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In This Issue
RVCC Ownership
Hamner Happenings
Rockfish Seniors
Boys and Girls Club
Design Marathon
Treasure Chest Bag Day
Trees for Sale
Flamenco at RVCC!
Holiday Market
Benefit Tickets
Jesse Winchester
Tickets for the November 7 ROCKFISH NIGHTS, Benefit for RVCC featuring Jesse Winchester,
are on sale at RVCC, the Treasure Chest, and on our website at

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going FAST!
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November 7
8:30-10:30 AM

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RVCC Ownership in the News
You've probably seen RVCC in the news lately. The RVCC Board of Directors is in negotiation with the RVCCNelson County Board of Supervisors to establish the terms of the sale of the old Rockfish School property. As of this newsletter date, that price has not been established. After nine years of stewardship of the property as a lessee, the RVCC Board is ready to assume ownership and create plans, raise money, and start the process of renovating the building and improving the grounds. As you will see in the Design Marathon article, we've already gotten a start, thanks to Margaret Clair's efforts in nominating us as a 2009 project.

Meanwhile our Building Committee, under the capable leadership of Gifford Childs, has contracted with a local construction company to make the fire and safety alterations required by the County to the tune of over $20,000. The costs are underwritten by a grant from the Perry Foundation, but architectural and engineering design was donated by Bert Lampert and Clark Gathright. A topographic site survey was necessary for the creation of plans for the grounds, as well as the property sale. RVCC member David Collins donated his time and created a detailed plan which will serve us well.

Volunteer power is what has brought us through nine years of program accomplishments, fundraising, recreation, theatrical and musical events, and the preservation of a historic site for use by the community. The building serves as tenant space for craftspeople, teachers, seniors, theater, thrift shop, celebratory and meeting use.

Join our volunteer team, become a member, and help us grow the Rockfish Valley Community Center.

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Hamner Happenings in October
A full schedule of activities are scheduled for this month at the Hamner Theater.

  • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet ...
    Glengarry castnights only! Thursday thru Saturday, October 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 PM 
  • A special after-show performance by HIT (Hamner Improvisational Theater) on Friday, Oct. 16 on the set of Glengarry at 9:30 PM
  • In the Cabaret on Saturday, October 24 - The Olivarez Trio playing acoustic gypsy jazz.  Doors open at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30 PM.
Also mark your calendars for a special appearance by Earl Hamner, Jr.with a reception and book signing, as a benefit for the Hamner Theater. The event will be November 5, from 6-7 PM, followed by a reading of The Homecoming with the cast of this year's production. Tickets for this benefit are $50.

RESERVATIONS: 434.361.1999

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News from the Rockfish Seniors
The Rockfish Valley Senior Group (RVSG) is pleased to announce that our new Program Manager is Connie Brittle. She is also the Senior Program Manager at the Nelson Center, so has lots of experience with senior programs. Plus, many of our seniors already knew her.
Her first day at RVCC was Thursday, October 1. RVCC and the Seniors look forward to working with Connie.

TV NEEDED! A Nintendo Wii game was donated to the RVSG by a supporter. The Seniors are thrilled to have it, and now, in order to put it to use, a television with a screen of 42 inches or larger is needed. Senior groups, community cenWii userters and nursing homes all over the country are finding that the Wii games are a great form of exercise and lots of fun. The gift of a TV would be greatly appreciated. If you can help, please contact  RVCC to get in touch with the Senior Program.

Phone 434-361-0100 or e-mail

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Boys and Girls Club of Nelson
Forming at RVCC

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A steering committee has been formed for the  Nelson Boys and Girls Club, as well as the additional various committees needed to start a club at RVCC. It's a very exciting time with this dynamic community-representative group.

Volunteers are also being sought for various kinds of tasks. You may volunteer to help at an event, volunteer to be with the kids during their programs, or volunteer to be on a committee. If you'd like to see this program available for the youth of our community, consider signing up to help.

A budget will soon be developed and fundraising for the Nelson BGC will begin. The goal is to open in June 2010!

Please contact Agnes Schrider at 434.361.2650 or for more information!

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RVCC in Design Marathon
The Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC) took part in the Second Annual Design Marathon on October 2, 2009, in Charlottesville at the Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC). The Marathon is an event developed by the CCDC and Alloy Workshop to help connect area non-profits with designers whoMarathon Design Team want to volunteer. The designers work in a 12-hour charette on projects from logos to landscaping. RVCC was one of 11 area non-profits selected to participate.

RVCC's application included three different projects from which the designers could choose one. The team, the largest one put together with six designers, chose to tackle them all. The projects were
  • a grounds design that included as many of the ideas we've had over the years as could fit,
  • a design for the entrances to the Hamner Theater and the Treasure Chest thrift store, and
  • a design for the auditorium.
Since there is only so much time available, RVCC's team led by Robert Almanza of the Bushman Dreyfus Architecture Firm, focused on giving us documents that we will be able to use for fundraising and public relations purposes. The drawings include a beautiful Marathon Design Sketchesgrounds plan, a 3-dimensional model of the auditorium restored to glory, and a redesigned Theater and Treasure Chest complete with a new breezeway.

These drawings will be on display and can be viewed at the CCDC's gallery space at 100 5th St. NE
, downtown Charlottesville, through November 27. After that they will be given to RVCC.

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Bag Day at TC
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Christmas Trees for Sale in '09

Christmas TreesRVCC will once again be selling Christmas trees as a fundraiser in 2009. These are Frazier Firs, straight from the mountains of NC. Last year's customers were amazed at their shape, beauty and longevity.
Prices are same as last year:
5'-6' tree / $45
6'-7' tree / $55
7'-8' tree / $65
8'-9' tree / $70
If you want to reserve a certain size tree, email The earliest pickup date will be November 28. We'll let you know when the trees have arrived.

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NEW: Flamenco Classes at RVCC!!

Flamenco DancerJeannette Caruth (whom many of you know as an artist/painter at the Nellysford Farmers Market) is offering Flamenco Dance classes on Wednesday afternoons, 6:30 PM, in the RVCC Auditorium. Call 434-974-5633 for more info and to register.

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Holiday Market Planned for Dec. 5
Holiday Market
The popular indoor community markets will return to RVCC this winter. The first event on Saturday, December 5, will be our large Holiday Market, featuring produce and food vendors, as well as crafts, gifts, holiday wreaths and arrangements. Hours will be 9 AM to 2 PM. Admission is free.

Markets in 2010 will be from 9 AM - Noon on first Saturdays of the months: February 6, March 6, and April 3. The markets are held in conjunction with our first Saturday Pancake Breakfasts (8:30-10:30 AM).

If you're interested in participating in a market, email for application information.

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Cooking Pancakes
Like to flip pancakes?

The much-loved and well-attended
monthly pancake breakfast at RVCC
is in need of some volunteers. A Saturday morning in the RVCC kitchen is a highly recommended way to support the community center ... and have fun!
This monthly program helps to fund general operation and program costs at RVCC.

So if you are a regular participant of the breakfasts,
consider being an occasional volunteer.
Call Bo Holland,434.361.0100 or to sign-up.

And thanks!

We invite you to join us at the
Rockfish Valley Community Center ...
Where Community Happens!