Richmond Farm Tour & Cookout


Richmond Farm Tour & Cookout: Load up your car with friends and family and meet the Ellwood Thompson’s crew at Victory Farms, Inc. on Saturday, September 24th at 11am. From there the group will board a shuttle and visit four unique local farms. The first stop will be Shalom Farms, a non-profit farm in Goochland, the second stop will beLickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Virginia’s first farm brewery, the third stop will be Tricycle Gardens, an urban non-profit organization, and the final stop will be back on Victory Farms for a cookout featuring Chef Joe Sparatta of Heritage and Southbound; Lee Gregory of The Roosevelt and Southbound, Corporate Executive Chef Mike Ledesma of Richmond Restaurant Group, and Chef Todd Johnson of Ellwood Thompson’s.

Birdhouse Farmers Market

Join us on Tuesday, September 20. 2016 at Birdhouse Farmers Market located at 1507 Grayland Ave Richmond, Va. 23220 from the hours 3PM-7PM to help us celebrate Community and Customer Appreciation Day in Birdhouse Block Party fashion. The event will take place during the market and host live music and fun activities. 500 FREE KABOBS will be made to order with ingredients donated by our own Birdhouse Market vendors and friends, prepared by a lifelong market supporter, Jenson Larrimore.

Farmer Bob’s Kabobs – Traditional Greek-style Grilled Kabob (featuring Faith Farms Pork Sausage, Belmont Butchery Chicken Breast OR Mixed Veggie), served over a SubRosa pita and dressed with locally-made Lemon-Rosemary Kraut and Shiloh Microgreens, finished with your choice of Tzatziki or Roasted Garlic Chimichurri Sauce. 100% FREE!

Live Music
3PM- 3:45PM Sleepy Eyed Jay
Good ol’ old-timey Blues the way good ol’ old-timey Blues was played! One voice, one guitar, and a porch (if available, but a stump will do…)

4:00PM- 4:45PMKenneka Cooke enjoys singing jazz songs as well as writing her own. She uses a loop station Guadaloope (Loo Loo for short). Influences are Billie Holiday ,Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen Mcrae, and Betty Carter

5:00PM-5:45PM Victor Haskins
Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator. Victor brings a one-of-a-kind, unique spirit, and perspective to all that he does in life. This worldly approach to life is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings, and traveling extensively

6:00PM-6:45PM TBA

This is just a small token of all appreciation to the customers and communities that have supported Birdhouse Farmers Market throughout the years to current. We truly couldn’t have made it this far without you. Thanks

John B. Cary Back to School Night

John B. Cary will be hosting a Back to School Night tonight starting at 6pm.


Randolph Neighborhood Meeting

The Randolph Neighborhood Association will be meeting next Monday, September 19th at 6:30pm in the Randolph Community Center (1415 Grayland Ave). All are welcome.


  • Richmond Police Department Updates
  • VCU Police Updates
  • 5th District Updates – Councilman Parker Agelasto
  • RRHA Vacant House Updates – Marcia Davis
  • Youth Excel and Achievement (Old Boys & Girls Club) – Mario Haskett & Kristine Derdeian
  • General Randolph Business

Lock you doors and your sheds!


This is a reminder to secure you car doors and lock your sheds. Never leave anything valuable in plain sight in your car. We had several thefts from the neighborhood this past week. You can follow crimes on your smartphone by downloading the RAIDS Online app or visiting the website: 

If you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 while it is happening. We are the eyes and ears for the police department especially when it comes to car and alley thefts. Calling a week later really isn’t helpful unless you have a lot of detail. If your car is rifled through but nothing stolen, still report it. It helps police track the path that may go in front of a home camera system.

Another useful smartphone app is As with all apps adjust your email preferences in order to avoid an insane number of emails! Weekly digests are good.

Lastly, we are trying to rebuilding our neighborhood phone/email tree for neighborhood watch. Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey.

Take care,
Randolph Neighborhood Association

National Night Out 2016 Fun!

Thank you to all the neighbors, RPD Police, VCU Police, the Richmond Fire Department, vendors, and our donation supporters (Eck, Del. Betsy Carr, Councilman Parker Agelasto, Jenkins Funeral Home, and Target) that made it out to this year’s National Night Out event on Tuesday night. And huge THANK YOU to the planning team! Everyone had a great time and you can check out more pictures on our Facebook page shared from our Councilman Parker Agelasto’s Facebook page. If you took photos, please share them on our Facebook page. 
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Plan ahead next’s 2017 NNO will take place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017!

Justin & Ronald determining if the hotdogs are done or not!




Sebastian & Ms. Jones checking neighbors in and handing out raffle tickets.



Neighbors from the retirement community next to the Community Center enjoying all the action.




Ms. Marian & Ms. Alma handing out water.


Our next neighborhood meeting is Monday, September 19th at 6:30pm in the Randolph Community Center. Join us!

Let’s build a phone tree!

Randolph Neighbors – let’s build a phone tree! We love the idea of bringing back block parties and hanging out with our neighbors. Please click on the following link for fill out the quick survey: PHONE TREE LINK


National Night Out – Tuesday, August 2nd

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Police to conduct active shooter training exercise on Monroe Park Campus

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The Virginia Commonwealth University and City of Richmond police departments will conduct an active shooter training exercise Wednesday, Aug. 3, on the Monroe Park Campus.

VCU Police Chief John Venuti emphasized the need for training on campus given that active shooter incidents continue to be a threat to communities nationwide.

“Active shooter incidents are a threat that is not going away and campus law enforcement agencies need to prepare for them,” said Venuti. “By training with Richmond Police on a VCU campus we’re working on critical interoperability needs that arise in these crisis situations.”

The daylong exercise consists of a simulated emergency in which a single shooter is inside the Shafer Street Playhouse. The exercise will be realistic, with simulated sounds inside the building, including gunfire and crowd panic.

This training gives police the opportunity to practice a coordinated response to a VCU building, which is critical in an active shooter incident.

Multiple communications, including a mass mail to the VCU community and social media posts, are being issued in advance of the exercise to increase awareness. There will be two road closures and limited pedestrian traffic in and around the playhouse between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Franklin Street will be closed between Harrison and Laurel streets from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vehicle access will be closed to Shafer Street between Franklin and Grace streets during the same time.
  • The area around the Shafer Street Playhouse will be clearly marked with signs and security officers will be on-site to answer questions and direct pedestrian traffic.
  • Pedestrian traffic between Franklin Street and the Shafer Street Playhouse will be closed intermittently while the exercise is in session.
The Shafer Street Playhouse.

Sad News

Long time Randolph resident Ms. Marian Jones’ son has passed away after a long illness.  The viewing will be held at Wilson’s Funeral Home, on Monday August 1, 2016  from 12 noon to 8 pm.  The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 2nd at 11:00 am.  Wilson’s Funeral Home is located at 5008 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA 23223, phone number 804-221-1720.

Please keep Ms. Marian and her family in your prayers.