A Holiday of Yesteryear – Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

November 25 2014, 12:04pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Christopher Swanson, Conductor of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. You are invited to A Holiday of Yesteryear, a seasonal concert event designed to stir memories of nostalgic holidays. The concert program will include performances by musicians of the LSO, Cantate Children’s and Youth Choir of Central Virginia, and the Lynchburg College Handbell Choir. During intermission, you can join us for complimentary refreshments and a holiday fundraiser featuring boxwood wreaths and baked goods. A Holiday of Yesteryear will be held on Saturday, December 6th. More information.

Let There Be Light 2014

November 25 2014, 12:02pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m James Yates and you are invited to become enlightened at Let There Be Light, the eighth annual, outdoor art exhibition, featuring light-centered art installations and performances. Let There Be Light will be held one-night only at Piedmont Virginia Community College on Friday, December 12th from 6pm to  9pm. This year, more artists than ever before will be presenting. Twenty-five local and regional artists will be participating, plus an artist taking part long distance from Nepal. The exhibit will be held on the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC. Visitors are invited to come as “enlightened beings” decorated in light. Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and tasty treats will be served to warm visitors. More Information.

Holiday Showcase with Blue Ridge Irish Music School

November 25 2014, 11:58am
Categories: Community Connection

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.  On Sunday, December 14th at 2p.m. BRIMS will be presenting a Holiday Showcase featuring BRIMS students and instructors performing Irish music, song and dance at the Haven.  This family event is no cost and open to the public.  Donations to the Haven are welcome.  More Information.

Lynchburg Daily Bread

November 20 2014, 10:22am
Categories: Community Connection

We need your help in feeding the homeless and hungry of Central Virginia.  We serve a free hot meal every day of the year and are in need of cleaning supplies, paper goods like foam cups and napkins, canned food, and financial support.  Donations may be dropped off seven days a week  between 7:30am and 1:30 pm.  We’re located at 721 Clay Street, in downtown Lynchburg.  You can find more information online or find us on Facebook. Thank you for helping us ensure there will always be plenty of food at our table for anyone in need.

Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program

November 19 2014, 12:05pm
Categories: Community Connection

Since 1949, our nonprofit organization has delivered Christmas cheer and goodwill to needy families in Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista. Every year we serve over a thousand families with food and toys to ensure everyone has a happy holiday season. We are looking for volunteers to assist us to pack boxes of food and bags of toys, and to help clean up afterwards. Packing Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 20th from 8am until noon at the Howard P. Anderson Arena at the Virginia Horse Center. Everyone is invited to participate We are also looking for financial donations to fund our project.  For more information you can write to us,

Twelfth Night

November 17 2014, 11:04am
Categories: Community Connection

William Shakespeare’s comedy of mixed-up lovers and crossed garters, Twelfth Night, opens November 12 at Unity of Charlottesville, kicking off “the good-WILL-cville project.” As project founder and director John Holdren explains, “The WILL in good-WILL-cville refers to Will Shakespeare, and the idea is to put on a good show for a good cause.”

For every ticket sold, half of the proceeds will be donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Building Goodness Foundation, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, ReadyKids, and SARA (the Sexual Assault Resource Agency).

“When John approached us with the idea of financially supporting local nonprofits with an original production of Twelfth Night, we were totally on board,” said Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky, Unity’s co-minister, who herself was once a professional actress in a Shakespeare repertory company. “I’m not in the play,” said Rev. Lansky,” but the idea of a good show for good causes is a great way to raise funds for well-deserving nonprofits, while at the same time having a fun night out.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to partner with Unity for this show,” says Holdren. “They have friendly people, and a lovely stage that has hosted many musical and cultural performances.”

Some of Holdren’s previous local Shakespearean productions include The Winter’s Tale (PVCC, 2013), Much Ado About Nothing (Hamner Theater, 2009), and As You Like It (Four County Players, 2008).

