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Virginia Pride Fest Cancelled Due to Covid Surge

Don’t be surprised to see other organizations cancel events as we approach record-breaking cases of Covid-19.

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To our community:

In the interest of the health and safety of our community, Virginia Pride and Diversity Richmond have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone Pridefest 2021, scheduled for September 25th on Brown’s Island, until next year due to the surge in cases of COVID-19 in Virginia and the Richmond Region. We made this decision in consultation with our many sponsors, volunteers and community partner organizations. It was not made lightly. The data available from the Virginia Department of Health shows that cases of COVID-19, positivity and incidence rates are approaching levels last seen in the worst days of the pandemic and are projected to increase through the end of September when our event was scheduled. We take our responsibility to protect the wellbeing of everyone in our community very seriously and are committed to doing our part to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

We are very hopeful that we will be able to postpone Pridefest to June of 2022 so that Richmond can join in the national celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month. We are working on finalizing a date which we hope to be able to announce in the coming weeks.

Viginia Pride has a number of smaller events at which attendance can be capped and safety measures including proof of vaccination and masks can be implemented. Please look for more information in the coming days.

This is not the outcome that we had hoped or planned for, but we are firm in our resolve that it is the right thing to do. Please take care of yourselves and each other so that we can once again come together to celebrate pride.

Sincerely,
The Virginia Pride Committee

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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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Forest Hill Park Invasive Plant Removal Work Day

Invasive plants harm the entire ecosystem.

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Spotted on Facebook. The workday is scheduled for Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Please join members of Friends of FHP for invasive plant removal. Invasive nonnative plants reduce populations of native, beneficial creatures. We will meet in the 3800 block of Forest Hill Avenue near the Forest Hill Historic District sign (east of Roanoke St. traffic light). Please bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them, and dress for the possibility of poison ivy (no open footwear). Thanks in advance for helping us restore some ecological balance in FHP!

You can see a list of invasive plants here. Hedera helix (common ivy or English Ivy) is one of the biggest and most obvious offenders in our area.

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UMFS opens new $11 million residential center to enhance youth behavioral, mental health treatment

After an investment of more than $11 million, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges has created a new multipurpose treatment center focused on healing.

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After an investment of more than $11 million, a longstanding residential treatment program that delivers trauma-informed care to youth working to overcome emotional and behavioral challenges has created a new multipurpose treatment center focused on healing.

UMFS, a statewide nonprofit leader in child and family services, has officially unveiled the transformation of its Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC). The state-of-the-art center took a year to complete. Previously, youth enrolled in CFHC lived in five separate cottages, originally built in the 1950s.

The 33,600-square foot center includes five residential suites, each accessible by separate entrances. Designed intentionally to promote safety and complement program enhancements, CFHC’s five identical suites each have a common area, full kitchen, group therapy room, family room, meeting space, and 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms. The center, which includes office space for administration and staff, can accommodate 50 youth.

CFHC serves youth ages 11-17 who are experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, emotional, social, and behavioral challenges and other traumas. Therapists, mentors, teachers, psychiatrists, nurses and other staff support the youth who live on campus as they focus on healing and building life skills.

“The new Child & Family Healing Center continues our long tradition of excellence in providing effective, high-quality residential care for youth,” said UMFS President and CEO Nancy Toscano, Ph.D., LCSW. “We intentionally designed the space utilizing a trauma-informed approach to promote healing in a safe and affirming environment. The upgraded center will help create normalcy while respecting a child’s need for independence during treatment.”

The center is one of the state’s only youth residential treatment programs to employ a “hybrid” security model, where youth can move freely throughout each suite and have supervised access to school, green spaces, a gym and other recreation on UMFS’ 33-acre campus. For safety, the building is regularly secured from evening to morning, and staff can secure each suite on an as-needed basis.

The CFHC marks the completion of Phase 1 of UMFS’ Be a Champion capital campaign, which aims to transform the educational and residential resources on its Richmond campus. Hundreds of donors and partners have contributed to the effort so far.

Phase 2 of the campaign is underway and will include an addition to the nonprofit’s Charterhouse School, a specialized educational program for K-12 youth who have special needs. The planned addition will allow UMFS to enhance its student services and expand programs. Demolition for Phase 2 will begin soon, and UMFS expects to break ground on the school addition this spring.

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Free Gelati Celesti on Thursday

We all scream for ice cream.

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Sweet news! We’re hosting a FREE SCOOP DAY on May 26 from 4:00 – 10:00 pm at ALL LOCATIONS. It’s our way of saying thanks for your support over the past two years, welcoming new customers to our stores, and celebrating the reopening of our newly remodeled Mechanicsville store in Rutland Commons.

RTD has a few more details.

Gelati Celesti is hosting a Free Scoop Day on Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. to thank the community and celebrate the reopening of its Mechanicsville store.

“Because it’s the beginning of summer, because it’s been such a challenging two years of COVID, we have been incredibly grateful to all of our customers at Virginia Beach and Richmond for the tremendous support they have given us,” Steve Rosser, the owner of Gelati Celesti, said.

Find the Gelati Celesti near you here.

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