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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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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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Photos: Sunflowers at Alvis Farms

The Sunflower Festival was this past weekend but you can still check thousands of sunflowers.

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This morning we jumped in the car and headed out past Short Pump to Alvers Farm. This past weekend they held their 2nd Annual Sunflower Festival. Fortunately for oblivious folks like me you can still visit the farm and check out their 50 acres of sunflowers, sunflower maze and pick your own sunflower patch. Flowers will cost you $2 a stem or 3 for $5.

The farm is open through Thursday, July 16th. You can check it out for $5 from 8-10 AM or from 5-8 PM. We got there right at 8 AM and a steady crowd trickled in as the temperature climbed. Hit that link above for directions to the farm.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden reopens Thursday with timed ticketing options

Starting Thursday you’ll be able to visit the garden grounds again, but you’ll need a timed ticket in order to ensure social distancing.

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From Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden:

For the safety of all during COVID-19, the Garden is using an online, timed ticketing system where you can choose the time you will arrive. Garden members must reserve their free member tickets through this system. Children under age 3 do not need a ticket. All tickets are online only; no walk-ups.

IMPORTANT: On your first visit to our new online ticketing system, you will be prompted to create an account with your email address, a password and contact information. Members, you do not use your membership account to purchase tickets; ticketing and membership are two separate systems.

Once you have a ticketing account, you will be able to sign in with your username and password to purchase tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable and Garden member tickets are non-transferable. The Garden is open rain or shine and only closed for severe inclement weather. Any weather-related closings are posted to lewisginter.org or social media.

Members, you can buy the same number of tickets as corresponds to your membership type. For example, an individual member can buy one ticket. A dual member can buy two. A family member can buy 2 adults and up to 6 kids tickets. Friends members can buy up to 4 adult and 8 kids tickets.

Not a member yet? It may be your best deal; learn more about member benefits.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Deep Run Roadhouse Closes Its VCU Restaurant

The original location at 12379 Gayton Road is still serving up barbecue so don’t fret if Deep Run Roadhouse was your go-to que.

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Shed a barbecue flavored tear as a solid BBQ joint closes its VCU outpost. Deep Run Roadhouse brought the flavors of Alamo to the Fan and the West End. Paul Hubbard was the smoke master of Alamo, sold his interest in the Church Hill legend and opened up Deep Run Roadhouse out on Glayton Road. Five years ago he expanded to 309 N. Laurel Street. Now only the West End restaurant remains but he hopes to come back into town.

Full message posted to Facebook:

Its been an amazing and successful 5 years, but our lease has come to an end. We are currently looking for a larger space to eventually move into, so we can be back downtown someday soon. Our West End store is still open 7 days a week from 11am – 9pm and it is thriving.

There are no words that could express our gratitude to all of our patrons and the VCU community. We will always honor our 10% off commitment to all patrons with a VCU ID at our West End location. We also hope to still continue being VCU’s preferred BBQ Catering Company for many years to come.

With ALL of the love, sincerity, and respect imaginable, our Deep Run Roadhouse family thanks all the awesome employees and patrons, that made the last 5 years a success. We are also very fortunate to mention, that all employees at our VCU location that wanted to stay with the company, have kept their jobs and have received a higher pay rate at our West End store and in our catering department.

We will dearly miss cooking for you all and hope that you will visit us at our West End Location someday soon.

Cheers,

The Deep Run Roadhouse Family

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