Pass the Peace

August 25 2014, 11:09am
Categories: Community Connection


Pass the Peace, a benefit meal for Fairfield Center, will be held this Thursday, August 28 from 5 to 8 pm at A Bowl of Good, 1047 Port Republic Road, Harrisonburg. The price of $10 includes our Harvest Chili buffet meal, lemonade or tea and apple-nut dessert bar. Proceeds go to support peaceable resolution of conflict in our community through mediated settlements. Please find us at or 540.434.0059 or


The Harvest Chili Menu: Our delicious meal will include gluten-free, dairy-free, meat and vegan options. Here is the rundown:

• Compromise Veggie Casserole

• Mentorship Meat option (beef or lamb)

• People’s Pintos

• Restorative Rice

• Talk-it-out Tortillas (Corn)

• Supreme Court-certified Salads (slaw, cuke-tomato, lettuce)

• Dialogue Dessert Bars

• Lemonade/Iced Tea/Hot Tea

Proceeds from Pass the Peace will support Fairfield Center services, including

1. Mediation: 95% of Fairfield-mediated cases came to an agreement in 2013. 30% of our clients live on less than $11,000 annually, 70% live on less than $30,000 annually. While we receive a stipend for court-referred cases, it covers only half of our expenses. All other cases are billed on a sliding-scale basis.

2. Restorative Justice: we address crime-related issues that the courts cannot address, giving victims and/or offenders a chance to resolve personal challenges associated with the crime. We charge for these services on a sliding-scale basis; clients often have little or no income. We also offer Victim Impact courses to offenders

3. Civic Engagement: we advance dialogue and understanding in a community setting through facilitated forums and the Harrisonburg International Festival. The Festival is at a turning point, where it has reached a size and complexity that requires a paid director in order to continue this stand-out locally-sourced event.


Generous support for Pass the Peace comes from our August meal partners:

A Bowl of Good

Season’s Bounty

Portwood Farms

Friendly City Food Co-op

Thanks so much to these friends – we couldn’t do it without you!


Pass the Peace is a series of meals that takes place on a monthly basis, alternating between Augusta and Rockingham Counties.


Lynchburg Literacy Council Benefit Concert

August 25 2014, 10:35am
Categories: Community Connection

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Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

August 19 2014, 10:50am
Categories: Community Connection


On September 1st, 12 City Market Growers open up their farms to the general public offering special programs, lectures and demonstrations. Come see real, working farms and meet the real, hardworking farmers who are the foundation of our local food system. Get connected to the land and to the people who bring fresh food, plants and flowers to the City Markets. Hear first-hand stories of the farmers and their families, and the personal challenges about being a farmer. learn about sustainable techniques that produce great food whole protecting water quality and pollinators. Learn about the superior nutritional value of locally produced foods. Pick up tips for your home garden or chicken coop. And by all means, stop and smell the flowers!


For more information and to purchase a car pass, please go to:

WriterHouse Member Showcase 2014

August 19 2014, 10:01am
Categories: Community Connection


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WriterHouse Member Showcase 2014

Sunday, August 24th at 2pm

Join us for a showcase of eight WriterHouse members who have published books in the past year. The authors will read from their work, ranging from environmental thriller to historical romance to young adult fiction and poetry. This year’s showcase features: Bruce Bertelsen, C. E. Cameron, Christopher Fisher, Mary Buford Hitz, Linda Levokove, Sue London, Deborah Prum, and Sara Robinson.

Free and open to the public. WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA (behind the Preston Avenue Bodo’s),, 434-296-1922,

Last CLAW of 2014!

August 13 2014, 10:08am
Categories: Community Connection



August 23, 8pm, Blue Moon Diner: Join up with CLAW and LVCA (Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville and Albemarle) for CLAWliterate! Our final regular bout of the season, come see 8 spectacular women wrestle for the champion’s belt, and bet your CLAWbucks for crowd favorite!

Local AIDS activists Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer join lifetime celebrity judge Jim Waive in our Judges’ Corner, and DJ Cadybug will play us wonderful tunes to shake out tail feathers! VIP seats are $50, and available through LVCA. Hope to see you ALL there!

