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


82nd ANNUAL Blue Ridge House and Garden Tour

March 25 2015, 9:12am
Categories: Community Connection

10am - 5pm. Lexington and Rockbridge County. $20/person (in advance) | $25/person (day of; tickets available in Lexington March 1 – April 25 at the Lexington Visitor Center or Hamilton Robins). 540-463-4665 or

From old roots, new shoots. Take a stroll — or a trolley ride! — down Main Street and visit four recently restored 18th, 19th and early 20th century homes and gardens located within a half mile of each other in the historic downtown. These first-time-on-tour properties will tell you a tale of restoration and adaptive reuse — all four have received awards for historic preservation. Lexington, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a unique time capsule of architectural styles.

Home to both VMI and W&L, this Shenandoah Valley town is also a thriving commercial center bustling with art galleries, unique shops and restaurants, private residences and historic inns.

Tour highlights include presentations on Tax Credits and the Restoration of Historic Buildings and The History of Main Street plus tours of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, container gardening demonstrations, refreshments and blue grass music.

Enjoy a special Garden Day luncheon available at downtown restaurants and plan to stay the night in an historic downtown inn, hotel or B&B.

Tour Properties: Grace House: 506 South Main St. | The J.T. McCrum House: 321 South Main St. | 1 Sheridan Row | 5 Sheridan Row

Tickets: Cash or check only. By mail: send a business-size, self-addressed envelope with a check payable to Blue Ridge Garden Club to Kathy Lamb, 93 Riverbend Dr., Lexington, VA 24450.

concorDance contemporary – re:Frame

March 19 2015, 10:21am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Gary Hart from concorDance contemporary. We present re:Frame,  a dance concert designed to change perspective on the art. Seven Dancers will showcase the work of four different choreographers using dance to tell their story. This performance will have three shows the weekend of April 10th through 12th at two locations. The performances will be held at Albemarle Ballet Theatre and The Haven. You can learn more and find ticket information online.

Prism Coffeehouse – Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice, & Mark Schatz

March 19 2015, 10:18am
Categories: Community Connection

Prism Coffeehouse presents Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice and Mark Schatz at seven pm on Sunday, March 22nd at The Haven in Downtown Charlottesville. The concert features selections from Danny’s new guitar album, Waltz for Aimee, and will include cameo performances by Danny on mandolin and vocals and by Mark on banjo and the old hambone.  The trio will also offer three separate, simultaneous workshops earlier that day. For more information on this concert, the workshops and our organization, find us online.

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports – WAS 5K Run

March 19 2015, 10:16am
Categories: Community Connection

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those with disabilities through outdoor sport and recreation. We present the WAS 5k  Run, Walk and Roll out and back road race on Saturday, April 18th at 10 a.m. The race begins at Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County. All proceeds from the 5k support Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. The event is open to runners, walkers and adaptive hand cyclists. You can learn more and register online.

Piedmont Master Gardeners

March 19 2015, 10:13am
Categories: Community Connection

Piedmont Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service,  present the 2015 Spring Garden Lecture Series. The lectures are on Wednesday evenings from seven to 8:30pm in Room A at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street Extended. Topics for the lectures include gardening, lawn care, and native plants. You can find details on the lecture series online.

UVA – Department of Otolaryngology

March 19 2015, 10:09am
Categories: Community Connection

We are holding our first annual World Voice Day Celebration and Concert on April 16th from 1-5 p.m. at Old Cabell Hall on UVa Grounds. The event will feature performances by local choirs and singer-songwriters, including David Sickmen of the Hackensaw Boys, as well as discussions on vocal health and preventative care from the Department of Otolaryngology’s voice team. The event is open to the public. For more information you can find us on Facebook.

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Film Screening

March 17 2015, 11:26am
Categories: Community Connection

RAM Logo

Remote Area Medical, the providers of free vision, dental, and medical care for the needy and uninsured will be hosting a film screening of their new documentary .  The event will take place at the Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College Main Stage in Charlottesville, Va. on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm.  After the screening there will be a question and answer session by organization founder and former Wild Kingdom tv host, Stan Brock. There will be a reception following the film as well with light snacks. Tickets are  $10 and 5$ for students. All ticket sales will benefit the newly formed  Remote Area Medical Virginia affiliate, dedicated to providing free medical, dental, and vision services to patients in need in the state of Virginia . You can get further information about this film and RAM at RAM is a 501(c) (3) non profit organization .

Peace-Builder Represents Free Film at Unity

March 16 2015, 7:46pm
Categories: Community Connection


Susan Koscis, spent the past twenty years working with Search for Common Ground, and international peace building organization that does conflict resolution work in hotspots around the world.  She will be hosted by Unity of Charlottesville this Sunday, March 22 for a free film showing of Under the Same Sun, at 1:30pm.  Unity is located at 2825 Hydraulic Road in Charlottesville.


Under the Same Sun is produced by an Israeli and directed by a Palestinian, with an all Palestinian and Israeli crew, and co-produced by Search for Common Ground.  The film is a contemporary parable set in the Middle East that puts forth the notion that people who have historically seen one another as enemies can work together peacefully and productively for the common good. 


After the film, Koscis will be joined by Rev. Don Lansky and Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky, co-ministers of Unity, for a question and answer session and discussion.  Koscis is intimately familiar with the film as she spent one year traveling with it to film festivals around the country.

“We first saw Under the Same Sun at the First International Awakened World Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA,” said Rev. Patricia Gulino Lansky.  “The film conveys a vision of possibility for peace between Israel and Palestine in a way that is non-preachy and transcends religious boundaries.”


