The auditorium at the Jefferson School City Center was the venue for the forum for City Council candidates co-sponsored by Charlottesville Tomorrow and The Daily Progress on Thursday night. The event was moderated by Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Executive Director Director, Brian Wheeler. Candidates Bob Fenwick, Adam Lees, Wes Bellamy, Melvin Grady and Kristin Szakos answered questions related to their priorities and vision for Charlottesville’s future. The first batch of questions came from the news outlets and each candidate gave answers to questions on such topics as public housing, homelessness, education economic development, the Belmont bridge, and the Council taking up national issues. A few questions were taken from the audience.
Candidate Fenwick was the first to acknowledge the venue. “This is a great place to have this forum because it’s so accessible to the entire city,” he said.
Each candidate had a unique viewpoint. Candidate Adam Lees appeared determined to do something about public transportation. Candidates Grady and Bellamy drew on their experience as teachers and youth mentors to influence their answers to the questions, and Szakos drew on her knowledge and experience as the incumbent. Two City Council seats will be voted on in November.
Over 100 pairs of well-dressed young men and their mothers attended the Mother-Son dance at the Carver Recreation Center last week. DJ Rick Haggard played up-tempo dance music and a few slow tunes for the crowd.
“We love offering programs that can bring families closer. Events like these really strengthen the bond between the child and parent. We like seeing families recreate together!” said Dan Carpenter, director of the Carver Recreation Center.
Carver Rec will be throwing another dance, a Sock Hop, on Saturday, June 1. Ages 3 and up are invited, and there is a $5 entry fee.
Registration for summer classes at PVCC at the Jefferson School
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, please contact Eboni C. Bugg, LCSW at 434-202-7692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New writers published
“The Joy of Writing” is a recently published collection of stories and narratives by students at Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville-Albemarle. The 24-page book features autobiographical stories from students from South Sudan, South Korea, El Salvador, Iran, Iraq, Rwanda, Mexico, India, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and the U.S. About ninety percent of LVCA’s students are adults learning English as a second language.
The book is free to students and tutors. Others may obtain a copy at the Literacy Volunteers office at the Jefferson School City Center for a donation in any amount.
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 Cville!