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Street Closures Saturday Near VCU for President Barack Obama and Terry McAuliffe Rally

Closures will start Saturday morning at 6 AM and last until 6 PM.

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Several street closures and no parking areas will be in place for the campaign event involving former President Barack Obama and Terry McAuliffe at VCU’s campus.

The rally is at the Compass area of the campus and starts at noon on Oct. 23. However, the street closures and parking restrictions will be in place before the event.

The following streets will have no parking areas from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday:

  • 1000 block of Grove Avenue between North Harrison and North Linden streets;
  • 900 block of Park Avenue between North Harrison and North Linden streets;
  • 00 block of North Harrison Street between Park Avenue and West Main Street;
  • 00 block of South Harrison Street between West Main and West Cary streets;
  • 800 and 900 blocks of West Franklin Street between North Harrison and North Laurel streets
  • Cathedral, North Cathedral and South Cathedral Place.

The following roads will be closed from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday:

  • 900 block of Park Avenue
  • 1000 block of Grove Avenue
  • Cathedral, North Cathedral and South Cathedral Place
  • 100 block of North Linden Street

Additionally, VCU announced these building closures and warned students and staff to remove any bikes located on the Compass.

  • James Branch Cabell Library (901 Park Ave.) will be closed prior to and during the event on Saturday. The building will be open afterwards from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., alternative study spaces have been reserved on the first floor of the Academic Learning Commons (MCALC). Students should enter the building through the entrance on 1000 Floyd Ave. Cabell Starbucks will be closed on Oct. 23.
  • Hibbs Hall will be closed and events have been relocated to alternate locations.
  • Shafer Court Dining Center and Market 810 (810 Cathedral Pl.) will be closed on Oct. 23. As an alternative, VCU Dine will extend the hours for AVO Kitchen (355 W. Cary Street) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Subscribers to VCU’s West Main Street Parking Deck (801 W. Main St.) and West Cary Street Parking Deck (1201 W. Cary St.) will be able to access the decks. On Oct. 23, these decks will have online and on-site payment options in connection with the campaign event.

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Crime

Suspect sought in indecent exposure incidents occurring in the Museum District

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the adult male in the photo who is suspected of peeping in windows and indecently exposing himself outside of homes on multiple occasions in the area.

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From Richmond Police:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the adult male in the photo who is suspected of peeping in windows and indecently exposing himself outside of homes on multiple occasions in the area.

At approximately 10:03 p.m., Friday, December 2, officers responded to a report of a suspicious male looking into a window of a residence located in the 3100 block of Hanover Avenue. A victim has described the suspect as wearing a hoodie, jacket and a ball cap.  Surveillance camera footage shows the suspect on a porch exposing himself inappropriately.

RPD has increased patrols in the area and is asking that anyone with video or information please contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective O. Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU holiday donation drive now underway

Community members can drop off new wish list items on December 16, 18, and 19.

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is once again offering the community a chance to elevate the patient experience through holiday donations that go directly toward the child life team.

This year, the community is invited to support CHoR through a number of ways, ranging from donating in-demand, brand-new toys to donating funds that will directly impact the child life team. Child life at CHoR is comprised of 13 specialists trained in helping children and families adjust and thrive in the hospital setting.

How to give:

  • Online cash donation: Select child life in the gift designation field at chfrichmond.org/donate.
  • Mail checks: Please note: child life in the memo and send it to Children’s Hospital Foundation, Box 980693, Richmond, VA 23298.
  • Mail Amazon, Walmart, and Target gift cards: Mail to Child Life Department, Box 980202, Richmond, VA 23298-0202.
  • Purchase wish list items: Visit wish lists on chrichmond.org/childlife to purchase items online from Amazon and have them shipped directly and safely to child life.
  • Drop off items on Dec. 16, 18, and 19: Shop the child life wish lists and deliver donations to Children’s Emergency Department Street Entrance (1213 E Clay Street) on the brick pavers.
    • December 16, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • December 18, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • December 19, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“Even with updated guidelines, there are still so many creative and meaningful ways to give back and make this holiday season as special as possible for children and their families,” said Emily Toalson, director of major gifts for Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Every donation makes a difference, and we encourage you to consider helping us spread the holiday joy through one of our many ways to give.”

