March and April Events

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Wild About Art! March 12

Wild About Art!, a silent auction and fundraising event to benefit the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary’s efforts to establish itself at Miller School, will be held Saturday, March 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at CitySpace on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. Proceeds will be used to match a $50,000 challenge grant awarded by the Perry Foundation in support of the organization’s efforts to expand to the new location.

Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and releases orphaned or injured wild animals in Central Virginia. Serving over 500 animals every year, the sanctuary also works to educate the public about the local habitat needs of wildlife. The move to Miller School will increase opportunities for community education and provide more space for animals in need of care.

Art displayed at the event will focus on animal and habitat subjects, as interpreted by the artist. Participating artists include Cynthia Burke, Nick Nichols, Isabelle Abbott, David Breeden, Maggie Owen, Dean Dass, Megan Marlatt, Murray Whitehill, Akemi Ohira, Jessie Cole, Jack Wilson, Lara Gastinger, Jan Crowther, Patty Wallens, Kaki Dimock, Theresa White, Blaise Gaston, Deborah Pompano, Diane Goodbar, Richard Bednar, Christine Rich, Janice Arone, Mackie Kudravetz, and many others. This group of artists’ works including photography, pottery, watercolor, works on paper, acrylic, pen & ink, and oil.

There will be a $10 cover at the door. Light refreshments and beer, wine and sparkling soda will be provided.

Inuit Art in White Hall March 26-27

Artwork produced by Inuit artists that records their life and traditions, reflecting their relationship with the frozen wilderness around them and the melding of the physical and spiritual world in everyday life, will be on display at the White Hall Community Center in White Hall March 26 from noon to 7 p.m. and March 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

The show, featuring stone sculpture, is the third in a five-part Inuit Art Exhibit curated by Judith Varney Burch. Subsequent programs at WHCC include, on April 23 and 24, Selected Artists of the Arctic, and on May 21 and 22, an Inuit Multimedia Exhibition.

“The Arctic, the last ecosystem discovered, is now at severe risk due to climate change,” said Burch. “Viewing Inuit art draws us into a culture determined to persevere and reminds us how connected we once were to nature.”

Langley Winds Free Concert at OCSA March 29

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, known as The Langley Winds, will play a free studio concert at Old Crozet School Arts in Crozet Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

A woodwind sextet, the Langley Winds repertoire spans more than 250 years of musical tradition and includes a wide variety of chamber works as well as popular and patriotic pieces.

Seating is limited, so arrive early. OCSA is located in the former Crozet elementary school at 1408 Crozet Avenue. Entrances are on both sides of the rear wing.

Please email questions to [email protected]

RVCC Annual Meeting March 29

The Rockfish Valley Community Center will host its 2011 annual meeting Tuesday, March 29, at 5:30 pm in the RVCC conference room. Members will review the past year’s activities, discuss plans to continue renovations inside and outside the building and elect new board members. Those seeking to continue on the board include Gifford Childs (a founding member) and Margaret Clair (board member since 2006). Those running for board positions for the first time include Sue Chase of Batesville, Afton resident Roy White, and Bob Yoder of Nelson County.

The meeting is open to all members of RVCC. For membership information, contact Bo Holland, center manager, at 434-361-0100.

InfantSEE® Day March 30

Crozet Eye Care, Optometrists will host InfantSEE® Day on March 30. InfantSEE® is a public health program which provides comprehensive eye assessments to infants 6-12 months of age at no cost. Call now to schedule your child’s free appointment 823-4441. For more information visit www.CrozetEyeCare.com/blog.

Swannanoa Open House April 9 – 10

Swannanoa, the Italianate marble mansion built by James Dooley between 1904 and 1912 on Afton Mountain, long appreciated as a fading beauty from the past, will hold open houses on certain weekends through next fall.

Spring tours start April 9 and 10 and occur monthly afterward on May 7 and 8, June 4 and 5 and July 2 and 3. During August and September, Swannanoa will be open for two weekends each month—August 6 and 7 and 13 and 14, and September 3 and 4 and 24 and 25. The estate will be open four weekends in October and two in November on dates to be announced later. The estate is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for the tours is $6 per person.

Swannanoa is located at the top of Afton Mountain. Take Rt. 250 and turn off toward the old Howard Johnson restaurant. Follow the signs. For more information, call 540-942-5201.