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Environmental Film Festival in C'ville and Staunton (through April 16)
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is coming to Charlottesville and Staunton, spanning two evenings and two venues in two cities.  The films will play in Charlottesville at the Dickinson Performing Arts Center and Piedmont Virginia Community College on Wednesday, April 16th, at 7:30 p.m. and at the Visulite Cinema in Staunton on Thursday, April 17th, at 7. Wild and Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films that tell a story about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love and defend them.  For tickets and more information, go to wildvirginia.org.

Story-telling (through April 17)
Big Blue Door Jam

On Thursday, April 17th at 8 p.m., guest host Ray Nedzel emcees the monthly Big Blue Door Jam, a smorgasbord of local people from all walks of life telling true 6-8 minute stories.  No notes, nothing to read, just a microphone and brave people sharing the personal, the strange, the sad, and the hilarious. This month’s theme:  obsession.  The event takes place at the Woolly Mammoth, located at 1304 East Market Street, Charlottesville. For more information or to sign up to tell a story in an upcoming show visit bigbluedoor.org.

 


Trade apprenticeships for women (through April 18)
UVA facilities management
Are you a woman who would love the opportunity to learn a trade for longtime career success? The University of Virginia has an apprenticeship program for women who are interested in carpentry, plumbing, HVAC and electrical work. Applications for this apprenticeship program will be accepted at the UVA website - Jobs@UVA until April 18th of this year. Apprenticeships are full-time, paid positions with UVA benefits. Apprentices learn their selected trade through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education and classroom instruction. The training is fully paid for by the University of Virginia. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to meet the physical requirements for their prospective trade. They must have a high school diploma or GED by July. For more information, visit the Facilities Management Human Resources and Training website at fm.virginia.edu/hrt.

Lecture on string theory (through April 18)
Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics

Professor Gordon Kane, a prominent theoretical physicist at the University of Michigan, will give the 2014 Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics Lecture on April 18th at 3:30 p.m. in the Jesse Beams Physics Building on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The lecture, titled String Theory, Our Real World, and Higgs bosons, will address why string theory is testable in the same ways as the rest of physics, why many people, including string theorists, are confused about that, and how string theory is already or soon to be tested in Higgs boson and LHC physics.  For more information, call 434-924-3782.


Lecture on Public Art by Jack Becker (through April 18)
Piedmont Council for the Arts

The Piedmont Council for the Arts presents “The Many Faces of Public Art,” a lecture by Jack Becker Friday, April 18th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at CitySpace, 100 5th Street NE, on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.  Becker, a leading authority on public art in America, is the founder and director of the Twin Cities nonprofit organization Forecast Public Art and founding publisher of Public Art Review, the world’s leading public art magazine. This event is FREE and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.  To learn more, visit charlottesvillearts.org.

 

5K to raise funds for memorial to R. J. Hess (through April 19)
UVA Army ROTC

The University of Virginia’s Army ROTC Cavalier Battalion is hosting a 5K to raise money for the First Lieutenant Hess Leadership Award and Scholarship in memory of First Lieutentant R. J. Hess, who was killed in the service of his country in Afghanistan in 2013.  It will be held at UVA’s Nameless Field on Saturday, April 19th, at 10 a.m.  For directions to register online, contact Sarah Koch at 816-547-3179.

UVA Dept. of Drama presents "A Flea in Her Ear" (through April 19)
UVA Department of Drama
The University of Virginia Department of Drama announces the final production of the season, A Flea in Her Ear, which runs April 17th to19th and April 23rd to the 26th, at 8 p.m., in the Ruth Caplin Theatre.  A Flea in Her Ear is the hilarious French farce about a suspicious wife and the repercussions of her plan to prove her husband’s infidelity.  Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu, by phone at  434- 924-3376, and in person at the UVA Arts Box Office.

