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 African American Heritage Center hosted their first "Greens Cook Off" this week.

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African American Heritage Center hosts Greens Cook-off, also screening Dark Girls Documentary The African American Heritage Center, located in the Jefferson School City Center hosted their first Greens cook-off on Saturday November 8th, 2014. The event was sponsored through the generous support of businesses such as Eppie’s, Brown’s Catering, and The Blue Moon Fund. Volunteers […]

Annie Merritt poses happily at her 100th birthday celebration at JABA's Mary Williams Community Center, located in the Jefferson School.

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Mary Williams Community Center member turns 100 On Wednesday November 4th, the Mary Williams Community Center celebrated the birthday of 100-year-old Annie Merritt. Friends and family came together in the Carver Recreation Center multi-purpose room filled with balloons, kind words, and tokens of love and appreciation to celebrate the special day. Children from the YMCA’s […]

75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns at Carver Rec Center for Halloween 2014.

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Pumpkin Carving Winners, Flea Market at Carver Recreation Center Last Friday 75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into some frightening and fun jack-o-lanterns at the Jefferson School City Center’s Carver Recreation Center. “All of our pumpkins made it safely to the Downtown Safe Halloween Festival on Saturday,” said Dan Carpenter, Carver Recreation Center Manager. At the […]

Carve your pumpkin at Carver Rec  next Friday! Pumpkins and tools provided. Call  434-970-3035 to register.

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Carve a Pumpkin at Carver Recreation Center Next Week Carver Recreation Center will host its annual Pumpkin Carving Contest next Friday, October 24, 6:00-8:00pm. Interested carvers must register in advance and the cost is $5.00 per pumpkin. All pumpkins will be entered into the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Downtown Safe Halloween Event on Saturday, October […]

Tanya Valentine will be teaching Yin Yang Yoga at Common Ground Healing Arts. Yin Yang yoga features an approach that balances “Yin” yoga, which is slow-paced, with “Yang,” which features more flow and movement.

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Common Ground Healing Arts Welcomes New Instructor, Launches Fall Schedule Common Ground Healing Arts has several new classes on its fall schedule at the Jefferson School City Center, including offerings with instructor Tanya Valentine, who is teaching Yin Yang Yoga on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:00am and Yoga for Beginners at 10:30am on Saturdays. Yin […]

The first Story Slam featured "Grits" as the subject matter at the African American Heritage Center. Tonight's theme is "Gravy."

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Story Slam Tonight at African American Heritage Center The second Story Slam kicks off at 6:30pm tonight, October 3, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. October’s theme is “Gravy” and eight story-tellers will compete for best story of the night. The winner earns a place in the Story Slam-off, where the winners of […]

Students from Literacy Volunteers celebrate their achievements in a ceremony on Thursday night.

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Literacy Volunteers Students Celebrate Success at Achievement Ceremony On Thursday, a crowd of about 75 Literacy Volunteers students, their families, tutors, and staff gathered in Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School City Center to celebrate the achievements of 44 Literacy Volunteers students. Executive Director, Ellen Osborne, kicked off the celebration. Tutor Richard Alonzo and […]

Touch The Band concert at Carver Rec was a huge success!

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Touch the Band Performance a Success at Carver Recreation Center On Friday, 50 people danced and sang along to the music of Touch The Band at Carver Recreation Center at the Jefferson School City Center. “The concert was nice,” said Dan Carpenter, Carver Recreation Center Manager. “We’ll do another one on a Saturday in early […]

Martha Jefferson Hospital is committed to the health of newborns and mothers and offers Baby Basics workshops and Spa Days for expectant mothers. Mom's Club meeting at Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center at the Jefferson School, photo by Andrew Shurtleff.

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Martha Jefferson Offers Free Spa Day for Expectant Moms, Other Events Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center will host two spa days as part of its Baby Basics Moms Club, a support group for expectant mothers. The spa days will be Tuesday, September 16, 5:30-7:00pm and Tuesday, September 23, 9:30-11:30am at the Starr Hill Center location in […]

Mia Haruko Logan shows off a potential logo for Story Slam

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African American Heritage Center Hosts First Story Slam Tonight Starting at 6:30pm tonight, September 5, the Jefferson School City Center’s African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC) will host a Story Slam, featuring eight storytellers. This month’s theme is “Grits.” “We were brainstorming about this season’s programming and [we wanted to] have something fun and in line […]

Myra Anderson is a previous award winner from The Women's Initiative "Challenge Into Change" essay competition.

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The Women’s Initiative Offers “Challenge into Change” Writing Contest, Workshops The Women’s Initiative is offering two workshops to support writers entering its “Challenge into Change” writing contest. Today, from noon to 1pm, the Women’s Initiative will host a brainstorming session at its main office, located at 1101 East High Street. The second workshop will focus […]

Amie Whittemore, a.k.a. "Betty Bookworm," will participate in the CLAW (Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers) Event on Saturday night to benefit Literacy Volunteers.

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Literacy Volunteers to Benefit from Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers Event Saturday On Saturday, August 23, Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers will be hosting its final match of the season and proceeds from the event will go to support Literacy Volunteers. General admission tickets are $5 and doors open at 7pm with wrestling starting at 8pm. A […]

Overdog performs for the crowd at the Jefferson School City Center.

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Vinegar Hill Cafe’s Chill’n & Grill’n Closes Out a Successful Summer in September Last week, Vinegar Hill Cafe hosted its third installment of Chill’n & Grill’n this year, a music and barbeque event that occurs on the first Thursday of every month while the weather allows. Overdog performed for about 100 people in attendance at […]

Twenty-two individuals were trained to be new tutors at Literacy Volunteers. Tutors commit to working with an adult student learning English for two hours per week for approximately a year.

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Literacy Volunteers Holds Record-breaking July Tutor Training Last Saturday, Literacy Volunteers hosted one of its most successful summer tutor trainings yet. “July is historically a tricky month to pull in a large numbers of new tutors since many people are on vacation,” said Executive Director Ellen Osborne. Twenty-two tutors attended the all day training. At […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]