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 three-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.

You can read more information about Community Connections & Hear Together here: Community Connection Rules for Inclusion


Paint the Town Greene – Art Guild of Greene

May 14 2015, 4:36pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Deb Erickson from the Art Guild of Greene. We present a
Plein Air Paint Out, “Paint the Town Greene” on Saturday, June 13th in historic downtown Stanardsville.  Artists will paint, draw and sketch outdoors and the public will have the opportunity to observe and visit the artists as they create their chosen scene.  From 5:00 to 6:30 PM, the Guild will host a public reception, exhibit and art sale with food, drink and live music.  A People’s Choice Award will be presented at the reception. For more information on this non-juried event, including registration available online.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency – Escaping Zombie Debt

May 14 2015, 4:31pm
Categories: Community Connection

On Saturday, June 13th from 10am to 11:30am we present Escaping Zombie Debt, Featuring Legal Aid Justice Center Civil Advocacy Attorney, Brenda Castaneda and  myself, MACAA Steps to Success Director, Lindell Chavis. This presentation will focus on consumer rights especially in regards to debt collectors, court cases and garnishments. There will also be tips and methods that will help you be more in control of your money. Both Brenda and Lindell will be available for Q & A or individual questions after the talk. This presentation will be held at the Legal Aid Justice Center Library on Preston Avenue in Charlottesville. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required at 434-977-0553 ext. 149


Kid Pan Alley – Sherman the Peacemaker

May 14 2015, 4:28pm
Categories: Community Connection

On Saturday, June 6th the Stone Hill Players present the new play Sherman the Peacemaker. This show by James Reston Junior examines the aftermath of the Civil War. This play will be presented at that the Stone Hill Amphitheater in Rappahannock County. The gates will open at 5pm and the show will begin at 7pm. There will be a suggested donation at the gate with all proceeds benefiting the educational programs of Rappahannock-based Kid Pan Alley. More information about this program is available online.

LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

May 12 2015, 7:15am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, this is Victoria Hindley, Executive Director of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. I invite you to join us for a celebration of photographers June tenth through thirteenth on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Our line-up of events include artist talks at the Paramount Theater, evening projections at the Pavilion, and exhibitions in galleries, pop-up spaces and in the trees. There will be large-scale prints of insects by Piotr Naskrecki hanging from the trees  on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall starting on May 14th. Our mission is to celebrate the vision of photographers, begin conversations about issues, and foster the next generation of artists. More information and tickets. 

EMU’s Suzuki Strings Day Camp

May 12 2015, 7:13am
Categories: Community Connection

This summer we present the first Steel Wheels fiddle workshop in partnership with Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Tiller Strings and EMU’s Suzuki Strings Day Camp June 29th through July 2nd. During this camp, young musicians have daily group classes, recreation, and enrichment classes. This year will also feature daily Fiddle classes, culminating with a workshop and performance on Thursday with the Americana-Bluegrass band, The Steel Wheels. Participants will also be able to perform with The Steel Wheels at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival on July 10th. More Information.

Shelter for Help in Emergency – SHE

May 7 2015, 11:38am
Categories: Community Connection

We are seeking women and men from all walks of life to participate in our Summer 2015 Volunteer Training to help victims of domestic violence.  Volunteers are needed to serve on the hotline as well as Court Monitors, Children’s Program Assistants, Office Assistants, and Spanish language interpreters. Internships and other opportunities are also available. The training runs from June 9th through June 23rd, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from six to nine pm. There will also be a full day session held on Saturday June 20th  for those interested in working the hotline.  For more information you can contact Robin Goldstein via email at

Charlottesville Derby Dames

May 7 2015, 11:35am
Categories: Community Connection

On Saturday, May 30th we present a double header featuring Charlottesville’s Derby Dames All Stars and the Belmont Bruisers. This bout will take place at Main Street on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Doors open at 2pm, the first bout starts at 3pm. This is a family friendly event and tickets are available at Blue Moon Diner, Brown Paper Tickets, or from a Charlottesville Derby Dame. Proceeds from this event support the Derby Dames and Women in Math and Science. More information.



