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Councilperson’s 5th District Holiday Party

From email announcement:

Dear Neighbors:

The 5th District Holiday party will take place on this Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial- 621 S Belvidere St. All 5th district residents are invited and no RSVP is required. We will be collecting unwrapped toys, books and clothing for children in the Richmond area that are in need. All toys will be donated to the City of Richmond and Radio One Annual Toy Drive. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday!


This Week At The Main Library

Check it out, at the Main Richmond Public Library.

Monday, November 9
5:30 – 7 p.m.
RPL community Law Program taught by local Attorney Thomas Neal “Tom” Jamerson. For details call: 646-7223

(Meanwhile at the Broad Rock branch, Homework Buddies from 3:30-5:30 pm
Students from Open High School will be available to help with homework! Free!)

Tuesday, November 10
12 noon – 1 p.m.
Join us for a book discussion of Dead Wake by Eric Larsen. For details call: 646-7223

2 – 4 p.m.
Computer, cell and all tech questions, call the Computer Lab: 646-2551, to reserve a 30 min sessions

2 – 4 p.m.
COMMUNITY LAW SERIES: Free and open to the public
For details call: 646-7223 “Love shouldn’t Hurt….The Crime of Domestic Violence” Helivi L. Holland, City Attorney of the City of Suffolk, VA

4 p.m.
Explore, Learn and Create through STEM centers. Build exciting circuits, explore with magnets, computer gaming and more. ages 5 and up with an adult. For details call: 646-4768

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Closed for Veteran’s Day

Thursday, Nov. 12
10:30 – 12:00
Introduction To Finding Nonprofit Grants
Free. Seating limited. General Collections Training Lab. Call 646-7223 to register.

State Senate Political Debate Set For VCU on Oct. 20

From VCU press release:

10th District Virginia Senate candidates to face off at VCU

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 14, 2015) – The leading candidates for the 10th District seat in the Virginia Senate will field questions from young voters at a town hall on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Republican Glen Sturtevant and Democrat Dan Gecker will discuss key issues from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 303 of Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave., on VCU’s Monroe Park campus.

The event is sponsored by Virginia21, a nonpartisan group representing the state’s young voters; the VCU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; and VCU’s Department of Political Science and the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Gecker, a member of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, and Sturtevant, a member of the Richmond School Board, are vying to succeed Republican Sen. John Watkins, who is retiring.

The outcome of the Nov. 3 election could determine whether Republicans continue to control the Virginia General Assembly. The GOP dominates the House of Delegates and has a 21-19 advantage in the Virginia Senate.

Watkins is considered a political moderate who has sided with Democrats on some issues, such as expanding Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income residents. In recent statewide elections, the 10th Senate District has leaned Democratic.

The district includes parts of the VCU campus, part of Chesterfield County and all of Powhatan County. For a full map of the district, go to:

During the town hall, Sturtevant and Gecker will answer questions from a panel of young voters assembled by Virginia21. They will include VCU, community college and high school students. The candidates will also take questions from the audience.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Guests must RSVP at:

Libertarian Carl Loser and Independent Marleen Durfee also are running for the 10th Senate District seat. It is among a half-dozen Senate races that are considered especially competitive this fall.


Richmond Folk Festival/Richmond Zine Festival/Richmond Record Fair

Of course, for anyone who does not already know, this is the weekend of the Richmond Folk Festival. I am always surprised by how many locals still do not understand that this is not folk rock as in Bob Dylan, but folk musics and traditions of all types from all over the world. It’s an incredible chance to grow your musical tastes and it happens right next to Oregon Hill. Yes, there are community concerns about how Venture Richmond is using the Folk Festival to push inappropriate riverfront development, but that should not stop people from enjoying what the festival itself has to offer.

And that’s not all that’s happening this weekend…Whurk Magazine, ‘Virginia Cultural Review’, has a nice article on the Richmond Zine Festival, which takes place this Saturday at the Main Public Library, Oregon Hill’s City public library branch. (One footnote- although the festival is billed as the ninth annual one, Throttle Magazine started and sponsored a few earlier renditions of the Richmond Zine Festival years earlier)

If that is not enough, Oregon Hill’s Vinyl Conflict record store is co-sponsoring the Richmond Record Fair at Hardywood Brewery on Sunday. The description has “20+ tables spanning all genre, tones, culture, subgenre, sub-sub-genre, feedback, texture, vibrations and libations”. It includes a concert by local band The Milkstains.

Here’s hoping that everyone has a great weekend.

Councilperson Agelasto To Hold 5th District Meeting On October 7th

From press release:

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Councilman Parker C. Agelasto to hold a meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District

All Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend

WHAT (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) – The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, will hold a district-wide meeting for the Richmond Central 5th Voter District. This is part of regular meetings Councilman Agelasto holds, which include information on his Richmond Central 5th Voter District goals and accomplishments; a thematic agenda of current interest; and, special guests. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Central 5th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The planned agenda/discussion topics for the upcoming meeting include:

· Leaf Collection Schedule and Alley Maintenance Program
Mr. Bobby Vincent, Deputy Director of Operations
Richmond Department of Public Works

· Monroe Park Conservancy Update
Ms. Alice Massie, President
Monroe Park Conservancy

· Richmond Real Estate Tax Credits for Certain Rehabilitated, Replaced or New Structures
Representative from the Richmond City Council Office of the Assessor of Real Estate

· Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Update
Representative from the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

· Updates
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

WHEN Wednesday, October 7, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

WHERE World War Memorial Carillon
0 S. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia

WHO The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

CONTACT For more information, please contact:
The Honorable Parker C. Agelasto, Councilman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Central 5th Voter District, at 804.646.6050 (tel), or (email)

Councilman Agelasto’s Future Richmond Central 5th Voter District Meetings

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia

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Byrd House Market Closed Tuesday For Bike Race

From email announcement:


Byrd House Market will be closed on Tuesday, Sep. 22 due to road and expressway exit ramp closures to accommodate the UCI Road World Championship races that day.
These closures will be in effect from 8:45 am to 5:45 pm, Sunday, 9/20 through Tuesday 9/22. Click here for details.
Deer Run Farm, Tomten Farm and Agriberry will Renegade on the Byrd House Market grounds to serve their CSA and local customers who typically walk to market.
A handful of our vendors will be at Lakeside Farmers Market that afternoon from 3:30-6:30 pm: Faith Farm Foods, Ninja Kombucha, and Agriberry.

Thank you all for your patience during this time of disruption and excitement.
See you on Sep. 29!