Real Estate News – Week of March 13

Real Estate News – Week of March 13

Real Estate News & Views

CARR Member Ginger Slavic Honored with Good Neighbor Award 

Better Homes & Garden/REIII REALTOR® Recognized for Volunteer Work for Ronald McDonald House

The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR), the voice of real estate in the Central Virginia region, has announced Ginger Slavic as a Good Neighbor Award recipient. This recognition program highlights local REALTORS® who dedicate significant time and interest to projects that make a lasting impact on our communities.

“The REALTOR community is so inspired by Ginger’s energy and devotion to creating a home-away-from-home atmosphere for families in need,” Anita Dunbar, CAAR president-elect and associate broker at Montague Miller & Company, said.

Slavic has been involved in Ronald McDonald House Charities Charlottesville since the late 1980s, where she typically volunteers at least 40 hours each month. Currently she serves as president of the board of directors. About 900 families each year have benefited as a result of her volunteer activities.

Given her professional background, Slavic has been invaluable in the extensive facility renovation project over the past year from consulting with the architect and builder to processing the paperwork for a $200,000 grant from the RMHC global organization. She also has recruited other local residents to volunteer and donate.

“Ginger’s expertise has been invaluable to us during this major renovation project,” Rita Ralston, executive director of RMHC, said. “The Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House will be a beautiful respite for families dealing with very difficult circumstances. Ginger always keeps those families in the forefront of her mind.”

Slavic has been an active CAAR member since 1988. A $100 donation was made to Ronald McDonald Charities in her name.

About CAAR –
The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) represents more than 1,000 real estate professionals in Charlottesville and Albemarle and the surrounding areas of Greene, Fluvanna, Nelson, Louisa counties. For more information on CAAR, pick up a copy of the CAAR Real Estate Weekly, visit, or contact your REALTOR®.

Low Cost Rabies Clinic
The Fluvanna SPCA announces a low-cost, drive-thru rabies clinic to be held March 29 at the Augusta Cooperative at 8173 Scottsville Road in Scottsville from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Rabies vaccines will cost only $10 and will be good for one year or three years, if proof of a prior current rabies vaccine is presented at the time of the vaccine.

“The Fluvanna SPCA presents these drive-thru rabies clinics as a service to the community,” says Jennie Shuklis, FSPCA Executive Director.  “We’re working to help people retain their pets and keep them healthy by making this legally-mandated rabies vaccine affordable and available.  It’s a drive-thru clinic because we ask that people keep their dogs in their cars, and cats in cat carriers, until veterinarian Jim Starkey is able to give the vaccine.  Then people and their pets are free to go about their day!”

The Fluvanna SPCA is a no-kill shelter located in Troy, Virginia, serving approximately 1000 animals per year.

For more information, please call the Fluvanna SPCA at 434-591-0123 or email  You may also find more information at

Jimmy “Magic Man” Miller Bracket Breakfast for Piedmont CASA
“I love everything about this team.  The chemistry, passion, unselfishness … I wouldn’t want to play us!” – Jimmy Miller about the UVA men’s basketball team

For the first time in 33 years, UVA men’s basketball won the ACC regular-season championship. And for the first time ever, Jimmy Miller – selected Most Valuable Player in the 1984 NCAA Eastern Regional Championship – is hosting a Bracket Breakfast, right here in Charlottesville.

At 7:00 a.m. Monday morning, March 17, a group of basketball professionals are gathering at the Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall. Norman Nolan, Barry Parkhill, Junior Burrough, and Wally Walker are the panelists – lively bracketologists who are going to share stories, tips, and picks for the Final Four. The emcees will be David Koehn, UVA Director of Broadcasting and Voice of the Cavaliers, and Rachel Ryan, Newsplex Anchor and Reporter.

Three members of the UVA men’s basketball coaching staff will be there, too: Assistant Head Coach Ritchie McKay and Assistant Coaches Ron Sanchez and Jason Williford.

Over a big breakfast and steaming cups of coffee, ticket holders will get inside stories about the tournaments, and inside scoops on the Final Four. Then they get a chance to fill out their own bracket – and win a giant 60” LG Plasma Screen TV from Crutchfield.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the Bracket Breakfast website, or call the Piedmont CASA office at 434-971-7515.

It’s all for the benefit of Piedmont CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates. The children it serves range in age from newborn to 18 … they live in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Greene, and Louisa … and they are victims of abuse and neglect. The worst cases end up in court, and that’s when judges appoint Piedmont CASA Volunteers to represent the best interests of the children – hundreds of them each year.

Research shows that children with CASA Volunteers spend less time in court, less time in foster homes, and find safe and permanent homes faster – all keys to breaking the vicious cycle of abuse and neglect. No other organization performs this service, and they do not charge fees.

Haydn Meets Gershwin At Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra Concerts
Unlikely travel companions Franz Joseph Haydn and George Gershwin explore London from two different centuries when the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra continues its 39th season on March 22, 8:00 p.m., at Old Cabell Hall on the U.Va Grounds, and Sunday, March 23, 3:30 p.m., at Monticello High School in Charlottesville.

Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the concerts open with Johannes Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn.  Haydn’s joyful and humorous Symphony No. 104, dubbed the “London”, provides the other bookend.  In between, the orchestra’s Principal Trombone, Nathan Dishman, performs the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra by Launy Grondhal, a Danish composer from the early 20th century.  Rounding out the program is the world premiere of London Town Fantasy by Virginia composer Antonio García.

London Town Fantasy was commissioned by the Charlottesville Symphony Society, a non-profit organization that provides administrative, financial and marketing support to the orchestra.  García, who is also an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, has taken Haydn’s “London” Symphony as his point of departure in this new work for trombone and orchestra.  He includes a clever fusion of the theme from the symphony’s finale with a nod to George and Ira Gershwin’s famous ballad, A Foggy Day (in London Town), recorded by Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, David Bowie and many others.

Nathan Dishman is a member of the music faculty at the University of Virginia.  During the 2013-14 academic year, he is serving as a Visiting Professor at Morehead State University in Kentucky.  He also maintains a busy freelance schedule, playing regularly in orchestral, jazz, recording and church settings.  He is a former member of the acclaimed Fountain City Brass Band, Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble and Des Moines Symphony.

Both performances are sponsored by Castle Hill Cider.

Know the Score pre-concert lectures will be presented 45 minutes before each concert.  Free of charge, these informative and entertaining lectures by McIntire Department of Music Chairman and Associate Professor of Music Richard Will offer both novice and experienced patrons a deeper appreciation of the performances.  Friday’s lecture will take place in Minor Hall; Sunday’s lecture will be held in the Forum at Monticello High School.

Free parking is available in the U.Va Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street, on Saturday night and at the high school on Sunday afternoons.  Both venues are wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are $10-40 for adults and $10 for students.  U.Va students may request one complimentary ticket in advance.  Tickets may be purchased at The University of Virginia Arts Box Office, (434) 924-3376, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or online at

All University of Virginia employees are entitled to a 20% discount on tickets to individual performances.  This offer does not apply to subscriptions or previously purchased tickets.

Remaining dates in the orchestra’s Musical Kaleidoscope season are:
April 26-27
• Mussorgsky – Triumphal March from Mlada
• Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5
• Mozart – Symphony No. 25 for Piano and Orchestra with world-
renowned pianist Anne-Marie 
Sponsored by Katherine and Richard Douglas