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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Sunday 7/20 and 10/26 -  Working Woods Walk

2:00 PM at Montpelier Demonstration Forest Vistor Center

Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with Montpelier Horticulturalist, Sandy Mudrinich. Learn from experts about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons’ time and today.

$10/$5 with purchase of mansion tour.

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Saturday 7/26 9 AM – 6 PM – Sunday 7/27 10 AM – 5 PM - Carter Mountain Peach Festival

Join us as we celebrate the peak of our peach season at the Ol’ Fashioned Peach Festival! We’ll have games (with lots of great prizes), face painting, contests, hayrides, food, wine tastings, Pick Your Own Peaches, and more. The Pie Eating Contest begins at 2 p.m. both days with two age divisions; how many pies can you eat in a 2 minutes?!

Who will be the new Carter Mountain Orchard Peach Princesses? The Princess Contest begins at 11 AM on Saturday (arrive by 10:45 AM to register) and has 2 age divisions: ages 5 and under, and 6-12.

Enjoy hot & fresh peach cider donuts, peach pie, ice cream, kettle corn, cider slushies, and more at the Bakery, or grab a bite to eat at the Mountain Grill for lunch!

FREE to attend. FREE parking.

Carter Mountain Orchard; 575 Thomas Jefferson Parkway

Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com

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Saturday 7/26, 1 – 2 PM - C’ville Swap

Mark your calendars and start your canners!  The next swap is on the patio at l’etoile.

Gather and trade your homemade, homegrown or foraged goods.  All are welcome.  

Details at cvilleswaps.com and on Facebook.

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Saturday 8/16 – Better World Betty’s Giving Grill, 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Better World Betty welcomes you to our “Giving Grill” at Whole Foods Market outdoor patio.

Enjoy a lunch of grilled vegan or beef burgers and hot dogs and 100% of the proceeds will help Better World Betty:  your favorite local source for living lighter on the planet.  It’s move-in weekend for UVA students, so we’ll have plenty of great college tips as well as back-to-school tips for students of all ages!

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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 - CLIPS Beer and Film Night at Washington Park, 7:30 PM

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 9/20 –  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 9/27, 11 AM – 5 PM - C’ville Vegetarian Festival @ Lee Park

Food, music, cooking demos, speakers, and all things vegetarian.  

Stay tuned for details!

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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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 Spring Composting Bins Available

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission’s (TJPDC) Environmental Program has composting bin kits available. Just in time for spring, these GEOBIN™ Kits are available at a discounted price of $20.00 each. Kits contain a durable perforated plastic shell and all the necessary hardware* and instructions needed for installation.

If you are interested in purchasing composting bins please contact Wood Hudson at whudson@tjpdc.org, or 434-979-7310 x320. Additional discounts are available with the purchase of two or more bins.

Bin Info Cubic Feet: 17.6 Dimensions” 36”x36” *posts not included

 

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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