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! 

Women’s Four Miler Training Program

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 7:00 am - 11:00 am
at UVA Track at Lannigan Field
Copley Road

Who: Women of all ages

What: 21st Annual CTC Women’s Four Miler Training Program

When: Every Saturday- June 14, 2014 to August 23, 2014 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Where: UVA Track Lannigan Field

Event: Join us for 11 consecutive Saturdays of group training and talks by experts on a variety of women’s health topics. You may attend any or all sessions. Walkers and runners of any level are welcome, no experience necessary! Registration is available online ( It will be held every Saturday beginning on June 14th through August 23rd at the UVA track, Lannigan Field starting at 7:00 a.m.

Questions? Contact Program Director and Head Pink, Pammie at

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


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.

Third Thursdays at The Lodge at Old Trail

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 12:00 am
at The Lodge at Old Trail
330 Claremont Lane

August 21, 2014 at 5:30
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!
Local chocolate artisan, Tim Gearhart, joins us to share his story of the distinctive and highly regarded chocolates he creates in his flagship store in Charlottesville. Recognized by the New York Times, USA Today, The Today Show and more, this is sure to be a sweet evening at The Lodge.

RSVP to 434-823-9100 or

UVA Health System – Critical Care & Progressive Care Registered Nurse Open House

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
at University of Virginia Health System – Main Lobby
1215 Lee Street

Critical Care and Progressive Care Nurse Open House at UVA Health System.

Join us Thursday August 21st at University of Virginia Medical Center’s open house for critical care and progressive care nurses from 9 a.m. until Noon. Experienced Registered Nurses are invited to take a tour of the Medical Center and learn about nursing opportunities at a nationally recognized academic medical center in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia.

Generous compensation packages and attractive sign-on bonuses* are available for experienced registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and two or more years of experience.

If you want more, UVA wants you!

Please RSVP by August 17th to: Jody Goellner 434.924.0200 or

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Friday’s After Five – 2014 Season

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

Join us every Friday for these FREE concerts! 

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