Events

Upcoming Better World Betty Events:

Betty’s Boutique – TBA

Better World BettyBetter World Betty is hosting its first annual “Betty’s Boutique,” a shop for charity event, featuring bargain designer fashion and brand-name clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories.

The event will support Better World Betty’s local environmental conservation efforts.

Clothing Donations:
Please give us a call at 434.466.5157 & we can arrange a convenient time & place.

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Upcoming Community Events:

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

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, www.wildvirginia.org.

FRACKING FIELD TOUR TO WEST VIRGINIA – Overnight April 25-26

On Saturday morning April 25, Outing participants will travel to Doddridge County, West Virginia. We will be greeted there by West Virginia Host Farms, a Partnership Program linking West Virginia landowners with the environmental community that studies the impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

That afternoon and the next morning we’ll make best arrangements for us get close to the rigs, the drilling pads, and well heads to experience the noise, light and air pollution that is slamming this West Virginia community 24/7. Bring your cameras. There will be time to speak with affected landowners.

Why is Wild Virginia offering this Special Outing? Come see for yourself the SOURCE of the gas that would flow through the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Learn about what this extraction process means for communities and the environment. Learn what you can do to help.

Fees: (we work hard to keep the fees to an absolute minimum).

-Food (dinner and breakfast)  ($20)

-Lodging ($20)

-Travel ($45) if you plan to ride with us. Virginia, rental car fees, fuel charges. We will provide drivers.

*Scholarships are available for students – please contact Wild Virginia for details at info@wildvirginia.org

Registration Link: http://wildvirginia.org/recreation/?action=evregister&event_id=31

4 WEEKS OF TULIP MANIA AND OTHER FUN FARM EVENTS:

Tip Toe through over 30,000 gorgeous organic tulips and pick your own to take home! Spanning four weekends between April 25 – May 22, Long Island’s first TULIP FESTIVAL SEASON is not to be missed!

•    Sat April 25 & Sun April 27, 10 AM-5 PM: Chickapalooza Festival & TulipMania begins!
•    Sat May 2 & Sun May 3, 10 AM-6 PM: 5th Annual Organic Tulip Festival
•    Sat May 9 & Sun May 10, 9 AM-6 PM: Mother’s day Tulip Extravaganza
•    Sat May 16 & Sun May 17, 10 AM-6 PM: TulipMania’s last weekend

WHERE: Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market, 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, Long Island. Located at Northville Turnpike (Rt 43) x Sound Avenue. For Directions see www.gardenofevefarm.com or call (631) 722-8777.

•    Visit the Tulip Farm to pick a bouquet at the ONLY U-pick Tulip field on Long Island.
•    Take gorgeous photos of your children and family in the rainbow colors of our tulip field and show garden.
•    Attend workshops with “Dutch Tulip Man” Jeroen Koeman and others on how to grow tulips and how to create healthy pollinator gardens in your own yard or terrace.

U-pick Tulips most likely available April 25-May 22, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM seven days a week. Tulips are $1/stem and regular admission to the Tulip Field, excluding the 5th Annual Organic Tulip Festival is $3.00 for a single day pass, $7.00 for an unlimited re-entry season pass or $5 if purchased in advance online. Children under 6 free.

*Mother Nature controls when and how long the tulips bloom so please check our website at www.organictulipfestival.com or www.facebook.com/ecotulips for updates before planning your trip. We update our “Bloom Report” daily with pictures of the tulip fields.

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Ongoing Monthly Events:

Third Thursday Brown Bag Lectures by Rivanna Conservation Society

Noon to 1 PM. 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 6 PM
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

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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 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.

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

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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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