Public Service Announcements

70th Annual Book & Author Event
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: April 29, 2015
Sponsor: Junior League of Richmond

The Junior League of Richmond will be hosting its 70th annual Book & Author Event, the longest running event of its kind in the country. This year the League welcomes five nationally-acclaimed authors to share their story at the Richmond Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm. A variety of ticket options are available and can be viewed and purchased online at bookandauthorevent.org.

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
Category: 
Get Help
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.

Spring classes for adult learning
Category: 
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Expires: April 30, 2015
Sponsor: Albemarle County Schools

Lifelong learning continues at Albemarle High School long after the last school bus leaves the parking lot. From art to computers to CPR, there are many courses offered for adults, with spaces still available this spring. Classes meet for one or more evening or weekend session, with many priced below $20. Instructors include premier local chefs, award-winning artists, local business owners and more. The Open Doors Catalog is available for no charge at the Albemarle County Office Building and the Downtown and Northside libraries. You can also see class descriptions at opendoors1.org. You can register at the website or call 434-975-9450.

May1st is Clean Commute Day
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: Commuter Information

Area commuters are encouraged to take the "Clean Commute Pledge," promising to use a commute option other than driving alone for at least one day. Participants who make the pledge are eligible to win valuable prizes from sponsors. To encourage participation, area transit services are helping the community "clean commute" for free. CAT is offering free bus rides all day on Friday, May 1st. For more information visit commuterinformation.com.

May exhibits
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

Don't miss stopping by McGuffey Art Center for First Fridays, May 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The May exhibits include "Shack City": An immersive journey through a constructed city, celebrating the inherent link between necessity and resourcefulness, and the transformative passage from isolation to community. There is also an interactive exhibit called "Choose Your Own Adventure." Plus pastels by Nancy Galloway, a variety of works by Nina Burke and the High School Art Show. All at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville through May. For more information, call 434-295-7973.

Annual fundraiser for the symphony
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: Charlottesville Symphony

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia celebrates its 40th anniversary with the third annual Denims and Diamonds extravaganza. On Friday, May 1st from 6:00 to 9:30 pm come to the beautiful Castle Hill Cider in Keswick for a night to remember. In addition to a program by symphony musicians, there will also be plenty of boot stompin music from Grit City Grass and Richard Will. Gourmet food, wine and a silent auction round out the festivities. For more information, contact Laura Dickason at 434.243.2513 or lcd3c@virginia.edu.

Celebrate spring with the early music ensemble MIRA
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: MIRA

Come celebrate spring with the early music ensemble MIRA ( "MEER-uh"), as they sing their way through the gorgeous polyphony of the Renaissance, evocative medieval songs to the Virgin Mary, and English May songs. The concert will take place on Friday May 1st, at 7:30 p.m., in St. Paul's Memorial Church, located at 1700 University Avenue in Charlottesville. For more information, call 434-242-8196.

Blessing of the Animals
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 01, 2015
Sponsor: Unity of C'ville and Voices for Animals

Unity of Charlottesville is partnering with Voices for Animals for an interfaith event honoring and celebrating our beloved animal companions. Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 11:00 a.m. on the left lawn of the Unity grounds located at 2825 Hydraulic Road in Charlottesville. All pets and their humans are invited to attend, but pet owners should be aware of how their animal friends behave in a large group with other animals. The event is free and open to the public with donations gratefully accepted. For more information, visit unitycville.org or voicesforanimals.org; call Unity at (434) 978-1062; or see the Facebook event at Unity of Charlottesville.

Plant Sale
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 02, 2015
Sponsor: Piedmont Master Gardeners

The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards present their Annual Spring Plant Sale and Gardeners' Help Desk with a huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants -- all grown by the Piedmont Master Gardeners. The event takes place on Saturday, May 2nd, from 9am-12pm, at the IX Complex at 944 Second Street SE in downtown Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be on hand with a selection of young trees and advice on how to make them thrive. Admission is free. For more information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/events-page/ or call 434-872-4580.

Community Fun Run
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 02, 2015
Sponsor: City of Charlottesville Parks & Recreation

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation invites everyone to a community Fun Run on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00am, beginning and ending at Venable Elementary School on an open 2 mile course in the neighborhood. Strollers are ok, but please leave pets at home. For more information visit www.cvillefitnesschallenge.weebly.com or call 434-970-3086.

