Last Call at Capital Ale House December 30th

Thursday, Dec. 30th will be the last evening of FOJRP's December stint as the Community Chest beneficiary at Capital Ale Houses all over town. If you're in the mood for a pleasant night out, bring this  flyer to any Capital Ale House location Thursday evening to have 25% of your table's food purchases donated to the Friends of James River Park.   www.capitalalehouse.com


Remember, you MUST have the flyer with you for this generous promotion to work. Thanks so much for spreading the word!

James River Park License Plate Deadline Extended--But it's time to put the pedal to get the metal! We still need 100+


The holidays have stalled us right around 235 completed James River Park license plate applications. We really appreciate all of you who have helped get us this far, but we need to get it in gear to get 350 completed applications to the General Assembly by late January. With your help we can do it. If every member would convince, cajole, or persuade one other person to sign up for our beautiful proposed Virginia license plate within the next few weeks, we could relax. Please consider posting a link to our web site on your Facebook page at the very least or posting an info sheet at work where all can covet the plate.


Handily, our James River Park License plate is not the first item on the General Assembly's agenda when they convene in mid-January, which gives us a few more weeks to gather 120 more completed applications. Just $25 to show your pride in one of the best places in Richmond. Please send in your application now and help spread the word to park-lovers around town.  



You can get all the information and the application and pay by check or with PayPal at www.jamesriverpark.org. We really appreciate your help in making this plate a reality. 


FOJRP Chosen for Create-a-Thon! 
How cool is that? FOJRP's proposal to improve our outreach to Hispanic and Latino park visitors was chosen to be a part of VCU's spring Create-a-Thon! We will be the beneficiary of an intense program run through VCU's esteemed BrandCenter that will put the creative brains of students to work on non-profits' quandaries. We look forward to seeing what the collaboration will produce and we'll keep you posted.  
Twelve Days of JRPS, abridged 
Your reward for reading this far down is, sadly, this:

On the twelfth day of Christmas the JRPS gave to me, twelve months of park pride, eleven eagles dancing, ten mountain bikers biking, nine runners running, eight paddlers stroking, seven sturgeon swimming, six dogs on leashes, five old tubes! Four rapids rolling, three rope swings, two snapping turtles, and a salamander 'neath a paw-paw tree.

If your true love hasn't gotten you what you want yet, a JRPS license plate can make it all better, and show the world you truly love the James River Park.
January Events
FOJRP has two special events planned for January, both of which connect art and nature (and food!). The first is Sunday, January 9th, at Capital Ale House's downtown Music Hall, possibly the first public screening in Richmond of Rivers and Tides,  a stunning documentary about the natural, often kinetic, sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy. If you thought the ship at Pony Pasture was creative, you'll be wowed by what Goldsworthy comes up with using ice, water, stone, wool, trees and more.  Doors open at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6. Donations and license plate applications will be accepted at the door. Capital Ale House will donate 25% of our food purchases to FOJRP that evening. Spread the word and come on down!
Thursday, January 20th, from 4-6 we'll be at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing to hear our own Anne Wright say a few words about water quality and conservation as we take part in a reception that welcomes the new sculpture by the river there. The official Invitation is right here. RSVP is required. Hope you can come!

Finally, the postponed Capital Region Collaborative presentation has been re-scheduled for James River Outdoor Coalition's next meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 5th at 6 p.m. A perfect opportunity for river and park-lovers to put in our many cents and much sense about our region's future. The last we heard, the meeting was to be held at the renovated JRPS headquarters at Reedy Creek. Come on out!

Friends of James River Park
PO 4453
Richmond, Virginia 23220