Public Service Announcements

Holiday Exhibitions & Gift Shop
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: December 06, 2019
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville

The McGuffey Art Center's new exhibitions debut November 26th and run through December 29th.  In addition to member artists, the exhibition will include works by Lisa Philipps, Hannah Thomas Clarke, Julia Merkel, and Logan McConaughy.  A holiday shop features art, décor, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. The opening reception takes place Friday, December 6th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  For more information, visit McguffeyArtCenter.com.

New Tutor Training Session
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 06, 2019
Sponsor: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers is seeking volunteer tutors to assist adults in learning how to read, write, or speak English. Many of our students are refugees and immigrants trying to become integrated members of our community. Our next new tutor training is on Saturday, December 7th, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Jefferson School City Center, Charlottesville. If you’re interested in becoming a Literacy Volunteer or learning more, please call 434-977-3838 or visit LiteracyForAll.org.

Chris Van Cleave and Muskrat Reames in concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 06, 2019
Sponsor: Songwriter Series

The Songmaker Series is happy to welcome Chris Van Cleave to their stage. He'll be joined by Pedal Steel Guitar player Muskrat Reames, for “Songs To Celebrate The Season And Connect Hearts" at C’ville Coffee in Charlottesville, on Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. Chris starred in national tours of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar and has produced eight albums and scored two musicals. For ticket and other information, email songmakerseries@earthlink.net.

Baroque Christmas concerts
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 06, 2019
Sponsor: Three Notch'd Road

Three Notch’d Road, The Virginia Baroque Ensemble, presents O Beauty: A Baroque Christmas from Around the World -- three concerts at three venues: Friday, December 6th, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Staunton; Saturday, December 7th, at 7:30 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond; and Sunday, December 8th, at 4 p.m., at Holy Comforter Catholic Church in Charlottesville. Bass Peter Walker and soprano Katelyn Aungst join the instrumentalists of Three Notch'd Road for this lively Christmas program featuring a tour of Europe and the New World. For tickets and more information, go online to TNRbaroque.org.

36th Annual Candlelight Concert Dates Announcement
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 06, 2019
Sponsor: Virginia Women's Chorus

The Virginia Women's Chorus presents the 36th Annual Candlelight Concerts. The concerts will be held on Friday, December 6th at 8pm and Saturday, December 7th at 3:30pm at St. Paul's Memorial Church on the corner in Charlottesville. Tickets and more information can be found on their website atvirginiawomenschorus.org and questions can be directed to VWC's concert chair atvwcconcertmanager@gmail.com.

Innisfree Village Open House in Crozet
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 07, 2019
Sponsor: Innisfree Village

Innisfree Village in Crozet hosts its Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy crafts and products from the weavery, woodshop, pottery, art studio, farm and gardens. Plus children's activities, tours and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, send e-mail to trisha@innisfreevillage.org or call 434 823 5400.

Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 07, 2019
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Richard Baritaud, will offer a concert of string orchestra music at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th, in Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Charlottesville. The concert is free, but a donation is suggested. Featured on the program is J.S. Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Oboe and Violin, with oboist Yasuko Kawasaki and violinist Rahima Wagner as soloists. For more information, call 434-295-1617 or visit brco.avenue.org.

Annual Family Holiday Concerts
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 07, 2019
Sponsor: Charlottesville Symphony & UVA University Singers

The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts on Friday, December 6th, at 8pm and Saturday, December 7th at 3:30pm at Old Cabell Hall on UVA Grounds. This year’s program includes: Carol of the Bells, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from “Meet Me in St. Louis,” John Williams’ Song for World Peace, Jingle Bells, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah and more.Tickets may be purchased at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office, 434-924-3376, or online at ArtsBoxOffice.virginia.edu.

Holiday Party and Dance
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 07, 2019
Sponsor: Cville Chapter of USA Dance

The Charlottesville Chapter of USA Dance invites you to a holiday party and night of ballroom dance at the Unity of Charlottesville Ballroom on Saturday, December 7th, from 7:00 until 10:15. For more information, visit usadancecharlottesville.org.

Virginia Glee Club's Christmas concert #1
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 07, 2019
Sponsor: Virginia Glee Club

The Virginia Glee Club will hold its 79th Annual Christmas Concert conducted by conductor Frank Albinder on Saturday, December 7th at 8 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall on University of Virginia grounds. Tickets are available through the UVA Box Office or by visiting VirginiaGleeClub.org.

Give blood at St. Anne's-Belfield School blood drive
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 08, 2019
Sponsor: Silver Lining

On Sunday, December 8th, make plans to participate in the Final Tailgate & Donate drive to help supply the UVA and Sentara Martha Jefferson Health Systems with vital life-giving blood. Sign up for an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome. The event will be held  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Anne’s-Belfield School's Student Activities Center, located at 2132 Ivy Road. For more information, call 434-989-1959.