We are still looking for a few volunteers for this event, so reply to this email if you are interested in being a CLAWbucks seller, a VIP cocktail waitress, setting up, or perhaps even a security volunteer!

If you have not yet seen or purchased any of the awesome silhouettes that Rich Tarbell, aka Olon Pills has taken of the last 2 CLAW events, this is the LAST WEEK! The prints are $20 each, and ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CLAW! They will be up at Blue Moon Diner until Saturday August 2. Come see! Come buy!

On August 15, our favorite CLAW band We Are Start Children is playing Fridays After Five! They have invited us to join them on stage for The CLAW Anthem, and possibly for some other wonderful ridiculous activity. Please let us know if you’d like to be in the loop!

LASTLY, but not leastly, the Midtown Business Association is hosting their 3rd ‘annual’ Street Fair on Sunday September 21, from 1-6pm, and CLAW is going to have a thumb-wrestling booth! Mark your calendars and don’t pack your costumes away for winter just yet! There’s community fun to be had!


Rockbridge Community Festival

August 12 2014, 4:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

The 38th annual Rockbridge Community Festival will be held in Historic Downtown Lexington, Virginia on Saturday, August 23rd from 9am-3pm. The picturesque streets will be closed to feature arts & crafts booths, community organizations, live music, and some wonderful food vendors. Held each year, the Rockbridge Community Festival highlights the best of American communities; the City of Lexington assisting along with Washington & Lee University, while volunteer leaders from the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Lexington Kiwanis, and Lexington, VA Rotary Clubs all meet, plan, and execute the Festival. Admission is free, attendance is encouraged, and fun is to be had by all.

Sexual Assault Resource Agency Presents “The Monument Quilt” – 20 Sep

August 12 2014, 12:33pm
Categories: Community Connection

SARASARA, Sexual Assault Resource Agency, is proud to announce our participation in The Monument Quilt, a nationwide, crowd-sourced art activism project that invites survivors of sexual violence to create quilt squares that represent their stories of trauma and healing. When stitched together, the thousands of squares collected from across the country will cover over a mile of the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Monument Quilt seeks to send a clear message that survivors of sexual violence should be publicly supported, and never shamed.  SARA will hold a quilt making event on Saturday, September 20 from 1-5PM at our office in downtown Charlottesville.  For more information on how to participate,  you can email us or visit our website.

Contemplative Day for the LGBTQ Community, Friends and Allies – 23 Aug

August 12 2014, 12:22pm
Categories: Community Connection

Unity of CharlottesvilleUnity of Charlottesville is partnering with A Place to Breathe and the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville for a Contemplative Day for the LGBTQ Community, Friends and Allies.  This half day retreat which will feature yoga, several different meditation techniques, and contemplative labyrinth walking meditation.  Experienced facilitators will lead the activities with registration beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m.  This Rainbow Retreat, a contemplative day for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-gender and queer communities on Saturday, August 23 at Unity of Charlottesville, 2825 Hydraulic Road.  For more information including registration, visit our website.

Wolfbane Productions Presents “MacBeth” – 14 through 30 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:34pm
Categories: Community Connection

WolfbaneWolfbane Productions, a non-profit theater company based in Central Virginia invites you to our production of Macbeth. This showing of Shakespeare’s classic play will be told outside with picnic style seating at Devil’s Backbone Basecamp in Roseland, Virginia. The performances run from August 14th though the 30th. You can find additional information including tickets online on our website.

Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company “Firehouse 5K” – 16 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:29pm
Categories: Community Connection

Stony Point Volunteer Fire DeptThe Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company is celebrating forty years serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle Community. We invite you to celebrate with us on August Sixteenth from 8am-5pm at the Stony Point Ruritan. We are starting off with a Firehouse 5K. You can also sit in a fire truck, play some kickball and cool off with a hose spray. There will be a barbeque lunch with food trucks and a carnival in the afternoon. Our day will finish with a performance from The Neil Tibert Band. Donations for the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Company will be accepted at the Fortieth Anniversary on August Sixteenth. For more information, visit our website.