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 connection@wnrn.org. 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

 

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.

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 Debbie.Tuler@rescue.org

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 Debbie.Tuler@rescue.org

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.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church & The Black Box Players: Much Ado About Nothing

July 23 2015, 11:54am
Categories: Community Connection

Aldersgate United Methodist Church and The Black Box Players present, Much Ado About Nothing. This Shakespeare play will be shown during eight performances from Thursday, July 30th through Sunday, August 9th. This presentation is fit for all ages. You can learn more about these performances, including ticket information, and our dinner theater night on August 8th online.

StreamWatch

July 23 2015, 11:52am
Categories: Community Connection

StreamWatch is looking for volunteers for the 2015 stream monitoring program.  This fall, we will monitor fifty sites located in the Rivanna River watershed. Volunteers are invited to attend an introductory training which will be occurring Saturday, September 5th at Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building or Saturday, September 19th, from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Fluvanna County Public Library.  Volunteers will learn about the fundamentals of stream biological sampling—catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates for the purpose of evaluating water quality and stream health. For more information or to sign up for a training session click here,  or call 434-249-5306.

Frontier Culture Museum – American Roots Music Series

July 21 2015, 11:04am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Joe from the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. This summer we present the American Roots Music Series under the Frontier Culture Museum’s pavilion. Throughout August we will showcase three different bluegrass bands.  On Sunday, August 2nd  we will feature Bud’s Collective. Then on the 16th it is East of Monroe followed by the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band on the 30th. The concert seating will be arranged for family style dinning. You can enjoy the tunes and food during the shows. More information on the American Roots Music Series, including music clips from each band.

Tuesday Tunes featuring Pretty Little Miss & Gallatin Canyon

July 18 2015, 3:32pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Katie Falcone from Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe. In coordination with The Front Porch Music School we present the last installment of our Tuesday Tunes music series. On August 11th at 7 pm, we will feature Pretty Little Miss and Gallatin Canyon. The public is invited to the show. Picnics, blankets, and chairs are welcome for this evening of regional bluegrass music. Albemarle Ciderworks, Devils Backbone Brewery, and local food trucks will also be available. For more information about Tuesday Tunes, including admission, 434-242-7012, Front Porch Cville , or Ash Lawn-Highland.

Ash Lawn-Highland: Albemarle County Fair

July 18 2015, 3:28pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Katie Falcone from Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe. Once again, we’re hosting the Albemarle County Fair: Thursday, July 30th through Saturday, August 1st. This three-day agricultural celebration brings family fun in an historic setting. You can enjoy farm animals, exhibits, live music, home arts contests, craft demonstrations and programs designed for the entire family. There will also be children’s rides, games and activities, and the Albemarle County Fair Queen Pageant. The fair is open from four to nine pm on Thursday, and from ten to nine on Friday and Saturday. More information about fair programming, or to submit an entry for a contest, here.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School – Jackie Daly & Matt Cranich

July 13 2015, 10:50am
Categories: Community Connection

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 Irish musicians Jackie Daly on button accordion and Matt Cranitch on fiddle Saturday, July 25th, 7:00 p.m. at C’ville Coffee in Charlottesville.  The duo draw inspiration from their Irish home in the counties of Kerry & Cork. More information.

Gypsy Food Truck Roundup

July 7 2015, 11:01am
Categories: Community Connection

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Staunton Parks and Recreation is proud to present the first annual Gypsy Food Truck Roundup. Every 3rd Saturday from May to August, food trucks will gather near the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand in Staunton from 12pm-5pm. Free event, simply pay for your food. Children’s activities and live music provided. Rain or shine.

On July 18, 17 food trucks will be present and musical guest Mark Hackley will provide live music from 1pm-4pm.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School – Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch

June 30 2015, 8:51am
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 Irish musicians Jackie Daly on button accordion and Matt Cranitch on fiddle Saturday, July 25th, 7:00 p.m. at C’ville Coffee in Charlottesville.  The duo draw inspiration from their Irish home in the counties of Kerry & Cork. More information.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School – Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch

June 30 2015, 8:48am
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 Irish musicians Jackie Daly on button accordion and Matt Cranitch on fiddle Saturday, July 25th, 7:00 p.m. at C’ville Coffee in Charlottesville.  The duo draw inspiration from their Irish home in the counties of Kerry & Cork. More information.

The Haven Cooking Series Fundraiser

June 30 2015, 8:37am
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.  We present the Haven Cooking Series Fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the day shelter. This series occurs on the third Saturday of every month. he class is taught by Mahabuba Akhter and will focus on Bengali Indian cuisine. This series is sponsored by The Haven and Campus Kitchens at UVA. More information including pre-registration.

Summer Shakes – “Much Ado About Nothing”

June 30 2015, 8:33am
Categories: Community Connection

James River Art Council is sponsoring the Summer Shakes presentation of “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare.  The Summer Shakes is a company of young actors committed to forming a supportive and encouraging atmosphere to study and perform Shakespeare’s plays through workshops, productions, and outreach within the community of Scottsville. This play is appropriate for all ages. There will be three performances: Friday, July 10 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, July 11 at 3:00 PM, and Sunday, July 12 at 3:00 PM. All performances will be held at Christ Church Fellowship Hall in Scottsville. More information including tickets available via Facebook.