Special Events

Balance and Stabilization (ONLINE)

Balance and Stabilization (ONLINE)

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 11:45-12:45pm

WILL NOT MEET ON SEPTEMBER 27.

Mondays and Thursdays, 11:45am-12:45pm

This class utilizes a unique blend of the world’s best exercise methods to give you long-lasting joint health, unparalleled strength, greater ranges of motion and injury prevention. Your workouts should inspire your potential and fuel your passions. Join Alex Waltrip, fitness coordinator for this very beneficial class. Appropriate for all fitness levels. 

For Center members: $30/month for standard members; Free for Prime/Charter Members). Registration is required for all.

YOU WILL RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK ONCE YOU REGISTER BELOW.

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Balance and Stabilization (ONLINE)

Standard Members (October) $30.00
Prime Members (October) $0.00
Music in the Atrium

Music in the Atrium

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm

Thursdays, 12:00-1:30 pm 
Join jazz trio, Jazz 1-2-3 at for a little swing, Latin and jazz standards featuring Andre on bass, Robert LaRue on saxophone and David Weiss on piano.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

NIA - Moving to Heal  (ONLINE)

NIA - Moving to Heal (ONLINE)

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm

Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Nia is a holistic fitness practice that combines dance, martial arts & healing arts (mindfulness). It is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience that will leave you feeling energized, mentally clear and emotionally balanced. It is non-impact, done barefoot and is adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Nia Moving to Heal is a modified Nia experience, designed for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to complement and facilitate healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This class will help you feel better move by move, breath by breath. Each class has a focus & intention to assist you in “Dancing Through Life”.

For over 35 years Nia has been helping people use movement to feel better. Your body is designed to move! No matter what your physical circumstances, you can use movement as medicine.

Join Sheila Queen, NIA Blue Belt and Moving to Heal Instructor.

ONCE YOU REGISTER BELOW (IN ADVANCE), YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL RECEIPT WITH INFORMATION ON HOW TO OBTAIN THE ZOOM LINK.

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

NIA - Moving to Heal (ONLINE)

Standard members (October) $25.00
Prime members (October) $0.00
Open-Air Archaeology in Rome with Olga (ONLINE)

Open-Air Archaeology in Rome with Olga (ONLINE)

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 3:00-4:30pm

Follow our Roman envoy, Olga Čučković, on an exciting overview of ancient Roman archeological sites visible throughout the Eternal City. Walk through the famous Ancient Roman Forum, view the site where Julius Caesar was assassinated, and discover layers of history scattered around the city where traces of former eras are evidenced in the walls everywhere. Let Rome surprise you around the corners of its lovely squares and transport you into its distant past. Free and open to all. Register in advance for this online class here:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Sep 23, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lf-qpqzojEtFBd0ipMmFwcCMDyiFBNS7I 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Food Truck

Food Truck

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:00-7:00pm

Black Jack's Mobile Soul Food Kitchen will be here on Thursday, September 23, from 5:00–7:00 pm. Chicken, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, burgers, pork chops, ribs, fish, macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet cornbread, coleslaw, fries, onion rings ... YUM! View the menu here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Thursdays Around 5 - Free!

Thursdays Around 5 - Free!

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:03-7:00pm

Enjoy FREE live performances that showcase area musicians! Weather permitting, these events are held outdoors, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the music moves to auditorium. Advance registration is requested via the button below.

The JRB Band - back by popular demand!
Thursday,September 23, 5:01–7:00 PM
Jim Richardson (guitar/vocals), Jerry Kelly (guitar/banjo/vocals) and Bryan McKenzie (bass/vocals) bring you a bluesy blend of subdued subversive folk-influenced Americana rock with originals that pay homage to The Byrds, Bob Dylan, and Warren Zevon. Black Jacks Mobile Soul Food Kitchen will be on-site. View the menu here.
 
South River Strings
Thursday, October  14, 5:03–7:00 PM
South River Strings is a four-piece bluegrass, country, new grass band. From the harmonies to the beautiful sounds of acoustic instruments, they try to bring you a full experience of Appalachia and the way they all grew up picking on the front porch. Pick up dinner from Firefly Food Truck.
 
