Upcoming Better World Betty Events:

Rags to Riches: 5 Ways to Reuse an Old T-Shirt – Wednesday Mar. 4, 6 PM

Better World Betty and the Zero Waste Warriors invite you to a fun night of repurposing on Wednesday, March 4th 6-7:30pm! Learn how to turn your tattered t-shirt into a tote bag, headband, pillow, and more! Bring some old t-shirts and a snack to share to ReThreads Consignment on Allied St. Repurposing will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the future of recycling in Charlottesville. This event is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Community Events:

Email with your upcoming sustainability-related event and we’ll do our best to post within one week!

FRIENDS OF NELSON FUNDRAISING COMMUNITY DANCE AND SILENT AUCTION – Saturday, Feb. 28, 7:00 – 10:00 PM at Rockfish Valley Community Center

Come join an evening of No-Pipeline fun and help us raise money for our “Expert Fund” to strengthen our opposition to the pipeline in the FERC and legal process. Learn a potpourri of square and round dances featuring live music and instructions by John Wheeler, Bev Seng, and Tom Hansen. Appropriate for beginners and advanced dancers. No dance partner required! 

Chili and other food, drinks, and sweets available for sale! Plus a raffle and a silent auction! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Age 18 and under $5. No charge for kids 5 and under. Purchase tickets at the RVCC office or the Treasure Chest, or call Bev at (434) 361-9016. Tickets are also available at special events and meetings, and at the indoor market at RVCC. 

Volunteers needed! Want to help? Please call Jeanne: (434) 361-1750. Have items to auction? Call Diana: (434 826-9472. For information about the event, call Bev: (434) 361-9016.


Come learn about the proposed route through the George Washington National Forest. Meet landowners near the forest who will be impacted, learn about the unique geology of this area, and see the just some of the special places threatened by the pipeline.

The tour includes a short, flat 30 minute hike to stretch your legs mid-day. We have planned stops along the route from Churchville to Confederate Breastworks.

This outing is limited to 15 people, so please reserve your spot early. If the outing is full – please sign up on the web site and we’ll contact you if a space opens on our waitlist.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION - Friday March 6, 2 PM – 6 PM and Saturday March 7, 9 AM – 2 PM

Ivy Material Utilization Center, 4576 Dick Woods Road (Rt. 637)

For information on what items are accepted for this event, click here. For citizens who may not be able to make the collection on March 6 or 7, the Household Hazardous Waste collection is offered on two weekends per year, one in the spring and the second in the fall. The fall event for 2015 will be held on October 2 and October 3.

C’VILLE ARTS COOPERATIVE GALLERY features – “Casa Mia – The Art of Spring Cleaning ” – March 6, 6 – 8 PM

Brigitte Rau, our herbalist and alchemist will be demonstrating natural remedies for Spring Cleaning, during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday event. After learning that a large number of  her super-sensitive customers can only use her “Harry” body soap for all their personal and home cleaning needs, Brigitte took it as a challenge to treat home care in just as sensitive a way as her hypoallergenic body care.

Food-grade ingredients, time-tested formulas, simple ‘kitchen chemistry’ and eco-friendly ethics –  that is what our herbalist Brigitte Rau has been practicing since 2001, when she started her organic skin care line ‘Brigit True Organics’. Her gentle products have a true following nationwide, especially her hypoallergenic, unscented body care for sensitive skin.

Join us for the premier of Brigit True Organics’ new line ‘Casa Mia’ – easy, economical and food-grade home cleaning. See and try the new eco-friendly, bio-degradable home care. Find her on Facebook at Brigit True or on her website

FOREST WATCH TRAINING IN STAUNTON – Wednesday March 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401

What are the threats to our forests?  How can you stop them? Wild Virginia is proud to offer an informative discussion of “hows” and “whys” of forest plans and projects. Learn about the new George Washington National Forest Plan and how it relates to major work on the ground like the Cowpasture Project.

Sign-up now to build your skills to protect and defend our precious national forests! No experience necessary. Register in our website

WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR – The festival spans two evenings and two venues in two cities:

Saturday, April 11th, 7 PM

Piedmont Community College, Dickinson Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville, VA

Saturday, April 18th – 7 PM
Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Auditorium, Weyers Cave, VA

We are also offering a special ticket + membership for $20 (Ticket only for $10). Purchase these tickets in advance or at the door.

There will be 18 different short films, with entirely different films at each venue.

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.  They open our eyes and hearts to fantastic experiences in remarkable places.  They beckon us towards action, highlight issues, and provide solutions.

Attendees can win door prizes! A full list and links to all films can be found here. Film content is appropriate for everyone.

For more information, visit the Wild Virginia website,


Ongoing Monthly Events:

Third Thursday Brown Bag Lectures by Rivanna Conservation Society

Noon to 1pm.  Jefferson-Madison Regional Library 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


The Historic Resources Committee of Charlottesville is proud to present: West Main Street! as part of Where I Live – Stories from Yesterday and Today discussion series. The series will feature a new neighborhood every month through December.

Come listen, learn, and talk about the place where you live. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with locals and answer all those burning design questions about your house/apartment, your favorite eatery or late night hang out. Odds are, someone knows why it looks that way/feels that way/smells that way. Meets at C’ville Coffee.


Monthly hikes with Wild Virginia.
One weekend per month, Wild Virginia sponsors a day hike in the George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah National Park or other natural area.  Hikes are free and open to anyone who is interested, carpooling is encouraged.  Details can be found at, or 434-971-1553.


Charlottesville Green Drinks
Second Thursday at 6pm
A monthly gathering of folks from environmental fields to discuss, debate, and meet new friends in downtown Charlottesville. Whether you live green, wear green, speak green or just want to, come mingle.


Saturdays at the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center
River-related acitivies for children: nature drawing, animals, masks, and mapping the rivanna River.  Fee:  $3.  Reservations:  (434) 979-2425 Also free keelboat replica tours.  Saturdays May-October.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Nature Conservancy

The Conservancy has lots of great opportunities for volunteering. Contact Jen Dalke if you are interested or want more information – 434-951-0572 or


Help wanted…. share your skills!
Skill Share Working Group plans monthly reskilling workshops in collaboration with the Charlottesville Trade School. Contact Peter Richardson, or (434) 981-1884.


Edible Yards is a new initiative to replace local lawns with edible abundance! Contact Stevo Johnson,


Transition Cville Initiating Group provides strategic direction for the local movement. We’re looking to form new working groups for Awareness Raising/Monthly Meetings, Communications, and Crisis Response/Gov’t Liaison (building local action campaigns). Contact Joanie Freeman, or 987-1026.


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