Wednesday, April 27, 2016

City to Highlight National Photography Month

The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will celebrate National Photography Month with an exhibit at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit titled “Slices of Life: RVA” will open on May 13 with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Spotlight Gallery exhibit will be on display until June 17.

The exhibit focuses on area photographers capturing life in Richmond, Virginia. Varying genres will be on display in this stunning exhibition and will include digital, film and pinhole photographs.

Spotlight Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Shaunn Casselle at (804) 646-6722.


Help Send Richmond’s Children to Summer Camp

On Thursday, May 5, residents of Central Virginia can help send a child from the City of Richmond to summer camp, as well as hear some of your favorite music by donating to the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities 9th annual Send a Kid to Camp radiothon.

Through the City’s partnership with the Enrichmond Foundation and Radio One, residents can call (804) 521-8400 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, to donate. For a donation of $25 or more, the caller can have their favorite song played on KISS 99.3/105.7 FM or iPower 92.1/104.1 FM. Donations can also be accepted anytime online at

All donations are tax deductible and will help pay for city children to attend any of the summer camps hosted by the City department.

This year’s Great Summer Escape camp theme of “Up, Up, and Away” will bring campers an exciting and educational summer experience that will feature activities such as swim lessons, participation in the STEM summer program in partnership with the 4H Virginia Cooperative Extension, and how music has influenced our culture. 

“These funds help us reach children in the city who often have few constructive options for summer activities,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director for Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities. “By making a donation during the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon, you are helping with the City’s efforts to shape the future of our children.”

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities summer camp programs offer nine weeks of structured activities for children ages 6 to 12, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The summer camp session begins on June 27 and ends on August 26. For city residents, the cost to send one child to the Great Summer Escape camp is $250; however, the donations from the radiothon are used to provide scholarships for those who need them.

For more information about the Send a Kid to Camp radiothon or summer camp offerings, please call (804) 646-5733 or visit our website at .