Michael Clem
Thursday, October 28, 5:02–7:00 pm
For nearly 30 years, Michael Clem has been playing bass, singing, and writing songs for the national touring act he co-founded, Eddie from Ohio. Since relocating from Northern Virginia to Charlottesville when the band began to slow down, he’s established quite a foothold in its musical scene, from session work to bluegrass gigs to forming his own acoustic trio. Black Jacks Mobile Soul Food Kitchen will be on-site. 
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Thursdays Around 5 - Free!

RSVP - (September 23) JRB Band
Leather, Beads, and Wire - Oh My!

Leather, Beads, and Wire - Oh My!

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:30-7:30pm

Charlotte Beagle has been fashioning beaded jewelry for over 30 years and is excited to share with you how to make a one or two strand memory wire bracelet. Learn about memory wire and have fun combining glass beads and leather to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet that will fit most anyone. Prime members free, Standard Members and guests 15.00. Materials fee $10.00 per person, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Friday Fitness with Alex (ONLINE)

Friday Fitness with Alex (ONLINE)

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 11:00-12:00pm

Fridays, 11:00am-12:00pm 

This class will be a hybrid of Senior Fitness and Balance and Stabilization. Join Alex for a combination of both aerobic strength training and exercises that are designed to develop better balance. Free for Center members

ONCE YOU REGISTER BELOW, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL RECEIPT WITH THE ZOOM LINK.

Members only.

Location: Online

Pay for this event online

Friday Fitness with Alex (ONLINE)

Standard and Prime Members (October) $0.00
Repurpose Your old Sweater (ON SITE)

Repurpose Your old Sweater (ON SITE)

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 12:00-3:00pm

September 17th and 24th (2-week class)

Transform your old woolen sweater you accidentally shrunk or are just no longer wearing into mittens, a hat, tote bag, fingerless gloves, a cowl or scarf, etc. Don’t have an old sweater? A thrift store find is another option. Items need to be preshrunk, primarily wool or a wool blend of other natural animal fibers (e.g., alpaca, angora, cashmere). Make your repurposed item(s) in the first class, then choose a design and needle felt it onto your creation in class two. Some hand sewing required. Prime members -free; Standard Members and Guests - $30. Materials fee: $12 for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Supply list: 

Please bring the following, if you have them available: (don’t feel you have to go out and buy all these items)

  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  •  Ruler or measuring tape
  • Marker/pencil
  • Paper (to draw pattern)
  • Needles and thread (color to coordinate with your sweater)
  • Miscellaneous items: buttons or fasteners Image or idea for needle felt design (we’ll discuss further in class 1, if you are not sure)

Fiber artist Donna Markey has studied and played with fiber for years. She loves teaching and sharing this creative art form with people of all ages, and to see the joy in peoples’ faces as they create their own masterpieces. No experience necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 3

Pay for this event online

Repurpose Your old Sweater (ON SITE)

Standard Members and Guests $30.00
Prime Members $0.00
150 Years of Lost American History 1622 to 1772 (5-week series)

150 Years of Lost American History 1622 to 1772 (5-week series)

Monday, September 27, 2021 | 11:00-12:30pm

Mondays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 11:00am-12:30 pm (5 weeks)

In this series, you will learn and engage in lively discussions about Virginia and non-Virginia history. Why and how did this period lead to the American Revolution? Who were the main enemies of the English colonists? Join Dick Somer and step back in time.

Free for Center Members; Guests $25 for the series. Please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

150 Years of Lost American History 1622 to 1772 (5-week series)

Prime and Standard members
Guests $25.00
English Country Dance (Tuesday)

English Country Dance (Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

 Dance, we sing, we laugh and we have FUN!  From the graceful, elegant Upon A Summer's Day to frivolous Gathering Peascods, join in English Country Dancing from the comforts of your home. You may come to simply share a social activity of watching others dance and visit with participants between dances. Free and open to the community.  No registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Beginning Line Dance - Evening

Beginning Line Dance - Evening

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 5:00-6:00pm

Tuesday evenings starting July 6, 5:00pm-6:00pm

If you've never line danced before or have done a little here and there, this class is for you! Join in the fun!  For more information contact program leader, Celia Pfautz. No registration needed. For Center members, but first time guests are welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Improvers/Intermediate Line Dance - Evening

