Public Service Announcements

National Junior Ranger Day
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 18, 2015
Sponsor: Shenandoah National Park
 Connecting children and nature will be the focus of Shenandoah National Park's National Junior Ranger Day celebration on Saturday, April 18, at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. The complete Junior Ranger Day program schedule is posted on the park website, nps.gov/shen .Junior Ranger Day activities are free and open to people of all ages.  Kids and their adults will be able to examine nature items on touch tables, search for clues in indoor scavenger hunts, and try on ranger uniforms.
All Levels Outdoor Yoga for Wellness
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 18, 2015
Sponsor: Common Ground

Leave the studio behind and join Common Ground for All Levels Yoga at McGuffey Park from 1-2pm, Saturday April 18th as a part of the Tom Tom Festival. Bring a towel, mat, or take advantage of nature's yoga mat -- also known as "grass". Practice linking your breath to classic yoga postures, and soak up some vitamin D. Appropriate for beginners and anyone with the desire to stretch in the sun. Class will be offered by donation to support Common Ground's sliding scale wellness services. For more information call 434-218-7677.

Crankies and Music with Anna & Elizabeth at McGuffey
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 18, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Council For The Arts and McGuffey Arts

The Piedmont Council for the Arts presents an evening of Art, Music and Food at McGuffey with musical duo Anna & Elizabeth on April 18. Anna & Elizabeth experiment with ways to express traditional Appalachian culture through the folk arts, music and crankies. This event is free and open to all. Festivities begin at 5:00pm. For more information visit mcguffeyartcenter.org or call 434-295-7973.

Anna & Elizabeth's Crankies Workshop and Concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 18, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

McGuffey Art Center, located at 201 Second St NW in Charlottesville, is delighted to welcome Anna Roberts Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, aka Anna & Elizabeth, back to Charlottesville on Saturday, April 18, for both a workshop and concert. They will first teach a workshop at 5 pm on how to make crankies, a moving panorama typically made out of felt and cloth. And then at 7 pm, Anna and Elizabeth will put on a concert. Both events are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit AnnaAndElizabeth.com.

Charlottesville Symphony ends season with two concerts
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 18, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia ends its 2014-15 season on Saturday, April 18th, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19th, at 3:30 p.m. Both performances take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. Music Director Kate Tamarkin has chosen Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 as the culmination of the orchestra's 40th Anniversary Season. Ms. Tamarkin will conduct the orchestra, a two hundred-voice chorus, and four renowned vocal soloists: Christina Pier, soprano; Lucille Beer, alto; Carlton Moe, tenor; and Anton Belov, baritone. The choral forces are comprised of the Oratorio Society of Virginia and the U.Va University Singers. Michael Slon is the director of both ensembles. Tickets may be purchased at The U.Va. Arts Box Office, open from 12 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, by phone at 434-924-3376, or online at artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.

Literary salon with poet Kyle Dargan
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 19, 2015
Sponsor: WriterHouse

WriterHouse in Charlottesville presents a literary salon with Lisa Russ Spaar entitled "Orexia: Desire and the Poem" on Sunday, April 19th at 2 p.m. Spaar will talk with poet Kyle Dargan about the ways in which poems can uniquely both desire and grant, reach for and fulfill, the human experiences of yearning. Free and open to the public. for more information, go to writerhouse.org or call 434-296-1922.

UN Association meeting with talk by Mark Slezak
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 19, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Assn. of USA

The next meeting of the Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of United Nations Association of USA is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19th, free and open to all, at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Charlottesville. Mark Slezak, humanitarian preparedness and response professional, will talk on "Information, Humanitarian Response, and the UN." For more information contact Susan Roberts at sgwroberts@gmail.com or call 434-409-0264.

Concert of French Baroque harpsichord music
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 19, 2015
Sponsor: Staunton Music Festival

Staunton Music Festival presents Entrée: Dreams and Dances - a selection of music from 17th-century France performed by harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt. The concert will take place Sunday, April 19th from 4-6 pm at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Staunton. For further information, go to stauntonmusicfestival.org or call 540-569-0267.

