What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

Vinegar Hill Cafe manager Joel Schechtman promotes some of the healthy eating options the cafe provides—protein bars, fruit, and apple tarts. Vinegar Hill Cafe manager Joel Schechtman promotes some of the healthy eating options the cafe provides—protein bars, fruit, and apple tarts.

The new manager of the Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School City Center had his heart set on living in Charlottesville. Originally from Hamilton, Ohio, Joel Schechtman and his wife spent time in Charlottesville and fell in love with it. “We wanted to move to here, so we made it happen,” he says. Now he’s fallen in love with the Jefferson School City Center.

“The synergy within the building is amazing,” he said. “It’s great to hear about the projects everyone is working on. I’m especially interested in watching the culinary program at PVCC grow and seeing how the Heritage Center develops.”

Before coming to the Vinegar Hill Café, Joel managed the restaurant at Farmington. At the Vinegar Hill Café, Joel intends to continue expanding the food offerings and the fresh mix of locally grown food. “We’d love to do more special events around food,” he said. “I’d like to do some chillin’ and grillin’  or maybe have a Saturday pancake breakfast. I’d like to have a carnivalesque atmosphere out front!”

Joel sees catering as eventually being a large percent of the café’s business. The café already works with many of the nonprofits in the building, and often rents out the space. As a JABA project, all of Vinegar Hill Café’s revenue goes back into JABA’s intergenerational programs.

Mother-son dance TONIGHT, Friday May 10– spaces still open!

Mothers, grandmothers, and aunts are encouraged to bring their favorite prince to the “Mother+Son Dance at Carver Recreation Center on Friday, May 10 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.   Cost is $10 per couple at the door. For more information call 434-970-3053.

Tutor training for Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers has seen a threefold increase in requests for services since moving to the Jefferson School City Center. There are many students currently on a waiting list to be assigned a tutor. The next tutor training is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 9:30a m to 4 pm. Food from the Vinegar Hill Café will be provided for lunch.

New tutor trainings are designed to give volunteers all the skills they need to be great tutors. No teaching experience is necessary but patience is helpful.

Literacy Volunteer students come from a variety of backgrounds, and they are all hoping to acquire the skills they need to independently pursue their life goals, support their families, and be active in the community. Often, these are adults who have so few skills they are not capable of keeping up in a classroom situation. They need the one-to-one attention that Literacy Volunteers can provide. Register for the May 18 training by calling 434-977-3838.

Summer registration

Registration for classes at the Jefferson School City Center branch of PVCC is underway. Classes in keyboarding, business, composition, and several other subjects offered at the Jefferson School begin on May 20.  For the full schedule of class offerings at all PVCC campus locations visit pvcc.edu.

Employment help for women

The Women’s Initiative will host a career development workshop for women on Saturday June 1st from 10am to 2pm at the Jefferson School City Center.  Topics include: finding work that matches your interests and personality; marketing yourself when re-entering the workforce; and creating a path to your dream job.  Lunch is provided. A local photographer will be available to take professional photos for online employment profiles.  To register, contact Eboni C. Bugg, LCSW at 434-202-7692 or ebugg@thewomensinitiative.org.

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