Public Service Announcements

Wordplay team trivia returns to the Paramount
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 27, 2017
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle

Wordplay, a live, team-based competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, and literature, returns to the Paramount Theater on Thursday, April 27th at 7 p.m. Wordplay is the annual fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle, which provides one-on-one, confidential tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults. For more information, visit literacyforall.org/wordplay.

UVA Klezmer Ensemble w/special guest Lorin Sklamberg
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 27, 2017
Sponsor: UVA Klezmer Ensemble

The University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble, directed by Joel Rubin, will perform on Thursday, April 27th at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. Joining the ensemble will be a special guest -- Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist and singer Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics. Tickets can be purchased at the UVA Arts Box Office at artsboxoffice.virginia.edu or by calling 434-924-3376. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit music.virginia.edu.

Charlottesville Ballet presents The Firebird
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: April 29, 2017
Sponsor: Charlottesville Ballet

The Charlottesville Ballet’s Family Series Ballet: The Firebird will be presented Saturday, April 29th, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College. This hour-long performance is a retelling of the Russian folktale that’s perfect for young children and families. Following the performance, there will be a special event onstage including decorating a craft, learning a dance from The Firebird, and taking pictures with the characters from the ballet. For boys and girls ages 3-8. For tickets and information, call 434.227.7592 or go online to CharlottesvilleBallet.org/Firebird.

Fun Fair
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 29, 2017
Sponsor: Woodbrook Elementary PTA
Some free fun for the whole family is coming up April 29th at the Woodbrook Elementary School Fun Fair. The Fair runs from 4 to 6:30 pm and offers games, a raffle, a silent auction, prizes and food. It's happening rain or shine. Woodbrook Elementary School is located at 100 Woodbrook Drive in Charlottesville. For more information, you can call the school at 434-973-6600.
UVA Jazz Ensemble's spring concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 29, 2017
Sponsor: UVA Jazz Ensemble

The University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, directed by John D'earth, will present its spring offering on Saturday, April 29th at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The ensemble will be joined by guest trumpeters Glen Whitehead and Cuong Vu of the Cuong Vu Trio, and will include an extended composition by Matthew Burtner. For more information visit music.virginia.edu or call 434-924-3052.

Help create a multi-language bike booklet
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: April 30, 2017
Sponsor: UVA's In/With Collective and Community Bikes

University of Virginia's In/With Collective and Community Bikes will host a Do-It-Yourself publishing workshop to create a multi-language bike booklet translating bike parts and rules of the road, on Sunday, April 30th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All community members are welcome to come and create this booklet: whether through illustrating, writing, translating, or compiling complete pages. The event will take place at Community Bikes, 405 Avon St., Charlottesville. For more information, call 210-887-6882.

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Fundraising walk for MS
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 30, 2017
Sponsor: MS Society

Walk MS Charlottesville is coming up - on Sunday, April 30th, with registration starting at 1 pm. The National MS Society hosts the annual walk each year to raise money and awareness for people living with Multiple Sclerosis. The walk is a 5K route with turnaround points at a half mile and a mile. There will be music, food and more. The event starts at University Hall - 300 Massie Road in Charlottesville. For more information, call 855-372-1331 or go to walkms.org.

Wild Virginia hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Staunton
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 30, 2017
Sponsor: Wild Virginia

Wild Virginia will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in April. The festival spans three evenings and three venues in three cities, bringing together a selection of films that tell stories about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people who love and defend them. In Staunton on Sunday, April 30th, at 7p.m., at the the Visualite Cinema, there will be a screening of Elk River. This documentary leads viewers through the migration of the elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit wildvirginia.org.

Jayme Stone's Folklife at the Front Porch
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 01, 2017
Sponsor: The Front Porch

The Front Porch, a roots music school in Charlottesville at 221 East Water Street, presents Jayme Stone'€™s Folklife in concert on Monday, May 1st from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jayme Stone'€™s Folklife is a blend of sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes. Tickets and more information may be found at frontporchcville.org or by calling 434-242-7012.