Zephyrus presents a choral evensong concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 19, 2015
Sponsor: Zephyrus

Zephyrus, central Virginia's early music vocal ensemble, presents a choral evensong concert on Sunday, April 19th, at 3:45 p.m., in St. Paul's Memorial Church, located at 1700 University Ave. in Charlottesville. The concert will feature works by English Renaissance composer William Byrd. For more information, visit zephyrus-va.org.

Seeking artists in need of assistance
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: April 20, 2015
Sponsor: New City Arts

Charlottesville SOUP is a seasonal public dinner series to support creative projects and artists in Charlottesville. And it's back! During a meal made from local ingredients, community members will make short presentations about their arts projects that need funding. Charlottesville SOUP welcomes applications from local artists in need of assistance. The deadline to apply is April 20. Learn more at newcityarts.org/soup.

Presentation on medical and surgical abortions
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 21, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund

You are invited to hear Dr. Frances Casey speak on Demystifying Abortion, Tuesday, April 21st, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Charlottesville. The event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund. Further information is available at 434-293-5622.

Concerts to benefit Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 22, 2015
Sponsor: Music Feeds Us

Music Feeds Us, a string quartet dedicated to alleviating hunger and educating young people, will perform two free-will donation concerts for the benefit of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Performances are Wednesday, April 22nd, at 7:30 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton, and Thursday, April 23rd, at 7:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. There will be a fundraising concert and reception to meet the artists on Friday, April 24th, at 11:00 am at Cove Church in Covesville. More information is available at musicfeedsus.org.

21st Annual Physics day demonstration at UVA
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 22, 2015
Sponsor: UVA Department of Physics

The 21st annual Physics Day demonstration show at the University of Virginia will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 22nd, at the Physics Building on McCormick Road to celebrate National Physics Day. The theme of the show is Flying Sparks and Magnetic Attraction. Physics professors and students will amaze the crowd with strange and mystifying events. You will see huge electric sparks, rings jumping in the air, objects magnetically levitated in air, and wooden beams mysteriously moving. It's free, bring your family and friends. For more information,call 434-924-3781.

Lecture series on gardening
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 22, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Master Gardeners

Piedmont Master Gardeners invite you to the 2015 Spring Garden Lecture Series on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lara Call Gastinger wraps up the series on April 22nd with "Native plants of Virginia from the Perspective of a Botanical Artist." The lecture is in Room A at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville, just south of I-64. It's free, but advance registration is strongly advised. The website is piedmontmastergardeners.org and the phone number 434-872-4580.

Candidates forum
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 23, 2015
Sponsor: NAACP, PHAR, Jefferson School

Learn how the Democratic candidates for Charlottesville City Council plan to improve the health of the African-American community. The forum will take place on Thursday, April 23rd from 6 to 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The candidates will discuss how they will work with the African-American community to positively impact environmental health, economic health, safety, physical and mental well-being as well as support life-long learning. For more information, call Dr. Rick Turner at 434-979-2786

Painting Exhibition
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 23, 2015
Sponsor: Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery, central Virginia’s oldest nonprofit art space, welcomes spring with new work by DC-based artist, Regina Miele, and Charlottesville artist, Edward Thomas. This show is part of the first season organized by Second Street's curator, Tosha Grantham. Second Street Gallery is a nonprofit contemporary art space located in Charlottesville. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information on the artists, visit secondstreetgallery.org.

The Girls in the Band (film)
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 23, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Jazz Society

CVILLE NOW, the Charlottesville Jazz Society, and the James Madison Regional Library will present the film "The Girls in the Band," a history of all-female jazz and big bands and their talented instrumentalists on April 23rd at 7 pm at the Central Downtown library in Charlottesville. For more information, contact the Charlottesville Jazz Society at 434-996-7729.

UVA Klezmer Ensemble Performs at Old Cabell Hall
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 23, 2015
Sponsor: McIntire Department of Music

The McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Klezmer Ensemble on Thursday, April 23rd at 8:00pm at Old Cabell Hall. For more information call 434-924-3376 or visit artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.

Annual Gala
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 24, 2015
Sponsor: disAbility Law Center of Virginia

The disAbility Law Center of Virginia, which protects and advances the legal, human, and civil rights of persons with disabilities, will present its 2015 Gala, "Liberty and Justice for All"€ on Friday, April 24th, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, Virginia. The event is open to the general public. For additional information, visit dLCV.org or call 804-225-2042.

