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Upcoming nonprofit and civic events in Central Virginia

Air Raid Juggling meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at ACAC Adventure Central. Free. Club welcomes all experience levels and provides free lessons. juggler.bz.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, in Lane Auditorium on the second floor of the County Office Building. albemarle.org. (434) 243-7929.

Albemarle County School Board meets for a work session at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at the Albemarle County Office Building. k12albemarle.org. (434) 972-4055.

Albemarle County School Board has resumed in-person signups for public comment, which had been discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up to speak, check in with Christine Thompson, the board’s clerk, starting at 6 p.m. the day of the meeting. Online public comment sign-ups remain available from Monday the week of the meeting through 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. SchoolBoard@k12albemarle.org. Details and sign-up link: k12albemarle.org.

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is seeking nominations for its 15th annual Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Award through April 30. Names of this year’s honorees will be announced on June 24 on the firm’s social media channels. Nomination forms are available locally at the law firm’s Charlottesville office and online at www.allenandallen.com.

American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage, and blood and platelet donors are needed. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

American Red Cross of Central Virginia will present “Help Can’t Wait: A Celebration of Heroes” at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Center at Belvedere. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. (434) 979-7143.

Augusta County Board of Supervisors will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at the County Administrator’s Office at 18 Government Center Lane in Verona. co.augusta.va.us. (540) 245-5600.

Augusta County School Board meets at 7 p.m. May 2 at 18 Government Center Lane in Verona. (540) 245-5100.

Buckingham County Board of Supervisors will meet on the second Monday of each month in the Peter Francisco Auditorium at the Buckingham County Administration Building. buckinghamcountyva.org. (434) 969-4242.

Buckingham County School Board meets for closed session at 3 p.m. May 8, followed by the public meeting at 5 p.m., in the cafeteria of Buckingham Middle School. The next scheduled meeting is June 12. bcpschools.org. (434) 969-6100.

Cat Action Team is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization serving Charlottesville and 12 surrounding counties to help homeless cats with trap/neuter/return programs, fostering, adoption, feral colony maintenance, food and support. Volunteers are welcome. catactionteam.org.

The Center at Belvedere will present “Urban Renewal and Rezoning,” the first installment of its new “The Uncomfortable Truths of Systemic Racism” speaker series, at 6 p.m. May 1. There will be a screening of the documentary “Raised/Razed,” followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers Lorenzo Dickerson and Jordy Harris; Kathy Johnson Harris, retired educator and community board member; Joy Johnson, activist and one of the founders of the Public Housing Association of Residents; and Waki Wynn, a realtor and board president of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program. Free. All events in the series will be livestreamed via Zoom. thecentercville.org.

Central Shenandoah Health District will have in-school spring vaccination clinics for rising seventh- and 12th-graders on April 26 at Waynesboro High School and Kate Collins Middle School. Students cannot receive vaccinations without signed consent forms from their parents. https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2021/03/VDH-Vaccine-Schedule.pdf.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. caspca.org. (434) 973-5959.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA will present its 11th annual bow-WOW-walk fundraiser from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Boar’s Head Resort. There will be a competitive 5k run, a non-competitive dog-friendly walk and entertainment for dogs and humans. Pre-register at http://tinyurl.com/bww2024. caspca.org.

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Rummage Store has new store hours and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at Seminole Square Shopping Center at 364 Hillsdale Drive. New donation hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. (434) 293-8475.

Charlottesville Area Alliance will continue its community webinar series at noon Thursday with “Community Support,” presented by Jefferson Area Board for Aging. The series explores local services and supports available to seniors, caregivers of people with long-term illnesses and people who need care. Free; register at us02web.zoom.us.

Charlottesville City Council will meet at 4 p.m. May 6 in Council Chambers at City Hall at 605 E. Main St. www.charlottesville.gov. (434) 970-3113.

Charlottesville City Market is open for the season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 100 Water St. There will be seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, handmade crafts, homemade baked goods and authentic cultural foods from local small businesses. SNAP purchases can be matched up to $50 per visit. www.charlottesville.gov/citymarket. (434) 970-3371.

Charlottesville City Schools presents Kindergarten Visit Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at each of the city’s six elementary schools for families whose children will attend kindergarten this fall. Expect to see the school, register for the 2024-2025 school year and do a quick screening. All children turning 5 by Sept. 30 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Appointments are recommended, but families also may drop in during visit day hours. www.charlottesvilleschools.org/kindergarten.

Charlottesville Economic Development Authority meets at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at CitySpace at 100 Fifth St. NE. www.charlottesville.gov.

Charlottesville Human Rights Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at CitySpace at 100 Fifth St. NE. www.charlottesville.gov.

Charlottesville Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the CitySpace Main Conference Room at 100 Fifth St. NE. www.charlottesville.gov. (434) 970-3182.

The Compassionate Friends meets on Zoom at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and in person on the fourth Tuesday of every month in the downstairs library of Church of Our Saviour on East Rio Road. The support group is for families who have lost a child of any age, for any reason. Free; no fees. mashRN@aol.com or (434) 974-9314.

