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The City Market  — open every Saturday April through December

7 AM – Noon at Water Street


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


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!


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 RSVP by 9/11 to guarantee your spot.

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


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


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.


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


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

Food, music, cooking demos, speakers, and all things vegetarian. Presentations will be held in the conference room of the downtown library (adjacent to Lee Park):

11:00 AM – Noon – Lorrie Delehanty “Genetically Modified Food- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”  Lorrie Delehanty works as a research scientist and a laboratory manager at the UVA School of Medicine. Join us to learn about how GMO’s have changed food, focusing on some successes, some disasters, and how GMO’s affect our health!

1:00 – 2:00 PM – Dr. Brian Dickert “The Vegetarian Athlete”   Brian Dickert, a Charlottesville Chiropractor and wellness provider, was transformed by the book Born to Run, and at age 40 started long distance trail running. I’ll share tips for staying healthy on a plant based diet using personal experience and wisdom from endurance athletes like Scott Jurek and Brendan Brazier. Learn how to fuel and support your body for optimal performance.

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Fish Feel (Mary Finelli) “Fish Don’t Belong on Your Dish!”   Fish are by far the largest category of animals exploited for food, and the abuses they suffer are among the worst. Yet they receive the least protection or consideration. Many people even doubt that fish are sentient, which science has shown them to be.

3:00 – 4:00 PM –  C’ville Foodscapes (Sarah) “Landscapes You Can Eat!”  Learn how to transform your lawn into a vibrant, productive, low-maintenance landscape that not only looks good, but tastes good too. This workshop covers the benefits of edible landscaping (for both humans and the planet), our favorite fruit cultivars for central Virginia, as well as tips to help you get started.


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.


Sunday 9/28 – Hike the Little River Potential Wilderness Area

Join Wild Virginia for the second of 4 monthly hikes in what is the largest Potential Wilderness Area in the eastern United States, Little River.  This 7.5 mile loop trail is challenging on many levels. 

We plan on leaving Charlottesville at 8 AM, rendezvous in Staunton at 8:45 and arrive at the trailhead on Tillman Road by 10 AM. Hikers can plan to meet at any of these three points. We plan on returning to Charlottesville by 7:00 PM. Please contact the hike leader, Ernie Reed, if you have any questions at 434-971-1647 or 


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



Tuesday evenings from 10/7 – 11/18 –  Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards), an adult education course

The seven-week course focuses on water quality and stewardship. Featured are in-depth sessions taught by Bay experts from CBF and other regional institutions and organizations. Course topics will include:

  • Local natural history and culture
  • Restoration efforts
  • Bay-friendly landscaping
  • Agriculture and the watershed
  • Bay legislation
  • Citizen action and advocacy

Classes will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn-Pantops, 1793 Richmond Road in Charlottesville. Two Bay-related field trips are included in the course, as is discussion of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint aimed at restoring streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. Following the class work, participants will be asked to perform 40 hours of Bay-related volunteer service. Successful graduates receive CBF’s designation as a “Chesapeake Steward.”

A $30.00 fee per individual ($50.00 per couple) covers the costs of materials and field trips. Space is limited; applications are due by Sept. 26. To apply or for more information, contact Robert Jennings at 484/888-2966,  email, or visit CBF’s website at


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.


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