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Monday, April 8
 

8:00am EDT

Downtown Business Passport
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Explore the historic Downtown Mall that makes up much of the Tom Tom campus and meet some of the most welcoming members of our hometown! Stop in, say hi, solve a puzzle, and get a stamp for your passport.
  1. Visit the Shops & Restaurants all week long
  2. Solve Puzzles and Collect Stamps from Local Businesses
  3. Turn your Passport in at the Block Party to enter the raffle for prizes from Tom Tom & the Local Businesses! Raffle will be drawn every intermission Friday, Saturday, & Sunday!
  • 10 Stamps = 1 Entry 
  • 20 Stamps = 2 Entries
  • All Stamps = 5 Entries!

 Thanks to all of the businesses for the generously donated prizes:
  • Cville Escape Room Gift Cards
  • A Jefferson Cup from Tuel Jewelers
  • Hamiltons' at First & Main Gift Card
  • Kilwins' Gift Cards
  • Telegraph Art & Comic Gift Cards
  • Marco & Luca Dumplings Gift Cards
  • Java Java Cafe Gift Card
  • Pawprints Boutique Gift Card
  • Darling Boutique 30% off coupon + Darling Prize Bag
  • Mudhouse Coffee Roasters Gift Cards
  • Various Tom Tom Swag

All Participating Businesses: 
  • ACAC
  • Alakazam Toys and Gifts
  • Angelo Jewelry
  • BitterSweet Clothing & Accessories
  • Blue Ridge Music Together
  • BOUTIQUE boutique & The SHOE STORE next door
  • Caspari
  • Citizen Bowl Shop
  • Citizen Burger Bar
  • Cville Escape Room 
  • Darling Boutique
  • Derriere de Soie
  • Feast!
  • Grit Coffee
  • Hamiltons' at First & Main
  • Java Java
  • Jean Theory:
  • Kilwins Charlottesville
  • Lynne Goldman Elements
  • Magpie Knits
  • Marco and Luca Dumpling Store
  • Maya Restaurant
  • McGuffey Art Center
  • Mudhouse Coffee Roasters
  • New Dominion Bookshop
  • Pawprints Boutique
  • Quattro Tizi
  • QUILTS UNLIMITED/ J. FENTON GIFTS
  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Spring Street Boutique
  • Telegraph Art & Comics
  • The Bebedero
  • The Center for Vocal Study
  • The Hip Joint
  • The Paramount Theater
  • The Whiskey Jar
  • Tin Whistle Irish Pub
  • Treasures Through Time
  • Tuel Jewelers

Sponsors
avatar for Cville Escape Room

Cville Escape Room

Owner, Cville Escape Room
Cville Escape Room is a family-friendly environment. Our Rooms are themed stories, and the doors are never locked. All ages are welcome! We are independently owned and operated.  We take pride in creating our own original designs, clues, and puzzles for all of our Rooms.    
avatar for Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville

Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville (DBAC) is an association created, managed, and funded by a group of Downtown's merchants, restaurants, and other interested businesses. The DBAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting commerce Downtown... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:00am - Sunday April 14, 2019 6:00pm EDT
Downtown Mall E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:30pm EDT

Our Community Table
Limited Capacity full
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Please note: seating is extremely limited at this free community event. Registration does not confirm
attendance, but enters your name into a raffle. United Way staff will contact you directly with confirmation. And, we will gladly contact you about the Tables to be hosted throughout the year.

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What is a Community Table?

It’s a simple idea: bring people in our community together to share a meal, a conversation, and build common ground. Getting to know one another can lead to greater awareness and understanding, can begin to build trust, and form new relationships. This begins with simply saying “hello.”

At this Community Table, UVA President Ryan will share opening remarks around his vision for bridging community around some of the newly identified goals put forth by the community Working Group such as: quality jobs with decent wages and a chance of promotion, quality housing that families can afford, quality affordable healthcare, and high quality educational opportunities from birth through higher education.

“A Community Table” captures the spirit and intention of the United Way by providing a platform for people in our community to come together around a table and build common ground, with equity and respect. These new relationships, perspectives, and understanding will inform how the United Way identifies solutions to issues challenging our community’s most vulnerable residents. In 2019, we will host a series of small Tables to give community members from all backgrounds the chance to come together over a meal to explore new ways to serve our community. Tables will focus on the United Way’s Impact Areas of School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency, and Community Health.

Attendees at the Community Tables embrace multiple viewpoints, welcome diversity (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religious and political beliefs etc.), act with respect, and exercise active listening. They want to foster relationships fueled by trust and respect to strengthen our community.

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Respeto

Ravi Respeto

President and CEO, United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area
Ravi is currently the President and CEO for United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area. She joinedUWTJA in July of 2018 and brings over 12 years of experience in nonprofits and a long historyof working on behalf of her community and its families around education, health, andenvironmental... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Caroline Emerson

Caroline Emerson

Vice President for Community Engagement, UNITED WAY-THOMAS JEFFERSON AREA
The United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area convenes people in our community to come together to build common ground, with equity and respect, to identify solutions to issues challenging our community's most vulnerable residents. We focus our work on Early Education/ School Readiness, Self-Sufficiency... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm EDT

Cville Gives Grant Night: Cocktail Hour Mixer
Limited Capacity seats available
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The Third-Annual Cville Gives Grant Night will launch Tom Tom on Monday, April 8. Innovative nonprofits addressing 2019’s focus, “food insecurity,” will share their vision with Cville Gives, a philanthropic networking club made up of locals pooling their resources to have a greater impact on the community. Cville Gives will award a cash grant of up to $10,000, and the crowd will also be encouraged to donate. In past years, total grants have exceeded $25,000.

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6:45pm EDT

Cville Gives Grant Night
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The Third-Annual Cville Gives Grant Night will launch Tom Tom on Monday, April 8. Innovative nonprofits addressing 2019’s focus, “food insecurity,” will share their vision with Cville Gives, a philanthropic networking club made up of locals pooling their resources to have a greater impact on the community. Cville Gives will award a cash grant of up to $10,000, and the crowd will also be encouraged to donate. In past years, total grants have exceeded $25,000.