Richmond Ballet II performing in Fredericksburg
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: April 24, 2015
Sponsor: University of Mary Washington Philharmonic

The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic spring concert features special guest, The Richmond Ballet II, on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd auditorium on the UMW campus in Fredericksburg. For tickets and information: go to philharmonic dot umw dot edu or call 540-654-1324.

Annual Sheep Shearing Event
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: Ash Lawn-Highland

Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, will hold its annual sheep shearing Saturday, April 25th from 11 am to 1 pm. This educational, agricultural event will demonstrate sheep shearing as well as traditional fiber crafts. Plus, people of all ages can enjoy meeting Ash Lawn-Highland'€™s newest lambs! Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch on the grounds or choose from the selection at the Museum Shop. For admissions information, call 434-293-8000 or visit ashlawnhighland.org.

Scholarship Award Luncheon to honor African-American Mothers
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: Clarence Jones Scholarship Foundation

The Clarence Jones Scholarship Foundation of the Xi (ZIE - AS IN PIE) Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity invites you to its 3rd Annual Phenomenal African-American Mothers' Scholarship Award Luncheon on Saturday, April 25th, at 12 noon, at Monticello High School in Charlottesville. Ticket proceeds go to scholarships awarded to Central Virginia high school students. Sixty-eight such awards have been made to date. For ticket and other information, call Fitzgerald Barnes at 434-996-8534.

April Exhibitions at MAC
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

The McGuffey Art Center will debut two new exhibitions in April: "Anew," a garden-inspired collaborative show, and "Keeping It All in the Family: Where Art is in the Genes,"€ which features McGuffey artists, those who inspired them, and those they inspired. The McGuffey Art Center is located at 201 Second Street NW in downtown Charlottesville. For further information, visit mcguffeyartcenter.com.

Historic Plants Spring Open House at Monticello
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: Monticello

Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a visit to Monticello's nursery, set within inspiring display gardens of historic plants in their full spring glory at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Spring Open House on Saturday April 25 from 10am to 2pm. For more information visit monticello.org or call 434-984-9819.

Health and Wellness Carnival in Richmond
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: The Woody Foundation

The Woody Foundation is sponsoring a Fun in the Sun Health and Wellness Carnival on Saturday, April 25th from noon to 5 p.m., at the Crusade for Christ Christian Church Ministries, 2335 Clearfield Street, in Richmond. The event is to help youth understand the importance of eating right, physical fitness, being active and practicing good hygiene. For more information, send e-mail to thewoodyfoundation@gmail.com.

Computer Open House and Networking Event
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: Making a Difference For You, Inc.

Making a Difference For You, Inc. is hosting a fundraiser and open-house networking event on Saturday, April 25, 3pm to 9pm at the Parham One Office Suites in Richmond. For more information, call 804-447-7945 and see their website: mad4yuinc.org.

28th Annual Men Who Cook
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: MACAA

The 28th Annual Men Who Cook is occurring during the 50th Anniversary of Monticello Area Community Action Agency. The event takes place April 25, 2015 between 6 pm and 11 pm at the Fry's Spring Beach Club in Charlottesville. Sample bite-sized dishes provided by 50 amateur Chefs while enjoying wine & beer. Dance to the tunes of high energy entertainment by "180" and a silent auction. For more information visit macaa.org.

2015 Kick-off Concert and Party
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: StreamSweepers

StreamSweepers, a job corps program for young adults from Virginia who clean up our area's rivers, will hold their 2015 Kick-Off Concert and Party on Saturday, April 25th at The Market at Grelen in Somerset, VA, from 5-9pm. Enjoy a locally sourced dinner and entertainment by The Duke Merrick Band. You'll have a chance to bid on unique silent and live auction items which will support the 2015 season of StreamSweepers. Go to streamsweepers.org for more information.

