Public Service Announcements

Call for volunteer school bus drivers
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: December 08, 2022
Sponsor: International Neighbors

If you live in Charlottesville, you've likely heard about the school bus driver shortage. International Neighbors is putting out an urgent call for volunteer drivers to transport children to or from school over the next several weeks. Please email contactus@internationalneighbors.org and we'll provide next steps and needed checks.

16th annual Let There Be Light outdoor event
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 09, 2022
Sponsor: Piedmont Virginia Community College

On Friday, December 9th, from 6 to 9 p.m., Piedmont Virginia Community College will present the 16th annual Let There Be Light, a free, family-friendly outdoor event that features art installations and performances that incorporate light. The artworks are created by local artists, students and community members. Everyone is invited to BYOL - Bring Your Own Light - by dressing as an “enlightened being” and bringing a flashlight. For more information visit: Cville Light dot Org.

The Front Porch presents the Slocan Ramblers
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 09, 2022
Sponsor: The Front Porch

The Front Porch is excited to bring The Slocan Ramblers back to Charlottesville, on Friday, December 9th, at 7:30 p.m.. The Slocan Canadian bluegrass band won the 2020 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award and was a 2019 Juno Award Nominee. Advance tickets are available at Front Porch Cville dot Org.

Zephyrus will present Carols by Candlelight
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 09, 2022
Sponsor: Zephyrus

Zephyrus will present Carols by Candlelight at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9th at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.  An evening of music for the Christmas season sung in candlelit ambiance, this concert features carols old and new, including settings by Michael Praetorius, Clemens non Papa, John Tavener, Elizabeth Poston, Bob Chilcott, and Fredrik Sixten. For tickets and more information, visit Zephyrus Dash Virginia dot Org.

Fall concert by Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 10, 2022
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Rahima Wagner, will offer a concert of string orchestra music at 3 p.m., on Saturday, December 10th, at Saint Paul's Church, in Ivy, on Owensville Road near US 250. The program includes string orchestra music by Handel, Corelli, Mozart, Bartok, Grieg, and Rutter. For more information about the concert and the orchestra, go online to B R C O dot Avenue dot Org.

Zephyrus will present Carols by Candlelight
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 10, 2022
Sponsor: Zephyrus

Zephyrus will present Carols by Candlelight at 4 p.m.on Saturday, December 10th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Charlottesville.  An evening of music for the Christmas season sung in candlelit ambiance, this concert features carols old and new, including settings by Michael Praetorius, Clemens non Papa, John Tavener, Elizabeth Poston, Bob Chilcott, and Fredrik Sixten. For tickets and more information, visit Zephyrus Dash Virginia dot Org.

Second annual WinterSong holiday event
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 11, 2022
Sponsor: The Front Porch

Join The Front Porch and The Rivanna River Company at their second annual WinterSong holiday event Sunday, December 11th, from 4 to 8 p.m. This family friendly, free event includes warm fires, two food trucks, and live music from the Tara Mills Band from 5 to 7 p.m. Stick around for caroling at 7 p.m. For more more information, go online to Front Porch Cville dot Org.

Webinar on Homelessness
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 14, 2022
Sponsor: LivableCville

LivableCville is hosting a webinar, "Homelessness in Charlottesville: From Stigma to Solutions", on Wednesday, December 14th at 5:30 p.m., online on Zoom. Learn from experts from The Haven and the Blue Ridge Area Coalition for the Homeless about housing, homelessness,and policy recommendations to address homelessness in Charlottesville. Registration information is available at Livable Cville dot Org.

Talk on desegregation of the Extension Service
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 14, 2022
Sponsor: Ivy Creek Foundation

Every month, The Ivy Creek Foundation in Charlottesville hosts Ivy Talks related to history, conservation, preservation, and natural history. On Wednesday, December 14th, at 6:30 p.m., the speaker will be Dr. Carmen Harris, professor of history at the University of South Carolina, teaching African-American, U.S., Southern, and Latin American history. The focus of her talk will be the desegregation of the Extension Service. To register for this event go online to Ivy Creek Foundation dot Org slash Ivy dash Talks.

Oratorio Society Christmas concert
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 17, 2022
Sponsor: The Paramount Theater

The Oratorio Society of Virginia announces their Christmas at The Paramount concert, performing live on Saturday, December 17th, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. You are invited to join Music Director Michael Slon and 80 of our community’s finest singers for this Charlottesville holiday tradition. This year’s concert will feature the first cantata from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with guest soloists and orchestra, as well as traditional favorites and arrangements of holiday classics such as Joy to the World and O Holy Night, among others. Go online for tickets at The Paramount dot Net slash Event slash Oratorio.

McGuffey Holiday Show and Sale
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville kicks off its holiday season with the opening of the annual Holiday Show & Sale opening Friday, December 2nd. This show, running through December 31st,  features art from McGuffey members in the Smith and Hallway Galleries. The building is filled with original art, home goods, prints, ceramics, cards, fiber arts, wearables, jewelry, and more. All purchases support the artists and McGuffey Art Center. For more information, go to McGuffey Art Center dot Com.

Check out this local journalism nonprofit
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: Charlottesville Tomorrow

Charlottesville Tomorrow is a local journalism nonprofit that delivers in-depth reporting and analysis that improves local decision-making. Charlottesville Tomorrow expands civic engagement and fosters a vibrant, inclusive community. Check out the latest stories and sign up for the weekly email newsletter at Cville Tomorrow dot org.

Get help if drinking too much
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: Alcoholiocs Anonymous

A message from Alcoholics Anonymous: Do you ever worry you might be drinking too much? Is your drinking getting out of control? A.A. has a solution. If you need help or just want to know more about recovery from alcoholism, call 434-293-6565 or go online to AA Heart Of VA dot org.