Donate Early at: http://cvillegives.org/donate

A happy hour starting at 5:30PM will precede the presentations.

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Tuesday, April 9
 

8:00am EDT

Countdown to 2026
Limited Capacity seats available

2026 marks the 250th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Considering Thomas Jefferson as the principal author of the Declaration, what role does Charlottesville (Jefferson’s hometown) play in the upcoming milestone celebration? As we approach America’s 250th, what is the country we want to celebrate in 2026? What kinds of opportunities for collaboration, public engagement, and big ideas might the semiquincentennial offer? How can Charlottesville think broadly about the challenges and opportunities the 250th anniversary will present?

Monticello serves as an important place to explore our common ground as Americans and consider our nation’s path moving forward. It starts with an honest, complicated, inclusive conversation about our history. A lot has changed over the past several years at Monticello and we hope to serve as a place where Charlottesville can learn about the past and contemplate the future as we move towards 2026.

Coffee & Pastries to be served during the discussion

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Speakers
avatar for Sarah McConnell

Sarah McConnell

Executive Producer, With Good Reason
Sarah is executive producer and host of the weekly public radio show and podcast With Good Reason. With Good Reason, a production of Virginia Humanities, features lively conversations with the best minds at Virginia's public colleges and universities. The program is heard on 100 public... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Greene Bowman

Leslie Greene Bowman

President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Leslie Greene Bowman is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates the UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello -- the home of Thomas Jefferson. She has spearheaded the Foundation’s vision to bring history forward into national and global dialogue, propelling... Read More →
avatar for Gary Sandling

Gary Sandling

Vice President of Visitor Programs & Services, Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello)
Gary serves as Vice-President of Visitor Programs and Services at Monticello. His role is to leverage the Foundation’s scholarly work for Monticello’s more than 400,000 visitors annually through tours, workshops, and activities onsite and digital resources offsite. He has been... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the foundation seeks to bring history forward into national and global dialogues by engaging audiences with Jefferson’s world... Read More →


10:00am EDT

Recruiting Talent in a Tight Job Market
Limited Capacity filling up

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

Struggling to recruit talent for your organization? With the lowest US unemployment levels in decades, many organizations are in the same boat. Join Nathan Swanson, Co-Founder and CEO of Wellspring Workforce as he moderates a cross-industry panel discussion with Brendan Richardson, CEO and Co-Founder of Astraea (technology industry), Jim Powers, Chairman and CEO of HemoShear Therapeutics (biotechnology industry), and Brett Willsie, Regional Vice President of HR at Sentara (healthcare industry). These panelists will share recruiting trends in their industry, challenges they have faced along with solutions that have worked, ways to create a work culture that attracts hard-to-find talent, and more!

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Speakers
avatar for Jim Powers

Jim Powers

Chairman and CEO, HemoShear Therapeutics
Prior to joining HemoShear in August 2008, Mr. Powers was a member of the executive team that took PRA International (now PRA Health Sciences) public in 2004. He transitioned PRA from a clinical data management company to a global clinical trials management organization, recruited... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Swanson

Nathan Swanson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wellspring Workforce
In March 2017, Nathan co-founded Wellspring Workforce, an HR consulting firm that helps organizations scale systematically through custom recruiting frameworks and employee retention strategies. He also continues to serve as the People Operations Manager at Tech Dynamism, helping... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Richardson

Brendan Richardson

CEO and Co-Founder, Astraea
Brendan Richardson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Astraea, a Charlottesville based start-up using machine learning, AI and satellite image data to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Over his 30 year career he has been deeply involved with early-stage start-ups as a venture... Read More →
avatar for Brett Willsie

Brett Willsie

Regional Vice President of Human Resources, Sentara Healthcare
Brett Willsie is a Regional Vice President of HR with Sentara Healthcare with current responsibility and oversight for a HR Business Partner team over 6 Sentara divisions.  He has been employed and grown with Sentara over almost 23 years and has also worked with USAA Human Resources... Read More →

Sponsors

11:00am EDT

Creating Users Not Addicts: Social Media
Limited Capacity full
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Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

As designers, creators and users alike, what’s our responsibility when it comes to creating media for an addiction-prone culture? The numbers aren’t looking good. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Technology is reshaping our brains. In real time we’re observing its effects, and in real time we’re suffering from its effects. As designers, we’re often creating media that is, at its core, engineered to persuade. We have an inherent responsibility in how we shape behavior. Causing users to be addicted to your platform may create a consistent revenue stream, but it will never contribute to humanity’s greater good. In this workshop, we'll explore philosophical pivots needed to embrace responsible digital design, tangible exercises we can use to navigate user experience, and ways we can infuse this new approach into our organizations in a meaningful and sustainable way.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Cherry

Jeremy Cherry

Senior Digital Designer, Journey Group
Jeremy Cherry is relentlessly optimistic about the power of design to make the world a better place. With over a decade of experience telling stories through brands and screens, he currently leads the digital design practice at Journey Group. He lives by the words “a better way is possible.” When he’s not designing, he writes about the intersection of hope and design. He lives and works in Charlottesville, VA... Read More →

Sponsors

12:00pm EDT

Developing Healthier Employees
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

Frustrated about the cost of employee healthcare? Confused about what you, the business owner, can do at the office to improve employee health? Want to learn strategies to help decrease your employees’ risks of developing a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or dementia? Navigating employee health and the healthcare system is often confusing and can feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be! Join Melanie Dorion, Integrative and Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner and Waverly Davis, Communications and Engagement Director at Community Investment Collaborative, for an empowering workshop on implementing in-office ideas to support employee health. Participants will learn and practice effective tools to support daily healthy habits, learn how to support their employees in making medical decisions and create a healthy work environment for all. Let’s build a healthier community by empowering employees to make better informed health decisions!

