Jefferson School City Center

Jefferson School City Center is a voice of the nine nonprofits located at Charlottesville’s intergenerational community center, the restored Jefferson School. We are a legacy preserved . . . a soul reborn . . . in the heart of Charlottesville!

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will be hosting the African Attire Fashion Show and Health Update as part of the 25th Chihamba Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival again. Photo from 2013 event.

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Ladies Night with Sizzle: An African Fashion Show and Health Update Next Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6pm, the African American Heritage Center will host an African Attire Fashion Show and Health Update as part of the 25th Chihamba Annual African American Cultural Arts Festival. The show will feature Kenechi Fashions and models from Ardor […]

Elliott Brown is the new Executive Director at Common Ground Healing Arts at the Jefferson School City Center.

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Common Ground Healing Arts Welcomes New Executive Director Elliott Brown, Common Ground’s new Executive Director, was immediately captivated by the organization’s mission to provide access to complementary healthcare, regardless of income,  because of its intersections with her professional and personal experiences. On the personal level Brown has directly benefited from the presence of yoga, meditation, […]

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

PVCC Culinary Arts Students Bake Up New Skills, Delicious Desserts this Summer Wander around the Jefferson School City Center halls mid-afternoon this summer, and your nose will be in for a delicious treat. Now through July 12, the students in Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)’s Culinary Arts program have begun Introduction to Baking. Nineteen students […]

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

Summer Camp in Full Swing at Carver Recreation Center This summer the Jefferson School City Center’s Carver Rec is hosting a pre-teen camp for youth in grades 4th through 6th grade. The camp lasts from June 16 through July 25 and registration is open and ongoing until the camp reaches capacity. “Parks and Rec offers […]

Eboni Bugg is Therapist and Outreach Coordinator at The Women's Initiative at the Jefferson School City Center

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The Women’s Initiative’s Eboni Bugg Shares What Inspires, Sustains Her If you stop by The Women’s Initiative office at Jefferson School City Center, don’t be surprised if you don’t find Eboni Bugg there. Her role as Therapist and Outreach Coordinator has her in the office as much as out. “As a therapist, I provide individual […]

Mary Williams Community Center members at the "Senior Centers' Members' Merry Month of May Prom"

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JABA Members Dance the Day Away at Prom On Thursday, May 29, 26 members of the JABA Mary Williams Community Center traveled to Nelson County to attend the “Senior Centers’ Members’ Merry Month of May Prom.” The prom was held in the fellowship hall of the Nelson United Methodist Church and included lunch, door prizes, […]

Photographer June Collmer discusses her artwork on display at the Vinegar Hill Cafe.

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June Collmer Photography Exhibit at Vinegar Hill Cafe Stop by Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School City Center this month to admire the photography of June Collmer. While Collmer holds a B.A. from Temple University in studio arts, her various careers as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), attorney, and nonprofit executive director, have kept […]

Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director of The Women's Initiative, fields questions from audience members at the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition gathering at the Jefferson School City Center

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Creigh Deeds Speaks About Legislative Progress at Mental Health Coalition Gathering State senator Creigh Deeds was the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Coalition’s meeting on Thursday, May 29, held in the auditorium of the African American Heritage Center.  Deeds confined his remarks to the progress the legislature has made remaking the mental health system in […]

Rick LaRue and Noriko Donahue of Nursing Homes Swing entertain members of the Mary Williams Community Center.

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Nursing Homes Swing “Swings” by Mary Williams Community Center JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center features a variety of regular entertainment and activities for its members, ranging from bingo and chair yoga to visits from the children in the YMCA’s child care program. This month, Nursing Homes Swing, a musical group that tours to area senior/rehabilitation […]

Latasha Mathews, aka Nicky, serves up a smile at the Vinegar Hill Cafe.

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Vinegar Hill Cafe Welcomes New Staff Member, Latasha Mathews Latasha Mathews, aka Nicky, started at Vinegar Hill Cafe about six weeks ago and enjoys her new role at the cafe at the Jefferson School City Center, in customer service. “I like the people and I like that it’s a nonprofit and I’m working for a […]

Common Ground Healing Arts welcomes international personality Kofi Busia for Iyengar yoga workshops.

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Common Ground Healing Arts Welcomes Kofi Busia May 16-18 for Workshop Kofi Busia is one of the world’s foremost teachers in Iyengar yoga tradition and Common Ground welcomes him to the Jefferson School City Center. He has been teaching for nearly 40 years and has held his Advance Certificate for 35 years. He has taught […]

Students from St. Anne's-Belfield interview members of the Mary Williams Community Center for an oral history project. Photo courtesy of NBC29.

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JABA Members Share Stories with Local Students Ten eighth-grade students from Saint Anne’s-Belfield (STAB) interviewed seniors at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging’s Mary Williams Community Center last week, according to NBC 29. The students are studying the civil rights era in their history class and partnered with the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) to put […]

Literacy Volunteer students and tutors gather near the World Book Night table at the Vinegar Hill Cafe.

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Literacy Volunteers Gives Away 80 Books for World Book Night On April 23, Literacy Volunteers joined over 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West in giving away half a million free books across America. Literacy Volunteers stationed their giveaway at Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School and, with the help of tutors and other volunteers, […]

Brian Campbell, Graelyn Brashear, and Courteney Stuart appeared as "The C-Villains" at Literacy Volunteers' seventh annual Wordplay event. Photo by Ray East.

