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Author Kevin Quirk, a tutor at Literacy Volunteers, will read from his book at the volunteer recognition event on Saturday. Author Kevin Quirk, a tutor at Literacy Volunteers, will read from his book at the volunteer recognition event on Saturday.

Literacy Volunteers Hosts Volunteer Recognition Party Tomorrow

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/ Albemarle (LVCA) will host a Volunteer Recognition Party, featuring a reading by author Kevin Quirk and celebrating the hard work of over 150 volunteers. This year, LVCA will also honor three volunteers for their service in 2013: Renée Ferguson, Patty Finucane, and Sarah Peaslee. The event will kick-off at 11:00am at the Literacy Volunteers office, room 220 at the Jefferson School City Center (233 4th Street NW) with Quirk’s reading, followed by cake and conversation.

“We had a very difficult time limiting ourselves to just three tutors to honor with our Volunteer of the Year award for 2013,” Program Director Deanne Foerster said. “We chose Sarah for her dedication to the program and her warmth. She’s been with us since 2008. Patty served as an office volunteer this year, sometimes logging over 20 hours a month helping us with administrative tasks. And Renée always goes above and beyond—she works with more than one student at once, participates in fundraising for LVCA, and is a very effective tutor.”

Kevin Quirk is also an LVCA tutor and will be reading from his book Your Life Is a Book – And It’s Time to Write It, a comprehensive guide to help men and women of all ages and backgrounds tell their life story. He is also co-author of Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life, an inspirational book that chronicles 25 first-person accounts from passengers of the 2009 crash and rescue. He has taught Autobiographical Writing through UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and continues to offer classes in Writing Your Life Story at OLLI at UVA. A former sports journalist, he has an M.A. in Writing from the University of New Hampshire.

“We can’t thank our tutors and volunteers enough for their service,” said Executive Director Ellen Osborne. “It’s because of them we can help adults in our community change their lives through improved literacy.”

Jefferson School Gala: A Night of Glamour & Generosity

Last Saturday, the Jefferson School dressed up in purple lights, silver sparkles, and heaps of balloons for the first annual Jefferson School Foundation Gala. The Gala kicked off in the African American Heritage Center with drinks and hors d’oeuvres while the Chris Redd Experience performed. JABA’s Vinegar Hill Cafe catered the event, with approximately 200 people in attendance. At the end of the cocktail hour, the band’s saxophonist led guests through the Jefferson School into Carver Recreation Center‘s multipurpose room for dinner.

During dinner, guests enjoyed the first screening of “A Legacy Reborn,” a short film about the Jefferson School and its resident organizations’ work in the community. Teresa Jackson Walker-Price, the winner of the first annual Reflector Award, recognizing her service to the Jefferson School City Center and the community, was also honored during dinner.

Throughout the evening, guests could bid on silent auction items on their phones or using iPads circulated during the event to raise funds for the Jefferson School Foundation.

Reflections on a Movement at African American Heritage Center Thursday

The African American Heritage Center will begin its celebration of the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act with “Reflections on a Movement: Albemarle-Charlottesville, NAACP, the Civil Rights Act and Beyond.” Angela Davis, former U.Va Professor and a lifetime member of the NAACP, will be joined by George King, John Gaines and Rick Turner, past and current president of the local NAACP, in a thought-provoking conversation. These community leaders will discuss their goals and accomplishments while providing an overview of the organization’s efforts to integrate Charlottesville’s educational and public spheres. Presented in collaboration with the U.Va Idea Fund. The event is in the AAHC on January 30 at 6:00pm and is free and open to the public.

Enjoy a Night of Devotional Singing at Common Ground

Once a month Common Ground hosts a night of Kirtan, call-and-response chanting that originated in India. This month yoga and dharma teacher Kevin Warren and Tabla Master Loren Oppenheimer will lead the event on January 31 from 6:00-8:30pm.. In addition to traditional hymns of India,  Warren and Oppenheimer may include hymns from other faith traditions. All are welcome–regardless of singing ability or lack thereof. This workshop is available on a donation basis.

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