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12:00pm EDT

What is Mediation?
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Have you ever wondered how to help others—or yourself—settle disputes in your personal or professional life? Conflict is inescapable, but it can be resolved with civility and respect when a mediator facilitates a dialogue between the disputing parties. But how does mediation work? Who can benefit from mediation? How can someone become a certified mediator in Virginia? In a discussion and demo presented by the Mediation Center of Charlottesville, these and other burning questions about mediation are answered. Participants will learn a time-tested, step-by-step process to help resolve different kinds of disputes encountered in all walks of life. If you have ever been curious about mediation and its benefits, this is the workshop for you.

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Speakers
avatar for Cathy S. Pales

Cathy S. Pales

Volunteer Instructor, Board Emeritus, Mediation Center of Charlottesville
Cathy Smalley Pales, Ed.D., has been a volunteer with the Mediation Center of Charlottesville for over 10 years. She has mediated disputes in Albemarle County General District Court, presented workshops on conflict management, served on the Mediation Center's board of directors, and... Read More →
avatar for Walter F. Megonigal, Jr.

Walter F. Megonigal, Jr.

Certified Mediator & Instructor, Mediation Center of Charlottesville
Walt Megonigal is an active volunteer at the Mediation Center of Charlottesville as a certified mediator and co-parenting course instructor. He has over 50 years of commercial and military experience at all levels of leadership and management and has held a variety of positions of... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Anita Holmes

Anita Holmes

Exec. Director, Mediation Center of Charlottesville
The mission of the Mediation Center of Charlottesville (MCC) is to provide affordable and accessible dispute resolution services through mediation and education, enabling its clients to transform conflict into an opportunity for growth and change.The Mediation Center of Charlottesville... Read More →


1:30pm EDT

Buti Yoga Beginners Playshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Please note: there is not a set price, but a pay-what-you-can suggested donation will be collected at the door. Also, an additional session of this workshop will be held from 1:15-4:15pm on Monday, April 8th.

Buti yoga intuitively blends primal movement with cardio bursts and vibrations to tone the body– physical, emotional + spiritual. Through tribal dance, asanas, and cardio sprints, students break down the emotional barriers that hold them back from achieving self– love and true human connection. Come learn about Buti Yoga's foundation and basic moves from a 200 Hour RYT Certified Buti Yoga Instructor. If you haven't tried Buti, if you practice Buti, but want help with technique, or if you can see yourself teaching Buti, come join our playshop! Personal form coaching for everyone and plenty of discussion time is included and we'll wrap up the session with an hour class. Bring a mat, water, a towel, and your laughter. If you are not an ACAC member, consider arriving 30
minutes early.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Weinstock

Jessica Weinstock

Buti Yoga Instructor

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
ACAC

1:45pm EDT

How to Tell Your Organization's Story to Get Media Coverage
Limited Capacity full
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Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

This workshop is for the individual, startup, nonprofit, or mature organization seeking to enhance their media relations skills. Given the new media environment, media pitching is a lost art that can provide a large return on investment by generating earned media. Earned media demonstrates an organization's credibility, as the organization does not pay for placement ­­ instead media choose to cover them due to the importance of the story. Research demonstrates that approaching media relations through the lens of storytelling provides optimal results. We all love a good story. I will demonstrate how to dig into one's organization to identify compelling stories and translate these into pitchable media nuggets with strong news hooks; locate the "right" media member that gives you the top chance to place your story; and show how to maintain relationships and foster trust with media. Earned media is just that ­­ it’s earned. It doesn’t cost anything and can propel your organization to the next level with one perfectly placed piece or interview.

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2:30pm EDT

Starting up Your Startup
Limited Capacity full
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Part of the Community Workshop Series

Got a great idea? Confident you can change the world? Before you dive in, there are some things to know and a proven approach to follow to improve your chances of success. The reality is that most startups that fail do so for surprisingly simple reasons. Join Bob Smith, Director of Virginia's Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP) to learn the Five Things investors look for in a startup, and the proven method to developing a winning business model and a path to market. ICAP runs free Lean Startup-based programs throughout the commonwealth in partnership with a network of university and community accelerators. We provide guidance and assistance during the first years of business development: from idea to early sales. In 2018, ICAP helped over 140 aspiring companies position themselves for inclusion in top Virginia accelerators like 757 Accelerate and the RAMP, with many ultimately winning angel investment, non-dilutive government grants and early sales traction. ICAP is on track to serve a even more companies in 2019 through our growing network of partner organizations.

Startups are challenging, fun, and rewarding; if not always financially. ICAP, its instructors, and partners are a great place to begin or refocus your startup journey. Come fine out why.

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Speakers
avatar for Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Director, Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
Bob is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP): a program of George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network. ICAP works with universities, accelerators and local startup ecosystems throughout the commonwealth... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the CV SBDC is one of 29 centers across Virginia providing professional business consulting, training and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses. The CV SBDC offers free business counseling services, assists with... Read More →


3:00pm EDT

New Way of Networking
Limited Capacity full
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Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

Join Linnea White, owner of Darling Boutique, Jessica Norby, owner of Jessica Norby LLC, a social media consulting company, and Waverly Davis, Communications & Engagement Director for Community Investment Collaborative for a conversation about creating and sustaining authentic relationships in business. We'll discuss how to foster meaningful relationships that lead to organic collaboration and support. This workshop is for anyone looking to better connect themselves and their business with the Charlottesville community.

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Speakers
avatar for Waverly Davis

Waverly Davis

Communications & Engagement Director, Community Investment Collaborative
avatar for Jessica Norby

Jessica Norby

Social Media Consultant, Jessica Norby, LLC
avatar for Linnea White

Linnea White

Ownder, Darling Boutique

Sponsors

4:00pm EDT

Race and Place Walking Tour: The Streets of Charlottesville
Limited Capacity full
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"Part of the Community Workplace Workshop Series

The history of racism is inscribed in the very streets of Charlottesville. This walking tour with Professor Louis Nelson traces the history of that racism from the construction of the University of Virginia in the early nineteenth century through the oppressive regime of the early twentieth century shaped most profoundly by Eugenics, through to the various practices of racial mockery that shapes our social practices to the present.

