Community Connection

WNRN’s Community Connection is your source for events and organizations making a difference in our community. Tell us what you and your organization are doing and we will connect you to the active, caring WNRN community.

We need at least two weeks advance notice to promote your event. All organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. To get your group connected email .

A Flea in Her Ear, UVA Dept. of Drama – 17 to 19 and 23 to 26 Apr.

April 17 2014, 12:30pm
Categories: Community Connection

UVa Drama crazy for youThe U.Va Department of Drama proudly presents A Flea in Her Ear, directed by Colleen Kelly.  Playing at the Ruth Caplin Theatre, April 17-19 and April 23-26 at 8pm.  A Flea in Her Ear is the hilarious French farce about a suspicious wife and the repercussions of her plan to prove her husband’s infidelity.  Tickets for A Flea in Her Ear are available now at our website.

DR100, 50 and 100 Bike Ride – 3 May

April 17 2014, 12:24pm
Categories: Community Connection

DR100The DR100 is an annual 50K and 100K bicycle ride throughout Rockingham county held in honor of Dr. Joseph Mirenda and other victims of dangerous cycling road conditions.  All proceeds go towards making the streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians in Harrisonburg and Rockingham county.  You’re invited to join us for this year’s event on May 3rd, and bring your family for our new free four and a half mile family fun ride.  For more information and to register visit our website.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wily Wolf – 17 May

April 17 2014, 12:17pm
Categories: Community Connection

albemarle-balletThe Albemarle Ballet Theatre and Studio for The Performing Arts presents “Little Red Riding Hood & the Wily Wolf ”  for our 10th Anniversary Spring Dance Gala.  This event will be held at PVCC’s Main Stage on Saturday, May 17th at 6:30pm.  This family show will include Little Red’s forest friends as Red and company make their journey through the magic forest to grandma’s house.  Albemarle Ballet Theatre dancers, professional actors and dancers perform Nicky Hart Coelho’s and Veronica Hart’s witty interpretation of this favorite fairy tale. ABT celebrates their 10th anniversary by giving back to the community.  10 lucky dancers will win free classes this summer at ABT.  For more information and tickets, visit our website.

Haven Acoustic Showcase

April 17 2014, 12:11pm
Categories: Community Connection

The HavenThe Haven is proud to announce our Second Annual Haven Acoustic Showcase. This year’s event will be held at the Haven on Thursday, May 8th from seven to eleven pm.  You can enjoy performances from Chamomile & Whiskey, plus Kathryn Caine and The Small Band and The Get Rights. The Haven’s second annual concert to benefit the day shelter.  The Haven works to end homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services.  The Second Annual Haven Acoustic Showcase is supported by Potter’s Cider, Champion Brewing company, Starr Hill and New City Arts.  For more information and including tickets, visit our website.

Kids’ Trail Race for Oakland School’s Scholarships – 4 May

April 17 2014, 12:04pm
Categories: Community Connection

oakland-logoYou are invited to our 3rd annual Kids’ Trail Race happening on Sunday, May 4th at 2 pm.  This is an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of exercise and fun.  There will be a 500 meter fun run for ages 4 to 8, a one mile trail race for ages 9 to 12 and a two mile trail race for ages 13 to 16.  Registration includes a race t-shirt and the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.  Proceeds from the race will support Oakland School’s scholarship program. For more information, visit our website.  You can enjoy this fun event and make some new friends at Oakland School Kids’ Trail Race.

Rivanna River Makeover

April 15 2014, 1:36pm
Categories: Community Connection


The Rivanna Conservation Society and its many partners are hosting a series of events designed to improve the health and quality of the Rivanna River.Volunteers  are needed for most of the events, so those interested in participating are encouraged to register at Events will be held throughout the month.


Love Endures 5k & 10k

April 14 2014, 8:57am
Categories: Community Connection


Love Endures 5K/10K – Benefiting the Children of Haiti

The Love Endure 5K/10K is an officially timed 5K/10K benefiting the Hands and Feet Project.  The Hands and Feet Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing family-style, faith based care for Haiti’s orphaned and abandoned children. This event will be held at Percival’s Island Natural Area in Lynchburg, Virginia on April 19th 2014 at 9:00 am.

