The Wrap: Change for RVA Schools, artoberVA, drive your car at Richmond Raceway for charity, and awesome outdoor events this weekend

The Wrap: Change for RVA Schools, artoberVA, drive your car at Richmond Raceway for charity, and awesome outdoor events this weekend

Get caught up on the week’s top headlines, learn the five things you need to know, and find something fun to do this weekend with The Wrap!

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The week in brief

Good afternoon, Wrappers! It’s going to be a nice weekend, and there’s plenty to do outside as you’ll see in our Weekend Event Picks below. One of the biggest is the 30th anniversary of the Second Street Festival in Jackson Ward, and we’ve got your complete event guide right here. Another fun pick: Got $20? You can take your own vehicle on the track at Richmond Raceway for charity tomorrow. Yes, really! And finally, Music in the Park wraps up this Sunday at Forest Hill Park. More on the weekend’s bigger events below.

After City Council approved a 1.5% Meals Tax increase to support new school construction in the City of Richmond earlier in the year, Mayor Levar Stoney is now pushing a new campaign to encourage folks to dine out (as if we don’t do that enough or have enough places to do so). “Change for RVA Schools” aims to get folks to go out and give the city those sweet, sweet tax dollars. More here.

Our resident photographer, Suzanne Velasco, has been busy! She was at the kickoff for Hispanic Heritage Month at the VMFA last Friday, and the Great American Beard & Moustache Competition last Saturday. Plus, Richard Hayes has some great photos from the Dog Festival last weekend, too.

artoberVA is going on all month, and there’s lots of great interactive (and passive) arts and entertainment to enjoy around town! Here are some key picks.

Snoop Dogg is coming to the Richmond Coliseum, it was announced this week. The OG will bring his Puff Puff Pass tour to the River City on December 6th.

The Richmond Kickers’ final home game is tomorrow at City Stadium–here’s our game preview.

Five things you need to know

  1. The Science Museum of Virginia is opening a community “makerspace.” Here’s what we know.
  2. A Henrico car salesman donated $5,000 to help a veteran get into a badly-needed new car.
  3. The VMFA has signed a cultural exchange agreement with the National Museum of China.
  4. Six additional Henrico County schools have earned full SOL accreditation this year.
  5. We have a sobering look inside a poorly-run Forest Hill assisted living facility that may soon be shut down.

Weekend event picks

Weekend Event Picks: Hogtober, MakerFest, Second Street Festival, and State Fair



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