This Friday, April 20th, marks the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School. Until about a month ago it was the deadliest shooting in a high school in the United States. That unfortunate record was passed with the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17.
To mark the anniversary of Columbine and to call on lawmakers to change gun control laws students across the country are taking to the streets as part of National School Walk Out Day.
The protest began as a Change.org petition after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. More than 255,000 people have signed the petition, and there are over 2,000 protests registered.
We are the students, we are the victims, we are change, fight gun violence now! High School students across the U.S.A, the way to fight back is here. There has been too much complacency on the part of politicians when it comes to gun violence. The time to act is now!
Public school shootings affect communities and especially teenagers. On February, 14th a High School shooting in Parkland, Florida occurred, killing 17 people. Still, POTUS has not addressed any form of gun legislation. The majority of teenagers have no right to vote, leaving our voice unheard. The government does not hear or care how these tragedies affect our lives. Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day (https://everytownresearch.org). The violence of guns is being performed in our schools and our communities. Not the Senate floor. As the future of America, it is time for teenagers to speak their minds and put their frustration into action.
Locally the protest will take place from 12-3 PM that Friday. Participants will gather on Brown’s Island and then march north on 7th street and then take East Grace Street onto the Capitol. The governor and other elected officials are expected to attend.
After walking out, at 12:00pm, students and citizens from across the state of Virginia will gather at Brown’s Island for a pre-rally which will include a voter registration drive, meet and greet with legislators, music, and speakers. At 1:00pm, we will march from Brown’s Island to the Virginia State Capitol. And at 2:00pm, we will host our official rally on the steps of the State Capitol, featuring students, legislators, and leaders from across the state. The list includes Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Delegates/Senators, student survivors, and many other organizations/individuals.
It’s time for change. It’s time for action. We’re fighting for fixes to gun violence in Richmond, Virginia, and our country. We’re fighting for a new era of consistent progress towards a better and safer future for every Virginian and every American.
Police have announced the following street closures:
Thousands of people are expected to march in downtown Richmond this Friday as part of a nationwide event to rally against school gun violence.
Several roads will be temporarily closed in the area of Tredegar Street and North 7th Street during the assembly and subsequent march. Limited “No Parking” zones will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on North 7th Street and East Grace Street between North 7th and North 9th Streets.
Both Henrico and Hanover, stated that the students without written permission from their parents to leave campus, will be marked with an unexcused absence.
Mending Walls Artwork Stolen
Stealing this art makes no sense and just seems to be a hurtful act.
Spotted on the Mending Walls Facebook.
Mending Walls has been about bringing people together through creative means. It is baffling that someone would try to silence this conversation.
Our purpose is to inspire empathy and connection. We were very excited to invite you all to see the final display created by the wonderful local artist who we’ve been highlighting over the last couple of weeks in collaboration with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Richmond, VA)
The art was installed on November 17th and by the morning of the 18th artwork work was missing without a trace.
Events like this assures us that our work and purpose is causing change.
“If your voice had no power, they would not try to silence you.”
Mending Walls is a public art project that brings together public artists from different cultures and backgrounds to create murals that address where we are now in society and how we can move forward through understanding and collaboration. They’re responsible for many of the iconic murals you see in town.
What’s Going Down in Downtown for the Holidays
This extensive list was provided by Venture Richmond. The fun starts this weekend with the biggie RVA Illuminates on Friday, December 3, 5:45PM at Kanawha Plaza,
Venture Richmond has compiled a list of activities to plan your holidays Downtown with family and friends, so be sure to check our website for updates throughout November and December.
Craft + Design 2021
Friday-Sunday, November 19-21 at Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St.
