Ripple Recap Beautiful RVA

October 7, 2016

Dear Allies for a More Beautiful RVA,
Snazzy, huh?!  This new format for the Beautiful RVA Ripple Recap makes it possible for anyone to subscribe to this twice-a-month compilation of stories that explore the “ripple effects” of our efforts to bring people, plants, and places together to make a more livable, beautiful, resilient Richmond region.


mayorathon afterthoughts

Were you there?  Did your heart pound faster when you heard the contenders use phrases like “a greener Richmond,” “better stormwater management,” “the James River Park System is Richmond’s crown jewel, it’s Central Park,” “citizen engagement is vital to the master planning process,” “let’s bring back Neighborhood Teams”??  The full program is now online.  And for more on how Mayoral and City Council candidates feel about the issues confronting our City, the Partnership for Smarter Growth has posted their responses to a recent questionnaire.  Keep on reading—eventually they respond to questions about TREES!
Mayoral Q&A // City Council Q&A
During the Monroe Park renovation
As you probably know, the Monroe Park Conservancy has successfully raised the $3M in private funds to match the City of Richmond’s $3M commitment, launching the renovation of this much-beloved park in November.  During the renovation period, the City, VCU, the Conservancy, and collaborating human service agencies are promoting use of the Virginia 211 info referral program to connect those in need of services (like food) with service providers (those with food). 

hammers and ales tomorrow night

Support your RVA Toolbank at its inaugural fall party + fundraiser October 8, 6-9 pm at 1407 Cummings Drive.  $50 ticket includes food, adult beverages, music, and silent auction.  Click here for tickets.
Good news from Henricopolis SWCD and Community Food Collaborative 

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) has been awarded $50,000 by the National Association of Conservation Districts to promote urban agriculture conservation. Partnering with the Community Food Collaborative and Henrico County Public Schools, the HSWCD will launch Stony Run Community Farm, a dynamic Farm-to-School urban agriculture initiative.

Sara Zewde to deliver Gulak Memorial Lecture
“Design in the Southern City Now: Negotiating Cultural Memory in the Age of the Urban Renaissance” is the topic of this year’s Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning Wed., Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in the VCU University Student Commons.  Sara Zewde, a leading expert in landscape architecture and design, a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.  The lecture is free; registration strongly encouraged
RVA Riverfront + Parks + Wild by Design = Gillette Forum on Landscape Design
Mark your calendar and don’t miss this event November 3 + 4 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  The Charles F. Gillette Forum rolls around every other year, and this time its rock star speakers put a sharp focus on modern expressions of ecological landscape design, including a focus (Thursday evening) on Richmond’s riverfront plan.  Register now!
Hope you like this new format.  Newsy items for the community's benefit are always welcomed.  Share freely and visit/like/share the Beautiful RVA Facebook page.  Get your Folk Festival on this weekend and love all the ways we celebrate in Beautiful RVA! 
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Randee Humphrey, Director of Education
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
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