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57th Annual Holiday House Tour Opens its Doors this Weekend

Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to check out nine wonderful Fan homes all decked out for the holidays.

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The tour features 9 fabulous homes built between 1902 and 1913. Visit www.fandistrict.org/HHT-2019 tour details and ticket information.
This is the 57th year of the Holiday House Tour, which is the FDA’s most popular fundraising event. Every year, the FDA awards more than $25,000 to local organizations such as VisArts, FeedMore, Ronald McDonald House, Art 180, Higher Achievement and our Fan zoned schools William Fox Elementary, Binford Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School. The tour is walkable, and two trolleys will be circling the Fan from noon until 5pm each day for those who wish to ride.

Beginning November 14, you can save $10 by purchasing a ticket for the advance price of $25. In-person advance ticket sales locations are listed below and at www.fandistrict.org/HHT-2019 where you can also buy a ticket voucher redeemable on the day of the tour at the hospitality stops listed on the website.

Pricing & Where to Purchase:
Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of the tour. All sales are final.
ADVANCE On-Line tickets are available for $25 through December 13 at www.fandistrict.org/HHT-2019
ADVANCE In-person tickets are on sale for $25 through December 13, and can be purchased from these tour partners:

In the Fan:
Capital Market Cafe (former Black Swan Books location)
open everyday
2601 E. Main Street
(cash or check)

Strawberry Fields
open Mon.-Sat.
423 N. Strawberry St.
(cash, check or credit card)

Ruth & Ollie
open Mon.-Sat.
3108 W. Cary St.
(cash, check or credit card)

Carytown Collective
open Tues.-Sun.
3422 W. Cary St.
(cash or check)

Elwood Thompson’s
4 N. Thompson St.
open every day (cash or check)

Commonwealth Senior Living
open everyday
501 N. Allen
(cash or check)

Near West End:
Shops at 5807
open everyday
5807 Patterson Ave.
(cash or check)

Libbie Market
open every day
400 Libbie Ave.
(cash or check)

Northside:
Twig
open Tues-Sun
6112B Lakeside Ave
(cash or check)

Short Pump:
Tweed
open everyday
4035 Lauderdale Dr.
(cash or check)

DAY-OF Tickets:
$35 at our hospitality stop locations:
– Doctors’ Hospital, 2621 Grove Ave
– Commonwealth Senior Living, (formerly Greenfield Residences) 501 N. Allen Ave
– Fan District Association office at 208 Strawberry St

Hours: Saturday 11:30am – 4pm, and Sunday 11:30am – 4pm.

ALL SALES FINAL

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Local food bank aims to “Feed More” people in need

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., John White packs the trunk of his black Mercedes-Benz with meals that he distributes to people in need in Central Virginia. For two years, White has been a volunteer with Feed More, a local organization involved with Meals on Wheels and Feeding America that serves Central Virginia through its 10 nutrition-assistance programs.

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Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., John White packs the trunk of his black Mercedes-Benz with meals that he distributes to people in need in Central Virginia.

For two years, White has been a volunteer with Feed More, a local organization involved with Meals on Wheels and Feeding America that serves Central Virginia through its 10 nutrition-assistance programs.

“It’s been an education for me,” White said. “There’s quite a bit of poverty out there and it’s so good to see the outreach that we have with Meals on Wheels.”

This Thursday, Kroger is funding over 800 Thanksgiving dinners with a donation of $7,500. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Kroger has donated to Feed More for the holidays.

“We’re immensely grateful to Kroger for their continued dedication to giving back to the community and their enthusiasm and passion for fighting hunger in Richmond,” Feed More CEO Doug Pick said in a news release.

The partnership makes it possible for families in need to spend their Thanksgiving enjoying turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more.

At least 11% of U.S. households lived in a state of food insecurity at some point in 2018, according to the USDA.

Food insecurity is classified as households that are either uncertain of having, or unable to acquire enough food to meet the needs of their family.

Feed More has existed in Virginia for more than five decades, beginning with the formation of its Meals on Wheels program, which in 1967, served just eight clients.

Since then, the organization has grown to serve almost 200,000 people throughout 29 counties and five cities across Central Virginia.

“With the support of our community, we are able to provide our neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment,” said Audrey Gilani, marketing coordinator at Feed More.

More than 1,600 people volunteered with Feed More in 2018, donating a total of nearly 70,000 hours. About 460 groups also volunteered for almost 83,000 hours.

“I am so impressed with the organization, the efficiency and the good-will spirit of the volunteers at Feed More,” White stated in a social media message.

Feed More received nearly $45 million worth of donated food in 2018, primarily from retailers, manufacturers and produce growers. Half of the donated food consisted of fresh produce and meat.

The organization receives millions of pounds of donated food each year. During 2018 the largest donor was Food Lion with more than 5 million pounds, followed by Walmart with about 4.5 million pounds.

Multiple Feed More programs are dedicated to children living in food insecurity. The Weekend Backpack program distributed over 55,000 meals to 54 schools for children to take home on weekends.

