Public Service Announcements

Literacy Volunteers will train tutors
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: August 29, 2015
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers is seeking volunteers in Charlottesville to tutor local adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. The next New Tutor Training is on Saturday, August 29th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jefferson School City Center. If you're interested in registering for tutor training or learning more, please call 434-977-3838.

Fish fry fundraiser for college scholarships
Category: 
Events
Expires: August 29, 2015
Sponsor: Clarence Jones Scholarship Foundation with Omega Psi Phi

The Clarence Jones Scholarship Foundation with Omega Psi Phi fraternity will present the 3rd Annual Fish Fry and Crabfest to raise money to provide at-risk high school seniors with college scholarships. The event will be held at the Elks Lodge Pavilion, located at 389 Elks Drive in Charlottesville, on Saturday, August 29th from noon to 5 pm. For more information, call 434-996-8534.

Jazz and Blues Concert & Fundraiser
Category: 
Music
Expires: August 29, 2015
Sponsor: Rockfish Valley Community Center

Super Summer Saturdays continue at the Rockfish Valley Community Center with a concert of jazz and blues. On Saturday, August 29th, from 5 to 9 pm, the RVCC will host live music by the Jon Spear Band, the Carol McAvoy Project, and Bluzonia. Food and drink will be available, as well as volleyball, cornhole, soccer, and more. Proceeds will benefit the building of an outdoor pavilion and stage. Admissions and other information is available at rockfishcc.org.

Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary's 2nd Annual wildlife photo contest
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: August 31, 2015
Sponsor: Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is holding its second-annual Wildlife Photo Contest to further its mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals in central Virginia. All local photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to enter photos of Virginia wildlife and landscapes. There is a modest per photo suggested donation, 100 percent of which goes to Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Contestants should bring their 8x10 print or prints to The Great Frame Up, located at 1860 Rio Hill Center, in Charlottesville through Monday, August 31st. Entries will be matted and displayed until October at The Great Frame Up, where they will be judged; the finalists will be announced at a reception fundraiser there on Saturday, September 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 434-973-8588.

First Friday Exhibition of works by Kathy Kuhlmann
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 04, 2015
Sponsor: WriterHouse

WriterHouse is proud to present the works of Kathy Kuhlmann for the month of September. Kathy Kuhlmann is a child of the prairies, born and raised in rural North Dakota where the sky is expansive, the weather dynamic, and nature's colors always in full display. The First Friday opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on September 4th is free and open to the public. WriterHouse is at 508 Dale Avenue in Charlottesville. Visit writerhouse.org for more information.

Exhibition by South African artist Siemon Allen
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 04, 2015
Sponsor: Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville announces the premiere exhibition of its 42nd season. Labels, a project of South African artist Siemon Allen, is based on record labels and is rooted in an extensive archive of South African audio, including 2,000 rare shellac discs. For his solo show, Allen will present labels in a semitransparent curtain that supports a grid of 7,000 unique images. Audio will allow viewers to access a broad selection of music represented in the curtain. The exhibition runs from September 4th through October 17th. The gallery will host an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, September 4th, at 6:00 p.m.  Further information is available at secondstreetgallery.org or by calling 434-977-7284.

Stream volunteers needed
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: September 05, 2015
Sponsor: Streamwatch

Want a good excuse to spend time in nature? Stream watch is looking for volunteers for the 2015 stream monitoring program. The program will run from September 15th to November 15th. Volunteers are invited to attend an introductory training on Saturday, September 5th at the Ivy Creek Education Building or Saturday, September 19th at the Fluvanna County Public Library. Both trainings will be from 10 am until 3 pm. Volunteers will learn about the fundamentals of stream biological sampling - catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates for the purpose of evaluating water quality and stream health. To join in, contact Anne Dunckel at 434-249-5306 or anne@streamwatch.org.

Indigenous writers read from their works
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 08, 2015
Sponsor: Kluge-Ruhe Collection

Six Indigenous writers.will read from and discuss their work in an event titled First People: Indigenous Writers from Australia and North America on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm at the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture in Charlottesville. After the readings, Karenne Wood of the Virginia Indian Program will lead a discussion about Indigenous identity and writing, followed by a Q & A and a reception with refreshments. For questions, contact the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va. at kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu or 434-244-0234.

Irish Music and Dance Instruction
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 10, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Irish Music School

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School is starting its fall semester on September 10th.  They offer classes for all ages and skill levels in Irish music, dance and singing. For more information, visit.brimstunes.org or call 434-409-9631.

