Public Service Announcements

Plea for blood and platelet donors
Category: 
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Expires: April 03, 2015
Sponsor: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves. Severe winter weather across the nation forced blood drive cancellations, resulting in a shortfall of thousands donations. Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in. You can help patients now by giving blood or platelets. To learn more or to make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App; visit redcrossblood.org; or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Free pre-screening of "Unfriended"
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 03, 2015
Sponsor: Virginia Horror Society
Universal Pictures at the University of Virginia and the Virginia Horror Society are proud to bring you a free screening of "UNFRIENDED" before it comes out in theaters.  The pre-screening will be at the Paramount in Downtown Charlottesville at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd.  For more information email es4aa@virginia.edu.
Prism Presents Seth Swingle at C'Ville Coffee
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 04, 2015
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to present award winning banjoist Seth Swingle in concert at C'Ville Coffee on Saturday, April 4, for the release of his debut solo banjo album. C'Ville Coffee is located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville, and the concert will begin at 7 pm. For additional details, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org, or e-mail prismcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Mechanics workshop
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Expires: April 08, 2015
Sponsor: Cville Community Bikes

Help people in our community and learn how to repair bikes at the same time! Charlottesville Community Bikes is hosting volunteer mechanic nights once a month and will be repairing bikes to be given away to those who need them most. The next mechanic night is Wednesday, April 8th from 5 to 8 pm at 405 Avon Street. No mechanic experience is necessary and dinner will be provided. For more information, please visit cvillecommunitybikes.com.

Benefit Concert & VIP Event
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 08, 2015
Sponsor: Music Resource Center

Rhiannon Giddens, lead singer and founding member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, will hold a VIP event and concert on Wednesday, April 8th, from 6 to 7 pm at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville. The concert benefits the music Resource Center, an after-school center that seeks to empower teens through the recording and performing arts. In addition to music by Giddens and MRC members, the event offers an opportunity to bid on a Gibson Les Paul guitar. Ticket and event information is available at the MRC website: musicresourcecenter.org.

Orientation Meeting for the Community to Join
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Expires: April 08, 2015
Sponsor: Compassionate Clowns of Charlottesville
Compassionate Clowns of Charlottesville invites everyone in the community to an orientation session designed to give you more information about being a therapeutic clown.  This event is free and takes place on Wednesday April 8th from 7-8 pm in the McIntire Room of the Downtown Library.  For more information, please visit their website www.therapeuticclown.org/compassionate-clowns.html

Free Screening of the film "White Water, Black Gold"
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 09, 2015
Sponsor: Sierra Club and JRML
Join the UVA Food Collaborative for a free screening of the film  "Whtie Water, Black Gold" on Thursday, April 9th at 6:30pm in the McIntire Room of the Central Library.  The film examines the costs to land, water, wildlife and people associated with developing the second-largest deposit of oil in the world.  For more information, visit the website: www.virginia.edu/foodcollaborative
Chair massage to support Common Ground Outreach
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Events
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: Common Ground
Come get a chair massage and support keeping wellness affordable for everyone in Charlottesville. Fabulous massage therapist, Lauri Ross. will be at Rebecca's Natural Foods on Friday, April 10th from 11am-2pm. Proceeds will support Common Ground's outreach chair massage at Westhaven Nursing Clinic.  For more information call 434-218-7677.
Neighborhood revitalization awards
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Events
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: Better Housing Coalition

The Better Housing Coalition, a non- profit community development organization that supports high-quality, affordable housing, is accepting online nominations for the 2015 Golden Hammer Awards for excellence in neighborhood revitalization. Submit your neighborhood revitalization project in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover or Chesterfield before April 10th. Finalists'€™ projects will be posted on the BHC's website on April 17th for public voting. Visit betterhousingcoalition.org for details and to nominate your project.