Improvers/Intermediate Line Dance - Evening

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 6:00-8:00pm

Tuesday evenings from6-8 pm beginning July 6
If you have a good understanding of basic line dance steps and can do them without much instruction, this class is for you! Join in the fun! Open to all!
For more information, email program leader, Celia Pfautz 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Square Dancing Lessons

Square Dancing Lessons

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 12:30-1:30pm

Jim Hassmer, a member of The Virginia Reelers Square Dance Club will guide participants in learning the 71 basic movements of 8-person square dancing. All levels are welcome! Terrific fun as well as good for your brain, body, and social life. Free and open to the community. No registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Intro to Allyship with Indigenous Peoples (ONLINE)

Intro to Allyship with Indigenous Peoples (ONLINE)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 3:30-5:00pm

Being a Good Relative: Introduction to Allyship with Indigenous Peoples 

More than ever, Americans are coming to understand the challenges that Native Americans face due to stereotypes, genocide and land dispossession. Non-Native allies are stepping up in greater numbers than ever to support this new wave of social justice and environmental movements led by Native peoples. In this introductory workshop, Co-directors of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program, Alexis Bunten and Cara Romero, will discuss such questions as: “What is an ally?” and “How do we create spaces where genuine collaboration for social change is possible?” They will also provide step-by-step practical guidelines for building authentically respectful and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Peoples. Free and open to all. Register in advance, below.

 

About the Presenters:

Co-Director, Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yup’ik), is a researcher, writer, media-maker, and curriculum developer. After receiving a BA in Art History, Alexis returned to Alaska, where she worked at the Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Subsequently, Alexis earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at UCLA. She has published widely about Indigenous and environmental issues in academic and mainstream media outlets. Alexis has won several awards for her work from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, and others. Her 2015 book “So, How Long Have You Been Native? Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide” won the Alaska Library Association Award for its originality and depth. Her follow-up anthology, “Indigenous Tourism Movements,” was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2018.

Co-Director, Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), is a non-profit leader, communicator, change-maker and award-winning artist. She brings special expertise in working directly with tribes, and in producing cultural events and gatherings. Prior to joining Bioneers in 2011, Cara served as the first Executive Director of the Chemehuevi Cultural Center and was an elected member of the Chemehuevi Tribal Council from 2007-2010. She served as the Chair of the Chemehuevi Education Board and the Chemehuevi Early Education Policy Council. With degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Fine Art Photography, Cara has won numerous awards for her photography, including the Southwest Associations of Indian Art’s Best of Classification award (twice) and has been published in National Geographic and is widely collected by public and private institutions worldwide.

Register for this Zoom presentation by clicking on the link below:


https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqcuqopj8uHdUN5R3JT3TOPV3yi8wS-PDC 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Open to all.

Location: Online

Fitness Room Orientation

Fitness Room Orientation

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 4:15-5:30pm

Thursdays, 4:15pm-5:30pm

Make the most of your work out through this hands-on class with experienced personal trainers, Pete Cross and Beth Valorz as they walk you through the many facets of an effective work out in The Center’s fitness room. 

You will learn how to use each machine at a setting appropriate to you, receive a personalized exercise routnine on a card that will help you track your future workouts, and learn how to improve the benefits of walking and other heart-focused exercises.  Space is limited to 6 people per session. This class is taught on alternate Thursdays at 6:15pm.

Free and open to all. Registration required below. Deadline for registering is 12 noon the day of the class.

