Public Service Announcements

How to get or volunteer for Meals on Wheels
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: March 02, 2015
Sponsor: FeedMore's Meals on Wheels

FeedMore's Meals on Wheels delivers fresh, nutritious meals to homebound individuals who don'€™t have access to healthy meals. Everyday their friendly volunteers provide meals and more, reducing isolation, improving health outcomes and ensuring that our seniors are neither forgotten nor hungry. To learn more about receiving meals or becoming a volunteer, please visit Feedmore.org, or call 804-673-5035.

Open House with tips on supercomputing
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 05, 2015
Sponsor: UVACSE

The University of Virginia Advanced Computing Services and Engagement is hosting an Open House featuring free tacos and free tips on supercomputing on Thursday, March 5th, from 2-5 pm in the Albert H. Small Building near Scott Stadium. Additional information is available by calling 434-982-2086.

Prism Presents Dry Branch Firesquad at the Haven
Category: 
Music
Expires: March 06, 2015
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse is delighted to present bluegrass group Dry Branch Fire Squad at The Haven on Friday, March 6, at 7 pm. The Haven is located at 112 Market Street in downtown Charlottesville. For additional details, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org, or e-mail prismcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books display at CitySpace
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: March 06, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Council for the Arts

Piedmont Council for the Arts is proud to partner with The Virginia Arts of the Book Center to present "Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books"€ in Charlottesville's CitySpace Gallery in March. "Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books" is a traveling collection of 100 small artist books produced by local and international artists. It is an educational and collaborative project aimed at encouraging artists to produce books that can be shared readily. There will be a First Fridays opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Friday, March 6th, at CitySpace, 100 5th Street NE on the Downtown Mall. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on display through March 28, 2015. To learn more, visit charlottesvillearts.org.

RAce to benefit The Haven
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 07, 2015
Sponsor: The Haven

The Haven, a low-barrier day shelter and social resource center for Charlottesville’s homeless and very poor, will host its fourth annual Run for Home on Saturday, March 7th at 8 a.m.  The family-friendly race starts and finishes on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall and wends through historic and scenic downtown neighborhoods. All proceeds from the race will benefit The Haven’s day shelter and housing programming.  To register for the race or to volunteer, visit thehaven.org.


Bird Location an Identification workshop
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: March 07, 2015
Sponsor: Rivanna Conservation Society

The Rivanna Conservation Society invites you for a morning of Bird Location and Identification Saturday, March 7th, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Scheier Natural Area, 917 Long Acre Road, in Palmyra. It's a free workshop, but you are asked to register in advance. For more information, go online to rivannariver.org.

Candlelight vigil: We Are The Line
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 07, 2015
Sponsor: International Women's Day
We Are The Line is a candlelight vigil, held on March 7th, one day prior to International Women's Day, to raise awareness about women's rights abuses worldwide. The event will begin at 6pm and is taking place at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall. This year the theme is bringing back/reinventing feminism. There will be several local speakers, including some from area high schools, and other prominent community members, along with some musical performances featuring the No Fella A-capella group from Albemarle High School.   For more information email wearethelineofficial@gmail.com
Civil War commemmoration events
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 08, 2015
Sponsor: Scottsville Museum

150 Years after Union troops destroyed parts of Scottsville duing Sheridan's Raid, the Scottsville Museum invites you to walk the streets to experience stories of the Civil War in rural Albemarle County. Commemoration events will take place on March 6th, 7th and 8th with a number of free programs. On Friday and Saturday, the History Mobile will show interactive stories; on Saturday, you can see a parade of Union troops on horseback and on Sunday, a river boat captain and a slave descendant tell their tales. For more information, go to Sheridansraid.org.

St. Patrick's Day soiree to benefit Fluvanna SPCA
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 13, 2015
Sponsor: Fluvanna SPCA

The Fluvanna SPCA invites you to their St. Patrick's Day fund raiser, the St. Pet-rick's Day Soiree for the FSPCA! It's on Friday, March 13th, at Thistle Gate Vineyard, 5199 W. River Road in Scottsville. The Soiree will feature games, great wine and GREEN SANGRIA, music by Blue O'Connell, and Irish hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are available at FSPCA, Happy Tails, Thistle Gate Vineyard, or online at fspca.org.

Tutor training
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: March 14, 2015
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy volunteers is seeking compassionate and enthusiastic volunteers to tutor local adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. The next New Tutor Training is Saturday, March 14th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Jefferson School City Center. If you're interested in registering for tutor training or learning more, call 434-977-3838.

Special showing of HITS
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 14, 2015
Sponsor: Movie Club Richmond

Movie Club Richmond, a new repertory series that presents classic films and cult favorites, presents HITS, a new feature film written and directed by David Cross and starring Matt Walsh, Amy Sedaris, and Michael Cera.  The screening will take place Saturday, March 14th, at 1:30 pm, at Richmond’s historic Byrd Theatre as a special one-time Pay-What-You-Want event.  For further information, contact Andrew Blossom (andrewblossom@mac.com) or visit www.movieclubrichmond.com.


Benefit for Elizabeth Nisos
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 14, 2015
Sponsor: Friends of Elizabeth Nisos

Elizabeth Nisos was bitten by a tick in 2007, contracted Lyme Disease, and was misdiagnosed for five years leading to a progressive decline in mobility. She is now Stage 3 and in a wheelchair. The Friends of Elizabeth Nisos are holding a benefit on Saturday, March 14th, from 5 p.m. until midnight at the Fry's Springs Beach Club in Charlottesville. The event will include a drum circle, food, and performances by Terri Allard, Art Wheeler, and Alligator. For further information, contact Jeanne Fradianni at jeannefrad@yahoo.com.