Easter service and egg hunt (through April 20)
Grace Baptist Church
If you need an Easter service to go to, Grace Baptist Church on Pritchett Lane in Charlottesville would like to invite you. The service, on Sunday morning April 20th is at 10:30 am. There will be lots of Easter music, including The Sounds of Grace, special music by two former Liberty University singers and a dynamic message. After the service, there will be food, kid's games and a gigantic Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, call 434-975-0260 or 434-962-4299.

Bike Safety event (through April 22)
Bike UVA
"Bike Safe" is an event taking place at the UVA EcoFair in the Amphitheater on April 22nd as part of Earth Week. The event will feature an interactive bike safety quiz, a pledge to ride safely and a bike light giveaway. The goal is to help experienced cyclists and beginning riders with this fun learning opportunity. The event is sponsored by Bike UVA, the Green Grounds Group and the Student Council. For more information, call 434-924-1378.

UVA's Earth Week Expo (through April 22)
UVA Community Relations
UVA invites you to its Earth Week Expo on Tuesday, April 22, from 11am to 2pm in Newcomb Hall. Join UVA researchers as they describe challenges facing our planet - and how best to meet them. The expo also offers a free lunch featuring locally sourced foods, available from noon to 1:00 PM in the Newcomb Hall Gallery. For more information, visit virginia.edu/sustainability.

World Book Night GIveaway Volunteers Needed (through April 23)
Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers will be giving away free books to non-readers on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Vinegar Hill Café, 233 4th Street NW, in the Jefferson School, Charlottesville, as part of World Book Night. World Book Night involves volunteer book lovers promoting reading by  handing out free copies of books selected by WBN to appeal to light or non-habitual readers. WBN takes place on Shakespeare’s birthday and is in its third year. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 434-977-3838.

Documentary film "A Chemical Reaction" (through April 24)
UVA Food Collaborative/Sierra Club

The University of Virginia. Food Collaborative and the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club will present a film documentary, "A Chemical Reaction," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th, at the Charlottesville Central Library on Market Street.  Canada has spoken and toxic lawn and garden pesticides are now banned in most of the nation. This outstanding documentary examines how Hudson, Quebec, became the first town in North America to ban these products and inspired hundreds of others to follow suit.  For more information about this Earth Week event, contact John Cruickshank at 434 973-0373 or e-mail jcruickshank4@gmail.com.

National Physics Day show at UVA (through April 24)
UVA Dept. of Physics

The 20th annual physics day demonstration show will be held at 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 24th, in room 203 of the physics building at the University of Virginia to celebrate National Physics Day. This event is a special family-oriented physics demonstration show for the general public. Physics professors will delight the crowd with strange and mystifying events.  See water begin to boil after it is cooled, liquid nitrogen tricks and feats, balloons inflated with dry ice and a bunch of fascinating things you should never do at home. Bring your family and friends, but come on time. For more information about this free public event call 434-924-3781 or visit the website yocva.org.

Virginia Liars Contest, a storytelling contest, will take place in Waynesboro (through April 24)
Shenandoah Storytelling Guild and Virginia Storytelling Alliance
The Virginia Liars Contest, presented by the Shenandoah Storytelling Guild and Virginia Storytelling Alliance, will take place on Saturday, April 26th, at 1 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Waynesboro, located at 565 Pine Ave. Registration to tell a lie or a tall story, will begin at 12:30 p.m. For registration fees, storytelling criteria, and more information, call 540-886-0075.

Join author Jane Alison for a literary salon at WriterHouse (through April 25)
WriterHouse
On Friday, April 25th  at 7 p.m., join author Jane Alison for a literary salon titled, "If the Truth Hurts: The Risks of Writing Memoir" at WriterHouse, located at 508 Dale Avenue in Charlottesville. Ms Alison will discuss what happens when you need to write the truth, but you know that the truth will be painful for you or for others. She will explore the risks you take when writing from personal experience and will share her own slow journey from fiction to memoir. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit writerhouse.org or call 434-296-1922.

