Special Events

Art on Exhibit at The Center

Art on Exhibit at The Center

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 8:30am-4:30pm

Works by members of the BozART Fine Arts Collective and watercolorist Jane Skafte will be on display and for sale at The Center through December. Come and stroll the gallery halls on the first and second floors anytime during The Center’s business hours. While you're here, take a moment to sit outside on the terrace or inside the atrium and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee from our Greenberry’s coffee shop. 

“A New Rhythm” is a BozART Fine Arts Collective exhibit of recent work from 11 Central Virginia artists that includes photography, oils, acrylics and watercolors in both realism and abstraction. The 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 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 from Syracuse University in studio art. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Virginia and her work has been in group exhibitions along the east coast.

Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Holiday Band Concert

Holiday Band Concert

Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

The holidays would not be complete without your favorite holiday songs. Enjoy the sounds of the season with the Second-Wind and First-Wind Bands. Free and open to the community; donations are appreciated! No registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Center Council Meeting

The Center Council Meeting

Monday, December 6, 2021 | 1:00pm-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.

 

 


 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Fiber Art Ribbon Scarf Making

Fiber Art Ribbon Scarf Making

Monday, December 6, 2021 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Need a gift for someone or even yourself? These knotted fiber scarves comprised of ribbons, yarns, sequins, and metallics sourced worldwide can be worn all year- round. Choose from a bold palette of rich jewel tones or softer hues of sage and light blue as shown. Learn multiple ways to tie these beautiful pieces. Prime Members: free, Standard members $10.00, Guests, $15.00. Materials fee: $15.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Try It Out Tuesday

Try It Out Tuesday

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 10:00am-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

Holiday Paper Crafts with Diane

Holiday Paper Crafts with Diane

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Create two holiday snowflake cards, a matching gift tag. Fill a sleigh ornament with candy and wrap it with your choice of ribbon and embellishments. Decorate a tiny gift box with ribbon tie and rhinestones. Diane Chapman shares her 30 years of paper crafting. Prime members free, Standard members $10, Guests $15. Materials fee: $10 for all, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Wreath Making

Wreath Making

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 1:00pm-4:00pm

‘Tis the season! Learn how to create your own wreath with the natural materials provided. Design elements include freshly cut boxwood, pine, cedar, holly, and a variety of other organic materials. Participants will use the pin technique on a 12-inch straw wreath base and will take home their creation! Bring your garden snippers if you have them. Open to all. Cost for both class and materials:  Prime Members $40.00, Standard Members 45.00 and Guests $50.00. Register by December 3rd.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Global Flashpoints: China - Taiwan

Global Flashpoints: China - Taiwan

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 6:30pm-7:30pm

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Steve Rundle and former Intelligence Officer Carl Pales will provide background and context to the China-Taiwan Crisis in an independent, nonpartisan moderated discussion. Participants are encouraged to share their knowldege, express opinions, and communicate ideas concerning this topic in a nonthreatening and collegial environment. The session will commence with prepared remarks by both moderators, followed by open, participatory discussion and question and answers. If you are interested in being part of a developing community of people with a shared interest in military affairs and international security issues, register here.

About the moderators:

Carl Pales earned a BA in International Studies/Russian Studies from GMU in 1985 and a MS in Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in 1994. He served as a foreign ground force intelligence analyst covering various regions from 1986-2019, including nine years as Senior Intelligence Officer, deploying to conflict zones twice as a civilian. He is an avid student of history and current events.

Steve Rundle (Colonel U.S. Army retired) earned a BA in Sino-Soviet Studies at James Madison University and a Masters in Southeast Asian Studiesat Cornell University. He served 25 years in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Southeast Asian Foreign Area Officer. His last assignment was the Defense Attache, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After retiring, he continued his army career as a civilian foreign ground forces analyst, culminating as Senior Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Americas.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Global Flashpoints: China - Taiwan

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Music in the Atrium

Music in the Atrium

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

Every Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm

Jim Richardson on vocals and guitar.