Child life at CHoR accepts all new toys and items from brands like Fisher Price, Little People, Playskool, Oball, or Melissa and Doug. Additionally, CHoR is unable to accept used items, religious or political items, violent toys (i.e., nerf guns), dollar store items, or holiday-themed items.

To learn more about the impact of your gift or how to donate, visit chrichmond.org/childlife.

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Community

Weekend Radar: Raking, Winter Wander, Boat Parade, Ghost of Pop

Only two holiday-related events because we like to go against the grain.

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One Great Morning of Raking at Maymont
December 10th

If you like Maymont and want to give back we’ve got the perfect way to spend your Saturday. Grab your rake and head on over. Registration is recommended.

Bid farewell to fall with One Great Morning of Raking in Maymont’s Japanese Garden on Saturday, December 10, 9am-noon. Work alongside Maymont’s horticulture team to help care for the historic Japanese Garden.

Groups and families are welcome! Volunteers are asked to bring their own rakes. Advance sign-up is recommended for this popular event.

Winter Wander at Various Locations
December 11th

Wander about Richmond and catch all sorts of history and holiday cheer.

The Valentine is excited to announce the return of the annual holiday event Winter Wander. Winter Wander will take place on Sunday, December 11, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. We invite those throughout the Richmond Region to join us in celebration of the winter holidays in the Court End neighborhood! Historic sites will open their doors for a day of free admission and holiday festivities, and Clay Street will be filled with carriage rides, live music, crafts, and more.
Winter Wander is free and open to the public!
In partnership with Court End Council, Winter Wander will include free admission to the following historic sites:
The Valentine: Children’s activities, refreshments, carriage rides, live entertainment on Clay Street, tours, and a silent dance party to kick off the holiday season.
– The Valentine First Freedom Center: Explore the history of religious freedom in Virginia at the Valentine First Freedom Center, located on the same corner where Virginia’s General Assembly met in secret during the American Revolution. The Valentine First Freedom Center will be open for self-guided tours.
 St. John’s Church: Open 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for ticketed tours. Stop in the Visitor’s Center for shopping and refreshments. Visit Colonial Santa from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. inside the church.
-Mason’s Hall
-Virginia Executive Mansion: Stop by for an open house tour of Virginia’s Executive Mansion.
-John Marshall House: Stop by for an open-house of the Christmas in Early America tour; kid’s holiday crafts and warm refreshments.
-The American Civil War Museum’s White House of the Confederacy: Explore the first floor of the White House of the Confederacy and learn the history of the home with stationed interpretations.

Richmond Boat Parade of Lights
December 10th

Boats with lights floating down the James. Hopefully, this floats your boat. Libby Hill is supposedly a good spot for viewing as his Rockett’s Landing and spots between Richmond and Osborne Landing.

Calling all boaters and fans of lights. Come on out on the second Saturday of December. Parade starts at Rockettes Landing around 5pm and floats down to Osbourne Landing. The boats usually arrive at Osbourne around 7pm. Free event.

 Ghost of Pop: The Last One at Gallery 5
December 9-1oth

Music, lots and lots of music and as far as I know no Christmas songs to be heard.

After 16 years of putting on this local pop-music festival, we’ll be holding the final Ghost of Pop events on Dec 9th and Dec 10th.
Friday – Doors 6pm – $15
Saturday – Doors 6pm – $15
Weekend Package – Doors 6pm both days – $20
After 16 years of putting on this local pop-music festival, we’ll be holding the final Ghost of Pop events on Dec 9th and Dec 10th. Grab a ticket for a specific day or get tickets for the weekend package!
As always this will be packed with amazing music and a chance to hang with the music community to kick off the holiday season. We’ve got a little bit of something for everyone this year!
Dec 9th – Some of Richmond’s best local music acts!!! Alex Dimas, Jonathan Brown, Rikki Rakki, The Fake Smiles, Tiny Lights, Danger Birds, Prabir Trio, and Deli Kings! Doors 6pm
Dec 10th – Some of Richmond’s best cover bands!!! Madferit (oasis cover band), 1996 (1996 alternative rock cover band), and Zepp Repp (Led Zeppelin cover band)!

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