Style Weekly takes a look at Lovebomb
It simply amazing how many cool things are going on in our neighborhoods that I know absolutely nothing about. Add Lovebomb to the list.
They describe themselves this way on Facebook.
LoveBomb is an organically run collective artists space in the historical Manchester District of Richmond, Virginia. It hosts studio and skill shares, theater events, creative events and houses All The Saints Theater Company as well as Gaptooth Studios and Trepanier Studios.
Style Weekly has a massive article about what is going on down in Manchester.
And Lamberta and Elkins hope to bring over children from the nearby Southside Boys and Girls Club, where they teach art on Fridays after school.
Here’s what Trepanier doesn’t want: “A bunch of people that aren’t willing to participate. You know? That just feel like we’re all here to entertain them, because we’re characters.” Nor, she says, does she want any “looky-lous” who might venture into Lovebomb’s low-income, mainly black neighborhood on a lark.
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Parkside Parking Problems
Regular Crossroads patrons are aware the parking options are fairly limited. When Parkside closed it’s doors and even before, visitors used the parking off Carson Street to hit up Crossroads. Recently Brian Mumford, the former operator of Parkside, become aware of liability concerns and took measures to prevent folks from parking in the lot. As you can see from the photo above and the letter below, those measures haven’t gone over to well.
To My Neighbor Who Continues to Vandalize the Parking Lot at 3516 Forest Hill Avenue:
I really wish you would stop. While I understand the loss of convenient parking for the adjacent business and for Forest Hill Park may cause a brief delay in your comings and goings, I ask that you understand the reasons this lot is closed to your use, and quit destroying the physical barriers erected to prevent vehicular access.
While I was operating the business that used the lot, I maintained an “open” usage, as my customers were, of course, parking there. Since that business has closed, it simply doesn’t make sense for me to incur both the risks and expense of leaving the lot open. On advice from two attorneys, I understand the liability risks associated with continuing to “possess” (and insure) the premises- aggravating these risks by allowing public access is simply not acceptable. If you are one who provides for others whom you love dearly, I am sure you understand this position.
I might add that your destructive approach forces me to deal more forcibly with this situation. Where I grew up, such an issue would have been dealt with in a face-to-face conversation, not by behind-the-back treachery. I live here, am readily accessible, and am completely willing to speak with anyone regarding the necessary parking restrictions. Feel free to get in touch- both Will and Olivia at Crossroads know me well, and I’m sure they would pass along your contact information to me
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No snow yet but we’ve got games
Another Tuesday, another round of games and beverages at Crossroads life is rough for a gamer. No bonus for you all today.
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Richmond Outside has a new look but the same mission
It is amazing when you talk to folks in the neighborhood about living in Hills and Heights. Universally how wonderfully green, tree filled, and close to river access are pointed to as advantages. Yet often when you question when was the last time this praiser of the great outdoors was actually outdoors, no raking leaves doesn’t count, you’re often met with silence or a description of a trip to Belle Isle from last spring. I know this is true because I’m one of these guilty folks who sings the praise but doesn’t take full advantage.
Andy Thompson of Westover Hills and Ryan Abrahamsen of Woodland Heights run the newly re-vamped Richmond Outside. The goal is to be the source for all the outdoory goodness in the area and to inspire folks (like me) to get off the computer and get outside to take advantage of the awesomeness that is just beyond the window.
Right now if you head to the site you can check out kayakers shooting down nearby Pocoshock Creek, reflections on the James and change, and go on a hike that will take you on a nearly 9 mile loop around and over the James including many spots you should recognize. Plenty of other content can be found including the always Events Calendar and if you search by “Destination” or “Activity” you’re likely to get what you need. There is also room for your content as well send your adventures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So check out Richmond Outside and the go outside in Richmond.
Original article http://goo.gl/4yL1Ck
Hills and Heights Holiday Craft Market this weekend
It’s now December so you can officially panic about getting gifts for all your loved ones. We’ve got the solution. This Sunday stop by TaZa and check out some homemade offerings while sipping some excellent coffee. Not all “crafty” items are birds and fabric. Check out what yours truly will be bringing to sell below; Sci-Fi, Damsels in Distress, Damsels Kicking Butt, Pinup and comics. Check out all the vendors on the Facebook Event Page.
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River City Rotary Club speakers for December
The River City Rotary Club is very excited about their upcoming speakers and invites interested neighbors to join them. The club meets at O’Toole’s Restaurant and Pub on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM. River City Rotary is a non-traditional Rotary Club. The club meets on Thursday nights after work and is comprised of a diverse cross section from the local area. The members are hospitable, fun and hardworking and strive to serve their community as well as building support for global initiatives through Rotary International.
- 12/5 – Bill Martin, Director Public Relations for The Valentine Richmond History Center
- 12/12 – Officer Ward Kuper, Police Department, 3rd Precinct on Holiday Safety Tips
- 12/19 – Jesse Casey, Virginia Randolph Education Center – Special Services School
- 12/26 – No Meeting
If you having any questions please contact Cara Clements, 804-241-1588. To learn more about River City Rotary, please visit us at www.rivercityrotary.com or on Facebook.
Original article http://goo.gl/JFyddR
Patrick Henry Wreath and Poinsettia Sale
The Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts PTA is kicking off this Holiday season in style with a Wreath and Poinsettia Sale this Saturday, December 7th from 8am to 2pm at the school grounds (3411 Semmes Ave). Please bring cash or check, no credit cards.
Items for sale:
- Wreaths (3 different varieties in a number of lengths)
- Beautiful multi-colored 4.5 & 6 inch Poinsettias
- Delicious Bake Sale items
- Hot Chocolate
Come out and support Patrick Henry and get your home ready for the Christmas Season!
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A stray male orange and white tabby cat showed up today at a house on the 5500 block of Devonshire Ct. in Westover Hills West. The cat has a line on his neck where a collar used to be, but currently is not wearing a collar. See the attached photograph.
If he is your cat or you know the owner, please contact Bruce Randall at 233-2359 or via email at email@example.com.
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Package thieves are about, be aware
I’ve got one report of a package being stolen in broad daylight last week on 42nd near the park. It’s that time of year where gifts are coming and going off front porches, unfortunately sometimes they’re leaving with the wrong person. Keep on eye out for suspicious activity and don’t hesitate to call 911, if you suspect skullduggery.
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Red light camera installed on Hull Street
I’ve never seen more people run red lights than I have since I moved to Richmond. People in this town seem to think a yellow light means floor it, not matter how far away you are and red means you can still go through if you go fast enough.
RPD is taking the controversial step of installing a red light camera. Critics feel that the cameras do little to prevent the traffic violations and might in fact increase accidents. Story from RTD.
Richmond police are hoping a click of the camera will cut collisions at Elkhardt Road and Hull Street Road in South Side.
Beginning today, a camera system will capture images of vehicles that enter the intersection against a red traffic light.
The initiative, which begins with a 30-day warning period to drivers, “is designed to increase public safety and reduce the number of red light (and) speeding-related collisions,” police said.
The camera is triggered when a car, truck or motorcycle enters the intersection after the traffic light has turned red.
Police will review the photo, determining whether the motorist crossed against the signal. If a violation occurred, a citation will be sent by mail to the owner of the vehicle.
In a written statement Sunday, police said a 2011 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that safety cameras led to a 24 percent reduction in fatal crashes from 2004 to 2008.
That study indicated that photo red light enforcement saved 159 lives and that 815 people might have survived if all large U.S. cities adopted the program.
I realize that this is a little bit out of the traditional H&H area but thought it was interesting that we’re getting one on this side of the river as opposed to the Fan or downtown.
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