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5th Annual Rockin’ on the Avenue

The Reinhart Guest House has served more than 6,000 families, traveling from 48 states, to be near loved ones at St. Mary’s Hospital. This week is their annual fundraiser.

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Rockin’ tickets are available for purchase! What can you expect on June 6? A wonderful menu presented by Lunch and SupperHardywood Park Craft Brewery beers and Biltmore wines, Cirrus Vodka special drink, silent and live auctions, music by the Bart Chucker Band and an energizing celebration of many mission moments! Your giving will help good continue to happen!
https://bsvaf.ejoinme.org/Rockinontheavenue

WE ARE ROCKIN’
When we imagined an annual fundraising event, the goals were very organic – to raise critical awareness about the Reinhart Guest House mission, invite the community into our home to celebrate the ministry, and raise necessary funds to sustain the Reinhart Guest House operation for the long term. The response to this event has been overwhelmingly positive, so we will be rockin’ again!

REINHART GUEST HOUSE IMPACT
Since opening our doors in June 2014, the Reinhart Guest House has served more than 6,000 families, traveling from 48 states, to be near loved ones at St. Mary’s Hospital. No day is the same in how the Guest House impacts our families, but what we can say for certain, the Guest House ministry is delivering a consistent message of hope and faith. Community members have entered our home daily to serve in many heartfelt ways, from writing notes filled with prayers and hope for our families, to preparing home-cooked meals that have most assuredly generated positive energy for our families. We receive in-kind gifts such as nonperishable food, supplies and other household products that help us maintain our home and comfort the families. We see the impact of this kindness in the eyes of our caregivers every day.

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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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Richmond Police, Mayor Stoney apologize after tear gas deployed before curfew on protesters

Protesters took to the streets of Richmond again Monday night and were met with a forceful response and the deployment of tear gas by Richmond Police – an action for which the department and Mayor Stoney later apologized.

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Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Richmond again Monday afternoon and evening to speak out after the death of George Floyd. The group organized near both the Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart Monuments on Monument Avenue and remained mainly peaceful until police approached demonstrators at the Lee statue and deployed tear gas, as can be seen below from the below Twitter video from VPM.

Around the same time, reports began coming in that protesters at the Stuart monument were attempting to bring it down. A young demonstrator scaled the base of the statue and took what appeared to be a hack saw to the leg of the monument’s horse in an effort to bring it down. Police responded by calling on protesters to stand down, citing the weight of the monuments and their potential to crush bystanders.

Richmond Police and Mayor Levar Stoney later apologized for the deployment of tear gas on peaceful protesters – well below the 8:00 PM curfew – saying it was uncalled for and inviting protesters to City Hall at noon Tuesday to “apologize in person.” For its part, RPD said the officers involved had been “removed from the field” and would be subject to disciplinary action.

The protesters then continued marching down Franklin Street, then W. Broad Street, where things fizzled out around 10:30 PM near 14th Street.

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PHOTOS: Protests continue for third day around Richmond, tear gas deployed as marchers ignore 8PM curfew

Hundreds of protesters rallied at sites around town Sunday as the third day of protests in response to the death of George Floyd took place in Richmond.

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Hundreds of protesters rallied at sites around town Sunday as the third day of protests in response to the death of George Floyd took place in Richmond. Protesters gathered at peaceful rallies on Brown’s Island and at the 17th Street Farmers Market downtown on Sunday morning.

Later in the day, another group formed at the Lee and Jackson monuments on Monument Avenue in the Fan. As dusk approached, the group made their way east on Franklin Street, turning onto W. Grace Street and then Broad Street near City Hall and Children’s Hospital at VCU.

An 8:00 PM curfew put in place by Mayor Levar Stoney did not deter most protesters, who continued marching and chanting until Richmond Police deployed tear gas and pepper spray into the crowd. Slowly, over the course of an hour, protesters dispersed.

Many businesses along W. Broad Street from Arthur Ashe Boulevard to the Arts District, already left cleaning up broken glass and graffiti Sunday morning from Saturday night’s protests, were left on edge, though there were far fewer reports of property damage Sunday.  Many of the businesses affected were small or minority-owned. By Sunday, many showed their support for the protests, spray painting “Black Lives Matter” or “Small/Minority-Owned” on their window coverings to both show solidarity and deter further damage.

Photographer Dave Parrish caught much of the Fan/Downtown protest Sunday afternoon and files these photos.

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Science on Tap is Going Viral

Science Museum of Virginia is offering its online Happy Hour version of their super popular adults-only program.

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Science on Tap events are among the most popular the Science Museum of Virginia offers, but current conditions make an in-person jam-packed night of kid-free science fun a no-no right now. Museum staff are not ready to bid adieu to the series just because the Museum is currently closed to the public, so Science on Tap is going digital. (Think virtual SNL with science nerds.)

It is not only the platform that is going viral: staff are going to take a shot at all things virus related, hence the event name Science on Tap: Going Viral.

The Museum’s favorite historian and past Science on Tap speaker, Jim Blow, is back by popular demand for his typically risqué talk, this time tackling some of the worst “cures” in history. Museum Scientist Dr. Jeremy Hoffman will host trivia about living in a corona world (please re-read that while singing “Material Girl”). In addition, the Dome tag team of astronomer Justin Bartel and content producer Prabir Mehta will take guests on a cosmic journey to learn how things spread in space.

Just because it is on Zoom this time does not mean the rules change: as with the in-person events, the content will be aimed at an adult audience and is not kid friendly.

When:
Thursday, May 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Who:
Curious-minded adults are invited to join the Museum from home for this happy hour packed with science fun. Guests are welcome to pour themselves a cocktail, reminded to brush their hair because they will be on screen and, for the love of all things science, highly encouraged to put on pants before joining.

Science on Tap is presented by WestRock.

How:
Guests should register on the Museum’s website before noon on May 28. They will be emailed the link to access the Zoom program at 3 p.m. the day of the event. Space is limited to 300 spots. Guests should register per device access, not per person.

The Museum is not charging for this Science on Tap event. Guests who would like to help the Museum continue offering a variety of engaging programs are welcome to make a donation on the organization’s website or through PayPal.

Why:
Prior to closing to prevent the spread of the virus, the Museum was planning to host the next in-person Science on Tap in June. That is now cancelled, but giving adults the chance to participate in an event they may have previously attended at the Museum provides a sliver of normalcy during turbulent times.

In addition, providing a reminder about the importance of science in people’s lives has never been more important, and continues to be paramount to the Museum’s mission. Lastly, the program is packed with humor and science says laughing is good for your health.

Museum staff are working hard to keep people entertained and enriched while socially distant. Plus, this gives participants something to talk about on their next video chat other than “Tiger King.”

 

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