Community Connection

WNRN prides itself in giving our nonprofit neighbors a venue to promote their causes and events. We create recorded Public Service Announcements for nonprofits that are written in their words and recorded in their voice. We call this series “Community Connections”.

Creating a Community Connection is an easy process. First, write up a 3-5 sentence paragraph of what you want to promote. If it is an event, WNRN requires at least two-weeks advance notice to create a Community Connection for any event. To take full advantage of the program, we recommend six weeks to a month’s notice to promote the event. If there is an admission or cost for the event, 100% of proceeds must benefit the nonprofit.

Once your paragraph is written, email it to We will then edit your words to fit FCC regulations to create a Community Connection script. After that we’ll schedule a time for a representative of the nonprofit to record the script at WNRN. Our recording times are Monday afternoons from 2-5pm or Thursday mornings from 9am-noon.

A Holiday of Yesteryear – Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

November 25 2014, 12:04pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Christopher Swanson, Conductor of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. You are invited to A Holiday of Yesteryear, a seasonal concert event designed to stir memories of nostalgic holidays. The concert program will include performances by musicians of the LSO, Cantate Children’s and Youth Choir of Central Virginia, and the Lynchburg College Handbell Choir. During intermission, you can join us for complimentary refreshments and a holiday fundraiser featuring boxwood wreaths and baked goods. A Holiday of Yesteryear will be held on Saturday, December 6th. More information.

Let There Be Light 2014

November 25 2014, 12:02pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m James Yates and you are invited to become enlightened at Let There Be Light, the eighth annual, outdoor art exhibition, featuring light-centered art installations and performances. Let There Be Light will be held one-night only at Piedmont Virginia Community College on Friday, December 12th from 6pm to  9pm. This year, more artists than ever before will be presenting. Twenty-five local and regional artists will be participating, plus an artist taking part long distance from Nepal. The exhibit will be held on the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC. Visitors are invited to come as “enlightened beings” decorated in light. Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and tasty treats will be served to warm visitors. More Information.

Holiday Showcase with Blue Ridge Irish Music School

November 25 2014, 11:58am
Categories: Community Connection

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.  On Sunday, December 14th at 2p.m. BRIMS will be presenting a Holiday Showcase featuring BRIMS students and instructors performing Irish music, song and dance at the Haven.  This family event is no cost and open to the public.  Donations to the Haven are welcome.  More Information.

Lynchburg Daily Bread

November 20 2014, 10:22am
Categories: Community Connection

We need your help in feeding the homeless and hungry of Central Virginia.  We serve a free hot meal every day of the year and are in need of cleaning supplies, paper goods like foam cups and napkins, canned food, and financial support.  Donations may be dropped off seven days a week  between 7:30am and 1:30 pm.  We’re located at 721 Clay Street, in downtown Lynchburg.  You can find more information online or find us on Facebook. Thank you for helping us ensure there will always be plenty of food at our table for anyone in need.

Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program

November 19 2014, 12:05pm
Categories: Community Connection

Since 1949, our nonprofit organization has delivered Christmas cheer and goodwill to needy families in Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista. Every year we serve over a thousand families with food and toys to ensure everyone has a happy holiday season. We are looking for volunteers to assist us to pack boxes of food and bags of toys, and to help clean up afterwards. Packing Day is scheduled for Saturday, December 20th from 8am until noon at the Howard P. Anderson Arena at the Virginia Horse Center. Everyone is invited to participate We are also looking for financial donations to fund our project.  For more information you can write to us,

Twelfth Night

November 17 2014, 11:04am
Categories: Community Connection

William Shakespeare’s comedy of mixed-up lovers and crossed garters, Twelfth Night, opens November 12 at Unity of Charlottesville, kicking off “the good-WILL-cville project.” As project founder and director John Holdren explains, “The WILL in good-WILL-cville refers to Will Shakespeare, and the idea is to put on a good show for a good cause.”

For every ticket sold, half of the proceeds will be donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Building Goodness Foundation, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, ReadyKids, and SARA (the Sexual Assault Resource Agency).

“When John approached us with the idea of financially supporting local nonprofits with an original production of Twelfth Night, we were totally on board,” said Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky, Unity’s co-minister, who herself was once a professional actress in a Shakespeare repertory company. “I’m not in the play,” said Rev. Lansky,” but the idea of a good show for good causes is a great way to raise funds for well-deserving nonprofits, while at the same time having a fun night out.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to partner with Unity for this show,” says Holdren. “They have friendly people, and a lovely stage that has hosted many musical and cultural performances.”

