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Community Connection: NAMI VA

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia, also known as NAMI Virginia, is a nonprofit that promotes recovery and improves the quality of life for Virginians living with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy.

On Thursday, June 29th and Friday, June 30th, NAMI is hosting their annual statewide Mental Health Conference and Youth Summit at the Delta by Marriott in Chesapeake. Speakers include mental health experts and panels include peers of all demographics. The Conference and Summit are open to the public, but registration is required.

More information is on their website

2023-03-31T10:27:13-04:00March 25th, 2023|

Community Connection: Virginia Capital Trail Foundation

The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation in Richmond is having their 18th annual bike ride fundraiser. The Virginia Credit Union Cap2Cap presented by Dominion Energy, is taking place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th. Participants can start at any time from any location to ride 25, 50, or 100 miles along the Virginia Capital Trail.  There will also be a Family Fun Ride, a 2-Day option, and a Shuttle Package for half-century riders.

Riders will be supported by mechanics and fully-stocked rest stops — and the Party Zone will include lunch, Bingo Beer, vendors, and music. Registration also includes a t-shirt, bib, water bottle, drawstring bag, and more. Proceeds from Cap2Cap help protect, promote, and enhance the Virginia Capital Trail.

For more information or to register, you can go to

2023-03-11T13:00:10-05:00March 11th, 2023|

Community Connection: Foxfield Races

Foxfield Races, located in Albemarle County, is celebrating its 44th year. New and returning attendees are invited to the annual Spring Race, happening on Saturday, April 29th at Foxfield.

As a community-focused nonprofit, Foxfield welcomes everyone from local corporate community partners to attendees traveling from states away. Their philanthropic partner for the spring races is Camp Holiday Trails. Proceeds from the races help support the camp and through their partnership, they hope to spread awareness of their mission and work in the community.

More information about Camp Holiday Trails and Foxfield’s Spring Races is online at

Foxfield Racing is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

2023-03-01T13:00:41-05:00March 1st, 2023|

Decade of Difference: Stone Roses

The English band the Stone Roses started with a bang. Their debut album released in 1989 was praised, hailed as one of the greatest British albums ever recorded. The band won four New Music Express awards that year and released multiple UK top 40 songs from the album. Sales and distribution was hampered by a legal dispute. The band, wishing to capitalize on their acclaim, wanted to sign with a major record label but they were already under contract and the smaller company did not allow the group to leave easily.

The group formed in 1983 when bassist Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, old school friends in Manchester, reunited. They had played off and on in a series of bands. After six months of rehearsals, the Stone Roses began playing gigs and working on album material. It took another couple of years before the Stone Roses recorded a demo, leading to their signing for their initial record.

With the legal problems surrounding the first record, the Stone Roses were not able to complete their sophomore effort for five years. The release was also slowed by changes amongst and around the band, ultimately leading John Squire to leave.

The band was just not the same. The second album Second Coming was followed by a tour which was almost universally criticized. Brown’s vocals were described as “so off-key it was excruciating to have to listen”. New Music Express described the song I Am the Resurrection as “more like the eternal crucifixion”.

The group broke up in 1996 and each band mate did their own thing. A reunion came in 2011 which featured Ian Brown and John Squire playing together for the first time in over a decade. A reunion tour was scheduled and the band announced they were working on new material. The tour happened but there was no new album. The group split again in 2017.

Photo By: Silly Little Man Title: The Stone Roses at Heaton Park  Source: Flickr License: CC BY-SA 2.0

2023-02-28T13:35:21-05:00February 28th, 2023|

New Rock Now Playlist 2.26.23

Air Date: 2.26.23, Sunday 8-10pm

H. Hawkline – Plastic Man
Bully f/Soccer Mommy – Lose You
MorMor – Seasons Change
Matthew Logan Vasquez – Over It
Michigander – Superglue
Yves Tumor – Echolalia
Feist – In Lightning
The Waeve – Kill Me Again
Sleaford Mods f/Florence Shaw – Force 10 from Navarone
Jen Cloher – My Witch
Darling West – Oh Love
Django Django f/ Self Esteem – Complete Me
Fenne Lily – Dawncoloured Horse
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – Descending To Nowhere
Algiers f/ Samuel T. Herring & Jae – I Can’t Stand It
Geese – Cowboy Nudes

