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Community Connection

WNRN is proud to give our non-profit neighbors a venue to promote their causes and events. As part of the Community Connection series, we broadcast public service announcements for non-profits that are written in their words and recorded in their voice.

The rules: Organizations profiled by WNRN or organizations whose information is broadcast within Hear Together/Community Connections must be a registered 501c3. If it is an event, WNRN requires at least a month’s advance notice to create a Community Connection for any event. If there is an admission or cost for the event, 100% of proceeds must benefit the nonprofit.  Hear Together/Community Connections is a non-partisan, non-biased feature and will not accept submissions from or conduct profiles of political organizations or activities representing or contributing to a specific political organization or political action committee. Hear Together/Community Connections is non-denominational and will not accept submissions from or conduct profiles of specific religious groups or fundraisers tied to specific religious groups or organizations. We will accept submissions that are inter-faith or multi-denominational that support the community at large in collaboration without promoting a specific religious group or activity related to funding a specific religion or religious group.

Creating a Community Connection is an easy process. To request a time to record your message, email dmoses@wnrn.org. During scheduling, you’ll be prompted to write a message outlining what you’d like to promote, which we’ll use as your script for recording. We look forward to working with you!

Community Connection: Massanutten Regional Library Summer Reading Challenge

Massanutten Regional Library serves Harrisonburg, and Page and Rockingham Counties, and is presenting their annual Summer Reading Challenge—a chance to join with others and celebrate the joy of reading. Themed “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” the Summer Reading Challenge is for readers of all ages and runs from Monday, June 3rd through Sunday, August 4th. They invite you to sign up and track your reading alongside MRL and participate in their local programs and events, which are each designed to foster a love of reading and literacy skills.

You can learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge at any of their seven library branches or online at mrlib.com.

Massanutten Regional Library is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

Community Connection: Harrisonburg Rotary Club Soap Box Derby

On Saturday, May 11, the Rotary Club of Rockingham County is hosting the annual Harrisonburg Soap Box Derby as one of their community service projects.

The Soap Box Derby is an opportunity for children and teenagers to design and construct their own gravity-powered cars, providing them with a variety of STEM-related experiences. The race will take place on Research Drive, just off Route 11 north, which will be temporarily transformed into a racetrack for the event.

More information is online at Harrisonburg.soapboxderby.org

Community Connection: Shakespeare’s Birthday with Agecroft Hall and Gardens

On Saturday, April 27th from noon to 5pm, Agecroft Hall and Gardens in Richmond is presenting Shakespeare’s Birthday: A Celebration of the Bard. 

They invite you to join them as they celebrate the Elizabethan playwright’s 460th birthday outdoors at our 23-acre estate, located along the banks of the James River. 

You can bring a picnic—and they’ll have ice cream, games, dances, songs, and other activities for guests of all ages.  

Community Connection: 44th Annual Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

The Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival invites you to bring your family out to Crozet Park on Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday, May 11th & Sunday, May 12th, for the 44th Annual Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival.

Their event welcomes over 125 artists and includes live art demonstrations, wine tasting, treats just for Moms, and live music from Webley Twizzle Project and The Pinkerton Raid.

Four-legged friends are welcome and parking is available.

All proceeds from the event benefit non-profit and community owned Claudius Crozet Park.

Community Connection: Ix Art Park Charlottesville Arts Festival

The Ix Art Park Foundation invites you to immerse yourself in art this Spring at Ix Art Park in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th for the 4th annual Charlottesville Arts Festival.

Fifty visual artists will showcase their work in painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, and more.

The festival will feature live demonstrations and workshops that aim to spark your own creativity, live music and performances, and more.

Community Connection: HomeAgain Shindig for Shelter

HomeAgain is a nonprofit located in Richmond that helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness secure and maintain a home, again.

They are hosting their 2nd annual Shindig for Shelter on Thursday, May 2nd at Dover Hall and invite you to join them in the fight to end homelessness. The evening will feature live music from JTucker and the Krewe, and a live and silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the clients HomeAgain serves.

Community Connection: We Heart Harlie and Friends Foundation Fundraiser

We Heart Harlie and Friends Foundation is a Richmond non-profit dedicated to alleviating the financial strain experienced by families with medically fragile children. In the last ten years, they’ve been able to assist almost 50 area families with financial support. On Friday, April 26th they are presenting a musical evening featuring The Jangling Reinharts Band at the Hanover Vegetable Farm. There will be dancing, tunes, and food trucks.

Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards helping local families cope with the financial pressures of caring for their children with medical needs. More information is online at weheartharlieandfriends.org.

Community Connection: The Hummingbird Fund #Go50forALS

The Hummingbird Fund is a family fund in Charlottesville that’s seeking a cure for ALS.

They’re hosting #Go50forALS, a movement-based challenge that will take place between May 5th and May 11th. Individuals, businesses, and teams are invited to sign up for the challenge online and complete any type of movement between as long as it’s in an increment of 50 — like 50 laps, 50 miles, or 50 minutes. This challenge is in honor of all of those with ALS who have lost their ability to move their bodies.

Community Connection: Three Notch’d Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble Concert

Three Notch’d Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble is a nonprofit based in Charlottesville that seeks to enrich the culture of Central Virginia through historically-informed performances that reveal the beauty of early music.

They are presenting the final program of their thirteenth season in Charlottesville and Staunton public concerts on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th.

This program, entitled “Polyhymnia: Praetorius for Eastertide,” will feature soprano Sheila Dietrich and cellist Jeremy Ward and will include one of Michael Praetorius’s great choral and instrumental masterpieces played on period instruments.