Some of Holdren’s previous local Shakespearean productions include The Winter’s Tale (PVCC, 2013), Much Ado About Nothing (Hamner Theater, 2009), and As You Like It (Four County Players, 2008).

Twelfth Night features local actors, both veterans and newcomers, many of whom will be familiar to patrons of Live Arts, Four County Players, or the Hamner Theater. The cast includes Christian Anderson (Viola), Daniel Angell (Orsino), Mackie Boblette (Malvolio), Allison Bowers (Curio and Officer), Johnny Butcher (Antonio), Liam Ginty (Feste), Clinton Johnston (Sir Toby Belch), Kiara McCadden (Priest), Sean McCord (Valentine), Stewart Moneymaker (Fabian), Chris Perkins (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Barbara Roberts (Maria), Julie Stavitski (Olivia), and Taylor Thomas (Sebastian). Kerry Moran is assistant director, and Tricia Emlet the costume designer.

All tickets are $10, and will be on sale at the door. Children under 12 may attend free. Audience members will be asked to mark their ticket stubs to identify the nonprofit group or charity they wish to support.

The show will run for 12 performances from November 12 through November 30 at Unity. Weeknight and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Unity is located at 2825 Hydraulic Road, just past Albemarle High School (just look for the big green “Unity” sign).

Virginia Repertory Theatre – Mame

November 13 2014, 4:26pm
Categories: Community Connection

Virginia Repertory Theatre here to invite you to our production of Mame, starring Tony Nominee Emily Skinner. Skinner is a Broadway veteran with original cast credits in six shows including Billy Elliott, Side Show, and The Full Monty.  With a cast of 31 and a live band, Mame is one of the largest productions in the Signature Season at Virginia Rep. This classic Jerry Herman musical will run through January 11 at the Historic November Theatre in downtown Richmond. Set in New York during the Great Depression, this musical tells the story of Mame Dennis, a bon vivant whose life is turned upside down when the son of her late brother comes to live with her. Mame tries her best to keep up her usual flair while responsibly raising her new son. More about us and our shows.


The Nutcracker – Albemarle Ballet Theater & Studio for The Performing Arts

November 13 2014, 4:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Gary Hart from Albemarle Ballet Theatre and Studio for The Performing Arts. You are invited to our annual presentation of Nutcracker Suite performed in Albemarle Ballet’s intimate theater in Downtown Crozet December 6, 7, 13 and 14. Proceeds from this show, co-produced by Studio for the Performing Arts, supporting local need-based scholarship program Dancing Off the Streets. Following each performance you can meet and take photos with the dancers under the theatre lights. Performers include dance students training at ABT, local actress Anastastasia Bratkovska and Ashley Geisler. Veronica Hart, Director of concorDance contemporary performs as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Nutcracker Suite is suited for the entire family. Seating is limited to forty people per show. Click for more information and tickets.


The Haven Art Auction

November 13 2014, 4:21pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Eleis from The Haven, a multi-resource day shelter for the homeless in downtown Charlottesville. On Friday, December 5th, you are invited to join us for the 5th annual art auction to benefit The Haven at Old Metropolitan Hall, on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. There will be art for auction, a raffle with donations from local businesses, music, food, and libations. Doors open at 6 PM. Bidding and festivities will continue until 9 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or ahead of time, online on The Haven’s website. New City Arts is a proud partner of The Haven’s Fifth Annual Art Auction. More Information.


Bedford Area YMCA – 35th Peaks of Otter Christmas Run

November 11 2014, 8:55am
Categories: Community Connection

I’m Joshua Ranes from the Bedford Area YMCA. This year marks the 35th edition of the Peaks of Otter Christmas Run. This event is one the Bedford YMCA’s few fund raisers of the year. All of the proceeds are used to fund our health and wellness programs which include financial aid to lower income families, fitness classes, youth development activities, enrichment classes and other like programs that we offer here at the Y. The Dec. 6th 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 fun run. Awards ceremony and  refreshments, including cinnamon rolls, will follow the race. You can learn more and register online.


Blue Ridge Medical Center

November 8 2014, 8:10am
Categories: Community Connection

The Blue Ridge Medical Center is partnering with Johnson Health Center to host a health insurance information, enrollment, and re-enrollment event. This session will occur on Saturday, November 15th at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on North Main Street in Amherst, from 9AM-5PM.  Free in-person assistance will be available. You can find out if you will qualify for savings and we will teach you how to apply. Open Enrollment begins November 15th, and if you enroll or re-enroll by December 15th, coverage will begin January 1st. For more information about the event or if you have health insurance questions,  434-263-4000.