USA Dance announces April Dance
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: USA Dance - Charlottesville chapter

USA Dance - Charlottesville Chapter - presents their April Dance Saturday April 25th, with Ballroom, Latin, Nightclub & Swing Dancing starting with a Beginner Viennese Waltz lesson at 7:15 p.m. Social dancing starts at 8. It's at the Charlottesville Municial Arts Center on Fifth Street. Open to the public. Beginners welcome. No partner needed. Light refreshments provided. No smoking or alcohol. Smart casual dress to dressy attire. Soft-soled shoes please. For ticket and other information, go to usadancecville.org.

Fingerstyle guitar master
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 25, 2015
Sponsor: Arts Council of the Valley

Whether playing his great-grandfather's harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association calls him the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar. He will be performing at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg on Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 pm. For tickets or more information, visit valleyarts.org, or call 540-433-9189.

Wind Ensemble concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 26, 2015
Sponsor: UVa Music Department

The University of Virginia's Wind Ensemble presents their annual spring concert, titled, Jefferson: Past, Present, and Future. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 26th at 3:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. William Pease, features 50 of the top brass, woodwind and percussionists at the University. Acclaimed actor, Steven Edenbo, will portray Thomas Jefferson as he guides the audience through the music. For tickets are more information, go to artsboxoffice.virginia.edu or call 434-924-3376.

Inaugural Display of Vietnam Combat Art Program
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 26, 2015
Sponsor: Roanoke County Parks & Recreation

In commemoration of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary, thirty-nine original pieces of art from the U.S. Army Center of Military History will be on display at the Hollins University Ballator Gallery in Roanoke from Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, April 26, 9am to 5pm, daily. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://stonewalljacksonchapter.org/Volunteer___Events.html.

John Lilly with Lori Lichtenwalner Concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 26, 2015
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to present award winning songwriter and guitarist John Lilly and special guest Lorie Lichtenwalner on Sunday, April 26, for a 7 pm concert at C'€™Ville Coffee, located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville. For additional information, including how to get tickets, visit prismcoffeehouse.org, or e-mail prismcoffeehouse.org.

70th Annual Book & Author Event
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 29, 2015
Sponsor: Junior League of Richmond

The Junior League of Richmond will be hosting its 70th annual Book & Author Event, the longest running event of its kind in the country. This year the League welcomes five nationally-acclaimed authors to share their story at the Richmond Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm. A variety of ticket options are available and can be viewed and purchased online at bookandauthorevent.org.

Art exhibit through April
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 30, 2015
Sponsor: PCA and Alzeimer's Association

Piedmont Council for the Arts and the Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Virginia have paired up to bring you an art exhibition: "Fusion and the Power of Creativity in Dementia Care." The exhibition features art and stories created by participants in the Alzheimer's Association Arts Fusion Program. It will be on exhibit in the City Space Gallery in Charlottesville for the month of April. For more information, contact Carly Griffith at 434-971-2787 or by emailing info@charlottesvillearts.org.

Spring classes for adult learning
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: April 30, 2015
Sponsor: Albemarle County Schools

Lifelong learning continues at Albemarle High School long after the last school bus leaves the parking lot. From art to computers to CPR, there are many courses offered for adults, with spaces still available this spring. Classes meet for one or more evening or weekend session, with many priced below $20. Instructors include premier local chefs, award-winning artists, local business owners and more. The Open Doors Catalog is available for no charge at the Albemarle County Office Building and the Downtown and Northside libraries. You can also see class descriptions at opendoors1.org. You can register at the website or call 434-975-9450.

Special Enrollment Period for health insurance
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: April 30, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Medical Center

Did you pay a penalty for not having health insurance for 2014 and miss the deadline to sign up for 2015 coverage? If yes, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period from March 15th to April 30th. This means you may still be able to obtain health insurance for 2015 - and avoid the penalty for next year! To see if you qualify, contact the Blue Ridge Medical Center at 434-263-4000.

May exhibits
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

Don't miss stopping by McGuffey Art Center for First Fridays, May 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 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.

Annual fundraiser for the symphony
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Symphony

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia celebrates its 40th anniversary with the third annual Denims and Diamonds extravaganza. On Friday, May 1st from 6:00 to 9:30 pm come to the beautiful Castle Hill Cider in Keswick for a night to remember. In addition to a program by symphony musicians, there will also be plenty of boot stompin music from Grit City Grass and Richard Will. Gourmet food, wine and a silent auction round out the festivities. For more information, contact Laura Dickason at 434.243.2513 or lcd3c@virginia.edu.

