Councilperson Agelasto’s Fifth District Meeting Thursday

Councilperson Agelasto is holding a Fifth District meeting this coming Thursday, August 24, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church (611 W. 31st Street, Richmond, VA 23225)

From announcement:

Agenda Items

· Richmond Public Schools Update
The Honorable Patrick Sapini, Richmond Public Schools Board of Trustees, Richmond Central 5th Voter District

· Richmond City Property Assessment Update
Mr. Richie N. McKeithen, City Assessor, Richmond City Council Office of the City Assessor of Real Estate

· Richmond Master Plan Update: Richmond 300
Ms. Maritza Pechin, AECOM Consultant/Richmond Master Plan Project Manager, Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review

· Richmond Central 5th Voter District Updates

· Questions and Comments

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Brown’s Island Announced

From press release:

Richmond Riverfront Partners to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Brown’s Island

RICHMOND, Va.— It’s almost here! On Monday, August 21, Richmonders will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the solar eclipse making its way across North America. The National Park Service in Richmond, American Civil War Museum, James River Park System, and Venture Richmond invite the public to experience this event on Brown’s Island from 1-4 pm. Staff from these riverfront partners will distribute 600 free pairs of NASA-approved Rainbow Symphony solar eclipse viewing eyeglasses beginning at 1 pm, and pop-up tents on site will feature information on the eclipse as well as upcoming programs along the riverfront. Additionally, a limited-edition National Park Service Junior Ranger solar eclipse booklet and badge will be available to 200 children between ages 5 and 14.

“We’re so excited to partner with our friends along the riverfront for this unique event,” said Andrea DeKoter, Chief of Interpretation for Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. “I invite the public to join us for a fun – and safe – viewing of the solar eclipse.”

For more information, please contact the Richmond National Battlefield Park at (804) 226-1981, or visit us online at or

Hollywood Cemetery: Rural Garden On A Grand Scale Walking Tour

On Saturday, August 12, there is a special tour of Hollywood Cemetery. From the Events page:

This tour will explore the cemetery with a historical and horticultural perspective and an emphasis on the beauty of nature and the impact of the 19th century Romantic Movement. Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please not that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended.

This tour lasts from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. $15 per person and $5 for Valentine Members. Your tour guide will accept cash or check. Walk-ups are welcome!

St. Andrew’s School Begins Its Semester This Week

St. Andrew’s School has orientation for families tomorrow and first full day for students on Tuesday.

This a good reminder for motorists to slow down on Idlewood and look out for pedestrians.

From the St. Andrew’s School webpage:

Extended learning time in the form of a longer school day and a longer school year is shown to have many benefits, both for students and for their families. This year 75% of our students are enrolled in our Extended Day program, attending school until 5:30pm. Next year, our goal is for 100% of our students to participate.

Greater Richmond Solar Co-op Happy Hour Info Session Thursday

From EventBrite event page:

Live in Richmond and want to go solar? Now’s your chance! Neighbors across the greater Richmond area have formed a co-op with the help of VA SUN to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters. Join us for a happy hour information session at the Three Notch’d Brewing Company to learn about solar energy, as well as how the Greater Richmond Solar Co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
2930 W Broad St

Editor’s note: I know of at least two neighbors that are part of the Co-op. Looking forward to more solar in the neighborhood!

Tredegar Hosts “Refugees From Slavery” Thursday

The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar is hosting a talk on Thursday at 6 pm entitled “Refugees From Slavery” as part of their ‘Foundry Series’.

From the FaceBook event page:

What do Dadaab, Kenya and Zatari, Jordan have in common with the U.S. Civil War? Present-day refugee camps share important similarities with Civil War contraband camps. Discover how men, women, and children who fled from slavery to contraband camps influenced emancipation, the progress of the war, and the redefinition of U.S. citizenship.


Chandra Manning, Ph.D., Georgetown University.
Dr. Manning’s most recent book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, about Civil War contraband camps, won the Museum’s 2016 Jefferson Davis Award.

Program Partners:
ReEstablish Richmond
CWS Richmond Refugee Resettlement
Artist Alfonso Perez Acosta

For more info and tickets, click here.

Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting Tomorrow

From email announcement:

Hello all

OHNA will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27th, at 7 pm, at St. Andrew’s (In either the Parish House or the Little Chapel. Need to find out.).

And on Wednesday, June 28th, Mayor Levar Stoney, will be holding the 5th District Community Community Meeting at the Randolph Community center at 1415 Grayland Avenue.