Public Service Announcements

Literary Salon with Journalist Charles Lewis
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: January 30, 2015
Sponsor: WriterHouse

Journalist Courteney Stuart will interview investigative journalist and bestselling author Charles Lewis about his latest book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity. He will discuss his nine-year odyssey attempting to chronicle the most "mortally consequential" untruths by the U.S. government and major corporations since World War II. In this ephemeral, 140-character world, where exactly is the line between journalism and history? This free event takes place at WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue in Charlottesville on Friday, January 30 at 7:00pm. Visit writerhouse.org for more details.

McGuffey Art Center: January Show
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: January 31, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

Through the month of January, you can view the works of Marti Mocahbee and Phillip Nolley at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. In a show called Transcending Material, the artists have created sculptural and functional transformations of ordinary materials into unexpected objects. The mediums are clay, glass, metal, wood and paper. There will also be a new members show going on in January. For more information, call 434-295-7973.

The Women's Initiative seeks psychotherapist
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: January 31, 2015
Sponsor: The Women's Initiative

The Women's Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides effective counseling, social support and education to empower underserved women in the Charlottesville community. The agency is in need of volunteer psychotherapists. If you are a licensed or license-eligible psychotherapist and interested in giving your time to women in need, please call Kirsten Franke at 434-872-0047 or contact them through their website at thewomensinitiative.org.

Donors needed for Blood Donor Month
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: January 31, 2015
Sponsor: America n Red Cross

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Celtic Fiddle Festival
Category: 
Music
Expires: January 31, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Irish Music School

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is delighted to present the Celtic Fiddle Festival at The Haven in Charlottesville on Saturday evening, January 31st. Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Quebec, Canada) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicholas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. The Haven is located at 112 W. Market Street in downtown Charlottesville. For additional information, visit brimstunes.org, or call 434-409-9631.

Harold Night improv
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: January 31, 2015
Sponsor: Big Blue Door

Big Blue Door Presents Harold Night, a fun and smart 90-minute show unlike anything seen in Charlottesville before. Harold takes a single audience suggestion and uses it to develop comic scenes. The performers cut back and forth between the scenes to build storylines that eventually come together into a rousing finish. Developed in Chicago in the 1980s, the Harold was the original model of longform improv. Harold Night will take place Saturday, January 31st, at 8:00 p.m. at BON, located at 100 W. South Street in Charlottesville. For more information, call 646-942-6453 or email shows@bigbluedoor.org. Harold Night is not suitable for young children.

Voices of Civil War Virginia
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 05, 2015
Sponsor: UVA Institute for American History, Literature and Culture

"Who shall tell the story?" Voice of Civil War Virginia is a new exhibit at the Harrison Institute at The University of Virginia. This exhibition seeks to reveal how Virginia was changed by the war, focusing on the voices of those who experienced it. Letters, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, newspapers, songsheets, broadside advertisements, photographs, and physical artifacts drawn from across Special Collection's rich holdings in the period reveal the lived experience of war. For more information, call 434-924-6109.

First Friday Opening for Vortex IV 2015
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: February 06, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Council for the Arts

An annual competition of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Vortex, gives students the opportunity to tackle design challenges in the Charlottesville community. Student responses to this design challenge will be on display in the CitySpace Gallery through the end of February. There will be a First Fridays opening reception from 5:30-7:00pm on Friday, February 6 at CitySpace located at 100 5th NE on the Downtown Mall. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more, visit charlottesvillearts.org.

Piano concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: February 08, 2015
Sponsor: First Presbyterian

The concert series, Music on Park Street, continues with a concert in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the death of Russian Composer Alexander Scriabin. Pianist Jeremy Thompson will present a recital of the same works that Scriabin performed in the last concert of his life. The free concert will take place on February 8th at 4:00 pm in the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary - 500 Park Street in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434-296-7131.

Citizenship Information Session
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 11, 2015
Sponsor: International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is hosting a citizenship information session for immigrants who are thinking about applying for U.S. citizenship, Wednesday February 11th at the Northside Library in Charlottesville. This information session, which begins at 6:30pm, will include a presentation on citizenship services offered by the International Rescue Committee to any legal permanent resident, followed by a question and answer period. For more information, contact Debbie Tuler at 434-979-7772, ext. 119.

Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Meditation offered
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 13, 2015
Sponsor: Common Ground Healing Arts

Common Ground Healing Arts is a nonprofit wellness studio in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville that offers yoga, massage, acupuncture and meditation with charges on a sliding scale based on income. On Fridays - February 13th through March 13th - Asha (AH-sha) Greer is offering a meditation series from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 434.218.7677 or visit commongroundcville.org.

Solo acoustic blues at Rockfish Valley
Category: 
Music
Expires: February 13, 2015
Sponsor: Rockfish Valley Community Center

Eli Cook brings a powerful solo acoustic blues show to the Coffee House Music Series at the Rockfish Valley Community Center Friday, February 13th, at 7:30 p.m. Cook is lauded as the best blues singer of his generation. For ticket and other information, call 434.361.0100.

Biking fundraiser
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 14, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Community Bikes

Would you like to do something creative for your valentine? Charlottesville's annual tradition, the Bake N Bike Valentine Scone Sale is coming up. This event features costumed bicycling volunteers delivering freshly baked heart-shaped chocolate chip scones with a letterpress printed valentine to people all over Charlottesville. The proceeds for the event go to Books Behind Bars and Charlottesville Community Bikes. Visit cvillecommunitybikes.com to learn more.