Now in its 57th year, Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary craft. Shoppers spend the weekend browsing the work of artists from all over the country. Awards are presented in ceramics, precious metals, glass, wood and recycled materials, contemporary design, innovative use of traditional craft materials and fiber. Fee for tickets. https://www.visarts.org/events/craft-design-show/
Shop Small Saturday
Saturday, November 27, 11AM-6PM, in Downtown RVA
Visit Downtown RVA and support the local shops and small businesses like Little Nomad, Verdalina, Someday, Maven Made, Shockoe Bottom Clay and more for Shop Small Saturday, a nationally celebrated shopping holiday that highlights local and small business owners! To read more about shopping downtown, visit https://venturerichmond.com/explore-downtown/shopping/
Richmond Symphony presents Let It Snow!
Saturday, November 27, 8PM at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St.
It’s Richmond’s favorite holiday musical tradition – now on Thanksgiving weekend! Celebrate the season with family, friends and the Richmond Symphony at the Carpenter Theatre. Carols, classics and sparkling holiday favorites – even a visit from Santa! Conducted by Chia-Hsuan. Fee for tickets.
Friday, December 3, 5:45PM at Kanawha Plaza, 801 E. Canal St.
A time-honored Richmond tradition will continue in 2021! See RVA shine when the switch is flipped ON to light up downtown’s skyline for the 2021 holiday season at 6:00pm. RVA Illuminates is back in-person this year with ABC8 News airing live complete coverage of performances, uplifting stories, and the official lighting. Be sure to join in the festive fun by lighting up your own storefronts and homes too! This event is coordinated by the City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. Free event.
Christmas Under the Clocktower
Friday, December 3, 7PM at Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St.
The second annual event where local nonprofits show off their creativity by designing Christmas trees! Vote for your favorite in-person or online December 3-December 19. Free event.
RVA First Friday
Friday, December 3, 5-11PM in downtown’s Arts District along Broad Street
Show Broad Street some love and holiday spirit when you explore galleries, shops, restaurants, nonprofits and more on the first Friday of every month at RVA First Friday along and around Broad Street. Free to attend, fees for shopping. https://www.facebook.com/events/223796113036927
Christmas Eve with C.S. Lewis
December 3-12 at Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St.
In this festive production, viewers find C.S. Lewis at his home near Oxford on Christmas Eve hosting a group of Americans who are Christmassing in England. They are about to experience an unforgettable assortment of Yuletide recollections which stimulates a whole range of emotions – curiosity, laughter, gladness and even some tears. Above all, they will discover how an encounter with JRR Tolkien forever changed Lewis’s Christmas celebrations. Fee for tickets.
Dominion Energy Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 4, starts at the Science Museum of Virginia at 10:15AM, travels eastbound on Broad St., ends at 7th and Marshall Sts. downtown
Welcome back the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade for its 38th annual parade celebration featuring colorful floats, giant helium balloons, high school and college marching bands, princesses, superheroes and returning favorites including the trademark Wells Fargo stagecoach, the VCU Peppas and Legendary Santa! The parade also airs LIVE on WTVR CBS6. Free event. Rain or shine.
Richmond Symphony presents A Baroque Holiday
Saturday, December 4, 7:30PM at the Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St.
The greatest story ever told. The most majestic music ever conceived. Be there for the greatest moments from Handel’s Messiah with the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Symphony Chorus, and soloists. Plus, other Baroque classics to brighten your holiday musical celebration. Fee for tickets.
Richmond Makers Market: Holiday Cheers
Sunday, December 5, 12-6PM at Basic City Beer Co., 212 W. 6th St.
This Makers Market features new makers monthly ranging from candlemakers and crafters to confections and works of clay. Head to Manchester’s Basic City Beer Co., a dog-friendly brewery, for an afternoon of shopping and supporting local RVA makers.
Movies on Brown’s Island: Elf
Saturday, December 11, 5:30PM on Brown’s Island, 500 Tredegar St.
Movies on Brown’s Island, presented by Dominion Energy, is an outdoor family activity, brought to you by Venture Richmond Events. Pack your chair or blanket, bring a picnic dinner, then find your perfect spot on Brown’s Island and enjoy an evening featuring Elf while taking in the stunning views of the James River and Downtown’s holiday skyline.
