We won! The Aryee siblings — from left, Caleb, 9; Othneil, 12; and Zari, 9 — celebrate after learning they won a bicycle in a raffle at the 6th Annual Brookland Park Community Celebration last Saturday in North Side. The event, sponsored by the Historic Brookland Park Collective, featured food, music and fellowship along West Brookland Park Boulevard that was closed to traffic. The youngsters used the no traffic zone to happily and freely road test their new bike. (Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press)
A view of the finished, two-bedroom, 2 1⁄2-bath solar homes in the Carver neighborhood that were showcased during a Sept. 12 open house by Richmond-based developer project:HOMES.
Installers put a solar panel in place on the roof of a new home in the 1200 block of West Leigh Street.
A crane brings solar panels to the installation crew.
Dandelion in North Side (Sandra Sellars/Richmond Free Press)
Vegan food for the soul/
Lines were deep during the first Soul Vegan Block Party Sept. 7 at Chimborazo Park in the East End. The free event was designed to promote a healthy and ethically conscious plant-based lifestyle and featured all types of vegan food, juices and products. (Regina H. Boone/Richmond Free Press)
Vegan for the soul/Aranda Goodwin of Virginia Beach sits in the shade to enjoy a raw vegan salad from Goatocado, a restaurant in The Fan that had a booth at the event. In addition to food, the block party featured cooking demonstrations, speakers, music and dancing. (Regina H. Boone/Richmond Free Press)
40 Years of music.
The Richmond Jazz Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary dedicated to the preservation and advancement of jazz in the local area by presenting local, national and international jazz artists through its guest educator concert series, scholarships and community outreach programs. Its 2019 season kicked off Sept. 10 with a performance by founding board member J. Plunky Branch and The Universal Ensemble, with vocalists Lady Eka-Eta (Jacqueline Holoman Lewis) and legendary Ghanaian percussionist Okyerema Asante. Enjoying the event are founding board members, from left, Nelson R. Lawson, Mr. Branch, B.J. Brown, William S. Lowe, G. Khari Branch and Robert L. Payne Sr. The yearlong celebration will continue with concerts by the Kenney Rittenhouse Ensemble featuring Imani Gonzales on Oct. 8; the Steve Wilson Quintet with special guest Bill Pierce on Nov. 12; and vocalist Rene Marie on Dec. 10. Details: www.vajazz.org.