In Central Virginia, one in seven children do not know when their next meal will be, according to Feed More. Gilani says she is pleased with how programs such as Mobile Pantry, School Market and Weekend Backpacks reach vulnerable communities struggling with food access.

“Feed More is there for our neighbors when they need us most,” Gilani said.

Collectively, Feed More has distributed nearly 21 million meals to those in need.

“If the rest of us will just provide them with the resources,” volunteer Bill McCoy said, “the chances of anybody in the region having to go to bed hungry go way down.”

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Check Out Local Comic Scene at the Richmond Indie Comic Expo

An indie comic expo featuring VCUarts students and alumni, and other local artists this Saturday at VCU James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall 303.

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RICE’s mission is to share the joy of comics, promote local artists and VCUarts alum, and add to the thriving Richmond arts community year after year. As a VCUarts student-run organization, RICE is also dedicated to giving special emphasis to VCUarts alumni and their work, while encouraging current students to get involved with the greater comics community.

Not only will it feature students and alumni but other local artists have been invited to attend. The expo is Sunday, November 17th from 11 AM – 5 PM.

Jenni Gough of VCU News has the details on an indie comic expo going down this Sunday at VCU.:

Everyone from the avid comic book collector to the novice will find something interesting at the expo. Khodabandeh said one of the biggest reasons to attend the expo is to see and meet the people who are making the art, something that is not as easy to do at larger expos, such as GalaxyCon.

“You are actually meeting the people making the comics,” he said. “And the comics are their own characters, their own stories they are telling. It’s not them drawing a picture of Wolverine because they like Wolverine. It’s ‘here’s my character that I developed myself, and I have printed myself and I am going to get to sign it and talk to you about it.’”

The Richmond Indie Comic Expo Facebook page is profiling many of the artists:

Work by Mai Lan Ireland

Mai Lan Ireland is an illustrator who loves slice of life stories. She is inspired by intricate visual development art and loves to focus on small details to make a piece unique. She is also a printmaker who loves how versatile risographs and screen

printing are and tends to use dogs in her prints to talk about mental health. – Full Profile and more samples of their work.

Work by Ky Williams

Ky Williams is a character designer illustrator, comic maker, and student currently living in Richmond Va. He loves to illustrate bright and action packed worlds full of unique characters. However his main goal is to tell stories that a reader can relate to no matter where it takes place and who is in it. – Full Profile and more samples of their work.

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Photos and Game Summary: VCU Grab the Tiger by the Tail and Hold on for the Win

A game of two halves. VCU outscored LSU by 12 in the first half and were outscored by LSU in the second half by 10.

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Official VCU Game Summary:

Final Score: VCU 84, #23 LSU 82
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 3-0, LSU 1-1
Attendance: 7,637 (137th consecutive sellout)

The Short Story: A defensive stand in the final seconds of the game secured an 84-82 victory over the 23rd-ranked LSU Tigers in a heavyweight battle at the Siegel Center on Wednesday night.

OPENING TIP

  • VCU brought the havoc, forcing 26 turnovers and scoring 37 points off of those turnovers
  • Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva once again led the way, posting his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He added four steals and two blocks
  • Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins added 15 points and three steals for the Black & Gold
  • Redshirt senior guard Marcus Evans shot 7-of-8 from the free throw line and finished with 15 points before fouling out with 1:40 left in regulation
  • Redshirt senior guard Issac Vann used a pair of 3-pointers and a 5-of-6 night at the charity stripe to add 11 points and sophomore wing Vince Williams put five Rams in double-figures with 11 points of his own
  • Five different Tigers scored double-figures as well, led by Skylar Mays’ 23

THE DIFFERENCE

  • As the clock read 26 seconds, Jenkins hit a pair of free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt to give the Rams an 83-82 lead. The Rams forced a missed floater by LSU, and Santos-Silva was fouled while pulling down his 11th rebound of the night. He hit 1-of-2 at the line with 4.9 seconds remaining
  • On LSU’s final possession, VCU’s pressure forced the Tigers to dribble the ball out of bounds
  • Back-and-forth play kept the game extremely close down the stretch, but LSU managed to regain a lead, 82-81, with 41 seconds left
  • VCU used a 20-9 burst late in the second half to turn a close game into a 50-38 halftime advantage
  • The Tigers refused to go quietly, however, mounting a 25-14 run to begin the second half that pulled them within one

NOTABLES

  • The Rams improve to 2-0 all-time against LSU and 5-2 against nationally ranked opponents at the Siegel Center
  • LSU owned a 17-16 lead at the 11:06 mark in the first half, but following VCU’s 20-9 run, the Tigers didn’t lead again until the score read 82-81 with 41 seconds left in the contest
  • VCU has now won 14 straight home games dating back to last season
  • VCU’s win was its first over a ranked opponent under Coach Mike Rhoades

WHAT’S NEXT
The Rams welcome Jacksonville State to the Siegel Center for a Noon matchup on Sunday, Nov. 17.

 

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