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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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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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Suspects Sought in Commercial Burglary on Jahnke Road

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, an unknown male broke into the Shell Gas Station in the 6200 block of Jahnke Road.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photos who are suspects in a commercial burglary that last month.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, an unknown male broke into the Shell Gas Station in the 6200 block of Jahnke Road. Security footage shows two suspects driving a van and parking near the side of the building.

One male broke a window to gain access into the business and stole several cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets. The suspects then fled. Damage to the van is pictured and circled in red.

Anyone with information is asked to call Third Precinct Detective H. Truong at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Little Nickel and Crossroads “Should” Reopen Next Week

Not back to normal but a step in that direction.

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Two neighborhood favorites are set to come out of Covid-19 hibernation.

Little Nickel made this announcement on Facebook along with the slick looking deck addition you see above.

we’re almost back and this time with a bit of outdoor seating! ~ we’ll be making an announcement on monday about our opening date ~ we’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to reopen our tropical paradise safely, thank you so much for your support throughout this process ~

A little birdie told me that the announcement on Monday will be a Wednesday opening. Little birdies are known to be wrong but I trust this one.

Crossroads is not as precise. They’re planning for mid-July. Work is going on to complete a couple projects. Once those wrap up they’ll be pivoting to take out only for a bit.

Next week is mid-July so I’m hopeful that our favorite little coffee shop will be back in action.

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Carytown Watermelon Festival Officially Canceled for this Year

The yearly event that brought crowds and piles of watermelon to Carytown is canceled this year due to Covid-19.

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From Carytown Facebook:

Hello Watermelon Lovers! It is with tremendous sadness that we are writing today that the 37th Carytown Watermelon Festival is being postponed. Local and State Covid-19 regulations in our current Phase of re-opening are limiting any open-air events to a maximum of 250 people. Obviously, this event is much larger than that. In addition, it will always be our first priority to ensure the safety of our guests, vendors, sponsors and Carytown merchants. Although this decision is a difficult one, it is in all our best interest to remain healthy, safe and cognizant of those around us who may be affected by having such a festival. If a fall option becomes available to us, we will post accordingly. Thanks for your 37 years of support and we truly look forward to the next Carytown event.

**Please note that pages and events titled Carytown Watermelon Festival 2020 (that 2020 is the key word) keep popping up. We have tried to get this removed, these are SCAM pages and events, please do not share or add yourself as a co-host**

 

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