Second Annual Earth Week Art Poster Contest!

 We are pleased to announce that we are working with Charlottesville City Schools to put on the 2014 Earth Week Art Poster Contest for students in grades K-12. A cash prize will be awarded for a winner from each grade level, and all of the posters will be on display at the Main Street Arena during the 2014 Eco Fair! 


We will announce more information when it becomes available, but for now, please see the link below for information about last year's contest: 

http://www.earthweek.org/blog/2013-poster-contest/

 

 One of the winning pieces from the 2013 contest.

One of the winning pieces from the 2013 contest, by Rachel Jones – Charlottesville High School, Grade 9.

 

 

 A wall covered in beautiful student art from the 2013 art contest.

 A wall covered in beautiful student art from the 2013 art contest.

 

 

 The winners from last year's poster contest!

 The winners from last year's poster contest!

 

Community Bikes

Wed, April 16 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Community Bikes will help you tune up your bike or get you on a recycled bike. Costs are very affordable. We charge $5/hr to help you work on your bikes with our tools.
405, Avon St, Charlottesville


GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth (Film Screening)

Wed, April 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This award-winning film challenges our culture's beliefs about endless economic growth and suggests that unrestrained growth is undermining prosperity, human fulfilment, and the environment. A part of the film focuses on our own Charlottesville/Albemarle community. Sponsored by Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP), the 54 minute film will be followed by questions & comments from the audience with Jack Marshall as moderator.
McIntire Room, Central Library (JMRL), 201 E. Market St., Charlottesville
Library offers 2 Hours Free Parking Validation at Market St Parking Garage
FREE EVENT 

Contact Elizabeth at 434-529-8229 with any questions.
Film Trailer at:  vimeo.com/30647439

 



Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

Wild and Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films that tell a story about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love and defend them. There will be 17 different short films, with entirely different films at each venue.

Wed, April 16 at the Dickinson Theater (PVCC) in Charlottesville 7:30 PM
Films include Ryan's Stories, Right Now: Living with Mountain Lions, and Sacred Headwaters.

Thurs, April 17 at the Visulite Cinema in Staunton 7:00 PM
Films include Reynaldo, A Brief History of the 5cent Bag Tax, and Backyard.

$10.00 each night.
Content appropriate for everyone
A full list, links to all films and tickets can be found here: http://www.wildvirginia.org/?page_id=1487

 

 

 

Rivanna Conservation Society Brown Bag Lunch (Go X-Stream Makeover Event)

Thurs, April 17 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Come have lunch with Nick DiPasquale, Director of the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program
Topic: The environmental status of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, 201 E. Market Street, Charlottesville

Register and get more info:
www.rivannariver.org
434-97-RIVER
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Outdoor Adventure Day

Sat, April 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The Green Adventure Project is organizing a day of outdoor family fun, including a scavenger hunt, lawn games, orienteering, recycled boat races, a family nature hike, fishing lessons, crafts, food vendors, and more!
Darden Towe Park, 1445 Darden Towe Park Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911

More info:
www.greenadventureproject.org
www.facebook.com/greenadventureproject



The Economics of Happiness (Film Screening)

Mon, April 14 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Would you like more free time, less stress, a more fulfilling, secure job, to see family and friends more? Come see The Economics of Happiness at the Tea Bazaar. This inspiring movie touches on the challenges that we face, and then tells about the beautiful traditional culture in Ladakh, and shows current initiatives around the world where towns are localizing jobs, growing food and creating happier communities. Sponsored by Transition Charlottesville-Albemarle and Cville TimeBank.
Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 414 E. Main Street, Charlottesville

Questions?
Contact Sally Bastian
295-2612

 
Sustainapita


350.org Central Virginia Potluck

Tue, April 15 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join 350.org Central Virginia for a family style meeting. There will be children activities for all ages so bring the kids and a potluck item. We will work advancing our petition to Albemarle School Board encouraging them to put solar panels on our schools.
Quaker Meeting Hall, 1104 Forest St, Charlottesville

Featured Events at the University of Virginia

UVA Bike the Lawn

Monday, April 22 * 3:30 - 5:30 pm

UVA’s Triathlon Team will host a trainer ride session on the Upper Lawn, along with Blue Ridge Cyclery and other community biking groups.

UVA Renewable Energy Dialogue
 
Thursday, April 25 * 6:30 - 7:30 pm
 
Join this dialogue between speakers, students, and community-members on renewable energy and Charlottesville’s energy future, held in Clark 108.
 
