9th Annual Chocolate Festival & Chocolate Chase

Saturday, October 17th 2015 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
at Lee Park
East Market Street

Head to Lee Park in Charlottesville Saturday, Oct. 17th for the 9th Annual Chocolate Festival & Chocolate Chase and help support a number of local organizations including IMPACT, the Boys Scouts and others!  Free and open to the public, the event is open from 9 to 2 and includes a silent auction, kid’s activities, music, decadent chocolate treats to buy and tons more! For more information about registering for the 5K run/walk, log onto or call 434-296-6193.

Ninth Annual Chocolate Festival

Saturday, October 17th 2015 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
at Lee Park
East Market Street

The 9th Annual Chocolate Festival & Chocolate Chase, set for lee Park in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, Oct.17th, will once again support a number of local non-profits and church outreach ministries, including the PACEM shelter ministry, the Appalachia Srvice Project, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, IMPACT, Boy Scouts, several churches and building projects in Haiti, among others.

The Chocolate Festival is free to the public and will be open from 9am until 2pm in the park. It will include a silent auction, children’s activities, a cupcake “throw own”, games for all ages, a book sale, musical entertainment, and of course chocolate vendors with decadent treats for purchase. Breakfast will be available in Lee Park starting at 8:30am.

This year’s 5K chocolate Chase Run & Walk will begin at 8:15am at the park’s edge. Runners an register online at or register on the day of the race at First United Methodist Church (UMC), 101 E. Jefferson Street, from 7 to 8am. Individuals may register for $25 and groups can register for $100. Registration forms are also available at Ragged Mountain Running Shop, 3 Elliewood Ave in Charlottesville.

A 2nd Annual Kids4Kids Dash quarter mile run will begin directly after the Chocolate Chase at 9am in the First UMC parking lot. Children ages 3-12 are welcome to participate. All proceeds will go to support Books on Bikes, a local non-profit that delivers books to underprivileged children in downtown Charlottesville. The cost is $15 per child and include a race prize.

More information is available about the Chocolate Festival and Chase on the website of First United Methodist Church, the event sponsor ( You may also call the church office at 434-296-6193.


Charlottesville Municipal Band Fall Concert

Sunday, October 18th 2015 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
at The V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC
501 College Dr

The Charlottesville Municipal Band, an 80 member volunteer symphonic concert band, will present its 93rd Season Fall Concert Sunday Oct. 18th at 3:30 in the Main Stage Theater of the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the campus of Piedmont Virginia Community College.  The program will include classics, contemporary works, selections from Broadway and more.    The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit


Thank Goodness for Women! Event

Tuesday, October 20th 2015 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church
105 Lankford Avenue

Thank Goodness for Women – Stay Healthy, Be Happy, Be Active!  Join the University of Virginia Health System for their 2nd annual women’s health awareness celebration on Tuesday, October 20th from 6 to 9pm at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church of Charlottesville.   The program will feature women’s health professionals from UVA Health System with information on heart health, memory & aging, along with entertainment and free health screenings.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes and goodie bags will be given away. For more information on this free event, call 434-243-4734.

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Wine Down Wednesday

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 12:00 am
at Keswick Vineyards
1575 Keswick Winery Dr.

Join us the third Wednesday of each month from 5-8pm for a special concert & food truck series and “wine down” on our new patio & outdoor event space. No cover charge.

July 15: Music by MOON and food from Delicious Dishe.

August 19: Music by Scuffletown and food from Two Brothers Southwestern Grill.

September 16: Music by Abbey Road Unplugged and food from Delicious Dishe.

October 21: Music by Chamomile & Whiskey and food from Two Brothers Southwestern Grill.

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Organize Your Financial Records Seminar

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Participants in a free seminar offered by Virginia Credit Union will learn the benefits of getting and keeping their personal financial records organized. Participants will learn what records to keep, what to keep handy in the event of a natural disaster, and tips for taking an inventory of their financial records.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, October 21 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Charlottesville Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

The Gordon Avenue Library is a branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. To register, please call (434) 296-5544.

A financial cooperative serving more than 241,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people feel more confident about their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA. For more information, visit



Book Club: “A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There”

Thursday, October 22nd 2015 - 7:00 pm
at David Sellers and Bette Dzamba’s house in Charlottesville
For directions: email

A book club discussion of Aldo Leopold’s classic collection of essays, “A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There.”

In the forward to the book Leopold writes, “there are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot…Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech.”

If you one of those who “cannot live without wild things” please join us to discuss the book. (it will be more fun than Thursday night television but we probably won’t see geese)

For directions: email

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Charlottesville

Saturday, October 24th 2015 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Lee Park
E. Market Street & 2nd St. NE

Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s programs and services and national research efforts. Alzheimer’s disease is the largest unaddressed public threat facing the nation today. Currently, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, the sixth-leading cause of death and the second most feared health condition in the U.S. Go to to learn more or sign up your team today!.


SPARC of Hope Walk

Saturday, October 24th 2015 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
at East End Farm
1091 Hamilton Rd

The Suicide Prevention Awareness & Resource Council will be holding their first annual SPARC of Hope Walk Saturday, Oct. 24 at East End Farm in Green Springs.  The walk will be held from 9 to noon and help fund education and expanded training for mental health professionals, first responders and school personnel to continue ongoing suicide prevention efforts in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, Fluvanna and Green Counties.  This year’s theme is “Help Us Shine the Light on Suicide Prevention”. This is a rain or shine event.  For more information, visit

Monticello Archaeology Open House

Saturday, October 24th 2015 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
at Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy

Monticello’s Archaeology Department is hosting its annual open house Saturday Oct. 24th from 10 to 4 and invites you to join the celebration!  Staff archaeologists will be on hand to offer walking tours of the Monticello Plantation landscape and answer questions about exhibits of recent excavations.  There will be an interactive dig kids and more!  All events are free but reservations are required for the dig.  For more information or to sign up for the dig, visit

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