This week’s calendar

12/12/2009 2:00 AM by

17th Annual James River Parade of Lights; 7th District Meeting; Annual holiday tree decorating at Jefferson Park; Book Signing @ East End Library; Church Hill Historic House Tour; Church Hill Holiday Ball; Court End Christmas at St. John’s Church; St. John’s Church Concert; Church Hill Central Civic Association; City Council Formal Meeting; Creighton Tenant Council; Friends of Chimborazo Park Playground; Mosby Court Tenant Council; Tuesday St. John’s Knitting Circle; Church Hill Association; Nathaniel Bacon Civic Association; Open Mic @ Poe’s; Beginner’s Yoga; Meet the Mouse; Union Hill Civic Association; Vegetable bus; Whitcomb Court Tenant Council; 3rd Annual Union Hill Progressive Dessert; Showtime at the Robinson; MORE…

17th Annual James River Parade of Lights

Sat Dec 12 7:00 pm
Always a good reason to gather on Libby Hill and appreciate the season and the view…

In 1989, Harvey Price, then the dock master at Kingsland Reach Marina in Henrico County, decided to decorate his boat and cruise the James. Many other boaters laughed at him, but when they saw how much fun Mr. Price was having and how much people along the river appreciated his efforts, they decided to join him. In 1992, the James River Advisory Council (then called the James River Task Force) approached the boaters with the idea that the parade could be a yearly holiday event, and the official James River Parade of Lights was born. Over the years, the parade has grown, and today features official viewing sites in multiple localities. Thousands throughout the region now consider the parade a cherished holiday tradition.

Entry criteria: Powered boat capable of moving 7 knots

Parade distance: 14-mile parade route from City of Richmond to Varina-Enon Bridge

Time of the Parade: Boats gather at 5:45 p.m. (6 p.m. countdown for illumination). Parade lasts until approximately 8:30 p.m.

7th District Meeting

Sat Dec 12 10:30 am
Richmond City Councilwoman Cynthia I. Newbille, East End 7th District will hold a meeting in the East End 7th District, her first individual meeting since being elected. The meeting will be held on December 12 from 10:30AM-noon at the EDI building at 25th and M Street.

* Creating a new East End 7th District Team of residents and community partners

* Richmond City Council Legislative Requests for the 2010 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session

* Richmond Public Schools Up-date

* H1N1 Update

* New City Trash Collection schedules

* Public Safety during the Holidays

For more information, please contact Sam Patterson at (804)646.3012 or

Annual holiday tree decorating at Jefferson Park

Sat Dec 12 9:00 am
Friends and Neighbors: Please join us for the annual holiday tree decorating at the White Pine, near the Bandstand.

You might ask – What can I bring?

1. A decoration(s) to put on the tree.
2. A string or two of white lights.
3. Your own personal cup of java, cocoa or hot tea.
4. Some goodies to share…cake, cookie or pastry.
5. An 8 foot ladder to reach the lamp posts.
6. Red Bows- for the park lamp posts.

But mostly bring yourself to share in this neighborhood tradition of decorating the beautiful Virginia White Pine
in Union Hill.

Book Signing @ East End Library

Sat Dec 12 11:00 am
Meet R. Satiafa, author of Love Locked Down. Love Locked Down takes a thought-provoking look at women who have chosen to pursue relationships withmen behind bars. It contains the stories of several women from all walks of life – from a cafeteria worker to a big tobacco executive – all who have crossed the barbed wire fence in search of Mr. Right.

Church Hill Historic House Tour

Sun Dec 13 12:00 pm
COST: $15 in advance. $20 day of tour.
The 1800’s come alive this year as Church Hill opens the doors of eight beautifully appointed nineteenth century homes. Many of these architecturally significant houses have
never been open to the public, several are pre civil war, and all are handsomely decorated for the holidays. Stroll these historic streets with Victorian carolers, while horse drawn
carriages clip-clop by. The Park House in Libby Hill Park will host a gallery display of over 25 framed posters from years past – with this year’s poster available for sale.
For more information contact: Bénédicte Whitworth, 804.644.6559. Email: Please no heels.

Church Hill Holiday Ball

Sun Dec 13 8:00 pm
2200 E. Cary Street. Parking available.
COST: $50/person in advance. $60 day of the ball.
The evening begins with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz from 8:00 ‘til 10:00 p.m., followed by dancing until 1:00 a.m. to selected music by a DJ. Dress is creative black tie.
For more information contact: Liz Steen, 804.833.3185.

