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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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Virginia House votes to repeal Clean Cars law

Republicans in the House of Delegates passed legislation Wednesday to repeal a law tying Virginia to California vehicle emissions standards that are set to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035. 

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By Charlie Paullin

Republicans in the House of Delegates passed legislation Wednesday to repeal a law tying Virginia to California vehicle emissions standards that are set to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035.

Along party lines, the House of Delegates voted 52-48 to pass House Bill 1378, carried by Del. Tony Wilt, R-Rockingham.

Wilt’s bill faces a rocky road in the Senate, where Democrats have killed several Republican bills aimed at the same goal. Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington, has said any bill to repeal the California emissions law that comes over from the House will meet the same fate.

Democrats struck down several Republican efforts to roll back or delay the enactment of climate laws including the more stringent vehicle emissions standards during the last General Assembly session.

In 2021, the General Assembly passed legislation that coupled Virginia vehicle emissions regulations with those set by the California Air Resources Board, a set of rules often called the “Clean Car” standards. Last year, CARB issued a new rule that will require that all new cars sold in the state be zero emission beginning in 2035.

The 2021 legislation Virginia enacted was one of two options the state has when it comes to regulating tailpipe emissions: either continue to follow the federal standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or follow more stringent regulations set by California.

The Clean Air Act allows states only two choices on vehicle emissions regulations to limit the number of standards that manufacturers must adhere to. California was granted an exception to set its own standards to address smog issues. Over a dozen other states have also chosen to adopt the Golden State’s rule.

Wilt and Republicans argue the California standards place burdensome cost demands on Virginians and say the 2035 target is unrealistic. EVs will also put a strain on the grid, Wilt said in a floor speech Wednesday.

“The free market is driving this, I would dare say as fast as they can,” Wilt said, noting manufacturers’ plans to electrify their fleets. “I think we’re all on board, there’s just a distinct difference [on] how we want to go about it.”

But Del. Rip Sullivan, D-Arlington, said Virginia’s adoption of the Clean Cars standard positions it as a leader in the “acceleration” toward electric vehicles.

Passing Wilt’s bill sends a message that the state doesn’t want to lead “or, worse yet, can’t compete,” Sullivan said.

Del. Alfonso Lopez, D- Arlington, contended that data centers, which have proliferated in Northern Virginia, are already putting demands on the grid.

Earlier Wednesday, a House subcommittee advanced a bill by Sullivan that would set up a $25 million fund for the establishment of charging infrastructure outside of highway corridors. Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, has a similar bill in the Senate that is scheduled to be taken up Thursday.

“We want every part of Virginia” to be part of the transition, said Sullivan in the subcommittee meeting.

Similar proposals were put forward in 2022 but failed to pass the General Assembly or make it into the budget.

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Climb a Tree in Fonticello Park this Saturday

The Friends of Fonticello Park have teamed up with Riverside Outfitters to get folk up close and personal with the trees in the park.

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From Friends of Fonticello Park

Come climb with us at @riversideoutfittersrva ! Tree climbing is an exciting and special way to get to know your favorite park trees from a new perspective!
Details:
🌳Participants must be at least 6 years old and have their waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Minors must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Adults can climb, too!
🌳 Climbers will take turns climbing one at a time and are always belayed by an instructor. Helmets and harnesses must be worn and are provided.
🌳 When not climbing, feel free to enjoy some fun tree-related arts and activities.
🌳 Dress comfortably and for the weather. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and any snacks and medications you may need. We will have a full water cooler for refills.
Fill out the required waiver online here to reserve your spot:

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James River Association is Recruiting Students for the Adventure of a Lifetime

The James River Association (JRA) is currently seeking student and teacher applications for James River Leadership Expeditions (JRLE), a year-long program for high schoolers interested in advocating for the James River.

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The James River Association (JRA) is currently seeking student and teacher applications for James River Leadership Expeditions (JRLE), a year-long program for high schoolers interested in advocating for the James River.

Photo Credit: JRA

The program is segmented into four sessions running from July 2023 through May 2024, and it provides students with the opportunity to enjoy river-based education, build new friendships, develop leadership skills, and carry out a community capstone project. JRA will accept 30 students in the 2023-24 program across the James River watershed.

JRLE kicks off during the summer with Session One, perhaps the program’s most beloved experience: a week-long, overnight paddle adventure on the James River. These trips are divided into three excursions covering the Upper, Middle, and Lower James.

Photo Credit: JRA

Throughout the trip, students learn technical skills like how to canoe and camp overnight and they receive further education through unparalleled access to local culture, history, and environmental teachings. They also experience a highly unique setting that gives them the chance to build confidence, self-esteem, and relationships with their fellow participants.

Nash McDowell, a JRLE alum who previously participated in the program, has this advice for students considering the program: “If I could tell students one thing, it’s that you will never experience something like this again. The James River Association is offering an incredible experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. To spend one week on the James River, technology-free, with good company, is something very hard to find. When the opportunity presents itself, take it.”

Continuing into the school year, JRLE’s second session offers an overnight brainstorming event where students discuss community capstone projects together. The third session consists of a working group complete with games that tap into personality styles, self-awareness, public speaking, and relationship management. The program ends with session four, a leadership launch and environmental symposium, where students can present their capstone projects and celebrate their accomplishments for the year.

“Through James River Leadership Expeditions, students learn they are capable of far more than they realize,” said Genevieve Wall, Senior Environmental Educator for JRA. “The experiences and relationships they build throughout the program help provide skills and awareness they will develop and use for years to come. As educators, we are honored to be able to sow seeds of knowledge, understanding, and connection to the James River through this unique and life-changing program. We look forward to welcoming new river stewards of tomorrow to our 2023-24 season.”

Photo Credit: JRA

The James River Leadership Expeditions program is made possible in part by generous support from the Luck Companies Foundation Fund. To learn more about JRLE and apply, visit https://thejamesriver.org/students-of-the-james/james-river-leadership-expeditions/.

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