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!

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.

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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, […]

Common Ground's Integrative Wellness Program begins in January, 2014. Photo by Robinson Imagery.

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Common Ground Healing Arts Launches Integrative Wellness Program Common Ground has started recruiting participants for its Integrative Wellness Program, which will provide three months of coordinated care for 20 individuals. The program will support individuals struggling with anxiety/depression through integrative wellness services using mindfulness-based counseling, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation. The goal of the […]

Buford Middle School Choir celebrates the holidays with participants of the Mary Williams Community Center at the Jefferson School.

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JABA Busy with Holiday Fun, Gift-wrapping Fundraiser Throughout December, JABA has scheduled several holiday delights for its members. This week, Buford Middle School’s choir sang holiday songs on Wednesday and Tom and Kathy Sendall shared their antique mechanical music makers with JABA members on Thursday morning. “The Sendalls brought music boxes and instruments similar to […]

Bianca Johnson and Devyn Wildy of the YMCA Intergenerational Learning Center celebrate with the children

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Halloween Extravaganza Offered Frights and Delights at the YMCA Intergenerational Learning Center Halloween spirits arrived the YMCA Intergenerational Learning Center, with costumed creatures gathering for family fun at the First Annual Halloween Extravaganza on October 31st. Approximately 60 guests attended the evening event at the Jefferson School City Center, which featured activities for a wide […]

Pumpkin carving at Carver Recreation Center at the Jefferson School will be an annual event.

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Pumpkin Carving Contest at Carver Recreation Center a Success Over sixty people attended Carver Recreation Center’s first pumpkin carving contest last Friday, October 25. Participants helped twenty pumpkins transform into cats, ghosts, and monsters at the event. “We had some very creative designs. Our winner in the family category was a pumpkin that got a […]

The Jefferson School receives award from Preservation Virginia on October 21.

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Jefferson School City Center Receives Statewide Award For Exceptional Restoration Projects at Preservation Virginia Conference The restoration of Charlottesville’s historic Jefferson School received one of two statewide community preservation awards from Preservation Virginia, the state’s premier historic preservation organization, at their annual conference in Roanoke, VA on October 21, 2013. Martin Burks, President of the […]

The Vinegar Hill Cafe will be helping Literacy Volunteers celebrate their 30th anniversary on Saturday morning, October 26, with a pancake buffet. The Cafe will host a number of nonprofits throughout the fall and winter.

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Vinegar Hill Cafe Preps for Several Saturdays Full of Pancakes “We’re going to be up to our elbows in pancake batter,” said Joel Schechtman, Vinegar Hill Cafe Manager.  Schechtman and his staff are excited to see their Pancake Breakfast Fundraisers gain momentum. This Saturday, October 19, the Cafe will host the NAACP. Jefferson School City […]

Members of JABA's Mary Williams Community Center enjoy company and lunch on the river

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JABA Members Enjoy Chilly But Lively Lunch Cruise on the Rappahannock River Eighteen JABA members, their guests, and staff, enjoyed a “City of Fredericksburg” Lunch Cruise on Wednesday, October 9. Charlottesville Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Specialist April Baber provided JABA’s group with transportation and assistance throughout the day. The two-hour trip down the Rappahannock River […]

Sister Sophy Mathew, originally from India, was honored for completing the Literacy Volunteers ESL program.

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Literacy Volunteers Students Celebrate Success at Achievement Ceremony On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, a crowd of over 50 Literacy Volunteers students, their families, tutors, and staff gathered in Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School City Center  to celebrate the achievements of 34 Literacy Volunteers students. Executive Director, Ellen Osborne, kicked off the celebration, followed […]

Martin Burks IV enjoys the work of Kendall Messick at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

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Art, History, and Community Intersect at African American Heritage Center Talk & Exhibit The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is bustling with activities seeking to provide a textured understanding of people, place, and history. The next upcoming event will be a talk and reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 featuring Deborah Willis, co-author of Envisioning Emancipation, a historical overview of photographs depicting […]

Greta von Kirchmann on bass at Vinegar Hill's Chill'n and Grill'n at the Jefferson School City Center.

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Vinegar Hill Cafe Manager Joel Schectman struggled to put a definition on September’s Chill’n & Grill’n band. “They’re definitely not your average band,” he said, referring to the collaboration of veteran Charlottesville musicians. The band agrees that they defy naming, though for now they’re calling themselves The C-Ville Reggae Funk Band. The five-member group shares […]

Flea market draws hundreds to Jefferson School City Center on Saturday

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Nearly 500 people exercised their browsing muscles at the Carver Recreation Center flea market at the Jefferson School City Center last Saturday, August 24. According to Dan Carpenter, manager of Carver Recreation Center, the event, sponsored by Charlottesville Parks & Recreation, was designed to bring the traditional summertime outdoor yard sale inside to Carver’s banquet […]