Community

Solarize Harrisonburg

Monday, July 28th 2014 - 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Massanutten Public Library
174 So Main St

A new local area initiative, Solarize Harrisonburg, launches at a community meeting at which you can learn how to have solar energy for your home or business.  Through bulk purchasing power, you can lower installation costs and reduce your electricity bills.  Check http://www.vasun.org/solarize-virginia/solarize-harrisonburg/ or email solarizeharrisonburg@vasun.org.

Is Solar Right for You? Free Seminar

Tuesday, July 29th 2014 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Berkmar Branch – UVA Community Credit Union
3300 Berkmar Drive

Learn about solar energy and new opportunities to turn solar into savings. We’ll show you how to “crunch the numbers” and review other non-financial factors to help determine if solar is right for you. We’ll provide information on local rebates and tax incentives. Plus, we cover the benefits of participating in the Solarize Charlottesville campaign (for City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County homeowners) which will offer bulk discount pricing on solar installation and reduced rate financing options. Presented by our area’s non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), solar installation experts, and the credit union. Hurry seating is limited. Register online for this free seminar at uvacreditunion.org or call 434-964-2001 today!

Albemarle County Fair

Thursday, July 31st 2014 - 12:00 am at Ash Lawn-Highland
2050 James Monroe Parkway

Don’t miss the Albemarle County Fair at Ash Lawn-Highland, the Home of James Monroe! The fair is open from 4-10 pm on Thursday, July 31st and from 10 am – 10 pm on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd.

This three-day agricultural celebration is full of festive, family fun in a historic setting. Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests, and programs for the entire family! Admission is just $5, and free for children under 6 years of age. For more information, or to submit an entry for the fair, visit albemarlecountyfair.com.

Thanks to our sponsors: Southern States, Albemarle Magazine, Bob’s Wheel Alignment, Foods for Thought, New Virginia Tractor, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Virginia, Relay Foods, van der Linde Recycling & Container Rentals, and Virginia Eagle Distributing.

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Friday’s After Five – 2014 Season

Friday, August 1st 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

Join us every Friday for these FREE concerts! 

Walk With A Doc

Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 8:00 am - 9:00 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Downtown Mall

Starts with a five minute talk on a medical topic and then a 30 minute walk in the Downtown area accompanied by a Medical Doctor to encourage healthy exercise for individuals and families. No charge. Sponsored by the Albemarle County Medical Society.

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Stonewall Brigade Band Concerts, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton VA

Monday, August 4th 2014 - 12:00 am at Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand
600 Churchville Avenue

For complete concert listings and band history see www.stonewallbrigadeband.com

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Baby Basics Moms Club

Monday, August 4th 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church
1042 Preston Avenue

Do you have questions about your pregnancy? Come and meet other moms-to-be, enjoy snacks, and get free giveaways at Baby Basics Moms Club. The group covers everything you can expect when your’re expecting. UVA Children’s Hospital and Women’s service host a meeting at Trinity Episcopal on Preston Avenue: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2nd & 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:00 PM.

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Friday’s After Five – 2014 Season

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

Join us every Friday for these FREE concerts! 

Walk With A Doc

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 8:00 am - 9:00 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Downtown Mall

Starts with a five minute talk on a medical topic and then a 30 minute walk in the Downtown area accompanied by a Medical Doctor to encourage healthy exercise for individuals and families. No charge. Sponsored by the Albemarle County Medical Society.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale: Gospel Van Replacement Fundraiser

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at Laurel Hill Baptist Church
3595 Grand Forks Blvd

YARD SALE/BAKE SALE
Gospel Van Replacement Fundraiser
Saturday, August 9
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Laurel Hill Baptist Church
3595 Grand Forks Blvd
Charlottesville, VA 22911
434 973-6125
www.visitlaurelhill.org

Yard Sale will begin at 8:00 AM sharp!
Lots of great items to scoop up!

While you are shopping for bargains you can’t pass up, stop by our Bake Sale and purchase delicious homemade items.

Proceeds will go to missionaries Howie & Debbie Campbell to replace their gospel van that is so vital to their ministry here in the U.S.

Pancake Breakfasts!

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Chiles Peach Orchard
1351 Greenwood Road

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Join us on the second weekend of each month for breakfast with family and friends at the Orchard! Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/oj.

Cost: $6.99 per person ages 12+, $3.99 per person under 12

Pancake Breakfasts!

Sunday, August 10th 2014 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Chiles Peach Orchard
1351 Greenwood Road

Who doesn’t love pancakes? Join us on the second weekend of each month for breakfast with family and friends at the Orchard! Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/oj.

Cost: $6.99 per person ages 12+, $3.99 per person under 12

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Stonewall Brigade Band Concerts, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton VA

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 12:00 am at Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand
600 Churchville Avenue

For complete concert listings and band history see www.stonewallbrigadeband.com

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Baby Basics Moms Club

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church
1042 Preston Avenue

Do you have questions about your pregnancy? Come and meet other moms-to-be, enjoy snacks, and get free giveaways at Baby Basics Moms Club. The group covers everything you can expect when your’re expecting. UVA Children’s Hospital and Women’s service host a meeting at Trinity Episcopal on Preston Avenue: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2nd & 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:00 PM.

Reach for the Stars Happy Hour

Thursday, August 14th 2014 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar
422 E Main Street

Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a cocktail or dinner out at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar! A portion of the proceeds benefit the Building Goodness Foundation.

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Friday’s After Five – 2014 Season

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

Join us every Friday for these FREE concerts! 

