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


Harlem Wizards Game

March 3 2015, 6:04pm
Categories: Community Connection


The Harlem Wizard’s basketball team is coming to Nelson Middle School, Tuesday March 17 at 7:00pm. (Doors open at 6:00pm)

At a Wizards game, fans will witness a magical display of tricks, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction! Two hours of family fun where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together!

General Admission tickets –Adult $12 Student $10

Tickets can be purchased at Nelson Middle School from now until the day of the game, March 17th. Tickets are also available online at

Piedmont Master Gardeners – Annual Spring Plant Sale & Gardener’s Help Desk

March 3 2015, 5:23pm
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to our Annual Spring Plant Sale and Gardener’s Help Desk. This event is taking place on Saturday, May Second from nine to noon at the Ix Complex in Downtown Charlottesville. You can get ready for spring with this horticultural event designed for the whole family. The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards offer their annual Spring Plant Sale and Gardeners’ Help Desk with a selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants all grown by the Piedmont Master Gardeners.  The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be on hand with a selection of young trees and advice on how to grow them. You can find more information online.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter – WALK MS Charlottesville

March 3 2015, 5:17pm
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to join us for Walk MS Charlottesville. This year’s fundraising walk will be on Saturday, March Twenty-Eighth. The walk begins at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall. The walker check-in begins at nine am and the walk kicks off at ten am. There will be both a one mile and three mile route for you to choose from.  Walk MS raises money to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You can find more information or registration head to our website.

Fifth Annual Crozet Swing Dance Fundraiser

March 3 2015, 11:29am
Categories: Community Connection


Fifth Annual Crozet Swing Dance Fundraiser

Saturday, March 14, 2014, from 8 to 11 PM

at the Field School, 1408 Crozet Avenue (across from Crozet Elementary)

The dance is a fundraiser for the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) and the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad (WARS)

Admission is a $20 per person donation. Active duty first responders get in free . 100% of the admission dollars will go to these agencies.

A free swing dance lesson by Swing Dance instructors Jessica and Taylor Moore will be offered at 7:00 PM followed by three hours of music from 8-11 pm.

Music is being donated by the local band, Salute to Swing, a 16 piece big band provides great dancing and listening music from the forties and fifties.

Light refreshments and snacks, including beer and wine will be available.

The Crozet Community Association will hold a pie contest and a Pi costume contest for all ages, since it’s 3/14/15, which is the first five digits of Pi, 3.1415.

You can bake a pie, buy raffle tickets to be a judge of the pies, buy a slice of pie or where a “Pi” or “pie” costume. However you slice it, it’s fun for the whole family.

Last but not least – we need your help. It takes a village to put on a swing dance. If you can help for an hour or so, bake a pie, provide drinks or snacks, please sign-up at:

Many organizations in Crozet are helping put on this event. Be sure to thank: Lions Club, AMP Design, the Crozet Gazette, and of course, the Crozet Community Association (CCA)) Thanks for your support and assistance.

So get together with your co-workers, neighbors, or book club together and come to dance and/or listen at the fourth Annual Crozet Swing Dance this Saturday, March 14. Bring your dancing shoes and have a wonderful evening

Thanks for your support of your local first responders.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library – Spring Book Sale

March 3 2015, 10:02am
Categories: Community Connection

For 50 years the Friends of the Library have been holding book sales to raise money for the programs and special projects of the public library system in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. This spring, the sale will run March 21st through March 29th in the lower level of the Gordon Avenue Library. All sales of books, CDs, videos, DVDs, LPs, puzzles and games will benefit our public library system, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.  For more information you can write us, or visit us online.

Scottsville Museum – Sheridan’s Raid

March 1 2015, 8:48am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Lydia Wilson from the Scottsville Museum. You are invited to the Commemoration of the One-Hundred-Fiftieth Anniversary of Sheridan’s Raid. We will mark when the Civil War came to Scottsville. On Monday, March 6, 1865, the Union Army invaded and destroyed bridges, over two dozen homes, factories, and mills.  During the weekend of March sixth through the eighth we hold events to observe this historic event.  You can visit the History Mobile, a traveling museum of the Civil War in Virginia. There will be Museum Exhibits: Featuring artifacts of Sheridan’s raid, the lives of African-American families, and women in mourning after the war. There will also be a self-guided walking tour, a parade featuring the 2nd U.S. Cavalry and fifty horses on Saturday, March seventh, and several other events. You can learn more and see an event schedule online .

Big C New Me

February 19 2015, 12:33pm
Categories: Community Connection


Charlottesville cancer survivors to receive complimentary day of pampering courtesy of Big C New Me and Bella Boutique on March 7

National non-profit organization Big C New Me will be joining Bella Boutique to help cancer.

Big C New Me

Men, women and teens are encouraged to apply now. Survivors reclaim their power, beauty and worth with a complete makeover, hair/wig styling and a professional photo shoot on March 7, 2015. This event is especially significant to the salon, having lost their owner Thom Dobbins, to pancreatic cancer in 2012.

15 cancer survivors (men, women and teens) will participate. Photography services are being donated by local photographer Martyn Kyle of Pernmoot Photography.

Food and beverages are being donated by Whole Foods and Thistle Gate Vineyard.

Eloise is loaning clothing to the participants for the photo shoot.

WHEN: Saturday March 7 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bella Boutique 106 S. 1st Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Haven – 8K and 4K

February 17 2015, 11:21am
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, March 17th 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. More information on the race including registration or volunteering.

Richmond Montessori School

February 16 2015, 11:24am
Categories: Community Connection

Accredited by the American Montessori Society and Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Richmond Montessori School is one of only four AMS accredited schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia; it is one of two schools with dual AMS/VAIS accreditation. Richmond Montessori School is a diverse environment that has promoted self-motivation, confidence, and academic excellence since 1965.  We are currently enrolling primary, elementary, and middle school aged students. More information.

