Share the Warmth: County Coat Drive Opens Nov. 27

County Coat DriveAfter a one-year hiatus, the 4th County Coat Drive will launch on Monday, November 27! Due to your generosity, Coat Drives 1-3 were very successful, with almost 1,900 coats donated to our friends and neighbors in need. The last drive yielded 760 coats, and we’re aiming to exceed that number this year! Collection bins will be placed at multiple locations, and the drive will accept donations through February.

Schools: Your participation is more than welcome! If your school would like to join the effort, please designate a “Coat Captain” to help gather donated coats, and then contact Blake Abplanalp in the Albemarle County Office of Facilities & Environmental Services for collection details: abplanalp@albemarle.org or 434-872-4501, ext. (7)3244. The school collecting the most coats will receive special recognition from the County!

Place Your Order for CATEC’s 16th Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser by Noon on Nov. 16

Thanksgiving DinnerCATEC’s Culinary students want to take the stress out of your Thanksgiving. Order your favorite Thanksgiving dish and support CATEC’s Culinary Arts program. View the menu »

Hurry, time is running out! All orders must be placed by noon on Thursday, November 16. (That’s tomorrow!) Supplies are limited and no late orders will be accepted. Place your order »

Great American Smokeout – November 16, 2017

Albemarle BeWellNovember 16, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Carver Recreation Center

When trying to quit smoking, support can make all the difference. The Great American Smokeout will be held this Thursday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center, located at the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville.

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Virginia Film Festival Features “My Kid Is Not Crazy” on Sunday, Nov. 12

VA Film FestivalNovember 12, 2017 | 11 a.m. | St. Anne’s-Belfield School

This Sunday, November 12, the Virginia Film Festival will feature My Kid Is Not Crazy, a documentary that tracks the journey of six children and their families as they become tangled in the nightmare of a disabling and misunderstood illness: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). Learn more about the film »

Watch the trailer and get tickets ($10) »

“Live and Learn” Information and Resource Fair – Nov. 11

PREPSaturday, November 11, 2017 | 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | PVCC Main Building

You’re invited! The Piedmont Regional Education Program/Parent Resource Center (PREP/PRC) will host its annual “Live and Learn” Information and Resource Fair on Saturday, Nov. 11. This FREE event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Piedmont Virginia Community College, located at 501 College Drive in Charlottesville.

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Start Something Saturday Coming Up on November 11!

ReinventEDSaturday, November 11, 2017 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Murray High School

Do you know a high school student (or 8th grader) interested in starting or joining a passion project? Start Something Saturday is bringing together students in grades 8-12 from the Charlottesville-Albemarle area for a day of project brainstorming on November 11! Students are invited to bring their ideas or just their interest in creative projects, and by the end of the day, they’ll walk out with a project around something they care about. Open the event flyer »

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Calling All Veterans—Albemarle County Wants to Recognize YOU!

Albemarle County LogoVeterans: November 11 is rapidly approaching, and as we prepare to honor our veterans again this year, we want to make sure that we are recognizing all those who wish to participate. If you are a new employee or didn’t complete the survey last year, please take a moment to complete a short five-question survey so that we can include you in the recognition. If you participated in the survey last year, please take a minute to review our list of veterans and make sure we got everything right! If you see any errors, please send corrections to veterans@albemarle.org. Please complete the survey or double-check your information by Tuesday, October 31. Continue reading

14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Oct. 28

National Prescription Drug Take Back DayThe Albemarle County Police Department, in partnership with Martha Jefferson Hospital, is hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 28. The event, which aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing expired, unwanted or unused medication, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martha Jefferson Hospital (back side), located at 500 Martha Jefferson Drive in Charlottesville. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

Making Connections 2017: Registration Now Open!

Making Connections 2017Registration for Making Connections 2017 now open! The Making Connections for Equity and Access professional development day will take place Monday, November 6, at multiple school sites throughout the division. Teachers should sign up for one morning session from 8:30 to 11:30 and one afternoon session from 12:30 to 3:30. Lunch will be provided and available for teachers at their morning session. View course selections and get registered »

Say Something Week: Oct. 16-20

Say SomethingDid you know that when it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other person BEFORE the incident takes place? Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?

During the week of October 16-20, 2017, thousands of middle and high schools and youth organizations from across the U.S. will participate in Say Something Week. Continue reading