U.Va. Chamber Singers in concert at First Presbyterian Church (through April 25)
U.Va. Chamber Singers
The U.Va. Chamber Singers, led by Michael Slon, will present a free concert on Friday, April 25th, at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located 500 Park St. in Charlottesville.The ensemble's spring program, given jointly as part of the church's Music on Park Street concert series, is titled "Modern Mystics," an exploration of the music of Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Morten Lauridsen, and John Tavener. Works include Part's sublime and transporting Magnificat and The Beatitudes, Tavener's The Lamb, Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, and works sung by the Chamber Singers during Philip Glass's recent U.Va.residency. The chorus will be joined by several guest artists, including First Presbyterian organist and music director Jeremy Thompson. Ample parking is available adjacent to the church. For more information call 434.924.3052 or visit music.virginia.edu/chamber-singers.

Zion Methodist Church presents an Egg-Stravaganza (through April 26)
Zion United Methodist Church

Zion United Methodist Church of Troy, Virginia – near Zion Crossroads – is presenting an Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, April 26th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For details, call Amy at 434-589-1665 or visit zionumcva.org.

Charlottesville Ballet production of Snow White (through April 26)
Charlottesville Ballet
Charlottesville Ballet premieres its new production of Snow White on Saturday, April 26th, at the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Show times are at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. An on-stage after-party features your favorite Snow White characters. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 434.227.7592.
 

Walking tour of Gordonsville homes and gardens (through April 26)
Dolley Madison Garden Club
Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a special walking tour of Gordonsville on Saturday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Dolley Madison Garden Club.  Gordonsville is home to many shops and galleries and features a noted Civil War museum and critically acclaimed restaurants in the heart of historic central Virginia.  The Historic Garden Week walking tour will include three private homes and gardens as well as special events and very special cuisine.  For more information, call Mary Hintermann at 540-832-3909.

School silent auction in Sperryville (through April 26)
Hearthstone School
Hearthstone School's Annual Auction will be held on Saturday, April 26th,  at the school, located  2 miles west of Sperryville, Virginia.  Viewing and Silent Auction begin at 4 P.M. Live Auction begins at 5 P.M.  Appetizers, wine and cheese will be served. There is no cover charge. The auction will feature gift items, jewelry, artwork, gift baskets, Redskins preseason game ticket packages, and certificates for summer camps, wine tastings, health and wellness services and much more!   For more information, call 540-987-9212, or visit hearthstoneschool.org.

Spring Fever Ballroom Dance at Unity Church (through April 26)
USA Dance Charlottesville
USA Dance Charlottesville presents its Spring Fever Ballroom Dance on Saturday, April 26th, with lessons at 7:15 p.m. and social dancing at 8 at the Unity Church of Charlottesville.  There will be Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Dancing beginning with a group lesson in International Waltz and Floor Craft. Open to the public, Beginners welcome, No partner needed, Light refreshments provided, No smoking or alcohol, Beautiful ballroom, Easy, Free Parking, Friendly folks, Smart casual dress to formal (you choose!), soft-soled shoes please.  Spring is finally here... wear flowers, flowers, flowers...!  For ticket and other information, go to usadancecville.org or call 434-293-8849.

 
 

 

Earth Week presents 2014 Eco Fair (through April 27)
Charlottesvlle Earth Week

Charlottesville Earth Week's 2014 Eco Fair will be held Sunday, April 27th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Charlottesville’s solar-powered Main Street Arena.  There will be live music, local food, raffle prizes, and the City School’s K-12 Earth Day Poster Contest winners will receive $50 prizes.  For event registration and details, go to Facebook at Charlottesville Earth Week or visit the web page at earthweek.org.

 

All-Haydn concert at Little Washington (through April 27)
The Theatre at Washington, Virginia
The Smithsonian Chamber Players will bring to the Theatre at Washington, Virginia, a concert of music by Joseph Haydn on Sunday, April 27th at 3 p.m.  The program will include the Keyboard Sonatas and Trios, performed by Kenneth Slowik, keyboard, Ian Swensen, violin, and Elisabeth Reed, cello.  Slowik is well known to Theatre audiences and his remarks about the music and its composer are always a warmly appreciated aspect of all the Smithsonian at Little Washington series.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 540-675-1253, or send email to info@theatrewashingtonva.com.

