Events

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

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

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The City Market  — open every Saturday April through December

7 AM – Noon at Water Street

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Friday 8/29 – Monday 9/1 – Twin Oaks Intentional Communities Conference 

If you live — or want to live — according to the ideals of sustainability, cooperation and equality, come to the annual Twin Oaks Intentional Communities Conference this summer for a celebration of communal lifestyles and resource-sharing!

From August 29 – September 1, network and learn about communities of all kinds — co-housing, co-ops, communes and ecovillages — at one of the best-known intentional communities in North America. At the conference, you can attend workshops on topics such as group-decision making, diversity in community, intentional relationships and sustainable living. Camp in a beautiful forest alongside fellow participants and be a part of a temporary, once-in-a-lifetime intentional community.

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Friday 9/12 – Saturday 9/13 – Monticello’s 8th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

Organic gardening, seed-saving, chicken-keeping, bee-keeping, cheese-making, medicine-making, canning, fermenting, propagating fruit trees…  You name it, this year’s festival’s got it.  

Don’t miss a special Thursday presentation with edible landscaping pioneer, Rosalind Creasy.  
Then, join C’ville Foodscapes on Saturday for our chat on “Landscapes You Can Eat!” 

More information and tickets at heritageharvestfestival.com.

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Friday 9/12, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM - CLIPS Beer and Film Night at Washington Park

Better World Betty is excited to once again be the non-profit beneficiary of the  CLIPS Beer and Film Night. New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is once again bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to our backyard.  The best part is that 100 percent of beer sale proceeds will go to local nonprofits Better World Betty and Charlottesville Area Mountain Biking Club.  

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s most esoteric offerings while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. When the darkness engulfs us, the films start rolling on the big screen.  So cozy up on your blanket or chairs and enjoy the show!

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Saturday 9/13  9:30 – 11:00 AM – How Does Your Garden Grow? Rain Garden Walking Tour near North Garden

With native plants, raingardens, and habitat for our pollinating insects, don’t you know?

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is sponsoring a walking tour of CBF supporter Dorothy Tompkins’ gardens. Come join us on a fine Saturday morning in the waning days of Summer to see firsthand what you as a property owner can do to lessen your effects of stormwater runoff and create a garden of beauty and function that helps clean our streams, provide habitat, reduce lawn and more! Plus, as stormwater utility fees become more common with each passing year, creating rain gardens and capturing stormwater runoff on-site is not only the proper thing to do but oftentimes turn into long-term financial credits for you.

Registration is limited so we can keep the group small enough for everyone to hear what’s being said, so please sign up early to reserve your spot, and feel free to pass along this flyer. RSVP to Robert Jennings at 484/888-2966 or rjennings@cbf.org. RSVP by 9/11 to guarantee your spot.

Light refreshments will be provided by CBF prior to the tour.

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Thursday 9/18, 6:00 – 7:30 PM - Solarize Workshop and Net Zero House Preview Tour

One of the more than 700 people to apply for Solarize Charlottesville is a spec home in Keswick that also aims to be “net zero” (meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.).

Join us to take a tour of this net zero home (in the final stages of construction), get a sneak preview of its innovative energy-saving features before the fall Parade of Homes, see the solar panel installation and learn more about the Solarize program and opportunities to save energy in your own home.

Workshop and tour led by Doug Kingma of Kingma Developers and Jon Proffitt with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).

Location – 3497 Keswick Road

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Saturday 9/20 –  Charlottesville’s Main Street Agriculture Celebration, Downtown Mall & Lee Park 

This event will highlight Albemarle County Agriculture. There will be agriculture education displays, events and demonstrations, live animals, children’s activities, hayrides, and a few surprise events.

Downtown restaurants will offer meals featuring fresh, local, farm products. The retail shops will be encouraged to focus on agriculture, family and community while producing special attractions to lure people into their shops.

Albemarle County Farm Bureau and the Local Food Hub will sponsor a “Farm-to-Family Table” event on Friday evening. The Main Street Arena will sponsor a Public Skate for Agriculture Education on Friday, September 19 (6-8:45 PM), and host a Cooking Demo by Downtown Restaurants (Sponsored by Brookville) on Saturday, September 20 (4-6 PM). We’re hoping to include tastings there as well.

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Saturday 9/20 @ 3 PM - National Eat an Apple Day

It’s apple season! Show us your favorite way to eat apples — bring in your homemade goodies for a chance to win a prize! We’ll judge the entries at 3 PM; please arrive by 2:30 PM. You might want to bring copies of your recipe too, we bet others will want to go home and try your favorite apple treat! No charge to enter the contest.

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

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Saturday 9/27, 11 AM – 5 PM - C’ville Vegetarian Festival @ Lee Park

Food, music, cooking demos, speakers, and all things vegetarian.  
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Saturday 9/27 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM - Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday Party

Wish Johnny Appleseed a Happy Birthday at Carter Mountain Orchard. We’ll sing Happy Birthday (Johnny would be 240 years old on September 26!) and enjoy an apple cider donut together. Immediately afterwards, we will have story time with Johnny! No charge.

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October 4 - 5; 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

434-977-1833; Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 www.wildvirginia.org, or 434-971-1553.

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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.

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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.  www.lewisandclarkeast.org

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Better World Betty
Dynamic Volunteers Needed! Email: betty@betterworldbetty.org

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: https://docs.google.com/a/virginia.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtB9Q7VsLIWmdE1sNkZVWjNtQXNKTVI0ZFIzd0hVS1E&usp=drive_web#gid=0
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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 jdalke@tnc.org.

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

Edible Yards is a new initiative to replace local lawns with edible abundance! Contact Stevo Johnson, genuinesmile29@gmail.com.

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,freeman.joanie@gmail.com or 987-1026.

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Know of an event not listed here: contact betty@betterworldbetty.com

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