May show
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 05, 2017
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center
The always popular Annual High School Art Show will be featured at McGuffey Art Center for the month of May. Other featured artists include Renee Balfour, Erica Lohan, and Lee Alter. The opening reception will be May 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm as part of the First Fridays Art Walk. McGuffey Art Center is located at 201 2nd Street in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434-295-7973.
10K race, parade, and fair in Batesville
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 05, 2017
Sponsor: Batesville Community Club (Ruritans)

Make plans to come to the 42nd annual celebration of Batesville Day on Saturday, May 6th. This vibrant community event in the foothills of the Blue Ridge includes the famous 10K race and the biggest little parade in the area, featuring the Henley Middle School Band, the Charlottesville Municipal Band, Rivanna Winds, and the Albemarle Morris Men. After the parade, enjoy a village fair with a cake walk, story-telling, games, and free books for the kids, plus food, a raffle of a 1976 Chevy Pickup and two hours of music by the Central Virginia Blues Society. The race starts at 8 a.m., the parade at 11, and the fair at noon. For more information, including how to participate in the race, parade, and fair go to batesvilleva.org.

The Front Porch's first annual Block Party and Music Sale
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 06, 2017
Sponsor: The Front Porch

The Front Porch will host its first annual Block Party and Music Sale on Saturday, May 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at 221 East Water Street in downtown Charlottesville. Third Street will be closed off for this family-friendly event, with food, music, and a raffle for musical instruments and free music classes. The Front Porch Block Party and Music Sale is free and open to the public. For more information, go to frontporchcville.org or call 434-242-7012.

Block party and music sale
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 06, 2017
Sponsor: The Front Porch

The Front Porch, a roots music school in Charlottesville, is having a community block party and instrument and vinyl sale on Saturday, May 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can hear live music from The West African Drum Ensemble, Gold Top Country Ramblers and Small Town Rodeo, plus local food and drink and assorted activities for children. They are accepting donations of your old instruments, vinyl, and musical memorabilia on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. at 221 East Water Street. For more information, email info@frontporchcville.org, or call 434-806-7062.

Chamber orchestra concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 06, 2017
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra

Charlottesville’s Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Richard Baritaud [BEAR - it - toe] , will perform its Spring concert of string orchestra music on Saturday, May 6th, at 3 p.m., in Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 120 W. High St., Charlottesville, just off the Downtown Mall. For details, go online to brco.avenue.org.

Charlottesville City Council Forum on Environmental Issues
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 10, 2017
Sponsor: Piedmont Group of the Sierra

The Charlottesville community is invited to attend a City Council Candidates' Forum on Environmental Issues on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. All City Council candidates have been invited to answer questions on population growth, pesticides, city county cooperation, and more. The audience will also be able to submit questions. For more information, contact edelaney5@gmail.com.

Organ Concert Series
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 12, 2017
Sponsor: Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Westminster Organ Concert Series concludes its 37th season with a concert by organist Christa Rakich on Friday, May 12th, at 7:30 pm. A former winner of the Bruges International organ competition, Rakich is currently Artist-in-Residence at Somers Congregational Church in Somers Connecticut. The concert is free and open to the public. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434-963-4690 or visit westminsterorganconcertseries.org.

14th Annual Festival of Cultures in Lee Park
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 13, 2017
Sponsor: Festival of Cultures

The 14th Annual Festival of Cultures will take place on Saturday, May 13th in downtown Charlottesville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy family-friendly fun with all-day entertainment, including music, dance, song, and storytelling. Participate in hands-on cultural crafts activities, visit cultural exhibits, purchase food, and browse artisan vendors. The festival will take place in Lee Park on Market Street next to the main branch of the library. This event is FREE and open to the public and it's not too late to sign up to share a cultural exhibit. For more information, call 434-245-2817 or visit festivalofcultures.org

Spring Plant Sale and Gardeners' Help Desk
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 13, 2017
Sponsor: Piedmont Master Gardeners; Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will offer their annual Spring Plant Sale and Gardeners Help Desk on Saturday, May 13th from 9 am to noon at IX Art Park in downtown Charlottesville.  A vast selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, houseplants, and decorative garden items -- plus an expanded selection of native plants will be available. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will have a choice of young trees and advice on how to help them thrive. Admission is free. For further information, go to piedmontmastergardeners.org or call 434-872-4580.

