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


9th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition

September 24 2015, 11:33am
Categories: Community Connection

The Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall present the 9th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition on Saturday, November 14th at 3pm. This competition produces a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share for a cash prize and a trophy. Also on Saturday November 14th The United Nations of Comedy Tour Returns. The evening will feature performances from Jordan Rock, Aaron Berg, Mimi Gonzalez, and Funnyman Skiba. More information on these shows, including tickets is available online.  

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards: Tree Steward Training

September 15 2015, 3:42pm
Categories: Community Connection

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are holding Tree Steward Training classes at the Department of Forestry on Tuesdays, October 6th-December 8th. The classes will teach you about trees, books and materials are included with the tuition. We are also offering a Tree Basics for Homeowners class on October 9th. We will focus on pruning principles, tools, and a demonstration.

Our Fall Tree Sale will be held on October 10th at the City Market from 7:00- noon. There will be 50 varieties of small, primarily native trees for sale. More information on the sale and our classes is available online.

University of Virginia Department of Drama presents: Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson

September 14 2015, 3:36pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Taylor Goodson from the U.Va. Department of Drama. We present an evening of history and rock n’ roll with Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, October 1-3 & October 7-10 at 8 pm in the Culbreth Theatre. This contemporary, fast-moving and satirical musical careens between fact and fiction as it portrays our seventh President as history’s ultimate rock star. Ticket information is available from the U.Va. Arts Box Office at 434-924-3376 or go online.

Boxerwood Nature Center – Fall Family Festival

September 10 2015, 3:33pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Hannah West, one of the educators at Boxerwood Nature Center in Lexington.  On Saturday September 26th from 1-5 we are holding our annual Fall Family Festival, the rain date is on the 27th.  Our festival is a family friendly affair with apple cider pressing, homemade donuts, dance performances by Halestone Dance Company, Rockbridge SPCA pets, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. More information can be found on our website and our Facebook page.  

Charlottesville Derby Dames – Everything is CLAWsome!

August 31 2015, 10:02am
Categories: Community Connection

On September 19th, the Charlottesville Derby Dames are the beneficiary of CLAW – Charlottesville Ladies Arm Wrestling’s event: Everything is CLAWsome! The doors open at 7pm, the bout starts at 8pm at Blue Moon Diner in Midtown Charlottesville. CLAW will feature area women in an arm wrestling tournament. You can expect spectacle, costumes, and local celebrity judges. VIP tickets are available in advance at Blue Moon Diner, Brown Paper Tickets, or from a Charlottesville Derby Dame. General admission tickets will be available at the door.  More information.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School presents “De Temps Antan”

August 30 2015, 11:40am
Categories: Community Connection

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) 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.  BRIMS presents De Temps Antan, a French-Canadian trio from Quebec, on Sunday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven.  Using Quebec’s music tradition as a springboard for musical innovation De Temps Antan forms a power showcasing French-Canadian music and culture.  The trio will be offering workshops and master classes earlier in the day on September 20th. More information.

Friends of Lynchburg Community Market “Farm to Table Tour”

August 27 2015, 11:37am
Categories: Community Connection

The Friends of Lynchburg Community Market present the Farm to Table Tour on Labor Day from 10am to 2pm. During the day  you can visit Lorraine Bakery and Grains of Sense Roastery.  You can also see the flowers at Irvington Spring Farm and where the produce is grown at Three Springs Farm. In addition, the Hill City Master Gardeners will be doing rain barrel and compost demos at Irvington Spring Farm.  The tour also includes Spring Mill Farm in Concord and DDD Farm in Appomattox. Tickets are available at the Community Market Customer Service Window Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Lynchburg Community Market. You can learn more online.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School

August 26 2015, 11:32am
Categories: Community Connection

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) 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.  BRIMS will be starting its fall semester of classes on September 10th.  BRIMS offers classes in Irish music, dance and singing for all ages and skill levels. More information.

Front Porch Fest

August 25 2015, 10:42am
Categories: Community Connection

Front Porch Fest a festival  that is produced by a group of family, friends and funsters inspired by the idea that life is enriched by art, with music at its soul. You are invited to join us Sept.4th though the 6th in the mountains of Patrick County at the 7th annual Front Porch Fest. There are over 30 artists performing including Simplified, The AJ Ghent Band, Big Daddy Love, Big Something, Weather & Waves, DJ Williams Project, The Shack Band, and many more on two stages. There is also craft, and food vendors plus you can also enjoy craft beer from Starr Hill. Front Porch Fest is a 501-C3 Non-profit and once again our proceeds will be benefiting the Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County & the Patrick County Food Bank. More information including tickets is available online.

Shelter For Help in Emergency (SHE)

August 24 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Community Connection

The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) is seeking women and men from all walks of life to participate in our Fall 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 October 13th through October 27th, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from six to nine pm. There will also be a full day session held on Saturday October 24th for those interested in working the hotline.  For more information you can contact Robin Goldstein via email

3rd Annual Fundraising Concert to Benefit Hospice of the Piedmont’s Music by the Bedside Program

August 22 2015, 10:59am
Categories: Community Connection

You are invited to the Third Annual Fundraising Concert to Benefit Hospice of the Piedmont’s Music by the Bedside Program. This program employs the therapeutic benefits of music to play a role in healing and soothing our patients, their caregivers, and families. The concert will be held on Friday, November 6th at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. There will be musicians playing separately and together, showcasing a range of styles. The concert is coordinated by myself, a Certified Music Practitioner trained specifically to provide music to seriously ill and dying patients in a variety of private and clinical settings. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Hospice of the Piedmont’s Music by the Bedside program. You can learn more by visiting us online.