DMV is offering permanent farm-use placards for unregistered farm vehicles at all of its customer service centers. DMV-issued placards will be required starting July 1. Placards are $15 and remain valid for the lifetime of the vehicle, but they are not transferable. Applications are available online at dmv.virginia.gov.

75th annual Dogwood Parade will begin at 10:50 a.m. Saturday on McIntire Road with the theme “All Things Green.” The parade also will air live on CBS19. www.cvilledogwood.com.

Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors will meet at 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday and at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Carysbrook Performing Arts Center in Fork Union. www.fluvannacounty.org. (434) 591-1910.

Fluvanna County School Board meets at 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the auditorium at the Fluvanna County School Board Office in Palmyra. fluco.org. (434) 589-8208.

The 2023-2024 Golden Apple Awards will be presented to honor teachers in Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville City Schools and independent schools in the Virginia Association of Independent Schools at 5:30 p.m. May 8 in Lane Auditorium at the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road. A reception for the winners will begin at 5 p.m. k12albemarle.org.

Greene County Board of Supervisors will have a closed meeting at 5:30 p.m. and public session at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 40 Celt Road in Stanardsville. greenecountyva.org. (434) 985-3705.

Greene County School Board gathers for its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 8 with open session and then will have a motion to move immediately into closed session. At 7 p.m., open session will begin in the Greene County Meeting Room at 40 Celt Road in Stanardsville. greenecountyschools.com. (434) 939-9000.

Highland will present its annual sheep shearing at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tom Stanley will demonstrate the New Zealand shearing method at the rain-or-shine agricultural, educational event. There also will be demonstrations of traditional wool carding and spinning. Picnics are welcome. $6; free for Monroe’s Farm Friends members, general-admission ticketholders and children. https://highland-org/event/annual-highland-sheep-shearing-6/.

Hospice of the Piedmont offers general grief support drop-in groups at 3 p.m. Wednesdays on Zoom; call (434) 817-6915 to register. Remembering Our Children, a support group for parents who have lost children, takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month on Zoom; call (434) 817-6915 to register. hopva.org. (434) 817-6949.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, presented by Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville for the 16th time, will be from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church. Tickets are $8; children younger than 6 eat for free. Proceeds benefit Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Foundation, Central Little League, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army and Community Bikes. http://kiwaniscville.org.

Lake Monticello Community Foundation will present Shred Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Monticello Fire Department. A donation of $10 per 30-pound box of papers is suggested. www.lakemonticellocommunityfoundation.org.

Lake Monticello Community Foundation will present its Lake Talent Showcase at 6 p.m. April 27 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Palmyra. $25 general admission; $250 for an eight-seat table. Proceeds benefit the foundation. www.lakemonticellocommunityfoundation.org/projects-events.atholic

League of Women Voters of Virginia is accepting entries for its poster contest for middle school and high school students, “Every Vote Counts — and is Counted!”, through June 30. At both the middle school and high school levels, there will be cash prizes of $750 for first place, $350 for second place and $250 for third place. https://my.lwv.org/virginia/2024-youth-poster-contest.

Living Free Together offers its spring season of free Fearless Families classes for veterans and military families from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through April 29 at 550 Buck Mountain Road in Earlysville. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m.; T’ai Chi with master Hiromi Johnson, this season’s family experience, is at 6 p.m.; classes at 6:45 p.m. include becoming a fearless family, leadership in the workplace and line dancing. An option for children and teens is making blankets for Project Linus. Registration is required by Wednesday. Contact Tonya King at tonya@livingfree2gether.org, go to www.livingfree2gether.org or call (804) 218-5505.

Living Free Together will have a Winter Thaw Party on Sunday at Hark Vineyards in Earlysville. Camp Holiday Trails will bring outdoor games for all ages, including a pop-up axe-throwing camp. All active-duty personnel, veterans, first responders, family members and friends of Living Free Together are invited. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; wine is available for purchase. Make reservations at http://livingfree2gether.org.

Living Free Together will present its Stanardsville Stomp to benefit families of military members and first responders from 4 to 8:30 p.m. May 4 at the Pavilion at Greene Commons. There will be country line dancing, dance lessons, children’s activities and workshops. Foods will be sold. $15, $10 ages 3 to 12; at the gate; $10 and $5 in advance. livingfree2gether.org/stanardsville-stomp.

Louisa County Board of Supervisors will meet on the first and third Monday of every month, except for holidays, in the Louisa County Administration Building Public Meeting Room at 1 Woolfolk Ave. in Louisa. www.louisacounty.gov. (540) 967-0401.

Louisa County School Board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Louisa County Public Schools Central Office building at 953 Davis Highway in Mineral. lcps.k12.va.us. (540) 894-5115.

McIntire Recycling Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, closed Tuesdays and open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The center will be closed for repairs on May 1. Do not drop off materials when the center is closed. www.rivanna.org.

James Madison Museum: 129 Caroline St. in Orange. Admission: $12; free for members. (540) 672-1776.

