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


The City Market  — open every Saturday April through December

7 AM – Noon at Water Street


October 11 – 12October 18 – 19October 25 – 26 – Apple Harvest Celebration

It’s Carter Mountain Orchard’s biggest celebration of the year! The 2014 Apple Harvest Celebration will be held EVERY weekend in October. Come pick your own fun with food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple! With extended hours on Saturdays, 8 AM – 7 PM (for the first 3 Saturdays in October).

Free to attend

Carter Mountain Orchard; 575 Thomas Jefferson Parkway; Charlottesville, VA 22902



Amnesty Days at Ivy Material Utilization Center, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM 

The next special collection will be held at the Ivy Material Utilization Center on the following Saturday dates:

Furniture/mattresses – October 18

Appliances- October 25

Tires – November 1


Sunday October 19,  12 PM – 4 PM – 2nd Annual Artisan Open House

Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of fifth U.S. president James Monroe, in partnership with the Artisans’ Center of Virginia, will celebrate the artisans whose work are featured in the Museum Shop Artisans’ Room. The Artisans’ Room, which opened in the fall of 2013, showcases the work of juried Virginia artists and artisans. Handmade items include objects in wood, metal, glass, textile, and ceramic, and reflect some of the best local artistry.

This celebration will include demonstrations by several local artists and artisans, refreshments, and live music by acoustic soloist Timothy Seaman, known for his distinctive original hammered dulcimer and flute music. Free and open to the public, Ash Lawn-Highland’s Artisan Open House is the perfect opportunity to find local, handmade holiday gifts for family and friends.

Participating artisans thus far include Kary Haun, Jane Hicks, Starke Smith, and Daryll Sneden, plus many more!

The Museum Shop is open for shopping seven days a week during Ash Lawn-Highland operating hours (9AM to 6 PM, March through October; 11 AM to 5 PM, November through April).

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902; 434-293-8000;


Sunday 10/19 –  Big Woods Walk

Join Montpelier Horticulturalist, Sandy Mudrinich, for a hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest — a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. Learn about ecology, conservation, and Madison’s role as an early environmentalist. The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop.

Begins at Visitor Center at 2:00 PM. $10/$5 with purchase of mansion tour.



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:

Better World Betty
Dynamic Volunteers Needed! Email:

Spring has sprung folks…finally!  This spring, how do you want to celebrate Mother Earth and her bounty? How about by signing up for a volunteer gig with your favorite environmental resource/non-profit, Better World Betty?!! We’ve got some fun choices lined up…
1) Better Business Challenge Awards Planning Committee Member (June 19th at the Paramount Theater)
The Better Business Challenge is a friendly points-based competition designed to create sustainable green options for local businesses. We are looking for two more members to help plan our Green Oscar’s Awards Night at the Paramount on June 19th! Reply to this email if interested! Can’t commit? How about volunteering that night by being a host(ess) with the mostest?
2) Betty at the Farmer’s Market (every Saturday in April-May)
Join this fun opportunity any Saturday in April in May to make reusable bags out of t-shirts and promote sustainability while providing information about Better World Betty. Shifts are flexible and about 2 hours each! Sign up here:


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.


Know of an event not listed here: contact

Better World Betty copyright 2007
email us at