Location: Percival’s Island Natural Area

Dates: Saturday, Apr 19 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Address: 1600 Concord Turnpike, Lynchburg, VA 24502


April 8 2014, 8:47am
Categories: Community Connection



Fundraiser to Benefit Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

Area runners will don their brightest neon colored clothing for the WAS Run on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM.  Hosted by Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS), the 5k, 8k run fundraiser will start and finish at the Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Wintergreen (Nelson County), Virginia.


Both participants and volunteers can preregister online for the “WAS Run” through  Packet pickup and late cash only registration is on race morning between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


The 5k is $20, the 8k is $25 and a “WAS running” t-shirt is $10. All proceeds from this event supports WAS in its mission to improve the lives of those with disabilities through outdoor sports and recreation.  At WAS, “all we see is possibility.” 


About Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports is a non-profit that offers adaptive instruction in alpine skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and canoeing for participants of any age or disability level. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with a disability through outdoor sports and recreation.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, next to the slopes of Wintergreen Resort and adjacent to Wintergreen’s beautiful Lake Monocan, all we see is possibility. We have a wide array of adaptive sports equipment to meet individualized needs and our highly trained staff is skilled and compassionate. Participants in our programs include people with autism, developmental disabilities, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, wounded warriors, and more.

Adaptive sports provide people living with disabilities a way to break down barriers of participation and experience remarkable sporting achievement.

The Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF)

March 28 2014, 9:30am
Categories: Community Connection


The Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF) at UVa is a student organization on grounds that works with various other CIOs to organize an annual weekend-long film festival. Each of our films focuses on a different national or international issue of human rights and social justice. All films are free, and many include free food and a director question session or professor panel afterwards.

The 2014 Festival will take place from Thursday, April 3 – Sunday April 6.

The schedule is as follows:

April 3 – Act of Killing* // 7pm // Nau 101
April 4 – Even The Rain (También La Lluvia) // 5pm // TBA
April 5 – @home // 2pm // TBA
April 6 – God Loves Uganda // 2pm // Campbell Hall 153
April 6 – The Square* // 7pm // Campbell Hall 153

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

March 21 2014, 10:11am
Categories: Community Connection

The Sexual Assault Resource Agency—which works to end sexual violence and provide support services to survivors in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.  April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.  You can participate and show your support of survivors with events such as Take Back the Night or “Three for All”, SARA’s three-legged fundraising race, and by educating yourself, your family and your friends about sexual violence.  You can also volunteer with SARA. Volunteer Hotline Advocate training will be held in May and again in the Fall.  For more information, visit our website or 434-295-7273.

Sexual Assault Resource Agency

March 21 2014, 10:09am
Categories: Community Connection

The Sexual Assault Resource Agency—which works to end sexual violence and provide support services to survivors in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.  Our services range from a twenty-four-seven crisis hotline to support groups, counseling, prevention education in local schools, and providing accompaniment and advocacy to survivors in the Emergency Room and in the criminal legal system.  All of our services are free and confidential. To learn more, or to become a SARA Volunteer visit our website or 434-295-7273.

People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry Golf Tournament – 22 May

March 21 2014, 10:04am
Categories: Community Connection

pacem-logoHi I’m Jesse Boeckermann from PACEM, People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry.  The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail will be hosting and sponsoring their fifth annual benefit golf tournament on Thursday, May 22 at Lake Monticello Golf Course. The 4-person team, Captain’s Choice Shotgun Start begins at 1:00 that afternoon. The registration fees include green fees, cart, range balls, drinks, snacks, a cookout , prizes, and gifts. They’re seeking anyone interested in playing in the tournament, sponsorships, and/or making donations. A portion of the proceeds will go to PACEM. For more information, you visit our website.

