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All Aboard, the Train Tradition Returns to Science Museum of Virginia

The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities.

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It wouldn’t be the weekend after Thanksgiving in Richmond without train-themed fun at the Science Museum of Virginia’s Model Railroad Show, presented by Dominion Energy. While the event will look different this year due to capacity limitations, the Museum is excited to host the model train club displays for the 43rd year November 27 through 29.

The three-day event features six different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, guests will also enjoy seeing the classic scenes in the displays of clubs that have participated in previous Model Railroad Shows for decades.

“The Model Railroad Show is a nearly half century Virginia holiday tradition,” said Chief Wonder Officer Richard Conti. “It was important to us to keep the tradition going, but to do so in the safest manner possible. Every change we’ve made to this year’s event is designed to help manage guest flow to create a safe and enjoyable event for families to create lasting memories.”

One of the most important changes for this year’s event is that all guests – including Museum members – must purchase tickets in advance through the website or by calling guest services. No walk-up tickets will be sold at the Museum. Tickets go on sale on the Museum’s website today, Nov. 10.

To manage the flow of guests, the Museum is offering timed entry both to the Museum and to the Model Railroad Show with a limited number of tickets available in each timeslot. When purchasing a ticket, guests will select their Museum entry time. Entry to the Model Railroad Show, held in the Dewey Gottwald Center, will be 30 minutes after guests arrive at the Museum.

The Museum will offer member-only hours each day from 8 – 9:15 a.m.; general public entry times will begin at 9:30 a.m. daily. The last ticket time slot will be 3:45 p.m. each day to allow guests time to experience the Model Railroad Show before the Museum closes at 5 p.m.

The Museum has adjusted operating procedures, including requiring masks, so guests are encouraged to review the reopening policies on the Museum’s website at www.smv.org/welcome before their visit. There is no reentry to the space housing the Model Railroad Show and/or the Museum all three days of the event.

While at the Museum during Model Railroad Show weekend, guests can take in free planetarium shows offered in the Dome at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Guests can also help with a collaborative railroad scene and make a conductor hat in The Forge. Museum educators will offer steam engine demos in various places around the building, and this year’s event also includes a display of historical Broad Street Station items from the Museum’s collection. In addition to the themed activities, the Museum’s “Speed,” “Boost!” and “Giant Insects” exhibits will all be open for guests to explore.

The Museum is grateful for Dominion Energy’s continued support of the Model Railroad Show as they return as presenting sponsor for the third year.

“We are especially pleased to sponsor this event again this year,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “The expansive display of model trains will bring some much-needed joy and fun to our community as 2020 comes to a close.”

Model Railroad Show activities are free with Museum admission. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Qualifying guests should call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving those tickets with the discount code.

Planetarium shows in the Dome are free of charge all weekend, and seating is first come, first served. Each showing is limited to 50 people, and there is no food or drink allowed in the Dome. The Museum’s gift shop will be open each day of the show, but the café and concessions will be closed.

 

Check out more of our photos from last year’s show.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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Registration now open to host an Anthem LemonAid stand this summer

During the weekend event, hundreds of lemonade stands will pop up throughout the Richmond area to benefit hematology and oncology services at CHoR. Anyone who is interested in hosting a lemonade stand is encouraged to register now to secure a kit.

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has announced that registration for one of Richmond’s beloved summer fundraising events, Anthem LemonAid presented by Richmond Ford, is now open. The 22nd annual Anthem LemonAid will take place over the weekend of July 22-24, 2022.

During the weekend event, hundreds of lemonade stands will pop up throughout the Richmond area to benefit hematology and oncology services at CHoR. Anyone who is interested in hosting a lemonade stand is encouraged to register now to secure a kit. Registration is free and the kit includes lemonade mix, cups, a pitcher, and Anthem LemonAid signage. Registrants can select the location of their choice for the stand and raise funds through lemonade sales.

Each year, an Anthem LemonAid ambassador is selected to help promote the event. This year’s ambassador is Thomas Carley, an 11-year-old patient at CHoR who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2020. In the role of ambassador, Carley will visit area lemonade stands and encourage others to support the hospital.

“I decided to participate because I wanted to help people like me who have cancer,” said Carley, who is a fifth-grader at Collegiate School in Richmond.

Registration will remain open until July 19. LemonAid stand kit pickup will be held on Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 21 on the front lawn of CHoR’s Brook Road hospital campus. Once registered, additional details about kit pickup will be provided closer to the event.

“We look forward to this sweet Richmond event every year as it’s so exciting to think about a weekend where thousands of Richmonders are showing their support for CHoR by either hosting a stand or buying lemonade,” said Lauren Moore, president, and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’re eager to see the registrations start coming in and watch the momentum build for another great season of Anthem LemonAid presented by Richmond Ford.”

“Investing in our community is key to our mission and something that is extremely important for me and for our associates, and this is one of my favorite events,” said Jeff Ricketts, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia. “We are excited to continue our long-time support of this summertime tradition, which makes a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of so many vulnerable children in Virginia.”

Since the event’s inception in 2000, Anthem LemonAid has raised more than $1,113,000 for CHoR. For more information on the 2022 event, visit www.anthemlemonaidrichmond.com.

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¿Qué Pasa? Festival is Rescheduled Due to Weather

Visitors will be able to experience a vibrant Canal Walk bringing the community together while showcasing the dynamic culture, sounds, tastes and feelings of Hispanic & Latin American countries

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Update 5/4/22:

The ¿Qué Pasa? Festival that was planned for May 7 is now being moved to June 11 due to inclement weather in the forecast, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber announced.

“We are making this decision solely with our partners’ and vendors’ safety and happiness in mind. This move will also ensure maximum turnout to the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival, providing more guests and customers for our many vendors, since the weather would majorly dampen our turnout as well as cause issues for our fantastic entertainers & dance groups,” the chamber said in the announcement.

The festival will still be held along the Canal Walk from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The VAHCC is excited to showcase the diversity and beauty of Hispanic & Latin American cultures once again, in the capital city of Virginia! The goal of this festival is not only to bring a cultural and educational experience to Virginia, but to also bring business back to our amazing local businesses, artisans, food vendors, entertainers, and more!

Dance the day and night away to our amazing live Latin music and prepare to be mesmerized by incredible performances by local favorites. Enjoy delicious Latin culinary staples, savory desserts, select beers, and specialty drinks. Stroll through our artisan market, featuring unique vendors, live artist exhibitions, homemade crafts, gifts, and more. Enjoy some family fun in our Kid’s Area featuring educational installations with arts and crafts activities. Attendees will also enjoy a colorful ride along Richmond’s historic canals on the beautifully decorated boats inspired by the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Mexico.

 

Please visit www.quepasafestival.com for all information about ¿Qué Pasa? Festival.

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