The Museum District Association is seeking clothing and non-parishable foods to be given to those in need this Saturday, August 27th at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
From the MDA:
The pantry is bare and some people who walked or took two buses to get to the church in the extreme [heat] last Saturday had to walk away empty-handed. If you are able to help, items always needed are: tuna packets, small peanut butter jars, sardines, Vienna sausages, canned pasta, Gatorade, and bottled water. Donations may be dropped off at the back door of the church (520 N. Boulevard) between Kensington & Patterson Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-4PM.
We continue to have a great need for the following:
– Men’s shorts
– Men’s & women’s t-shirts
– Women’s casual summer pants & tops
– Men’s ball caps or summer hats, sunglasses
– Belts, socks, underwear & bras
– Larger size women’s summer clothing
– Men’s & women’s sneakers
Donations may be dropped off at the back door of the church (520 N. Boulevard) between Kensington & Patterson Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-4PM. If you need items picked up, email Martha at [email protected].
A Short Tale of Two Basketball Programs: VUU = No Spectators Due to Covid19 VS. VCU = Bring Your Unvaccinated Baby for Chance at $529
VCU has a form for parents to fill out so that their child can race other babies as part of a halftime promotion.
Two local colleges are taking vastly different approaches to deal with the latest surge in Covid-19 Omicron cases.
Virginia Union University has decided the risk to their students and fans is too great and has closed all basketball games to spectators. They made the following statement on January 3rd.
Virginia Union University Athletics has announced that there will be a new “No Fan/Spectator” policy for its men’s and women’s basketball games in Barco-Stevens Hall until further notice.
Student-athlete and campus safety is the main concern and reason for the temporary policy. The University is committed to implementing and maintaining a range of measures to help promote health and well-being among students, employees, and campus visitors and to help reduce risk from potential exposure and spread of COVID-19.
Only essential personnel will be permitted in Barco-Stevens Hall, which includes participating team members, coaches, officials, athletic trainers, scorer’s table personnel and administrative staff.
Virginia Commonwealth University on the other hand has continued to allow fans but kept a loosely enforced mask mandate.
VCU has decided to increase the difference between the two programs by hosting a “Diaper Derby”. In case you are unfamiliar, a Diaper Derby involves letting young children crawl a set distance and the winner collects a prize, in this case, $529 for college. The twist is that the Covid vaccination is currently not available for any person under the age of 5, so none of the babies will be vaccinated.
January 12th CNN reported on the surge in Covid cases among children.
Covid-19 hospitalization rates among children are soaring in the United States, with an average of 4.3 children under 5 per 100,000 hospitalized with an infection as of the week ending January 1, up from 2.6 children the previous week, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This represents a 48% increase from the week ending December 4, and the largest increase in hospitalization rate this age group has seen over the course of the pandemic.
“For our youngest children, those who are not yet eligible for vaccination, it’s critically important that we surround them with people who are vaccinated to provide them protection,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday.
Here is what VCU Athletics tweeted out last night.
The Derby is back👶! The Virginia 529 Diaper Derby will be at the February 5th Men’s Basketball game. Sign up your baby at the link below for a chance to be selected to crawl across the hardwood.
— VCU Athletics (@VCUAthletics) January 20, 2022
The fact that college athletics is going on at all is a debate for another time.
The Confusing Conundrums of COVID-19: Vaccines, Viruses, and Human Behavior – Virtual Lunch Discussion
The Science Museum of Virginia’s very own Life Scientist Dr. Catherine Franssen will be covering a variety of pandemic subjects.
The Science Museum of Virginia has a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn more about the maze of living in pandemic times.
Over the past two years, Dr. Catherine Franssen, Life Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, has become well-known as a reliable resource for data driven information regarding the pandemic, neuroscience and much more. Dr. Franssen has helped the Science Museum cover many topics related to the pandemic, subjects ranging from serious statistics on the virus to even personal and helpful parenting tips during this difficult time.
Don’t miss this chance to engage an expert! Dr. Franssen will be presenting live, answering your questions, and discussing some of the most interesting facts we’ve learned so far, from virus science, vaccines, and even intriguing human behavioral patterns.
- What: “The Confusing Conundrums of COVID-19: Vaccines, Viruses, and Human Behavior,” presented by Catherine Franssen, Ph.D. Neurobiology from University of Chicago, Life Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 12 – 12:45 p.m.
- Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home
How to Attend
This digital Lunch Break Science is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.
Visual Arts Center to Require Vaccination for Spring Classes
Bonus if you submit proof of vaccination you can get $10 off a VisArts class.
Statement from Visual Arts Center on Facebook.
We genuinely care about the health and well-being of everyone who uses our spaces, so we are taking precautions to ensure that our entire community stays safe. We’ve updated our COVID-19 policies and procedures. Beginning with our spring 2022 session that starts March 28th, 2022, we will require that all adults ages 18 and over be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) in order to attend in-person classes or participate in our studio access program.
Go to visarts.org to learn more and to submit your proof of vaccination online or via email to receive a discount code for $10 off a VisArts class!