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Literacy Volunteers’ Wordplay Delights and Challenges for the Seventh Year On Wednesday night, nearly 400 team members, scorekeepers, and audience members filled the Paramount Theater for a night of trivia in support of Literacy Volunteers’ mission to provide free one-on-one tutoring for adults learning English or working to improve their basic literacy. For the seventh […]

Bruce Penner shares his knowledge of music along with a drumming demonstration for JABA members at the Mary Williams Center.

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Drums & “Swingin’ Senegal” Lecture at Mary Williams Community Center Last Friday, JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center was filled with tapping feet and smiles as members enjoyed an afternoon with Bruce Penner, a local musician, who shared his knowledge of music along with a drumming demonstration for JABA members. Penner shared his knowledge of the […]

Attendees at PVCC's Culinary Arts information sessions will tour the facilities and meet Associate Professor of Culinary Arts Eric Breckoff and other students.

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Culinary Arts Info Sessions at Jefferson School City Center Piedmont Virginia Community College is hosting information sessions about its Culinary Arts associate degree program. The free sessions will be held at the PVCC Jefferson School Center location, 233 Fourth St. NW, in downtown Charlottesville on the following dates: Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. in room […]

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/ Albemarle hosts new tutor training events six times per year. Tutors commit to spending two hours each with with an adult student for a year.

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Literacy Volunteers Trains 13 New Tutors On Saturday, March 22, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville / Albemarle (LVCA) Program Director Deanne Foerster welcomed thirteen new tutors to LVCA’s crew of volunteers who work one-on-one with adults in the community. Foerster explained to the group that LVCA serves adults seeking support in basic literacy as well as […]

Children enjoy finger painting at the YMCA at the Jefferson School City Center. The Y will offer Kindercamp for children this summer.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

YMCA Kindercamp Registration Starts Soon For the first time, the Y at the Jefferson School will offer Kindercamp this summer at the Jefferson School City Center. The program is exclusively for children entering kindergarten in the fall. “This is a licensed camp that will be offered June 23 through August 15,” explained Early Childhood Director […]

Literacy Volunteers tutor, Gail Rubin, works with Pamela on writing in English.

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Meet Literacy Volunteers Tutor Gail Rubin and her student Pamela In Gail Rubin’s six years at Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville / Albemarle (LVCA), she’s worked with students from around the world, including Afghanistan, Tibet, Russia, South Korea, and most recently Chile. Her experience is not unusual—this year, Literacy Volunteers tutors at the Jefferson School City […]

United States Air Force Heritage Brass band at Carver Recreation Center

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Carver Recreation Center Entertains with Music, Gets Ready for National Geographic Explorer of the Year Last week, the United States Air Force Band Heritage Brass played at the Carver Rec Center to a crowd of over 50 people. The brass quintet and percussionist played songs ranging from “The Star-Spangled Banner” to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “There was […]

Members of JABA's Mary Williams Community Center are walking to raise funds to support the community center's programming.

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Mary Williams Community Center Walking Fundraiser in February This February, the JABA Mary Williams Community Center is hosting a “walk-a-thon” fundraiser at the Jefferson School City Center. Community members, businesses, and organizations can sponsor a senior member’s efforts to reach his or her walking goal for the month. Funds raised will support the activities and […]

Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center's Miranda Trent speaking with a new mom at Baby Basics kickoff

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Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center Kicks off Baby Basics Moms Club On Tuesday evening, Martha Jefferson’s Starr Hill Center filled with the spicy scent of kabobs from Vinegar Hill Cafe and the sounds of chatter and laughter as moms-to-be and other community members attended the center’s kickoff for Baby Basics Moms’ Club. Martha Jefferson’s Starr […]

Author Kevin Quirk, a tutor at Literacy Volunteers, will read from his book at the volunteer recognition event on Saturday.

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Literacy Volunteers Hosts Volunteer Recognition Party Tomorrow On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/ Albemarle (LVCA) will host a Volunteer Recognition Party, featuring a reading by author Kevin Quirk and celebrating the hard work of over 150 volunteers. This year, LVCA will also honor three volunteers for their service in 2013: Renée Ferguson, […]

Cameron Smith, Marta Reyn and Kristin Histand appreciate the Lisa Beane exhibit at the Jefferson School African Heritage Center.

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Lisa Beane Exhibit Opening at African American Heritage Center The African American Heritage Center will be hosting an opening reception and artist talk with Lisa Beane, a visual artist originally from Richmond, Virginia, about her exhibit “Chapters,” which will be on display from January 10–March 30, 2014. Beane’s work focuses on contemporary culture and art […]

Virginia Acrobatics featured "Cirque du Soleil"-style acrobatics at First Night festivities at the Carver Rec Center.

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Carver Recreation Center Participates in First Night Virginia On New Year’s Eve, First Night Virginia held several of its family-friendly events at Carver Recreation Center.  The Amazing Marco (a.k.a. Zephyr the Magician) wowed guests in the multipurpose room with magic, music, comedy, and audience participation. In the gym, Virginia Acrobatics dazzled with acts of strength, […]