Project GROWS North Augusta Farmers Market in Verona, Virginia – 2 Apr to Oct

March 21 2014, 9:59am
Categories: Community Connection

Project_Grows_LogoProject GROWS is  excited to announce that  is now managing the North Augusta Farmers Market in Verona, Virginia.  The Farmers market, located in the Augusta County Government Center pavilion in Verona will open on Wednesday April 2nd. The market will be held every Wednesday from noon until 5:15 pm through October. You can buy locally produced food, handcrafted items and meet the real folks behind it all. We welcome both new customers and new vendors. For more information, North Augusta Farmers Market facebook page, or our website.

Junior League of Richmond’s 69th Book & Author Event – 30 Apr

March 21 2014, 9:53am
Categories: Community Connection

Junior League of RichmodThe Junior League of Richmond invites you to the 69th Book & Author Event, presented by Dominion Resources, Incorporated. They will hold its annual Dinner on Wednesday, April 30th  at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This year’s honored authors are Corban Addison, Lolis Eric Elie, Dan Harris, Daniel Jones, Jen Lancaster, James Swanson, and Carol Wall. Bob Deans, noted author featured at the 62nd Book & Author Dinner, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the longest-running dinner of its kind in the country. For more information on these books and authors, or to make your reservation, and buy books, visit our website.

Fluvanna SPCA’s 5K Run/Walk – 21 Apr

March 21 2014, 9:48am
Categories: Community Connection

Fluvanna SPCAThe Fluvanna SPCA, a no-kill shelter, will be holding our 4th annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12th at 7:30 am at the scenic and challenging Lake Monticello Golf Course.  Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers overall and per age group.  Join us as we celebrate our twenty-fifth year of serving the community. All proceeds will support our life-saving mission to rescue homeless pets and place them in good, loving homes. For more information, and to register, visit our website.

Habitat City

March 12 2014, 11:29am
Categories: Community Connection

Bridge PAIThis spring local artists, designers, architects, and students will team up with area nonprofits to build nine six by six foot shelters as part of Habitat City.  The habitats will be displayed at The Bridge throughout March, then placed along West Main Street in April as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival and the city’s West Main Streetscaping plans.  Habitat City is an innovative way to develop new public spaces that combine creativity with community need.  Each shelter is unique, whether it is a performance space, an artist’s studio, a greenhouse for autistic adults, a mini-library, or a shed for a school garden.  For more information visit our website.

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival Seeking Volunteers – 10 to 11 May

February 28 2014, 12:58pm
Categories: Community Connection

Claudius Crozet ParkThe Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival is entering its 34th year and is seeking volunteers for the May festival.  Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival is a biannual festival held each May and October as the primary fund raising event for Claudius Crozet Park a nonprofit community park that is open all year long for all to enjoy.  There are many volunteer opportunities available from greeting guests at the gate to watching an artist booth so the artist can take a much needed break during the festival.  The best part, for donating a small amount of time you receive free admission to the event.  For more information on how to get involved visit our website.

Shenandoah Initiative for Adult Education

February 19 2014, 12:16pm
Categories: Community Connection

SHINEShenandoah Initiative for Adult Education, or SHINE, is a public, adult education organization providing instruction in national GED curriculum, English lessons for speakers of other languages, and Diploma-completion programs.  We are organized by the Department of Education to provide services in the Central Shenandoah Valley.  Our services have reasonable fees, and, in some programs, are free.  If you or your organization or business would like more information about our services, please call Nick Dashnaw or Katy Parrish at 540-946-9241.

FETCH-a-Cure’s Pen Pals Seeking Dog Trainers and Transporters

February 7 2014, 11:22am
Categories: Community Connection

Pen Pals - Fetch a CureFETCH-a-Cure’s Pen Pals. Through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections, inmates at several Virginia correctional centers train and socialize rescue dogs with the guidance and instruction from two professional dog trainers.  The Pen Pals program not only lowers the rate of euthanasia in Virginia’s city dog shelters, but also provides life skills to inmates.  The Pen Pals program promotes inmate rehabilitation while increasing positive communication and interaction between correctional center staff and the rest of the inmate population.  We have an urgent need of people willing to taxi dogs in the Charlottesville, Albemarle area.  To learn more and support our cause, visit our website.