Abraham Alexander – Tears Run Dry
Madame Gandhi – Heart Wide Open
U.S. Girls – Futures Bet
Bibi Club – Jean-René (2023 Version)
James Yorkson, Nina Persson, & The Second Hand Orchestra – The Harmony
Night Glitter – Magic Eyes
Natalie Merchant f/Abena Koomson-Davis – Come on, Aphrodite
Young The Giant – The Walk Home
McKinley Dixon – Tyler, Forever
Daddy Long Legs – Silver Satin
The Lemon Twigs – Any Time Of Day
Silversun Pickups – Empty Nest
Kingdom All Stars – Whisper
M83 – Amnesia
Barrie – Races

2023-02-27T19:37:15-05:00February 27th, 2023|

Hear Together: Foxfield Races

The Foxfield Races have been an integral part of Albemarle County since 1978. Mrs. Tejeda, the property’s original owner, wanted to ensure that the space served as a vehicle for community support. She founded the races to share the land with others in the region and encourage community members to give back to local philanthropic, charitable partners.

In 2020, Foxfield went a step further to become a registered nonprofit itself, while working with Albemarle County to solidify the conservation and preservation of the 178.65 acres under conservation easement. Not only does Foxfield continue the tradition of the two annual iconic steeplechase races, but it also hosts other events like 4Ks to support medical facilities.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Foxfield Racing’s Executive Director, Kelsey Cox. You can listen to the full segment at the audio link below and learn more on Foxfield’s website.

2023-03-22T14:43:00-04:00February 27th, 2023|

Community Connection: Arc of the Piedmont

The Arc of the Piedmont is a nonprofit in Charlottesville that works to build a future where all people with developmental disabilities and their families experience their best lives possible.

They are hosting their annual Gala on Saturday April 29th at 5:30pm at The Center at Belvedere to raise funds for the Capital Campaign and they welcome you to join. Guests will enjoy casino tables, music, dinner and drinks.

More information is online at


2023-02-28T16:11:57-05:00February 27th, 2023|

Community Connection: Oakland School

Oakland School is located just outside of Charlottesville and 50 minutes from Richmond. For 74 years Oakland School and summer camp has helped thousands of children discover new pathways to achieving success.

Oakland School’s summer camp session (day programs and sleep-away camp) makes it possible for young learners to make significant academic gains without sacrificing ANY of the summer camp fun. Young learners at Oakland School Summer Camp will explore nature on their 450-acre farm, horseback ride, swim, and participate in field sports, archery, and art  – while netting 60 hours of phonics, reading/ english, and 50 hours of math, all in a personalized, small classroom setting.

You are invited to join the school for an Open House on Friday, March 17th at 10:00 am to learn more about how Oakland School Summer Day and Overnight camp can make a difference in your child’s academic journey. They will also share new developments for Oakland School as they prepare for the diamond Jubilee! – celebrating 75 years of making a difference in children’s lives.

To register for the Open House, or for more information about Oakland School and Summer Camp, you can visit their website:

2023-02-28T16:14:34-05:00February 27th, 2023|

Community Connection: RVA Beard League

RVA Beard League, founded in 2011, is a social volunteer organization in Richmond that aims to improve Richmond through the three C’s of community service, charitable fundraising, and camaraderie.

On Saturday, April 29th, they’re hosting the Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships 9, a pirate-themed charity facial hair competition to benefit the Old Dominion Firefighters Burn Foundation, whose programs support firefighter and civilian burn survivors and sponsor the Central Virginia Burn Camp — a summer camp near Charlottesville for young burn survivors.

The Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships consists of 16 different facial hair categories covering a diverse variety of styles and lengths, with 2 categories devoted to fake beards so that everyone — including ladies and kids — can compete! Whether you have a full-on lumberjack beard, rock a mustache, or just have some scruff, RVA Beard League has a category for you to help them support the Old Dominion Firefighters Burn Foundation on April 29th!

You can learn more about the event and the work they do at

2023-02-28T16:39:12-05:00February 27th, 2023|