Jefferson School City Center

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 Charlottesville!

The African American Heritage Center hosted their first "Greens Cook Off" this week.

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African American Heritage Center hosts Greens Cook-off, also screening Dark Girls Documentary The African American Heritage Center, located in the Jefferson School City Center hosted their first Greens cook-off on Saturday November 8th, 2014. The event was sponsored through the generous support of businesses such as Eppie’s, Brown’s Catering, and The Blue Moon Fund. Volunteers […]

Annie Merritt poses happily at her 100th birthday celebration at JABA's Mary Williams Community Center, located in the Jefferson School.

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Mary Williams Community Center member turns 100 On Wednesday November 4th, the Mary Williams Community Center celebrated the birthday of 100-year-old Annie Merritt. Friends and family came together in the Carver Recreation Center multi-purpose room filled with balloons, kind words, and tokens of love and appreciation to celebrate the special day. Children from the YMCA’s […]

75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns at Carver Rec Center for Halloween 2014.

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Pumpkin Carving Winners, Flea Market at Carver Recreation Center Last Friday 75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into some frightening and fun jack-o-lanterns at the Jefferson School City Center’s Carver Recreation Center. “All of our pumpkins made it safely to the Downtown Safe Halloween Festival on Saturday,” said Dan Carpenter, Carver Recreation Center Manager. At the […]

Carve your pumpkin at Carver Rec  next Friday! Pumpkins and tools provided. Call  434-970-3035 to register.

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Carve a Pumpkin at Carver Recreation Center Next Week Carver Recreation Center will host its annual Pumpkin Carving Contest next Friday, October 24, 6:00-8:00pm. Interested carvers must register in advance and the cost is $5.00 per pumpkin. All pumpkins will be entered into the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Downtown Safe Halloween Event on Saturday, October […]

Tanya Valentine will be teaching Yin Yang Yoga at Common Ground Healing Arts. Yin Yang yoga features an approach that balances “Yin” yoga, which is slow-paced, with “Yang,” which features more flow and movement.

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Common Ground Healing Arts Welcomes New Instructor, Launches Fall Schedule Common Ground Healing Arts has several new classes on its fall schedule at the Jefferson School City Center, including offerings with instructor Tanya Valentine, who is teaching Yin Yang Yoga on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7:00am and Yoga for Beginners at 10:30am on Saturdays. Yin […]

Students from Literacy Volunteers celebrate their achievements in a ceremony on Thursday night.

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Literacy Volunteers Students Celebrate Success at Achievement Ceremony On Thursday, a crowd of about 75 Literacy Volunteers students, their families, tutors, and staff gathered in Vinegar Hill Café at the Jefferson School City Center to celebrate the achievements of 44 Literacy Volunteers students. Executive Director, Ellen Osborne, kicked off the celebration. Tutor Richard Alonzo and […]

Mia Haruko Logan shows off a potential logo for Story Slam

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African American Heritage Center Hosts First Story Slam Tonight Starting at 6:30pm tonight, September 5, the Jefferson School City Center’s African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC) will host a Story Slam, featuring eight storytellers. This month’s theme is “Grits.” “We were brainstorming about this season’s programming and [we wanted to] have something fun and in line […]

Myra Anderson is a previous award winner from The Women's Initiative "Challenge Into Change" essay competition.

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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. Today, from 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 […]

Twenty-two individuals were trained to be new tutors at Literacy Volunteers. Tutors commit to working with an adult student learning English for two hours per week for approximately a year.

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Literacy Volunteers Holds Record-breaking July Tutor Training Last Saturday, Literacy Volunteers hosted one of its most successful summer tutor trainings yet. “July is historically a tricky month to pull in a large numbers of new tutors since many people are on vacation,” said Executive Director Ellen Osborne. Twenty-two tutors attended the all day training. At […]

Elliott Brown is the new Executive Director at Common Ground Healing Arts at the Jefferson School City Center.

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Common Ground Healing Arts Welcomes New Executive Director Elliott Brown, Common Ground’s new Executive Director, was immediately captivated by the organization’s mission to provide access to complementary healthcare, regardless of income,  because of its intersections with her professional and personal experiences. On the personal level Brown has directly benefited from the presence of yoga, meditation, […]

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PVCC Culinary Arts Students Bake Up New Skills, Delicious Desserts this Summer Wander around the Jefferson School City Center halls mid-afternoon this summer, and your nose will be in for a delicious treat. Now through July 12, the students in Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC)’s Culinary Arts program have begun Introduction to Baking. Nineteen students […]

Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director of The Women's Initiative, fields questions from audience members at the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition gathering at the Jefferson School City Center

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Creigh Deeds Speaks About Legislative Progress at Mental Health Coalition Gathering State senator Creigh Deeds was the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Coalition’s meeting on Thursday, May 29, held in the auditorium of the African American Heritage Center.  Deeds confined his remarks to the progress the legislature has made remaking the mental health system in […]

Rick LaRue and Noriko Donahue of Nursing Homes Swing entertain members of the Mary Williams Community Center.

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Nursing Homes Swing “Swings” by Mary Williams Community Center JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center features a variety of regular entertainment and activities for its members, ranging from bingo and chair yoga to visits from the children in the YMCA’s child care program. This month, Nursing Homes Swing, a musical group that tours to area senior/rehabilitation […]