Dog centric event
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 13, 2017
Sponsor: Waynesboro Parks and Rec
The second annual Petpawlooza will be held in Waynesboro on Saturday, May 13th from 10 am until 2 pm at Coyner Springs Park. The Marvelous Mutts will be performing their canine spectacular stunt show and discounted rabies vaccinations will be available - along with adoptions, training, contests, vendors, food and more. For more information, contact Waynesboro Parks and Recreation at 540-942-6735.
Comedic ballet Red Riding Hood
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: May 13, 2017
Sponsor: Albemarle Ballet Theatre

What do you get when you mix Little Red Riding Hood and a Wily Wolf with dancers and diverse music?  A comedic story ballet!   Albemarle Ballet Theatre and Studio for The Performing Arts present their 13th Spring Dance Gala featuring “Little Red Riding Hood” at
the Dickinson Theatre at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Saturday May 13th at 6 p.m. Tickets available at aballet.org/Tickets.

80s Prom Fundraiser
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 13, 2017
Sponsor: The Bridge Pai

It's Prom Season at the Bridge in Charlottesville.  So, on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 pm, dust off the dress and tux and join the fun as the Bridge Progressive Art Initiative goes back to the 80s. The Revel Prom is the Bridge PAI's rebellious take on a non-profit fundraiser and is all about creativity, connection and a hint of constructive danger. There will be food, creative cocktails, live music and much more. For tickets and more information, go to thebridgepai.org.

Registration for watersports adaptive carnival
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 15, 2017
Sponsor: Lake of the Woods Adaptive Watersports Foundation

The Smiles Adaptive Carnival is a free day of fun on water and land for differently-abled high schoolers and adults and wounded veterans, sponsored by Lake of the Woods Adaptive Watersports Foundation. Registration starts Monday, May 1st, and the event will be held at Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, Orange County, on July 9th. For more information, go to the Smiles Adaptive Carnival Facebook page.

Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 16, 2017
Sponsor: Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia

Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia will present the Spring Concerto Concert on Tuesday, May 16th, at 7 p.m., at St. Anne's-Belfield' s Greenway Rise Auditorium, 2132 Ivy Road, Charlottesville. The concert features the 2017 Concerto competition winners: Maggie Archer, on Flute, and Ari Han, Violin. Tickets are available at the door. For more information go online to yocva.org or e-mail Robin Goldstein at yocva.ed@gmail.org.

2017 Community Needs Survey
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 31, 2017
Sponsor: Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)

The Monticello Area Community Action Agency -- MACAA -- announces its 2017 Community Needs Survey.  Residents of the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Nelson of any age, race, gender, income level, or educational status are encouraged to complete the short survey. It is available online at macaa.org and on paper, at each locality's Dept. of Social Services office. Responses will be accepted up to May 31st.

Women's barbershop chorus looking for new members
Category: 
Music
Expires: June 01, 2017
Sponsor: Skyline Harmony

The women's barbershop chorus Skyline Harmony is looking for new members to experience the joy of singing 4-part harmony. If you are interested, attend one of their Thursday reheasals from 6:45-9:30 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville. Call Joan Henderson at 434-589-2146 or visit skylineharmony.org.

Request for people to adopt barn cats
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: July 09, 2017
Sponsor: Voices for Animals

Do you like cats and have a shed or barn on your property? Voices for Animals needs homes for cats who are used to living outdoors but have been abandoned by their owners. These cats make wonderful pets, especially for those with a household member allergic to felines, providing you with the joys of kitty antics without the sneezing! For more information, please call Dian at 540-456-6310 or email her at Dian1021@hotmail.com.

Applications open for camp for children of cancer parents
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: August 01, 2017
Sponsor: Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem (KESS-em) is a free week-long summer camp happening from August 7th to the 13th, serving campers ages 6 to 18, who are affected by a parent's cancer. Parents may be facing cancer now, be in remission, or have passed from cancer. The camp, run by highly trained University of Virginia students, takes place at Crossroads Camp and Conference Center in Lowesville, Virginia. The application opens for the summer on January 15th and closes in August. For details, go to CampKesem.org/uva or call 434-962-2304.

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.

WTJU practices acceptance and respect
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: November 10, 2020
Sponsor: WTJU

This radio station practices acceptance and respect for all people. As part of the University of Virginia, WTJU promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes. WTJU envisions a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect. Thank you for being one of our listeners and thank you for being a part of this community.