ConcorDance Contemporary presents a dance concert
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: ConcorDance Contemporary

ConcorDance Contemporary, a Crozet-based professional dance company presents re:Frame, an introspective, storytelling dance concert where seven dancers will perform the work of four choreographers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 10th, 11th and 12th at Albemarle Ballet Theatre and The Haven. Visit concordancecontemporary.org/tickets for more information about performance times, locations, and tickets or call 434-823-8888. Tickets are also available at Albemarle Ballet Theatre's studio in Crozet or at the door.

Art exhibit
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: PCA and Alzheimer'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. There will be a first Fridays opening reception on April 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carly Griffith at 434-971-2787 or by emailing info@charlottesvillearts.org.

StreamWatch to host volunteer stream monitor training session
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: StreamWatch

StreamWatch will host a volunteer stream monitor training session on Saturday, April 11th, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. The session will cover the fundamentals of stream biological sampling, catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates for the purpose of evaluating water quality, and stream health. The training is free, but class size is limited. To reserve a space, or for more information about the training, contact Anne Dunckel at 434-249-5306 or anne@streamwatch.org.

Three Notch'd Road presents "Flow My Tears"
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: Three Notch'd Road Baroque Ensemble

Three Notch'€™d Road, The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble, presents "Flow My Tears: Dowland's England" with Elena Mullins, soprano. Performances are Friday, April 10th, at 7:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville; Saturday, April 11th, at 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton; and Sunday, April 12th, at 4 p.m., at All Saints Anglican Church, Charlottesville. There is a free Pre-Concert Lecture one hour before each performance. For ticket and other information, go to tnrbaroque.org or call 434-984-1135.

Jazz Ensemble concert with guest artist John Petrucelli
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 10, 2015
Sponsor: UVA Jazz Ensemble

The University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble performs in concert under the direction of John D'earth on Friday, April 10th, at 8 p.m., in Old Cabell Hall. The program features guest saxophonist, composer, and recent UVA alumnus, John Petrucelli. Petrucelli's Jazz Residency includes a master class and Panel Discussion. For more information visit music.virginia.edu. For concert tickets, call the Arts Box Office at 434.924.3376 or visit artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Free film screening and program
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 11, 2015
Sponsor: UVA Dept of French and others

See the Oscar-nominated film, Timbuktu and meet the Mauritanian filmmaker behind it - Abderrahmane Sissako. The free program will be held at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, April 11th at 7 pm. For more information, call 434-960-6136. You could also look up the UVA Today article about the event at news.virginia.edu.

Barbara Martin Quartet in concert in Luray
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 11, 2015
Sponsor: Barbara Martin Quartet

The Barbara Martin Quartet with Bruce Swaim-saxophone, Robert Redd-piano, and Paul Langosch-bass, will present a program Saturday, April 11th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Performing Arts of Luray, Virginia. For ticket and other information, go to performingartsluray.org or call 540-743-3311.

Cville Band concert to feature high school junior
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 12, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Municipal Band

The Charlottesville Municipal Band, under the direction of Stephen R. Layman, will present its ninety-third season Spring Concert as part of the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival on Sunday, April 12th, at 3:30 p.m., at the Dickinson Main Stage Theater at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The program will feature the winner of the 5th annual James W. Simmons Concerto Competition and Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship, alto saxophonist Christ Hays -€“ a junior at Charlottesville High School. Admission to the program is free. Go to cvilleband.org for more information.

Enter Shenandoah National Park's "Youth Art in the Park" wildflower art contest
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 12, 2015
Sponsor: Shenandoah National Park

Native spring wildflowers and children's creativity will be celebrated during Shenandoah National Park's 29th annual Wildflower Weekend, held on May 9th and 10th. A highlight this year is the first "Youth Art in the Park" wildflower art contest for Kindergarten to 12th grade students in the nine counties contiguous to Shenandoah National Park. Entries are due between Monday, March 30th and Sunday, April 12th. Contest rules and the downloadable entry form are available at nps.gov/shen or by calling 540-999-3500 ext. 3282.

