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NBC 12 Talks with Councilperson Lynch on Semmes Speeding Issue and a Slow Down Rally on Thursday

Some residents that live along Semmes Ave are concerned about the speed of cars along that stretch.

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Some would say most drivers on Semmes Avenue have a need for speed, and 5th District Representative Stephanie Lynch is hoping to curb that.

She previously helped introduced some deterrents on the street, like a speed wagon, but she’s set to put more speed-regulating devices like pedestrian beacons and more traffic lights by Spring and Summer 2022.

“People traveling to and from the city are treating our neighborhoods like a raceway,” Councilwoman Lynch said.

Even with 30 miles per hour signage posted along Semmes Avenue, she said the average speed clocked in by the newly-installed speed wagon is about 40 miles per hour.

Lynch said speed played a factor last month when a man was hit by 27th street.

“He was simply helping another neighbor with some yard work, and unfortunately was the victim of another car screaming through the neighborhood.”

She added the man, who is a veteran, has gone through multiple surgeries but is recovering.

To avoid similar incidents, she’s trying to add more measures – not just for pedestrians, but also for school children further down the road.

“Photo speed-ticketing wagon that can actually travel around the city. Not one but three pedestrian beacons along Semmes. And we’re in receipt of a grant from the Department of Transportation to get a traffic light in front of Patrick Henry Elementary School so we can protect our kids.,” Lynch said.

To help call attention to the commuters there will be two rallies set on Thursday on Semmes Ave and 27th Street at 8 AM and again at 5 PM. Expect to see signs encouraging drivers to drive a bit (a lot?) slower.

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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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Poe at the Pump House

All profits of the event will go to preserve the Pump House.

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Get your $20 ticket on Eventbrite.

Come for a tour of Richmond’s own historic Byrd Park Pump House and listen to Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works being read by an Edgar Allan Poe actor! This historic building, and its open air ballroom, offers the perfect venue and environment to hear Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works.

Details:

From 4:00-7:00 PM on October 23rd we are offering 3 one-hour long sessions, starting on the hour at 4:00, 5:00, & 6:00. Please arrive at the front doors of the Pump House a few minutes early to sign in with an event volunteer.

These one hour sessions will include a history tour of the Pump House and readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s work.

We are limiting tours to 20 people and we will be taking measures to keep visitors safe while inside the building.

  • As always, we require hard hats while inside the building, which will be provided as well as sanitized after each use.
  • As a Covid-19 response this event requires visitors to wear masks at all times, hand sanitizing, and social distancing where possible.
  • The building is not ADA accessible and those with mobility impairments may find some sections of the Pump House difficult to maneuver. Please reach out any further information or questions.
  • Kids are welcome, but are recommended to stay near an adult during the tour.
  • And as much as we love animals, the Pump House is not a safe place for them and they are not permitted, other than service animals.

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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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