Public Service Announcements

Attend an informational session on how to be a foster or adoptive parent
Category: 
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Expires: August 29, 2016
Sponsor: DePaul Community Resources

DePaul Community Resources wants you to know, by becoming a foster or adoptive parent, you can impact a young person’s life now, and far into the future. There are children who need you, so plan to attend an informational meeting on Monday, August 29th from 6 to 7 p.m. at 552 Hillsdale Drive, in Charlottesville. For more information visit depaulcr.org or call 434-977-9847.

Stonewall Brigade Band Summer Concert Series
Category: 
Music
Expires: August 29, 2016
Sponsor: Stonewall Brigade Band

The historic Stonewall Brigade Band announces its summer concert series every Monday night during the months of June, July, and August. Concerts are at 8pm at the Gazebo in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, Virginia. Bring lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets for a free old-fashioned open air band concert under the stars. For more information visit stonewallbrigadeband.com.

Teen grief group
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Expires: August 30, 2016
Sponsor: Hospice of the Piedmont

Hospice of the Piedmont is now offering teens a safe space to grieve the loss of a loved one with a multi-week support group called OASIS. Each week, after a pizza dinner, the group will hold open discussions, have creative activities and practice relaxation techniques. The group will meet on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Mary Williams Community Center in Charlottesville starting August 30th. For more information and to register, call 434-817-6900 or email info@hopva.org.

Blood needed
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Expires: August 31, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Blood Services

Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. So visit one of the Virginia Blood Services Donor Centers or mobile blood drives as soon as you can and help save lives. For more information, visit vablood.org or call 800-989-4438.

Fridays After Five Food Drive
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Expires: September 02, 2016
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Now through September, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Sprint will team up to encourage the Charlottesville/Albemarle community to make donations of food during Fridays After Five concerts in theSprint Pavilion.  For more information, visit brafb.org.

"I Am A Man" art exhibit at Welcome Gallery
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 02, 2016
Sponsor: New City Arts and Human/Ties

New City Arts and Human/Ties present "I Am A Man," an exhibit of photographs, sculpture, mixed media, and paintings by Hank Willis Thomas in September at Welcome Gallery located at 114 3rd St. NE on the downtown mall, Charlottesville. The exhibit opens Friday, September 2nd from 5 to 7:30 p.m. as part of September's First Fridays Art Walk. Thomas is a conceptual artist exploring themes of identity, race, class, and history through two-dimensional, sculptural, and digital time-based collage works. For more information email maureen@newcityarts.org.

Exhibition of works by artist Sonya Clark
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 02, 2016
Sponsor: Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville kicks off its 43rd season with art by artists whose work meets conceptually at a nexus of art and commerce. Richmond-based Sonya Clark will premiere a new series, "Bitter, Sweet and Tender," comprising photography, currency, sculpture and textiles from September 2nd through October 20th. There will be a First Fridays Opening Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 on September 2nd, and an Artist/curator talk on September 9th from 5:30 to 7:30. For more information, go to secondstreetgallery.org..

Virginia Women's Chorus holding audtions
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 04, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Women's Chorus

Do you love to sing? Want to join a group of fun and talented ladies? Then come out and audition for The Virginia Women's Chorus. No prepared piece necessary. Auditions will be held Friday, August 26th through Sunday, September 4th, in Old Cabell Hall on University of Virginia grounds. Go to VirginiaWomensChorus.org to sign up and find more information.

Tree Stewards Training classes
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: September 06, 2016
Sponsor: Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Have you ever been on a walk and wondered "what kind of tree is that?" Have you ever been at the tree nursery and wondered "which type of tree will suit my yard the best?" These questions and more will be answered at the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Training Class starting September 6th. Twelve 3-hour classes will be held Tuesdays through November 22nd, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. For details, e-mail to Catsclass2016@yahoo.com or go online to CharlottesvilleAreaTreeStewards.org.

Auditions for the Oratorio Society
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 07, 2016
Sponsor: Oratorio Society

The Oratorio Society of Virginia is celebrating 50 years of performing choral masterworks for the greater Charlottesville community, and invites singers to audition for the upcoming season that includes a performance of Handel’s Messiah, at the Paramount on December 17th. Auditions will be held Wednesday, September 7th, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., and Thursday, September 8th, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Arts Center . To sign up, visit oratoriosociety.org or leave a message at 434 - 295 - 4385.