Common Ground: Sit-A-Thon

May 7 2015, 11:31am
Categories: Community Connection

On Saturday, June 13th we are holding our Sit-A-Thon for guided meditations on the hour, every hour, from 9:00 am until 6:00pm. There will be a celebration at the end of the event with a call-and-response musical meditation from India, called a kirtan. Like a walk-a-thon, Sit-a-Thon participants are gathering support for their team. Walk-ins are encouraged to participate as well, by attending a session and donations are suggested.  Common Ground offers massage and yoga in locations such as Friendship Court, the Westhaven Nursing Clinic, and the Fluvanna County Women’s prison or our studio in the Jefferson School City Center. More information.

Spring Dance Gala at PVCC’s Dickinson Theatre

May 2 2015, 9:00am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Gary Hart from Albemarle Ballet Theatre (ABT) and the Studio for the Performing Arts (SFTPA). We present our 11th Spring Dance Gala at PVCC’s Dickinson Theatre on Saturday, May 16th at 6pm. The gala opens with “The Doll Shop,” a story about a little girl who discovers a German toy maker’s mechanical dolls are alive. The show finishes with classical and contemporary ballet, and a Jazz version of “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Co-sponsors include Charlottesville Self Storage at Crozet, Crozet Lions Club, Morning Glory Gardeners and The Paramount. Proceeds from this production support SFTPA’s need-based scholarship program. More information including tickets.

University of Virginia Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center – Mimi’s 5K Run

May 2 2015, 8:57am
Categories: Community Connection

On May 16th Trump Winery will host Mimi’s Run 5 K. The race begins at 8:30 am and will lead runners through the rolling hills of the vineyards. All proceeds from this event will go directly to support our efforts to discover new and better medications, therapies and treatments for cardiovascular diseases.  Information about registration and how money raised helps heart health research can be found online.

YMCA of Central Virginia – 6th Storming of Thunder Ridge

May 2 2015, 8:54am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Paula Dahl from the YMCA of the Central Virginia.. We, Centra, and Beacon Credit Union invite you to join your friends and fellow cyclists in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia on Sunday, May 17th for the sixth annual Storming of Thunder Ridge road ride. This event offers camaraderie and challenge for every rider’s ability with a choice of four routes lengths, to allow you to ride at your own pace along safe and well-marked country roads.  Registration helps fund the Annual Fund of the YMCA of Central Virginia. Click here for more information and to register. 

The Haven – The Run for Home 8k / 4k

April 28 2015, 4:47am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Eleis Lester from The Haven. The Haven is a safe and welcoming day shelter for the homeless and very poor of Central Virginia. Serving over 85 people daily, The Haven provides respite for the weary and transformation for the ready. In this spirit of help we invite you to the Run for Home 8K Run or 4K Walk. Runners, walkers, families, baby joggers are all invited to participate in The Run for Home 8k run/ 4k walk to benefit The Haven, located in downtown Charlottesville. The race will kick off at 8am on Saturday, May 23rd on the Downtown Mall. All participants will receive a Haven fleece cap, a homemade breakfast will be served during an awards ceremony in The Haven’s sanctuary immediately following the race. This year’s race is sponsored by Virginia National Bank. For more information on the race including registration or volunteering, click here.

Main St. Lexington – Rock the Bridge

April 28 2015, 4:44am
Categories: Community Connection

On Sunday, May 17th, we present Rock the Bridge, 2015. This event is a one day open air music, food & arts festival happening on the Nelson Street Bridge in Downtown Lexington. Rock the Bridge is a party for the entire family featuring activities for children, regional foods, Virginia beers, and local merchants. There will also be a performance by DJ Williams Projekt. Rock the Bridge is sponsored by Kendal at Lexington, Atlantic Bay Mortgage, and other community partners.  More Information.