Walk With A Doc

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 8:00 am - 9:00 am at nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Downtown Mall

Starts with a five minute talk on a medical topic and then a 30 minute walk in the Downtown area accompanied by a Medical Doctor to encourage healthy exercise for individuals and families. No charge. Sponsored by the Albemarle County Medical Society.

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The 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Wintergreen Performing Arts
Wintergreen Drive

The Virginia Piedmont is known for its beauty, its history, its crystal streams and hardwood forests, but it is also the home of a rich musical tradition. Drawing on a Scots-Irish heritage, the Blue Ridge settlers added voices from Africa and, in a unique medley of fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar, sang of America. This region has spawned old time, bluegrass and Americana musical forms.  Join us to enjoy this uniquely American sound on Saturday, August 16, 2014 when Wintergreen Performing Arts will present the voices of the Blue Ridge through its 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest.  This year the Fest features the return of always entertaining Nothin’ Fancy and the talented young mandolin player Sierra Hull and her group.

From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, comes one of the most entertaining bands in the bluegrass genre, Nothin’ Fancy (2 and 5 pm).  As a matter of fact, they’ve won The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year five times!  The band was formed as a bluegrass band in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition.  Ever since then, they have grown in popularity, released nine full length albums, and continue to perform at festivals all across the United States, Canada and Norway including the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.  They have successfully hosted their own Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival every year since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, along with their friendly down-to-earth charm keeps people coming back for more.  Nothin’ Fancy is not just carrying on the tradition of bluegrass music; they are contributing to the creation of a new tradition within the acoustic music genre.

Also featured is the precocious young manolinist Sierra Hull and her group (1 and 4 pm).  A good chunk of popular music’s real estate has been carved up along lines of age these last half-dozen decades, and we are used to seeing young musicians aim exclusively for young audiences then flounder as they outgrow teenaged listeners’ tastes and concerns. Pan-generational mentoring has done much to insulate bluegrass from this coming-of-age quandary. Still, Sierra Hull is the rare individual to make it through these years entirely unscathed.  Secrets—the debut album she recorded at 15, and released at 16—struck the ear with sensibilities that seemed both seasoned and fresh; kids’ stuff this was not. Three years and a move from her family’s home in tiny Byrdstown, TN to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, she’s followed with one of the most surefooted transitions into early adulthood put to record.

Of course, the evidence of Sierra’s uncommon maturity—musical and personal (one might say she embodies the perfect balance of humility and capability)—has been there all along, and won her formidable fans: by age eleven,  Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Grand  Ole Opry stage and by twelve Rounder Records was expressing interest.  Then there’s the fact that Berklee College gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician; her choice to accept it, to delay her dream of hitting the road full-time after high school in favor of expanding her musical worldview, was hardly a light one. Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the Inernational Bluegrass  Music  Association’s  voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category.

Returning to the Mountain Music Fest for the third time comes the local bluegrass music of The Virginia Ramblers (noon and 5 pm). The Ramblers are a traditional bluegrass band based in the Charlottesville area.  They honor the legends of bluegrass, such as Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers, and strive to carry on in that tradition.  A band of bluegrass veterans, the Ramblers focus on rich, vocal harmony and strong instrumentation.  Guitar player and lead singer Charles Frazier and Bass player/singer Donnie Shifflett played for many years with the late, great Alvin Breeden and The Virginia Cutups.  When Alvin Retired around 2005, Charlie and Donnie carried on with the same traditional, hard driving sound as The Virginia Ramblers.  The band has now been recharged with the addition of Troy Gooding on mandolin and vocals, and Tom Hogge on banjo and vocals (both former members of The Courtney Hollow Band, a band that has also performed at the Mountain Music Fest).

The day’s performances will conclude with the Appalachian string band music of Kim and Jimbo Cary and Pete and Ellen Vigour  (6 pm).  The Cary/Vigour group is a gathering of friends dedicated to performing and teaching traditional music of Virginia.  Pete Vigour, the lead fiddler, was a member of Trapezoid in the 1970’s and continues performing with Uncle Henry’s Favorites, one of the area’s premier string bands.  Ellen Vigour, a talented multi-instrumentalist, plays mandolin and fiddle.  Along with Pete, Ellen appeared with Uncle Henry’s Favorites on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.  Jimbo Cary plays banjo and Kim Cary plays guitar and bass.  Kim and Jimbo have been selected as Touring Artists by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, performing in schools, libraries, concerts, and festivals.  The Carys have played at the Kennedy Center and, with Pete Vigour, at the White House. The Carys and Vigours will also be leading jamming sessions throughout the day.

Wintergreen Performing Arts will present the voices of the Blue Ridge through its 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest. This year the Fest features Nothin’ Fancy, Sierra Hull, the Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase.

Admission Fee: Ticket Price: Adults $25, Students (6-17) $10, Children (under 6) FREE

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Stonewall Brigade Band Concerts, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton VA

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 12:00 am at Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand
600 Churchville Avenue

For complete concert listings and band history see www.stonewallbrigadeband.com

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Baby Basics Moms Club

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church
1042 Preston Avenue

Do you have questions about your pregnancy? Come and meet other moms-to-be, enjoy snacks, and get free giveaways at Baby Basics Moms Club. The group covers everything you can expect when your’re expecting. UVA Children’s Hospital and Women’s service host a meeting at Trinity Episcopal on Preston Avenue: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 9:30-11:00 AM and 2nd & 4th Mondays, 5:30-7:00 PM.

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