Chamber music at the Paramount in September
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 08, 2016
Sponsor: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival Returns to the Paramount Theater for its seventeenth season this September. The Festival includes five principal concerts on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, as well as a free public concert at mid-day on Friday, September 9th. For more information about specific programs and artists, call 434-295-5395 or visit www.cvillechambermusic.org.

Free Vocal Workshops
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 08, 2016
Sponsor: Skyline Harmony Chorus

Come join Skyline Harmony Chorus for three evenings of free vocal instruction. Skyline is a women's barbershop chorus that specializes in four part harmony. Learn about posture, breathing, phonation, resonation, and receive a short individualized lesson. The lessons begin Thursday September 8 at 6:45pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville. RSVP to Joan Henderson at deljcrobb@aol.com or call 434-589-2146.

Compositions related to Cville's own Edgar Allen Poe
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 08, 2016
Sponsor: Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

On September 8th come hear an intriguing program of three compositions connecting themes of human existence: life, love, and death, paying special homage to Charlottesville and UVA's own Edgar Allen Poe. The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival presents the first concert of it's 2016 season at The Paramount Theater, Thursday, September 8th at 8:00pm. For more details visit cvillechambermusic.org or call 434-295-5395.

Organ concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 09, 2016
Sponsor: Westminster Presbyterian Church

The Westminster Organ Concert Series begins its 37th season on Friday, September 9th at 7:30 pm - with a concert by organist Alessio Giacobone and violinist Fiona Hughes. The concert series was started in 1980 to share the all-mechanical baroque-style pipe organ with the community. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. The concert, which features an all-Bach program, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 434-963-4690 or visit westminsterorganconcertseries.org.

Attend the Rose Hill Neighborhood Centennial Celebration
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 09, 2016
Sponsor: Rose Hill Neighborhood Association

The Rose Hill Neighborhood Centennial Celebration will take place on Saturday, September 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Park. There will be food, music, community organizations, and more. In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, September 24th at the same times. For more information, email rosehillneigborhood@gmail.com.

Family-friendly event in Lee Park
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 10, 2016
Sponsor: The Point church

The Point church in Charlottesville invites you to a family-friendly event with food, games, music, and opportunities to give back to the Charlottesville community. It is on Saturday, September 10th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Lee Park. For more information, email to info@thepointva.com or call 434 989 6961.

Letters to Military personnel
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Expires: September 10, 2016
Sponsor: Family Christian and A Million Thanks

Attention all grandparents. Are you looking for a way to serve others while you spend time with your grandchildren? Celebrate Grandparent's Day on Saturday, September 10th by sending thanks to US military personnel. Your local Family Christian Store, in collaboration with the organization "A Million Thanks" invites you to come by and write the letters on that day. Grandparents receive a free gift while supplies last. For more information and to find your nearest Family Christian store, visit FamilyChristian.com.

Sign up now for improv classes at Big Blue Door
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: September 10, 2016
Sponsor: Big Blue Door

Learn to create original comedy with life-filled characters and spontaneous, hilarious scenes with Charlottesville's only longform improv comedy training program. The eight-week-long Improv I with Big Blue Door will be held on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m., starting on Sunday, September 11th at the McGuffey Art Center. For questions or more information email classes@bigbluedoor.org or sign up at bigbluedoor.org

Yard Dreams outdoor art show in Belmont
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 10, 2016
Sponsor: Piedmont Virginia Community College Art Gallery

Piedmont Virginia Community College Art Gallery presents Yard Dreams, a weekend exhibition featuring art installations in the front yards of Charlottesville's Belmont neighborhood. It will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 10th, and last through 5 p.m., Sunday, September 11th. There is an outdoor reception featuring fried chicken and other picnic treats, from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, September 10th. For more information, go to YardDreamsPVCC.com or call 434-977-6918.

