Neighborhood Cleanup Announced for August 6th

Cherry Street neighbor Jimmy Blackford announced an Oregon Hill neighborhood cleanup for Saturday, August 6th, coordinated with the help of RVA Clean Sweep.

From the FaceBook event page:

Can You Join Us for Oregon Hill Alley Cleanup? Sat., Aug 6 8am-10am. Meet at Pleasants Park (401 S Laurel St – corner of S laurel & Albemarle St.). All are invited, whether or not you live in Oregon Hill. . . . . You Can Choose One of Two Tasks: 1) A simple litter pickup thru the neighborhood 2) Going thru the alleys throwing furniture/large refuse into a city garbage truck. Either job & you’ll improve our neighborhood immensely. Please wear closed-toe shoes. We’ll supply grabbers, trash bags, gloves & drinking water. (sponsored by RVA Clean Sweep & Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association).

There is also a page for the event.

“Forgotten History Lecture Series” Continues At Tredegar On Tuesday

From FaceBook event page:

Did u know “Henry ‘Box’ Brown” shipped himself to Freedom in a wooden box from the docks of the James River in Richmond to gain independence in Philadelphia, PA?

Join us Tuesday, July 12th at 6 pm for the “Forgotten History Lecture Series” as Alex Lawrence ( presents the fascinating story of Henry Brown.

Light refreshments will be available.

Cost: Free. Limited seating.

WHERE: National Park Service Civil War Visitor Center— at Historic Tredegar, 490 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Presented by the James River Advisory Council ( For more information, contact LaTika Lee, Diversity Committee Chair at 804-873-7363, by email: or Kimberly Conley, JRAC Executive Director at 804-748-1567.


Primary Voting Tomorrow

From Times Dispatch article:

In a redrawn 4th District that now includes the cities of Richmond and Petersburg — and now favors Democrats — there is primary competition Tuesday for the Democrat and Republican nominations in what has become an open seat.
Five-term Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade is squaring off against Chesterfield County resident Jackee Gonzalez for the GOP nomination.
State Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico, and Chesapeake Councilwoman Ella Ward are seeking the Democratic nomination. Ward was the Democratic candidate who lost to Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-4th, in 2012.
Virginians do not register by party, but primary voters in the 4th District will be asked whether they wish to cast ballots in the Democratic contest or the Republican contest. Under state law, voters may cast ballots in one primary or the other, not both.

How will Oregon Hill vote?

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery (Evening Walking Tour)

From event page:


Tomorrow, June 9, at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Meet at the rear of the stone structure on the left at the cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets.

Established in 1847, Hollywood Cemetery is a magnificent example of the rural garden style cemetery and was one of America’s first parks. Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism, and some of the more famous of its over 80,000 residents, including well-known writers, politicians, Confederate notables and two United States presidents.

$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.

Times Dispatch Reports Folk Festival Line Up

From Times Dispatch article:

“Our local programming committee has outdone themselves, once again,” said festival director Lisa Sims in a statement. “Dancers from Sri Lanka, zydeco players from Louisiana, virtuosic musicians from Afghanistan, gospel singers from Tennessee and dozens of others will all offer free performances within a half-mile of each other. There’s really nothing else like it in the Virginia.”

Last year, a record-breaking 200,000-plus people attended the festival, up 50,000 from a rainy 2014.

Quick editorial: Hopefully Venture Richmond can become a better neighbor and we can all enjoy it this year as in years past. Still waiting for more agreement to neighborhood’s reasonable requests.

There are also still outstanding questions about how this important, historic area of the riverfront will be recognized and preserved in the future.

VCU Warns About Upcoming Traffic

From VCU press release:

RICHMOND, Va. (June 1, 2016) – The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department expects an increase in traffic near VCU’s Monroe Park Campus and around the Stuart C. Siegel Center during high school graduation ceremonies starting Tuesday, June 7. Twenty-seven high schools from Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent counties and a technical school will host ceremonies at the Siegel Center between June 7 and June 18.

Graduating students and their guests are advised to arrive early at the Siegel Center. Attendance for the ceremonies is expected to range from 2,500 to more than 6,000. In anticipation of these events, VCU Police, VCU Parking and Transportation, the City of Richmond Transportation Engineering Division and the Richmond Police Department have established a regional traffic plan and have added staffing.

Law enforcement officers will be directing traffic around the Siegel Center before and after each graduation. Guests with mobility impairment can be dropped off in front of the Siegel Center on Broad Street, near the intersection of Broad and North Harrison streets.

“Our goal is to keep drivers and pedestrians moving as quickly and safely as possible through the area,” said VCU Police Capt. Sean Ingram. “Drivers in Richmond may want to consider alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic before and after the ceremonies. We appreciate the public’s patience during one of the busiest times of year at the Siegel Center.”

Attendees with blue or red parking passes, issued by area schools, can park in either the West Broad Street Parking Deck at 1111 W. Broad St. or at the Bowe Street Parking Deck at 601 Bowe St. The Siegel Center is located at 1200 W. Broad St.

2016 Siegel Center Graduation Schedule
(Doors open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.)

Tuesday, June 7

3 p.m., St. Gertrude High School

Thursday, June 9

10 a.m., Thomas Dale High School
2:30 p.m., Clover Hill High School
7 p.m., Monacan High School

Friday, June 10

10 a.m., Cosby High School
2:30 p.m., Manchester High School
7 p.m., Matoaca High School

Saturday, June 11

10 a.m., James River High School
2 p.m., Midlothian High School

Monday, June 13

10 a.m., Meadowbrook High School
2:30 p.m., L.C. Bird High School
7 p.m., Carver College and Career Academy

Tuesday, June 14

11 a.m., Henrico High School
3 p.m., Highland Springs High School
7 p.m., Glen Allen High School

Wednesday, June 15

11 a.m., Hermitage High School
3 p.m., J.R. Tucker High School
7 p.m., Deep Run High School

Thursday, June 16

11 a.m., Varina High School
3 p.m., Douglas S. Freeman High School
7 p.m., Mills E. Godwin High School

Friday, June 17

1 p.m., ECPI
7 p.m., New Kent High School

Saturday, June 18

8:30 a.m., Hanover High School
Noon, Patrick Henry High School
3:30 p.m., Atlee High School
7 p.m., Lee-Davis High School