Seating is first come, first served. Bringing blankets and/or chairs for comfort is recommended. No seating will be provided. Vendors for the event include Strawberry Street Events and Espresso-A-Go-Go. No pets are allowed on premises during the movies. Parking is available at the Belle Isle parking lot and on-street parking is available along 2nd and 5th Streets. Gates open at 5PM; Show starts at 5:45PM. Tickets are $5 per person (ages 5 and under no ticket needed) and can be purchased in advance online or at the gate. https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/movies-on-browns-island/
Richmond Boat Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 11, 5:30PM along downtown’s riverfront, best views from Libby Hill Park in Church Hill and at Rocketts Landing
Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Grab the family and gather at one of the several viewing sites to see the boats and enjoy holiday entertainment. Free event.
Richmond Night Market
Saturday, December 11, 5-9PM at 17th Street Market, 100 N. 17th St.
Richmond Night Market is a monthly, open-air night market held at the 17th Street Market and features a family-friendly experience filled with music, programming, and independent artists and vendors. Shop the local artists and support the Shockoe Bottom restaurants too. Entertainment and programming include live music and cultured and diverse activities for all ages! Free to attend, fees for vendors. https://www.richmondnightmarketva.com/
Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker
December 11-23 at the Dominion Energy Center, 600 E. Grace St.
The Nutcracker makes its triumphant return this 2021 holiday season! Accompanied by the Richmond Symphony, Clara and her adoring Nutcracker, the glittering butterfly and dancing Russian bear will once again charm audience members of all ages. This is the final opportunity to see this version of our beloved production before it’s reimagined for 2022. Fee for tickets.
Winter Wander: Celebrate Court End
Sunday, December 12, noon-4PM at The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St.
Save the date and join The Valentine for some winter cheer on their picturesque block of East Clay Street! There will be hot beverages, family crafts and games, and live music. You can also take a self-guided tour of the historic Court End neighborhood and hop on a shuttle to visit nearby cultural sites for open houses and other activities. Free event.
A Black Christmas in Jackson Ward
Saturday, December 18, noon-7PM at 10 E. Leigh Street
Join RVA Black Farmer’s Market and The Exclusive Blacklist as they present a merry time celebrating the holiday season with a vendor market, food vendors and live music happening in the heart of the Jackson Ward neighborhood. Free to attend, fee for vendors.
Continued updates and potential schedule changes can be found on Venture Richmond’s website:
Pipeline has Re-opened
It took longer than expected to make the repairs but you can now walk one of the best trails in Richmond again.
We’re thrilled to finally say it: Pipeline Trail is reopened! 🎉🎉🎉
There are three places along the pipe where our repair work continues with several quick fixes, but we’re able share this great @rvaparksandrec space with you as we finish up. We won’t have to limit access to Pipeline when we’re completing this work, so we’ll see you down there! Say hi! 👋
We’ve all learned a lot along the way fixing up a 43.13” diameter pipe within the James River:
💦 high water is not to be messed with when it comes to making repairs within the mighty James!
💦 maintenance is vital and it’s essential to invest in infrastructure—we all got to see the need and the importance of taking action quickly to protect water quality during this process
💦 meticulous work takes time: our crews covered about 677.48 square feet of this pipe that carries both stormwater and wastewater to Richmond’s (*your*) wastewater treatment plant with layers upon layers of mesh and epoxy
💦 y’all love Pipeline (so do we!) 💕😍🥰💙🥾
For those who haven’t visited Pipeline Trail yet, you can access this unique walkway from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) or from behind (on the river-side of) the floodwall and south of East Bryd Street east of @casadelbarco / @venturerichmond’s Canal Walk / 12th Street and west of Vistas on the James / @bateaurva / Virginia Street. We’d LOVE to see your pictures as you visit this space once again (or for this first time)! 📸