 
 
 
BEGINNING IN OCTOBER CLASS TIME WILL CHANGE TO 3:30PM - 4:45PM

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 4

Pay for this event online

Fitness Room Orientation

Members and Guests (September 30)
Soul Reflections with Myra Anderson (ONSITE)

Soul Reflections with Myra Anderson (ONSITE)

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 5:30-6:30pm

Charlottesville native Myra Anderson will read her poems depicting an intimate journey of life, of black experience past and present, of trauma and hope, ancestors, mental health, and of healing and resilience. A 7th generation descendant of the enslaved families of Monticello and the Enslaved Laborers of the University of Virginia, Myra has been the featured poet at numerous local events. Come engage in this interactive reading event and experience the value of black culture through poetic prose. Her widely anticipated debut poetry book “Reclaimed Roots” is due for release in Fall of 2021. Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

RSVP for this event online

Soul Reflections with Myra Anderson (ONSITE)

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The Center Council Meeting (ONLINE)

The Center Council Meeting (ONLINE)

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

Senior Council is comprised of program leaders and is a liaison group between members, staff, and the Board of Directors. The president of the Council sits on the Board. The mission of the Council is to communicate the policies, plans and decisions of the Board of Directors to the membership; to inform the membership about activities and events of all groups/programs at The Center; and to act as an advisory council to The Center staff and Board of Directors on membership, programming, and other issues. The Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. In May and September, the meeting is held on the 2nd Monday. All Center members are welcome to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81550896570

 

Meeting ID: 815 5089 6570
 

Members only.

Location: Online

Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 10:00-11:00am

If you have recently joined The Center or are considering joining but would like to hear more, you are invited to attend a New & Prospective Member Orientation. There will be a brief presentation, a chance to meet staff and other new members, and a tour of the building. Space is limited; RSVP to KevReyl Wells via email. Try It Out Tuesday is generously sponsored by The Colonnades, an independent living community and retirement home.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Artists Reception

Artists Reception

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 4:00-6:00pm

Works by BozART Fine Arts Collective and watercolorist Jane Skafte will be on display at The Center during October thru November.  The Center invites you to celebrate the opening of the October/November gallery hall exhibit at an artists reception on Thursday, October 7, 4:00-6:00PM. This will be your opportunity to meet the artists as you stroll the gallery halls on the first and second floors of The Center complete with music being played live by the Jazz 1-2-3 combo.  Food and drinks will be served. No registration necessary.

“A New Rhythm”, a BozART Fine Arts Collective exhibit will be on display on the first floor.  Eleven Central Virginia artists are showing their work with over thirty paintings and photographic art.  These are recent works of the artists which will include photography, oils, acrylics and watercolors in both realism and abstraction.  The area’s artists represented are Sara Gondwe, Shirley Paul, Brita Lineberger, Craig Lineberger, Julia Kindred, Matalie Deane, Randy Baskerville, Joan Dreiser, Judith Ely, Juliette Swenson and Betty Brubach. 

Jane Skafte’s work will be on the second floor.  Jane looks to nature as a source of inspiration to create art as a poetic rather than a literal depiction of her subject matter, even when drawn to representational landscapes rendered in watercolor.  Jane received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in textile design, and her MFA is from Syracuse University in studio art. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Virginia, and group exhibitions along the east coast, New York and elsewhere.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Jazz Jam Session

Jazz Jam Session

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 6:00-8:00pm

Meets the 1st Thursday of every month, beginning September 2

A jazz jam session is a relatively informal musical event, in which musicians, including both instrumentalists and vocalists, who have not previously rehearsed their performance together, meet to play commonly known standard jazz tunes. The arrangements are created spontaneously by the musicians during performance. There is also a strong focus on individual improvised solos. Musicians may choose to participate in only one song or all songs during the evening.

The styles of jazz music performed during a single jam session can range widely – from early Dixieland jazz from the 1920’s, to big band swing of the 1930’s to 1940’s, popular Broadway tunes, Latin beats, Bebop and Cool jazz of the 1950’s to 1960’s and contemporary jazz from the 1970’s through to today. The jazz jam experience is a fun and educational experience for both participants and the audience. Participants get the chance to practice their jazz improvising skills in front of a live audience and meet other musicians in the local jazz community. Musicians of all abilities and ages from beginners to professionals are welcome to join in. The audience will likely hear some familiar jazz tunes but will also certainly discover new songs performed that they have not heard before.  

Steve Brecker will head up this program. He has a music degree from University of Miami and has played jazz trumpet for 50+ years in a variety of music groups. He is a member of the Charlottesville based Sentimental Journey Big Band and the Charlottesville (Municipal) Band.