UVA People eARTh 
 
Friday, April 26 * 2:00 - 5:00 pm
 
This will be the last event of U.Va. Earth Week put on by U.Va. Sustainability and it will feature volunteers coming together to form a giant Earth for an aerial art piece.
 
This event will take place on Lower Nameless Field (map) on Friday, April 26th at 2 pm.  If you would like to take part in creating this aerial Earth art please sign up on this Google form.  At least 200 volunteers are needed, so please help spread the word. We will be giving out free blue ponchos for everyone to wear in order to create the oceans of the Earth.  An aerial photo will be taken at the event and it will be emailed out to all participants. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions.

All UVA events listed here are free and open to the public. Click here for a full listing of events in and around the UVA campus. 

 

Virginia Festival of the Book - Locavore: Hunting & Eating Locally, JMRL Central

Thursday, March 21 * 6:00 pm

http://www.vabook.org/site13/program/details.php?eventID=50

Sponsored by Earth Week

Featuring Pam Dawling (Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres) and Jackson Landers (Eating Aliens).

Sierra Club - Spring Wildflower Hike

Sunday, April 7 * 2:30 - 5:00 pm

See the spring ephemeral wildflowers along the Rivanna River at Key West. Virginia Bluebells and Trout Lily are a few of the wildflowers we might see. We will meet at 2:30 PM. This hike is a short distance - we will spend time viewing the wild flowers. Contact Dave Redding at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 434 826-9505 by April 5 to reserve your space and get meeting location.  In case of inclement weather, call for an update.

TomTom Festival - Tom Yum

Saturday, April 13 * 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

http://www.tomtomfest.com/2013/evententry/tom-yum-field-to-fork-expo

Tom Yum is a community food festival based in Downtown Charlottesville and celebrating local food innovators. On Saturday, April 13th, farmers, chefs, artisans, and pioneers in sustainable food are coming together to build connections and share skills in their community. In 2011, Forbes named Charlottesville the “locavore capital of the world.” With a rich food culture and tradition of innovation, Charlottesville is setting a global example for the future of sustainable food.

Spring Garden Expo - Fifth Season Gardening Company

Saturday, April 13 * 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Demonstrations on mushrooms, fermented foods, goats & goat cheese, home brewing, kombucha, raised garden beds... not to mention pizza from Mona Lisa Pasta and a 10% discount on everything in the store.

For more information, visit the 5th Season website!

Tom Talks 1 - Entrepreneurship

Saturday, April 13 * 6:00 pm

http://www.tomtomfest.com/2013/evententry/tom-talks-i-education-technology-entrepreneurship-leadership

E-commerce and local food; how local food is Changing and why Charlottesville is at the heart of it. Caesar Layton was the President of Arganica when it merged with Relay foods, becoming one of the more exciting start-ups to expand in Charlottesville. Caesar is interested in alternative methods for expanding the local food movement through CSAs and the return of the farmers market. 

Tom Talks 2 - Social Capitalism

Sunday, April 14 * 4:00 pm

http://www.tomtomfest.com/2013/evententry/tom-talks-ii

You Decide: Consumer choice and the rapid growth of clean energy. Sandy Reisky is the founder and CEO of Apex Wind Energy. Since entering the renewable sector in 2000, his companies have developed over $1 billion of wind and solar energy facilities now operating around the country. He is interested in the role of technology and consumer choice in driving change in energy markets.

Sierra Club - The End of Suburbia

Monday, April 15 * 6:30 pm

McIntire Room of the Main Library on Market St. in Charlottesville.  

This documentary describes how urban sprawl and America's dependence on the automobile has changed our society and is contributing to climate change.  Free and open to the public.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18

Tuesday showing: PVCC Dickinson Fine & Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville, 7:30 pm

Thursday showing: Visulite Cinema, Staunton, 7:00 pm 

Presented by Wild Virginia, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings together a selection of award winning films that tell a story about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love and defend them. The festival is a call to action. The stories give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festival’s, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Tickets are $10 per person.

For more information, go to: http://www.wildvirginia.org/?page_id=338. 

Newsplex Healthy Living Expo

Saturday, April 20 * 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

http://www.newsplex.com/expo/misc/193297591.html

Want to learn how to live a healthier life?  Come to the Charlottesville Newsplex Healthy Living Expo on Saturday April 20th from 10am to 2pm at the Main Street Arena.  Sample nutritious foods, get valuable healthy tips, and discover fun exercises.

