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75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns at Carver Rec Center for Halloween 2014. 75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns at Carver Rec Center for Halloween 2014.

Pumpkin Carving Winners, Flea Market at Carver Recreation Center

Last Friday 75 carvers turned 30 pumpkins into some frightening and fun jack-o-lanterns at the Jefferson School City Center’s Carver Recreation Center.

“All of our pumpkins made it safely to the Downtown Safe Halloween Festival on Saturday,” said Dan Carpenter, Carver Recreation Center Manager. At the festival, attendees had the chance to vote for their favorite pumpkins and 1,975 votes were cast.

The Kelly Aldhizer Team took home first place, the Matt Thomas Team took home second, and the Mihr Walden team took home third.

“Every single pumpkin recorded some votes,” said Carpenter, indicating the competition was fierce. Carver Recreation plans to continue this tradition again next year.

Additionally, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation will once again host the Carver Flea Market on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at Carver Recreation Center. Modeled on a traditional outdoor yard sale, but taking place inside, admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Carver Recreation Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center at 233 4th Street NW, which is accessible via Main Street and Preston Avenue.  For more information, please contact Carver Recreation Center at (434) 970-3053.

Common Ground Welcomes Two New Massage Therapists

This month, Common Ground welcomes two new massage therapists to its organization. Anyone making an appointment with either Heather Waugh or Patricia “MoonGlow” Springer in the month of October can take advantage of the new massage therapist rate of $50.00

Heather Waugh received her training in Massage Therapy from the American Institute of Massage in Richmond, Virginia and is certified as a Massage Therapist through the Virginia Board of Nursing. In addition to classical massage techniques, she is certified in Prenatal Massage and Thai Bodywork. Waugh has provided hands on care in the healing arts to a variety of people ranging from small children (that include her own two children from prenatal to present), athletes and seniors. Waugh is available for appointments on Thursdays from 4:45pm-8:15pm.

Patricia “MoonGlow” Springer has been a Virginia Certified Massage Therapist since 1998. She has been massaging clients since 1993, after graduating from massage school in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition to her hours at Common Ground Healing arts, she provides weekly seated massages at SNL Financial. Her massages are mainly Swedish, integrating trigger point therapy, deep pressure, myofacial release and craniosacral therapy as needed. Collaborating with her clients, she uses tactile and verbal communication, training and intuition, to customize each session to support her client’s health and well being. Springer is available for appointments on Mondays from 4:45-8:15pm.

Literacy Volunteers Hosts New Tutor Training

On Saturday, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville / Albemarle (LVCA) trained 20 new volunteer tutors to work with adults one-on-one in our community. LVCA tutors work with adults on developing basic literacy and English as a Second Language skills through practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English.

“While we do not require a background in teaching or tutoring for our volunteers, we do want them to feel prepared before they meet with a student. So we spent the day going over different tutoring techniques and bring in some veteran tutors to talk with the ones in training,” explained Executive Director Ellen Osborne. “We also supplement our trainings with videos we’ve produced in-house to help new tutors get a better sense of what a tutoring session looks like.”

Those interested in becoming a Literacy Volunteers tutor must be able to commit to working with a student two hours a week for at least a year. Those interested in becoming a tutor can call 434-977-3838 to learn more or register for the next training, which will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015.

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