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Speakers
avatar for Louis Nelson

Louis Nelson

Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, University of Virginia
Louis P. Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach in the Office of the Provost. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and West Afric... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday April 9, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
The Rotunda, UVA 1826 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA

5:00pm EDT

International Rescue Committee Open House
Limited Capacity seats available

The IRC in Charlottesville invites community members, partner agencies, current and former clients, donors and volunteers to an Open House. Guests will receive a tour of the office and learn more about our many community programs designed to help refugees and other immigrants rebuild their lives in Charlottesville. Guest will have the opportunity to chat with staff and former refugees to learn about their experiences. The tour will highlight new and innovative programs and partnerships, such as our Afghan women's support groups, after-school youth programming, and New Roots community garden and food access initiatives. Light refreshments will be served. Since 1998, the IRC in Charlottesville has assisted nearly 4,000 refugees from 31 countries to achieve economic self-sufficiency, a sense of security and social integration in the community.

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5:30pm EDT

For Us, By Us? The Constitution 231 Years Later
Limited Capacity seats available

Madison told us that “knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” This radical idea of “government by the people” is as relevant today as it’s ever been, and it’s our responsibility as Americans to be engaged actors in learning about, arguably, the most important, and flawed, western document of the last 1,000 years. We, therefore, find ourselves ruminating on a fundamental question, “Is there a gap between how groups of Americans view the Constitution’s relevance, usefulness, and dependability? If so, is it as wide as we think it is?” Learn the answers to both questions, and why at this reflective evening.  

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Moderators
avatar for Price Thomas

Price Thomas

Director of Marketing and Communications, James Madison's Montpelier
Price Thomas is the Director of Marketing and Communications at James Madison's Montpelier, and is responsible for the site's internal and external communications. Prior to Montpelier, Price played soccer professionally in Europe, before returning home to work as a Copywriter at global... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Columnist, New York Times
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Scruggs

Hannah Scruggs

Research Associate for the Descendants' Project, James Madison's Montpelier
Hannah Scruggs is a native central Virginian and 2013 graduate of The College of William & Mary with a BA in history. Following her time in Williamsburg she served in AmeriCorps at the Braddock Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, PA, before returning south to earn her MA in Public History... Read More →

Sponsors


6:00pm EDT

Untold Stories in Charlottesville: A Screening & Conversation with Local Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Local filmmakers Lorenzo Dickerson and Tanesha Hudson are making films that highlight important Charlottesville stories that have either been forgotten or never been told to a wide audience. Both self-taught filmmakers apply their passion and extensive community knowledge to shine a light on Charlottesville’s complex history, and further call for equity and racial justice in our city today and going forward.

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Moderators
avatar for Sarad Davenport

Sarad Davenport

Chief Innovation Officer, Davenport Strategic Innovation & Design
Sarad Davenport was the founding director of the, Department of Education funded, Charlottesville Promise Neighborhood, also known as City of Promise. Currently, Sarad serves as the Sr. Manager for Practice Innovation for the Communities In Schools National Office in Arlington, Virginia... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tanesha Hudson

Tanesha Hudson

The Executive Producer, A Legacy Unbroken: A Story of Black Charlottesville
Tanesha Hudson is launching a new project/movement to expand African American History in the education system. She has been a part of the fight for justice and equality in the city of Charlottesville for a very long time. She is committed to voicing African American concerns at every... Read More →
avatar for Lorenzo Dickerson

Lorenzo Dickerson

Storyteller, Maupintown Media
Lorenzo Dickerson is a Charlottesville area native, and founder of Maupintown Media, a film production company producing original documentary films that tell stories of historical, social and educational value. In addition, they produce promotional videos, video interviews and commercials... Read More →

Sponsors

6:30pm EDT

Community Fundraiser Mixer for Abundant Life, African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise
Limited Capacity seats available

This event is a reception for supporters of these important local organizations and is invitation only. Following the reception, attendees will come to the Paramount Theater for a free screening of Black Panther.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
  Festival: Community, VIP

8:00pm EDT

Free Screening of Black Panther and Community Fundraiser
Limited Capacity seats available

Black Panther is one of the most culturally significant, and highest grossing, movies of all time: #9 with $1.4B in worldwide sales! It is one of the first mega-budget films to have an African-American director and a predominantly black cast. Behind the mask of a superhero blockbuster, Black Panther tells the story of what it is to be black and empowered by a gifted, innovative community. Its themes of courage and identity make Black Panther so much more than a superhero movie. It offers inspiration for children and adults alike to harness and share our collective strength. This screening at Tom Tom is presented free of charge, but a donation portal will be open to raise funds for three essential organizations who are doing incredible work around education and opportunity in Charlottesville: Abundant Life Ministries, the African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise. Prior to the screening, these organizations will offer welcoming remarks to introduce their missions to the Charlottesville community. This year’s Tom Tom theme is “building better hometowns,” and one of the principal themes is the idea of equity and inclusion in our cities. Black Panther speaks to a hopeful narrative that has been inspirational to so many communities and invites the community to participate in a conversation surrounding some of the core values of Tom Tom’s conferences. Tamara Dias (CEO, African American Teaching Fellows) will be speaking the next day at the Civic Innovation Conference.

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Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Wednesday, April 10
 

8:00am EDT

Ending Poverty in Charlottesville
Limited Capacity full
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Part of the Community Workshop Series

45-minute workshop with a demonstration of the poverty-eliminating and
award-winning N2Work “app.”

Three questions the session will answer:
1) How many families in the Charlottesville community do not earn enough to meet their
basic needs of food, housing, utilities and clothing and the costs associated with
working—childcare and transportation?
2) What is the solution to poverty?
3) How can technology help us end poverty for Charlottesville’s families?

Today in the Charlottesville region there are 12,024 families that do not earn enough income to
meet the costs of survival. That is nearly one out of every five families (19%) in our community.
Most are single mothers and their children.

