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Members of JABA's Mary Williams Community Center enjoy company and lunch on the river Members of JABA’s Mary Williams Community Center enjoy company and lunch on the river

JABA Members Enjoy Chilly But Lively Lunch Cruise on the Rappahannock River

Eighteen JABA members, their guests, and staff, enjoyed a “City of Fredericksburg” Lunch Cruise on Wednesday, October 9. Charlottesville Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Specialist April Baber provided JABA’s group with transportation and assistance throughout the day. The two-hour trip down the Rappahannock River included a guided history for the first hour and music the second hour, along with a lunch buffet.

“During our tour of the river we were able to see the site where George Washington’s childhood farm stood as well as several other historical locations,” says Kelly Carpenter, Mary Williams Community Center Coordinator, “we were even able to spot a blue heron.”

Though the weather was a bit wet and dreary, the group enjoyed the comfort of the enclosed lower portion of the boat.  After the long day, members and staff relaxed on the drive home. “Our Jaunt driver, Jay Jay, brought us home safely and comfortably–so comfortably we all took naps on the way back to Charlottesville,” says Carpenter.

Last Night of Global Hip Hop at African American Heritage Center Tonight

The African American Heritage Center is wrapping up a week of hip hop documentaries, which featured hip hop from around the world, with a talk with local hip hop artists, Anthony Amos and Bernard Hankins. Amos and Hankins will discuss their web-based sitcom Hip Hop for President as well as the hip hop scene in Charlottesville. A performance by Spit it Out and Freak Aliaz follows the discussion. The talk will begin at 5:30pm and the suggested donation is $8.00.

Calling all Pumpkin-Carvers! Sign up for “Carving at Carver”

Carver Recreation Center at the Jefferson School City Center will be hosting a family-friendly pumpkin carving contest on October 25, 5:45 to 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 26 (2:00-4:30pm). Pumpkins will be judged in three categories: Youth (ages 12-17), Adult (18 and over), and Family (all ages) and winners in each category will get a free two-month pass to Carver Rec and Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center. Pumpkins and tools will be provided. Please call 434-970-3035 to register.

Peaceful Warrior and Winter Wellness Workshops Offered at Common Ground

Starting October 22, Common Ground will host a weekly yoga class for military veterans and those currently on active duty. Led by Evalyn Bishop, the course will introduce students to hatha yoga postures and mindfulness practices that are informed by the common needs and experiences of veterans and current military personnel. The course is designed to cultivate strength, flexibility, and compassion in participants. Bishop, a clinical psychologist and certified Kripalu yoga teacher, has worked with military members since 2007.

The course will be held on Tuesdays from October 22 through December 3 from 7:00-8:15pm and the cost is $13.00. More information can be found at Common Ground.

Additionally, Common Ground will host Herbalist Heather Wetzel, RH, MEd, for a Winter Wellness Workshop at on October 23. The workshop will focus on diet and lifestyle strategies that support health all winter long. Wetzel earned her herbal certification from Sacred Plant Traditions School of Herbal Studies where she served as Apothecary Manager for five years. In addition to offering herbal consulting privately, she has taught around the region, including at PVCC and UVa. The course will be offered from 7:00 to 9:00pm on October 23 and the $25.00 registration includes tea.

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