For More information, call Unity at (434) 978-1062 or visit their website at

Blue Ridge Medical Center’s Outreach and Enrollment

March 13 2015, 9:28am
Categories: Community Connection

If you had incurred a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014 and you missed the deadline to sign up for national health care, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period from going through April 30th.  This means you may still be able to obtain health insurance for 2015, and avoid the penalty for next year. To see if you qualify, you can contact Blue Ridge Medical Center’s Outreach and Enrollment personnel at 434-263-4000 or online.

Crozet Community Orchestra

March 13 2015, 9:24am
Categories: Community Connection

We are performing our public concert on Sunday, March 22nd at Crozet Baptist Church, on Saint George Ave at four pm. Directed by Philip Clark the concert will feature husband and wife solo violinists Monika Chamasyan (pronounced kah may zee-an) Mark Dorosheff whom performs often with the US Air Force Strings. They will perform the Navarra for orchestra and violin duo by Pablo de Sarasate, Mozart’s Rondo in C and Nocturne by Bagdasaryan. Also on the program are works by Sibelius, Elgar and Faure, with a reception to follow. Details about us and this event are at Facebook.

The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) – UVA

March 13 2015, 9:17am
Categories: Community Connection

You can experience Indian classical arts performed by UVa students, faculty, and Charlottesville community members on Saturday, March 28th at 6pm in the UVA Chemistry auditorium. As a finale to the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Big Read, Indian Classical Night will feature vocal, dance, and instrumental performances. The concert is open to the public and Indian snacks will be served at intermission. The event is presented by SPICMACAY, the Hindu Students Council, and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. More information.

University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures – Humanities Week 2015

March 11 2015, 10:09am
Categories: Community Connection

The University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures  invites you to join us for Humanities Week 2015: April 6th through 10th. Humanities Week is a celebration of the humanities, arts, and everything it means to be human. Students, faculty, staff, and community members collaborate to create a space and host a unique series of events, which includes gardening, lectures, art, poetry, food, performance, and more. You can see a full listing of this year’s events online.

The Masill & Friends Best Future Fund

March 11 2015, 10:06am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Christian Masill, I am the volunteer CEO of The Masill & Friends Best Future Fund. On Saturday April 4th, we present the Future Spring Fest 15 featuring three bands, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and a silent auction.  The performers include Coyote, Aubrey Driggers, and the Gold Top County Ramblers.  The Future Spring Fest is happening at the Rapidan Hunt Club.  Tickets are available at The Music Store in Ruckersville and at MAD Arts in Madison.  All proceeds benefit theTransplant Center at The University of Virginia Medical Center. For more information you can find us on Facebook at The Masill & Friends Best Future Fund.

Oakland School – Troy, VA

March 10 2015, 10:00am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Jamie Cato, Admissions Director for Oakland School. Oakland in Troy, offers an individualized program for students in grades first through eighth. We offer small class size, daily one-to-ones, and specific skills’ instruction that focuses on reading, math, written language, organization, and study skills. This curriculum is built for students seeking support. We invite you to Oakland School’s Open House on Friday, April 17th, at 10:00 AM. This is your opportunity to meet Carol Williams, our Head of School, take a tour of the campus and classrooms, and learn more about Oakland’s year-round and summer programs. More information.

Cville Ten Miler

March 10 2015, 10:00am
Categories: Community Connection

This year MACAA is the beneficiary of the Charlottesville Ten Miler. Each year more than two-thousand runners take part. Now in its fortieth year, the Charlottesville Ten Miler will be held on Saturday, the 21st. The race is presented by the Charlottesville Track Club and proceeds go to MACAA. For more information and to register for the race check our website.

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards – 2015 Symposium

March 10 2015, 9:54am
Categories: Community Connection

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, founded in June 2008, are a group of volunteers whose mission is to support rural and urban in the area. You are invited to our 2015 Symposium:  Trees and Climate Impact on Sunday, March Twenty-Ninth, from one to five pm, at Saint Anne’s-Belfield School. Speakers are Steven Nash, author of Virginia Climate Fever:  How Global Warming will Transform our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests, Bettina Ring, State Forester for Virginia, Judy Dunscomb, Senior Conservation Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, and Joe Murray, International Society of Arborists Instructor. You can learn more, and register online.

StreamWatch Volunteer Training

March 9 2015, 4:03pm
Categories: Community Connection




StreamWatch is hosting a volunteer stream monitor training session on Saturday, March 28th, from 10AM until 3PM at the Fluvanna County Public Library. The session will cover the fundamentals of stream biological sampling—catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates for the purpose of evaluating water quality and stream health.

The training is free, but class size is limited. To reserve a space, or for further information about the training, contact Anne Dunckel at 434-249-5306 or

StreamWatch collects and consolidates stream health data, and distributes information about stream conditions to decision-makers and the public. For more about StreamWatch, visit

Lime Kiln Theater

March 9 2015, 8:49am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Spencer McElroy, the director of the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington.  Lime Kiln is an intimate, outdoor venue that hosts a concert series as well as theatrical performances. Our season runs from May to September, and features a range of local, regional, and national acts. The theater was founded three decades ago. Our volunteers helped build the stage that has hosted national touring bands as well as plays and musicals. You can find information on this season’s schedule and tickets online.

Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution

March 7 2015, 8:45am
Categories: Community Connection

Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution, VACCR, is a consortium of nine nonprofit community conflict resolution centers working to help Virginians resolve conflict constructively. March is Mediation Month in Virginia.  Members of VACCR and the Virginia Mediation Network are using the opportunity to encourage Virginians to “Talk It Out” and resolve a dispute using dialogue, either on their own or with the help of a mediator. We have events all month long to help people talk it out.  You can learn more about our events and how to register on our website.

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