The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department invites you to the Crozet Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 2nd. The event begins with the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department parade at 5PM on Crozet Avenue to Crozet Park, followed by live music by LockJaw, children rides and games, food, local beer and cider, and finishing with fireworks at 9:30PM. A donation will be accepted at the gate and children twelve and under are free. The event is sponsored by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet Lions Club, Life Journey Church, Crozet Board of Trade, and several other area civic groups, churches, and citizen volunteers. For more information, visit http://crozetcommunity.org/
The Richmond Animal Welfare Foundation is hosting a family and pet friendly fundraising event to support animals at Richmond Animal Care & Control, Richmond’s only open admission animal shelter. The ‘Bow-Wow Meow Luau’ will be held rain or shine at Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, on Sunday, June 26th , from 11am to 3pm. They invite you to bring the whole family, including leashed pets, for a day of music, craft beer, food trucks, and fun. You can join Nutzy the Squirrel and others for best Hawaiian dressed pets and humans contests, entertainment, a silent auction and more. For more information visit: http://strangewaysbrewing.com/happenings/bow-wow-meow-luau/
The SCAN ArtCenter in Scottsville is an area non-profit arts organization dedicated to serving our community by sponsoring instructional programs, exhibits and performances. SCAN ArtCenter is pleased to announce an evening with keyboardist and producer Butch Taylor on June 29th at 6p.m. in the Victory Hall Theater in Scottsville. Taylor is perhaps most widely known for his regular appearances as a keyboardist with the Dave Matthews Band and other popular groups such as the Robert Jospé Express, John D’earth, and Carbon Leaf. He will be discussing his behind the scenes process to creating music. Click here for more information about the event.
The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is 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 is hosting a summer day camp for students ages 5-15 the week of August 1-5. At BRIMS camp students learn Irish dance and music and also participate in drama and crafts. No previous experience needed! For more information visit their website: http://www.brimstunes.org/
The Haven is a safe and welcoming day shelter and housing resource center for the homeless and very poor of Central Virginia. Serving over 65 people daily, The Haven provides respite for the weary and transformation for the ready 365 days a year. The Haven is working to end homelessness in Charlottesville. Thanks to dedicated service providers across the city, over the last 6 years, The Haven is proud to report that homelessness has declined by 30%. You can help The Haven continue the trend by donating supplies or volunteering in our day shelter. You can also check out The Haven’s website for details on upcoming events at http://www.thehaven.org/
This summer, Eastern Mennonite University’s Prep Music Program presents the Shenandoah Valley Strings Camp, featuring the Red Wing Fiddle Workshop, June 27th through 30th. Violin students ages 3 to 19, and teen students on any stringed instrument are welcome to participate. Daily curriculum will include classes in a variety of musical genres, with a focus on learning several tunes with special guest, Eric Brubaker, The Steel Wheel’s fiddle player. Students will play the tunes they have learned with The Steel Wheels at the end-of-camp performance on Thursday afternoon. Then on Friday, July 8, campers will perform on stage with The Steel Wheels at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Admission to the festival and a t-shirt are included for participating students.
You can find more information, including the registration form online at: http://www.redwingroots.com/fiddle/
The Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team Dinner and Auction is your chance to support the continued growth of MSA’s efforts to grow cycling opportunities in Virginia and the team, which is regarded as the nation’s premiere school-based junior development cycling program. This event is meant to bring together the cycling community to celebrate the year and raise funds to continue growing “the empire of cycling goodness” we have all helped build in Virginia. Join us for an evening of good food, good drink, and good conversation while having the opportunity to bid on exciting merchandise. Silent and live auction items will include signed jerseys from world-renowned cyclists, as well as options ranging from mountain home vacations to guided cycling tours.
Beginning at 6:00, the silent auction will open. Appetizers will be available and there will be two bars with local beers and wine on offer, along with other assorted beverages. A buffet dinner will open at 7:30, and there will be short talks from the program’s founder, Peter Hufnagel, and director, Andy Guptill, as well as several professional area cyclists. Several current supporters of the program will also be recognized and honored. There will be live auctions throughout the evening, and all silent auctions will close at 9:30 PM
All funds raised will go to support the further development of the network of trails on Miller School of Albemarle 1,600-acre campus. The trails serve as a venue for cycling and running events throughout the year. Additionally, the trails provide a practice “field” for the growing number of interscholastic mountain bike teams in the C’ville area. Additionally, funds will assist the team to perform needed equipment upgrades and maintenance, as well as improve the current service course.
The School is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, and all donations, ticket/table purchases, and auction items are tax-deductible.
The Staunton Augusta Art Center presents its 50th Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill on Saturday, May 28 from 10am-5pm and on Sunday May 29 from noon-5pm. Live music plays from the bandstand every hour and children’s art activities are ongoing throughout the festival. There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, there is no charge for children’s interactive art activities. For more information, click here to visit their website or call: (540) 885-2028.
The Jefferson Choral Society will present a night of patriotic music to support the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7 p.m. at the National D-Day Memorial, 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA 24523, (540) 586-DDAY or (540) 587-3619 or (800) 351-DDAY. The group will perform a stirring concert that will have guests on their feet celebrating the freedoms so many have fought and died to protect. The Memorial will remain open until 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale in April. Adults: $7.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door. Students ages 6-18: $5.00 in advance or $8.00 at the door. Children under 6 are free. Please bring your own chair. For more information visit- https://www.dday.org/
See the Memorial at dusk on this special Memorial Day weekend.
Boxerwood Nature Center invites you to join them this year for our fourth annual “Music in the Garden” concert series. Events are scheduled to take place on the second and fourth Fridays from May through August. Groups will perform from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the Meadow Stage. There will also be a special Boxerwood fundraiser held by the Central Virginia Blues Society on Sunday August 7th from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. You can bring your own picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and kids. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. More information and weather updates can be found here: http://boxerwood.org/ or call (540) 463- 2697.