Twelfth Night features local actors, both veterans and newcomers, many of whom will be familiar to patrons of Live Arts, Four County Players, or the Hamner Theater. The cast includes Christian Anderson (Viola), Daniel Angell (Orsino), Mackie Boblette (Malvolio), Allison Bowers (Curio and Officer), Johnny Butcher (Antonio), Liam Ginty (Feste), Clinton Johnston (Sir Toby Belch), Kiara McCadden (Priest), Sean McCord (Valentine), Stewart Moneymaker (Fabian), Chris Perkins (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Barbara Roberts (Maria), Julie Stavitski (Olivia), and Taylor Thomas (Sebastian). Kerry Moran is assistant director, and Tricia Emlet the costume designer.

All tickets are $10, and will be on sale at the door. Children under 12 may attend free. Audience members will be asked to mark their ticket stubs to identify the nonprofit group or charity they wish to support.

The show will run for 12 performances from November 12 through November 30 at Unity. Weeknight and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Unity is located at 2825 Hydraulic Road, just past Albemarle High School (just look for the big green “Unity” sign).

Virginia Repertory Theatre – Mame

November 13 2014, 4:26pm
Categories: Community Connection

Virginia Repertory Theatre here to invite you to our production of Mame, starring Tony Nominee Emily Skinner. Skinner is a Broadway veteran with original cast credits in six shows including Billy Elliott, Side Show, and The Full Monty.  With a cast of 31 and a live band, Mame is one of the largest productions in the Signature Season at Virginia Rep. This classic Jerry Herman musical will run through January 11 at the Historic November Theatre in downtown Richmond. Set in New York during the Great Depression, this musical tells the story of Mame Dennis, a bon vivant whose life is turned upside down when the son of her late brother comes to live with her. Mame tries her best to keep up her usual flair while responsibly raising her new son. More about us and our shows.


The Nutcracker – Albemarle Ballet Theater & Studio for The Performing Arts

November 13 2014, 4:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Gary Hart from Albemarle Ballet Theatre and Studio for The Performing Arts. You are invited to our annual presentation of Nutcracker Suite performed in Albemarle Ballet’s intimate theater in Downtown Crozet December 6, 7, 13 and 14. Proceeds from this show, co-produced by Studio for the Performing Arts, supporting local need-based scholarship program Dancing Off the Streets. Following each performance you can meet and take photos with the dancers under the theatre lights. Performers include dance students training at ABT, local actress Anastastasia Bratkovska and Ashley Geisler. Veronica Hart, Director of concorDance contemporary performs as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker Suite is suited for the entire family. Seating is limited to forty people per show. Click for more information and tickets.


The Haven Art Auction

November 13 2014, 4:21pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Eleis from The Haven, a multi-resource day shelter for the homeless in downtown Charlottesville. On Friday, December 5th, you are invited to join us for the 5th annual art auction to benefit The Haven at Old Metropolitan Hall, on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. There will be art for auction, a raffle with donations from local businesses, music, food, and libations. Doors open at 6 PM. Bidding and festivities will continue until 9 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or ahead of time, online on The Haven’s website. New City Arts is a proud partner of The Haven’s Fifth Annual Art Auction. More Information.


Bedford Area YMCA – 35th Peaks of Otter Christmas Run

November 11 2014, 8:55am
Categories: Community Connection

I’m Joshua Ranes from the Bedford Area YMCA. This year marks the 35th edition of the Peaks of Otter Christmas Run. This event is one the Bedford YMCA’s few fund raisers of the year. All of the proceeds are used to fund our health and wellness programs which include financial aid to lower income families, fitness classes, youth development activities, enrichment classes and other like programs that we offer here at the Y. The Dec. 6th event begins at 8:30am at the Bedford Middle School. It offers a 5k run and walk race for all ages, a Peaks Junior 1 mile race and a kids fun run. Awards ceremony and  refreshments, including cinnamon rolls, will follow the race. You can learn more and register online.