Court End Christmas at St. John’s Church

Sun Dec 13 1:00 pm
Court End Christmas is an annual Richmond tradition to celebrate the coming holiday. Please contact Valentine Richmond History Center at 804.649.0711 for more information.

St. John’s Church will have the following schedule:

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775, where Patrick Henry uttered the immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Seating begins at 12:30pm.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: An Afternoon with Eliza Poe – Weather permitting, the performance will take place outside in the churchyard near Mrs. Poe’s grave memorial. Visitors are allowed to bring seating.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Costumed interpreters in the church

5:00 p.m.: Virginia Girls Choir

All events are FREE and open to the public.

St. John’s Church Concert

Sun Dec 13 5:00 pm
The Virginia Girls Choir,free concert at St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad

Church Hill Central Civic Association

Mon Dec 14 7:00 pm
@ EDI at 25th and M Street. Contact David Conmy at for more information.

City Council Formal Meeting

Mon Dec 14 6:00 pm
Every 2nd and 4th Mon – Responsible for deciding official Council action, which includes discussing, adopting, rejecting, and amending laws and approving the budget. Formal meetings include a time for pubic comment and are televised live on the local PBS station and are replayed in Richmond on Government Access Channel 17, beginning at Noon and 7:00 p.m. daily.

Richmond Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall, 2nd floor; 900 E. Broad Street

Typically the second and forth Monday of each month; 6:00-8:30 p.m. (With the exception of August, when no Formal meetings are held, and holidays)

Creighton Tenant Council

Mon Dec 14 5:30 pm
Every 2nd Mon at 2101 Creighton Road

Friends of Chimborazo Park Playground

Mon Dec 14 7:00 pm
Every 2nd Monday at EDI

Mosby Court Tenant Council

Mon Dec 14 5:00 pm
Every 2nd Mon at Community Center 1543 Coalter Street

Tuesday St. John’s Knitting Circle

Tue Dec 15 7:00 pm
The Tuesday St. John’s Knitting Circle’s weekly meeting, in the Parish Center. Please call Martha Broughton at (804)648-2145 for more information.

Church Hill Association

Tue Dec 15 7:00 pm
Every 3rd Tues at St.John’s

Nathaniel Bacon Civic Association

Tue Dec 15 5:30 pm
3rd Tues at Nathaniel Bacon

Open Mic @ Poe’s

Tue Dec 15 8:15 pm
Weekly Open Mic every Tuesday at Poe’s Pub, hosted by Jim Daab. Sign up at 8:15, music at 9PM

Beginner’s Yoga

Wed Dec 16 7:00 pm
@ Neighborhood Resource Center – 1519 Williamsburg Road – Relax, renew and do something great for the community! All proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Resource Center. Suggested $10 donation. Call (804)864-5797 or visit for more information.

Meet the Mouse

Wed Dec 16 10:00 am
@ East End Library – Very basic instruction for the complete novice who doesn’t like computers, has to learn to use one, and is ready to have fun. Class size is limited. First come, first serve but computers are only available at 10AM sharp.

Union Hill Civic Association

Wed Dec 16 7:00 pm
Every 3rd Wednesday

Vegetable bus

Wed Dec 16 !10:01 am
Come get local farm fresh produce pumpkins and homemade goods and hand crafted items from the farm to family bus every wed 10-4:30pm near capt buzzy’s on broad or Libby hill park or check web site:
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Whitcomb Court Tenant Council

Wed Dec 16 5:30 pm
Every 3rd Wed at Whitcomb Court Rec Center

3rd Annual Union Hill Progressive Dessert

Fri Dec 18 7:00 pm
Celebrate the season with friends and neighbors!

A century ago it was the custom of our neighborhood to open our homes during the Christmas season and to share desserts and fellowship with neighbors and friends. Two years ago the modern day neighbors of Union Hill took up that tradition with the first Union Hill Progressive Dessert.

Contact Brody Reid at with any questions.

Showtime at the Robinson

Fri Dec 18 7:00 pm
Come to cheer your favorite talent to victory or take the stage yourself to showcase your own. Free for participants. Admission $3 for guests. All proceeds benefit the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center’s programs. To participate contact Betsy Hart at (804) 562.9133 or



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