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Soccer Community Collecting Balls and Jerseys for Afghan Refugees

Look for donations bins in various parts of the city or you can make an online monetary donation.

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The RVA Soccer Community is working with Fort Pickett and Fort Lee to collect soccer balls and jerseys for Afghan refugees. If dropping off doesn’t work for you make a donation here.

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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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Harvestfest Festing it up at Lewis Ginter this Weekend

This two-day event has a festival vibe with live music, food, and adult beverages, plus family-friendly activities.

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Harvestfest at Lewis Ginter is Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and included with regular Garden admission.

Not only do you get all the beauty that is Lewis Ginter you get a mini-festival live music, food, and adult beverages, plus family-friendly activities.

Saturday’s Tunes

  • Ken Kellner Trio –  1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cochrane Rose Garden ​
  • Hazeltone – 5-8 p.m. outside of Bloemendaal House — Hazeltone is a regional Roots Rock original music band with influences coming from The Doors, John Mayer, Neil Young and others.​

Sunday’s Tunes

  • Ken Kellner Trio –  1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cochrane Rose Garden ​
  • Gypsy Roots Jazz Duo – 1:30-3:30 p.m. outside of Bloemendaal House

Weekend-long Fun

  • Build a Fairy House: Take inspiration from nature! Use your imagination to construct whimsical structures for woodland creatures, real and imagined. We will use sticks, bark, fallen leaves and other natural materials to build homes for tiny forest friends.
  • Drop-In Gardening: Come by the Jane Saunders Farm Garden and join our educator for hands-on planting, watering and harvesting. We might even spot some caterpillars!
  • Pumpkin Carving Artist by Bloemendaal House at 1 – 4 p.m.
  • “Scary” Storytime in Grace Arents Garden at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.

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Science Museum Debuts Two New Features in The Dome

This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”

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This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia is featuring two new shows in The Dome that guests may add to their visit: “Birth of Planet Earth” and “Antarctica.”

At more than 9,000 square feet—or almost a quarter acre—the Science Museum has the only Dome theater in Central Virginia, and the largest Dome screen in the state. Stadium-style seating, a wrap-around screen, the world’s first “8K” digital full-dome system and an ever-changing lineup of features combine to create a thrilling, immersive experience that helps curious-minded guests of all ages connect to the world and beyond.

When:
Released in 2019, the planetarium show “Birth of Planet Earth” debuted Oct. 1. It is currently playing Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon. It has a 25-minute runtime, and is followed by a live guided journey through the cosmos hosted by a Science Museum educator.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, “Antarctica” is a giant-screen film released earlier this year that recently took home Best Cinematography at the Jackson Wild Media Awards. It will begin playing at the Science Museum Nov. 1, and runs approximately 45 minutes.

Why:
“Birth of Planet Earth” uncovers what it took to achieve Earth’s wonder by exploring the formation of our solar system and the origins of our planet that occurred some 5 billion years ago. Guests will learn how the aftershocks of a supernova, the violence of Jupiter, a chance collision with the proto-planet Theia, the gift of a moon and water combined to make life possible. The cosmic journey also examines the possibility that our galaxy is filled with solar systems that have planets similar to our own, both in size and in their ability to sustain human life.

“Antarctica” investigates the mysterious and hostile—but beautiful—continent at the bottom of the world. Virtually untouched by humans because of its extreme conditions, Antarctica is home to an abundance of exciting creatures that thrive. However, climate change is threatening the arctic and the wildlife living there, and it is up to communities around the globe to protect it. Guests explore pristine, frozen mountain peaks to the otherworldly arctic sea floor to learn about how the world plans to preserve Antarctica.

How:
During regular operating hours, admission to “Antarctica” or “Birth of Planet Earth” is available through a combination ticket that includes access Science Museum exhibits. Admission is $20.50 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6–12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3–5). Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and EBT cardholders. Infinite members receive free admission to the Science Museum and all Dome shows.

The Dome show lineup changes monthly. The current schedule with run times is posted on the Science Museum’s website. Tickets are available at smv.org.

Who:

“Antarctica” was created by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films. It received support from the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey, an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council.

“Birth of Planet Earth” was produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. The project is supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Where:
The Science Museum is located at 2500 West Broad St. in Richmond.

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Pipeline Update Work Continues

The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.

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From RVAH20:

Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.

Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.

Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.

Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.

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