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Important Announcement For July 3 Fireworks

From Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association, in regard to fireworks on July 3:

On July 3rd:

At around 5 pm, police officers will be stationed at the following intersections:

Laurel and Idlewood, Holly and Laurel, Holly and Pine.

Because of congestion and traffic from the Downtown Expressway, police decided this year to close Laurel Street at Idlewood to everyone but neighbors and guests.

Those without the password or current proof of address will still be able to access the neighborhood at Spring Street until around 7 pm. At 7 pm, the police will start closing down Belvedere and the Lee Bridge.

The Overlook be closed to all but residents and guests. The Oregon Hill Parkway should be closed at the same time 2nd street is closed. The Lee Bridge ramps will be closed also.

Neighbors can get past the police at any time with the password or identification showing that they reside in the neighborhood.

Oregon Hill Walking Tour On Sunday

From the Valentine Museum/Richmond History Center:

June 21, 2-4 p.m.
Oregon Hill Walking Tour
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 on this tour of the neighborhood. Meet at Laurel and Idlewood streets.

ASL Tour Of Hollywood Cemetery Thursday

The ASL Walking Tour of Hollywood Cemetery this Thursday will share some interesting facts about Jefferson Davis’ son, Billy, who was hard of hearing and about the Davis’ family connection to renowned deaf artist John Carlin.Dr. Pajka will also be discussing American novelist Ellen Glasgow who communicated largely via writing due to her deafness.

This walking tour will be given in American Sign Language and will not be voice interpreted. The tour will begin at 9:00am. This is a walking tour of approximately two miles, so please dress for weather and walking. We ask that participants make a $15 contribution to Friends of Hollywood Cemetery.

For more information, please visit the FaceBook event page or the Hollywood Cemetery event reservation page.

St. Andrew’s Grace Arents Commemoration on June 20

From email announcement:

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is hosting Picnic and Prayers commemorating the life and legacy of Grace Eveyln Arents. Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket, and we will provide drinks and dessert. At sunset we will have a candlelight prayer service in memory of Miss Grace. Saturday June 20, 2015, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the gravesite of Lewis Ginter and Grace Arents, Hollywood Cemetery, 412 South Laurel Street, Richmond Virginia. Contact Barbara Ambrose 804-648-7980

Hollywood Cannon and Belle Island Tour

There will be cannon fire as part of the annual Jefferson Davis birthday ceremony in Hollywood Cemetery on Saturday, June 6th, from 9:00 am to about 11:00 am. The ceremony will include a keynote speaker, Rev. Herman White, Chaplain of the North Carolina Division, SCV, as well as a bag pipe band, rifle squad, artillery salute and wreath laying. The event is free and open to the public. The cannon fire will happen towards the end of the event.

And if you want to know more about that Belle Isle prison camp, there’s a Sensory History Tour of Belle Isle Prison Camp on Saturday, June 6, noon to 2 p.m. This conversational walking tour is sponsored by the Tredegar Society of the American Civil War Museum in partnership with RVA Archaeology. Tickets cost $10. or Sean Kane: or 804 649 1861, x123.


Cherry Street neighbor Jimmy Blackford is recruiting volunteers for next Saturday’s Oregon Hill Alley Cleanup, which is part of VCU’s Project Clean & Green Move. From the event page:

Saturday, June 6, 2015
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Corner of S. Laurel St. & Albemarle St. (Pleasants Park)
401 S. Laurel St., Richmond, VA

We’re getting all the big stuff that people have set out in the alleys. We’ll go thru with a city trash truck to collect discarded furniture & large refuse. But if you can help by just getting the small litter, please join. Bring work gloves if you can. Even half an hour of your time would be great. Meeting at Pleasants Park 8am & going thru Oregon Hill alleys.

HI-Richmond Hostel Benefit At Va. War Memorial On Saturday

This Saturday the Richmond Youth Hostel will be holding a benefit event at the Virginia War Memorial from 6 to 10 pm.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the Richmond hostel and need your support to help push us over the top! Join us in making local culture and travel accessible to the next generation of active global citizens in a fundraiser featuring:
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres by DeFazio’s Catering
Beer & Wine provided by Ardent Craft Ales & Triple Crossing Brewery
Music from The Meadow Street Band
and a Silent & Live Auction