Charlottesville Derby Dames – Everything is CLAWsome!

August 31 2015, 10:02am
Categories: Community Connection

On September 19th, the Charlottesville Derby Dames are the beneficiary of CLAW – Charlottesville Ladies Arm Wrestling’s event: Everything is CLAWsome! The doors open at 7pm, the bout starts at 8pm at Blue Moon Diner in Midtown Charlottesville. CLAW will feature area women in an arm wrestling tournament. You can expect spectacle, costumes, and local celebrity judges. VIP tickets are available in advance at Blue Moon Diner, Brown Paper Tickets, or from a Charlottesville Derby Dame. General admission tickets will be available at the door.  More information.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents “De Temps Antan”

August 30 2015, 11:40am
Categories: Community Connection

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.  BRIMS presents De Temps Antan, a French-Canadian trio from Quebec, on Sunday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven.  Using Quebec’s music tradition as a springboard for musical innovation De Temps Antan forms a power showcasing French-Canadian music and culture.  The trio will be offering workshops and master classes earlier in the day on September 20th. More information.

Friends of Lynchburg Community Market “Farm to Table Tour”

August 27 2015, 11:37am
Categories: Community Connection

The Friends of Lynchburg Community Market present the Farm to Table Tour on Labor Day from 10am to 2pm. During the day  you can visit Lorraine Bakery and Grains of Sense Roastery.  You can also see the flowers at Irvington Spring Farm and where the produce is grown at Three Springs Farm. In addition, the Hill City Master Gardeners will be doing rain barrel and compost demos at Irvington Spring Farm.  The tour also includes Spring Mill Farm in Concord and DDD Farm in Appomattox. Tickets are available at the Community Market Customer Service Window Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Lynchburg Community Market. You can learn more online.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School

August 26 2015, 11:32am
Categories: Community Connection

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.  BRIMS will be starting its fall semester of classes on September 10th.  BRIMS offers classes in Irish music, dance and singing for all ages and skill levels. More information.

This Week on World Cafe

August 26 2015, 11:27am
Categories: World Cafe

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
David Dye traveled to Stockholm for a Sense of Place session with Swedish indie band, Peter Bjorn and John.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Los Angeles-based Americana band, Dawes, discuss their latest release, All Your Favorite Bands.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Cree songwriter and social activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie, brings us her bold new album, Power in the Blood.

Saturday, August 29 & Monday, August 31, 2015
Born Under Saturn is the latest from British electronic-rock band, Django Django.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Known on stage as Boxed In, songwriter and producer, Oli Bayston, performs songs off of his debut album.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
One of the longest running British punk rock bands, The Mekons, join us in conversation about their documentary, Revenge of the Mekons.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Nashville singer-songwriter, Rayland Baxter, celebrates the release of his sophomore album, Imaginary Man.

Friday, September 4, 2015
On this Vintage Cafe we’ll revisit a 2008 session with professional boxer turned singer-songwriter, Paul Thorn.

Front Porch Fest

August 25 2015, 10:42am
Categories: Community Connection

Front Porch Fest a festival  that is produced by a group of family, friends and funsters inspired by the idea that life is enriched by art, with music at its soul. You are invited to join us Sept.4th though the 6th in the mountains of Patrick County at the 7th annual Front Porch Fest. There are over 30 artists performing including Simplified, The AJ Ghent Band, Big Daddy Love, Big Something, Weather & Waves, DJ Williams Project, The Shack Band, and many more on two stages. There is also craft, and food vendors plus you can also enjoy craft beer from Starr Hill. Front Porch Fest is a 501-C3 Non-profit and once again our proceeds will be benefiting the Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County & the Patrick County Food Bank. More information including tickets is available online.

Shelter For Help in Emergency (SHE)

August 24 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Community Connection

The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) is seeking women and men from all walks of life to participate in our Fall 2015 Volunteer Training to help victims of domestic violence.  Volunteers are needed to serve on the hotline as well as Court Monitors, Children’s Program Assistants, Office Assistants, and Spanish language interpreters. Internships and other opportunities are also available. The training runs from October 13th through October 27th, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from six to nine pm. There will also be a full day session held on Saturday October 24th for those interested in working the hotline.  For more information you can contact Robin Goldstein via email

Culture Connections: August 24th – August 30th

August 24 2015, 10:33am
Categories: Culture Connection

The Bridge PAI in Cville hosts their monthly American Institute of Architects Lunch series. Meet with local architect, Chuck Heurer to discuss construction in Albemarle.

