Public Service Announcements

Habitat Block Party at Ix Art Park
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 01, 2016
Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

Join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville on Saturday, October 1st from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at IX Art Park for an afternoon Block Party. Activities will include a Habitat construction project, a kids' building station, Lego Build, a bounce house, and face painting. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 434-293-9066.

Season Opening: Mallarme Chamber Players
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 02, 2016
Sponsor: Music on Park Street

The first Music on Park Street season opens on Sunday, October 2nd at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. The Mallarme Chamber Players from Durham, NC will join pianist Jeremy Thompson to perform a program of British composers: Britten, Bliss and Bridge. Admission is free and ample parking is available. For more information call 434-296-7131.

6th annual Imagine Awards
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 04, 2016
Sponsor: Jefferson Area Children%u2019s Health Improvement Program

The Jefferson Area Children'€™s Health Improvement Program - or ChiP - will host the 6th annual Imagine Awards on Tuesday, October 4th, at 5:30 p.m., at the University of Virginia's Alumni Hall. The Imagine Awards were established to honor CHiP families that have modeled the determination and courage to imagine a healthy, nurturing home for their children in spite of significant barriers. For tickets and sponsor information, visit jachip.org or call 434-964-4708.

Blood needed to make up for summer shortage
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: October 05, 2016
Sponsor: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need. You can donate on Wednesday, October 5th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CustomInk, 1180 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville. Or you can make an appointment online at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Gallery talk and reception at the Kluge-Ruhe
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 06, 2016
Sponsor: UVA and Kluge-Ruhe

Australian Aboriginal artist Damien Shen will visit the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in coordination with his exhibition currently on view. There will be a reception with the artist on Thursday, October 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and a gallery tour with the artist on October 8th at 10:30 am. The Kluge-Ruhe Museum is located at 400 Worrell Drive in Charlottesville. For more information, go to Kluge-Ruhe@Virginia.edu.

Prism Presents Americana Duo
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 06, 2016
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse welcomes Wild Ponies to Charlottesville on Thursday, October the 6th, for a concert at C'Ville Coffee. Whether singing about the troubled state of the world, a small town mom '€˜n' pop grocery, or the pains of a broken heart, husband-and-wife duo Doug and Telisha Williams have a magnetic chemistry that's deeply compelling. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the concert will start at 7. C'Ville Coffee is located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville. For additional details about this October 6 concert, including how to get tickets, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org, or call 434-978-4335.

Highland County Public Library's annual used book sale
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 07, 2016
Sponsor: Highland County Public Library

The Highland County Public Library will hold its annual used book sale at the library in Monterey on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7th, 8th and 9th, as part of the Hands and Harvest Festival. Also included in the sale are videos, CDs, tapes, children's books, and more. There will also be arts and crafts, live music, clogging, and a farmers' market. For more information, call 540-468-2373 or visit highlandlibrary.homestead.com.

Food at the folk festival
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 07, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Foundation for the humanities

The Virginia Folklife Area announces the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival: "Tasty Licks: Virginia's Food Traditions." showcasing the diverse foods of Virginia along with Virginia Folklife musical pairings. The spotlight will be on home cooks, with the sharing of family recipes and secrets and the tasting of the results. It's on October 7th through 9th on downtown Richmond's historic riverfront, free with music, dance, folk art, food and much more.   For more information, go to richmondfolkfestival.org.

October exhibits at McGuffey Art Center
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 07, 2016
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

October exhibits at McGuffey Art Center will run from Tuesday, October 4th through Sunday, October 30th. A First Friday reception will be held on October 7th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In the Sarah B. Smith Gallery is Rosamond Casey's new exhibition, Tablet & Cloud: Pilgrims in Cyberspace. In the Lower North and South Hall Galleries is Flight, a large group show of McGuffey members. And in the Upper North and South Hall Galleries is Fiber Transformed, featuring work from a group of contemporary fiber artists from Virginia. For more information, visit mcguffeyartcenter.com or call 434-295-7973.