50th anniversary celebration of Friends of JMRL
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 02, 2015
Sponsor: Friends of Jefferson Madison Regional Library

The Friends of Jefferson Madison Regional Library are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration in Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville Saturday May 2nd, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be activities for kids, adults and teens, a Food Truck, Uncle Henry'€™s Band and students from the Music Resource Center. Peter Jones of WTJU's "Tell Us a Tale" will tell stories from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information e-mail info@jmrlfriends.org or call 434-244- 3727.

Interview with Nina Totenberg
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 02, 2015
Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson Center for Protection of Free Speech
 On Saturday, May 2nd at 6pm at LiveArts Theater, writer and legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick will moderate an audience Q&A with NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. A reception and silent auction of one-of-a-kind expressive works and experiences will precede the interview.  Proceeds benefit the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.  For tickets and more information, visit tjcenter.org or call 434-295-4784.
Celebrate spring with the early music ensemble MIRA
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 03, 2015
Sponsor: MIRA

Come celebrate spring with the early music ensemble MIRA ( "MEER-uh"), as they sing their way through the gorgeous polyphony of the Renaissance, evocative medieval songs to the Virgin Mary, and English May songs. The concert will take place on Sunday May 3rd, at 4 p.m., in the Rockfish Presbyterian Church, located at 5016 Rockfish Valley Highway in Nellysford. For more information, call 434-242-8196.

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.

Sign up to monitor bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 04, 2015
Sponsor: StreamWatch and the James River Association

This summer StreamWatch and the James River Association will be monitoring bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River at Riverview Park and at Crofton. The results will be posted each Friday on the JRA's website. Volunteers are needed in the Charlottesville and Fluvanna County area to collect and analyze water samples. A training session will take place on Monday, May 4th at 5:30 p.m., at the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. For more information or to sign up for a training session, visit the James River Watch website at streamwatch.org/volunteers or call 434-249-5306.

Organ Concert Series Concludes with concert by Virginia Bolena
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 08, 2015
Sponsor: Westminster Presbyterian Church

On Friday, May 8, at 8:00 pm, the Westminster Organ Concert Series concludes its 35th concert season with a recital by organist Virginia Bolena, a graduate of Seton Hall University and East Carolina University and serves as organist and choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 434-963-4690 or visit wocs.avenue.org.

Wildflower weekend
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 09, 2015
Sponsor: Shenendoah National Park

Native Spring wildflowers and children's creativity will be celebrated during Shenendoah National Park's 29th annual Wildflower Weekend on May 9th and 10th. Special hikes and programs will focus on the diversity and value of hundreds of species of flowering plants that are protected by the Park. Visitors may view the winners of the first Youth Art in the Park wildflower art contest - on display at Byrd Visitor Center at mile 51 on Skyline Drive. There will be workshops on creating your own wildlife habitat and on nature photography as well as some special botanist-led hikes. All programs are free. For the complete program schedule, go to nps.gov/shen.

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

Come to the Festival of Cultures in downtown Charlottesville
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 09, 2015
Sponsor: Festival of Cultures

How would you like to explore the world in a day? Come to the Festival of Cultures in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, May 9th. Bring the family and enjoy free international music, dance, crafts, exhibits, and delicious ethnic food for sale. There is something for everyone. So come out on Saturday, May 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Lee Park, opposite the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville. For more information, visit festivalofcultures.org.

A cappella benefit concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 10, 2015
Sponsor: FIRE

From Hildegard to Holst, Denmark to Latvia and renaissance polyphony to American Folk - come hear FIRE - Charlottesville's a cappella women's chamber choir. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 10th at 3:30 pm in the sanctuary of Holy Comforter Catholic Church on East Jefferson Street in Charlottesville. The performance will benefit PACEM (Pah-chem). For more information, go to firesingscharlottesville.wordpress.com.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: May 13, 2015
Sponsor: International Rescue Committee

If you're an immigrant thinking about applying for U.S. Citizenship, come to the information session being held by the International Rescue Committee - Wednesday, May 13th in the new Northside Library. The session, which begins at 6:30 pm, will include a presentation on the naturalization process and citizenship services offered by the IRC to any legal permanent resident, followed by a question and answer period. There will also be information on citizenship preparation classes in the area, which help people prepare for the naturalization interview and test. For more information, contact IRC Immigration Outreach Specialist, Debbie Tuler - at 434-979-7772, extension 119.

