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


PVCC Kids College

April 17 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Becky Thys from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Kids College at PVCC College offers eight weeks of enriching and educational Summer Academies for students in third through ninth grade.  There are over eighty different academy choices  that provide project-based exploration into the STEM and Arts areas. This summer our week long academies offer courses in computer software, apps, video game design, three-D printers, fashion, architecture, dance, drama, and language among others. We offer half and full day options at PVCC and offsite in Fluvanna and other locations. Scholarships are available.  More Information.

North Branch Band Fair

April 17 2015, 11:06am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Bonnie Holliday from North Branch School. On Sunday, May 10th  1-6PM, we present BandFair Thirteen at Cardinal Point Winery with music by Andy Waldek and Friends, Lord Nelson, and more. The day also includes acrobatic performances, children’s activities, food and wine, cake walk, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit North Branch’s financial assistance and scholarship funds. Founded in 1983, North Branch is an independent, not-for-profit school for children ages 3 – 14 in Afton.  For tickets and more information, 540-456-8450.

The Rivanna Conservation Society

April 14 2015, 3:23pm
Categories: Community Connection

We and our community partners are hosting the annual Rivanna River Sojourn on Saturday, April 25th. This event is a professionally guided, family-friendly paddle on the Rivanna Reservoir including exploration of the South Fork of the Rivanna River. We will be launching at nine am from the UVa Boathouse located on Woodlands Rd in Charlottesville; lunch will be provided at the conclusion of our paddle. You can find more information including registration online.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)

April 14 2015, 3:20pm
Categories: Community Connection

We present the Twenty-Eighth Annual Men Who Cook, which is occurring during the 50th Anniversary of MACAA.  The event takes place April, 25th between 6:00 and 11:00pm at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club.  There will be sample bite-sized dishes provided by fifty amateur Chef’s wand alcoholic beverages.  The group 180 will provide live music. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds from this event benefit MACAA. MACAA’s overarching goal is to improve people’s lives by helping them become self-reliant. More information on this event and tickets.

Boxerwood Nature Center

April 14 2015, 3:14pm
Categories: Community Connection

Throughout the month of April we present Earth Arts, a month-long celebration of visual and performing arts, all nature-inspired.  The festival is co-presented by Boxerwood and Fine Arts In Rockbridge. There are events all month long including an afternoon of Family Art Adventures on April 26th which will include nature journaling with Phyllis Fevrier to tai chi with Karen Price. An Earth Art tent sale will also be held on April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, showcasing work produced at Boxerwood. A calendar of events will be posted and continually updated on the Boxerwood website and Boxerwood Facebook page.

Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

April 14 2015, 3:11pm
Categories: Community Connection

We will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration in Lee Park on May 2nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  There will be activities for kids, adults and teens including various food trucks. Uncle Henry’s Band and students from the Music Resource Center will entertain and Peter Jones of “Tell Us a Tale”  will tell stories. Plus we will hold an auction of books of local interest which will not have appeared in our sale. More information.

Ash Lawn-Highland – Annual Sheep Shearing

April 14 2015, 3:06pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Katie Falcone from Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe. Ash Lawn-Highland’s annual sheep shearing will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 11 am to 1 pm. This educational, agricultural event will demonstrate sheep shearing as well as fiber crafts such as traditional wool carding and spinning. Plus, people of all ages can enjoy meeting the newest lambs to call Ash Lawn-Highland their home. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch on the grounds or choose from our selection at the Museum Shop. For more information about Ash Lawn-Highland’s annual sheep shearing, including admission, 434-293-8000 or online.

Literacy Volunteers

April 14 2015, 3:00pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Amie Whittemore from Literacy Volunteers. We are seeking volunteers to volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, and they are hoping to acquire the skills they need to independently pursue life goals, support their families, and contribute to their communities. You can help our students achieve their goals by registering for our New Tutor Training on Saturday, May 9th from 9:30am to 4:00pm. To register,
434-977-38-38 or for more information check our website.

John McCutcheon in Concert (Benefit for Our Community Place)

April 13 2015, 3:17pm
Categories: Community Connection


John McCutcheon, folk singer, master instrumentalist, and advocate for grass roots organizations will be playing a benefit concert for Our Community Place on Saturday, April 25th, at 7pm at Park View Mennonite Church. Our Community is a non-profit community center on the north side of Harrisonburg, VA dedicated to breaking down barriers that tend to separate humans from the joys to be experienced in loving community, and particularly dedicated to including in its activities those struggling with poverty and difficult life circumstances. Enjoy a night of great music and support a worthwhile cause.

Connect with Nature: An Earth Day Event

April 13 2015, 9:16am
Categories: Community Connection



The Nature Conservancy at Natural Bridge Park is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 18th. We will be removing large areas of non-native plants such as autumn olive, bush honey suckle, and tree-of-heaven. We are also building, clearing, and improving trails by clipping back overgrown plants, mounting trail markers, and building erosion controls.

Lunch and live music by Carrington Kay will be provided afterwards.

Learn more and register at

Claudius Crozet Park 2nd Annual Pitch-in

April 8 2015, 1:22pm
Categories: Community Connection


On April 25th from 8-5PM we’ll be hosting our 2nd annual Pitch-in at the Park. This all day volunteer event brings together community members and businesses throughout the area to help the Park complete many of its 2015 maintenance projects; projects that would otherwise be deferred due to lack of manpower and funding. This year’s event will be just as ambitious as last with numerous projects scheduled for completion.  And, we’ll be joined by Arboristry Associates and Waynesboro Nursery who will conduct several tree related workshops in celebration of Arbor Day.

With a potential turn-out of upwards of 100 volunteers, the Pitch-in event is an opportunity to engage local residents and businesses to work side-by-side to help maintain the Park, community owned and operated since 1957.

Sign-up at:

StreamSweepers 2015 KickOff Concert and Party

April 7 2015, 10:32am
Categories: Community Connection

StreamSweepers have a 2015 Concert & Party Planned. They will feature local foods highlighting our area’s bounty which reaches from the Blue Ridge to the Bay – much like our connected watersheds. Enjoy local wine, beer and ciders and the best our area’s agri-artisans have to offer. You’ll also have a chance to bid on silent auction items and participate in a live raffle. There will be a few brief informative talks about what’s happening with our rivers and the StreamSweepers program as well as live music and dancing to round out the eve!

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue Name: The Market at Grelen
Venue Address: 15091 Yager Road
Somerset, VA 22972
(540) 672-7268

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