BeCville Community Art Project

How would you spend $15000 to improve your neighborhood? Over the last 6 months we’ve been asking this exact question and listening to the responses of residents, hearing over 400 ideas. Now we are investing $15000 in creative projects that respond to these ideas. Until April 14th local residents, artists, and designer are invited to submit proposals that makes these ideas a reality. New colorful crosswalks. Summer arts programs for children. A neighborhood mural. Or, come up with your own idea. We are investing in the community and working to make Charlottesville even better for its citizens. For more information, our website is

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

3rd Annual Scottsville Scoot 5k

The Scottsville Elementary PTO is hosting the 3rd annual Scottsville Scoot 5k and 1-mile kids’ run/walk on May 13, 2017. You can enjoy a morning run with your family while supporting PTO programs for Scottsville students. Stay after the race to enjoy the local farmer’s market and historic Scottsville. Registration forms are available at the Scottsville Library or here. For more information view our Facebook page

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Bow-Wow Meow Luau

The Richmond Animal Care and Control Foundation is hosting a family and pet friendly fundraising event to help animals at Richmond Animal Care & Control, Richmond’s open admission animal shelter. The ‘Bow-Wow Meow Luau’ will be held at Strangeways Brewery in Richmond, on Sunday, April 2nd, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. Bring the whole family, including leashed pets, for a day of music, contests, and entertainment including radio personality, Kat Simonds, a silent auction and more. For more information email

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

SPICMACAY at UVA: Indian Classical Night

The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture at UVA would like to invite you to Indian Classical Night at Mcleod Hall in the Nursing School on April 8th. There will be performances by a talented group of musicians, dancers, and vocalists from the student body, faculty, and Charlottesville community. This year’s show will feature a reception with Indian snacks and a photography exhibit featuring the work of Coe Sweet. Local artist Chicho Lorenzo will surprise us with a live art piece inspired by the show. Indian Classical Night is presented by SPICMACAY and the Hindu Students Council. The reception begins at 6pm and performances start at 7pm. For more information, Google SPICMACAY at UVA.


March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Take 2@2 Thursday, March 23, 2017


Take 2@2 for Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 we take a listen to a new cover recorded by Strand of Oaks. In 2011, Tim Showalter from Strand of Oaks was recruited for the Lagniappe Sessions. Lagniappe means something bonus as a gift. Tim Showalter’s covers on this session are a true gift. We will get to his cover in a bit but first the original.

Phish’s 2000 album Farmhouse is the groups 8th studio album. All of the songs were well tested for years before they were brought into the studio. From this release we find “Dirt.”

In the Lagniappe Sessions Tim Showalter recorded songs by Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, and Phish. He completely transforms the songs, especially the Phish cover. Showalter shares this about the song:

I might be the newest Phish fan in the world. I was never exposed to them until this summer. My manager asked me to go to both nights Phish played at Wrigley.  Of course! So in anticipation of the show I started listening to a lot of their music and quickly fell in love. Those two nights at Wrigley we’re some of the most genuinely fun times I’ve had in a long time. Just getting to spend time with my manager Ryan, not in any work capacity, us just having fun. And if anyone ever has doubts about Phish, please just go to a concert. Being basically hugged by 30,000 people is hard to combat against.  I needed those fans and needed those four wonderful musicians that night. I chose “Dirt” simply because it basically has the same chord structure of an Oaks song (which is good because I don’t know that many). Its also just a beautiful melody.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey


March 23rd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Virginia Institute for Autism: Run for Autism 5K

Virginia Institute of Autism invites you to join us for one of the most popular, fun and family-friendly races in Charlottesville – the Run for Autism 5K.  The April 22nd race kicks off at Charlottesville High School at 7:30 AM with a Kids’ Race.  The 5K begins at 8:00 AM. Throughout the event you and your family can enjoy games, music, and prizes.  Proceeds support VIA’s day school, outpatient behavioral services and adult academy.  Whether you run for a child with autism, a loving parent or a patient teacher, we hope you’ll run for autism on April 22. To register, go to 

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Hospice of Piedmont: 5K

Hospice of the Piedmont invites the community to register for and attend our 16th Annual Run & Remember 5K, a walk/run that will take place on Saturday, May 13, at Keswick Golf Club & Estate. The event starts at 8 a.m. with day-of registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. All proceeds from this event help Hospice of the Piedmont to provide quality, compassionate end-of-life care and grief support to our neighbors in a 12-county region. You can learn more at 

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

PBS Frontline film “Being Mortal”

Hospice of the Piedmont will be hosting a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film “Being Mortal” on Saturday, March 18, from 3-5 p.m. at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. Based on the best-selling book by Dr. Atul Gawande, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and family members who care for them. We invite the community to attend and engage in a dialogue about what is important at the end-of-life; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Learn more at

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Junior League: Annual Kids in the Kitchen

The Junior League of Charlottesville is hosting our Annual Kids in the Kitchen event on March 25, 2017, 9am-1pm at the Cherry Avenue Boys & Girls Club. The event aims to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks. For the event, the Boys & Girls Club will be transformed into a hands-on health and fitness fair, where kids and their families can explore a variety of healthy snacks, cooking stations, fitness demonstrations, and crafts! More information is available on 

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Piedmont Master Gardners: Spring Lecture Series

Piedmont Master Gardeners is excited to announce our Spring Lecture Series which will take place on four Thursdays beginning in mid-March from 7 – 8:30 pm at Albemarle County Office Building. On March 16, Cathy Clary will talk about Shade Gardening. On March 23, Kathy Jentz of Washington Gardener Magazine will discuss Small Space Garden Design. On March 30, we’ll hear from Erin Clark of the Smithsonian Gardens about growing a Three-Season Victory Garden. Finally on April 13, Kirk Brown will present strategies for gardening with minimal water use. Find out more at

March 23rd, 2017|Community Connection|