Free and open to all. Not a musician? Just come and listen!
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Basics of Painting with Alcohol Ink (On Site)

Basics of Painting with Alcohol Ink (On Site)

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 12:00-3:00pm

Participants will learn all about this colorful and delightfully unpredictable medium – alcohol ink. Each person will experiment using different inks and surfaces to create images using different techniques, and receive lots of one-on-one instruction from artist Jan Settle.  Prime members free, Standard Members and Guests 15.00. Materials 20.00 for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class. 

About the Artist

Jan Settle received her BFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth Universty and worked in the field of Interior Design for many years. She paints with acrylics, watercolor, pastels, and her new passion is Acrylic Paint Pouring. Jan is a member of the Blue Ridge Art League of Culpeper, the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society (MAPS) and the Firnew Farm Artists Circle of Madison. Her work can be seen in local galleries and in many of the exhibits held by MAPS. You can follow Jan on Facebook at CastleRock Designs and Workshops.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Book Readings with 3 Local Authors

Book Readings with 3 Local Authors

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 6:30-8:00pm

Alden Bigelow, Harriette Fishburne and Gerry Kruger have published books based on their love of and fascination with animals. Alden’s book,The Great American Mammal Jamboree, was hailed as “the great fable of our time” by clinical psychologist, Dr. Beverly Joyce. Harriette has a book featuring grizzly bears she photographed in Alaska at uncomfortably close range! Gerry’s latest book, On Kruger Pond: Charlie’s Legacy, is about an unforgettable Canada goose that formed a special bond with her and overcame setbacks and challenges. Join them as they share stories and excerpts from their experiences. Free and open to all. Please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Book Readings with 3 Local Authors

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Black Fiddlers of Monticello

Black Fiddlers of Monticello

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 11:00-12:00pm

Black Fiddlers of Monticello tells the story of the three fiddle-playing sons of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, as well as their fiddling cousins, the Scotts. Both families played for important events at Monticello and lived in downtown Charlottesville for a time. This multimedia program will teach participants about these fiddlers’ important musical contributions, and you will hear what the music sounded like through a performance demonstration by David McCormick - violinist, scholar, and 2020 Fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies. In addition, the slide show presentation will allow participants to learn about the history of local downtown landmarks. 

About the Creator and Presenter:

David McCormick is a Charlottesville-based violinist and scholar. He is the founding Artistic Director of Early Music Access Project and Executive Director of Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. He was a 2020 Fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Black Fiddlers of Monticello

RSVP $0.00
Gemstones with Charlotte (2-4pm)

Gemstones with Charlotte (2-4pm)

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm

Tiger’s eye, hematite, agate and more – Charlotte Beagle will help you pick out genuine gemstone beads that you can fashion into beautiful statement earrings. Make and take two pair for yourself or as gifts. Guests, 15.00, Standard Members, 10.00, Prime Members free. Materials fee $10.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 6

Pay for this event online

Gemstones with Charlotte (2-4pm)

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Gemstones with Charlotte (5-7pm)

Gemstones with Charlotte (5-7pm)

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 5:00-7:00pm

Tiger’s eye, hematite, agate and more – Charlotte Beagle will help you pick out genuine gemstone beads that you can fashion into beautiful statement earrings. Make and take two pair for yourself or as gifts. Guests, 15.00, Standard Members, 10.00, Prime Members free. Materials fee $10.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 9

Pay for this event online

Gemstones with Charlotte (5-7pm)

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Soul Expressions - Dance Party (ONSITE)

Soul Expressions - Dance Party (ONSITE)

Friday, October 15, 2021 | 6:00-9:00pm

In an abundance of caution, this event is currently cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the Spring. Stay tuned!

