource Saturday, June 14, at the Richmond Public Library. The RVA Environmental Film Festival and the James River Association presents the series, which features screenings of “James River Sturgeon” (Melissa Lesh), “Belle Isle” (Briget Ganske), “Affair with the James” (Elli Morris), “Dumping Ground to Best River Town” (James River Association) and others.

Attendance is free and it starts at 2 pm.

Another free and inaugural event is the first public performance by the River City Magnolias, a local water ballet group. Its happening at 4 pm at the Randolph Pool, the closest City public pool to Oregon Hill which is opening its season on Saturday. It is free also.

Lastly, though it is further away from Oregon Hill, I know several neighbors who are taking part in the Community DIG RVA Conference, a new event that goes on all day Saturday at the Friends Meeting House in the West End. From the FaceBook event page:

Engage with others in sharing visions of how to build community. DIG into ideas of green building, creating diversity, group decision making, and dealing with conflict, as well as the contribution of local food, community gardens and permaculture to sustainability.

There is a $22 ticket cost.