Public Service Announcements

Legal Aid program
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: May 27, 2015
Sponsor: Legal Aid Justice

Would you like to become a homeowner, increase your credit score or find out about your consumer rights, especially in regard to debt collectors, court cases and garnishments? Attorney Brenda Castaneda and  Lindell Chavis of the Monticello Area Community Action Agency will give you all this information and more on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Legal Aid Justice Center Library - 1000 Preston Avenue in Charlottesville. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Castaneda at 434-977-0553 or to Lindell Chavis at 434-295-3171, ext. 3027.

Student art exhibit
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 28, 2015
Sponsor: ArtQuest and PCA

See what Charlottesville's most talented young artists are up to by viewing the ArtQuest Program Exhibit for the month of May at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Artquest serves fifth through twelfth grade students who are gifted or talented in the visual arts. There will also be an exhibit by local artist Lee Morrison on display in the Piedmont Council for the Arts office inside CitySpace. For more information about ArtQuest or the exhibit, contact Aaron Eichorst at 434-245-2671.

Memoir of Place: Sue Eisenfeld & Shenandoah National Park
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 28, 2015
Sponsor: WriterHouse

When and how does a place become the subject of a memoir? On Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm, author Sue Eisenfeld will discuss with C-ville Weekly writer Elizabeth Derby how a form of writing that is usually focused on the author's personal experience can expand to encompass place and history. Eisenfeld's hikes in the Shenandoah National Park over decades compelled her to investigate and write about the history of the creation of the park in the context of her experiences of it.Free and open to the public. WriterHouse is at 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, behind the Preston Avenue Bodo's.  For more information, go to writerhouse.org, or call 434-296-1922.

Opening Ceremony for Track Trail at Blackrock Summit
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 29, 2015
Sponsor: Shenandoah National Park

To encourage children and their families to get outdoors, Shenandoah National Park has again partnered with the Kids in Parks program to establish a second TRACK Trails location. This trail is located at the Blackrock Summit trail. This new activity trail includes an introductory exhibit and new activity guide. The public is invited to attend an opening ceremony on Friday, May 29 at 11:45 a.m. For more information about these events and other park programs, visit the Shenandoah National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit

Scavenger hunt and movie night
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 29, 2015
Sponsor: bike Charlottesville

May is bike month throughout the country and local cyclists are celebrating with events throughout the month. Wrapping up bike month are two events being held at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in collaboration with Community Bikes on Friday, May 29th. A Belmont and Downtown neighborhood bike scavenger hunt will kick off at 6:30 PM.  Following the scavenger hunt will be a bike-in movie night at the Bridge PAI at 8 pm. Short films about bicycles will be screened. For more information, visit bikecharlottesville.org.

Baroque music concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 29, 2015
Sponsor: Three Notch'd Road

Three Notch'd Road, the Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble, presents Brandenburg Virtuosi - Masterworks of J.S. Bach. Some of Bach's most famous works will be featured in two concerts where large ensemble works will be interwoven with intimate chamber music. The first concert will take place Friday, May 29th at 7;30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton. Another one will happen on Saturday, May 30th at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood. For more information, call 434-984-1135 or go to tnrbaroque.org.

Xtreme Fest of the Blue Ridge
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 30, 2015
Sponsor: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation

Waynesboro Parks and Recreation is hosting XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge at Constitution Park in Downtown Waynesboro on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00am until 3:00pm. It's fun for the whole family. For more information call Waynesboro Parks and Recreation at 540-942-6735.

May art exhibit
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 31, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

Don't miss stopping by McGuffey Art Center in May. The May exhibits include "Shack City": An immersive journey through a constructed city, celebrating the inherent link between necessity and resourcefulness, and the transformative passage from isolation to community. There is also an interactive exhibit called "Choose Your Own Adventure." Plus pastels by Nancy Galloway, a variety of works by Nina Burke and the High School Art Show. All at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville through May. For more information, call 434-295-7973.

spring/summer classes
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: May 31, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Parks and Rec

Registration is now open for the spring/summer session of classes and programs with Charlottesville Parks and Recreation. During this session, Parks and Recreation will offer over 300 recreational opportunities for kids, adults and seniors. Classes include dance, yoga, martial arts, aquatics, outdoor adventure and much more. Interested customers can view the schedule of classes online at charlottesville.org/parksandrec or they can pick up a printed copy at any Parks and Recreation facility. For more information, you can also call 434-970-3260.