Art Gallery of PVCC – Yard Dreams

August 21 2015, 10:56am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m James Yates with the Art Gallery of Piedmont Virginia Community College. We are presenting Yard Dreams, a weekend exhibition that will feature art installations in the front yards of your Belmont neighbors. You are invited to an “out of gallery” experience and a block party celebrating the last weekend of summer. This neighborhood art experience will begin at 5 pm on Friday, September 18th and last through Sunday, September 20th. The block party will be from 3 to 9pm on Saturday, September 19th. The public of all ages is invited. Yard  Dreams will happen on Belmont Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville. For more information and a map of the exhibits check our website.

MACAA – 3rd Annual Ladies Night

August 14 2015, 12:49pm
Categories: Community Connection

The Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA). On Friday, September 25th we present the Third Annual Ladies Night at Stonefield Commons in Charlottesville. This event will feature holiday shopping with  a variety of vendors showcasing their wares such as, Silpada, Perfectly posh, Mary Kay, Farmers Market representatives, and designer jewelry representatives. Our featured guest for the evening is Andrea Copeland-Whitsett. More information including admission is available on our website.

Building Goodness Foundation – Battle of the Bands and Rockin’ Auction

August 12 2015, 12:43pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Sarah Lawson from the Building Goodness Foundation, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that provides construction services for communities at home and abroad. You are invited to our annual Battle of the Bands and Rockin’ Auction on Friday, September 18 from 7pm to 11pm at The Jefferson Theater. Proceeds from the event will support BGF’s construction projects to support health care, housing, and ecological and economic development in Virginia, Colorado, the Caribbean, Central America, and West Africa. Local bands performing and competing at the event are:

Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs, sponsored by Cathcart Group;

The Precedents, sponsored by Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft;

Billy and the Bobcats, sponsored by Martin Horn, Incorporated;

and One-Eighty, sponsored by Woodard Properties and Home Instead.

You can vote for your favorite band with a donation to BGF. The winner will be announced at the event. Plus there will be both a  live and silent auction. More information and tickets is available online.

Rockfish Valley Community Center – Jazz & Blues for The Pavilion Project

August 12 2015, 12:34pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Stu Mills from the Rockfish Valley Community Center. On Saturday, August 29th from five to nine pm we present Jazz & Blues for The Pavilion Project. At this event, we’ll be raising money to build an outdoor pavilion—with a center stage and two pergola-style wings on our grounds. This pavilion will not only improve the kinds of outdoor events we can hold, but will also be available for private parties, gatherings, and events. Our concert on the 29th will feature live music by the Jon Spear Band, the Carol McAvoy Project, and Bluzonia. There will also be food by Blue Mountain Brewery, beer by Starr Hill Brewery plus local wines along with games of volleyball, corn hole, soccer, and more. You can donate to the cause and learn more about our Jazz & Blues for The Pavilion event on our website.

Allegheny Mountain Institute – Farm to Table Dinner

August 10 2015, 1:27pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, this is Mandy from Allegheny Mountain Institute. On August 22nd we are hosting a Farm to Table Dinner in partnership with Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation at AMI Urban Farm in Staunton. The menu for the evening is a locally sourced and crafted meal developed by Chef Mike Lund. There will be live music from The Friendly Strangers, tours of the AMI Urban Farm, local wine and beer. More information about time, location, and ticket sales please is available on our website.

International Rescue Committee

August 10 2015, 1:17pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Debbie Tuler from the International Rescue Committee. The IRC Charlottesville will host a naturalization group processing workshop September 1st, 4:00-8:00pm at the Jefferson City Center, in Charlottesville. At the group workshop, we will be able to check your citizenship eligibility and assist you to prepare for the citizenship exam. More information including pertinent citizenship materials is available by email

International Rescue Committee – Charlottesville

August 8 2015, 1:02pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Debbie Tuler from the International Rescue Committee. The IRC Charlottesville office is in need of volunteers for a naturalization group processing event to screen interested immigrants for eligibility to apply for U.S. citizenship and assist with the application process. The event will be held on September 1st from 4pm to 8pm at the Jefferson City Center in Charlottesville.  All volunteers must attend a two hour training prior to the event.  The training session will be offered Tuesday, August 25 from 6:00-8:00pm at the International Rescue Committee. More information is available by email

Boxerwood Nature Center – Lord Nelson

July 27 2015, 10:47am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Joe DiNardo from Boxerwood Nature Center. Lord Nelson, a five-piece indie rock band from Charlottesville, will give an outdoor concert at Boxerwood Nature Center on Friday, August 14. The group will perform from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the meadow stage. They’re one of ten bands featured in Boxerwood’s series of “Music in the Garden” concerts scheduled for the second and fourth Fridays of the month through mid-September.  You can bring your own picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and kids. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. More information and weather updates can be found on our website, Boxerwood Facebook page, or 540-463-2697.