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.
Virginia Festival of the Book - Locavore: Hunting & Eating Locally, JMRL Central
Thursday, March 21 * 6:00 pm
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
TomTom Festival - Tom Yum
Saturday, April 13 * 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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
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
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
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
Ragged Mountain Trails Work Day
Earth Day Picnic for the Planet
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
Admission is free and Whole Foods will be providing some refreshments.
Charlottesville Green Drinks
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!