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¿Qué Pasa? Festival brings Latin America to the Canal Walk

Music, food, dancing, craft vendors, along the Canal Walk this Saturday, May 5th. The party starts at 11 AM.

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The annual ¿Qué Pasa? Festival highlights the food, music, and art of Virginia’s Latin American communities.

This free festival is taking place along the Canal Walk on Saturday, May 5th from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Eighteen different performers will be performing. Including the Latin Ballet, Ban Caribe, and Xiomara Jones.

If all the dancing gets you hungry there will be over 20 vendors ready to sate your appetite. While there will be plenty of vendors with Latin flair there will also be the more festival traditional burger and dogs for the less adventurous.

If all goes according to plan you’ll be able to check out the Guinness World Record for largest pinata display. The goal was to have over 1,000 pinatas along the canal walk. Organizers from the Virginia Hispanic Foundation, Virginia Hispanic Chamber and da Vinci Center at Virginia Commonwealth University have been collecting and make pinatas this month. After display the pinatas will live for a little bit on display in town. Later they’ll be filled with school supplies and donated to local schools.

It’s not just about getting in the record books though. It’s also about calling attention and raising money for Pasaporte A La Educación programs

The Hispanic community is the youngest demographic in the U.S. and continues to be the fastest-growing segment of the labor force. This demographic is challenged with the highest dropout rate putting Hispanic students at risk for larger income gaps, higher unemployment rates, living at poverty level and leading less healthy lifestyles than students completing degree programs.

The Pasaporte A La Educación programs focus on the mechanisms behind these hurdles and have shown success with measurable outcomes. Since its inception, the program is helping to decrease the Hispanic dropout rate and preparing students for the future job market.

To learn more about the educational programs of the Virginia Hispanic Foundation go to https://www.vahf.org

 

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Must-See RVA! — Cokesbury Building

A look into the history of Richmond places that are still part of our landscape.

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April 2020
  • 415 East Grace Street
  • Built, 1921
  • Architects, Carneal & Johnston

Once there was this trendy little bookstore in the heart of the downtown shopping district.

[ADR] — Cokesbury Building in 1981

[ADR] — Cokesbury Building in 1981

This building was built for the Methodist Publishing House and designed by Garnett & Johnston. Its design clearly is related to the Mosby Store at the corner of Jefferson and Broad Streets, by Starrett & Van Vleck.

April 2020 — showing projecting cornice

April 2020 — showing projecting cornice

That design was, in turn, related to McKim, Mead & White’s Gorham Building in New York, a modernized version of an Italianate palazzo with an arcade at the base of the building and a heavy projecting cornice at the roof.

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April 2020

This design was felt to be a particularly successful blending of traditional and modern features, most appropriate for a modern shop.

April 2020

April 2020

The Cokesbury Building is designed carefully and well detailed. The first floor arcade was glazed fully, but is now closed partially.

April 2020

April 2020

The interior vaulted ceilings have been removed, but the building is otherwise well preserved. The reason for the popularity of this building type is seen easily. It is simple, dignified and impressive. [ADR]

(Richmond Times Dispatch) — Cokesbury Building in 1952

(Richmond Times-Dispatch) — Cokesbury Building in 1952

The Cokesbury Building, with the Cokesbury Bookstore on the first floor, was an outgrowth of the Methodist Episcopal Book Concern. Created in 1789, this organization was established to religious materials for the Methodist church. It would eventually expand to include books and religious supplies and rebranded as the Cokesbury Press in 1925. By 2012, there would be 57 Cokesbury Book Stores nationwide, one of which used to be on Grace Street.

April 2020

April 2020

But in that same year, Cokesbury announced the closure of their brick-and-mortar stores, and today they’re online only. The Grace Street location had long been abandoned by that point, having relocated to Tuckernuck Square shopping center in 1992. A loss, really. They were more than just religious books and often had unusual or hard to find titles, back in the days before Amazon.

Today, it’s the Cokesbury Building Apartments.

(Cokesbury Building is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


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Suspects Sought in Credit Card Fraud

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photo, who are suspected of using a stolen credit to make fraudulent purchases last week.

On Monday, March 30, the victim was notified that their card had been used at the Farm Fresh located in the 2300 block of East Main Street. Surveillance footage shows two females buying food and cigarettes worth over $400 with the victim’s card. They were last seen leaving the store in a silver convertible with a black top. A photo of the vehicle is attached.

Detectives determined the card was also used at the McDonald’s located in the 1800 block of East Broad Street.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to call First Precinct Detective J. Mitchell at (804) 646-0569 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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