Benefit classical concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 31, 2015
Sponsor: Shenendoah Bach Festival

The Albemarle Sinfonia presents a concert to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. The concert will be held May 31st at 3:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Rugby Road in Charlottesville. Musicians from the Bach Festival will join with local musicians to present works of Bach, Haydn and Vivaldi. The admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Mary Kay Adams at 540-432-4367 or email bach@emu.edu.

Paul K. Chappell discussing world peace
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 31, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association

The Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association will be holding a free and open meeting featuring Paul K. Chappell, author, educator, and soldier of peace, talking about world peace on Sunday May 31 at 3:00 at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church at 717 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. For more information call 434-409-0264 or email sgwroberts@gmail.com.

Organ concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 31, 2015
Sponsor: First Presbyterian

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville's Casavant organ - on Sunday, May 31st at 4:00 pm. Jeremy Thompson will give an organ recital to showcase the power, beauty and versatility of this instrument with its 3391 pipes. The church is located at 500 Park Street and the concert is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available. For more information, call 434-296-7131.

IRC fundraiser
Category: 
Events
Expires: June 03, 2015
Sponsor: International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville is hosting its annual benefit, We Rescue Lives: Growing Good for Refugees in Charlottesville, on Wednesday, June 3rd from 6 to 8pm at Old Metropolitan Hall on the Downtown Mall. The evening will highlight the Committee's "€œNew Roots" program, which helps refugees share their heritage and build healthy lives in Charlottesville. Festivities will include musical entertainment by a refugee composer/musician and a market-themed fund-a-need auction. All proceeds will benefit the Committee's work in Charlottesville. For ticket information, call Harriet Kuhr at 434 979 7772 or e-mail Harriet.Kuhr@Rescue.org.

Free Concert with CSO musicians in Scottsville
Category: 
Music
Expires: June 04, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at the Scottsville Elementary School on Thursday, June 4th. This free performance begins at 6:00pm and features three Principal musicians from the Charlottesville Symphony. The concert will be followed by a musical instrument petting zoo where audience members of all ages can try out string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Visit cvillesymphony.org for more information.

Trail rides for children and adults with special needs, along with veterans
Category: 
Events
Expires: June 06, 2015
Sponsor: Ride with Pride

Ride with Pride, a program that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs for children and adults with special needs, as well as for veterans, will sponsor a trail ride on Saturday, June 6th, from 9 a.m. to noon. The ride will take place in Augusta Springs, located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Five mile, eight mile, and eleven mile trails will be offered for riders and their horses to ride at their own pace. For more information, call 540-292-1654 or visit ridewithprideva.org.

National Trails Day on June 6
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: June 06, 2015
Sponsor: Shenandoah National Park

Celebrate American Hiking Society's National Trails Day in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 6th.. In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at the club's Trail Patrol's "Beyond the Trailhead" event at Byrd Visitor Center, milepost 51 on Skyline Drive, from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm. Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. For more information about the event, visit patc.net or contact Trail Patrol at TPNTD@patc.net.

U.S. Military Weekend in Waynesboro
Category: 
Events
Expires: June 06, 2015
Sponsor: All-American Honor Guard

Learn more about our country's rich military history and the men and women who served. The All-American Honor Guard will host a free Military History Weekend on June 6th and 7th at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro. Historical interpreters will explain the encampments, equipment, clothing, and weapons of the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War to modern day. Demonstrations of cannon and small arms will take place throughout the weekend, and military vehicles will be on display. The event is open from 9 to 5 on Saturday and from 10 until 4 on Sunday. For more information, call 434-882-5041.