Continuation of 37th season of Organ music
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 07, 2016
Sponsor: Westminster Organ Concert Series

The Westminster Organ Concert Series continues it's 37th season on Friday, October 7th at 7:30pm with a concert by organist Timothy Olsen. His program will feature music of Nicolaus Bruhns, J.S. Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert is free and open to the public at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. For more information call 434-963-4690 or visit westminsterorganconcertseries.org.

Crozet Trails Crew 5K Trail Race
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: October 08, 2016
Sponsor: Crozet Trails Crew

The Crozet Trails Crew will hold its 7th annual 5K Trail Race on Saturday, October 8th, at 8:30 a.m., at the soccer field at Claudius Crozet Park. A Kids' Race will take place at 8 a.m. The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival is held right after the race. There is also a prize raffle following the race, with prizes donated by local businesses. The Crozet Trails Crew is a grassroots, all-volunteer community organization whose mission is to connect Crozet and Western Albemarle with trails and greenways. For more information and to register for the race, go to CrozetTrailsCrew.org.

Orange Country Headstart annual Family Fun Day
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 08, 2016
Sponsor: Orange Country Headstart

Live music, carriage rides, and Native American dancers will highlight Orange Country Headstart's annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 8th, at Booster Park, in Orange. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.and is free. For more information, call 540-661-4470.

Info session on VCU art education grad degree
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 08, 2016
Sponsor: Dept. of Art Education, VCU

Interested in earning a graduate degree in art education? The Department of Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University is holding an information session on Saturday, October 8th, at 12 noon at 812 W. Franklin Street on the VCU campus in Richmond.   For more information, call 804.828.7154 or go online to arts.vcu.edu/arteducation.

Nelson FFA benefit with bluegrass and food
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 08, 2016
Sponsor: Nelson FFA

The Nelson FFA Bluegrass Benefit will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Nelson County Middle School Auditorium, located at 6925 Thomas Nelson Hwy. in Lovingston. Bands include: In the Tradition, The Little Mountain Boys, Deep Blue Express, and the James River Cutups. There will be silent auction items, raffles, a bake sale, and concessions. Doors open at 3 p.m. For more information, call 434-263-4801.

Story-telling course
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 09, 2016
Sponsor: Big Blue Door

Telling True Stories is Big Blue Door's 6-session course designed to give students the tools they need to find and tell their stories. Early sessions focus on talking in front of others, finding a voice, and building a body of great story material. Over the last two sessions students choose one story to polish, memorize, and perform at the class showcase. The course begins Sunday, October 9th, at 1:15 p.m. in the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. Register online at bigbluedoor.org.

Celtic Fiddle Festival at The Haven
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 09, 2016
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Irish Music School

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) welcomes fiddlers Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and Charlie McKerron to Charlottesville on Sunday, October the 9th, for a concert at The Haven. Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the concert will begin at 7 pm. The Haven is located at 112 W. Market Street in downtown Charlottesville. For additional details about this October 9 concert, visit BrimsTunes.org, or call 434-409-9631.

Open house
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 10, 2016
Sponsor: Oakland School

If you'd like to learn more about Oakland School in Troy, Virginia, your opportunity is coming up soon. They're having an open house on Monday, October 10th, beginning at 10 a.m. The event will begin with an overview by the Head of School, followed by guided tours. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to abby@oaklandschool.net or by calling 434-293-9059.\

Lecture on the 2016 fall migration of the monarch butterfly
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 13, 2016
Sponsor: Lynchburg chapter of the American Association of University Women

Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College Research Professor of Biology, predicts that the 2016 fall migration numbers for the monarch butterfly will be at their lowest levels ever. An internationally known expert on monarchs, Brower will speak to the Lynchburg chapter of the American Association of University Women about this trend at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13th, at the College's Elston Inn and Conference Center.  Free and open to the public. For more information, visit 
lynchburg-va.aauw.net.

English Country Dance
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: October 14, 2016
Sponsor: English Country Dance Society

The next Charlottesville English Country Dance will take place Friday, October 14, starting at 8 pm, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Ivy. Introductory instruction will take place at 7:30. No partner is needed. For additional details, visit ecdcville.org, or call 434-589-6264.