Organized by the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles, The Virginia Museum of Art continues the exhibition, Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art and Tradition through September.

Dr. Margo Smith, the director of Charlottesville’s  Kluge Ruhe Museum in Charlottesville, has been appointed an honorary Member of the Order of Australia. This award is rarely given to non-natives and honors Dr. Smiths support of Aboriginal artists.

Wolfbane Productions is presenting A Midsummers Night Dream at the Devil’s Backbone Brewery in Lynchburg. The show opens August 27th and runs through September 12th. Expect  a playful approach as the director incorporates music from the 90’s and reimagined costumes. Tickets are available at

This Wednesday, you can stroll through IX Art Park in Charlottesville and check out the IX Mix at 6. It continues through 9pm and offers Mediterranean food and art focused conversation

This is Beryl Solla, Chair of PVCC’s Art Department. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, send me an email at and let me share your WNRN culture Connection.

3rd Annual Fundraising Concert to Benefit Hospice of the Piedmont’s Music by the Bedside Program

August 22 2015, 10:59am
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to the Third Annual Fundraising Concert to Benefit Hospice of the Piedmont’s Music by the Bedside Program. This program employs the therapeutic benefits of music to play a role in healing and soothing our patients, their caregivers, and families. The concert will be held on Friday, November 6th at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. There will be musicians playing separately and together, showcasing a range of styles. The concert is coordinated by myself, a Certified Music Practitioner trained specifically to provide music to seriously ill and dying patients in a variety of private and clinical settings. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Hospice of the Piedmont’s Music by the Bedside program. You can learn more by visiting us online.

Art Gallery of PVCC – Yard Dreams

August 21 2015, 10:56am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m James Yates with the Art Gallery of Piedmont Virginia Community College. We are presenting Yard Dreams, a weekend exhibition that will feature art installations in the front yards of your Belmont neighbors. You are invited to an “out of gallery” experience and a block party celebrating the last weekend of summer. This neighborhood art experience will begin at 5 pm on Friday, September 18th and last through Sunday, September 20th. The block party will be from 3 to 9pm on Saturday, September 19th. The public of all ages is invited. Yard  Dreams will happen on Belmont Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville. For more information and a map of the exhibits check our website.

Festival of Hope Summer Music & Craft Festival

August 18 2015, 10:17am
Categories: Community Connection


Culture Connection: August 17th – 23rd

August 17 2015, 10:01am
Categories: Culture Connection

On Thursday, 5-9pm, Kluge Ruhe continues their annual summer series “Night at the Museum” featuring Aboriginal Art, and local Food trucks.

Check out the Prism Gallery in Harrisonburg with the exhibition International Dogs II curated by Judy Cohen The Prism International Gallery is located in the upper level of the Festival Conference and Student Center. It is dedicated to exhibiting works that explore global culture.

The Shenandoah Art Center in Staunton, continues their ART TRADING CARDS this Thursday 11am-1 pm. This small group welcomes everyone to make and trade their tiny art cards! Bring your own supplies.

Zun Lee’s Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood Exhibition continues at the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville through August 29th. This is an exhibit of black and white photography that presents often overlooked moments in the life of African American men.

This is Beryl Solla, Chair of PVCC’s Art Department. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, send me an email at and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

MACAA – 3rd Annual Ladies Night

August 14 2015, 12:49pm
Categories: Community Connection

The Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA). On Friday, September 25th we present the Third Annual Ladies Night at Stonefield Commons in Charlottesville. This event will feature holiday shopping with  a variety of vendors showcasing their wares such as, Silpada, Perfectly posh, Mary Kay, Farmers Market representatives, and designer jewelry representatives. Our featured guest for the evening is Andrea Copeland-Whitsett. More information including admission is available on our website.