Plant Sale
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 02, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Master Gardeners

The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards present their Annual Spring Plant Sale and Gardeners' Help Desk with a huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants -- all grown by the Piedmont Master Gardeners. The event takes place on Saturday, May 2nd, from 9am-12pm, at the IX Complex at 944 Second Street SE in downtown Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be on hand with a selection of young trees and advice on how to make them thrive. Admission is free. For more information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/events-page/ or call 434-872-4580.

50th anniversary celebration of Friends of JMRL
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 02, 2015
Sponsor: Friends of Jefferson Madison Regional Library

The Friends of Jefferson Madison Regional Library are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration in Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville Saturday May 2nd, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be activities for kids, adults and teens, a Food Truck, Uncle Henry'€™s Band and students from the Music Resource Center. Peter Jones of WTJU's "Tell Us a Tale" will tell stories from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information e-mail info@jmrlfriends.org or call 434-244- 3727.

Charlottesville SOUP dinner series to begin in May
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 03, 2015
Sponsor: New City Arts

Charlottesville SOUP is a seasonal public dinner series to support creative projects and artists in Charlottesville. And it's back! During a meal made from local ingredients, community members will make short presentations about their arts projects that need funding. Then, everyone votes for one project to fund with the money raised from the meal that night. Charlottesville SOUP is doing a series of three meals and the first one will be Sunday, May 3rd at Relay Foods. Tickets are available at newcityarts.org.

Sign up to monitor bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 04, 2015
Sponsor: StreamWatch and the James River Association

This summer StreamWatch and the James River Association will be monitoring bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River at Riverview Park and at Crofton. The results will be posted each Friday on the JRA's website. Volunteers are needed in the Charlottesville and Fluvanna County area to collect and analyze water samples. A training session will take place on Monday, May 4th at 5:30 p.m., at the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. For more information or to sign up for a training session, visit the James River Watch website at streamwatch.org/volunteers or call 434-249-5306.

New Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: May 09, 2015
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to tutor local adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Our next New Tutor Training is on Saturday, May 9th, from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Jefferson School City Center, Charlottesville. If you're interested in registering for tutor training or learning more, please call 434-977-3838.

Come to the Festival of Cultures in downtown Charlottesville
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 09, 2015
Sponsor: Festival of Cultures

How would you like to explore the world in a day? Come to the Festival of Cultures in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, May 9th. Bring the family and enjoy free international music, dance, crafts, exhibits, and delicious ethnic food for sale. There is something for everyone. So come out on Saturday, May 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Lee Park, opposite the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville. For more information, visit festivalofcultures.org.

A cappella benefit concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 10, 2015
Sponsor: FIRE

From Hildegard to Holst, Denmark to Latvia and renaissance polyphony to American Folk - come hear FIRE - Charlottesville's a cappella women's chamber choir. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 10th at 3:30 pm in the sanctuary of Holy Comforter Catholic Church on East Jefferson Street in Charlottesville. The performance will benefit PACEM (Pah-chem). For more information, go to firesingscharlottesville.wordpress.com.

Monitor bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 13, 2015
Sponsor: StreamWatch and the James River Association

This summer StreamWatch and the James River Association will be monitoring bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River at Riverview Park and at Crofton. The results will be posted each Friday on the JRA's website. Volunteers are needed in the Charlottesville and Fluvanna County area to collect and analyze water samples. A training session will take place on Wednesday, May 13th at the Fluvanna County Library at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for a training session, visit the James River Watch website at streamwatch.org/volunteers or call 434-249-5306.

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.

Relay for Life
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 16, 2015
Sponsor: American Cancer Society

Join the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer at the 21st annual Relay for Life of Charlottesville/Albemarle. The race will take place on May 16th at 6:00 pm at the Albemarle High School Football Field. Teams are signing up now to help the American Cancer Society reach their \$125,000 goal. No athletic ability is required, so anyone can gather a group of friends, family, or coworkers and form a team. Cancer survivors and their friends and families can gather at 4 in the high school cafeteria for a reception. For more information, call 434-978-7423 or visit relayforlife.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.