Help to break the world record for Largest Cardboard Sculpture
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: September 10, 2016
Sponsor: Pauselab

Pauselab invites the Charlottesville community to participate in Cville Galaxy, an effort to break a Guiness Book of World Records for the Largest Cardboard Sculpture on Saturday, September 10th at 12:00 noon at the IX Art Park in Charlottesville. The project also serves to kick off "BeCville" which will ask residents how they want to spend $15000 on public art. For more information call 434-249-6664, or visit https://becville.org/

Farm to Feast event supporting Farm Aid and the Local Food Hub
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 11, 2016
Sponsor: Blenheim Vineyards

Blenheim Vineyards is hosting a Farm to Feast family-style dinner supporting Farm Aid and the Local Food Hub on Sunday, September 11th, at 5 p.m.  Live music will be performed by Small Town Rodeo. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit blenheimvineyards.com or call 804-502-7311. 

Chamber music concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 11, 2016
Sponsor: McIntire Department of Music

As part of the 2016 Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Old Cabell Hall will host a concert on Sunday, September 11th at 3:00 pm. The performance will include works from Brahms, Handel and Hindemith. For more information on this concert and others, go to cvillechambermusic.org.

Remembrance of September 11th
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 11, 2016
Sponsor: City of Charlottesville

Remember, reflect and honor by attending the 15th Anniversary Remembrance of September 11, at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 11th, at the Sprint Pavilion on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. For more information, contact Chief Baxter at 434-970-3323.

Crozet Community Chorus is accepting new singers so apply now
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 11, 2016
Sponsor: Crozet Community Chorus

The Crozet Community Chorus, a non-auditioned, secular chorus, is accepting new singers for its upcoming season. The first rehearsal is an orientation, music pick-up, and pot luck on Sunday, September 11th, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Crozet Baptist Church on St. George Ave in Crozet.   For more information and to register, go to crozetchorus.org.

VIA is offering a free Sibling Support Program
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Expires: September 14, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Institute of Autism

The Virginia Institute of Autism is partnering with the City of Charlottesville's Therapeutic Parks and Recreation to offer a free Sibling Support Program for brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities. The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carver Recreation Center in the Jefferson School City Center. Lunch will be provided. To register, call 434-970-3264. 

SOUP dinner to award funding for arts projects
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 14, 2016
Sponsor: New City Arts

SOUP, a public dinner to support creative projects in Charlottesville, returns on Wednesday, September 14th, 7 p.m., at Meade Hall in Downtown Charlottesville. To learn more, visit NewCityArts.org/vocation or email soup@newcityarts.org.

Human/Ties presents a panel discussion and performance at the Paramount
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 15, 2016
Sponsor: Paramount Theater

Human/Ties, a four-­day gathering to celebrate the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 50th anniversary, will present “Making Sense of War,” a panel discussion involving veterans and scholars, and “Healing Humanities: Theater of War,” a classical work with contemporary themes, on Thursday, September 15th at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville. The panel will run from 6 to 7:15 p.m., and the performance and subsequent discussion will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. To learn more about Human/Ties visit humanities2016.com.

Gardening conference at Somerset
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: September 17, 2016
Sponsor: Rapidan River Master Gardeners

The Rapidan River Master Gardeners present a scholarship fundraising conference, "From the Backyard to the Blue Ridge", on Saturday, September 17th, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Grelen's Orchard Overlook Tent located at 15091 Yager Road, in Somerset, Virginia. Speakers will be David Roos, Garden Consultant, and Doug Coleman, Director of the Wintergreen Nature Foundation. For additional information email: rapidanrivermg@gmail.com or Call 540 727 3435.

Louisiana Flood Assistance
Category: 
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Expires: September 18, 2016
Sponsor: American Red Cross

Thousands of families affected by disasters like the recent flooding in Louisiana urgently need support. You can help the American Red Cross provide warm meals, shelter and hope to families when they need it most. You can donate today to Red Cross disaster relief to help people affected by disasters big and small. Go to redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS today.

Prism Presents Molsky's Mountain Drifters
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 21, 2016
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse kicks off its fall season on Wednesday, September 21, with Molsky's Mountain Drifters. Led by Grammy nominated Bruce Molsky, the trio also features old-time music virtuoso Allison de Groot, and bluegrass genre-bending pioneer Stash Wyslouch (Stash Wye-Slouch). Doors open at 6:30, and the concert starts at 7 pm. For additional details, including how to get tickets, visit PrismCoffeehouse.org. You can also call 434-978-4335, or e-mail prismcoffeehouse@gmail.com.

