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Hear Together: Horizon Behavioral Health

“I think we’ve come a long way in removing stigma so people aren’t afraid to say they have a mental health issue or a substance abuse issues,” says Damien Cabezas, the CEO of Horizon Behavioral Health in Lynchburg. Horizon serves people with substance abuse or mental health disorders as well as intellectual disabilities. For this Hear Together, we get a closer look at the ways Horizon helps assess the needs of the people that come in their doors, and give them options that they can choose from in order to improve their lives. We also ask him about the issues on the horizon for the health community.

More on Horizon, how to access their services, and how to help is here.



August 8th, 2017|Hear Together|

Local Food Hub To Celebrate Farm to School Week

The Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that partners with Virginia farmers to increase community access to local food. They will celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week, October 2-6, by supplying area public and private schools with fresh, farm sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and other products grown and harvested by Central Virginia family farmers. They will also provide complementary educational activities to students with the goal of strengthening the connection among students to their food. For more information or ways to support, www.localfoodhub.org

August 8th, 2017|Community Connection|

BBQ Competition to Benefit James River Boys & Girls Club

The 2nd Annual BBQ on the Bend Competition will benefit the James River Boys & Girls Club. This people’s choice competition will feature 8 teams smoking up some of their pulled pork for you to try and rate your favorite. It will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at the Reeling & Rafting campground next to the Scottsville public boat landing.  Cookers will begin their smoking on Friday night and the gates will open to the public at 11am on Saturday. Throughout the day they will have raffle prizes and live music. 

August 8th, 2017|Community Connection|

Cville Pride To Host Annual Festival

Cville Pride Community Network will host their 6th annual Cville Pride Festival on Sept. 16th, from 11-7 at the Sprint Pavilion. There’s something a children’s area, with a giant moon bounce and more; a beer and wine garden with food trucks; over 50 vendors representing businesses and organizations, special offers, and interactive activities. There will also be Pride merchandise, music, dance, and drag entertainment all day long. There will be a party featuring a DJ dance party, a hip-hop showcase, singer-songwriters and breakdancers, rock bands, and several drag shows, headlined by Miss Symone Bishop, Miss South Carolina Pride. You can see the full list of events and details about the festival at cvillepride.org.

August 8th, 2017|Community Connection|

Rockfish Valley Foundation Celebrates New Children’s Trail and Exhibit

Rockfish Valley Foundation is celebrating their Children’s Nature Trail and Natural History Center with its new exhibit “Naturally Nelson” with an event on Sunday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Nature stations will have guided tours, the new mud kitchen and swing area will open in Spruce Creek Park, and there will be a watermelon seed spitting contest. A ribbin cutting will be held at 2pm. Kona ice cream truck will be there from 1:30 to 3:30. The event will be held at 1368 Rockfish Valley Highway, just north of Bold Rock Cider, in Nelson on RT 151. The Rockfish Valley Foundation seeks to share the environment with children and their families. More information on www.rockfishvalley.org

August 3rd, 2017|Community Connection|

Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company to Host 5K and Family Event

Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual FIREHOSE 5K & Pancake Fundraiser. The event will be held on August 26th from 8am-10:30am at the Stony Point Ruritan. The day starts with their Firehouse 5K, admission, times and details are found here. Following the FIREHOUSE 5K they will have Touch A Truck, a chance to try on firefighter gear, and their will be pancakes available from the Stony Point Ruritan.

July 30th, 2017|Community Connection|

Hear Together: The Listening

A father, an artist, and a mental health worker ends up in Lynchburg, and wants to find a way to bring the community together. So he created a non-profit called “The Listening” as an outlet for the community to have conversations through art.  The project has evolved in many ways through the five years since it was created. But the fluid nature of what they do is part of why it works, according to founder Nicholas Steven George.  And their mission to “engage, change, and save lives through performing arts” is one we think you’ll want to hear more about:

July 25th, 2017|Hear Together|

Hear Together: Dark Skies, Bright Kids

Dark Skies, Bright Kids is a volunteer-run non-profit program through the UVa Astronomy Department. They hold an intensive eight-week after-school club that rotates to a different school every semester, hold summer camps, and host family astronomy observing nights. Their goal? Get elementary school kids, specifically kids at underserved schools in rural Virginia, a chance for some hands on learning about a career option they might not have explored.

Listen to our “Hear Together” profile with volunteer Paul Hughes about how they get kids interested in science.



July 25th, 2017|Hear Together|

Open Auditions for the Nutcracker with Charlottesville Ballet

The Charlottesville Ballet is hosting open community auditions for their annual production of the holiday classic: “The Nutcracker.” Auditioning is open to all students in the community, ages five and up, and will take place in the Charlottesville Ballet studios on Tuesday, August 15. A separate Lynchburg audition will be held on Saturday, September 9 at the Central Virginia Ballet studios. You can learn more about auditioning, and “The Nutcracker,” at www.CharlottesvilleBallet.org. 

July 20th, 2017|Community Connection|

Hear Together: Charlottesville Municipal Band

For this “Hear Together” profile, we talk with the Director of the Charlottesville Municipal Band. Despite recently losing their city and county funding during budget cuts, Layman says the group is still very much a community band. Their members are college students, nurses, lawyers, stay-at-home parents, and college presidents and everything in between. They’ve witness and provided the music for some of Charlottesville’s most historic moments. And the way they began? It’s a classic Charlottesville story.

Listen here to Steve Layman as he takes us back to the C&O railroad bridge where it all began:

Click here to learn more about the recent budget cuts that have them working hard to meet a matching grant to ensure their place in Charlottesville’s future.




July 17th, 2017|Hear Together|