Foothills Child Advocacy Center

November 8 2014, 8:08am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Rachel Thielmann from Foothills Child Advocacy Center. We invite adults to flex their hero muscles on behalf of children and attend Stewards of Children, a free public training. You can attend on our session on Thursday, December 11th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building. The Stewards of Children program is designed for every adult that is concerned about the safety and well-being of children and educates them to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is the responsibility of adults and gives adults the tools necessary to protect children. To learn more , or to register you can email JT Foothills at gmail dot com. You can also discover more about this training and other resources that help adults online.


Virginia Horse Center – Riding My Way Back

November 8 2014, 8:05am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I am Katie McNeil, a volunteer for Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. I invite you to the Virginia Horse Center on Thursday, November 13th at 7 pm for the screening of Riding My Way Back, the new award winning short documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. This film chronicles the healing of therapeutic riding involving a horse named Fred and a war veteran suffering from a traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. The film will be hosted by the Virginia Horse Center on Thursday November 13th at 7 pm with proceeds to benefit Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. More Information.


Paramount Theater Gift Fair

November 5 2014, 8:41am
Categories: Community Connection

The Paramount will host the Third Annual Gift Fair on December 4th. At the gift fair, nonprofits will set up around the theater  to share information about their projects and mission with community members. Community members can decide which nonprofits they would like to support with contributions and give that gift to friends and family in lieu of a traditional holiday gift. Upon entering, shoppers will be given a list of all the nonprofits participating. At the checkout, you can pay for all your contributions at once.


Kitchen & Attic Sale

November 4 2014, 3:05pm
Categories: Community Connection


The Amherst Woman’s Club’s popular “Kitchen and Attic Sale” is from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, November 8, at the Hamble Center behind Amherst Museum. All proceeds support conservation, education and the arts in Amherst County. The sale features beautiful hand-poured soy candles; hand-made Christmas items; artisan breads and edibles; a wide variety of arts and crafts; plus accessories for the home and children’s items.

Startup Weekend – UP Charlottesville

November 2 2014, 8:29am
Categories: Community Connection

Our mission is to develop a world in which everyone can experience and pursue entrepreneurship. On the weekend of November 14th, you have an opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in fifty-four hours.  There will be a Charlottesville Startup Education Weekend and Hardware Hackathon to find the right people with complementary skills and to build an education product.  You can design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, engineers, education designers & industry professionals that will help take your idea to the next level! More Information.

Local Food Hub

October 31 2014, 8:26am
Categories: Community Connection

The Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that works with over 70 small, family farmers to bring local, farm sourced foods to everyone. We will celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week November 10th-14th, by supplying area public schools with fresh, farm sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and other products grown and harvested by Central Virginia family farmers. We will also provide complementary educational activities to students to strengthen the connection among students to their food. More Information.


Charlottesville Festival of Cultures

October 31 2014, 8:22am
Categories: Community Connection

On Thursday, December 4th, from 3 to 7 pm, we will team up with Ten Thousand Villages on the Downtown Mall for the store’s Community Shopping Event.  Ten Thousand villages is a nonprofit whose mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships. During the December Fourth Community Shopping Event, a portion of sales will be donated to the  Festival of Cultures, a free community event that celebrates the area’s linguistic and cultural diversity. Held annually in May, the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures includes a roster of international music and dance performances, cultural exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, artisan crafts, plus delicious ethnic food for sale. You can learn more online.


Arts Council of the Valley – Bluegrass

October 31 2014, 8:19am
Categories: Community Connection

The Arts Council of the Valley present Oh Brothers! A Night of Traditional Bluegrass with The Bluegrass Brothers and The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run at Court Square Theater on Saturday, November 15th at 7pm. You can join us for an evening with two traditional bluegrass ensembles. The Bluegrass Brothers are a high-energy bluegrass band and The Martin Brothers & Aspen Run offer a straight-ahead bluegrass experience. More Information. including tickets, valley arts dot org slash performances.


Greek Weekend @ UVA

October 30 2014, 4:38pm
Categories: Community Connection

We invite all families and friends to celebrate with us at our Greek Carnival from one to three p.m. in Madison Bowl on Sunday, November 9th. You can join us for a afternoon that includes food, games, music, crafts, inflatables, and prizes. All proceeds from the event benefit Charlottesville’s City of Promise, a local organization dedicated to improving the educational and developmental outcomes of youth in the Tenth and Page, Westhaven, and Star Hill neighborhoods. For more information you can find us on Facebook.