SHE – Shelter for Help in Emergency

February 15 2015, 11:22am
Categories: Community Connection

We are seeking women and men from all walks of life to participate in our Winter 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 March Third through March Nineteenth, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from six to nine pm. There will also be a full day session held on Saturday March Fourteenth for those interested in working the hotline.  For more information you can contact Robin Goldstein via email

The Haven – Pet Service

February 14 2015, 11:18am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Eleis Lester from The Haven. The Haven exists because everyone needs a place to start. It 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. We invite you to the First Annual Charlottesville Pet Memorial Service on Sunday, March 1st  from 2 to 4pm. The service will include a memorial slideshow, guided meditation and selected readings. Refreshments and sharing of stories to follow. This service is being sponsored by Dr. Cheryl Thorpe of Sage Veterinary Services. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefiting The Haven. More information.

Tandem Friends School presents “I’m Not Racist…Am I?”

February 8 2015, 9:29am
Categories: Community Connection

We present the film, I’m Not Racist…Am I? at the Paramount Theater on Feb. 26th, 2015 at 7 pm. This ninety minute feature documentary follows twelve New York City high school students of all different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds for one year as they complete a series of workshops and discussions, all about race and privilege. The Director and Producer of the film will be at the event and will lead a Q&A dialogue with the audience after the viewing. More information about this film can be found online and screening info is at The Paramount’s website. This programming is supported by the Dialogue on Race initiative in the City of Charlottesville Office of Human Rights; in coordination with Tandem Friends School and Charlottesville Friends Meeting.

St. John’s Church Foundation

February 8 2015, 9:25am
Categories: Community Connection

St. John’s Church Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensure the historic preservation of St.John’s Church. This is a National Historic Landmark, in recognition as the original location of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech Throughout the month of February we are encouraging you to “Fess up.” If you have not visited before you can “fess up” at the desk to learn about a complimentary tour. Then you can share your visit online with the hashtag #fessupFebruary. For more information including visitation hours check online.

The Sugar Hollow Three Bridges Five and Ten K Race

February 8 2015, 9:23am
Categories: Community Connection

The White Hall Ruritans invite you to participate in The Sugar Hollow Three Bridges Five and Ten K Race on Saturday, March Fourteenth. Both courses will incorporate bridges and the Sugar Hollow Reservoir. Proceeds from the races  will aid in the restoration of the White Hall Community Center, a historic building in Western Albemarle County, and for the many community services provided by the organization, including scholarships to area college bound students, 5th grade achievement awards, highway cleanup and other projects. Following the race, there will be a pancake breakfast at the White Hall Community Center. You can learn more and register for the race online.

North Branch School

February 7 2015, 9:14am
Categories: Community Connection

The teachers and staff of North Branch invite you to tour the school, visit classrooms, meet teachers and parents, and learn more about our activities-based approach to learning.  Visitors may call for an appointment or attend Open House on Tuesday, March 3, 9 – 11:30 AM or Thursday, March 5, 6:30 – 8 PM. For more information, (540)456-8450 or online.

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity – Battle of the Bands

February 7 2015, 9:11am
Categories: Community Connection

On Sunday, April26th our Youth Leadership Council will be hosting their first annual Battle of the Bands fundraiser at The Broadberry in Richmond. The RMHFH Youth Leadership Council is comprised of eight local, thirteen to eighteen year olds. Eight to twelve acts will perform.  All proceeds from this event will help Richmond Habitat build homes in the Greater Richmond area. You can learn about this event online.

PAX – Program of Academic Exchange

February 7 2015, 9:06am
Categories: Community Connection

PAX provides global education and exchange opportunities for students, host families, schools, and communities. Founded in 1990, PAX is a non-profit educational organization that provides young people from the United States and abroad with opportunities to live with a family in another country and to study and travel abroad. Each year up to 1100 high school students participate in international exchange through PAX. You can share America with a high school exchange student from one of seventy countries. You can learn more about being a host family online.

UVa McIntire Department of Music – Todd Meehan & Douglas Perkins

February 2 2015, 9:25am
Categories: Community Connection

The UVa McIntire Department of Music  presents percussionists Todd Meehan and Douglas Perkins on Friday February 20th. Meehan and Perkins will collaborate with UVa faculty member I-Jen Fang at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. The duo has been praised by national publications such as the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal for their percussion talents. This concert will feature works composed by Ph.D candidates. More information about this show and other events is available online.

UVA Continuing Studies

January 30 2015, 9:17am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Kathryn Buzzoni from UVa’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Our Personal Enrichment Program offers evening, non-credit courses with no grades and no tests.  Course topics include the arts, astronomy, history, gardening, writing workshops, and wellness, among others. Classes meet just one night a week for four to eight weeks.  Registration for spring courses is open now.  More information about UVa’s Personal Enrichment program is available online.

Dogtown Dance Theater – Mardi Gras 2015

January 30 2015, 9:15am
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to our annual Mardi Gras celebration and parade. This event is open to the public. This year we will feature parade floats, beignets, food trucks, a silent auction and raffle; plus performances by Host of Sparrows, Scarlet Starlet, Malayaworks, Pole Pressure, and music by Happy Lucky Combo. The parade begins at three pm on Saturday, February 14th followed by the performances from 4 to 7pm. Then on Fat Tuesday, February 17th we will host the parade again beginning at 5:30pm and the performances following.  Both events are at Dogtown Dance Theatre, one-oh-nine West Fifteenth Street in Richmond. More information can be found online.