Death Cafe discussion group
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 10, 2015
Sponsor: Hospice of the Piedmont & Senior Center

Hospice of the Piedmont and the Senior Center invite the public to attend a Death Cafe on Sunday, September 13th, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville. The event is free and open to the community. At a Death Cafe, people, often strangers, gather in small groups to eat sweets, drink coffee, and discuss death. The main objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. See deathcafe.com for more detailed information. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by calling 434-974-7756 or email margaret@seniorcenterinc.org by September 10th.

Classical Piano Concert in Culpeper
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 11, 2015
Sponsor: State Theatre in Culpeper

Concert pianist Hyojung Huh will perform at the State Theatre in Culpeper Friday, September 11th at 8 p.m.  The New York Concert Review, said of her Carnegie Hall performance as “a display of superior pianistic skill, with thundering climaxes, ethereal pianissimi, lyricism, beautiful tone, and totally committed playing.”  For further information about the concert, visit culpepertheatre.org or call the box office at 540-829-0292.


Ash Lawn-Highland hosts a National Literacy Month celebration on September 13th
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 13, 2015
Sponsor: Ash-Lawn Highland

Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe, will host a National Literacy Month celebration on Sunday, September 13th, from 1 to 3 p.m. At the event, children will be invited to learn all about U.S. presidents with educational games and activities, a patriotic musical performance, and an interactive presentation by Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About..." series. For more information, call 434-293-8000 or visit ashlawnhighland.org.

Waynesboro Tree Care Workshop
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: September 18, 2015
Sponsor: Virginia Department of Forestry

"Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees" is the theme of this year'€™s Waynesboro Tree Care Workshop -€“ the 20th annual gathering of hundreds of Virginians who are interested in the health and vitality of these largest of living things in our communities -€“ that will take place Friday, September. 18th, at the Best Western Inn & Conference Center, Waynesboro.   For more information, call Becky Woodson at 434.220.9024 or Waynesboro Parks & Recreation at 540.942.6735.

"Yard Dreams" outdoor art exhibit in Belmont
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 19, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Virginia Community College

Piedmont Virginia Community College Art Gallery presents "Yard Dreams," a weekend exhibition that will feature art installations in people's front yards in Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood from 5 p.m. on Friday, September 18th, through Sunday, the 20th. You are invited to this "out of gallery" experience plus a block party to celebrate the last weekend of summer on Saturday, September 19th, from 3 to 9 p.m.  For more information, go to YardDreamsPVCC.com.

Quebecois Trio De Temps Antan at the Haven
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 20, 2015
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Irish Music School

Blue Ridge Irish Music School  presents De Temps Antan, music from Quebec, Sunday September 20th, at 7 p.m. at the Haven Charlottesville.  Using Quebec's vibrant living music tradition as a springboard for musical innovation De Temps Antan forms a power trio catapulting audiences headlong into the future of French-Canadian music and culture. For more information see brimstunes.org or call 434-409-9631.

One Day UVA Learning at Blackfriars Playhouse
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: September 24, 2015
Sponsor: UVA & Blackfriars Playhouse

Enjoy an intimate day-long educational event at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton on Thursday, September 24th, from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15. The Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre. This One-Day University of Virginia learning experience will begin with a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream followed by a talk-back session with the actors. Participants will be offered a behind- the-scenes tour that will allow an up-close glimpse of the inner workings of the theatre. For ticket information ad to register, visit virginia.edu/lifetimelearning or call Cecelia at 434-924-2703.

"Recharge" event at Nortonsville Church of God
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 30, 2015
Sponsor: Nortonsville Church of God

The Nortonsville Church of God in Dyke, Virginia, is going to help you "Recharge" with food, fun, fellowship, and classes for all ages every Wednesday in September at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to come and get Recharged with free snacks, games, giveaways, and more at 1505 Simmons Gap Road in Dyke. For more information, call Jacob Dunn at 434-327-7184.

Benefit concert
Category: 
Events
Expires: November 06, 2015
Sponsor: Hospice of the Piedmont

WTJU listeners know all about the healing powers of music! Hospice of the Piedmont's Music by the Bedside program takes it a step further. This program allows skilled practitioners to play customized music for seriously ill and dying patients in a variety of settings. A benefit concert for Music by the Bedside will take place on Friday, November 6th from 7 to 9 pm at First Presbyterian Church on Park Street in Charlottesville. Some of the area's finest and most popular musicians will perform - both together and separately. For more information, call 434-817-6929 or go to hopva.org.

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.

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.