Workshop at the Kluge-Ruhe
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 15, 2016
Sponsor: Kluge-Ruhe

Australian Aboriginal artist Damien Shen will visit the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in coordination with his exhibition currently on view. Shen will give a workshop on drawing portraits, along with Frank Walker, on Saturday, October 15th,from 9 am to noon. No experience is necessary, but registration is required. The Kluge-Ruhe Museum is located at 400 Worrell Drive in Charlottesville. To register and for more information, go to Kluge-Ruhe@Virginia.edu.

Training sessions for literacy tutors
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: October 15, 2016
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers seeks compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to tutor local adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. A two-part training class for new tutors will be offered on Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday, October 20th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Jefferson School City Center. Volunteers must attend both evenings. Call 434-977-3838 or visit www.literacyforall.org.for more information.

Prism presents Americana Folk Duo
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 15, 2016
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse welcomes Mark Mandeville & Raianne (Ray-Ann) Richards to Charlottesville on Saturday, October the 15th, for a concert at C'Ville Coffee. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the concert will start at 7. C'Ville Coffee is located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville. For additional details about this October 15 concert, including how to get tickets, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org, or call 434-978-4335.

Puppet play "The Man Who Planted Trees"
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: October 16, 2016
Sponsor: Modlin Center for the Arts

The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond presents Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland in "The Man Who Planted Trees" on Sunday, October 16th, at 3 p.m. at Alice Jepson Theatre. "The Man Who Planted Trees" is about a French shepherd who sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. For tickets, go online to modlin.richmond.edu or call 804-289-8980.

Film "Rosenwald" screened at The Paramount
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 16, 2016
Sponsor: Preservation Virginia

Preservation Virginia presents a panel discussion and screening of the film "Rosenwald," the story of Julius Rosenwald, the President of Sears Roebuck & Co. Son of an immigrant peddlar who never finished high school, Rosenwald, influenced by writings of Booker T. Washington, joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow south to build over 5300 schools. The panel discussion takes place Sunday, October 16th at 7 pm at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. For more information call 434-979-1333 or visit theparamount.net.

Register to vote at Army Recruiting Centers
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 17, 2016
Sponsor: U.S. Army

Did you know that you can register to vote at your local Army Recruiting Center? The deadline is October 17th. American Citizens who will be 18 years old before November 8th may be eligible. Register to vote now so you can help decide the future of our nation. To find your local Army Recruiting Center, visit goarmy.com.

Stella Maris Continues in Charlottesville
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 21, 2016
Sponsor: Zephyrus

Zephyrus, Central Virginia's early music vocal ensemble brings back Stella Maris, in an intimate concert of medieval and modern music for women's trio and quartet, with Mary serving as a focal point. It's on Friday, October 21st, at 7:30 p.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Charlottesville. For more information visit zephyrus-va.org or email zephyrusva@gmail.com.

Low cost rabies clinic at Fluvanna SPCA
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 22, 2016
Sponsor: Fluvanna SPCA

The Fluvanna SPCA is hosting another Low-Cost RABIES CLINIC on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Fluvanna County Dog Park, 110 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, in Palmyra.  Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. The pets should remain in your vehicle. For more information, call 434-591-0123 or send e-mail to office@fspca.org.

Hazardous & bulky waste drop off days
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 22, 2016
Sponsor: Rivanna Solid Waste Authority

Households in Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, and the Town of Scottsville are encouraged to take advantage of Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s hazardous waste and bulky waste amnesty special collection days this fall at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center on Route 637 (Dick Woods Road), 3.3 miles south of I-64.  Specific collection days include Friday, September 30th and Saturdays from October 1st through the 22nd.  Acceptable items include household hazardous waste, furniture, appliances, and tires.  Please review the dates for specific kinds of items at rivanna.org or call 434-977-2970.