Madison County Board of Supervisors will meet at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Board Auditorium at the Administration Building at 414 N. Main St. in Madison. A joint meeting with the Planning Commission is set for 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. madisonco.virginia.gov. (540) 948-7500.

Madison County School Board: madisonschools.k12.va.us. (540) 948-5395.

Nelson County Board of Supervisors will meet at 2 and 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the General District Courtroom in the Courthouse in Lovingston. Meetings also can be viewed on Nelson County’s YouTube channel. nelsoncounty-va.gov. (434) 263-7000.

Nelson County School Board meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the Old Board of Supervisors Room in the General District Courtroom in the Courthouse in Lovingston. www.nelson.k12.va.us. (434) 263-7100.

Orange County Board of Supervisors will meet at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room in the Public Safety Building at 11282 Government Center Drive in Orange. orangecountyva.gov. (540) 672-3313.

Orange County School Board will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month and have a work session at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of the month at Taylor Education Administration Complex at 200 Dailey Drive in Orange. ocss-va.org. Those who wish to speak should register in advance at (540) 661-4550.

Parkinson’s Care Partners Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at The Center at Belvedere. The meeting is part of the Virginia Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association Information and Referral Center of Virginia at UVa Health System. (434) 974-7756.

Piedmont Master Gardeners is accepting donations of new and used gardening tools and related items for its Green Elephant sale during its Spring Plant Sale, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at Albemarle Square Shopping Center. Donations may be dropped off between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays and Saturdays through the end of April at 402 Albemarle Square. Tools, hoses, decorative pieces, outdoor furniture and other gardening items will be accepted. Also accepted will be new and used holiday decorations; children’s toys, games and puzzles; and craft materials, including yarn. Do not bring plastic pots or opened containers of chemicals. greenelephant@piedmontmastergardeners.org.

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority meets in the second-floor conference room at the Rivanna Administration Building. rivanna.org. (434) 977-2970.

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority offers its electronic waste collection day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ivy Material Utilization Center at 4576 Dick Woods Road for residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County only. Registration and proof of residency required. https://www.rivanna.org/waste/. (434) 977-2970.

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority meets at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor conference room at the Rivanna Administration Building. rivanna.org. (434) 977-2970.

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority offers free mulch at its Ivy Material Utilization Center at 4576 Dick Woods Road. rivanna.org. (434) 977-2970.

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of February, April, May, June, August and November at 695 Moore’s Creek Lane. rivanna.org. (434) 977-2970.

Rockfish Valley Community Center will present a celebration and dedication ceremony for its newly expanded James M. Cowley Community Playground from 3 to 5 p.m. May 5 at 190 Rockfish School Lane in Afton. There will be face painting for children, light refreshments and the unveiling of the playground’s welcome sign. (434)361-0100.

Service Dogs of Virginia will present a skills training demonstration featuring puppies and also dogs in advanced training from 10 a.m. to noon April 27 at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School. Free. servicedogsva.org. (434) 295-9503.

Smith Aquatic Fitness Center lap and recreational pool (Zero Depth/Lazy River and Slide Pool) will be closed at certain times as a result of lifeguard shortages. The pool will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The fitness area upstairs will remain open as scheduled. www.charlottesville.gov. (434) 970-3072.

Survivors of Suicide Loss meets in person at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Church of the Incarnation and by Zoom at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Send email address to mashRN@aol.com for Zoom link. The group is for anyone who has lost a family member or friend to suicide. (434) 974-9314.

12th annual Tom Tom Festival continues through Sunday with the theme “Together.” Events on the Downtown Mall include the third annual Downtown Mall Block Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Many events are free. tomtomfoundation.org.

U.S. Small Business Administration announces that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available. Small business, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in agriculture and most private nonprofit organizations with economic losses resulting from the drought may apply. The declaration includes Page and Rockingham counties and the contiguous counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Harrisonburg, Madison, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren, plus Hardy and Pendleton in West Virginia. Submit completed loan applications no later than July 3 online at sba.gov/ disaster under SBA declaration No. 20088. sba.gov/disaster.

University of Virginia Physics Department will present “Physics Trivia Show,” the 28th annual National Physics Day Show, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Nau Hall, Room 101, at 1540 Jefferson Park Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a family-oriented time of hands-on demonstrations. Parking will be available in Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street. Free. (434) 924-3781.

Virginia Burn Law remains in effect through April 30. The law prohibits open-air burning before 4 p.m. if the fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass. Burning is allowed between 4 p.m. and midnight if the burner takes proper precautions and attends to the fire at all times. Violation of the law is a Class 3 misdemeanor with a fine up to $500. (540) 967-3491.

Virginia Discovery Museum will present Kid*Vention, its annual celebration of science, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Ting Pavilion. The event is recommended for ages 2 to 10, but everyone is welcome with adult supervision. Suggested donation $15 per family. vadm.org. (434) 977-1025.

Virginia Down Syndrome Association will present its fourth Step UP Charlottesville family festival and fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont YMCA. Free, but $5 registration per family is encouraged. www.virginiadsa.org.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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