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Celebrate the James during James River Week

James River Week is here and jam-packed with activities both on and off the water.

Organized by the James River Advisory Council, the week provides opportunities for people to enjoy the James and celebrate its special qualities.

“James River Week is a seven-day celebration of our region’s crown jewel,” said JRAC Executive Director Kimberly Conley. “We’ve planned an exciting week of outings, story times, dining experiences and more. There’s something for everyone.”

Activities are being offered throughout the area and are made possible by JRAC’s large network of partners. Many events are free and open to people of all ages.

Download a full schedule at https://jrac-va.org/.

Here’s a sample of events:

· Tuesday: James River Film Screening — Films about the James will be projected onto the Floodwall. All ages welcome. 6 p.m., 101 Hull Street Road, Richmond. Free. Cosponsored by the James River Association and the James River Outdoor Coalition.

· Wednesday: JRAC Social at Rappahannock — Meet the staff of one of Richmond’s hottest restaurants and find out how they’re working to help the Chesapeake Bay. 4-6 p.m., 320 E. Grace St., Richmond.

· Thursday: James River Story Time — Young readers will learn about rivers, lakes and other bodies of water during story time at the Goochland Library. 11:30-noon, 3075 River Road West, Goochland. Free.

· Friday: VCU Rice Rivers Center Open House — Tour VCU’s state-of-the-art research facility on the James. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 3701 John Tyler Memorial Hwy., Charles City. Free.

· All week: JRAC Fundraiser at the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing — Download the schedule of events at jrac-va.org, show it to your server, and a portion of the proceeds from your bill benefit JRAC. 4708 Old Main St., Richmond.

· All week: ArtWorks Exhibit — Young Richmonders share their James River experiences through original artwork. Open daily. 320 Hull Street Road, Richmond. Free.

The James River Regional Cleanup, held Saturday, kicked off the week of festivities. More than 600 people participated.

James River Week runs through Sept. 19. For more information, call (804) 748-1567.