Caring for Creatures fundraiser
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 22, 2016
Sponsor: Caring for Creatures

A fundraiser to benefit Caring for Creatures will take place on Saturday, October 22nd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lazy S Ranch, located at 2253 Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Palmyra. There will be a book signing, music, and a raffle. Local children's book authors and illustrators of "Stray" and "The Dog who Barks at the Moon" will be on hand to sign their books. For more information visit caringforcreatures.org or call 434-962-7414.

Mountain Faith Band Concert to benefit Region Ten
Category: 
Music
Expires: October 23, 2016
Sponsor: Region Ten

The Mountain Faith Band will bring their unique brand of Americana roots music to Greene County on Sunday, October 23rd, at 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center at William Monroe High School in Stanardsville. Performing with local favorites The Deanes Bluegrass Gospel Band, the show will benefit Region Ten. For more information contact Eddie Deane at 434-561-5579.

Virginia Center for Creative Arts Open Studios event
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 23, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Center for Creative Arts

The Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia, is hosting an Open Studios event featuring studio tours and interactions with distinguished contemporary writers, visual artists and composers on Sunday, October 23rd, from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, go online to VCCA.com.

Damien Shen talk at the Kluge-Ruhe
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 27, 2016
Sponsor: Kluge-Ruhe

Australian Aboriginal artist Damien Shen will visit the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in coordination with his exhibition currently on view. Shen will give an artist talk on Thursday, October 27th, at 7:00 pm. The Kluge-Ruhe Museum is located at 400 Worrell Drive in Charlottesville. For more information, go to Kluge-Ruhe@Virginia.edu.

29th Annual Virginia Festival Schedule Announced
Category: 
Events
Expires: November 03, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Film Festival 2016

The upcoming 29th Virginia Film Festival will once again turn Charlottesville into a film lover's paradise this November 3rd to 6th, delivering a lineup of more than 120 films. This year the VFF is proud to welcome a trio of internationally-renowned film legends, including Virginia's own Shirley MacLaine, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and actor-director Liv Ullmann. For more information visit virginiafilmfestival.org.

HOP seeking volunteer seamstresses for Bearables program
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: November 09, 2016
Sponsor: Hospice of the Piedmont

Hospice of the Piedmont needs volunteer seamstresses for its Bearables program, part of the Journeys program for children and families who have lost a loved one. A Bearable is a unique stuffed bear, created out of a significant article of clothing or fabric that belonged to the deceased loved one. The stuffed animal becomes a special healing tool for the child or family once it'€™s created. Help grieving children and families today by volunteering as a seamstress for the Bearables program. For more information on how to become a volunteer, call 434-817-6900.

Support meetings for families
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 04, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Institute of Autism

The Virginia Institute of Autism is offering a pair of monthly support groups to help families cope with the challenges of autism. On the first Wednesday of each month, a group for those with a loved one newly diagnosed with autism will meet. On the third Friday of each month, a group meets that is open to anyone wanting to connect with other families to explore support, resources, and services. Both meetings are held monthly at C'€™ville Coffee, 130 Harris St. , Charlottesville,  from 9 to 10:15 am. For more information, please call Hilary Nagel at 434-923-8252.

Public nights for tours and telescopes at Observatory
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 16, 2016
Sponsor: Leander McCormick Observatory

Through December 16th, Leander McCormick Observatory in Charlottesville is open to the public for two hours on the first and third Friday night of each month. These nights include observation with all telescopes, an audio-visual presentation, and a tour of the Observatory. For more information, call 434-243-1885. The observatory is open to educational groups with advance reservations on the second and fourth Friday nights of the month. To schedule a visit call 434-924-7494.

Prism Seeks Volunteers
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: December 31, 2017
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse is seeking volunteers to help with their live acoustic music concert programming. As a fun & dedicated organization, the Prism can use help in all aspects of its organization, including staffing on the days of shows, sound production, fundraising, publicity, graphics, accommodations arrangement, volunteer coordination, & website management. Join the Prism in bringing excellent acoustic & folk music to Charlottesville and help them grow! Please contact Laura Seale at prismvolunteer@gmail.com or by calling 434-974-7233.