Richmond-based LGBTQ+ youth nonprofit Side by Side is announcing a new fundraiser – and there are some self-improvement opportunities involved.
Side by Side’s LGBTQ Challenge, which stands for “Let’s Get Better Together in Quarantine,” is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign where participants commit to personal betterment goals while raising funds for LGBTQ+ youth in Virginia.
Presented by Capital One, the “30-ish” day challenge runs from National Coming Out Day on October 11 to Friday, November 13.
Personal betterment goals can focus on the mind (reading all the Hunger Games books; learning a new language), the body (running or walking challenges; attending regular outdoor yoga classes) or the spirit (sewing 30 masks for a local charity; learning 30 new TikTok dances).
Participants are encouraged to share their progress on social media with the hashtag #LGBTQChallenge and ask friends and family to support their hard work with donations to Side by Side.
Side by Side aims to raise $30,000 by the end of the challenge.
“We’re excited to create an engaging, socially-distant event that builds community,” said Side by Side executive director Ted Lewis. “All the money raised will go to support LGBTQ+ youth living in Virginia.”
During the LGBTQ Challenge, Side by Side will host virtual events via social media with raffles for prizes from local Richmond businesses. The fundraiser culminates with a grand prize for the individual or team that raises the most money for Side by Side.
Side by Side organizes weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth 11-20 in Richmond, Petersburg, and Charlottesville throughout the year as well as homelessness services for LGBTQ+ young adults 18-25. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit switched to hosting virtual meetings to keep youth, volunteers and staff safe. Side by Side also offers mental health counseling, training for K-12 schools, and more.
To participate in the LGBTQ Challenge, visit https://secure.frontstream.com/lgbtqchallenge. There is a $25 fee to register.
2nd Street Festival Announces 2021 Headliner Plunky & Oneness
For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness.
The 2nd Street Festival will return this fall, live and in person, Saturday – Sunday, October 2-3. Marking its 33rd year, the festival celebrates the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood in Downtown Richmond. This FREE event is produced by Venture Richmond Events.
Over the years, it has grown to be one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest street festivals. In 2019, thousands visited historic Jackson Ward to reminisce about the days when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community and was known as “the Harlem of the South.” Today, Jackson Ward continues to be a thriving neighborhood and community. The 2nd Street Festival is an annual celebration and homecoming over two days that features three stages of live musical entertainment along with a Kidz Zone, popular food vendors, a marketplace and Artists Row to shop, and the Richmond Metropolitan Antique Car Club.
This year the festival features headliner Plunky & Oneness on Saturday, October 2. Many other great artists will be showcased over the two-day event.
Saturday’s Headliner, Plunky & Oneness
J. Plunky Branch
For over 50 years, Richmond saxophonist, songwriter and producer J. Plunky Branch has been at the vanguard of Afro-centric jazz, funk, R&B, house music, and go-go, weaving these interrelated musical forms into a forward-looking message of empowerment, positivity, and cultural awareness. As a native Richmonder, he was mentored by local R&B musicians and music educators, including jazz violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr.
Along with his band, Plunky & Oneness, he has appeared in concert with some of the biggest names in Black music, including Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown, and more. His song “Every Way But Loose” was a top-ten soul music chart hit in London in the 1980’s and his hit single, “Drop,” was released in 2007. He also wrote “2nd Street Jaunt,” a song that Venture Richmond used in TV commercials promoting the 2019 festival.
In addition to being a veteran saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch has served as an administrator, lecturer and teacher. Plunky is a two-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowships and in 2017 was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. Throughout his career Plunky has entertained and taught thousands, and in the process, has developed a broad and loyal following.
More information on the 2nd Street Festival and additional artists performing will follow later this summer as we continue to follow CDC and state guidelines for Covid-19 protocol for large outdoor events. A commitment to safety and adherence to local, state, and federal ordinances and guidelines is crucial.
For up-to-date information about the 2nd Street Festival, please visit: https://venturerichmond.com/our-events/2nd-street-festival-2021/
The 2nd Street Festival is presented by Dominion Energy, Altria, NewMarket Corp., and the City of Richmond
The 2nd Street Festival is sponsored by Virginia Union University, Brown Distributing, CoStar
Group, Community Foundation, Radio One Richmond, NBC12 and CW Richmond
Preview: Rested Kickers Hope to Kick their Way Back into the Race
David Beckham’s B team Ft. Lauderdale is in town and the Kicker plan to bend it right around the Florida goalkeeper.