PVCC built the Network2Work program to move these 12,024 families to income independence
and break the cycle of multi-generational poverty. We identify these struggling families through
our Peer Network, connect them to quality jobs through our Employer Network, and support
them through our Provider Network. We plan to help lift 4,000 families out of poverty over the
next eight years. We use locally-developed technology to connect these three networks.

Peer/Job-Seeker Network. Our initial challenge is finding these families. Most distrust or are
disconnected from the very institutions established to serve them. Network2Work uses a
political-style ground game of more than 150 well-connected “peers” in low-income
neighborhoods to identify job-seekers. These peers, people who “know everybody,” lie at the
heart of our approach. They identify low- and no-income individuals who would be a good fit
for a quality job available in our community.

Employer Network. Jobs are the solution to poverty because money is the solution to poverty.
Network2Work has recruited a broad base of local employers with available jobs that pay a
minimum of $25,000 per year and do not require a college degree.

Provider Network. Job-seekers often need support beyond the skills training that PVCC provides.
We collaborate with over 40 existing nonprofits and human services agencies to meet needs
ranging from childcare scholarships and loaner cars to emergency funds and housing vouchers.
The Network2Work program developed a smartphone-based “app” that allows peers to connect
their job-seekers automatically with providers who can address an identified need.

PVCC’s Network2Work has provided 500 job-seekers with pathways to survival and family-
sustaining wages. Our goal is to move ALL families to economic independence.

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Speakers
avatar for Frank Friedman

Frank Friedman

President, Piedmont Virginia Community College
avatar for Ridge Schuyler

Ridge Schuyler

Dean of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Ridge Schuyler graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and Chief Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia.In 2011, Ridge... Read More →
avatar for Frank Squillace

Frank Squillace

Director, Employer Relations, Network2Work Program, Piedmont Virginia Community College
GM

Garreth McAdam

Project Manager, Tech Dynamism

Sponsors

11:30am EDT

LEAP into Energy Savings
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Join Local Energy Alliance Program certified Building Analysts to learn the basics of home energy efficiency. You'll leave with a roadmap to improving your home's comfort and efficiency and get the chance to put your hands on some DIY tools of the trade.

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Speakers
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Kara West

Communications and Outreach Director, Local Energy Alliance Program
Kara West has worked in news and nonprofit communications her entire career, spending the last decade at a foundation-funded environmental and climate news site. She cares deeply about preventing the wasting of resources, particularly food and energy.
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Heather Eggleston

Building Analyst, Local Energy Alliance Program
Heather Eggleston holds a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and has a passion for fixing things and knowing how things work. After spending some time as a framer for a construction crew, Heather completely rebuilt her home in Asheville almost... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Central Place Tent 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm EDT

How to Breathe
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

We have all been breathing our whole life. Learning to control breathing, understanding the nuances of breathing physiology and blood gases and how that can change our mind-state are not common knowledge. How does stress impact breathing and how can breathing impact stress? Kuttner will share that we have so much more in us as it relates to oxygenation - it is truly transformative.

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Speakers
avatar for Fabian Kuttner

Fabian Kuttner

Blue Moon Consulting
Fabian has been studying the human experience his whole life; From studying Buddhist Arts and Sciences with Tibetan monks to climbing mountains throughout the world, from a masters in Body Centered Psychotherapy at a Buddhist University to raising two kids, from flying passengers... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for The Whole Man

The Whole Man

The whole man conceptualizes an inner and outer experience of grit, joy and integrity.  It is beyond gender, while still embracing the roles that we are taught and that may have some basis in biology. For each man becoming whole is a different, unique and uplifting journey, albeit... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Old Metropolitan Hall 101 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm EDT

Strategies for Telling Your Story Without Fear, Stress, or Angst
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workshop Series.

If we know stories have the power to connect us with others and inspire them to take positive actions they might not have otherwise, why do so many of us collide with fear, stress and angst at the very idea of sharing our own unique experiences? Through hundreds of conversations with women in business over the course of nearly two decades as a journalist-turned podcast host and media entrepreneur, Lorraine Sanders will tell you she has encountered women of all ages, career levels and walks of life who are hesitant to put their stories out into the world.

At the same time, becoming a voice in a conversation that's larger than you are is increasingly crucial to gaining visibility, strengthening a brand and reaching the right audiences in our noisy, frenetic digital world. The good news: telling your story doesn't have to go hand-in-hand with fear, stress and angst. This workshop will explore practical strategies for finding the story you want to tell, starting to share it with the right audiences and bringing value to those who hear it.

You will walk away from this workshop with actionable advice and tips for developing an empowered storytelling mindset and beginning to share your unique story by:
* Overcoming fear, stress and angst associated with telling your story
* Finding the right story to tell right now
* Knowing your story's unique worthiness
* Creating talking points (and why they matter) 
* Becoming part of a conversation that's larger than you

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Speakers
avatar for Lorraine Sanders

Lorraine Sanders

Founder, Spirit of 608
Lorraine Sanders is a media entrepreneur and podcast producer devoted to sharing female entrepreneurs’ stories through her weekly podcast, the Spirit of 608, and helping women in business increase visibility and earn more media coverage through the podcast’s sister business, PressDope... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Studio IX 969 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm EDT

Community Home Cooking at the Haven
Limited Capacity seats available

People experiencing homelessness in our community know how it feels to get a warm welcome and a good meal at The Haven. The Haven Homecooking is an opportunity for those same people who normally receive services at The Haven to flip the script and provide services there. They work in partnership with Haven staff and volunteers to transform the day shelter dining room into a pop-up restaurant. The public is invited in for a great meal, served with a side of famous Haven hospitality. Expect a large and delicious 3+ course meal including dessert and a fresh beverage. Vegetarian options are available. The crew will be available to give individual tours of The Haven on request. The Haven Homecooking experience is available for a suggested donation of $10.00 to benefit The Haven and the Homecooking crew.

Please note that suggested donations to the Haven taken at the door."

