What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

Flea market draws hundreds to Jefferson School City Center on Saturday Flea market draws hundreds to Jefferson School City Center on Saturday

Nearly 500 people exercised their browsing muscles at the Carver Recreation Center flea market at the Jefferson School City Center last Saturday, August 24. According to Dan Carpenter, manager of Carver Recreation Center, the event, sponsored by Charlottesville Parks & Recreation, was designed to bring the traditional summertime outdoor yard sale inside to Carver’s banquet room.

“We had a great show,” said Carpenter, “Thirty-five vendors attended, which was a complete sell-out!” Many different types of products were represented at the market, including books, jewelry, housewares, home décor, clothes and toys.  The Flea Market and the Carver staff received a lot of positive feedback from the local community and vendors.

“We will definitely plan on offering a Flea Market again, possibly multiple times annually,” said Carpenter.  “For a first time event the response was extremely encouraging and it appears that it fulfills a need in the community.  Thanks to our vendors and also to those who came out to bargain hunt!”

 Common Ground Releases Fall Schedule

Common Ground’s fall schedule will kick off Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The fall schedule continues to offer Common Ground’s mix of courses appropriate for yoga newcomers and longtime practitioners. Courses include a variety of yoga options–including flow, vinyasa, and hatha–as well as meditation and Qi Gong courses. Additionally, some of the courses target specific audiences. For instance, options such as teen, prenatal, and elder yoga are available.

There are also still spots open for the Yoga Vinyasa/Yoga Nidra Workshop on Saturday, September 7, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The workshop, led by Annie Runkle and MaryLewis Meador, will feature a challenging and playful vinyasa flow followed by guided relaxation. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance.

Literacy Volunteers Seeking New Tutors for September Training    

Two weeks out and Literacy Volunteers still has seats open for its September 14, 2013 training. Approximately 80 potential students have contacted Literacy Volunteers inquiring about tutoring in the last two months, Executive Director Ellen Osborne reports, so the need for new tutors is critical to helping these people gain the skills they need to improve their quality of life.

ProLiteracy, an international nonprofit dedicated to promoting adult literacy, reports that for adults in the United States, 43% of those with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. Thus, Literacy Volunteer tutors can have a tremendous impact on the lives of the students with whom they work. Many students go on to gain better jobs, get a driver’s license, or help their own children do better in school.

Those interested in becoming a tutor should call the Literacy Volunteers office at 434-977-3838 to register for the September 14 training. The training will take place from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

MJH Starr Hill Health Center and The Women’s Initiative Present “Living Well”

MJH Starr Hill Health Center and The Women’s Initiative Project are sponsoring a new group called “Living Well.” Living Well is a twelve-week group for women seeking support to make lifestyle changes in an effort to lose weight, gain energy, and improve their overall health.  The group will be co-facilitated by Eboni C. Bugg, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Miranda Trent, Certified Nurse Practitioner.  Participants will have the opportunity to create an integrated health plan to meet their fitness and nutrition goals, while receiving expert guidance and peer support.

The event will be held at Martha Jefferson’s Starr Hill Health Center at the Jefferson School City Center on Thursdays from September 19-December 12, 2013 from 5:30 to 7 pm.

This group is free of charge, however space is limited.  For more information and registration, please contact Eboni C. Bugg, LCSW, 434-202-7692, ebugg@thewomensinitiative.org.

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