August 11-12 weekend community happenings

Last August 11-12, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia experienced community trauma surrounding the fascist and white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally.

As the one-year anniversary of that event approaches, we have gathered this list of weekend happenings that may contribute to collective strengthening of our community.

Meanwhile, the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition in Charlottesville encourages community members to develop a plan for staying connected with friends and family and seeking emotional support if they are feeling vulnerable. For more information about emotional support resources, please see


What: Charlottesville Clergy Collective Interfaith Service
When: Thursday, 8.09.18, 7-8:30pm
Where: The Haven, 112 W Market St

An evening worship service focusing on gratitude, repentance, and hope. The service will include leaders from various religious communities and will feature singing, prayers, readings and litanies. Contributions collected at this service will be sent to the Charlottesville Resilience Fund.

What: Grace Ahern on Community
When: Friday, 8.10.18, 8:30am-10:00am
Where: The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, 209 Monticello Rd
Registration: You must register here

Grace Aheron is a multi-racial queer Southerner from Roanoke, Virginia. Dubbed a “people weaver” by friends, Grace is motivated by the conviction that collective liberation is for everyone, and lately has been working to help build collective power in Charlottesville by mobilizing white people into action for racial justice.

What: Shabbat Service
When: Friday, 8.10.18, 6:15pm
Where: Congregation Beth Israel, 301 E Jefferson St.

Welcome the Sabbath with prayer, song, and reflection, as we celebrate the resilience of our city and our hopes for the future. A reception will follow—you are welcome to bring fruit, cheese, veggies, or dessert to share (no meat products).

What: Stephan Said guest performance on WTJU: “We The People”
When: Saturday, 8.11.18, 9am
Where: WTJU 91.1 FM &

Musician and activist Stephan Said, a Virginia native, will stop by WTJU on Saturday morning, August 11, at 9 (edt) for a visit with Atlantic Weekly host Sumner Brown.  Stephan will be releasing a song and video, We The People, which he created in collaboration with Charlottesville Activists and Youth.

What: Summer Farmers Market at IX
When: Saturday, 8.11.18, 7am-12pm
Where: IX Art Park, 522 2nd Street SE

Since the City of Charlottesville has closed down all city parks, pools, and farmer’s market on August 11-12, the IX Art Park will be hosting the summer City Market one day only! This Saturday, August 11, support your local vendors and farmers at IX.

What: Internal Tools for Non-Violent Action (free workshop)
When: Saturday, 8.11.18, 9am-5pm
Where: The Sum, 914 E. Jefferson, Suite G4

This free interactive workshop is offered to help participants in exploring and deepen our internal capacity for non-violent action. Please register in advance by calling (434) 260-9377 or email

What: “The Hope That Summons Us”
When: Saturday, 8.11.18, 9am
Where: Facebook Live Stream from UVA

Tickets are closed for this event, but the Facebook live stream will feature remarks by University President-elect James Ryan, as well as musical performances and a poetry reading.

What: A Service for Repair
When: Saturday, 8.11.18, 3-5:30pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St

A service lead by six women of color, offering poetry, music, dance, contemplation, and communal ritual. After the service, there will be break out groups for learning and repair. These spaces will provide folks with practical, actionable ways to enter into the work of justice making.

What: VA Students Act Against White Supremacy: Rally for Justice
When: Saturday, 8.11.18, 7-9:00pm
Where: The Rotunda, 1828 University Ave

8/11/18 marks the 1 year anniversary of the Nazi torch-lit rally where 300 white supremacists marched through grounds and encircled a group of students & community members at the statue of Thomas Jefferson. Join students, UVA associates, and community members to reclaim the North Plaza of the Rotunda and demand justice for those who have suffered at the hands of white supremacy.

What: The C’ville Sing Out!
When: Sunday, 8.12.18, 4-5pm
Where: IX Art Park, 522 2nd St SE

It’s a big, one-time sing-out modeled on Toronto’s Choir Choir Choir! that is open to everyone – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! All ages, all walks of life are welcome. There will be a rehearsal beforehand. Please read FB event for details.

What: NAACP Time for Reflections & Healing Forum
When: Sunday, 8.12.18, 4-6pm
Where: Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Ave

The Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the NAACP is inviting several state and local figures to a forum on the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (434) 220-1493.

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