Rural Health Initiative Program Health Education Series Classes

Tuesday, December 8th 2015 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at American Legion Post 74
3025 Louisa Road

All classes are FREE, start at 11am and are taught by the Rural Health Educators. Spouses and caregivers are invited to attend.

Mission: The mission of the Rural Health Initiative Program is to improve access to care and enhance quality of care for rural veterans.  The Health Education section wants to improve your access to health education and wellness information by bringing educational classes to your community at your convenience.

Why: Access to health services in rural and underserved areas creates barriers to healthcare. Less than 15,000 Veterans living in rural Virginia are currently enrolled for VA benefits and services. This initiative aims to improve access by taking services to the rural communities.


48th Messiah Sing-In with UVA McIntire Dept. of Music

Tuesday, December 8th 2015 - 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Old Cabell Hall-The University of Virginia
112 Old Cabell Hall

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the annual Messiah Sing-In on Tuesday, December 8th at 8:00 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall. The Sing-In is conducted by Donald Loach and benefits the University’s choral ensembles. Be there to participate in a UVa tradition that has lasted for 48 years!

Loach started the tradition of the UVA Messiah Sing-In in 1968 as one of the first in the nation. It was a simple beginning with no orchestra. Yvaine Duisit was the organist, and Professor Walter Ross played double bass. Ross has continuously participated in the Messiah Sing-In since its inception. Later, an orchestra began to develop, all voluntary and unsolicited. In the beginning, churches in the area provided scores. However, in 1974, with the help of generous donations, scores were purchased. Community members, students and faculty joined the core group of singers, which consisted of the University Singers and the Virginia Glee Club and today also includes the UVA Chamber Singers and Virginia Women’s Chorus. Donald Loach has sought to retain the joy and simplicity of the occasion without any professional pretense, orchestral rehearsals or professional soloists. The UVA Messiah Sing-In remains a simple and joyous event, relying on the University and Charlottesville community to come together to sing and perform one of the greatest oratorios ever written.

Participants for the Sing-In sit in sections arranged according to vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), and the orchestra sits on stage. Non-singers are encouraged to listen from the Loge and Balcony.


Copies of the vocal score will be available for those who do not have their own, and orchestral parts will be available for instrumentalists. Come sing or play your hearts out!


Tickets are priced $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Tickets may be purchased at The University of Virginia Arts Box Office, (434) 924-3376, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or on-line at  Tickets will also be available at the door. 


Charlottesville Municipal Band & Toy Lift

Wednesday, December 9th 2015 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

Don’t miss the Charlottesville Municipal Band as they celebrate the spirit of the Holiday season Friday December 4th at this year’s primary drop point for the 2015 Toy Lift Event, the Ntelos Pavilion in Downtown Charlottesville!  Bring a toy and come hear the band as they play from 3 to 5.  The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  Celebrate the season with traditional favorites from the Charlottesville Municipal Band. For more information, click here.

Let There Be Light

Friday, December 11th 2015 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College
501 College Drive

Piedmont Virginia Community College presents Let There Be Light, a one-night outdoor exhibit featuring light-centered artworks and performances. The public of all ages is invited. Visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights and enjoy complementary hot chocolate, apple cider and tasty treats. You are invited to come as an “enlightened being” dressed in light. Let There Be Light will be held Friday, December 11th from 6-9 pm on the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC. For more information:


Saturday, December 12th 2015 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Monticello High School
1400 Independence Way

The Monticello High School Softball team will be holding a Craft & Vendor Fair Saturday December 12th from 10 to 3pm at the Monticello High School.  There will be over 20 crafters and vendors; just in time for the holidays.  The fair will also feature food, drinks and more!  Show your support for the Monticello High School Softball team and pick up some handcrafted goodies for your holiday table.  For more information, call 434-806-2050.


Charlottesville Municipal Band’s Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 13th 2015 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm at Charlottesville High School
1400 Melbourne Rd

Don’t miss the Charlottesville Municipal Bands 93rd Season Holiday Concert Sunday December 13th! The concert will be held at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School at 3:30pm and admission is free but you’re asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Emergency Food Bank.  The program will include a variety of traditional holiday music along with sing-alongs, a sleigh ride, special guests and a visit from Santa.  For more information, click here.


Joy to the World Concert

Sunday, December 13th 2015 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1275 Timberwood Avenue

Everyone is invited to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 9th annual “Joy to the World” concert Tuesday, December 13th at 7 pm at the church at Timberwood Boulevard and Airport Road in Charlottesville.  The concert will feature several local church and community choirs singing sacred music celebrating the birth and life of Jesus Christ.  The concert will conclude with an audience and choir sing-a-long of selections from Handel’s “Messiah”.  The event is free and refreshments will be offered after.  For more information, call 434-973-6607.

Charlottesville Fire Department 9th Annual Posada

Friday, December 18th 2015 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Ridge Street Fire Station
203 Ridge Street

“Posada”- A Christmas festival originating in Latin America that dramatized the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging.  Join the Ridge Street Fire Dept. for their 9th Annual cultural event with family and friends Sunday December 18th from 6 to 8pm at the Ridge Street Fire Station in Charlottesville.  There will be caroling, hot cocoa, tamales and churros, piñatas and a visit from Santa, so bring your camera!  The firefighters will be fully geared up for the kids to enjoy as well!  For more information, call 434-970-3245.

Bybee's Baptist Nativity

Live Nativity at Bybees Road Baptist Church

Friday, December 18th 2015 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Bybee’s Road Baptist Church
4989 Bybees Church Road

A Live Nativity will be presented on December 18th and 20th from 6:00 until 8:00pm. As you drive along Bybees Church Road during Christmas week, you will encounter a tableau that takes you back two thousand years. In the cold, quiet night you will see Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus in the humble stable, surrounded by animals. Shepherds, angels and wise men silently celebrate the birth of our Lord. Started in 1996, Bybee’s Road Baptist Church has created an uplifting experience for travelers along Route 613 in Fluvanna County

Bybee's Baptist Christmas Cantata

Bybee’s Road Baptist Church Christmas Cantata

Saturday, December 19th 2015 - 12:00 am at Bybee’s Road Baptist Church
4989 Bybees Church Road

Join Bybee’s Road Baptist Church this holiday season for a Christmas Cantata.  This year’s Cantata “Breath of Heaven” will be presented Saturday December 19th at 6 in the evening and include refreshments after the feature.  The Cantata will be shown again Sunday morning, December 20th, at 10am.  For more information, call 434-589-2824.

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