The Piedmont Master Gardeners

October 14 2014, 9:35am
Categories: Community Connection


Become a Master Gardener!  Join us for the fall info sessions on how to apply for the 2015 volunteer training course.


The Master Gardener program application process for 2015 begins now and the Albemarle/Charlottesville Virginia Cooperative Extension office invites you to attend one of the two information sessions on how you can become a local Master Gardener.


Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their surroundings and the quality of life affected by our landscapes, local parks and trails, water quality, and more.  After attending approximately 70 hours of horticulture training, Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticultural practices in the community through outreach education, ultimately making our community a better place to be.


Volunteer activities include hosting workshops, youth development through gardening, horticultural therapy projects, giving lectures, educational demonstration gardens, answering the community’s gardening questions, and more.  Being a Master Gardener is a great way to develop your skills and give back.


To find out more about the Master Gardener Program and how to apply, come to an information session at the 5th Street County Office Building October 27th at 1:00pm or the Central Library McIntire Room November 14th at 1:00pm. Or visit us online.

The Nelson County High School Music Boosters Music and Barbecue

October 7 2014, 10:30am
Categories: Community Connection

The Nelson County High School Music Boosters invite you out to their Music and Barbecue fundraiser happening October 24th 2014 at Nelson County High School. Dinner starts at 5 pm and will feature Nelson County’s own 151 Barbecue. Concert starts at 7:30 pm and will feature One More Time who performs Motown, Soul, and Oldies. There will be a cash raffle drawing during concert intermission.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Scott Belcher at (434) 263-8317 or see the Nelson County Music Boosters Facebook page. All proceeds support music programs at Nelson County High School.

The Contemplative Sciences Center at UVa’s Speaker Series

September 11 2014, 9:11am
Categories: Community Connection


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Speaker Series: Developmental Trauma: The Consequences of Abuse and Neglect with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk


Friday, September 26, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium

1340 Jefferson Park Avenue

Charlottesville, VA 22904

See map: Google Maps



Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discusses his recent book detailing three decades of research on how innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, and yoga, are helping veterans, survivors of sexual abuse, and children of drug-dependent parents deal with the psychological—and neurological—effects of trauma.


Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. has been the Medical Director of The Trauma Center in Boston for the past 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and serves as the Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past President of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Though he identifies himself primarily as a clinician, he has published well over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles on various aspects of trauma, including his current projects: 1) yoga for treating PTSD, funded by the National Institutes of Health; 2) the use of theater for violence prevention in the Boston public schools, funded by the CDC; 3) the mechanisms of EMDR; 4) sensory integration; and 5) the use of neurofeedback in PTSD.


He participated in the first neuroimaging study of PTSD, in the first study to link Borderline Personality Disorder with childhood trauma; was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trial for PTSD and is chair of the NCTSN DSM V workgroup on Developmental Trauma Disorder. He has written extensively about using neuroscience research to identify appropriate treatments for PTSD and completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR. He has taught at universities and hospitals around the world.

Celebrate Pamplin!

September 8 2014, 4:22pm
Categories: Community Connection

Celebrate Pamplin! is a daylong street fair that focuses on the virtues of our small town. All the money we raise goes to the Pamplin Depot Restoration Fund, a non-profit fund used in the continuing restoration of the building that serves as the Town Offices, Town Library, Community Room, and the Depot Freight Room, a popular venue for dances, weddings, and celebrations. We’ve got over 35 vendors signed up to come in and sell wares, share info., or in many cases just provide fun- one of our churches will set up four Bounce Houses for free use, we’ve got a Kids Art Booth, we’ll be raffling off a handmade Children’s Puppet Theater and a number of gift baskets, the Tom Mix Rangers will be riding into town and shooting things up at 2 and 4pm, we’ll have live music from a variety of local musicians all day long in the street, tons of food, an opportunity to help create an Art Car, the list goes on and on. You just take 47 South off of 460 east of Appomattox and watch for the fun!

Cville Sabroso Charlottesville’s Annual Latin American Music and Folkloric Dance Festival

September 8 2014, 3:10pm
Categories: Community Connection

In Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, there will be live folkloric, traditional and fusion music, dance, visual and performance arts on the lawn of the McGuffey Art Center (201 2nd Street NW Charlottesville Va. 22902). This festival is an annual event that is produced and promoted in collaboration with Sin Barreras/ Without Barriers of Charlottesville. Saturday September 20th From 11 am to 6pm, after party location TBA.

Show Line up so far:

Dancers from/Bailes de; Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Dominicana, Venezuela, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brasil y Colombia

Music From/ Musica de: Panao Capoeira Resistencia de Brasil, Lua~ Fusion de Son del Caribe, Ivan~ Musica de los Andes de Bolivia, Veneno ~ Cumbia Mexicano y Nortena, Raphael Scarfullery ~ Guitarra classica Dominicana, Vicky Leyva ~ Musica Afro Peruana!

You can find more information about our event by clicking here.

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!