The International Rescue Committee

April 28 2015, 4:42am
Categories: Community Connection

The IRC Charlottesville office is hosting a citizenship information session for immigrants who are thinking about applying for U.S. citizenship. This information session, which begins at 6:30pm, on Wednesday, May 13th at the Northside Library, will include a presentation on citizenship services offered by the International Rescue Committee. These services are available to any legal permanent resident. There will also be a question and answer period.  IRC’s low-cost immigration services are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.  There will also be information on citizenship preparation classes in the area, which help people prepare for the naturalization interview and test. For more information you can contact Debbie Tuler, IRC’s Immigration Outreach Specialist, 434-979-7772, extension 119.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay For Life

April 23 2015, 8:16am
Categories: Community Connection

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay for Life is an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  This year’s event takes place at Albemarle High School on May 16th from 6PM until 6AM, preceded by a survivor’s reception at 4PM.  Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. We are looking for teams and participants to walk, as well as cancer survivors to be recognized at a reception.  We are also interested in entertainment, if you would like to perform at the event. More information online or by calling 434-978-7423.

Belmont Bruisers vs Five40 Roller Girls

April 22 2015, 9:31am
Categories: Community Connection



On April 30, the Charlottesville Derby Dames present  their first home game of the year, a roller derby bout between Charlottesville’s own Belmont Bruisers, and the Five 40 Roller Girls from Fredricksburg, VA. This bout will take place at Main Street Arena (the old ice park) on the Downtown Mall; doors open at 6pm, bout starts at 7pm. As always this is a family friendly event, so bring your all of your favorite people! Get your tickets in advance at Blue Moon Diner, Brown Paper Tickets, or from your favorite Dame. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program.
For more information

The Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance Foundation, RAMAF

April 22 2015, 8:09am
Categories: Community Connection

We are hosting our 2015 annual fundraising event, Physicians Got Fashion. This event will be held at 7pm on Saturday May 2nd at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club. The fashion show will feature a cocktail plus an Hors d’oeuvres Reception and a charity auction to benefit Access Now, Sexual Assault Crisis Kits (SACKs) and Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships in the Richmond area.  The 2015 Physicians Got Fashion Show will feature physician models from the greater Richmond area showcasing looks in formalwear, sportswear,  spirit-wear, loungewear, jewelry, accessories and more. More details and ticker information is available online.

Alliance Française of Charlottesville

April 22 2015, 8:00am
Categories: Community Connection

The City of Charlottesville is a sister city with Besançon, France. The Alliance Française of Charlottesville welcomes Loic Mazet, a 22-year-old student in International Trade from Montbeliard, France. Loic will be in Charlottesville for two months as the recipient of the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission Grant to give presentations at the Alliance Française de Charlottesville and local schools in order to foster relationships and promote the Sister City mission. As host to Loic, the Alliance Française of Charlottesville is offering his presentations every Monday from 12-1pm and Thursday from 5:30-6:30 through May 25th. The presentations will be held at the Alliance’s offices located at 700 Harris Street, Suite 105.
More information on this event and our other programs.

PVCC Kids College

April 17 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Becky Thys from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Kids College at PVCC College offers eight weeks of enriching and educational Summer Academies for students in third through ninth grade.  There are over eighty different academy choices  that provide project-based exploration into the STEM and Arts areas. This summer our week long academies offer courses in computer software, apps, video game design, three-D printers, fashion, architecture, dance, drama, and language among others. We offer half and full day options at PVCC and offsite in Fluvanna and other locations. Scholarships are available.  More Information.

North Branch Band Fair

April 17 2015, 11:06am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Bonnie Holliday from North Branch School. On Sunday, May 10th  1-6PM, we present BandFair Thirteen at Cardinal Point Winery with music by Andy Waldek and Friends, Lord Nelson, and more. The day also includes acrobatic performances, children’s activities, food and wine, cake walk, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit North Branch’s financial assistance and scholarship funds. Founded in 1983, North Branch is an independent, not-for-profit school for children ages 3 – 14 in Afton.  For tickets and more information, 540-456-8450.