Discussion of "Where Have All the Soldiers Gone" (through April 27)
Blue Ridge Chapter, UN Association of USA
The Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of United Nations Association of USA will feature Professor Robert Toplin's "Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Lessons for America from Modern  Europe" at the Sunday, April 27th, meeting, which is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Thomas Jefferson memorial Church, 717 Rugby Road, Charlottesville.  The time is 3 to 4:30 pm.  For details, go to www.una-brc.avenue. org or call 434-409-0264.

Riders wanted to bike to Alaska for charity (through April 28)
World Bicycle Relief

Want to do something really worthwhile this summer?  How about bicycling from Texas to Alaska for charity?  Two University of Virginia students are going to do just that and invite you to join them.  It’s a 4,500 mile odyssey to benefit the World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit organization that provides sturdy, sustainable bikes to people who demonstrate need in Africa and Southeast Asia. The trip will begin May 25th in Austin, Texas, and end the first week of August in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information visit austintoanchorage.com. To join the trip contact Megan Bentzin at 512-983-0639 or email at mvbentzin@gmail.com.

Art exhibition on plastics in the environment (through April 30)
McGuffey Art Center

Over 50 artists are participating in the Art Meets Ecology Club Marine Life and Plastics Show, an exhibition at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville that examines the effects of plastics on the environment. The exhibition will run through April to coincide with Earth Day festivities on April 22nd. Further information is available by calling 434.466.5157.


Civil Rights seminar (through April 30)
Alumni & Parent Engagement

Lifetime Learning, a program of Alumni & Parent Engagement, is proud to present the 2014 Civil Rights South Seminar, Celebrating and Remembering, led by University of Virginia Professor Emeritus Julian Bond. Participants will experience a raw slice of history and gain a comprehensive appreciation of the American Civil Rights Movement. Along the way, the group will visit key historical sites and museums and meet vital participants in the movement and others who continue its unfinished business.

This six-day seminar will begin May 10, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia and conclude May 16, 2014 in Montgomery, Alabama with stops along the way in Birmingham, Selma and Monroeville. Registration is required.  Additional information is available at virginia.edu/lifetimelearning/ or by calling 434-243-2379.

Naval Cryptology and Cyber Warfare Veterans (through April 30)
NCVA

If you are serving or have ever served in Naval Cryptology and Cyber Warfare, the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association would like you as a member. NCVA is an organization of current and former officer and enlisted members whose primary focus is preserving its rich cryptologic history and maintaining contact with those who served. More information is available at www.usncva.org/  or by contacting the Public Affairs Officer at pao@usncva.org .


Westminster Organ Concert Series presents Julie Vidrick Evans (through May 02)
Westminster Organ Concert Series
On Friday, May 2nd, at 8 p.m., the Westminster Organ Concert Series presents its final concert of the season, with an organ recital by Julie Vidrick Evans. Ms. Evans has performed across the United States and eastern Europe, including concerts at the Kennedy Center, Princeton University, St. Thomas Church in New York City, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. Her program will include music by Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn. This concert is free and open to the public. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. Ample parking is available behind the church, and the sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible. A reception follows the concert and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 434-963-4690 or visit wocs.avenue.org.

Annual Relay for Life (through May 03)
American Cancer Society
The Charlottesville/Albemarle Relay for LIfe is an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year is the 20th anniversary of the event and will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, beginning at 4:00 pm at the Albemarle High School track. The Relay is a family friendly event and brings the community together to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those we have lost to the disease. I you would like to walk in the event, either singly or as a team, are a cancer survivor that could be recognized at a reception for the event or if you would like to perform, call 434-978-7423 or go to relayforlife.org/cvilleva.

