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

 

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.

Bastille Day Celebration

June 22 2015, 9:43am
Categories: Community Connection

 

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Bastille Day Celebration at Petit Pois with the Alliance Française of Charlottesville

Live French music, a classic three-course dinner, French games for the kids… if you’re looking for a night of culture and fun, join the Alliance Française of Charlottesville on July 14thfor a celebration of France’s Bastille Day! The festivities will be held at Petit Pois on 201 Main Street from 4pm to 8pm. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, though students can join for $20 and children under 12 for $15. And every ticket comes with a free glass of wine! Venez Nombreux!

Endstation Theater Company – Counter/Top

June 22 2015, 9:29am
Categories: Community Connection

The Endstation Theater Company is committed to producing new works, reinterpretations of classical plays, and original theatrical productions for the Central Virginia community based on the historical, current, and cultural events specific to the area. We present Counter/Top, a new play inspired by Lynchburg’s Texas Inn. This dark comedy runs July 2 through July 12 at Lynchburg Parks and Recreation’s Miller Center. This play is intended for mature audiences only. More information about this show and other performances is available online.

Endstation Theater Company – Two Gentlemen of Virginia

June 20 2015, 9:20am
Categories: Community Connection

Endstation Theater Company is committed to producing new works, reinterpretations of classical plays, and original theatrical productions for the Central Virginia community based on the historical, current, and cultural events specific to the area. We present Two Gentlemen of Virginia, an original Shakespeare adaptation that combines Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1780’s democracy and 1980’s rock music. Finishing its run now through July 4 at Sweet Briar College. More information about this show and other performances is available online.

Our Community Place – Summer Lawn Jam

June 20 2015, 8:40am
Categories: Community Connection

We present the Summer Lawn Jam as a festival fundraiser for a kitchen renovation at Our Community Place. This year’s event begins at noon on Saturday, June 27th and features Shenandoah Valley musicians, including Bryan Elijah Smith, Regular Sauce, Many Nights Ahead, Kat & The Travelers, Greg Ward, and others. Lunch and dinner will be served and there will be volleyball, tie-dying, face-painting, and a lot more games for the whole family. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle, and other opportunities to donate for the kitchen renovation. More information is available online.

Fralin Art Museum – Family Art JAMS

June 20 2015, 8:37am
Categories: Community Connection

We present Family Art JAMs. These programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities to connect children with the museum’s exhibition. During Family Art JAMs, adult family members serve as assistants, models, and collaborators. Families with young children are invited to attend Fun for the Young at The Fralin. Arts-related story time incorporates movement, play, and puppets. More information on all of the Museum’s offerings and programming calendar.

Fralin Museum of Art – Talks & Tours

June 20 2015, 8:33am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Marilyn Wright from The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  We present two ways for you to explore your interests in art. On Tuesdays we present our Lunchtime Talks. these informal presentations are on aspects of the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. We also hold Saturday Special Tours of exhibitions. During both of these programs attendees can learn more about the featured artist, their work, and have the opportunity to ask questions. More information on all of the Museum’s offerings and programming calendar.

Second Stage of Amherst

June 9 2015, 11:58am
Categories: Community Connection
Second Stage of Amherst is now at home in the former church, built in the 1800’s.  Citizens waged a three year campaign to save it from demolition and with a 5 year lease signed it is now open as a comprehensive community center for entrepreneurs, arts, and visitors of the county.  Located at 189 Washington st in downtown Amherst a burgeoning farmers’ market in its third year is open every Thursday from 4-6pm.  An open house and town meeting is scheduled for June 18th.  Contact them through www.secondstageamherst.org or visit them on Facebook.

 

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum: Night at the Museum

June 9 2015, 11:57am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Lauren Maupin from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum in Charlottesville. We present our summer series titled Night at the Museum. On Thursday June Eighteenth, we’re keeping our exhibitions open until 9 pm and opening up our backyard for live music by Bourbon Barrel Congress, local beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewery, and an assortment of Charlottesville food trucks, including the Australian Pie Guy. The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa is the only museum of Australian Aboriginal art in the United States, and one of two in the world. It is located on Pantops next to Martha Jefferson Hospital. More information is available online.

RVCC – SK8 Nelson

June 9 2015, 11:54am
Categories: Community Connection

On Saturday, June 27th the Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC) will be hosting the First Annual “Save from 5:00 – 9:00 PM to raise the funds needed to keep the double-halfpipe skate park operational, maintained and improved.  RVCC members and sponsors who have planned a fundraising party that will include skating demonstrations and contests. Additional activities will include volleyball, corn hole, kids’ soccer and more.  Food and beer that will be sold at the event has been donated by Devils Backbone, and Head Brewer Jason Oliver is brewing a special “Sally Rose Radler” (a mixture of lager and lemon soda)  just for the event.  Wine that will be offered for sale has been donated by Cardinal Point Winery, and mixed beverages and non-alcoholic drinks have been donated by Trager Brothers Coffee.  Additional sponsors include Freestyle, Action for All and Blue Ridge Life magazine. Complete information about the event can be online.

