News & Views 5.31.2012


Support Seniors Safe at Home!

Seniors Safe at Home helps senior citizens make critical repairs to their homes. The Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, Blue Ridge Home Builders Association and AHIP are joining forces to help local senior citizens stay safe, warm and dry. Together, they are raising funds, building awareness, and making repairs.
The community is being asked to help by sending a tax-deductible donation to AHIP by July 15, 2012 so that Seniors Safe at Home can reach its $25,000 goal.
The program helps low-income senior citizens (aged 62 and older) who live in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Right now, AHIP has a waiting list for urgent repairs. More than 60 elderly households are waiting for help, and they field new calls every week. Seniors Safe at Home is raising funds so that no senior has to wait for help.
Repairs tackle such items as leaking roofs, broken furnaces, water and waste emergencies, loose steps, electrical and plumbing hazards, insecure windows and doors, and more.
Repairs range from $100 to $6,000, with an average cost of $2,000. Donations go a long way to help:
  • $30 buys a box of screws for assembling a wheelchair ramp
  • $50 covers paint and paint supplies for three rooms of a house
  • $100 buys a square foot of shingles
  • $500 replaces a hot water heater
  • $1,000 covers patching and coating of a mobile home roof
  • $2,000 buys a handicap access ramp
AHIP purchases all materials from local businesses and employs local subcontractors. Your donation will go a long way in helping ensure that no senior citizen in our community will have to wait for an urgent home repair. AHIP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and your donation to AHIP is fully tax-deductible. 
You can donate online at,  and click the “donate now” button. Under additional comments, select Seniors Safe at Home from the drop-down menu. Or you can mail a check, payable to AHIP, 2127 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville VA 22901, attn: Seniors Safe at Home. Please write Seniors on the memo line of your check. 
If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact: Ravi Respeto, AHIP’s Development Director, 434.817.2447 x26 |; or Kay Sands, Chair, CAAR’s Senior Safe at Home Committee; 434.220.7637 |
4th Annual Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival
Lazy Days Winery in Amherst is hosting a Summer Solstice Wine Festival on Saturday, June 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, June 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Winery is located at 1351 N. Amherst Hwy,  just south of the intersection of US Hwy 29 and Virginia 151, 3.5 miles north of Amherst. 
Celebrate local wines, live music, great festival foods, local growers, arts and crafts. Free admission for children 12 and under. Free kids’ inflatable bouncers, petting zoo and for adults, an antique car display. 
Participating wineries include Lazy Days Winery, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery, Democracy Vineyards, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery, Mountain Cove Vineyards, Peaks of Otter Winery, Rebec Vineyards and Winery and Wintergreen Winery. 
Tickets for the winetasting are $15 online; $20 at the gate. General admission is $5 online and $10 at the gate. 
For more information, go to
Hike Wintergreen
Wintergreen has joined the National Trail Day Celebration with the inaugural Hike Wintergreen on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  The celebration is being co-sponsored by Wintergreen Resort and The Wintergreen Nature Foundation. Five diverse trails with varying levels of difficulty were selected, providing adventures for the novice hiker to the advanced trailblazer. These include:
  • 1 mile Appalachian Amble

    An interpretive hike for adventurers of all ages 
(10:30am and 1:30 start times)
  • 2.5 mile Cliffs Challenge

    Guided hike for those able 
(10:30am and 1:30 start times)
  • 6.5 mile Wintergreen Highland 

    On your own for this Intermediate Adventurers 
(9 am start)
  • 14 mile Devils Walkabout

    On your own for this advanced adventurer only trip 
(8am start)
  • 14 mile Perimeter Purgatory

    On your own for this difficult/
advanced trail running experience (8am start)
The top male and female finisher of the Perimeter Purgatory hike will each receive a complimentary admission to the Wintergreen Adventure Challenge on June 30 or July 1.
Tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for children; $15 for Nelson County students; and $50 for the Healthy Family package. Proceeds to benefit Nelson County Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund. Be sure to pick up your tickets at registration to get a time that works for you and your family. 
All hikes start from the Discovery Ridge Adventure Center where there will be a variety of drinks, sandwiches and snacks for purchase. Discovery Ridge Adventure Center will be open from 10am – 6pm. Zipline and Summer Tubing will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. Tubing is limited to 25 people per session and is restricted to participants 42” or taller.
Stop by the Hike Wintergreen Village for information on hiking, healthy living and more! For more information, visit