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.

Charlottesville Symphony

January 18 2015, 8:10am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Kate Tamarkin, Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony.  We’re celebrating our Fortieth Anniversary Season, and you’re invited. This year the orchestra presents masterworks concerts, free Youth Concerts for area school children, Family Holiday Concerts, Symphony Under the Stars and musical instrument petting zoos for kids of all ages. We will include works from the symphonic repertoire, new discoveries, commissioned world premieres and an array of guest artists. For information about pops, classical, holiday and youth concerts, and more, you can visit us online.

Richmond Montessori School

December 11 2014, 4:47pm
Categories: Community Connection

Richmond Montessori School, accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Since 1965 our diverse community has offered a learning environment grounded in Montessori principles, promoting self-motivation, confidence, and academic excellence.  We are currently enrolling students from the age of two through eighth grade for the 2015-16 school year. You can discover a world of difference at Richmond Montessori School’s Open House on Sunday, January 11th at 2:00pm. You can register online or learn more on our website.


Cville TimeBank

December 11 2014, 4:45pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, this is Bizz Glover with the Cville TimeBank, inviting you to join us at the downtown library on Saturday, January 24 at 10 am;  where you can join the timebank.  Timebank is a community of giving and receiving that builds on the idea of pay it forward.   With timebank you donate your time to receive help from someone else. For example, one hour helping another member earns one TimeBank Hour, which you can withdraw to use with any other timebank member to get something you need. Our orientation sessions are designed to have you up and running with your own timebank account. You can learn more on our website.


Hiromi T’ai Chi

December 11 2014, 4:42pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hiromi T’ai Chi is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting the health benefits and art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in the Charlottesville community. We offer training in the Cheng-Ming System as taught by Wang Shu-Jin. Our Enrichment programs offer classes for At-Risk youth, After School program for city and public school students, and Seniors in the community. You are invited to our three day T’ai Chi lead by Wang Fu-Lai from Taiwan, who is leading a three-day workshop on Friday, January 16th to Sunday the 18th. There will also be an Internal Martial Arts demonstration that will be held on Saturday, January 17th from 5:45pm at Hiromi (he-row-me) T’ai Chi dojo followed by a pot luck dinner. For more information you can visit us online or 1-877-880-2479.


Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville, Albemarle

December 11 2014, 4:37pm
Categories: Community Connection

If you are looking to become a United States citizen our Central Virginia Citizenship Services can help. We offer classes to help you prepare for the interview and test beginning January 27th in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  Registration begins January 5th. Our low-cost immigration services offered by our partner, the International Rescue Committee, are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals and include initial consultation, completion and submission of forms, plus follow-up with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as needed. This program is available through a 2-year grant from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle. You can find more information on all Central Virginia Citizenship Services online or 434-977-3838.


Holidays at Frontier Culture Museum

December 9 2014, 8:58am
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to enjoy a traditional holiday with us. Activities include a Children’s Workshop, an evening of Christmas Traditions, and of course the annual Lantern Tours. You can join us for a tour around the museum by lantern light beginning December 18th from 6-8 PM. Visitors will enjoy vignettes at England, Ireland, Germany, 1820s America, and 1850s America including a Mummer’s play near the Irish Forge and a horse-drawn wagon ride from the Old World to the New World. Refreshments and live music will be offered following the tour at the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall. Find more information on this event and other happenings at the museum online.


Jefferson Madison Regional Library – Film Series

December 9 2014, 8:55am
Categories: Community Connection

JMRL offers the Created Equal series to spark community discussion on the history of and continued struggle of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on our community at the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville. This series will be held on Thursdays at 6pm on January 15, January 29, February 12, and February 26. The NEH supported documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. For more information you can visit us online.


Charlottesville Area Community Foundation – Future Fund

December 8 2014, 8:50am
Categories: Community Connection

CACF is a permanent endowment dedicated to building strong communities and creating positive change across central Virginia. There is a way for you to address intractable community issues like homelessness, access to education, and environmental preservation. The Future Fund is a community philanthropy program for young professionals in our 20s, 30s, and 40s. Members pool our dues each year, then make collective grants to nonprofit organizations that make an impact locally. You can join us in 2015 to connect with other Future Fund members and give where you live. You can learn more on our website.

Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers

December 7 2014, 8:46am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Bob from Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers. Every Tuesday we present our Scottish Country Dancing class at St. Paul’s Ivy Parish Hall in Ivy at 6:30pm. No experience is necessary. You are also invited to out dance on January, 18th. This event will begin at 2 in the afternoon also at St. Paul’s Ivy Parish Hall. You can enjoy live music featuring Mike Dunn on the fiddle and Janet Muse on piano. There will be a potluck dinner, haggis, bagpipes, ceilidh dancing, Scottish country dancing, and whiskey tasting. For more information on Blue Ridge Scottish Country Dancers you can visit us online.



Zephyrus Christmas

December 4 2014, 9:54am
Categories: Community Connection

Zephyrus is Central Virginia’s early music vocal ensemble. On Friday, December 12th at 8pm at St Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville; and Saturday, December 13th at 3:30pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood, we present concerts of German Baroque Christmas music. “In dulci jubilo: A German Baroque Christmas” features choral music of 16th and 17th century Germany, from familiar carol tunes to rarely performed sacred music for the holiday season. Eighteen singers are joined by violins, viola da gamba and organ on an anonymous Magnificat. Complete concert information available on our website, on Facebook or (434)227-4685.



December 3 2014, 9:51am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Beryl Solla from Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Whether you’re unemployed or looking for a career change, Piedmont Virginia Community College offers more than forty programs developing professional skills for a new career. There are programs in which you can earn your degree in just a few semesters. Spring Classes begin Monday, January 12th. You can register online.


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.