Fracking Field Tour to West Virginia – Overnight April 25-26

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday morning April 25, Outing participants will travel to Doddridge County, West Virginia. We will be greeted there by West Virginia Host Farms, a Partnership Program linking West Virginia landowners with the environmental community that studies the impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

That afternoon and the next morning we’ll make best arrangements for us get close to the rigs, the drilling pads, and well heads to experience the noise, light and air pollution that is slamming this West Virginia community 24/7. Bring your cameras. There will be time to speak with affected landowners.

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BRVGS Health Fair

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
at Madison County High School – Gymnasium
68 Mountaineer Ln.

Health fair hosted by Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School seniors at Madison County High School. Vendors from across Central Virginia will be present to provide visitors with health information. There will be various door prizes and giveaways throughout the morning. Cost of admission is free.

Women’s conference: Sisters to the Rescue

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

I have previously submitted a hard copy press release of this event, but have not seen in on your events calendar yet. Can you please list it for us? Also, the event has a website that describes the event schedule and biographies of the speakers. The website address is Our keynote speaker is Jason Wright, nationally known writer of “Christmas Jars” and other books, who grew up in Charlottesville and still calls Virginia his home. He is available for an interview. May I ask for Jane to consider such an interview with him concerning our event?

Larry Sidwell

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Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants Spring Open House

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
at Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
1293 Tufton Farm

Celebrate Historic Garden Week with a visit to Monticello’s nursery, set within inspiring display gardens of historic plants in their full spring glory, and find your favorites and more for sale in our nursery. Learn how to translate your picture of the perfect garden into the home landscape with local gardening teacher, consultant, and writer Cathy Clary during her presentation “Design in the Home Landscape.”

Cathy will take you through the ABC’s of garden design from the sublime principles shared by all the arts to figuring out what’s best for your own back yard. Derek Wheeler, Research Archaeologist at Monticello, will discuss the historical relevance of Tufton Farm during a short walking tour; highlights include a review of the property in Jefferson’s day and recent archaeological discoveries.

Enjoy guided garden tours and ask our knowledgeable staff your gardening questions.

10 AM -2 PM, Jefferson’s Tufton Farm (GPS address: 1293 Tufton Farm)

FREE; no registration required.

Annual Sheep Shearing

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
at Ash Lawn-Highland
2050 James Monroe Pkwy

Ash Lawn-Highland’s annual sheep shearing will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tom Stanley will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event. We’ll also have traditional wool carding, spinning, and other activities for the family. Plus, meet the newest lambs to call Ash Lawn-Highland their home!

If the weather is amiable, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds. Bring your own or choose from our selection of fresh sandwiches at the Museum Shop.

Men Who Cook benefiting MACAA

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) largest fundraiser, Men Who Cook, takes place April 25, 2015 between 6 pm – 11 pm at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club, 2512 Jefferson Park Avenue.  Amateur Chef’s throughout the area provide bite-sized portions of their favorite dishes while guests enjoy music, a silent auction and wine & beer.

The 28th annual Men Who Cook was created by amateur Chef’s and they continue to be the main attraction to the event each year.  Each Chef has a passion for cooking and donates their time, talent and food to support the efforts of MACAA.  The Men of Men Who Cook have a variety of backgrounds including business owners, researchers, bankers, ministers, construction workers, and many more occupations.

Chef’s participating in the 28th annual Men Who Cook include, Tim Beeghly, Jameel Dennis, Randy Ellis, James Hamilton Elmore, Dave Fafara, Mark Fletcher, Carl Garrett, Fred Gruber, Peter McIntosh, Ponch McPhee, Mike McPherson, Mike Merriam, Chris Munson, Chef Ralph, Peter & Leo Reijmers, Steve Rose, Douglas Schallon, Hasmukh Shah, David Shreve, Ty Smith, Lloyd Snook, Glenn Stratton, Sammy Swale, Kyle Thomas, Turner Tilman, Terry Wallace and Lewis Warren, Jr.

The cocktail style event will have limited seating with special reserved tables of 4, $400/each.  Individual tickets, available for $75, include bite-sized sampling of all dishes, music, silent auction and wine or beer.  Cash bar is also available. All tickets may be purchased online at

2015 Charlottesville EcoFair

Sunday, April 26th 2015 - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
at Main Street Arena
230 West Main Street

The 2015 Charlottesville EcoFair will take place Sunday, April 26th from 11am until 5pm at the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville. There will be live music, free raffle, local food, book swap, presentations and workshops, kids’ activities, and local environmental groups.

Greenwood Contra Dance

Sunday, April 26th 2015 - 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

James Monroe’s 257th Birthday

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Ash Lawn-Highland
2050 James Monroe Parkway

What have you learned about James Monroe lately? Join us during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 28th to celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth. Colonel Monroe himself will be on grounds to speak with visitors, answer questions, and accept birthday wishes.

Revised in 2013, the house tour at Ash Lawn-Highland emphasizes Monroe’s many and varied contributions to our nation’s early history through more than 50 years of public service and more elected public offices than any other president before or after him.

Residents of Charlottesville and the following counties receive the local rate of $8: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham.

Public service volunteer programs for Safety and Emergency response

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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