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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Throw the Switch (officially) November 23rd

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While many things are different in 2020, one of the region’s favorite events will return: Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. This year’s show will run November 23, 2020, through January 10, 2021 (closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 24 & 25).

Safety is the top priority as the Garden makes appropriate adjustments to GardenFest during this time of COVID-19. This year’s GardenFest is designed so small groups of friends and family can relax, have fun and make special memories in a magical outdoor setting.

“Our staff and volunteers know how important Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is to the community,” says Interim Executive Director Kim Dove. “Although it’s a challenging time, we’re committed to offering the best display and experience possible given the challenges of COVID-19 and the Garden’s focus on safety.”

TICKETS: All tickets must be prepurchased before coming to the Garden. They are available online ONLY. Tickets are limited and have a 30-minute arrival time window.

Due to the governor’s new mandate and COVID-19 restrictions, the number of visitors permitted at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at any given time has been substantially reduced. In an effort to allow as many people as possible to see GardenFest, we are asking guests to limit their visit this year to one hour. With this year’s exhibition being all outdoors, we think an hour will be ample time for most to view the lights. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and patience as we navigate these new restrictions together.

SAFETY: Masks are required for all guests over age 10. There are separate entry and exit points and social distancing protocols.

ALL OUTDOORS, INCLUDING (NEW!) MODEL TRAINS
This year’s show is all outdoors. Thousands of lights line garden paths and twinkle in trees under the night sky. The Garden is highlighting displays from previous GardenFests, allowing guests to search for favorite forms, including giant flowers, the peacock, unicorn and dragon. New this year is an outdoor model train display. Guests can look for the trains chugging around the Garden Keeper’s Cottage in the Children’s Garden. (Please note: a number of facilities and activities from previous years make physical distancing challenging and are not part of this year’s show, but should return next year.) Dining and shopping with special safety protocols continue to be a part of the GardenFest experience. Please check Garden’s website for more details, including safety protocols and updates about Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.

BEST LIGHTS CONTEST: For the third year in a row, the Garden is in the running for USA Today’s 10 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights in the nation. People can vote daily through Monday, Dec. 7 at noon. Winners will be announced Dec. 18. The Garden placed fourth and second in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The link to vote is: https://bit.ly/VOTEGardenFest

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Richmond Animal Care and Control Looking for Information on Dog Found in Dumpster

The dog was found in a dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills (5852 Westower Drive). If you have an information please call 647-5573 or email [email protected]

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From RACC Facebook:

We just don’t know what to say about this one. Swear words want to come out first…followed by tears…then back to bigger swear words. 😡😭😡 This sweet dog was found in this dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills. No joke. Citizens saw him and called our team. Officer Jones removed him from the dumpster and took him straight to Virginia Veterinary Centers.

We named him Blue Skies. 🌼 He’s 10 months old and was in terrible shape; starved, covered in feces, with open wounds on his body-our RACC Medical Pics closed group shows more (if you can handle graphic). We need your help finding the person responsible for his suffering. Please call 647-5573 or email [email protected] with information. Our hearts are breaking over the sweet spirit of this dog that deserves a chance at a better life. 💔 Please share-plus he will need a home-email if you can help with that too. 💕 #weareyourcityshelter #throwninthetrash #HelpUsHelpHim #ijustcantanymore

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Sacred Heart Center Needs Help Filling Up their Food Bank

The Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish has been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.

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Sacred Heart Center at  1400 Perry Street runs a food bank and donations are not keeping up with current demand. You can donate items directly (contactless) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or make a donation online.
A message from Sacred Heart Center.

Dear Sacred Heart Center Friends and Family,

While Sacred Heart Center continues to implement our educational programs remotely for our community, we are currently accepting food donations to support our families during this critical time.

Due to the great need that our families experience, demonstrated in the number of people served each time we open the food bank (more than 150 people per day,) through our Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish, we have been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.

We will be accepting food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Donations can be dropped off at the side of our main building, located at 1400 Perry Street. Please drive into Sacred Heart’s parking lot and pull up to the designated parking spot located next to the first door on the left.

Please stay in your vehicle and someone will come to accept your donations.

If you would like to help replenish our food pantry, but are unable to come to the SHC, please consider donating online so that we can continue to support our community at this time.

We are accepting all food items while also strongly asking for foods that our community consumes:

  • Corn flour
  • Tortillas
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Rice
  • Baby formula
  • Snacks for small children
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Tuna
  • Canned Fruit
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Cooking oils

    Other items we are accepting:

  • Personal Care Products (Deodorants, lotions, dental care, hair care, shaving needs, laundry detergent)
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Latex gloves
  • Paper & Plastic bags to distribute food
  • Cardboard Boxes to distribute food
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • Large size diapers (size 4-6)

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering for our Curbside Food Bank,  please do not hesitate to ask:

 [email protected].

If you are in a position to give back to the community, please join us!

To stay up to date on available community resources, please visit our website at: www.shcrichmond.org/en/links We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.

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Free Covid-19 Testing Today at Regency Square

As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports 4,515 new positive cases of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth and 63 new deaths as a result of the virus. VDH reports 496 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 200, Henrico: 189, and Richmond: 107).

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Today’s the day – if you have symptoms of #COVID19 or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and want to get tested, come out to Regency Square and drive through the parking deck from 10am to 12pm. Learn more: vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/co

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