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.

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

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


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.