 

Every Thursday, 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

Cooking Demo - Overnight Oats

Cooking Demo - Overnight Oats

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

Join UVA Dietetic Interns at The Center and discover several delicious and nutritious ways to prepare overnight oats. These cozy meals are packed full of nutrients and can be eaten hot or cold - a great breakfast option for when you're busy or just need a quick and simple meal to make. Recipes and samples will be provided. Members only.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Volunteer - Santa Matters

Volunteer - Santa Matters

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Santa Matters is a program that provides some much-needed holiday joy to children (1 month to 18 years) who have a parent in jail over the holidays and have not been able to visit them due to COVID. Join Center member and Santa Matters founder Holly Heilberg in putting together personal holiday cards from their parent along with a gift card so they can purchase something that they might really like from Santa. All welcome. You can also make a financial contribution here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

The Mediation Process

The Mediation Process

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

What is the Mediation process? We know it helps people resolve disputes, but how does it differ from other dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and litigation, and what do mediators actually do during a mediation session? Retired Marine Corps aviator and Virginia Certified Mediator Walt Megonigal and Mediation Center of Charlottesville Executive Director Anita Holmes will answer these questions and summarize how you can become a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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The Mediation Process

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Luncheon at The Center

Luncheon at The Center

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 11:30am-12:30pm

4th Wednesday of every month (3rd Wednesday in November and December), 11:30am - 12:30pm

Mm-m-m good! Come together for good food, fun and fellowship. 

Members $15.  Guests $16.  Registration required. If you prefer a vegetarian meal, please email kay@thecentercville.org  Deadline for registration is the Friday before each luncheon.

December Menu
Turkey breast w gravy
Buttered corn
Sweet potatoes w the works
Tossed salad
Rolls
Brownies

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Luncheon at The Center

Members (December 15) $15.00
Guests (December 15) $16.00
Cville Band Brass Quintet

Cville Band Brass Quintet

Thursday, December 16, 2021 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

The Cville Band (formerly known as the Charlottesville Municipal Band) was formed in 1922 by local business leaders as a community resource. It consists of 90 volunteer musicians who enjoy speaking the universal language of music, the happiness of fellowship, and the service they render to their community. These events are free and open to all and will be held indoors. No registration required for the ensemble performances.

Thursday, December 16, 7:00-8:00 pm:  Presenting a holiday-themed concert, the Brass Quintet consists of two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Learning from the Masters - Georgia OKeeffe

Learning from the Masters - Georgia OKeeffe

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about the famous Georgia O’Keefe. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use O’Keefe’s iconic painting style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Standard Members $15.00, Guests $20.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Learning from the Masters - Georgia OKeeffe

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Stories Behind the Photos with Ben Greenberg

Stories Behind the Photos with Ben Greenberg

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

Ken Burns, in his acclaimed series on America’s national parks, proclaimed them as the country’s greatest idea. This idea has become a celebrated recognition of public lands at all levels of government in the United States: national, state, regional and local. We are so fortunate in Virginia for its remarkably diverse natural environment that is protected and preserved in numerous public lands. It is the goal of Ben Greenberg’s upcoming book and planned show of photographs at The Center at Belvidere, Natural Public Lands of Virginia, to celebrate that remarkable diversity and its benefits found in every corner of the state. Ben will give a walking tour of his Virginia Natural Public Lands photos displayed. Free and open to all.

About the Artist:

Ben Greenberg is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He has photographed scenic vistas in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic area and many locations in the United States for more than fifty years, the last forty-five as a professional photographer. His carefully crafted images have won local and national awards and competitions. Ben's photographs have been exhibited in numerous individual and group shows, featured in diverse publications and purchased by thousands of Virginians.

Ben's first photography book, Natural Virginia, celebrates the natural beauty of Virginia with 122 panoramic landscape photographs from throughout the state. Natural Virginia highlights dedicated state organizations committed to preserving Virginia's fragile environment for future generations. It is dedicated to all who take pleasure in these scenic locations. A veteran photography teacher and lecturer for camera clubs, OLLI, the Charlottesville Photography Initiative,and other organizations, Ben has two websites showcasing his landscape and wildlife images: www.bengreenberg.com and www.naturalvirginiabook.com.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 20

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Stories Behind the Photos with Ben Greenberg

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Jazz Jam Session

Jazz Jam Session

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Meets the first Thursday of every month

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

Stretch your Imagination - Bracelets

Stretch your Imagination - Bracelets

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

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 or a stretch bracelet. Learn about memory wire and have fun combining beads and leather to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet that will fit most anyone. Prime members free, Standard Members 10.00, Guests 15.00. Materials fee $10.00 per person, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 3

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Stretch your Imagination - Bracelets

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about the famous Mary Cassatt. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use this American impressionist’s painting style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. Register here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Thursdays Around 5

Thursdays Around 5

Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 5:04pm-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.

