What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

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The flea market at Carver Rec draws hundreds of thrift-shoppers to the Jefferson School City Center. The flea market at Carver Rec draws hundreds of thrift-shoppers to the Jefferson School City Center.

Carver Recreation Center to Present Indoor Flea Market

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will present the Carver Flea Market on Saturday, March 29 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Carver Recreation Center.  Modeled on a traditional outdoor yard sale, but taking place inside, admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Vendor space is still available.  Vendor applications are available at Carver Recreation Center, or online at www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec.  Spaces 6’ x 8’ (approx.) and are $15 each.

Carver Recreation Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center, which is accessible via Main Street and Preston Avenue.  For more information, please contact Carver Recreation Center at (434) 970-3053.

Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center Offers Free Blood Sugar Screenings

As part of the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center will be holding free blood sugar screenings on a drop-in basis on March 25, 2014, 10:00am to 6:00pm. No fasting is required. For more information, call 434-654-7009.

Lecture and Demonstration with Bill Cole Untempered Quartet at AAHC

In keeping with the Heritage Center’s desire to trace the movement of black music, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is partnering with the Charlottesville Jazz Society and the University of Virginia Arts Administration program to present a lecture/demonstration with jazz musicians Bill Cole, Lisa Mezzacappa, Lisette Santiago, and Ras Moche on March 26 at 4:30pm in the AAHC auditorium. This event is the first time that these artists will rehearse together. For viewers it is a rare opportunity to partake in an improvisational moment in an artist’s life.

Bill Cole, a talented jazz musician with a penchant for using non-Western instruments such as the didgeridoo, Ghanaian bamboo flute, and Tibetan trumpet, is well known in the music world for his innovative and masterful blending of diverse musical traditions. He is a recent emeriti professor of Syracuse University, and has authored books about jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Lisa Mezzacappa‘s music spans the vast terrain between free improvisation, contemporary composition, and creative jazz. She leads many of her own celebrated bands. Lisette Santiago is a multi-instrumentalist who started singing at the age of four and was accepted into the Children’s Metropolitan Company at age nine. Ras Moche began leading his own ensembles in 1987 and enjoys playing in Reggae groups. He is a seven-year member of Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble and believes in the positive effect that Jazz will have on social change. This event is free and open to the public.

Common Ground Celebrates Spring Festival at End of March

Common Ground will host its second annual donation-based Spring Wellness Festival Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, 2014. This three day event features an inspiring schedule of classes and lectures by area experts in holistic health. From yoga to parenting to herbal medicine, Common Ground’s Spring Wellness Festival has something to support everyone’s wellbeing. All sessions will take place at Common Ground’s anchor location in the Jefferson School City Center.  All donations go directly to benefit equal access to the healing arts through Common Ground. Advance registration is encouraged. Onsite parking is available.

Tickets on Sale for Literacy Volunteers Spring “Wordplay” Event

Wordplay is the annual fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/ Albemarle, which provides free one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults. Each spring, businesses and organizations team up against one another for a trivia competition based on vocabulary, pop culture, history, and literature.  This year Wordplay will be on April 16 at the Paramount theater, and audience tickets are $20. The audience is encouraged to play along while cheering on their favorite teams.

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