Public Service Announcements

First Friday and more at McGuffey Art Center
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: December 03, 2021
Sponsor: McGuffey Art Center

Charlottesville's McGuffey Art Center kicks off its holiday season with First Friday, Winterfest, and the annual Holiday Show & Sale on December 3rd. The festivities start at 4:30 with three floors of art and open studios, Versa food truck, performances, and live choral holiday music. There's also a scavenger hunt with prizes. Go to McguffeyArtCenter.com for details.

Holiday open house
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 04, 2021
Sponsor: Innisfree Village

Innisfree Village in Crozet will hold a holiday open house on Saturday, December 4th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be crafts for sale from Innisfree's weavery, woodshop, bakery, pottery, art studio, and gardens. In addition, there will be children’s activities and tours of the village. For more information, visit innisfreevillage.org or call 823-5400. Masks will be required and make sure to check the website for any COVID updates. 

Free music on the Downtown Mall
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 04, 2021
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown Cville and The Bridge PAI

Friends of Downtown Charlottesville and The Bridge PAI have teamed up to bring holiday music to the Downtown Mall. On Saturday, December 4th, at 2 p.m., you will hear the R&B vocal quintet “Bak ‘n Da Day.”  Then, the Cville Band Sax Quartet plays on the 11th.  And at two o’clock on Saturday the 18th, it’s the Cville Band Brass Ensemble with a program of holiday music. Free concerts on the bricks at 3rd Street on the Downtown Mall. For information, call 703-930-5149.

Virginia Womens Chorus "A Ceremony of Carols"
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 04, 2021
Sponsor: Virginia Womens Chorus

The Virginia Women’s Chorus from the University of Virginia is presenting “A Ceremony of Carols” at its 38th Annual Candlelight Concert on two dates in December in the University's Chapel. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 3rd, and again on Saturday, December 4th, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at VirginiaWomensChorus.org.

Annual holiday party
Category: 
Events
Expires: December 05, 2021
Sponsor: Charlottesville Jazz Society

The Charlottesville Jazz Society will hold its annual holiday party on Sunday, December 5th from 2 until 4:30 p.m. The party will be in the Event Hall at 1024 Carrington Place, just off of Rio Road. Food, drink, and musical entertainment by The Michael Elswick Gathering will be provided. This event is open to all jazz fans. For information, call 434-249-6191.

Ann Boleyn's Christmas music conert by Zephyrus
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 10, 2021
Sponsor: Zephyrus

Zephyrus is a non-profit vocal ensemble based in Charlottesville performing music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. The ensemble is presenting a concert of the Christmas music related to Ann Boleyn, the unfortunate second wife of England’s Henry VIII but also a cultured, intelligent, and sophisticated woman fluent in French and highly musical. The first Zephyrus performance will be Friday, December 10th, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Memorial Church, and the second will be Saturday the 11th at 7:30 at the Charlottesville Walddorf School Pavilion. For more information, go online to Zephyrus-Va.org.

Baroque Christmas music concerts
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 12, 2021
Sponsor: Three Notch'd Road

Three Notch'd Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble is presenting a program of Christmas and audience favorites to joyfully mark the anniversary of their founding. Performances will take place in Waynesboro, Staunton, Charlottesville, and Richmond December 9th through the 12th. The concerts will feature seasonal selections from America, Germany, England, and France and works from the group's Shepherd's Star album. For more information, visit tnrbaroque.org.

Choral ensemble to perform seasonal music
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 20, 2021
Sponsor: Musica Sacra Virginia

Musica Sacra Virginia, a choral ensemble that performs sacred choral music from throughout the ages, will present an Advent Concert at Holy Comforter Catholic Church in  Charlottesville from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, December 20th. The choir's repertoire will consist of sacred music to celebrate the season. For ticket prices and more information, including a livestream, visit musicasacravirginia.org.

