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Science Museum Offering Winter Break Activities

Keeping everyone entertained during the break can be tiring. The Science Museum is here to help with some tires, rats, machines and more.

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The Science Museum of Virginia invites race fans of all ages to enjoy special activities during winter break.

What:
The Science Museum is revving STEM engines this holiday season by offering The Fast and the Curious, seven days of race-themed experiences showcasing speed, power and performance. The special event coincides with the Science Museum hosting the “Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™” touring exhibition through January 23.

Educator-led activities located throughout the Science Museum include:

  • Exploring mass and friction on the Bobsled Track.
  • Experimenting with variables that change the speed of melting ice in Ready, Set, Melt.
  • Experiencing fast-paced chemistry in Speedy Chemical Reactions.

Guests can attend three live science demos in the Barbara Thalhimer Theater each day, including:

  • Force and Motion at 10:30 a.m. about how Newton’s laws of motion factor into race car engineering.
  • Rat Basketball at 1:30 p.m. featuring whiskered players learning how to speed down the court to dunk.
  • Simple Machines at 3:30 p.m. exploring how the six basic mechanical elements factor into the most complex racing vehicles.

Hands-on activities in The Forge and Art Lab let guests build a collaborative room-spanning race car track and decorate a fold-your-own paper racecar.

Plus, the Science Museum will display a literal hot wheel, an authentic SR-71 Blackbird jet tire. Why doesn’t it burst into flames when exposed to the heat caused by flying over three times the speed of sound? Guests will find out what makes it so special.

When:
The Science Museum will have the activities shined up and ready December 27 through January 2. The building is open those days 9:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Why:
With schools closed for winter break, it’s the perfect time to visit the Science Museum. Caregivers can activate their child’s curious mind and expand their learning with familiar toys combined with exciting science experiments.

How:
The Fast and the Curious activities and “Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™” are included with Science Museum admission. Members and children two and under are admitted free. The Science Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Call 804.864.1400 for details about reserving tickets with the discount code.

Guests may purchase tickets at smv.org.

“Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™” was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Mattel and is locally sponsored by TowneBank and Woodfin – Your Home Team.

Where:
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

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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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Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination.

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Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted down GOP legislation Monday that would have classified mask mandates and vaccine requirements as illegal discrimination.

The measures, proposed by Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, drew unanimous support from Republicans on the Senate’s General Laws Committee.

“It’s time to give people the freedom to breathe and the freedom of choice,” Chase told the panel.

Her bills would have prevented schools, businesses and other public places from requiring people to wear masks or disclose their vaccine status.

Witnesses who spoke in support of the legislation said they opposed masks for a variety of reasons. One mother told lawmakers that masks gave her child nightmares. One man said that masks gave him seizures. A third witness said masks made her dizzy.

“We are being discriminated against,” said Doris Knicks, who spoke to the panel remotely.

On vaccines, Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, a practicing OBGYN, called it “egregious and a complete violation of an individual’s right to privacy” for businesses like restaurants to require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“We shouldn’t be using this as a litmus test for people to be able to get into stores,” she said.

Democrats on the panel noted vaccine requirements are not unique to COVID-19 and said businesses should have the authority to take steps to keep their employees safe.

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Venture Richmond Offering Up 10k Broad Street Tenant Recruitment Grants

Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022.

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Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022. Venture Richmond is partnering with the Metropolitan Business League (MBL) to help recruit existing small, women, and minority (SWaM) and immigrant-owned businesses to ­fill street-level vacancies in the area.

​The new businesses will join many galleries, retailers, restaurants, and small businesses who already call Broad Street home, as well as businesses that attract thousands of out of town visitors annually like Quirk Hotel, Richmond Marriott, the Hilton Hotel, and the Convention Center. Gather, co-working space, has a location in the area. A popular neighborhood happening is RVA First Fridays Artwalk which is a monthly celebration of the arts and galleries along and around Broad St. This section of Broad Street is also a part of Richmond’s Arts District and adjacent to Jackson Ward, near the VCU Monroe Park Campus and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to the west and City and State offices and VCU Health to the east.

THE CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Eligible once the business has moved into the space and opened for business by May 15, 2022.
  • Veri­fied 1-year minimum lease
  • Lease street-level space on Broad Street between Belvidere and 5th streets
  • New business to Downtown, not the relocation of an existing business in the General District/BID.
  • Existing businesses in the General District, who want to open an additional location on Broad Street.
  • Existing businesses located outside of the General District, who want to open another location/outpost on Broad Street.
  • Types of qualifying businesses include retailers, restaurants, makers, entrepreneurs, startups, and other creative businesses.
  • One $10,000 reimbursement grant per storefront, if a group of small businesses wanted to share space there would only be one grant available for the group.
  • Only eligible once
  • Availability based on ­first come fi­rst served

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE, CONTACT:

Micah White

Business Development Manager

The MBL

804-356-9298

[email protected]

Lucy Meade

Director Economic Development & Community Relations

Venture Richmond, Inc.

804-248-8372

[email protected]

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