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 two-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.

On Our Own of Charlottesville Open House

July 17 2014, 1:53pm
Categories: Community Connection

On Our Own will host an all-day Open House on July 26th from 11 to 5pm. This will be on a Saturday so that everyone has the opportunity to check us out! Drop in for part of the day or stay for the duration. We will have snacks, beverages, and door prizes.

Second Annual Kegs & Corks Microbrew and Wine Festival

July 16 2014, 10:19am
Categories: Community Connection


The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to support their mission of connecting businesses and strengthening communities by attending the Second Annual Kegs & Corks Microbrew and Wine Festival this Saturday in Forest. Sample from 5 Virginia wineries and over 15 Regional breweries. Visit for ticket information

Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents “The Color Purple” – 3 Aug

July 15 2014, 10:37am
Categories: Community Connection

Virginia Rep TheatreVirginia Repertory Theatre invites you  to our production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, starring Desiree Roots Centeio and Felicia Curry.  Based on Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the score features ragtime, gospel, jazz, African music, and blues.  The show runs through August 3rd at the Historic November Theatre in downtown Richmond.  Virginia Rep is one of the largest professional performing arts organizations in Central Virginia.  You can find more about us and our shows at our website.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection’s “Night at the Museum” – 21 Aug

July 15 2014, 10:29am
Categories: Community Connection

Night at the Museum

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection presents a summer series titled Night at the Museum. On Thursday August Twenty-First, we’re keeping our exhibitions open until 9 pm and opening up our backyard for live music by Erin and the Wildfire, 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. Visit our website for more information.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection’s “Night at the Museum” – 18 Sep

July 15 2014, 10:24am
Categories: Community Connection

Night at the Museum

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection’s presents a summer series titled Night at the Museum.  On Thursday September Eighteenth, we’re keeping our exhibitions open until 9 pm and opening up our backyard for live music by Red and the Romantics, 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.  Visit our website for more information.

Frontier Culture Museum’s Oktoberfest – 3 and 4 Oct

July 15 2014, 10:16am
Categories: Community Connection

Frontier Museum

The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton invites you to Oktoberfest, October 3rd and 4th .  There will be authentic Bavarian music, German beer, food, and the Sauerkraut Races.  For more information on this event and other happenings at the museum, visit our website.

Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee’s Free Food for Families in Need

July 15 2014, 10:11am
Categories: Community Connection

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee.  Campus Kitchen is comprised of student volunteers who develop partnerships, plan menus, run cooking shifts, organize drivers, garden, glean and teach nutrition education to children and families.  We will be setting up free family portioned food items for families in need in five locations around the Rockbridge area.  For more information,call 716-307-4878 or visit our website.

Ash Lawn Highland Hosting the Albermarle County Fair – 31 Jul to 2 Aug

July 15 2014, 10:06am
Categories: Community Connection

Albemarle County FairAsh Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe, is hosting the Albemarle County Fair: Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd.  Presented by Southern States Cooperative, this three-day agricultural celebration will bring family fun in a historic setting.  You can enjoy farm animals, exhibits, craft demonstrations, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family.  The fair is open from four to ten pm on Thursday, and from ten to ten on Friday and Saturday.  Admission is five dollars and free for children under 6 years of age.  For more information about fair programming, or to submit an entry for a contest, visit our website.

Writer House Presents “Josh Weil” – 27 Jul

June 30 2014, 12:54pm
Categories: Community Connection

WriterHouse LogoOn July 27th at two pm we Writer House, Far from Your Own Shores: The Risks and Rewards of Writing What You Don’t Know A Literary Salon with Josh Weil. Weil  will discuss the ways in which taking a leap into a drastically different character can open up your writing. He’ll also talk about how setting a story in a place unsettlingly at odds with what you’re used to can change your perspective. Free and open to the public, sponsored by Sharon and James Harrigan. This event will be held at WriterHouse, 508 Dale Avenue in Charlottesville behind the Preston Avenue Bodo’s. For more information, visit our website.

Better World Betty’s Summer Pie Picnic

June 30 2014, 12:34pm
Categories: Community Connection

Better World BettyBetter World Betty invites you to our Summer Pie Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, July Thirteenth from one to four pm at the lower level of Washington Park on Preston Avenue. At the picnic you can enjoy pie tastings, a pie auction and a pie toss.  Better World Betty will be sharing tips for greening your summer and there will also be eco-prizes and live music from Beleza Brasil. For more information on our Summer Pie Picnic on July 13th, visit our website.

MaDee Project Presents “Shakin at the Station” – Until 28 Aug

June 30 2014, 12:26pm
Categories: Community Connection

The Madee ProjectThe MaDee Project, is a nonprofit foundation that provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families in the Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville and local areas. The MaDee Project is the host charity and organizer for “Shakin at the Station” in Downtown Staunton on Thursday evenings from 6 to 830, until 28 August. This summer, with a small donation each week,  you can enjoy live music from local bands with all proceeds supporting The MaDee Project. For more information about us and the Shakin at the Station series, visit our website.