Keep cooking oil and grease out of sewer system
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Expires: December 22, 2021
Sponsor: Albemarle County Service Authority

With the holidays fast approaching, the Albemarle County Service Authority wants to remind everyone how to “cease the grease” this holiday cooking season and keep fats, oils, and grease – also known as FOG – out of their pipes and our sewer system. Pouring fats, oils, and grease down the drain after we’re finished cooking is a common mistake. Many people believe the FOG will stay liquid as it moves through sewer pipes. What really happens is the fats, oils, and grease eventually cool and harden, blocking either a home’s pipes or pipes within the community sewer system. The hardening of fats, oils, and grease is the number one cause of home sewer backups and pipe blockages that result in environmentally harmful sewer spills. The solution? Store the FOG until it hardens, then throw it out. Cease the Grease!

Holiday giving campaign
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Expires: December 24, 2021
Sponsor: Families Helping Families

Families Helping Families has just launched its holiday giving campaign. The organization helps ensure that each child in Albemarle County receives what they need to reach their full academic and social potential. Rooted in mutual aid, FHF collects donations and determines where the needs exist with the help of schools, parents/caregivers, as well as community members. For more information, or to make a contribution, visit albemarlefhf.org or call 434-260-1079.

Folk music scholarship awards available
Category: 
Music
Expires: December 31, 2021
Sponsor: Common Ground on the Hill

You may not know the name, but you certainly knew his music. Steve Mandell is the 1973 Grammy Award winner for the infamous tune “Dueling Banjos” from the movie Deliverance. Common Ground on the Hill’s Steve Mandell Memorial Music Scholarship is intended to honor Steve’s memory and benefit those who want to enhance their music education in Folk, Bluegrass, Old Time and other Americana styles. Awards between $500 and $1,000 are made annually, or more often based on need and available funds, to music enthusiasts of all ages in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, for college, camp, or lessons. Deadline to apply for 2022 scholarship awards is December 31st. Go to CommonGroundOnTheHill.org/steve-mandell-memorial-music-scholarship to apply or to donate.

Common Ground offers healing activities
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Expires: January 21, 2022
Sponsor: Common Ground

Common Ground, Charlottesville's community wellness center, has lots of new in-person yoga classes, community acupuncture appointments, and other healing activities--all on a pay-what-you-can basis. For more information and to register, go online to CommonGroundCville.org.

Jazz Society seeking volunteer help
Category: 
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Expires: January 26, 2022
Sponsor: Charlottesville Jazz Society

The Charlottesville Jazz Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to promoting jazz through live performance and education, is looking for volunteers to assist with either membership tracking or graphic design. Some skill with spreadsheets is necessary. Interested parties may e-mail cvillejazz@gmail.com.

Participants sought for U of C Vitamin D study
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Expires: February 15, 2022
Sponsor: University of Chicago Health Lab

Research suggests that vitamin D may prevent or improve outcomes in viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. To find out if more vitamin D can provide extra protection against COVID-19 and improve health, researchers at the University of Chicago Health Lab are recruiting volunteers nationwide to send daily vitamin D supplements. You may be eligible even if you’re vaccinated. To learn more or sign up, visit v-i-t-d-dot-b-s-d-dot-uchicago-dot-edu.

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 cvilletomorrow.org

Sign up to join this Latinx network
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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 cj-network.org.

Contact "Help Happens Here" for mental health help
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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 HelpHappensHere.org for valuable information about access to care. For immediate assistance, call their hotline at 434-972-1800.

Blue Ridge Food Bank
Category: 
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Expires: December 31, 2022
Sponsor: wtju
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is facing an increased demand for food and needs more helping hands in warehouses and at mobile food pantries. They need healthy, low-risk individuals who are available and eager to help in this challenging time.

Warehouses in Charlottesville have volunteer openings waiting for helpers. To start the volunteer process, go online to B R A F B dot org slash volunteer. Or call 540-280-6588.
Volunteer at Cville Habitat
Category: 
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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 CvilleHabitat.org.

Services for local Hispanic population
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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 SinBarrerasCville.com.