Ivy Creek Native Plant Walk - Early Flowers

Saturday, April 20 * 2:00 pm

Join Tana Herndon to see the wildflowers and native plants of mid-Spring at Ivy Creek.  Free.  All ages welcome, co-sponsored by the Virginia Native Plant Society.  Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.

National Park Week

Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 28

The National Park Service is proud to once again join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage. You can plan your visit by what you want to do, or where you want to go ... or you can browse our event calendar and check out the special programs offered that week. Also, from Monday through Friday, April 22 to 26, every national park will have free admission!

For more information, go to: http://www.nps.gov/npweek/  

Historic Garden Week

Saturday, April 20 - Saturday, April 27 

Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House." This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 fabulous flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

For more information, go to: http://www.vagardenweek.org/index.cfm 

Ivy Creek Barn History Day

Saturday, April 20 * 2:00 pm
 
Ivy Creek's barn, reconstructed and reopened in 2012, was the showpiece of the River View Farm when the natural area was owned by the Carr-Greer family.  Barn History Day includes displays donated to explain both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area.  Open every Saturday from April through November.

Ragged Mountain Trails Work Day

Monday, April 22 * 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
 
It's time to rebuild the trails at Ragged Mountain! Meet at Ivy Creek Parking Lot at 8:30am for car pooling to Ragged Mountain. We will be working on new trail construction for needed relocations. Will return to Ivy Creek Parking Lot at 12 Noon.  You should bring water, work gloves, and snack if desired. Be sure to wear Closed Toe Shoes–they are required! Please RSVP to ivycreek.director @ gmail.com and put “RMNA Work Day” in the subject header.

Earth Day Picnic for the Planet

Monday, April 22

Charlottesville Picnic Planner Needed! The Charlottesville Office of The Nature Conservancy is looking for a volunteer to help plan a picnic on Monday, April 22. We are hoping to have a larger event (25-50 people) and capitalize on some unique opportunities. For example, perhaps we could have some local chefs cook local food for the group or have local bands playing or other conservation related activities. If you are interested in planning and organizing a picnic at this scale please call Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at 434-951-0572 (w) or 540-335-1302 (c).

UVA Food Collaborative GMO Discussion

Tuesday, April 23 * 6:00 pm
 
The UVa Food Collaborative and Environmental Sciences Department will be hosting a GMO panel discussion on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 pm in Nau 101. The event will feature several speakers, including Manuel Lerdau, Professor of Environmental Sciences and of Biology, Michael Rodemeyer, Executive Director of the Policy Internship Program, Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives with Consumers Union, NY, and Eric Hallerman, Head of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Department at Virginia Tech.

Admission is free and Whole Foods will be providing some refreshments.

Charlottesville Green Drinks

Wednesday, April 24 * 6:00 pm
 
 
There will be a BONUS Green Drinks this month, in honor of Earth Week! Champion Brewing is hosting this extra session. Stop by and say hi!

Chestnut Orchard Weeding (Fortune’s Cove Preserve)

Friday, April 26 * 12:00 - 2:00 pm 
 
The Nature Conservancy is looking for 5-7 volunteers to help with chestnut orchard maintenance and weeding. The Conservancy will provide tools as we weed the chestnut orchard of tall grasses and vegetation that will outcompete the saplings for resources. If you can help call Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at 540-335-1302 (c) or 434-951-0572 (w). Carpooling is available from Charlottesville.

Ivy Creek Trails Work Day

Saturday, April 27 * 9:00 am
 
Join Ivy Creek's volunteers working on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear appropriate clothing and meet in the Ivy Creek Natural Area parking lot on Earlysville Road.

Ivy Creek Barn History Day

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm
 
Ivy Creek's barn, reconstructed and reopened in 2012, was the showpiece of the River View Farm when the natural area was owned by the Carr-Greer family.  Barn History Day includes displays donated to explain both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area.  Open every Saturday from April through November.

6th Annual Rivanna River Sojourn

Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 
 
For details and registration, see http://rivannariver.org/calendar.html 
 
RCS Rivanna River Sojourn, jointly hosted by RCS and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, is a 2-day water-trail down the Rivanna River.  Day 1, 8:30 am, paddle from Milton to Palmyra.  Day 2, 8:30 am, paddle from Palmyra to Columbia.

Annual Plant Sale, Virginia Native Plant Society 

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 pm
 
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase garden grown native wildflowers, trees, and ferns from the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.  Held outside at Ivy Creek's Barn and Education Buildings.  No Rain Date:  Rain moves us inside both buildings.
 

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