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State of Emergency and Road Closures for this Holiday Weekend

Monday is Federal Holiday but the Capitol grounds are expected to be crowded with protestors and those hoping to discuss issues with their representatives for Lobby Day.

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Monday is Martin Luther King Day and it is also Lobby Day at the Capitol. Lobby Day is traditionally a day where citizens and organizations meet with elected officials and share their viewpoints. This Lobby Day will be a bit different. The Gun Rights lobby is calling on hundreds of activists to descend upon the Capitol grounds to protest any legislation related to gun ownership.

The situation is considered volatile. So volatile that Governor Northam has declared a State of Emergency for Richmond beginning tonight (Friday) through Tuesday evening.

Governor Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency in advance of expected demonstrations on Capitol Square on Monday, January 20, 2020. Law enforcement intelligence analysts have identified credible threats of violence surrounding the event, along with white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia groups to attend.

The Governor’s declaration prohibits all weapons, including firearms, from Capitol grounds, and will provide joint law enforcement and public safety agencies the resources they need to keep demonstrators, policymakers, and all Virginians safe.

This emergency declaration is temporary, and extends from Friday, January 17 at 5:00 PM until Tuesday, January 21 at 5:00 PM.

These fears of violence were given more credence when the FBI arrested three suspected white-supremacists that were planning on attending Monday’s rally. From the article, the armed men “planned to travel to a pro-gun rally next week in Richmond in anticipation of a possible race war”.

In addition to the weapons ban access to the Capitol grounds will be limited and several roads around the Capitol grounds will be closed (see map above).

 

JJ McNabb is a Fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and a contributor on anti-government extremism at Forbes. She has this excellent thread on Twitter on what has brought us to this point where a normal lobby day has turned into a State of Emergency and fears of violence.

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12th Annual Forest Hill 5K Hits the Hills on March 22nd

A great event in the neighborhood that sends2th Annual Forest Hill 5K the serious and not so serious runners into the Hills.

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I stole this text from the Forest Hill Neighborhood Newsletter. If you’re offended please feel free to remove the little card that says PRESS that is placed in my hatband.

Don’t miss the this year’s Run for the Hills! 5K.   We will be running, or doing something vaguely similar,  on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Run, jog, or walk. Come enjoy the park with us.

  • Online registration:  Register by clicking this link Active.com.  Beat the March 15th early registration deadline to guarantee your cool t-shirt.
  • On-site registration (and sign-in):  You may register at the Stone House on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon and on Sunday, March 22th from 8 am to the beginning of the race.  T-shirts are first come first serve.

Our Facebook event has all the race info including this year’s route map, tee, and a link to the registration form.

Join the team.
Can you volunteer your time to assist runners, take photos, or something more? We need help with all aspects of the race.  Would you consider donating noisemakers, sidewalk chalk, or balloons to make our finish line festive?  Email us at foresthillassoc@gmail.com if you are interested.

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Don’t Give the Cold Shoulder to the Science Museum’s Next Cold Themed After Dark

Science Museum of Virginia has a flurry of ice and snow-themed activities.

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Snow has been lacking in the Commonwealth this winter but a trip to the Science Museum on Friday will allow you to enjoy winter without the soggy socks and cold nose.

Calling all magical snow queens, quirky and courageous princesses and reindeer-loving outdoorsmen: the Science Museum of Virginia is inviting guests to come in out of the cold and warm up to a flurry of ice and snow-themed activities at the February Science After Dark.

The Frozen Science event on February 21 will feature swimming pools full of a snow-like sensory polymer, paper snowflake making, Super Cool liquid nitrogen demos, a soap cloud activity, snowball catapult making, winter character crafts and a live planetarium show in the Dome at 7:00 p.m.

Because of the popularity of the feature film with younger guests, the Museum will show “Frozen” (PG) on the Dome’s 76-foot screen twice during the event, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress like their favorite character from the film.

The Museum’s four floors of exhibits and labs will be open during the event, including the touring exhibition “Giant Insects,” featuring enormous robotic insects, numerous interactive stations and terrariums with live bugs.

Weather permitting, the Richmond Astronomical Society will be on the front lawn with telescopes letting guests stargaze after the sun goes down.

When:
Friday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Who:
Guests of all ages are invited to attend. Guests named Elsa, Anna, Kristoff or Olaf get free admission! (Some sort documentation to verify the name with the same spelling as the character is required and must be shown in-person when tickets are purchased.)

How:
Science After Dark admission is $10 online prior to the day of the event. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.50 for adults; $13.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older) and $10 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Science After Dark admission is free for Museum members, children under 2, educators, military and college students with a valid ID.

Admission includes exhibits and event programming. Guests can add “Frozen” for $5; members may use a Dome pass if they wish. Dome feature film tickets are available for purchase only at Guest Services the night of the event. The Dome seats 250 guests.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

Food and drinks, including craft beer, are available for purchase during Science After Dark in The Periodic Table café.

 

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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