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Spring is in the air…

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Neighborhood News

Please join Ginter Park Garden Club in welcoming spring with our 7th SPRING MARKET. Saturday, April 16th from 10-3. All OUTDOORS this year with FREE ADMISSION on the grounds of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave. Featuring juried local artisans and vendors offering everything from gardening goods and plants, to clothing and jewelry, unique artisanal goods, a White Elephant sale, and a Bake sale! Plus Food Trucks so come hungry! Save the date for a fun day of shopping and mingling with neighbors and friends.

East and West Seminary Traffic Islands Get Spring Make-overs!

An energetic, motivated team of neighborhood volunteers turned out on Saturday morning, March 19, to clear the landscaping from the traffic island bed in the 4800 block of East Seminary Avenue and to clean up the traffic Island on West Seminary Avenue.  The traffic islands were installed abour 25 years ago to prevent cut-through traffic from Azalea and Chamberlayne Aveneus and speeding, and neighbors at that time banded together to petition the city for the islands.  Some of those homeowners still live on West and East Seminary Avenue.

Homeowners report they continue to have some problems with cars driving over the islands, and some trucks driving over sidewalks and peoples’ yards to avoid the islands, which the GPRA Board will escalate to City Traffic Engineering for solutions.

This current project to refresh the beauty of the islands was intitated by GPRA District Rep for District N-1, Sally Morrison Brown. GPRA is supporting this project under the umbrella of the Beautification Committee. The GPRA Board invests your dollars in enhancing the neighborhood, so JOIN, and help us to do more! 

Today was a great day for story-telling and getting to know one another, as we worked to clear very old, woody Hollies and other materials from the East bed. This bed boasts two beautiful Kousa Dogwood trees and a healthy, mature Crepe Myrtle, all of which were properly, structurally pruned by Richmond Tree Steward, Teresa McGurn Davis.

One of our volunteers, a homeowner on East Seminary, is John Morse, Horticulturist for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. John is providing suggestions for the new plant materials and design. We will be planting a variety of colorful, evergreen shrubs with seasonal foliage interest and a variety of native perennials for spring, summer and early fall color. We will be sourcing plants this week, and we hope to plant the East Seminary Island and to mulch it on Saturday, March 26, so stay tuned.

A special shout out and thank you to neighbor, Mark Richards, who brought his power saw and manpower to cut down and dig out the huge, woody Hollies!

Team 2 pruned up the Hollies in the West Seminary island, improving their appearance, and cleared away weeds, leasves and debris.  Once we complete the East bed, we will turn our attention to the West bed.

THANK YOU to the following neighbors with pride of place, great team work, and   for volunteering for this project:

Sally Brown                                                      Fred Koehn

Jimmy Carneal                                                John Morse

Plum Cluverius & Husband                          Mark Richards

Steven Fowlkes                                               Anna Shenk

Penny Gough

We thank other neighbors, such as Dennis Malarkey, who stopped by to share the history of the islands and to offer suggestions.

GPRA Beautification Team Work Day, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am!

The GPRA Beautification Team, who has spent the past 5 years creating the garden beds on Chamberlayne Avenue and assuming responsibility for re-planting, maintaining and mulching 19 beds on Brook Road, has a Work Day scheduled, Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am, with a meetup for coffee, donuts and biscuits at the Bellevue Shops parking lot at the corner of Brook and Bellevue.  Come on out with garden gloves, shovels, hand tools for weeding, collapsible lawn and garden trash cans, if you have them, and join this amazing team. A team will top off mulch on the previously worked beds that are in pretty fnatastic shape, while another team will take on cleaning up beds between Bellevue and Westbrook.  Seminary Avenue neighbors, Daniel lawrence and Lisa Forcke are the leads for north Brook Road work.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and soon there will be a colorful display of Tulips, returning perennials and blooming Roses, thanks to GPRA Beautification Team and your membership dollars. THANK YOU to everyone on the Beautification Team!

Cannot volunteer for physical labor, but would like to Sponsor Beautification projects or donate plants?  Contact Susan, at communications@ginterpark.org

GPRA Membership Campaign Status

  • Our 2022 Goal is 500 Members!  Today, we are at 265.  Bellevue is at 500, headed toward 600–let’s see some friendly competitive spirit! 
  • Annual Household Membership just $35; pay conveniently on this website.  Go to the Membership tab on the Menu, then JOIN.  Open a Membership Account, and our MembershipWorks software will automatically notify you when it’s renewal time. Join now, and renewal is due June 1, 2023.
  • Members receive invitations to Members-Only Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Holiday Gala 2022, an elegant evening event.
  • Adopt a Tree, and GPRA will pay 50% of the City fee, $25, for each tree.
  • Enjoy and take pride in the GPRA Beautification Team’s continued enhancement and care of the garden beds along our Brook Road and Chamberlayne corridors. We also have a new spring project at the East and West Seminary Avenue traffic islands. Your Membership dues make this possible!
  • Be engaged and informed.  Don’t miss a thing!  Your dues help with the costs of our communications tools, which are among the most robust among local civic associations.

GPRA-Red Cross March Blood Drive Reminder, March 24, Noon to 5:00 pm

We thank you for signeing up to Give the Gift of Life!  We currently have 30 people signed up to donate!  But, do contact the Red Cross to find out whether there are appointments that remain.  The need is great.

Ginter Park Presbyterian Church
3601 Seminary Avenue
Thursday, March 24, 2022, Noon to 5:00 pm

GPRA will co-host a Blood Drive, Thursday, March 24, 2022, noon to 5:00 pm, at the Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, located at 3601 Seminary Avenue in Ginter Park.

Call to schedule your appointment at this location today. 1-800-733-3767, or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter GINTER to schedule an appointment.

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health by giving blood or platelets during March, Red Cross Month.

GPRA Board Hosts Appreciation Brunch for District Reps and Block Captains

Our District Reps and Block Captains are valuable volunteers, who serve as the “switchboard” for communication between residents and the Association, and between the Association and residents.  They serve to make connections all over our large, diverse neighborhood, and we appreciate them.  Join the Team! Contact John Marriner, Co-Chair, districtw2@ginterpark.org

GPRA Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, UPSem Early Hall, 3401 Brook Road

  • Come meet and socialize with your neighbors after two years of mostly Zoom meetings! Early Hall is spacious and allows for distancing for those who want to feel comfortable with in-person meetings.  GPRA will provide light refreshments. There is ample off-street parking in front of UPSem.
  • Meet the 2022 GPRA Board, hear reports and updates.
  • Meet Delegate Jeffrey Bourne, who will provide a legislative update.  Hear about General Assembly legislation that impacts our budget, schools, the City.
  • Meet city representatives from Planning and Development, who will tell you everything that you need to know if you are planning projects at your home.

Spring cleaning?  It’s time for another Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale!  GPRA will provide support with organization and promoting the sale. Contact Susan at communications@ginterpark.org, to register, please.  We will organize a MAP, as we did in 2021, for shoppers to find you, and we will provide signage.

  • Target Date:  Saturday, April 23, hours 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Residents establish their prices and payment methods; and, there is no fee to participate.

City – District News

District 2 Town Hall

Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Host, District 2 Councilor, Katherine Jordan

On-line Event. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89530761738

or, go to Councilor Jordan’s facebook page for the event, or email Liaison Sven Philipson, sven.philipson@rva.gov  for details and the Zoom link.