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
The Haven 112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

4:45pm EDT

Students as Change Agents: Bringing Participatory Budgeting to Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is becoming an increasingly popular form of direct democracy allowing communities greater control in managing budgets and inspiring change. In the fall of 2018, Walker Upper Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA piloted #PBatWalker.
Program designer, Serena Gruia, will discuss the experience of #PBatWalker revealing how this design thinking-based program fostered compassion, understanding, creativity, critical thinking, and student voice as students designed projects to improve their school experience. Learn more about #PBatWalker in advance of the workshop here: http://www.pbatwalker.com

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Speakers
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Serena Gruia

Founder, Creative Might
Serena Gruia is a design strategist with expertise in fostering creativity and facilitating creative problem solving. In 2016 she founded Creative Might to work with teams and organizations that want to approach their work with human-centered compassion and creative vigor. She works... Read More →

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5:30pm EDT

Hello Data, Meet the People
Limited Capacity seats available

This evening dialogue hosted by Charlottesville Tomorrow, Smart Cville, and Uva Data Science Institute in partnership with the Tom Tom Festival 2019 Civic Innovation Conference explores the intersection of local government open data initiatives, emerging nonprofit journalism models, and community engagement strategies as a focus for civic innovation and public dialogue. Data alone cannot solve problems for local governments, but paired with dynamic public engagement efforts, data can help organize issues into policy frameworks that yield more accountable, transparent, and equitable systems.

Engagement presentation from UVa. DSI and Smart Cville

$30 Ticket includes full bar and light fare by Kitchen

Moderators
avatar for Giles Morris

Giles Morris

Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Giles Morris grew up in Washington, D.C., the son of a Congressional press secretary and an international economics correspondent for the Times of London. He started working as a full-time journalist in 2007 as the general assignment reporter for the Rhinelander Daily News in Rhinelander... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Dugan

Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence
Sheila worked on broadband adoption and access programs before joining GovEx. As EveryoneOn’s former Chief Marketing Officer, she collaborated with nonprofits and government agencies to promote affordable internet service and devices to unconnected households across the United States... Read More →
avatar for Beena Raghavendran

Beena Raghavendran

Engagement reporter, ProPublica
Beena Raghavendran is the engagement reporter for the Local Reporting Network. She works with several reporters around the country to boost audience voice and engagement in stories.
avatar for Larry Terry

Larry Terry

Executive Director, University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Dr. Larry D. Terry II is the Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. With over 20 years of public service and higher education experience, Dr. Terry has worked in California, New York, and most recently Dallas, Texas to improve... Read More →
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John Killeen

Executive Director, DataWorks
John is an urban planner and the executive director of DataWorks. His work with neighborhoods and community organizations includes mapping and other data visualization related to demographics, housing, health, economic development and the intersection of these in communities.Since... Read More →

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Wednesday April 10, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:00pm EDT

A Sense of Place: How Preservation Creates the Future
Limited Capacity filling up

Recent research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Green Lab shows that across the country older, smaller buildings are contributing to thriving local economies and diverse communities. This event will stimulate productive community conversations among citizens, elected officials, academics, and the private sector about what creates a sense of place, what we value in our communities, and how we ensure that new development is both respectful of existing neighborhoods and addresses affordability and access. In his keynote address, Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, will address the intersection of affordable housing and retaining existing building fabric by sharing insights into the preservation movement in the 21st century, with a focus on affordable housing, gentrification, and displacement. Rypkema’s perspective promises to be highly relevant given ongoing discussions in Charlottesville of affordable housing, large-scale redevelopment, and density. Following Rypkema’s remarks, a four-person panel moderated by Ellen Bassett will focus on the specific challenges and opportunities facing Charlottesville. Joining Rypkema and Bassett are Ebony Walden, and Overton McGehee.

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Speakers
avatar for Overton McGehee

Overton McGehee

executive director, Habitat Virginia
Overton McGehee has been executive director of Habitat for Humanity Virginia since2008. Habitat for Humanity Virginia is dedicated to eliminating substandard housinglocally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; byadvocating for fair and just housing... Read More →
avatar for Donovan Rypkema

Donovan Rypkema

Principle, Place Economics
Donovan D. Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics , a Washington, D.C.-based realestate and economic development-consulting firm. The work of the firm is at thenexus of historic preservation and economics. He has undertaken assignments forpublic and non-profit sector clients in 49... Read More →
avatar for Ellen M. Bassett

Ellen M. Bassett

Chair and Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Ellen M. Bassett is a Chair and Associate Professor in Urban and Environmental Planningin the School of Architecture. Her areas of research interest and expertise are land useplanning and law, climate change planning, health and the built environment, andinternational development... Read More →
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Ebony Walden

Founder, Ebony Walden Consulting
Ebony Walden has over a decade of experience as a urban planner, consultant andfacilitator working with a diversity of practitioners, organizations and residents totransform communities. She leverages her experience to design and facilitateworkshops, retreats and engagement processes... Read More →

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6:00pm EDT

The New Radio: WTJU 91.1 FM
Limited Capacity seats available

WTJU 91.1 FM has long been Charlottesville's community radio station dedicated to eclectic music. But what does the future look like for the really old technology of radio? WTJU has some ideas.

Come see WTJU's new digs on Ivy Road, have a drink during our Rock Marathon, and find out how legacy media like WTJU are re-imagining themselves as community institutions. Doors open at 6pm for an open house with a reception featuring Rob Sheffield and other community radio pioneers at 7pm.

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Speakers
avatar for Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield

Columnist, Rolling Stone
Rob Sheffield has been covering music, TV and pop culture for Rolling Stone since 1997. (His first issue had Tori Spelling on the cover.) He is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including 'Love Is A Mix Tape,' 'Talking To Girls About Duran Duran,' 'Turn Around... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday April 10, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
WTJU 91.1 FM 2244 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
 
Thursday, April 11
 

12:00pm EDT

Career & Life Design: Designing Your Path Forward
Limited Capacity filling up

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Do you feel stuck and anxious about the future? Do you feel like you should know what you want to do with your life but you aren’t sure which direction to head? This experiential workshop will use design thinking & mindfulness to help you become unstuck.

There will be the opportunity to give a suggested donation at the door.

