What’s Happening at the Jefferson School City Center?

Santiago Hernandez, yoga instructor at Common Ground Healing Arts at the Jefferson School City Center, strikes a pose Santiago Hernandez, yoga instructor at Common Ground Healing Arts at the Jefferson School City Center, strikes a pose

Common Ground Healing Arts is preparing for its Spring Wellness Festival for the weekend of March 22-24.  During the weekend, all sessions will be open to the public on a donation basis. Kate Zuckerman, Executive Director of Common Ground says, “All of our presenters and instructors are donating their time for the weekend, so that the income received from donations can help provide equal access to the healing arts at Common Ground. At the Jefferson School City Center, we want to bring people together across socio-economic lines. Everyone has the right to feel well and whole.” Common Ground regularly offers their programs on a sliding scale.

Common Ground yoga practitioner Santiago Hernandez has been a yoga teacher for four years and loves the space at the Jefferson School City Center. “In this place, we can feel the healing hand touching us from every angle,” he says.

The Spring Wellness Festival will feature seventeen workshops such as “Align for the Springtime: Intro to Alignment-Based Yoga,” “Chanting in the Yoga Tradition,” “Mindfulness Meditation” and “Ecological gardening Practices.” Sessions run from 9 am Friday, March 22, through 5 pm Sunday, March 24. Most of the sessions can accommodate beginners or those new to the healing arts.

Instructor Hernandez appreciates the level of professionalism and willingness of all the teachers to share their expertise.  “These are transformational disciplines that keep us centered,” Hernandez says. “We’re offering this festival because we want people in our community to be involved. We know the healing arts work and we want others to benefit as well,” he says.

Individuals can register in advance to secure a space, but walk-ins will be accommodated as space is available.

Diabetes Alert!

March 26th is National Diabetes Alert Day. Come to the Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center at the Jefferson School City Center for a free blood sugar screening 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26th.  No appointment necessary, and no fasting required.

Writing Workshop at The Women’s Initiative

The Women’s Initiative at the Jefferson School City Center seeks to honor women who have transformed challenge into change by inviting them to tell their stories. They are looking for essays that inspire and demonstrate triumph over adversity.  “Writing is a cathartic exercise for many women,” Outreach Coordinator Eboni Bugg said. “When we give women control over the narrative, they can control the outcome.”

For women who have stories and want to get some guidance on how to put it in writing, The Women’s Initiative is offering a brown-bag writing workshop on Friday, March 29, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at the Jefferson School City Center. Stories will be collected and published in their collection, Challenge into Change later this year. Essays must be 500 words or less and be submitted by April 30th.  For more information and contest guidelines, contact Lesley Foster at lfoster@comcast.net.

Learning to Cook at the Jefferson School City Center

Tasty PastryPiedmont Virginia Community College has begun offering an array of noncredit culinary classes at its new 2,500-square-foot teaching kitchen located in the Jefferson School City Center.  The College offers day and evening classes at the Jefferson School, and is developing a new associate degree program in culinary arts starting in fall 2013 and pending approval.

PVCC students have access to child care at a discounted rate through the Piedmont Family YMCA at its new Intergenerational Learning Center at the Jefferson School City Center. Full-time child care for children of PVCC students and employees is available for children aged six weeks through prekindergarten. PVCC has reserved twenty slots for students.

An hourly Child Watch Program is also available for children of PVCC students and employees at the YMCA at a discounted rate. Child Watch Program hours are Monday-Thursday, 6- 10:15 pm and is available for children 3-11 years old. Child Watch is also open to the public for parents who have activities scheduled downtown in the evening.

Literacy Volunteers New Tutor Training

Literacy Volunteers is offering a new tutor training on March 23, 9:30 am to 4 pm. There is always a waiting list of adult students who need help learning English. New tutor trainings are designed to give volunteers all the skills they need to be great tutors, so no teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers are expected to commit to working with an adult student for two hours a week for a full year. Register for the March 23 training by calling 434-977-3838.

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