Art Show followed by Concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 08, 2019
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse, in partnership with WTJU and the Virginia Folklife Program, is delighted to welcome the Willard Gayheart Family Band featuring Dori Freeman to C'ville Coffee on Sunday evening, December 8. In addition to being a nationally recognized musician of Virginia's Crooked Road, he is also acclaimed for his pencil art, and will put on a special one day showing of his work at 5 pm. C'Ville Coffee is located at 1301 Harris Street in Charlottesville. For additional details, including how to get tickets for the concert, visit Prism Coffeehouse DOT org, or call 434-978-4335.

Concert featuring Broadway performers from Phantom of the Opera
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 10, 2019
Sponsor: Paramount Theater

Three Phantoms in Concert, coming to Charlottesville's Paramount Theater the evening of Tuesday, December 10th, highlights the individual talents of three exceptional Broadway artists – Craig Schulman, Keith Buterbaugh, and Gary Mauer – each of whom have played the title role in Andrew Lloyd‐Webber’s masterpiece, The Phantom of the Opera. The program will feature solo numbers from the shows that made them stars, personal stories of “Broadway moments," duets and trios, and a little Christmas surprise.  Accompanying the Three Phantoms will be Broadway conductor and musical director Sue Anderson at the piano.  For ticket information, call the Paramount Box Office at 434-979-1333 or go online to theparamount.net

Supplemental food available for those in need
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 12, 2019
Sponsor: Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a nonprofit, free grocery store in Charlottesvile that provides supplemental food to our neighbors in need. Pantry visitors whose total household income is 150% or less of the federal poverty level can choose from fresh produce, frozen meats, baked goods, and nonperishable food items once a month. Loaves & Fishes’ store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Find out more online at cvilleloaves.org or by calling 434-996-7868.

Enter the Women’s Initiative writing contest
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: December 12, 2019
Sponsor: The Women’s Initiative

The Women’s Initiative is accepting entries for its annual Challenge into Change writing contest. Charlottesville community members are invited to submit an essay or poem about a woman who has transformed a life challenge into an opportunity for change. This contest aims to celebrate each woman’s unique story.  Perfect grammar and spelling are not required, and first-time writers are encouraged to enter. Winners will receive cash prizes. The deadline is Thursday, December 12th. For more information, call 434-872-0047 or visit TheWomensInitiative.org.

Canada to the Ozarks Holiday Concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 13, 2019
Sponsor: Prism Coffeehouse

The Prism Coffeehouse, in partnership with WTJU, is delighted to welcome Joe Newberry and April Verch to C'Ville Coffee on Friday evening, December the 13th, for "Music of the Season from Canada to the Ozarks." Growing up, musicians Newberry and Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth – in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. For additional information, including how to get tickets, visit Prism Coffeehouse DOT org, or call 434-978-4335.

Affordable Care Act enrollment for 2020
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 13, 2019
Sponsor: Legal Aid Justice Center

Affordable Care Act enrollment for 2020 is underway. Free appointments with certified ACA counselors are available at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville now through December 15th. Call 434-220-1496 to set up an appointment. Appointments are available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Again the number to call is 434-220-1496.

"Let There Be Light," annual one-night outdoor light exhibit
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 13, 2019
Sponsor: Piedmont Virginia Community College

Piedmont Virginia Community College presents "Let There Be Light," its annual one-night outdoor light exhibit featuring 16 light-centered artworks and performances. The public is encouraged to bring flashlights and enjoy complementary hot chocolate, apple cider, and tasty treats. Attendees are invited to come as an “enlightened being” dressed in light. A special feature this year will be the return of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Artmobile with its exhibit, "How Far Can Creativity Take You?"  Let There Be Light will be held on Friday, December 13th from 6 to 9 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC. For more information, visit LetThereBeLightPVCC.com.

MIRA's Christmas concerts
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 13, 2019
Sponsor: MIRA

A concert of Medieval, Renaissance, and Twentieth Century music for Christmas is being presented by the MIRA Early Music Ensemble under the title of "Man, Be Joyful." The progam will be presented twice, at Charlottesville's Holy Comforter Catholic Church -- Friday, December 13th, at 7:30 p.m., and at 7:30 and 9 on First Night, Tuesday, December 31st. Donations will be happily accepted. For more information, go online to MIRAearlymusic.org.