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Speakers
avatar for Julia Lapan

Julia Lapan

Director for Engineering Career Development, University of Virginia
Julia Lapan has more than fifteen years of higher education experience in career services, employer relations, and alumni development. After earning a master’s degree in Counselor Education/Student Affairs from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, she served... Read More →
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Marga Odahowski

CEO, MARGA LLC
Marga Odahowski is a speaker, corporate coach, and author. Marga’s mission is to bring the integration of research and practical skills to individuals to facilitate wellbeing and creativity. Marga has a MSE in Counseling Education and served on the faculty at University of Virginia... Read More →


4:30pm EDT

History of Vinegar Hill: Race & Inequality in Charlottesville
Limited Capacity seats available

Charlene Green, Manager of Charlottesville's Office of Human Rights, will provide a snapshot of Charlottesville's racial and ethnic history though a presentation of stories and artifacts highlighting the city’s long history of working to fight segregation and discrimination. Join us Green in this free community event as she “connect[s] the dots” between Charlottesville’s racial history and the issues the city faces today. 


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Speakers
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Charlene Green

Manager, Charlottesville’s Office of Human Rights
Charlene Green has over 30 years of experience in education, working as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools and as an assistant professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She has been a trainer and consultant in Multicultural Education for the past 25 years. Charlene... Read More →

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4:30pm EDT

Tiny Worlds Terrarium Party with Wildrock
Limited Capacity seats available
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Part of the Community Workshop Series

Learn the joyful art of terrarium-making using lush ferns, moss and other natural materials.  Participants will help construct terrariums for Charlottesville City Preschool classrooms and also make a terrarium to take home.  All materials provided.

All ages welcome! For added fun, Wildrock will bring Pop-Up Nature Play for kids.


Cost: Suggested donation $15.00-$35.00 per terrarium.  All proceeds will support Wildrock's local early childhood outreach programs. Reservations strongly encouraged.  Learn more: www.wildrock.org/tomtom

To register for this event, please follow this link.


Thursday April 11, 2019 4:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Kardinal Hall 722 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

5:00pm EDT

Immersion / Inversion: A Rivanna River Sensory Encounter
Limited Capacity seats available

An evening projection at the new Chroma Gallery in Vault Virginia, located on the second floor. Visitors experience an immersive underwater world featuring footage taken from the Rivanna River and Morgan McLeod's Rivanna River soundscapes. A creative project part of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.

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Thursday April 11, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Vault Virginia 300 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

6:30pm EDT

Wild and Scenic Film Fest Prescreening
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us at the historic Vinegar Hill Theater for a special sneak peek of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival! Over three nights this spring Wild Virginia will be bringing inspiring environmental films to Charlottesville and Staunton. These award winning films highlight the pressures on our planet and the ways we can all help to make the world a better place. This year, we've teamed up with the Tom Tom Festival to give you a special chance to see what all the excitement is about. Grab a drink and a snack and settle in to get inspired. See you there!

March of the Newts
David Herasimtschuk | 2018 | 5 min.
Follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection… and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease. 
 

Biomimicry
Janine Benyus, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oliver Stanton, Leila Conners, Tree Media | 2015 | 22 min.
Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it’s ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water. 


The Art of Fog Catching
Valeria Cardi | 2018 | 12 min.
Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life. With groundwater levels dropping due to overuse, drought and climate change, the challenge to get enough water was becoming harder each day, and almost half of people in the local area sold up and quit rural life after generations for the city. As the future of the traditional Berber region by Mount Boutmezguida floundered, a mathematician whose family came from the area had a eureka moment gleaned from living overseas – using fog to make water. Now Ghouate’s village is connected to the world’s largest functioning fog collection project, alleviating the need to collect water that fell mainly on women, and with state-of-the-art equipment setting an example for other projects globally. 


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7:00pm EDT

 
Friday, April 12
 

10:00am EDT

Sylvia Earle, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalist In Citizen Leadership, Keynote Address
Limited Capacity seats available

Renowned oceanographer, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and this year’s recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, Sylvia Earle, shares her story of advocacy and education for one of the world’s most vital ecosystems: the ocean. Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, written more than 200 publications. and lectured in 90 countries. Earle will be the keynote speaker at Thomas Jefferson’s birthday celebration at Monticello on April 12 at 10am.

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Sponsors
avatar for Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, UVA

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, UVA

Of the 250-plus schools of public policy and administration in the United States, the Batten School has the distinction of being the only one explicitly committed to teaching leadership in addition to rigorous data analysis. Our multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and emphasis... Read More →
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Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the foundation seeks to bring history forward into national and global dialogues by engaging audiences with Jefferson’s world... Read More →


12:00pm EDT

Intro to Fire & Ice
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

In this workshop we will learn about ‘High Quality Stress’ and the problems with low quality stress; its impact on the Autonomic nervous system and how to be skillful with our body-mind. We will utilize simple, potent, and relaxing breathing exercises to enjoy and understand our body and stress. We will begin to understand how breath practices can bring us into and out of internal, self-directed states of intensity; how we can up-regulate and down regulate the sympathetic nervous system. Further, how we can use this to support our experience and sense of empowerment in the ice (should YOU choose). We practice outside of the ice so that we have a sense of how we can regulate ourselves in the ice.

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Speakers
avatar for Fabian Kuttner

Fabian Kuttner

Blue Moon Consulting
Fabian has been studying the human experience his whole life; From studying Buddhist Arts and Sciences with Tibetan monks to climbing mountains throughout the world, from a masters in Body Centered Psychotherapy at a Buddhist University to raising two kids, from flying passengers... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for The Whole Man

The Whole Man

The whole man conceptualizes an inner and outer experience of grit, joy and integrity.  It is beyond gender, while still embracing the roles that we are taught and that may have some basis in biology. For each man becoming whole is a different, unique and uplifting journey, albeit... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Central Place Tent 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

12:00pm EDT

Raising Tree Huggers: Introducing Children to the Magic of Charlottesville's Special Trees
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

This session explores two topics 1) the wide range of developmental benefits associated with regular exposure to green space and wooded areas for every domain of child development and 2) specific strategies for engaging children with the remarkable trees of Charlottesville. Participants will receive a map of often overlooked remarkable trees in our city and a series of activities to use to support children (ages 3 to 11) in developing an ongoing relationship with trees.