Open House Meetup for Modern Western Square Dancing Lessons
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: September 21, 2016
Sponsor: Virginia Reelers

Modern Western Square Dancing invites you to an Open House Meetup and introductory dance at the Woodbrook Elementary School, in Charlottesville, at 7 p.m., on Wedenesday, September 14th, and again on September 21st. For more information go to virginiareelers.com

Annual conference of Divine Women of Destiny
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 23, 2016
Sponsor: Divine Women of Destiny Ministries International

Divine Women of Destiny Ministries International is having its 11th Annual Conference Friday, September 23rd, and Saturday the 24th, at Covenant Church of God, 1025 East Rio Road, Charlottesville. Speakers from London, New York, and Chalottesville will be featured with free admission to the opening session at 7 p.m. on Friday.   Saturday's session starts at 8:30 a.m. and a catered lunch will be included. To register or for more information go to DivineWomenofDestiny.com or call 434-249-2280.

Kite flying event
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 24, 2016
Sponsor: Waynesboro Parks and Rec

Let's go fly a kite! Waynesboro Parks and Recreation is hosting the Coyner Springs Park Kite Fly on September 24th from 10 am to 3 pm. Activities will include kite flying and decorating, kite races, horse and hay rides and a host of others. For more information, call 540-942-6735.

Tree sale
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 24, 2016
Sponsor: Charlottesville tree stewards

Fall is coming soon and our thoughts might turn to colorful trees. The Charlottesville Area Tree Steward's fall tree sale will be at the Vegetarian Festival this year. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 24th at the IX complex, beginning at 11 am. 40 varieties of young trees will be sold and there will be knowledgeable volunteers with advice on tree care. For more information, go to charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org.

Register to Vote on Downtown Mall
Category: 
Events
Expires: September 27, 2016
Sponsor: League of Women Voters

Members of the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area will be at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall on Tuesday, September 27th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to register voters and commemorate the Charlottesville League's founding in 1946. Stop by the wall and enjoy a free cupcake, learn about the League, and register to vote if you have not already done so. If you have moved or changed your name since you last voted, you will need to register again.

For more information call the League office at 434-970-1707 or visit the website: www.lwv.avenue.org.

Met Opera Live in HD season announced
Category: 
Music
Expires: September 30, 2016
Sponsor: Paramount Theater

The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville continues to bring the award-winning Met Opera Live in HD series to the big screen. The 2016-2017 Season will begin on Saturday, October 8th, with a new production of Tristan und Isolde. The complete season features ten titles, including Don Giovanni, La Traviata, and a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. Information about the schedule, subscriptions, or individual ticket sales is available at theparamount.net or by calling the Paramount box office at 434-979-1333.

Register to vote at Army Recruiting Centers
Category: 
Events
Expires: October 17, 2016
Sponsor: U.S. Army

Did you know that you can register to vote at your local Army Recruiting Center? The deadline is October 17th. American Citizens who will be 18 years old before November 8th may be eligible. Register to vote now so you can help decide the future of our nation. To find your local Army Recruiting Center, visit goarmy.com.

HOP seeking volunteer seamstresses for Bearables program
Category: 
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Expires: November 09, 2016
Sponsor: Hospice of the Piedmont

Hospice of the Piedmont needs volunteer seamstresses for its Bearables program, part of the Journeys program for children and families who have lost a loved one. A Bearable is a unique stuffed bear, created out of a significant article of clothing or fabric that belonged to the deceased loved one. The stuffed animal becomes a special healing tool for the child or family once it'€™s created. Help grieving children and families today by volunteering as a seamstress for the Bearables program. For more information on how to become a volunteer, call 434-817-6900.

Prism Seeks Volunteers
Category: 
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Expires: December 31, 2017
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse is seeking volunteers to help with their live acoustic music concert programming. As a fun & dedicated organization, the Prism can use help in all aspects of its organization, including staffing on the days of shows, sound production, fundraising, publicity, graphics, accommodations arrangement, volunteer coordination, & website management. Join the Prism in bringing excellent acoustic & folk music to Charlottesville and help them grow! Please contact Laura Seale at prismvolunteer@gmail.com or by calling 434-974-7233.