Ride with Pride will host a Bingo Benefit at the Verona Moose Lodge
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 15, 2015
Sponsor: Ride with Pride
Ride with Pride, a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with special needs, as well as to veterans, will host a Bingo Benefit at the Verona Moose Lodge on Sunday, March 15th, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 540-430-0457 or visit ridewithprideva.org.
Special presentation on The UN at 70
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 15, 2015
Sponsor: UVA Lifelong Learning Institute
Dr. John M. Owen, IV will address the Blue Ridge Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA on March 15th, from 3:00 to 5:00pm in a special OLLI  presentation:at the Meadows Presbyterian Church, 2200 Angus Road, Charlottesville. "Olli" stands for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Owen's topic is The United Nations at Seventy: Vision and Challenges.  The event is free and all are welcome. Registration is required. Please contact OLLI at olliuva@virginia.edu or call 434-923-3600.
Jim Lilly & SunnySide at the Rockfish Lounge
Category: 
Music
Expires: March 20, 2015
Sponsor: Rockfish Valley Community Center

Jim Lilly & SunnySide are appearing at the Rockfish Valley Community Center Friday, March 20th, bringing you Pre-Bluegrass, Classic Country and Gospel Music. They perform old-time, traditional roots music that spans the years from the 1840s to the 1950s, classic country tunes of the 50s and 60s, and a variety of Gospel tunes. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. For cover charge and other information, go to rockfishcc@gmail.com or call 434.361.0100

UVA NanoDays Open House
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 21, 2015
Sponsor: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia invites you to enjoy NanoDays Open House, a fun and interactive chance to learn all about nanotechnology -- what it is, how it might impact your life, and what is currently happening here at UVA. It's on Saturday, March 21st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Wilsdorf Hall on UVA Grounds across from the football stadium. This event is family-friendly, informative, fun and free. For full details, go to nanostar.virginia.edu/outreach/nanodays.

Prism Presents Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice & Mark Schatz at The Haven
Category: 
Music
Expires: March 22, 2015
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse, in partnership with the VA Folklife Program, is delighted to present Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice, and Mark Schatz at The Haven on Sunday, March 22, at 7 pm. The Haven is located at 112 Market Street in downtown Charlottesville. For additional details, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org, or e-mail prismcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Crozet Community Orchestra free concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: March 22, 2015
Sponsor: The Crozet Community Orchestra

The Crozet Community Orchestra will hold a free concert on Sunday, March 22nd, at Crozet Baptist Church, 5804 Saint George Ave., at 4 p.m., directed by Philip Clark. World class husband and wife solo violinists Monika Chamasyan and Mark Dorosheff of the US Air Force Strings, US Air Force Band, will perform. A reception will follow. More information is available at facebook.com /CrozetCommunityOrchestra.

Film Showing
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 22, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund

The Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund invites you to a screening of the film "Vessel," a documentary about a young Swedish doctor who, in response to the suffering imposed by anti-abortion laws, began to provide abortions on a ship in international waters. The film will be shown on Sunday, March 22nd, at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville. Further information is available at the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund at 434-293-5622.

Tina Howe's comedy "Chasing Manet"
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: March 22, 2015
Sponsor: Valley Playhouse and Court Square Theater

The Valley Playhouse and Court Square Theater present Tina Howe's "Chasing Manet" a dry, witty comedy, and amusing fantasy of two women struggling to adjust to life in a retirement home from March 12 through March 22 at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, VA. For more information visit valleyarts.org or call 540-433-9189.

Story telling course
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: March 24, 2015
Sponsor: Big Blue Door

Telling True Stories is Big Blue Door's fun and fantastic six-session course designed to help students find and tell their own stories. Early sessions focus on talking in front of others, finding a voice and building a body of great story material. The course also broaches privacy issues, memorization techniques and how to use a microphone. The course runs on Sunday evenings from March 24th to May 5th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. They are held at Charlottesville's Downtown Jefferson Madison Regional Library. To register and get more information, go to bigbluedoor.org.

Talk on Global Warming
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 25, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

The Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club has invited environmental journalist Stephen Nash to speak on "€œHow Global Warming will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests"€ on Wednesday, March 25th, at 7:00 pm in the McIntire Room of the Central Library in Charlottesville. For more information please contact Suzanne Michels at (434) 245-9898 or suzemichels@gmail.com.

Lecture series on gardening
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: March 25, 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., starting March 25th. In the first session, Barbara Pleasant's topic is "Spring into the Season: Better Veggies, Less Work." On April 1st, Bryce Lane presents "Gardening on the Edge: Latest Trends in Horticulture." 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.

StreamWatch to host volunteer stream monitor training session
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: March 27, 2015
Sponsor: StreamWatch

StreamWatch will host a volunteer stream monitor training session on Saturday March 28th at the Fluvanna County Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sessions 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.

Quilt Show
Category: 
Events
Expires: March 28, 2015
Sponsor: Cville Area Quilter's Guild

The Charlottesville Area Quilters'€™ Guild will hold its biennial quilt show at the East Rivanna Fire Station in Glemore on Saturday, March 28th, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday March 29th, from noon until 5 pm. A portion of the proceeds will support SARA and SHE in Charlottesville. Directions and details are available at quilts.avenue.org.

50th Annual Spring Book Sale
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: March 29, 2015
Sponsor: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Who doesn't love books? And music and movies, puzzles, games, software, and more? From Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29, the Friends of the Library will be holding their 50th Annual Spring Book Sale at the Gordon Ave. Library in Charlottesville. The hours are 10-7 each day. Proceeds benefit the public library system, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. 
Call 434-977-8467 or email
info@jmrlfriends.org for more information. You can also visit the Friends on the Internet at jmrlfriends.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 stonewalljacksonchapter.org/Volunteer___Events.
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.

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.

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.

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.