Culture Connection: June 8th – June 14th

June 8 2015, 8:48am
Categories: Community Connection

Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville features an opening reception for Richard Crozier: New Paintings on Friday, June 12th , 5:30 – 7:30.

The city of Charlottesville is hosting the  LOOK3 FESTIVAL OF THE PHOTOGRAPH from June 10th – 13th. Exhibitions and workshops are being held throughout the city and large-scale photographs are hanging from the trees on the downtown mall. Contemporary photographers from all over the world will be showing their work, signing books and discussing their images. Check their website for details.

This Saturday, June 13th, the city of Stanardsville presents “Plein Air Paint Out “Paint the Town Greene” Visitors will be able to watch artists paint in the open air from 8am-4:00pm. Later that day, the Art Guild of Greene will host a free reception, exhibit and art sale at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Eugene Giueseppe Center from 5:00-6:30.

Culture Connection is brought to you in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This is Beryl Solla, Chair of PVCC’s Art Department. If you have an interesting event coming up in the next month or so, send me an email at culture@wnrn.org and let me share your WNRN culture Connection

Blue Ridge Breastfeeding Coalition

June 6 2015, 10:53am
Categories: Community Connection

In celebration of Virginia legally protecting mothers’ rights to breastfeed in public, wherever and whenever they choose, the Blue Ridge Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a “Nurse Out” on Wednesday, July 1st at 11am in Lee Park.  We invited all mothers and babies, families, local business owners, and Charlottesville alike in joining us to welcome this bill that gives mothers the right to breastfeed in public places that goes into effect July 2015.  Before, the law only permitted women to nurse on spaces owned by the Commonwealth, but the new legislation allows moms to nurse in privately owned locations such as clothing stores, coffee shops or gym.  Please join us at Lee Park on Wednesday, July 1st at 11am

Community Conservationist w/ James River Association

June 6 2015, 10:51am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Rob Campbell, Community Conservationist with the James River Association. Registration is now open for the Second Annual James River Rundown taking place on the James River June Twenty-Seventh through the Twenty-Eighth. This endurance race kicks off with a one-hundred mile paddle at James River State Park in Gladstone. On June Twenty-Eighth, a forty mile race starts in Cartersville and later that morning a twenty-mile race begins at Powhatan State Park. All of the races will finish that afternoon  just past Robious Landing in Richmond with a post-race celebration featuring live music and craft beer. More information about the James River Rundown.

Charlottesville Community Bikes

June 6 2015, 10:47am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Anne from Charlottesville Community Bikes a joint plan of work partner with Virginia Organizing. We are a local non-profit bike shop that works to promote environmentally sound transportation, recycle bicycles, and make cycling accessible in our town.  We give bikes away to those who need them most in our community and we hold workshops to teach people how to work on their own bikes.  During Memorial Day weekend we suffered a break-in.  Thieves broke our window, entered our space and took our cash box.  We rely on the generosity of our community to keep our doors open and to continue our mission. You can help our cause online.

Cavalier Robotics

June 6 2015, 10:42am
Categories: Community Connection

Cavalier robotics is a nonprofit robotics team that provides STEM education to students in the Charlottesville area through hands-on learning. High school students and homeschoolers work together to create robots while guided by professional mentors from a variety of backgrounds. Students develop problem solving and communication skills while learning how to design, build, wire, and code a robot. Cavalier robotics is hosting two open houses in June, one on Sunday the 7th, and one on the following Sunday the 14th. If you or a student you know are interested in robotics, you can visit our lab at 675 Old Reservoir Road on the University of Virginia Grounds. More information.

Crozet Independence Day Celebration – July 5th

June 6 2015, 10:37am
Categories: Community Connection

We invite you to the Crozet Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July Fifth. The event begins with the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department parade at 5PM on Crozet Avenue to Crozet Park, followed by live music by LockJaw, children rides and games, food, local beer, and finishing with fireworks at 9:30PM. A donation will be accepted at the gate and children twelve and under are free. The event is sponsored by the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet Lions Club, Life Journey Church, Downtown Crozet Association, and several other area civic groups, churches, and citizen volunteers. More Information.

Oakland School – Open House

June 6 2015, 10:34am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Jamie Cato, Admissions Director for Oakland School. Oakland 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 Monday, July 13th, 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.