The Bedford YMCA invites you join them for The Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5k. This event is one of the Bedford YMCA’s few fund raisers of the year. All of the proceeds are used to fund their Financial Aid Program, which allows lower income families to join in health and wellness programs, child care services, youth development activities, enrichment classes and other programs that are offered at the Y. The December 3rd 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 run. Awards ceremony and refreshments, including cinnamon rolls, will follow the race. For more information or to register, www.ChristmasClassic5k.com.
The Center for Non-Profit Excellence is celebrating their ten year anniversary. Their mission is to strengthen non-profits to realize the potential of the community. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary by sparking new ideas, new leaders, and new collaborations. The goal is to give back to a community by spotlighting unusual voices and uncommon action. CNE provides education, consulting and resources to create strong leaders, effective managers and healthy collaborators. They work to ensure non-profits have the tools they need to succeed and maximize their impact. They also invest time, expertise and resources to promote collaboration. You can learn about CNE on their website, www.thecne.org
Pauselab is a non-profit whose mission is to empower communities to create more vibrant and livable cities through civic engagement, place-making, and design thinking. Over the next two months they are leading a project called BeCville to put the power of creating public art in the hands of residents. In October and November, they are inviting Charlottesville to share their neighborhood needs and ideas for how to use the arts to respond. They invite you to share your ideas, whether it is a mural, an after school program, a new urban garden, an oral history project, or neighborhood celebration. Then, they will ask artists to respond to the ideas with proposals. This spring residents will decide which projects to fund by voting. You can find out more on www.BeCville.org
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.
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 Fluvanna SPCA is a no-kill shelter. For over 25 years, they have been rescuing homeless pets. They are now looking for volunteers that are interested in getting more exercise by being weekday dog walkers. They also need people to socialize cats, and volunteers willing to drive the shelter animals for their veterinarian appointments. They have many more opportunities to help out the rescued animals. For more information about the shelter, upcoming events, and how to volunteer or foster an animal, fspca.org.
Opera on the James in Lynchburg is gearing up for their upcoming season, presenting RIGOLETTO in November, a family friendly version of The Magic Flute in January, Falstaff in March and April, and Cabaret-Madama Butterfly’s Garden in April. We are a community venue and host pre-K to college level school performances and interactions of many kinds. For more information about events and upcoming performances, visit their website: http://www.operaonthejames.org/
Lynch’s Landing hosts http://www.downtownlynchburg.com/ where you can learn all about what is happening in downtown Lynchburg. You can check out upcoming events, read about downtown businesses, find out about new downtown living options, sign up for our downtown newsletter, and more. A way to explore downtown Lynchburg before your visit.
The Haven is a safe and welcoming day shelter and housing resource center for the homeless and very poor of Central Virginia. Serving over 65 people daily, The Haven provides respite for the weary and transformation for the ready 365 days a year. The Haven is working to end homelessness in Charlottesville. Thanks to dedicated service providers across the city, over the last 6 years, The Haven is proud to report that homelessness has declined by 30%. You can help The Haven continue the trend by donating supplies or volunteering in our day shelter. You can also check out The Haven’s website for details on upcoming events at http://www.thehaven.org/