Opponent: Ft. Lauderdale CF (5-7-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 3 – North Texas 2
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Three Things to Kick About
- Momentum – Two weeks ago the Kickers came back twice to get the win. If they can keep that attitude and more importantly goal-scoring they’ve got a great chance to get the win.
- Keeping Pace or Sinking – The Kickers sit in the bottom half of the table. Due to having a bye week, they had to watch their position sink. A win on Saturday will allow them to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Kickers have 15 points, Ft. Lauderdale 17 so the math is obvious. For reference league leaders Omaha and Greenville sit at 22 points. It’s crucial that the Kickers don’t let that gap widen.
- Young Blood – Earlier this week the Kickers announced the signing of Richmond United midfielder Damian Gallegos to a USL Academy contract. Gallegos (18), a native of Mechanicsville, Va., has played for Richmond United for the last six years. Previously, he was a Richmond Kickers Youth player as a member of the U12 Elite team, and as a member of the travel teams starting at U9. “The Richmond Kickers pro team is about the community and we want to represent that community well,” Sawatzky said. “Damian is from the local youth soccer community and he embodies character in his approach. I think the speed of play and speed of thought in the pro training will help him as he grows, but he is a natural in our culture because he is humble, works hard, and he appreciates the opportunity to play with us before he heads off to college.”
I want to believe. This team has the talent it all comes down to execution. It’s going to be a hot-steamy night and I think the bye week will give the Kickers just enough of an advantage to pull off a win.
Kickers 1 – Baby Beckhams 0
Official Kickers Preview
Richmond came out in the second half and earned a penalty which Terzaghi converted adding to his six-goal tally for the season so far. Then, Terzaghi would assist Jonathan Bolanos for a brilliant lofted shot that would beat several NTX defenders and the goalie as well to hit the corner of the post and bounce over the goal line. Richmond Kickers finished the match with 13 shots. Bolanos and Terzaghi combined for seven shots and five shots on target. Zaca Moran was all over the field and had a passing accuracy of 89.5%. Jalen Crisler had eight clearances and five interceptions and Akira Fitzgerald made six saves to see out the 3-2 win over North Texas for the first time in Richmond Kickers’ history.
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Take Down Your Bird Feeders to Help Fight Unknown Disease
We’re big fans of birds and hope this disease doesn’t cause too much damage.
Statement by Virginia Cooperative Extension Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Virginia is one of a growing number of states in the mid-Atlantic and greater Ohio River Valley regions currently experiencing a situation where large numbers of birds have become sick, incapacitated, or died. Although extensive investigation and testing is underway, a causative agent has not yet been identified. Not all bird species appear to be affected; those most affected so far have been Common Grackles, Blue Jays, European Starlings, American Robins, and various finch species. At this time, there does not appear to be any indication of transmission to or impact for humans, but residents are urged to not come into direct contact with nor handle any birds until such time as a causative factor has been determined.
At this time, residents are being asked to immediately do the following:
- Take down all bird feeders, empty and properly dispose of any unused contents, clean and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) the feeders, and let air dry before putting them into temporary storage. Do not refill or replace feeders until directed that conditions are safe to resume feeding. Although there is no evidence to suggest that hummingbirds currently are being impacted by this event, it is recommended that all hummingbird feeders also should be a part of this sanitation effort.
- Empty, clean, and disinfect (with 10% bleach solution) any bird baths or other receptacle used to provide birds with water for drinking or bathing; do not refill until directed. • Keep companion animals away from sick or dead birds.
- Do not touch or handle sick or dead birds unless necessary for safety reasons; where contact is necessary, wear disposable gloves that then can be disposed safely without exposing others to potential hazard.
- If sick and/or dying birds are encountered, please complete and submit a reporting form (https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/bird-mortalityreporting-form/) to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.
Because of the volume of birds involved in this event, many of our local wildlife rehabilitators are being overwhelmed with requests to provide care. Before thinking about transporting any birds to a rehabilitator, call ahead and make sure the facility is willing and capable of accepting additional patients and to obtain instructions on how to legally and safely transport an animal in need of care.
Additional information about this mortality event can be obtained at the website of the U.S. National Wildlife Health Center (https://www.usgs.gov/news/interagencystatement-usgs-and-partners-investigating-dc-area-bird-mortality-event).
Don’t worry about your feathered friends going hungry. Summertime is a time of plenty for the birds.