Health Insurance enrollment events
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 15, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Medical Center

Blue Ridge Medical Center in Nelson County wants you to Get Healthy, Get Covered, and Stay Covered! Do you have health insurance for 2015? If not, you may have to pay a fine on your 2015 tax return. Sign up by February 15th for a plan that fits your needs and budget. You are invite to attend a health insurance information and enrollment event throughout the month of January and February. For more details, call 434-263-7343.

Prism Presents Old Buck
Category: 
Music
Expires: February 15, 2015
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to present old-time stringband Old Buck at C'Ville Coffee on Sunday, February 15, at 7 pm. The group includes Riley Baugus, who has been seen in such blockbuster movies as Cold Mountain, and is a favorite of music producer T Bone Burnett. C'Ville Coffee is located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville. For additional details, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org, or e-mail prismcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Real Estate Tax Relief for Elderly and Disabled
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: February 16, 2015
Sponsor: City of Charlottesville

The City of Charlottesville will again be accepting applications for Real Estate Tax Relief for Elderly and Disabled Persons. The application period begins Tuesday, January 20th. The applicant must be 65 years of age or older or permanently and totally disabled as of December 31, 2014. The property for which the exemption is claimed must be occupied as the sole dwelling of the applicant, and there are income and net worth requirements as well. For more information call 434-970-3160.

Take the Penguin Plunge for charity
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 21, 2015
Sponsor: Fluvanna SPCA

Come out and show your support for Fluvanna County on Saturday, February 21st, at the first annual Fluvanna Penguin Plunge, being held at Lake Monticello. Don't be left out of the fun! Come freeze your flippers off while supporting four of Fluvanna's non-profit organizations. Proceeds from the Penguin Plunge will benefit Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity, Fluvanna SPCA, Fluvanna Meals on Wheels and Lake Monticello Fire and Rescue. Visit fluvannapenguinplunge.org for more information.

Horace Scruggs presents African-American musical traditions
Category: 
Music
Expires: February 21, 2015
Sponsor: PVCC

The foundations of African-American musical traditions such as blue notes, syncopation and call-and-response styles transformed America's musical landscape. Discover how these and other stylistic elements shaped our culture with a soulful concert and enlightening presentation by Horace Scruggs, adjunct instructor of choral music at Piedmont Virginia Community College. It's on Saturday, February 21st, at 7:30 p.m., at V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage at PVCC. Call the box office at 434-961-5376.

Exhibition of paintings by Julia Lesnichy
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: February 28, 2015
Sponsor: WriterHouse

WriterHouse is proud to present the works of versatile painter Julia Lesnichy for the month of February. Lesnichy specializes in landscapes, still lifes, and life drawings and is influenced by the works of French and American Impressionists. The opening reception, on Friday, February 6th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. WriterHouse is located at 508 Dale Avenue in Charlottesville.  Contact writers@writerhouse for more information.


Grand Gala 2015: Viva Italia
Category: 
Events
Expires: February 28, 2015
Sponsor: Senior Center
Celebrate the culture, passion, and color of Italy at the Grand Gala 2015: Viva Italia, Saturday, February 28th, at the Boar's Head Inn Pavilion.  Enjoy dinner, games, and dancing to the swinging sound of Big Ray and the Kool Kats.  This inaugural gala benefits the nationally accredited Senior Center, Charlottesville's Center for healthy aging for more than 50 years.  Tickets and information available at seniorcenterinc.org or call 434-974-7756. 
McCormick Observatory Open to the Public
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 15, 2015
Sponsor: UVA Leander McCormick Observatory

Leander McCormick Observatory is open to the public on the first and third Friday nights of each month, except holidays, for two hours beginning at 7pm until March 6, and at 9pm thereafter. These nights include observing with all the telescopes, weather permitting, audio-visual presentations, and tours of the Observatory. Call 434-243-1885 for more information.

International Folk Dance
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: December 31, 2015
Sponsor: Contra Corners

The Charlottesville International Folk Dancers meet on Wednesdays. The dance is located in the Senior Center at 1180 Pepsi Place in Charlottesville, and is open to people of all ages. For more details, call Sue Chase at 540-456-8176. For more information about the folk dance scene in and around Charlottesville, visit contracorners.com.

Greenwood Community Dance
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: December 31, 2015
Sponsor: Contra Corners

Come to the Greenwood Community Center on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for an assortment of waltzes, and other couple dancing. The evening starts with an introductory lesson at 7:30. Call Rick at 823-6999. For more information about the folk dance scene in and around Charlottesville, visit contracorners.com.

Country Dance
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: December 31, 2015
Sponsor: Albemarle Chapter of the Country Dance and Song Society

The Albemarle Chapter of the Country Dance and Song Society offers contra dancing to live music on the first and third Friday of each month at the Charlottesville Municipal Arts Center. The evening starts with an introductory session at 7:30, with the regular dance getting underway at 8:00. The Municipal Arts Center is located at 1119 Fifth St. Extended, near the intersection of 5th Street and Harris Road, a half mile north of Interstate 64. For more information about the folk dance scene in and around Charlottesville, visit contracorners.com.

Scottish Country Dance
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: December 31, 2015
Sponsor: Contra Corners

Scottish Country dancers meet in two Charlottesville locations every Tuesday evening. They meet from 7 to 9 pm at the Oddfellow's hall near the corner of East Market St and 4th Street Northeast in Charlottesville. Call 434-296-1714 for more details. Or come to the 6:30 pm Scottish dance at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Ivy. Call Celia at 434-979-0939. For more information about the folk dance scene in and around Charlottesville, visit contracorners.com.