 

Join us for an evening of crowd-pleasing songs and styles, from Motown from the 80’s and onward, with a few other gems thrown in to keep you on your feet. From the minute this dynamic party band takes the stage, you’ll realize that this is a group at the very top of their game. From their commanding stage presence to powerhouse singing and tight musicianship, Soul Expressions knows how to have a good time – and makes sure that everyone in the audience does, too. Bring your dancing shoes and boogie down at The Center with us! Fee: $10 per person at the door.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Fall Paper Crafting

Fall Paper Crafting

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 10:00-12:00pm

Diane Chapman shares her 30 years of paper crafting experience to help you create a birthday card and thank you card, and two adorable Halloween candy boxes pictured above (candy included, too!). All welcome to join in the holiday fun. Prime members: free, Standard members and Guests, $10.00. Materials fee: $10.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

Pay for this event online

Fall Paper Crafting

Standard Members and Guests $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Fighting Political Gridlock – Lecture and Book Signing with David Toscano

Fighting Political Gridlock – Lecture and Book Signing with David Toscano

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:00-6:30pm

Fighting Political Gridlock – Lecture and Book Signing with David Toscano

Thursday, October 21st, 5-6:30pm

In this profoundly polarized era, the nation has been transfixed on the politics of Washington and its seemingly impenetrable gridlock. Many of the decisions that truly affect people’s lives, however, are being made not on the federal level but in the states. State governments are acting on numerous vital issues, often impacting citizens and their communities far more than the decision makers in D.C. Few Americans really understand their state governments or the issues they address. In Fighting Political Gridlock, former Democratic leader in the Virginia House of Delegates David Toscano reveals how the states are working around the impasse in Washington and how their work is increasingly shaping society. Free and open to all - masks required. Register in advance.

More About David:

David J. Toscano served 14 years (2006-20) in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 57th District, which includes all of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. First elected in 2005, David’s priorities included education, renewable energy, environmental protection, affordable healthcare, reproductive rights, expanded services for the disabled and poor, and reforms to Virginia’s adoption and foster care laws. He was the Democratic leader in the House of Delegates from 2011 to 2018. Prior to serving in the state legislature, he served 12 years on Charlottesville’s City Council, including a stint as Mayor.

David continues to write and comment upon state issues, both in Virginia and around the nation, through his blog, “Why States Matter”, articles, and books. He has recently completed Bellwether: Comments on Virginia’s Political Transformation, 2006-2020, a book on his experiences in politics and policy while in the General Assembly.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

RSVP for this event online

Fighting Political Gridlock – Lecture and Book Signing with David Toscano

RSVP $0.00
Discovering Scuba

Discovering Scuba

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

Have you ever thought about adding scuba to your travel activities? Scuba diving is an activity suitable for adventurers of all ages. Come hear Chip Earle, PADI Master Diver Instructor and Owner of Dive Connections, share about the many opportunities and benefits diving provides – physiological benefits, learning about ocean health, local opportunities to experience scuba and weightlessness underwater. Chip has trained over 2,000 students and provided over 200 trips to divers from the Central Virginia area. He also founded SeaDevil, a Charlottesville based dive club, and created and founded Scuba Jam, a Labor Day event for youth divers throughout the area.

Free and open to the community

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 60

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Discovering Scuba

RSVP $0.00
Luncheon at The Center

Luncheon at The Center

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 11:30-12:30pm

4th Wednesday of every month (except for November & December which will be November 17 & December 15), 11:30am - 12:30pm

The monthly luncheons at The Center are back!  Come together to meet old friends and make new ones.  Enjoy a good meal and good conversation.  Members $15.  Guests $16.  Registration required. Deadline for registration is the Friday before each luncheon

September's Menu - 
Baked Chicken
Green Beans
Macaroni and Cheese
Cole Slaw
Biscuits
Lemon Pound Cake

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Luncheon at The Center

Members (September 22) $15.00
Guests (September 22) $16.00
Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 10:30-1:00pm

No need to sign up, just show up with your paper to be shredded.  For safety and to keep the line moving, please stay in your car and a volunteer will collect your bag(s) of paper.  The shredding truck is a state-of-the-art, high speed shredding truck from 1st Choice Shredding, an NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) certified company. All paper is shredded on-site and then recycled.  The event is open to the community.  The cost is $5 for up to 5 grocery bags.  Additional bags are $2 per bag. All proceeds go towards the cost of the shredding truck and to help fund The Center's operations. 

