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Overdog performs for the crowd at the Jefferson School City Center. Overdog performs for the crowd at the Jefferson School City Center.

Vinegar Hill Cafe’s Chill’n & Grill’n Closes Out a Successful Summer in September

Last week, Vinegar Hill Cafe hosted its third installment of Chill’n & Grill’n this year, a music and barbeque event that occurs on the first Thursday of every month while the weather allows. Overdog performed for about 100 people in attendance at Thursday’s event.  Formerly known as the Stoned Masons, Overdog’s music blends features of classic rock, blues and reggae with Grateful Dead influences.

Guests enjoy a menu featuring barbecue ribs, chicken, or hamburgers, with a choice of sides. Children’s menu and pricing, and vegetarian options are always available. The next Chill’n & Grill’n  will take place on Thursday, September 4, from 5pm to 7:30pm. October’s installment will be the last one for the season on October 2. For details visit www.VinegarHillCafe.org or contact Joel Schechtman, JSchechtman@jabacares.org, 434-817-5234.

Vinegar Hill Monument Presentations Next Week

The public will have two opportunities to hear from Melvin Edwards, a renowned American sculptor, about his vision for a Vinegar Hill monument, which will find its home at the Jefferson School City Center. The monument represents one of the action items of the City of Charlottesville’s Dialogue on Race. It will serve as a remembrance of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood, which was leveled under the guise of urban revitalization in 1962.

Edwards will speak on August 20 at 7pm at Ebenezer Baptist Church and on August 21 at 7pm at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. He’ll present a model of his proposed sculpture and engage with the community about the significance of sculptural presentation.

Carver Recreation Center Hosts Blood Drive

On August 19, 3pm-7pm, community members can donate blood at the Carver Recreation Center. Walk-ins are welcome and participants can also register online at www.vadonor.org. All donors must present a valid ID or VBS donor card at registration. For more information, call 434-989-4438.

The Women’s Initiative Offers “Challenge into Change” Writing Contest, Workshops

The Women’s Initiative is offering two workshops to support writers entering its “Challenge into Change” writing contest. On August 29, noon to 1pm,the Women’s Initiative will host a brainstorming session at its main office, located at 1101 East High Street. The second workshop will focus on polishing one’s essay and take place September 19, noon to 1pm, also at the High Street location. Contact Eboni Bugg for more information or if you’d like to attend:  ebugg@thewomensinitiative.org.

“Challenge into Change” is open to all writers, regardless of gender. Submitted writings should be no more than 500 words and be about or by a woman who has turned a challenge into an opportunity for positive growth.

Submissions are due by Thursday, September 25 and winners and contestants will be celebrated on October 26 at the Jefferson School City Center. All submissions must be accompanied by an agreement form. Judges will be looking for essays that inspire and show transformation; perfect spelling and grammar are not required. The following cash prizes will be offered: 1st place ($200), 2nd place ($150), 3rd place ($100), Runners Up ($50) and Honorable Mentions ($25). All contestants will receive three free copies of the 2014 contest book. Books will also be available for purchase through Lulu Press, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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  • Mae McSwain

    These Overdog guys….really very good.
    I might have steered clear if I’d seen their song list beforehand,
    but I would have missed some terrific music that evening.
    And some old folks there were very moved to hear such beautiful versions
    of those songs.

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