Coffee and Conversation on Living Wage
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 14, 2019
Sponsor: Living Wage Coalition of Central Virginia

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Living Wage Coalition of Central Virginia are hosting a Coffee and Conversation: Living Wage in Central Virginia.You're invited to join the discussion of living wage and how it is impacting Charlottesville businesses and citizens. This event takes place at theNorthside Library, 705 W. Rio Rd, Charlottesville on Saturday, December 14 at 10:15am. For more information call 434-296-4764 or email Kim atkimcrater@ths85.net.

Zephyrus' Christmas concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 14, 2019
Sponsor: Zephyrus

Zephyrus, Central Virginia’s early music vocal ensemble, directed by Megan Sharp, presents “A Renaissance Christmas in Rome.” Two concerts: Friday, December 13th, at 7:30 p.m., at St Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, and on Saturday, December 14th, at 3:30 p.m., at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood. Zephyrus recreates the sounds of a 17th century Christmas in Rome with music by two of the most renowned musicians employed at the Sistine Chapel—Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina and Girolamo Frescobaldi. For complete concert information or for tickets, go online to zephyrus-va.org, or call 434-963-4690.

12 Strays Soiree benefits Fluvanna SPCA
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 14, 2019
Sponsor: Fluvanna SPCA

The Fluvanna SPCA is kicking off its 12 Strays of Christmas Fundraiser with an evening of good company and fun at the annual 12 Strays Soiree on Saturday, December 14th, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Cunningham Creek Winery in Palmyra. Each ticket includes a glass of wine, hors-d’oeuvres, and three door prize tickets, as well as access to raffle items and a 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are available at the FSPCA Facebook page, or at Happy Tails Pet Supply in Palmyra. A few will also be available at the door. For more information, go online to fspca.org or call 434-591-0123. Inquiries can also be e-mailed to outreach@fspca.org.

Virginia Glee Club's second Christmas concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 14, 2019
Sponsor: Virginia Glee Club

The Virginia Glee Club will hold the second of its 79th Annual Christmas Concerts conducted by conductor Frank Albinder on Saturday, December 14th at 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville. Tickets are available through the University of Virginia Box Office or by visiting VirginiaGleeClub.org.

Make your own wrapping paper at the Kluge-Ruhe
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 19, 2019
Sponsor: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia is holding a Make It Night: Print Your Own Wrapping Paper! on Thursday, December 19th. Kluge-Ruhe Education Coordinator Fenella Belle invites you for a fun evening of printing your own wrapping paper -- no reservations needed, just drop in between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to participate. Materials will be provided for free, but donations are welcome. Have questions? Call 434-244-0234 or go online to kluge-ruhe.org.

McCormick Observatory visit schedule
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 20, 2019
Sponsor: Leander McCormick Observatory

Leander McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia is open to the public on the first and third Friday nights of each month for two hours -- 9 to 11, or 7 to 9 in winter. These nights include observing with all telescopes, weather permitting, plus audio-visual presentations and tours of the Observatory. For more information, including Fan Mountain Observatory tours and group visits, call 434-243-1885.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School Holiday Showcase
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 22, 2019
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Irish Music School

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School  presents a Holiday Showcase of Irish music, song and dance performed by BRIMS students ages 5-adult on Sunday, December 22nd, 2:00 p.m. at the Haven in downtown Charlottesville. This festive family event is an opportunity to see all that BRIMS has to offer! BRIMS is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating community through Irish music and dance. More info at brims tunes DOT org.

Benefits Check Up
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 30, 2019
Sponsor: National Council on Aging

Many in the aging population are on a fixed income, and struggle from month to month, but there is help: help with medications, health care, income assistance, food and nutrition, housing and utilities, tax relief, veteran assistance, employment and more. The National Council on Aging has built a resource website for seniors and their families to find help, nationally and locally. Visit benefitscheckup.org to connect with the $20 billion in benefits that go unclaimed each year.

Program for addiction recovery.
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: February 01, 2020
Sponsor: The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-meditation, non-judgmental approach to recovery from addiction.  The group meets every Wednesday, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 1104 Forest Avenue in Charlottesville.  No registration is needed; all are welcome.  For further information call or text David at 646-285-6114 or visit refugerecovery.org.

WTJU practices acceptance and respect
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: November 10, 2020
Sponsor: WTJU

This radio station practices acceptance and respect for all people. As part of the University of Virginia, WTJU promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes. WTJU envisions a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect. Thank you for being one of our listeners and thank you for being a part of this community.

Donate your old car to WTJU
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: December 31, 2020
Sponsor: WTJU

If it's time for you to think of replacing your old car, please consider donating it to benefit WTJU  ... and you could get a tax break.  It's easy. Just call 844-WTJU-CAR. Or go to wtju dot car easy dot org. That’s wtju dot car easy dot org. Thanks!