Richmond Police Department’s Citizens Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the 22nd Citizens Police Academy, September 20 – October 13 (Tuesday & Thursday Evenings), 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This FREE Citizens Police Academy is designed to introduce citizens to the RPD, improve relationships with RPD, help participants gain knowledge of police operations, develop stronger advocates and promote safety in the community. Sessions will include, but not be limited to: Hands-Only CPR Training, RPD patrol functions, hands-on exercises, tours and so much more.

You must be 18 years of age and live or work in the City of Richmond. There are seats available for surrounding jurisdictions. The Academy is perfect for persons interested in a career in law enforcement. All applicants must pass a background check and investigation. No felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified when they are selected to participate. Those selected to attend are expected to attend and participate in at least 80% of the sessions.

Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy officially become Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS). Members of VIPS are notified of volunteer opportunities, events, special programs and services with RPD. Graduates may be also called to participate on special boards and planning committees.

Applications are available at our website: by email:; or by calling (804) 646-3354. Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 9, 2016

DPU Citizens’ Academy

14100503_737077013100454_1751567281206564645_nRichmond Va Department of Public Utilities is hosting a Citizen’s Academy. This is a four-week program in October (Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm) that provides Richmond citizens an inside look at the operations of DPU. You would be introduced to the five utilities DPU operates: natural gas, water, wastewater, stormwater, and electric streetlighting. Tours of various DPU facilities and demonstration of equipment will be conducted.

The class is first come first serve with limited space. Please call 804-646-5463 if you are interested.

Richmond Community Conversations: Food Edition

Richmond City Health District would like to invite you to attend their upcoming event “Richmond Community Conversations: Food Edition,” which will offer a unique opportunity to ex14224699_737132353094920_1768798485209280352_nplore community perspectives on food access and nutritional health in Richmond. This past Spring, RCHD conducted a series of focus groups with residents across the city to better understand nutritional issues residents face in their neighborhoods including appeal, availability, and affordability of healthy food items. We received invaluable insight from 120 participants, and Richmond Community Conversations will serve as a platform to present our findings at East End and Northside community sites and engage residents in prioritizing next steps to combat these issues. Residents who attend these presentations will be invited to serve as active partners in building change in their communities by directly supporting RCHD’s growing food access initiatives. RCHD will provide free advocacy training to all interested attendees in partnership with the American Heart Association, and a Citizen’s Committee will be convened to advise RCHD leadership as an action plan for citywide and neighborhood-specific nutritional health is developed.

Byrd Theatre’s Family Classics

Schedule extended to end of the year!

With Bob Gulledge
at the
Mighty Wurlitzer


Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons

September 17th-Hugo
NO FAMILY CLASSIC on September 24th
October 1st-The Wiz
NO FAMILY CLASSIC on October 8th or 15th
October 22nd-Wallace & Gromit & The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
October 29th-Casper (1995)
November 5th-The Secret Of NIMH
November 12th-Shirley Temple in The Little Princess (1939)
November 19th-Kiki’s Delivery Service
November 26th-Chicken Run
December 3rd-Meet Me In St. Louis
December 1oth-Arthur Christmas
December 17th-Elf
December 24th-Polar Express
December 31st-An American Tail

Still $1.99

Box Office Opens at 9:30am each show day

More info HERE

Carytown Pride

Join Carytown as we celebrate Pride month in Virginia in our neighborhood. There will be lots of great activities for everyone, so make sure to come and join the fun!


C Street Restaurant & Wine Bar is throwing an Alice in Wonderland themed “Tea Dance” from 4 to 10 pm featuring Belle Isle Craft Spirits. They will also be featuring art from LGBT/Ally local artists for sale to benefit Health Brigade all weekend. No cover, 21+

Babes of Carytown will have brunch from 10am to 2pm and “End of Summer Blowout” from 2pm to 7pm. No cover,

Participants of Carytown Pride who will donate a portion of their sales on that date to Health Brigade include:

Nacho Mama’s will donate 10% of their Rainbow Margarita’s

Alternatives Boutique will donate 10% of ALL their sales

Fiamour Lingerie & Intimi will donate 10% of all bra sales Saturday 9/17 from 11am until 7pm

So make sure to stop by and support these businesses!

There will also be a:
– Bubble parade
– Dog blessing @ Dogma Grooming + Pet Needs

And much more!

About Health Brigade:

Health Brigade–formerly Fan Free Clinic–continues its nearly 50 year legacy as Virginia’s oldest free clinic offering a growing array of medical, mental health, community outreach and care coordination services to those least served in our community.

Throughout our history, Health Brigade has run TOWARD tough health issues of the day when others retreated. We are health crusaders, and Health Brigade will continue to tirelessly carry the flag and pass the buckets, much like a bucket chain, to quell the next raging health care fire, ensuring everyone has access to the quality care they deserve.

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