Please note we will not be able to accept entire car loads, truck loads or offie loads of paper from an individual.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pre- and Post- European Contact - ONLINE

Pre- and Post- European Contact - ONLINE

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 5:30-7:00pm

This is the first of the four-part Speaker Series "Indigenous Americans - We're Still Here"

Dr. Kasey Jernigan will offer an overview of Indigenous peoples’ pre-European contact, focusing on what is currently known as Virginia and the southeastern seaboard. Indigenous ways of knowing and being pre-contact will be re-imagined and considered to provide context for the traumatic experiences post-contact that have shaped contemporary experiences and forms of erasure of Indigenous peoples. Dr. Jernigan is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on health at the intersections of issues related to structural violence, historical trauma, heritage narratives, and meaning-making among Indigenous communities. Free and open to all. Register in advance here by clicking on the Zoom link here:

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Location: Online

Mending Walls Documentary

Mending Walls Documentary

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm

Join us for a viewing of Mending Walls: The VPM Documentary highlights the groundbreaking public art project in Richmond, VA that aims to establish empathy and connection through art. Mending Walls RVA was created by award-winning artist and activist Hamilton Glass in the Spring of 2020 in response to the community unrest following the death of George Floyd. This public art project brings together over 30 artists paired together from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and perspectives to have conversations and create art that will spark deeper conversations and promote healing across racial divides. 

Producer Pam Hervey and Director of Photography Todd Hervey are multiple Emmy winners for their broadcast work on public television. They created the 13-episode series The Art Scene which aired on VPM PBS from September 2019 – May 2020 and earned four Emmy nominations for the first seven episodes of the season. 

Co-producer Hamilton Glass is a painter, public artist, and activist living in Richmond, and is the creator and founder of Mending Walls RVA. He is the recipient of the 2021 Pioneer Award for Excellence in Arts & Civic Leadership from RIFF Arts for this mural project. Photo credit: Katrina Taggart-Hecksherz and Brenda Soque

Run Time: 57 minutes

Open to all.

Location: The Center Auditorium

Mapping Erasure: Acknowledging the Siouan Indians of the Piedmont - ONLINE

Mapping Erasure: Acknowledging the Siouan Indians of the Piedmont - ONLINE

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 5:30-7:00pm

This is the second of the four-part Speaker Series, "Indigenous Americans - We're Still Here"

Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos (North Carolina Saponi heritage) is the Research Librarian for Art, Archaeology, Classics, and Indigenous Studies at the University of Virginia. Lucie’s presentation will concentrate on her exploration of the Catawba deerskin map and colonial settler maps of Piedmont North Carolina and Virginia. This ongoing research weaves family stories into public records and settler documents to shed light on the systematic erasure of Indian tribes of the southeast both before and after the American Revolution. Free and open to all. Register in advance by clicking on the link below:

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Location: Online

Where We Are Now - ONLINE

Where We Are Now - ONLINE

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 5:30-7:00pm

This is the third program in our Speaker Series, "Native Americans - We're Still Here"
 
Where We Are Now: A Snapshot of One School Division’s Partnerships and Efforts to Re-Center Indigenous American Identities and Lenses
 

Albemarle County Public Schools Equity Specialist Lars Holmstrom will share how this local school division is working to build partnerships and take actions to re-center Indigenous American identities and perspectives, including but not limited to those of the seven federally recognized Tribes of Virginia. He will share the journey from recognizing areas for growth within this school system, through the path of partnering and establishing clear actions, and on to stories of surprise and hope from along the journey. Free and open to all. Register in advance by clicking on the link below:

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Open to all.

Location: Online

The Future of Native Americans - ONLINE

The Future of Native Americans - ONLINE

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 5:30-7:00pm

This is the fourth program in our four-part Speaker Series, "Native Americans - We're Still Here"

Michael Wilson (Potawatomi Heritage) will moderate a panel of Native young adults as they describe their personal journeys growing up, attending post-secondary education, and moving into their chosen careers in a culture that has been impacted by constant attempts at erasure of Native Americans. These young adults will describe their personal stories of understanding and coming to grips with their own Native heritage in light of the dominant culture in the US and Virginia specifically.  Each of these young adults either are currently or have been students at University of Virginia and part of the Native American Student Union (NASU) on grounds. Free and open to all. Register in advance by clicking on the link below:

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Open to all.

Location: Online