Monthly branch meeting of Albemarle Charlottesville NAACP
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 13, 2015
Sponsor: Albemarle Charlottesville NAACP
The Albemarle Charlottesville NAACP will be holding its monthly branch meeting on Monday, April 13th at 7pm in the Mary Williams Center at the Jefferson School City Center located at 233 Fourth Street NW in Charlottesville.
Any questions please call the branch office at 434-220-1493
Citizenship classes begin April 15th
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Expires: April 15, 2015
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville-Albemarle

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville-Albemarle is now offering Citizenship Services to all legal permanent residents. Low-cost legal immigration services include free initial consultation, completion and submission of forms. Citizenship classes will help you prepare for the civics, history, and English language components of the naturalization test. Classes in Charlottesville begin April 15th. Call now to register -- 434-977-3838. Or visit literacyforall.org, and click on "citizenship."

Run for puppies
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Events
Expires: April 15, 2015
Sponsor: Fluvanna SPCA

The Fluvanna SPCA's 5th Annual 5k Walk/Run will be held Saturday, May 2nd, at the scenic Lake Monticello Golf Course. Earlybird registration is available online at fspca.org. If you want more information, call 434-591-0123.

Lecture series on gardening
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: April 15, 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. Mike Goatley presents "'Spring' into Your Lawn" on April 15th. And Lara Call Gastinger wraps up the series on April 22nd with "Native plants of Virginia from the Perspective of a Botanical Artist." The lectures are in Room A at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville, just south of I-64. They are free, but advance registration is strongly advised. The website is piedmontmastergardeners.org and the phone number 434-872-4580.

Tom Tom Festival Founder's Summit
Category: 
Events
Expires: April 17, 2015
Sponsor: Tom Tom Festival

Don't miss your chance to see some of the world's most innovative entrepreneurs in Charlottesville on Friday, April 17th at the Paramount Theater for Tom Tom Founders Festival's Founders Summit. The Founders Summit is a day of talks featuring the founders of reddit, Lockn' Music Festival, Gizmodo, The Container Store, and more. Get your tickets before April 1st for a twenty percent discount. The website:.tomtomfest.com.

Irish and Appalachian music at RVCC
Category: 
Music
Expires: April 17, 2015
Sponsor: Rockfish Valley Community Center

Hear Alex Caton and Dick Harrington play Irish, Oldtime, bluegrass and gypsy tunes on April 17th at 7 pm at the Rockfish Valley Community Center Lounge, 190 Rockfish School Lane, in Afton. Alex sings, and plays fiddle, banjo and guitar, but has particularly devoted her musical life to the traditional fiddle music of Appalachia and Ireland. Dick has been singing and playing American roots music and the traditional music of the Southern Appalachians since the 1950s. For more information, call 434-361-0100 or go to rockfishcc.org.

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 (aka: 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 (cash or check) to support Common Ground's sliding scale wellness services.  For more information call 434-218-7677.
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.

Seeking artists in need of assistance
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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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (MACAA).  The event takes place April 25, 2015 between 6 pm and 11 pm at the Fry's Spring Beach Club, 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  An estimated 300 people will 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 www.macaa.org
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.

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.

Special Enrollment Period for health insurance
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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.

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.

New Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training
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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 9, 2015  from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Jefferson School City Center. If you're interested in registering for tutor training or learning more, please call 434-977-3838 .
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.

Event supporting better housing
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 20, 2015
Sponsor: Better Housing Coalition

The Better Housing Coalition, a non- profit community development organization that supports high-quality, affordable housing, is hosting "TransformRVA"€ on Thursday, May 21st at the Omni Richmond Hotel. This full-day event of celebration and education includes: lunch with keynote speaker the Honorable Henry Cisneros [sizz-NER-ohs], former HUD Secretary and former mayor of San Antonio; presentation of the Golden Hammer Awards for Excellence in Neighborhood Revitalization; interactive educational workshops on inclusive, vibrant community place-making; and a networking reception. Registration begins April 1st. Visit betterhousingcoalition.org for more information.

Greenwood Community Dance
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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.

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.

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.