Cville Time Bank is teaming up with Community Bikes to host a Repair Cafe on Saturday, October 22nd from noon-4pm at the IX Art Park. The Charlottesville area sent more than 7,000 tons of waste to the landfill last year. Dozens of capable volunteers will fix small appliances, clothing, jewelry, toys, bikes and more. More information, www.CvilleTimeBank.com.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance invites you to kick off Halloween week at Skeleton Festival, Saturday, October 22nd in downtown Harrisonburg. This festival features elements of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Activities begin at 2pm with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and culminate with a fun, all-ages party at the Turner Pavilion & Park. The festival features kid, dog, and adult costume contests; face painting; fire dancing; food trucks; a community ofrenda; a Ruby’s Arcade fun zone; live music and DJs; video art and light show; ‘trunk or treating’; wacky shacks, goober blobs, whisker biscuits and a whole lot more. Please visit www.skeletonfestival.com for more information, and come get weird and wacky in downtown Harrisonburg.”
Literacy Volunteers is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, and they are hoping to acquire the skills they need to independently pursue life goals, support their families, and contribute to their communities. You can help students achieve their goals by registering for our final New Tutor Training of the year on Saturday, November 12 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Don’t miss your chance to change a life through literacy. To register you can call 434-977-38-38 or for more information, www.literacyforall.org.
This Saturday you can make a difference by enjoying some beers, watching football, showing gratitude to the ending of an era all while supporting the fight to end Alzheimer’s. The Junior Alzheimer’s Association Committee (aka JAAC) and McGrady’s Irish Pub have teamed up to host such an event on Saturday, September 17th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. A portion of proceeds sold at the bar will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for research and community programs. All you have to do is show up on September 17th, sip on your favorite brew and feel good that you’re helping the fight! Don’t miss your last chance to watch the UVA game and others at one of best sports gigs in town before it closes!
Prism Coffeehouse presents traditional music from Molsky’s Mountain Drifterson Wednesday September 21st. On Friday, September 23rd they present a bluegrass show from Mile Twelve. On Friday, September 30, the are hosting story songs from Eric Brace & Peter Cooper. All shows are at at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street in Charlottesville. Doors open at 6, all shows start 7 pm and are two sets. For more information on these concerts and the organization, Prism Coffehouse.org.
New City Arts presents “I Am A Man,” an exhibit including photographs, sculpture, mixed media, and paintings by Hank Willis Thomas in September at Welcome Gallery as a part of Human/Ties 2016, the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Endowment of the Humanities, hosted by the University of Virginia and made possible by support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hank Willis Thomas is a New York based conceptual artist exploring themes of identity, race, class, and history through two-dimensional, sculptural, and digital time-based collage works. Thomas’s work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. “I Am A Man” will open on Friday, September 2nd from 5-7:30PM as part of September’s First Fridays Art Walk. The exhibit will remain open through September from noon-4PM Monday-Friday with extended open hours during the Human/Ties celebration (September 14-17). “I Am A Man” is co-presented by New City Arts, Human/Ties, and the Black Professional Network of Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards is a non-profit group that was founded in June 2008 as a group of volunteers whose mission is to support rural and urban forests. They invite you to their Fall Tree Sale at the Vegetarian Festival, September 24, 11am at the Ix Complex. There will have 40 varieties of mostly native young trees and shrubs, a chance to learn all about trees and also take some home. All proceeds go to tree steward projects. To find out more and register Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.org.
The Women’s Initiative is a Charlottesville nonprofit that provides mental health services to women regardless of their ability to pay. The Women’s Initiative invites you to submit your short essay or poem to the 2016 Challenge into Change Writing Contest this fall. Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women who have transformed challenging life circumstances into an opportunity for growth. Winners will receive cash prizes, and all entrants will be honored at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. Entries to the Challenge into Change Writing Contest are due December 15, 2016. To learn more about the contest and The Women’s Initiative’s mental health counseling services, our website is www.thewomensinitiative.org.
Mary Baldwin College is soon to be Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. Starting this fall, they are celebrating a 175 year mission of academic excellence and innovation. Throughout their anniversary year, MBU will hold a variety of public, cultural events with the goal of enriching the broader community. First on tap is the MBU Launch and 175th anniversary kickoff at 11 a.m. on August 31. The event on Page Terrace is open to the public. For more opportunities throughout the fall semester, including ongoing art exhibitions, the community service speaker series, the Carl Broman concert series, and special lectures by artist-in-residence Claudia Bernardi and Doenges Visiting Artist Diana Cooper marybaldwin.edu/events.
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 will be offering fall classes in Irish dance, music and song for all ages and skill levels starting in September.
On Thursday, September 8th BRIMS presents singer and guitar player John Doyle with Eamon O’Leary on bouzouki and vocals and Mick McAuley on accordion. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven.
On Sunday, October 9th BRIMS presents Celtic Fiddle Festival at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven. Celtic Fiddle Festival is Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and Charlie McKerron on fiddles and Nicolas Quemener on guitar.
For more information, brimstunes.org.