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Friends of the
James River Park
January 2016 - In This Issue:
A MONTH BRACKETED BY POLAR PLUNGES

If you missed the annual plunge on New Year's Day (video here: http://video.richmond.com/Polar-Plunge-at-James-River-30143026?playlistId=14643), you can "Shiver in the River" on Saturday, January 30, at 1:30 p.m. This immersive experience is open to folks who have raised a minimum of $75, benefiting Keep Virginia Beautiful, and is only one part of this winter festival. You can also participate in a community clean-up along the banks of the river, starting at 10 a.m., and/or join in a 5K run/walk at noon. Food and beverage vendors, music, and heated tents add to the fun. Registration for this event at Historic Tredegar is required. 500 Tredegar Street, 23219. For more information, go to http://shiverintheriver.com/assets/shiver_more_info_2016.pdf.
X-TERRA HAS LEFT RICHMOND, AT LEAST FOR NOW

If you are a triathlete, you already knew this; if not, you may have missed the news. Although Richmond has hosted X-Terra races for 15 years, the new schedule doesn't include our fair city. If a new sponsor steps up, this situation may be rectified in the future. Read more here--www.richmondoutside.com/2015/12/xterra-cuts-richmond-from-new-race-series/. If nature abhors a vacuum, so does the triathlete community. Are there any ideas afloat for a different kind of race in RVA?
INNOVATIVE INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL PROJECT
 
We've written about this before, but did we know we were the first to be this ambitious? Fortunately, Richmond and environs include quite a few master gardeners and environmentalists for whom English ivy, privet and their ilk are fighting words. Tee Clarkson devoted a column to this project recently, and now RichmondOutside is spreading the word: www.richmondoutside.com/2015/12/park-plan-takes-aim-at-invasive-species/ and www.richmond.com/outdoors/article_d7e4d089-089e-52fb-beef-423078402e09.html.
STREAM RESTORATION PROJECTS IN THE CITY OF RICHMOND
 
It's possible most of us have missed the fact that the Department of Public Utilities has an initiative titled "RVAH20.org" which includes a watershed management program integrating drinking water, stormwater and wastewater. There are plans afoot for three stream restoration projects at Goode's Creek, Pocosham Creek, and Reedy Creek. These efforts will reduce creek bank erosion and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus run-off into the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, read here: https://dpu-rvah2o.squarespace.com/new-page-1/.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

FOJRP Volunteer Event | Saturday, January 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Once again, we are returning to a specific area within the main part of the park in order to remove invasive species. Please meet in front of park headquarters at Reedy Creek, 4401 Riverside Dr., 23225. Gloves and water will be provided. Please register ahead of time with www.handsonrva.org.

JROC Volunteer Event | Saturday, January 9, 9 a.m. until
Participants will be putting stepping stones in a wet area of a trail at the Wetlands, 3401 Landria Dr., 23225. Since parking is limited there, consider walking from the parking lot at the Pony Pasture, 7310 Riverside Dr., 23225. Please bring gloves.
 
Bay Grasses for the Masses | Thursday, January 28, 6-8 p.m.
This workshop will instruct participants on how to grow wild celery, an underwater grass essential to the health of Virginia's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. After growing the grass for 10-12 weeks in their homes, the volunteers will join the effort to plant the grasses in one of two river locations. There is a $40 program fee. Short Pump REI, 2020 Old Brick Rd., Glen Allen, 23060. For more details: www.cbf.org/grasses.

SUPPORT THE PARK!

Your green keeps us green! 

 

Want to show your support? Visit www.jamesriverpark.org/be-a-friend/support-the-park.php and choose how:

  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Buy a T-shirt
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
AROUND THE PARK AND RIVER
 
Sierra Club Lecture | Wednesday, January 13, 7 p.m.
Lewis Barnett, President of the Richmond Audubon Society and Associate Professor of Computation Science at the University of Richmond, will present "Climate Change and Its Impact on Birds in Richmond and Throughout Virginia." Free. Jepson Alumni Center, UR, 49 Crenshaw Way, 23173.
 
"After Four Years of Arduous Service" | Thursday, January 14, 7-9 p.m.
This panel discussion considers what life was like for former Confederate soldiers and their communities in Virginia immediately after the Civil War. Several regional partners, including Henricus Historical Park, Chesterfield County, Henrico Recreation and Parks, Hanover Tavern, and Richmond National Battlefield Service, are producing a free series of lectures. At Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. Contact Christina Vasiloff, 804-748-1131 or go to www.henricus.org.

Learn & Lunch: Conservation Resources for Landowners | Friday, January 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Landowners will learn about available conservation resources from the Capital Region Land Conservancy in a workshop at the Powhatan Rescue Squad Building, 3920 Marion Harland Ln, Powhatan, 23239. The $5 cost includes lunch. For more information contact Jane Myers at 804-745-3110 or jane@capitalregionland.org.
 
Shiver in the River Clean up and Festival | Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For details, read the story above.

RVA Environmental Film Festival | February 1-7, Monday-Sunday
Both local and national films will educate us about pressing environmental issues. Sponsored by several local groups and taking place in several venues. Free. For film titles, locations and times, please go to www.rvaenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour | March 3-5, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate and inspire as you journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Different films each night. This year the organizers have added not only a third night but also at least two food trucks on site from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Tickets for individual nights are $6, all 3 nights $15, ages 4 and under free. James River High School, 3700 James River Rd, Midlothian. For more information go to: www.chesterfield.gov/EventDetails.aspx?id=8590131696 or email: losenn@chesterfield.gov.

Looking for more events and activities?
There are more and more things happening in the park! The JRPS global calendar is your go-to source to find where and when the events and activities you enjoy are happening. Check the schedule at: www.jamesriverpark.org/calendar.
Our Mission
The Friends of James River Park is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization created by a dedicated group of citizens in 1999. Our mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the 550-acre James River Park System and its natural and historic environments.
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