What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

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. 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.

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 the training, Literacy Volunteers’ Program Director Deanne Foerster provided new tutors with an overview of the program, resources available to them, and good tutoring practices. During the lunch provided by fellow Jefferson School tenant Vinegar Hill Cafe, tutors shared their stories about what drew them to volunteer their time. Many of them are new to the area and wanted a way to connect with the community; others had known about Literacy Volunteers for a long time and were finally read to make the commitment.

Foerster will spend the next few weeks matching tutors with students on the waiting list. “We brought in a good group of tutors who are very interested in helping our students.  We look forward to them being part of our program and helping someone become more integrated into our community by improving their literacy and English skills,” Foerster said. The next tutor training is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2013. Call 434-977-3838 for more information.

African American Heritage Center Exhibit Opening

Frank Walker’s exhibit “Black Stories,” opens at the Jefferson School City Center’s African American Heritage Center this weekend. The opening reception will be Saturday, July 26, 6pm-8pm, with a talk by Walker at 7pm.

Walker’s exhibit features a series of commissioned portraits. Before painting, Walker researches and interviews his subjects to get a better sense of who they are and how to best represent their essence. The exhibit also includes images highlighting unsung heroes of African American history and everyday life. He works in a variety of mediums including graphite and red and white chalk, sometimes using paper bags and plywood as canvases.

Walker recently retired from the University of Virginia Hospital where he worked as a medical illustrator.  He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting and printmaking. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, most recently in 2012 at the McGuffey Art Center.  His paintings and drawings can be found in numerous private collections.

Frank Walker: Black Stories is made possible through the generous support of the Blue Moon Fund and albermarle magazine.

Carver Rec Hosts Hiking 101 Tuesday

On Tuesday, July 29, Marit Gay of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club will discuss gear for those new to hiking and share some of her favorite local trails. The talk, scheduled for 7pm at Carver Rec, is free and open to the public.

Additionally, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation has released a new mobile app and it is now available for free download on Apple or Android devices.  This free app will help individuals connect with Carver Recreation Center and other parks and recreation facilities with a variety of functions. To download the app, visit either the Apple iTunes store or Google Play depending on your device.

Mobile App Functions:

  • News Feed (from Charlottesville’s Parks and Recreation twitter account)
  • Carver Group Exercise and Open Gym Schedules
  • Smith Group Exercise, Pool and Water Aerobics Schedules
  • Mobile Registration (Mobile WebTrac)
  • Outdoor Pool Schedules
  • OFAC Web Cam
  • Spray Ground Hours and Directions
  • Current Program Guide
  • Mobile Directions to Facilities via GPS

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