Shenandoah National Park's 28th annual Wildflower Weekend (through May 03)
Shenandoah National Park
Conserving native plants will be the focus of Shenandoah National Park’s 28th annual Wildflower Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th. Visitors may see woodland beauties such as trillium, wild geranium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and a variety of others on naturalist-led hikes. In a nod to this year’s 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, there will be a wildflower walk into part of the park’s designated wilderness on the Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail. At Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51 on Skyline Drive), a panel discussion, “Rooting Out Invasive Plants,” will be presented by Jake Hughes, biological technician at Shenandoah, and Kevin Heffernan, stewardship biologist for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Naturalists and professional photographers Ann and Rob Simpson will present “Wild About Shenandoah: From Wildflowers to Wildlife.” They will also lead a hike on the Limberlost Trail, searching for flowers and offering photography tips. For the complete schedule visit nps.gov/shen, or call 540-999-3500, ext. 3283.


Revel!, a Bridge PAI fundraiser (through May 03)
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville is holding a Revel! on Saturday night, May 3rd, at the IX Building.  To use their words, it's " a rebellious rendition of the non-profit fundraiser. One part hell cat, two parts burning youth. It caters to Charlottesville’s creative class, fringe fanatics, blue hairs, thinkers, questioners, and active locals who want art, community connections, and a hint of constructive danger."  The proceeds from the night of reveling will go to support the Bridge's socially engaged non-profit efforts.  For tickets and details, go to thebridgepai.com/revel.

Second annual benefit concert for The Haven (through May 08)
The Haven
Chamomile & Whiskey, Kathryn Caine and The Small Band, and The Get Rights will perform at the second annual benefit concert for The Haven on Thursday, May 8th, from 7 to 11p.m. The Haven works to end homelessness by initiating creative solutions and coordinating regional resources and services. This acoustic showcase promises to be an evening of the very best singers and songwriters around. Refreshments will be served. The Haven is located at 112 West Market Street in Charlottesville; diagonally across from Lee Park. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at thehaven.org. For more information, call 434-973-1234, extension 107.

Grand reopening of Explore Park, located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (through May 10)
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will host the grand reopening of Explore Park, located at Milepost 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. An open house will take place on Saturday May 10th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come and explore, enjoy, and be reacquainted with the natural beauty this unique park has to offer. Special attractions and a wide array of activities will be available for all to enjoy. Explore the great outdoors with guided hikes or the annual geocaching event, be captivated by a talented storyteller or musician, enjoy the variety of craft activities, or enjoy a challenging game of laser tag. For more information, call 540-777-6326.

CAT mobile app (through June 01)
Charlottesville Area Transit

Charlottesville Area Transit riders have a new way to obtain real time arrival information. CAT has partnered with the City of Charlottesville's IT department to release a new FREE mobile app that is available to download through both Google Play and Apple's App Store. Unlike CAT's current paper schedules, the app will automatically update its predictions based upon real road data.  Features of the new app include: real time data, including bus stop arrival predictions for CAT buses; a GPS-enabled map that automatically locates your position and displays nearby bus stops; and push notifications that will instantly alert users to active detours and/or service disruptions.  Individuals who wish to download the app can do so by searching for "Charlottesville Area Transit" in their phone's mobile store.  Go online to catchthecat.org for more information.

Loves & Fishes needs volunteers to feed the needy (through December 31)
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a non-profit that gives groceries to over 1,200 low-income families per month, is in need of volunteers to assist with bagging groceries and distributing food.  No experience is necessary.  Join in the mission of Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors and help the less fortunate in our community.  To volunteer or for more information, email volunteers@cvilleloavesandfishes.org or call 434-996-7868.

Meals On Wheels needs volunteers (through December 31)
Meals On Wheels
Do you have a couple of hours Monday thru Friday midday to volunteer for Meals On Wheels?  Volunteers are desperately needed. Call the Meals On Wheels office at 434- 293-4364 or email keith@cvillemeals.org for details.

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