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Block Captains Meeting
Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Stir Crazy
4015 MacArthur Ave

Annual Meeting & Chili Cookoff
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LGRA Building
Hawthorne and Walton

Our annual meeting will be Thursday, November 16 at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Association building at the corner of Hawthorne and Walton. This year we will have a chili cookoff with prizes. Please bring a pot of your favorite variety (with a list of ingredients for those with allergies). For those not making chili, cornbread, a salad or dessert would complete the menu.

We will be electing officers and announcing committee chairs for 2018. We will also announce the recipient of the annual “Gracie” award (named after Ginter’s niece, Grace Arents). This award acknowledges someone who is not a Board member but who has made a major contribution to the neighborhood. We will also award the prizes for winners of the Scene from the Street Contest, which recognizes the prettiest yards as viewed by passersby on the street. Every year our judges pick a different month (other than peak azalea season) to recognize neighbors whose efforts make Ginter Park a beautiful place for all of us to enjoy.

We expect a report from Shalom Farms on its plans for an urban garden on the half of the Westwood property facing Loxley Road.

Virginia Treatment Center for Children Open House
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Virginia Treatment Center for Children

You Are Invited to a rare, one-time-only open house at the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for neighbors from the surrounding communities to tour the facility, which will have its ribbon-cutting the previous day. Adjacent to the Brook Road Children’s Hospital, the entrance to the VTCC is from Sherwood Avenue.

Northside Artists' Holiday Artwalk
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A proud Northside tradition for 28 years, the Northside Artists’ Holiday Artwalk features local Richmond artists and artisans in an Open House format show and sale. Timed to kick off your holiday shopping season, this year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Nine sites in Laburnum Park and Sherwood Park are all within a four block walk through the crisp fall air!

Originally established by local pen-and-ink artist Eliza Askin and her partners as Northside Artists’ Open Studio, the show was restructured in 2014 for the 25th anniversary. This year’s event will once again showcase 50 artists and heralds the addition of several first-time homes and new artists to the tour.

From locally made soaps and lotions, sweets and treats, and beautiful handmade jewelry to locally turned woodwork, hand-thrown pottery, fiber arts, and photography, this year’s selection of artists will offer something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Shop local, support RVA art, and think outside the standard gift-giving box.

Stir Crazy and Jadean ’s Smokin’ Six-O food truck will be on hand providing food and beverage options to sustain you through your shopping spree.

Below is the complete list of homes on this year’s Artwalk tour (listed in a logical walking order starting at either the top or bottom of the list):

- 1516, 1514, and 1508 Westwood Avenue
- 3323 Gloucester Road
- 3324 Loxley Road – Freestanding Studio in Back Yard, access through side alley gate Ginter Place
- 1400, 1411, and 1412 Palmyra Avenue
- 3415 Gloucester Road

GPRA Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Hawthorne and Walton

Holiday Gala
Saturday, December 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Laburnum House
1300 Westwood Avenue

Dancing, hors d’oeuvres and libations, and, best of all, a chance to meet new neighbors and re-connect with those you may not have seen all year. All this on the evening of Saturday, December 2 at the GPRA’s Holiday Gala from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Laburnum House on Westwood, courtesy of our Veritas School neighbors.

The Holiday Gala is one of the numerous advantages of your paid 2017 association membership. There’s still time to pay your $35 dues, using this newsletter’s coupon or through PayPal. You can even pay at the door that night. If your newsletter is addressed to “resident”, we have not received your 2017 dues.

This year the light refreshments will be provided by The Green Kitchen with complimentary beer, wine and soda. DJ Will Rollins will entertain with his musical choices. You’ll dance comfortably on the springy wooden floor, used also for ballerina practice and the traditional country dancers.

Working together on the set-up, decorating or clean-up from the party is another way to meet new neighbors. Contact Christina Shelor at to volunteer.

Ginter Park Library Fundraiser
Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ginter Park Library

Each year (mostly) the Ginter Park Library Advisory Board holds a holiday fete fundraiser at the library. It is an after-hours event where neighbors can come and enjoy an evening of good food, spirits, door prizes, and live music! It’s the one time of year you can eat, drink and dance in the library!

The Ginter Park branch is unique within the city limits because we are fortunate to have an Advisory Board comprised of neighborhood residents who help support, advocate, and promote the library in an effort to help us better serve our local community. We are so proud of our little library and we love the neighborhood communities we serve. During the past year with the help of our Advisory Board, we have hosted over 300 programs for the neighborhood and have had over 68,000 visitors walk through our doors!

All proceeds from the fete will benefit the library and are tax deductible. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are available at the library Nov. 1st - Dec. 1st with advance ticket-holders entered in a special drawing. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the evening of the event. For questions please call 804.646.1236 or email

Currently our Advisory Board is rather small (the renovation really downsized our members) and consists of only Bellevue residents. We would love to expand the board’s size and have more participants from Ginter Park. The board meets the first Monday night of the month at 6:30pm. Contact the above addresses if you are interested.