Blue Ridge Irish Music School Camp – 4 to 8 Aug

June 26 2014, 2:46pm
Categories: Community Connection

BRIMSThe Blue Ridge Irish Music School is hosting a summer day camp for children ages five through sixteen  August forth through the eighth.  Students at BRIMS camp learn Irish music, dance, singing, drama, language, crafts and more!  The Blue Ridge Irish Music School is 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.  For more information you can visit us online.

Ten Thousand Villages, International Rescue Committee – 31 Jul

June 26 2014, 2:41pm
Categories: Community Connection

Ten-Thousand-VillagesTen Thousand Villages is a nonprofit a store on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.  On Thursday, July 31st, Ten Thousand Villages will be partnering with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville.  During the afternoon, a portion of our sales on July 31st will benefit IRC, specifically their work with a Bhutanese women’s refugee group called Common Threads that helps these women learn skills to assist their transition to life in the US.  During July we are accepting hygiene donations for Common Threads.  For more information about mission visit our website.

Frontier Museum in Staunton Presents “Blues and Brews”

June 26 2014, 2:33pm
Categories: Community Connection

Frontier MuseumFrontier Museum in Staunton invites you to Blues and Brews on Saturday, August 9th from noon to 8pm. This concert will feature performances by: Skyla Burrell Band, Central Virginia Blues Society Jam, Jenna and Her Cool Friends, The Vanilla Grits and more. There will also be food, beer and craft vendors. For more information on this event and other happenings at the museum visit our website.

Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival – 26 Jul

June 26 2014, 2:25pm
Categories: Community Connection

Our Community Place LogoOur Community Place, in Harrisonburg, is a nonprofit community center providing meals and support to individuals struggling with homelessness and other difficult life circumstances.  We welcome you to support our work by taking part in our 23rd Annual Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival on Saturday, July 26th.  We will offer clearly-marked, fully-supported rides of one-hundred miles, fifty miles, and twenty-five miles through the distinctly beautiful hills and valleys surrounding Harrisonburg.  For more information about Our Community Place and our annual bicycle festival visit our website.

Literacy Volunteers Seeking Tutors – 19 Jul

June 26 2014, 2:16pm
Categories: Community Connection

Literacy VolunteersLiteracy Volunteers is seeking volunteers to tutor local adults in reading, writing, or speaking English.  Our next New Tutor Training is on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Jefferson School City Center.  If you’re interested in registering for tutor training or learning more call 434-977-3838.

An Elegant Night of Acoustic Blues and Roots Music

June 20 2014, 12:25pm
Categories: Community Connection


The Sedalia Blues Society and the Central Virginia Blues Society are presenting a benefit for Pancreatic Cancer Research at UVA. We present: An Elegant Night of Acoustic Blues and Roots Music on June 29th at the Chemistry Auditorium at UVa from six to nine pm. You can enjoy performances by Dom Turner, Phil Wiggins, Eli Cook, plus Lisa Miller and the Juke Joint. All profits from this event will go to help fund the research of Dr. Todd W. Bauer, who is performing research aimed at understanding the biology of pancreatic. You can reserve your tickets and find more information online,


June 5 2014, 2:25pm
Categories: Community Connection

The LOOKbetween weekend will bring 75 emerging photographers from around the world to Deep Rock Farm in White Hall. From Tanzania to Brazil, from New York to California, this is a chance to see the work of visionary young photographers projected in a stunning outdoor setting. Friday evening, June 13th and Saturday evening, June 14th at 8:30 pm.

On June 18th, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore will share stories from his career and life’s work documenting endangered species. His stunning photos form the Photo Ark are on the Downtown Mall now. See Joel’s talk at the Paramount Theater at 7:30 pm., June 18th.

Tickets for all events on sale now at

If you look up while strolling on the Downtown Mall you’ll be greeted by stunning largescale photos of endangered birds and animals. The photos are from National Geographic photographer Joel Sarotre’s body of work called the Photo Ark. Joel’s aim is to document all the endangered species on the planet — while there’s still time.

Don’t miss his presentation at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, June 18th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are going fast, but you can still get yours at and


The Better Business Challenge’s Challenge Awards Night

May 27 2014, 9:00am
Categories: Community Connection
The Better Business Challenge is rolling out the green carpet! Challenge Awards Night will be held on Thursday June 19th at The Paramount from 5:30-8pm. This Oscars-style event recognizes the nearly 80 local businesses, schools, and churches that have stepped up and made a deeper commitment to sustainability. In addition to awarding this year’s champions and top innovators, the night will include h’ors d’oeuvres and beverages, live music from Downbeat Project, door prizes, and lots of fun!
Food and drink are included in your ticket price. All members of the community are invited.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Group discounts available. Purchase your tickets at The Paramount box office or by contacting

Red Cross Blood Donations

May 14 2014, 2:06pm
Categories: Community Connection

Red CrossEvery two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  A single car accident victim can require as many as one-hundred pints of blood.  There are blood drives happening soon in Waynesboro, Orange, and Charlottesville and you can make a difference.  Americans need more than forty-one thousand blood donations every day.  You can schedule a blood donation to save time and help future patients in need.  For more information and to schedule your appointment, our website or 1-800-red-cross.