 
"Thursdays Around 5" is on hiatus in December, but please look for the many other musical events happening at The Center!
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Thursdays Around 5

Ken Farmer and the Authenticators
Learning From the Masters - Frida Kahlo

Learning From the Masters - Frida Kahlo

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use Kahlo’s folk-art style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Learning From the Masters - Frida Kahlo

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Energy Clinic Lunch and Learn

Energy Clinic Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Did you know you may be eligible to receive thousands of dollars’ worth of energy-efficiency products & services with LEAP, Dominion, and the City of Charlottesville? And the income threshold may be higher than you expect. For example, the qualifying income level for seniors is $112,680. The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative (C3) wants to help homeowners and renters save money, save energy, and help the planet by accessing this public funding. Join C3’s Residential Climate and Equity Program Manager Latricia Giles for an energy clinic lunch and learn at The Center. Free and open to all. Register by emailing Latricia no later than January 11th.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Natural Public Lands of Virginia with Ben Greenberg

Natural Public Lands of Virginia with Ben Greenberg

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

Ben Greenberg’s photographs of landscapes, wildlife and nature provide a journey through the national parks, nature preserves, and local parks protected and preserved for current and future generations. An award-winning photographer and author, Ben will give a classroom presentation where you can here stories on the history and development of some of his works, and observe firsthand what makes Virginia the beautiful state we can all enjoy. Free and open to all. 

About the Artist:

Ben Greenberg is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He has photographed scenic vistas in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic area and many locations in the United States for more than fifty years, the last forty-five as a professional photographer. His carefully crafted images have won local and national awards and competitions. Ben's photographs have been exhibited in numerous individual and group shows, featured in diverse publications and purchased by thousands of Virginians.

Ben's first photography book, Natural Virginia, celebrates the natural beauty of Virginia with 122 panoramic landscape photographs from throughout the state. Natural Virginia highlights dedicated state organizations committed to preserving Virginia's fragile environment for future generations. It is dedicated to all who take pleasure in these scenic locations. A veteran photography teacher and lecturer for camera clubs, OLLI, the Charlottesville Photography Initiative,and other organizations, Ben has two websites showcasing his landscape and wildlife images: www.bengreenberg.com and www.naturalvirginiabook.com

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 40

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Natural Public Lands of Virginia with Ben Greenberg

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These Honored Dead - Talk and Book Signing

These Honored Dead - Talk and Book Signing

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Retired Army Chaplain, Colonel Joel P. Jenkins describes his experiences as he officiated at the first two Memorial Services conducted in the Pentagon after 9/11, and his support of the survivors. Stories from Chaplain Jenkins’ service in Iraq, on the staff of General Martin Dempsey, and from his tenure as the Rear Detachment chaplain for the 82nd Airborne Division are also included. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 45

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These Honored Dead - Talk and Book Signing

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Cooking Demo - Fiesta Foods

Cooking Demo - Fiesta Foods

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

Spice up your day with a fiesta of a cooking demo from the UVA Dietetic Interns! Learn how to make a dipping trio of guacamole, salsa, and queso. These appetizers are great on their own, together, or paired with a Mexican dish and are an easy addition to any meal or potluck. Recipes include fresh ingredients that will brighten up this winder month. Members only, free. Space limited. 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 15

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Cooking Demo - Fiesta Foods

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Writing a Debut Novel

Writing a Debut Novel

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Elaine Ruggieri, former Vice President of Public Relations at UVA Darden School has written a variety of non-fiction articles and features over the past 25 years. Her recently completed debut novel “Retreat at St. Jerome’s” began as a short story in 2004. Come hear Elaine’s story about how she began and finished this book that explores romance, religion, and real life. Elaine will also answer any questions you may have about writing in general. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Writing a Debut Novel

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Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about painter Lee Krasner, pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use Krasner’s style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Beading 101 with Charlotte

Beading 101 with Charlotte

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Center Member Charlotte Beagle has been fashioning beaded jewelry for over 30 years. Join Charlotte for Beading 101 class, where she will talk about beading and how to work with beads to create lovely projects. Prime Members: Free, Standard Members, $10.00, Guests $15.00. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 8

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Beading 101 with Charlotte

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Self Defense for Seniors

Self Defense for Seniors

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 1:30pm-3:00pm

Black belt Taekwondo instructor Cindy Kyle will teach a basic self-defense program for Seniors. Learn and practice some self-defense techniques, and how to become more aware of your surroundings which can help prevent attacks. Handouts included. Cost: Prime Members free, Standard Members $10.00, Guests, $15.00. Register here.

About the instructor:

Cindy Kyle is a 2nd Dan black belt in traditional Taekwondo, having trained in the martial art for 23 years. She has taught self-defense for women, and has previously taught a workshop on travel safety for seniors at the Center.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 14

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Self Defense for Seniors

Guests $15.00
Prime and Standard Members $0.00
Shredding Truck

Shredding Truck

Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 10:30am-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 office loads of paper from an individual.

Open to all.

Location: The Center