Building Goodness Foundation – Battle of the Bands and Rockin’ Auction

August 12 2015, 12:43pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Sarah Lawson from the Building Goodness Foundation, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that provides construction services for communities at home and abroad. You are invited to our annual Battle of the Bands and Rockin’ Auction on Friday, September 18 from 7pm to 11pm at The Jefferson Theater. Proceeds from the event will support BGF’s construction projects to support health care, housing, and ecological and economic development in Virginia, Colorado, the Caribbean, Central America, and West Africa. Local bands performing and competing at the event are:

Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs, sponsored by Cathcart Group;

The Precedents, sponsored by Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft;

Billy and the Bobcats, sponsored by Martin Horn, Incorporated;

and One-Eighty, sponsored by Woodard Properties and Home Instead.

You can vote for your favorite band with a donation to BGF. The winner will be announced at the event. Plus there will be both a  live and silent auction. More information and tickets is available online.

Rockfish Valley Community Center – Jazz & Blues for The Pavilion Project

August 12 2015, 12:34pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Stu Mills from the Rockfish Valley Community Center. On Saturday, August 29th from five to nine pm we present Jazz & Blues for The Pavilion Project. At this event, we’ll be raising money to build an outdoor pavilion—with a center stage and two pergola-style wings on our grounds. This pavilion will not only improve the kinds of outdoor events we can hold, but will also be available for private parties, gatherings, and events. Our concert on the 29th will feature live music by the Jon Spear Band, the Carol McAvoy Project, and Bluzonia. There will also be food by Blue Mountain Brewery, beer by Starr Hill Brewery plus local wines along with games of volleyball, corn hole, soccer, and more. You can donate to the cause and learn more about our Jazz & Blues for The Pavilion event on our website.

Electric CD of the Month – August 2015

August 11 2015, 12:43pm
Categories: CD of the Month

Our Electric CD of the Month for August is Anderson East’s Delilah!


Allegheny Mountain Institute – Farm to Table Dinner

August 10 2015, 1:27pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, this is Mandy from Allegheny Mountain Institute. On August 22nd we are hosting a Farm to Table Dinner in partnership with Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation at AMI Urban Farm in Staunton. The menu for the evening is a locally sourced and crafted meal developed by Chef Mike Lund. There will be live music from The Friendly Strangers, tours of the AMI Urban Farm, local wine and beer. More information about time, location, and ticket sales please is available on our website.

International Rescue Committee

August 10 2015, 1:17pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Debbie Tuler from the International Rescue Committee. The IRC Charlottesville will host a naturalization group processing workshop September 1st, 4:00-8:00pm at the Jefferson City Center, in Charlottesville. At the group workshop, we will be able to check your citizenship eligibility and assist you to prepare for the citizenship exam. More information including pertinent citizenship materials is available by email

Culture Connection: August 10th – August 16th

August 10 2015, 10:56am
Categories: Culture Connection

The Staunton-Augusta Art Center opens two photography exhibits in the R R Smith Center for History and Art this Friday from 5-7. Look for “Local/Native” featuring the work of Hannah Scott and “45 Years in Black and White” showcasing the work of Saul Harris.

The member’s summer exhibition at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville closes this Sunday. The exhibition features a wide range of local artists who share studio space at the center. You can take a peek in the art studios and see your favorite artists at work.

The Darrin-McHone Art Gallery in Harrisonburg opens a new photography exhibition entitled Augusta, featuring the work Cara Walton.

The Fralin Museum at UVA continues their exhibition “Innocence and Experience: Childhood in Art”. The show closes on Aug 16.

This is Beryl Solla, Chair of PVCC’s Art Department. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, send me an email at and let me share your WNRN culture Connection.

International Rescue Committee – Charlottesville

August 8 2015, 1:02pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Debbie Tuler from the International Rescue Committee. The IRC Charlottesville office is in need of volunteers for a naturalization group processing event to screen interested immigrants for eligibility to apply for U.S. citizenship and assist with the application process. The event will be held on September 1st from 4pm to 8pm at the Jefferson City Center in Charlottesville.  All volunteers must attend a two hour training prior to the event.  The training session will be offered Tuesday, August 25 from 6:00-8:00pm at the International Rescue Committee. More information is available by email