Comedy Night featuring Brett Leake
Category: 
Events
Expires: June 06, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will present a Comedy Night featuring Brett Leake on Saturday, June 6th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Carver Recreation Center. "Quality of life" is a phrase Brett Leake uses a lot. In his youth, the Virginia native was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. But he pushed the disability aside and has become a successful comic. Brett has a 100% "clean" show and delivers a positive uplifting message about living a life filled with joy and humor. For more information call 434-970-3053 or visit charlottesville.org/parksandrec.

Ravel's Bolero and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Category: 
Music
Expires: June 07, 2015
Sponsor: Crozet Community Orchestra and Chorus

The Crozet Community Orchestra and Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, June 7 at 4:00pm at the Crozet Baptist Church Sanctuary. The program includes Ravel's Bolero and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. For more information email murrden@gmail.com or call 434-987-5517.

Summer Camp for City Children
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: June 12, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Parks and Recreation

Beginning Monday, June 15, 2015 Charlottesville Parks and Recreation and the City Schools CLASS Program will run a six week Summer Camp Program for city children. The summer program will offer children a variety of enriching activities, including arts and crafts, sports, science and nature, swimming, field trips, and much more. To learn more about Charlottesville Parks and Recreation camps and summer programs, visit www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec.

Singing and ballet collaboration
Category: 
Music
Expires: June 12, 2015
Sponsor: Oratorio Society and Charlottesville Ballet

The Charlottesville Oratorio Society and the Charlottesville Ballet will be performing together for the first time on June 12th at 7:30 pm at the Earl Dickenson Theater at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The 90-person chorus will be joined by professional orchestral musicians, vocal soloists, actors and Charlottesville Ballet dancers to bring Arthur Honegger's Kind David to life. For tickets and more information, visit oratoriosociety.org or call 434-295-4385. You may also purchase tickets at the door.

Sit-A-Thon to raise money
Category: 
Events
Expires: June 12, 2015
Sponsor: Common Ground Healing Arts

Come sit still and change a life! In an effort to raise $15,000 to keep yoga, massage, and acupuncture accessible to everyone, Common Ground Healing Arts will host a Sit-A-Thon of guided meditations on Saturday, June 13th, from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Each session is accessible to novices and experts alike and the entire event will end with a kirtan - a call-and-response musical meditation from India. The Sit-A-Thon will take place in the yoga studio of Common Ground Healing Arts, on the second floor of the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville. For more information, visit commongroundcville.org or call 434-218-7677.

Festival of the Photograph on Downtown Mall
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: June 13, 2015
Sponsor: LOOK3

The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph offers community engagement events and public programming, including a world-class exhibition series and the much-anticipated INsight Conversations with renowned international photographers and photojournalists, all taking place on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall during the month of June. Our outdoor exhibitions include the beloved TREES show, which turns the Mall into a vibrant ecologically-conscious exhibition space featuring giant natural history photos hanging from the trees. For more information, visit LOOK3.org.

Performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610
Category: 
Music
Expires: June 21, 2015
Sponsor: Three Notch'd Road

Three acclaimed early music ensembles, Third Practice, Three Notch'd Road, and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, will join forces for a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's monumental Vespers of 1610, offering a rare opportunity to hear this work in central Virginia. Performances are Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville and Sunday, June 21 at 5:00pm at Centenary United Methodist Church in Richmond. For more information visit thirdpractice.com or call 240-232-7826.

Dream Chasers Bed Race Fundraiser
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: July 31, 2015
Sponsor: Beds for Kids

Beds for Kids, Inc. is looking for vendors, sponsors, volunteers and race teams for the Dream Chasers Bed Race Fundraiser and Festival. Beds For Kids, Inc. invites you, your family and friends to support our Dream Chasers Bed Race and Festival on August 1, 2015.  Our goal is to provide 300 children a bed who are currently sleeping on floors, sofas or chairs. You can find out more information by going to Dreamchasersbedrace.com or bedsforkids.us

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.

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.