New Auction Items Up for Bid! You Won’t Wanna Miss This…

RPEC’s Annual Dinner & Auction is almost here! There’s no better way to treat ourselves and our loved ones than with unique experiences, adventures, art, learning, and fun, while at the same time supporting RPEC’s work for peace, nonviolence, and justice in our community.

Check out some of the amazing items that will be available for bidding this year:


Mail Art Workshop for 4 

You and 3 of your friends or family members can learn the history of Mail or Correspondence Art while creating some of your own. No experience needed, all supplies provided. All ages welcome. Expiry Date: September 2017 Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s, though it has since developed into a global movement that continues to the present.mailmeart

Media commonly used in mail art include postcards, paper, a collage of found or recycled images and objects, rubber stamps, artist-created stamps (called artistamps), and paint, but can also include music, sound art, poetry, or anything that can be put in an envelope and sent via post. Mail art is considered art once it is dispatched.

The mail artist community values the interconnectedness of the participants and promotes an egalitarian ethos that frequently circumvents official art distribution and approval systems such as the art market, museums, and galleries. At its core, mail art is about interpersonal communication, exchange, and the creation of a virtual community of participants. In this way, mail art can be seen as anticipating the cyber communities founded on the Internet.

kombucha-flavoursKombucha 101

Includes basic supplies for making Kombucha, discussion of the health benefits of Kombucha, hands-on demonstration, flavoring ideas, & lots of samples! For four people in the donors’ home.


Southeast Indian Meal w/Cooking Demonstration

Cooking demonstration and meal at Pam Karthik’s home.  Traditional South Indian cuisine. Menu likely to include: Dosa, Coconut Chutney, Idli, Lentil or Chickpea Masala, Sambhar (spiced vegetable stew) The meal will be served in the traditional fashion, on a mat with floor seating in Pam Karthik’s Manakin-Sabot home.  For up to 4 people.

Jackson Ward Walking Tour by the Valentine jackson-ward-sign

Who says you need to travel far to have a unique, eye-opening experience? This Valentine Walking Tour, sponsored by Lisa Miles, will allow you and 14 friends (15 people total) to explore the rich history and culture of Jackson Ward, a historic Richmond neighborhood. The tour will take place on Saturday, March 18th at 1pm (Raindate: March 25th).

A Day in Yogaville

Check out this day visit package for two to Yogaville, which includes morning activities, noon meditation at the LOTUS shrine, vegetarian lunch, and afternoon Hatha Yoga class at your level. See sacred sites and conclude day with vegetarian dinner. Yogaville is located less than 2 hours away from Richmond. You don’t need to be an expert yogi to bid…Yogaville is a wonderfully peaceful and interesting place to visit, regardless of your experience level!

yogavilleThere are many more amazing items that await your bid at the auction: ballroom dance classes, a private after-hours tasting and cellar tour of the Grayhaven Winery, concert tickets, gift certificates to Richmond eateries such as Tarrant’s West, Whisk, Lamplighter Roasting Company, and Can Can Brasserie, a truckload of mulch delivered to your home for you gardeners, an accupressure massage, an organic gardening consult, and much, much more.


When: Saturday, November 5th from 5:30-9:00 PM

Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel at 5th and Canal Streets in Downtown Richmond

How Much: $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8 (which includes hors d’oeuvres, a free drink, and dinner)

Head over to the RPEC website to buy your tickets. There is a page on the website for the 2016 Dinner & Auction under the “Support Us” tab, where you can buy tickets and see what’s new at the auction. Even if you can’t attend yourself, you can help RPEC youth attend by buying a ticket and donating it back to RPEC. And remember, every dollar raised from bidding goes directly to RPEC’s critical work in the community! We hope to see you there.