Contact "Help Happens Here" for mental health help
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: Help Happens Here

Help Happens Here is a network of organizations in Charlottesville and surrounding counties working together to improve mental health and substance use outcomes for our community. Help Happens Here provides resources for mental health, substance use disorders, and much more. Go online to Help Happens Here dot org for valuable information about access to care. For immediate assistance, call their hotline at 434-972-1800.

Sign up to join this Latinx network
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: Creciendo Juntos

Creciendo Juntos (cres-ee-EN-do HOON-tos) provides a platform for the voices and needs of the Latinx (LA-teen-EX) community in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. The Creciendo Juntos volunteer network strengthens the local community by ensuring that all Latinx individuals have access to the opportunities they need to become resilient leaders. Sign up to be part of the Creciendo Juntos network at C J dash Network dot org.

Volunteer at Cville Habitat
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity

In normal times, Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build and rebuild homes and communities while catalyzing new pathways to safe, decent, affordable housing. In this season of unprecedented challenges, Cville Habitat is attending to community needs as they emerge while limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Join them by swinging a hammer, helping at the Store, walking alongside Habitat Homebuyers, or a host of other ways. Go online to Cville Habitat dot org.

Services for local Hispanic population
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: Sin Barreras / Without Barriers

Sin Barreras / Without Barriers serves the immigrant community, focusing on the Hispanic population of Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. Through Sin Barreras, you can help create a welcoming community where immigrants thrive. Volunteer opportunities are available for both advanced Spanish speakers and English-only or beginner Spanish speakers. Learn more at Sin Barreras Cville dot com.

Call for artists to submit work for "Blackity Black Black"
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: January 01, 2023
Sponsor: Charlottesville Black Arts Collective

The Charlottesville Black Arts Collective, through McGuffey Art Center, announces a call for artists for an exhibition, “Blackity Black Black,” to take place at McGuffey in March, 2023. The application for participation is open now through January 15th, 2023. This exhibition is to celebrate black culture by expressing what "Blackity Black Black" means to the artist through various mediums including visual art, performance art, and music. Self-identified Black artists residing in the State of Virginia are eligible to apply. There is no application fee to submit for this exhibition and all themed work must be completed prior to submitting this application. For further information and a link to the application, send e-mail to cvilleblackartscollective@gmail.com.

Recycle used plastic bags
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: January 01, 2023
Sponsor: Sierra Club Piedmont Group

A five cent plastic bag tax was recently approved by Charlottesville City & Albemarle County and goes into effect January 1st. The Sierra Club Piedmont Group is setting up locations where you can drop off clean, gently used re-usable bags. They will redistribute these bags to individuals who need them. The drop-off locations are: a company called "Refill Renew" at 171-B Allied Lane off of McIntire Road; and "Dogwood Refillery" at 190 Zan Road off of Hillsdale Drive, both in Charlottesville. E-mail your questions to aadann@gmail.com.

How to become a Virginia Master Naturalist
Category: 
Outdoors
Expires: January 05, 2023
Sponsor: Virginia Master Naturalists

Do you love nature -- curious about our region’s ecology, plants and wildlife? Consider becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist! Master Naturalists lead educational programs, participate in citizen science, and carry out environmental stewardship projects. Training classes and field trips for the local Rivanna chapter begin in February, with an application deadline of January 5th. You can learn more by attending one of our interest sessions at the Ivy Creek Natural Area or on Zoom in November or December. For more information, visit V M N dash Rivanna dot Org.

Visit Magic on the Mall this holiday season
Category: 
Events
Expires: January 08, 2023
Sponsor: Friends of Charlottesville Downtown

Friends of Charlottesville Downtown invite you to come Downtown to celebrate the holidays at Magic on the Mall running from Saturday, November 26th, through Sunday, January 8th. Sample drinks on the Peppermint Trail, ride the Holly Trolley, find hidden elves, and snap a selfie with Santa. All events are free. Visit Friends of Cville dot Org.

Help end food insecurity by giving to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: January 12, 2023
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Not everyone has easy access to affordable, nutritious food. Many people are forced to make impossible choices. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, can provide meals to the 1 in 12 people in our region who are food insecure. Please help eliminate impossible choices, ensuring everyone has enough to eat. For more information, visit B R A F B Dot Org.

Two new exhibits at Second Street Gallery
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: January 21, 2023
Sponsor: Second Street Gallery

Charlottesville's Second Street Gallery announces two new shows opening Friday, December 2nd, and running to January 21st. Her Deeds is an exhibition of mixed-media installation by Virginia-based artist, Mariana Parisca, on view in the Main Gallery. Visions of Mary, a solo exhibition by Charlottesville-based artist Ramona Martinez, will be on view in the Dové Gallery. For details, go online to Second Street Gallery dot Org.

Blue Ridge Abortion Fund - Get Help
Category: 
Get Help
Expires: December 31, 2023
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Abortion Fund

Need help paying for an abortion? The Blue Ridge Abortion Fund may be able to help. Call their confidential voicemail at 434-963-0669. Leave a message and a trained staff member will get back to you within 48 hours. That's 434-963-0669. More information is online at Blue Ridge Abortion Fund dot org.

Blue Ridge Abortion Fund - Give Help
Category: 
Give Help
Expires: December 31, 2023
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Abortion Fund

Abortion is still legal in Virginia, and Blue Ridge Abortion Fund continues to fund abortions for Virginians and people traveling to Virginia for abortion care. You can volunteer your time and skills to help keep the organization running. Or raise funds by hosting a house party or benefit event. Learn more online at Blue Ridge Abortion Fund dot org.