Public Service Announcements

Annual Free Union 4th of July Parade
Category: 
Events
Expires: July 05, 2015
Sponsor: Free Union Homemakers

The annual Free Union 4th of July Parade, hosted by the Free Union Homemakers, will take place on Sunday, July 5th, at 4 p.m. For more information, call 434-978-1711.

Preparing for citizenship test
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: July 07, 2015
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville and IRC

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville Albemarle, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, is now offering Citizenship Services to all legal permanent residents. They can help with the English language parts of the naturalization interview and test as well as help people study for the questions about US history and government. The classes will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July 7th through August 20th. To register or get more information, call 434-977-3838 or visit literacyforall.org and click on 'citizenship.'

Skyline Harmony Women's Chorus hosts July guest nights
Category: 
Music
Expires: July 09, 2015
Sponsor: Skyline Harmony Women's Chorus

Skyline Harmony Women's Chorus welcomes females of all ages and singing abilities to its Christmas in July guest nights. Learn about barbershop style music while cooling off to Christmas tunes. Come be a part of the community on Thursdays, July 9th, 16th, and 23rd, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at Aldersgate Methodist Church, located at 1500 Rio Road East in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434 589-2146 or visit skylineharmony.org.

First Fridays Arts Exhibition at CitySpace
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: July 10, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Council for the Arts

VSA Charlottesville/Albemarlewas formed in 2000 as a district of Virginia VSA arts -- formerly Very Special Arts -- to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. There will be a First Fridays opening reception from 5:30-7:00pm on Friday, July 10 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. For more information contact Mary at 434-296-1215 or visit charlottesvillearts.org.

Work of Christine Stoddard on display at WriterHouse
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: July 10, 2015
Sponsor: WriterHouse

WriterHouse in Charlottesville is hosting an opening reception Friday, July 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to present the works of Christine Stoddard for the months of July and August in exhibit called "Little Stories." Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American storyteller who works across media. She also runs Quail Bell Magazine, an online and occasional print publication for real and unreal stories from around the world. The exhibit will remain on display though the end of August. For details, go to writerhouse.org.

Ensure sufficient blood supply during Summer and donate
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: July 10, 2015
Sponsor: The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. Eligible donors are encouraged to choose their day to make a difference. Donors of all blood types - especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative - are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Literacy volunteer training begins July 11
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: July 11, 2015
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to tutor adults in the Charlottesville area in reading, writing, or speaking English. Our next New Tutor Training is on Saturday, July 11th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jefferson School City Center. If you are interested in registering for tutor training or learning more, call 434-977-3838.

ARTinstead Festival at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: July 11, 2015
Sponsor: Kluge-Ruhe

The ARTinstead Festival at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection on July 11 is an opportunity for the Charlottesville community to explore their role in the ongoing local, national, and international dialogues about race. This special event will include drop-in art workshops, community dialogue, and a panel discussion with artists who address issues of race and identity in their work. Stop by for any part of the event or stay for the entire day. The event is free and lunch will be provided! Workshops begin at 10:00am. For more information visit kluge-ruhe.org

Andrew J. Shelden presents two free music programs
Category: 
Music
Expires: July 11, 2015
Sponsor: First United Methodist Church, Buck Mountain Episcopal Church

Composer, pianist, and organist Andrew J. Shelden will present a free hour-long program of music at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11th at the First United Methodist Church, located at 101 E. Jefferson Street in Charlottesville. The program will include jazz standards and original compositions. A second presentation will be held at 7 p.m. that same day at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, located at 4133 Earlysville Rd in Earlysville. Receptions will follow both programs. For more information, call 434-296-6193.

School Open House
Category: 
Events
Expires: July 13, 2015
Sponsor: Oakland School

Oakland School, a specialized school for all children, including those with learning differences, is hosting an Open House on Monday, July 13th at 10 a.m. The event will begin with the Head of School, Carol Williams, introducing the program, followed by student and staff guided tours of the grounds and classrooms. Oakland School is located at 128 Oakland Farm Way in Troy, Virginia.   If you'd like more information, contact Jamie Cato at 434-293-9059 or go to the school website at oaklandschool.net

Summer concert in the park
Category: 
Events
Expires: July 18, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Parks and Rec

The Sounds of Summer are upon us! The Sounds of Summer is a free community celebration that provides residents and families with a great opportunity to get together and enjoy a Saturday evening of music. Charlottesville Parks and Recreation host these events with support from BAMA Works and there's one coming up on Saturday, July 18th from 6 to 8 pm in Belmont Park. The event will feature live music by Euphoric Recall Productions and Zuzu's Hot 5 as well as free food while supplies last. Belmont Park is located at 725 Stonehenge Avenue in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434-970-3260.

Volunteer recruitment concert
Category: 
Events
Expires: July 19, 2015
Sponsor: Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks

The newly formed chapter of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks, will recruit volunteers to work on parkway projects at a concert on Sunday, July 19th. Volunteers are needed to plant trees, clear brush, and provide interpretive and educational services. The free concert, by Grassy Ridge, takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm located at milepost 6. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket, a picnic meal, and plenty of drinking water -- no alcoholic beverages allowed. For additional information, call the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center at 540-943-4716.

USA Dance announces July dance
Category: 
Events
Expires: July 25, 2015
Sponsor: USA Dance - Charlottesville Chapter

USA Dance - Charlottesville Chapter - presents their July Dance Saturday July 25th, with Ballroom, Latin, Nightclub & Swing Dancing. The lesson starts at 7:15 p.m. with social dancing at 8, at the Charlottesville Municipal Art Center on 5th Street extended. It's open to the public. Beginners welcome. No partner needed. Light refreshments provided. No smoking or alcohol. For ticket and other information, go to usadancecville.org.

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 the Dream Chasers Bed Race and Festival on August 1, 2015.  Its goal is to provide 300 children who are currently sleeping on floors, sofas or chairs with beds.  You can find out more information by going to DreamChasersBedRace.com or bedsforkids.us

Observatory open to public.
Category: 
Events
Expires: August 21, 2015
Sponsor: Leander McCormick Observatory

From June through August, the Leander McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia will be open to the public on the first and third Friday night of each month from 9 to 11 pm. The nights include a tour, audiovisual presentation; and observation through all telescopes. Information is available at 434-243-1885. The Observatory is also open to educational groups with advance reservations on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. To schedule a visit, call 434-924-7494.

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.