River District Stories: South Union Street Pocket Park
1908 Danville Main Street Postcard (shows context of horse transportation)
Illustration (etching) of the New & Miller Building (later known as Pythian Building), from Edward Pollock's Sketchbook of Danville VA, published 1885).
1886 Sanborn Tax Map showing the Pythian Building soon after it was constructed.
The S. Union Street Pocket Park is nestled between two wings of The Bee Hotel in Danville, Virginia. The park opened officially to the public on May 12, 2021 with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony.  

The Pythian Building which stood on the site of the Pocket Park was deemed unsafe for renovation. Despite the structure’s instability and conditions in the basement of mud, broken concrete, and sagging floor joists, the exterior walls were intact and their character obvious. Rather than fill in the basement, the team began to envision a public urban park in the River District. 

Union Street Pocket Park is built on the site of a building constructed sometime between 1877 & 1885 for the New & Miller Carriage Company...read more
7 things to do in the River District on the 4th of July weekend...
There is no shortage of fun summer activities in the River District over the 4th of July weekend. Check out some of the happenings here, and be sure to download the River District App: Distrx to find the best places to eat, drink, and shop this weekend.  Read more...
Job Openings in the River District
River District Association: We are hiring! The River District Association has two positions open. Learn more about the positions and how to apply at: https://www.riverdistrictassociation.com/about/job-openings

Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS): PATHS has open career opportunities. View them at:  https://www.pathsinc.org/careers/open-positions

Noblis: Noblis is hiring for multiple positions. These positions have remote working options available. If you have any questions you can contact Philip Hayes at [email protected]

The City of Danville: The city has quite a few career opportunities open. View them at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/danville

Blush and Bashful Waxing Spa: Blush and Bashful Waxing Spa has immediate openings for estheticians and cosmetologists who are interested in waxing, lashing, skin and body treatments. Must hold a current license to practice in VA. Experience not necessary but excellent character and work ethic are top priority. Send resume to [email protected] 

Dell'Anno's Pizza Kitchen: Dell'Anno's is hiring. Apply HERE.

American National Bank: American National Bank is hiring at its Downtown Danville office. Multiple positions available. See openings HERE.
Updates and Promotions
308 Craghead, Suite 203-D
Stop in to learn more about the Wanderlove: A Stitch in Time yarnbombing project.
326 Main Street
New customers who visit Main Street Art Collective will get 25% off of any Ten Thousand Villages purchase from July 6-30. They just need to mention seeing the offer in this River District Association Monthly Newsletter.
Rippe's Promotion
July 4th Sale: Now through July 10th - Save up to 70% Off - Tops, Dresses, Shoes, Rainwear - Fur Layaway Sale
Firefly Yoga, located at 415 Main Street now has in-person class options.
Save the Date: Bikes on Main, July 25th, 2021
Attention all Motorcycle, ATV and 4 Wheeler enthusiasts. The Danville Police Department is hosting Bikes on the Main! Sunday, July 25, 2021 2pm-7pm in the River District.

Registration is free, just contact Sgt. D. C. Ferguson at 434-797-8898 X1 or [email protected].

All clubs are welcome just call to reserve your space.
To Do in the River District
Little Explorers Storytime- July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 12:30 pm -1:15 pm

Mad Scientists - July 1, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Write Stuff - July 1, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Teen Takeover - July 2, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Weekly Make and Take - July 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Storytime Under the Stars - July 6, 20, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

D&D For Teens - July 10, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Llama, Llama Animal Sleepover - July 12, 5:30 pm

Dumbledore's Army - July 15, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Infinity Acres Exhibit - July 17, 11:00 - 11:45

Guest Speaker, Gabbie Keller - July 20, 5:30 pm

Page Turners: Elementary Book Club - July 21, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bookworms: Tween Book Club - July 22, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

D&D - July 22, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Safari Scavenger Hunt - July 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Overbooked: Teen Book Club - July 26, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Animal Yoga with Val-Rae - July 29, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Weekly July Events
11 a.m. - Science on a Sphere
1 p.m. - Perfect Little Planet **
3 p.m. - Expedition Reef **

11 a.m. - Expedition Reef **
3 p.m. - Dream Big

11 a.m. - Dream Big
1 p.m. - Perfect Little Planet **
3 p.m. - Expedition Reef **

11 a.m. - Science on a Sphere
11 a.m. - Perfect Little Planet **
1 p.m. - Expedition Reef **

Community Events
Danville Symphony Orchestra, The Music of America: Sunday, July 4th: Enjoy a lively 4th of July Concert at the Carrington Pavilion. Doors open at 6:00pm and the first note will be at 7:40 pm. Bring some lawn chairs, a blanket, snacks, and the whole family. 

Danville City Fireworks: Sunday, July 4th: The City of Danville's 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will begin around 9:15 pm, directly after the orchestra concert. Enjoy the summer evening and the celebration. For details visit:  https://www.danville-va.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4738
Wanderlove: A Stitch in Time: July-September, walk the Riverwalk and see the installation. Also head to the pop-up gallery at 530 Craghead to learn more about the project.

Try-it Wheel Session: July 2, 9th, 16th, 23th, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Impotters (406 Lynn Street)

Try-it Wheel Session: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Impotters (406 Lynn Street)

Kids Mixed Media Creation: July 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Main Street Art Collective (326 Main Street)

Tripod Planter: July 10, 10:00 am - Impotters (406 Lynn Street)

Kids Pinwheel Making: July 13, 11:00 am -12:00 pm - Main Street Art Collective (326 Main Street)

Game Night: July 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Main Street Art Collective (326 Main Street)

Starry Night Sunflower Painting: July 17, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Main Street Art Collective (326 Main Street)

TEEN Purple Moon Painting: July 20, 11:00 am - Main Street Art Collective (326 Main Street)

Kids Workshop - Fairy or Toad House: July 21, 10:00 am - Impotters (406 Lynn Street)

Mandala Coasters: July 24, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Main Street Art Collective (326 Main Street)

Funky Flamingo Painting: July 30, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Main Street Art Collective
Music at the Market: Thursdays, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Danville Community Market (629 Craghead Street)
  • July 1 - West End Mambo - Sponsored by Cardiology Consultants 
  • July 8 - Wayne Euliss - Elvis Tribute
  • July 15 - Sahara Reggae Band
  • July 22 - Blue Drive Band
  • July 29 - Island Music Trio

Ray Martin: July 17, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Golden Leaf Bistro (215 Craghead Street)

Josh Solo: July 24, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Golden Leaf Bistro (215 Craghead Street)
Bingo Night, July 8, 22 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Ballad Brewing (600 Craghead Street)

Adoption Day: July 10, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Ballad Brewing (600 Craghead Street)

Trivia Night at Ballad, July 15, 29, 7:00pm - 9:00pm - Ballad Brewing (600 Craghead Street)
River District in the News
What is the River District Association?
Do you want to be a part of a thriving River District? RDA takes Board of Directors applications all year long. Fill out an interest form to be considered for the next board opening!
River District Association | www.riverdistrictassociation.com