Monitor bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: May 13, 2015
Sponsor: StreamWatch and the James River Association

This summer StreamWatch and the James River Association will be monitoring bacteria levels weekly in the Rivanna River at Riverview Park and at Crofton. The results will be posted each Friday on the JRA's website. Volunteers are needed in the Charlottesville and Fluvanna County area to collect and analyze water samples. A training session will take place on Wednesday, May 13th at the Fluvanna County Library at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for a training session, visit the James River Watch website at streamwatch.org/volunteers or call 434-249-5306.

May is National Bike Month!
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 15, 2015
Sponsor: Bike Charlottesville

May is National Bike Month, and Charlottesville will celebrate with a month full of exciting events designed for the entire family. Most events are free and open to the public. For the full schedule of events visit www.bikecharlottesville.org/bike-month-2015/.

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.

Relay for Life
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 16, 2015
Sponsor: American Cancer Society

Join the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer at the 21st annual Relay for Life of Charlottesville/Albemarle. The race will take place on May 16th at 6:00 pm at the Albemarle High School Football Field. Teams are signing up now to help the American Cancer Society reach their \$125,000 goal. No athletic ability is required, so anyone can gather a group of friends, family, or coworkers and form a team. Cancer survivors and their friends and families can gather at 4 in the high school cafeteria for a reception. For more information, call 434-978-7423 or visit relayforlife.org.

Batesville Day celebration
Category: 
Events
Expires: May 16, 2015
Sponsor: Batesville Day

Make plans to go Batesville Saturday, May 16th, for their 40th annual celebration of this vibrant community in the glorious foothills of the Blue Ridge. The famous 10K race starts at 8 a.m., the biggest little parade around starts at 11 and is followed by village fair activities with food, plus, there will be two hours of rompin’ stompin’ blues provided by Bluzonia and other Central Virginia Blues Society bands, starting at noon, and it’s free! For further information, including how to register for the race, and how to participate in the parade and fair,  go to batesvilleva.org or call Grady Lewis at 434-326-1358.

Spring Dance Gala for Albemarle Ballet and Studio for the Performing Arts
Category: 
Plays & Dance
Expires: May 16, 2015
Sponsor: Albemarle Ballet Theater

Albemarle Ballet Theatre (ABT) and the Studio for the Performing Arts (SFTPA), present their 11th Spring Dance Gala featuring "The Doll Shop Ballet" in a family-friendly Spring Dance Gala Saturday May 16 at Dickinson's Main Stage. For tickets and other information visit aballet.org/tickets or call 434-823-8888.

Baroque music concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: May 29, 2015
Sponsor: Three Notched Road

Three Notched Road, the Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble presents: Brandenburg Virtuosi - Masterworks of J.S. Bach. Some of Bach's most famous works will be featured in two concerts where large ensemble works will be interwoven with intimate chamber music. The first concert will take place Friday, May 29th at 7;30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton. Another one will happen on Saturday, May 30th at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood. For more information, call 434-984-1135 or go to tnrbaroque.org.

May art exhibit
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: May 31, 2015
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

Don't miss stopping by McGuffey Art Center in May. The May exhibits include "Shack City": An immersive journey through a constructed city, celebrating the inherent link between necessity and resourcefulness, and the transformative passage from isolation to community. There is also an interactive exhibit called "Choose Your Own Adventure." Plus pastels by Nancy Galloway, a variety of works by Nina Burke and the High School Art Show. All at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville through May. For more information, call 434-295-7973.

Festival of the Photograph on Downtown Mall
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: June 13, 2015
Sponsor: LOOK3

The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph offers community engagement events and public programming, including a world-class exhibition series and the much-anticipated INsight Conversations with renowned international photographers and photojournalists, all taking place on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall during the month of June. Our outdoor exhibitions include the beloved TREES show, which turns the Mall into a vibrant ecologically-conscious exhibition space featuring giant natural history photos hanging from the trees. For more information, visit LOOK3.

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.

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.

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.