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!

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

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.

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

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

What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

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 […]