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.

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.

Solarize Charlottesville – 30 Sep

August 8 2014, 12:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

Solarize_CharlottesvilleSolarize Charlottesville is a grassroots, community-based outreach initiative sponsored by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in partnership with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the UVA Community Credit Union. Currently through September 30th you can learn more about solar power options for your homes and facilitate the installation and financing of your own project.  The foundation of this program is community participation.  When a community groups together for solar energy, local installers are able to lower their prices.  This is a result of bulk purchasing, offset marketing expenses, reduced travel expenses, and the guarantee that solar installation crews will be kept busy.  For more information and to schedule a solar assessment, visit our website.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Presents “Heritage Harvest Festival” – 11 Sep

August 8 2014, 12:20pm
Categories: Community Connection

Thomas_Jefferson's_Monticello_EstateThomas Jefferson’s Monticello invites you to visit Monticello to celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener and founding foodie, Thomas Jefferson, during the 8th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, September 13th, with pre-festival programs September 11 and 12th. There will be more than one-hundred programs and workshops,  and ninety vendors and exhibitors. There will also be friendly barnyard animals, live folk and bluegrass music, and you can enjoy heirloom fruits and veggies, plus you can learn about organic gardening, and swap seeds from around the country. For more information including tickets heritage harvest festival dot com. You can also learn about for the keynote lecture by Aaron Keefer on Friday, September 12, and an exclusive, sunset, chefs’ harvest dinner on Montalto that evening.  The heritage harvest festival is co-hosted by the Thomas Jefferson foundation and southern exposure seed exchange.

Foothills Child Advocacy Center Presents “Stewards of Children” – 22 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:16pm
Categories: Community Connection

Foothills CACFoothills Child Advocacy Center invites adults to flex their hero muscles on behalf of children and attend Stewards of Children, a free public training on Friday, Aug.  22nd, from 9 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.  You can learn more about Foothills and how to register online at our website.

Dark Skies, Bright Kids “Star Party” – 23 Aug

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

DSBK_textDark Skies, Bright Kids is an entirely volunteer-run program out of the UVa Astronomy Department with the core mission of enhancing science education for elementary school students targeted at underserved schools in rural Virginia.  Dark Skies, Bright Kids from UVa is hosting the 4th Annual Central Virginia Star Party on August 23rd at Albemarle Ciderworks in North Garden starting at  six pm.  The Star Party will feature sky-gazing through telescopes, night sky tours, planetarium shows, cider tasting, and local food trucks.  There will also be a raffle for great prizes, including a private evening at McCormick Observatory.  This event is FREE and open to everyone.  In case of cloudy skies, the Star Party will be moved to August 30th. For more information, visit our website.

ConcorDance contemporary (cDc) Presents “Communitas” – 20 and 23 Aug

August 8 2014, 12:08pm
Categories: Community Connection

concorDanceConcorDance Contemporary (cDc) presents Communitas, a summer dance concert.  Communitas features nine dancers, three choreographers, and a violinist, uniting from San Diego, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. The title of the show, Communitas, is a Latin word repurposed by anthropologist Edith Turner, a Charlottesville local. “It means the very spirit of community.  Communitas takes community to the next level and allows the whole to share a common experience. This brings everyone onto an equal level: if you are in a higher position, you have been lower and know what that is.”  This presentation will have showings in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Crozet between August 20th and 23rd.  For more information including tickets and show times, visit our website.

Building Goodness Foundation’s Battle of the Bands – 19 Sep

August 8 2014, 12:03pm
Categories: Community Connection

buildinggoodnessThe Building Goodness Foundation (BGF), a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that provides construction services for communities at home and abroad.  You are invited to our annual Battle of the Bands and the return of the Rockin’ Auction on Friday, September 19 from seven to eleven pm at The Jefferson Theater.  Proceeds from the event will support BGF’s construction projects to support health care, housing, and ecological and economic development in Virginia, the Caribbean, Central America, and West Africa.  Local bands performing and competing at the event will be the Will Overman Band (sponsored by Virginia National Bank), Curtis Prince & the Creative Department (sponsored by Crutchfield), Rice & Beans (sponsored by Martin Horn and Riverbend Development), and Lord Nelson.  Votes for the winning band are donations to BGf.  You can vote for their favorite band in advance of the event and learn more through our website.

Better World Betty Presents “Beer and Film Night” – 12 Sep

August 8 2014, 11:59am
Categories: Community Connection

Better World BettyCLIPS Beer and Film Night September 12 7:30pm

Hello, I’m ___ from Better World Betty, we are excited to be the non-profit beneficiary of the CLIPS Beer and Film Night event at Washington Park on September 12th at 7:30pm.  New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is once again bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to our backyard. All  beer sale proceeds during this event will go to local nonprofits Better World Betty and Charlottesville Area Mountain Biking Club.   Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric offerings while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. When the darkness engulfs us, the films start rolling on the big screen. For more information on this event, visit our website.

American Civil War Museum

August 8 2014, 11:54am
Categories: Community Connection

acwmThe American Civil War Museum, where we tell the stories of America’s defining conflict, through the perspectives of those who lived through it: North and South, soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, black and white, enslaved and free.  At the White House and Museum of the Confederacy and Historic Tredegar in Richmond, and at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, we use hands-on exhibits, educational programs, and friendly staff to help tell the stories of the incredible people, places, and events of the Civil War.  You can learn more at our website.

Bike Walk Play JPA

August 4 2014, 11:09am
Categories: Community Connection


The Fry’s Spring Neighborhood Association in partnership with the Fry’s Spring Beach Club, the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville are organizing Bike Walk Play JPA on Saturday, August 16, 9:00am?12:00pm, Rain or Shine. The event will stretch for 1 mile from the JPA Bridge to the Harris/Camellia/JPA Extended intersection. Through active recreation and transportation, Bike Walk Play JPA celebrates and builds connections – between people to each other, to their neighborhood, to locat organizations and to local businesses. It encourages people to discover not only that they can bike or walk to places they want to go, but also the fun of getting there! The event is free and open to the public.

On Our Own of Charlottesville Open House

July 17 2014, 1:53pm
Categories: Community Connection

On Our Own will host an all-day Open House on July 26th from 11 to 5pm. This will be on a Saturday so that everyone has the opportunity to check us out! Drop in for part of the day or stay for the duration. We will have snacks, beverages, and door prizes.

Second Annual Kegs & Corks Microbrew and Wine Festival

July 16 2014, 10:19am
Categories: Community Connection


The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to support their mission of connecting businesses and strengthening communities by attending the Second Annual Kegs & Corks Microbrew and Wine Festival this Saturday in Forest. Sample from 5 Virginia wineries and over 15 Regional breweries. Visit for ticket information

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection’s “Night at the Museum” – 21 Aug

July 15 2014, 10:29am
Categories: Community Connection

Night at the Museum

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection presents a summer series titled Night at the Museum. On Thursday August Twenty-First, we’re keeping our exhibitions open until 9 pm and opening up our backyard for live music by Erin and the Wildfire, local beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewery, and an assortment of Charlottesville food trucks, including the Australian Pie Guy. The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa is the only museum of Australian Aboriginal art in the United States, and one of two in the world. It is located on Pantops next to Martha Jefferson Hospital. Visit our website for more information.