Speakers

Friday April 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch

5:00pm EDT

Fight like a Grrrl: Demo
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workshop Series

F.L.A.G. workshops are hosted by martial artists Sally Rose & Joshua Copson. Join us for a Women's Self Defense seminar by registering below. Although we are aiming to primarily instruct those in the femme folx community, this is a nondiscriminatory safe space where all ages (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) and genders are welcome. Our mission is to teach women how to defend themselves and walk without fear. We will have discussions on strategies, fears, hopes, and goals. The workshops focus on simple, efficient and effective self-defense techniques to apply in real life situations. You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Free Festival Pass.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Rose Monnes

Sally Rose Monnes

Instructor, Co-founder, Fight Like A Grrrl Club
​​​​Over 7 Years of Martial Arts Training and Black Belt at The Blue Dragon Dojang. Competitive fighter in Oh Do Kwan. 2 time Grand Champ at the Mid-Atlantic All Female Karate Open in 2017 & 2018 with 1st place in forms and 1st place in sparring. Background in American Boxing... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Copson

Joshua Copson

Instructor, Co-Founder, Fight Like A Grrrl Club
Martial arts, self-defense, me to movement, equal rights, empowerment of women and minorities.

Sponsors

Friday April 12, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Central Place Tent 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

5:00pm EDT

Startup and Innovation Fair
Join UVA’s Career Center for a pop-up innovation district at Tom Tom’s Block Party where companies and individuals network, showcase their ideas and recruit top talent. Attendance is free - Exhibition space is limited.

For Businesses & Recruiters
Looking to exhibit your company, product, or idea or to hire your next star employee? Host a tent at the Startup & Innovation Fair and find some of the best and brightest talent. As part of the Exhibitor package, you will have access to our collected resume book. www.tomtomfest.com/startup

For Job Seekers & Networkers
Looking for a job or to connect? Submit your resume to be part of a collected Resume Book that goes to recruiters at all exhibiting companies or represent your company as part of the regional scene. 


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Friday April 12, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Market Street Park 101 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 
Saturday, April 13
 

10:00am EDT

City in a Garden: Rural Exploration of an Urban Center
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

How can Charlottesville be a 'city in a garden' when city people interact poorly with many who live in the garden, and vice-versa? Attendees will discuss the disconnect between the urban affluence of Charlottesville/its suburbs and rural people and communities. Pop quiz: how many Albemarle County households do not have reliable broadband access? Our tour will meet to walk and talk while exploring issues of our local urban-rural divisions. Following a brief introduction and examples we’ll continue our walk, reflect on issues, and identify some opportunities to stride across this chasm. At least we’ll all leave with some practice building bridges. Please note that this will be a walking tour beginning and terminating at the Block Party at Market Street Park.

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Speakers

Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Market Street Park 101 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

10:00am EDT

Using Social Media Marketing To Expand Your Business
Limited Capacity filling up

Our presenter, Natasha Kalergis with Bantam Social Media, will describe the process for developing a cost effective social media marketing campaign to include identifying the client objectives and set overall objectives and platform-specific content production plans, identifying the desired audience, and implementing a targeted social media program using analytics to measure its effectiveness making continual improvements.

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Kalergis

Natasha Kalergis

Founder, Bantam Social Media
Prior to founding Bantam, Natasha spent nine years at large advertising agencies in New York City and Minneapolis, working with national accounts including McDonald's and Target. She was on the front-lines as these Fortune 500 companies began embracing social media as a viable marketing... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Watson

Hannah Watson

Project Director, Bantam Social Media
Hannah Watson, 'the Ace', is the Project Director at Bantam Social Media. With an agency background, Hannah is a trick of all trades when it comes to marketing, with a focused background in creative direction and project management.
avatar for John Laudisio

John Laudisio

Founder, John Brandon Digital
John Laudisio is the Associate Director of Marketing at Musictoday and founder of John Brandon Digital. He specializes in advanced Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger marketing, as well as email automations and customer acquisition campaigns.

Sponsors

Saturday April 13, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch

11:00am EDT

Trackless Trams: A Transformative Opportunity for Charlottesville?
Join PEC for a talk from one of the world's leading experts on alternative forms of transportation. Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtain University in Perth, Australia, will discuss Trackless Trams.
What are Trackless Trams? These systems combine autonomous technology from High Speed Rail with batteries and rail-type axles to transform a bus into a new kind of Tram. It is like light rail, but costs less and does not disrupt local economies when digging up streets for rails. Trackless Trams can enable urban regeneration around stations and hence can be built using partnerships that bring private financing.
New technologies and opportunities like this are being pursued in cities around the world. We are excited to host Professor Newman to learn more, and explore what these options could mean for cities like Charlottesville.

The talk is free, however RSVPs are requested to help with logistics - please RSVP here.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Newman

Peter Newman

Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University


Saturday April 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
CitySpace 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

12:00pm EDT

Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks
Limited Capacity filling up

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Have you been to Yellowstone, Glacier or Grand Teton National Park? If not, this is your opportunity to visit virtually. If you have, this is your opportunity to learn about new places that you could visit next time that you go, using Google Cardboards and your smartphone.

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Speakers
avatar for Darius Nabors

Darius Nabors

Freelance Photographer, n/a


Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch

12:00pm EDT

CIC Showcase
Meet the companies who began as Community Invest Collaborative members. Participating companies will table, promote, demo, and answer questions about what they're working on. Come and check it out!

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Saturday April 13, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Market Street Park 101 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

1:00pm EDT

Peloton Station and New Belgium Bike Tuneup Station
A Peloton Station mechanic will be on site at the New Belgium activation station to help with bike tuneups and minor repairs. Drop by, tune up your bike, and enjoy the festival!


1:30pm EDT

Spotting Pseudoscience in the Media
Limited Capacity filling up

Part of the Community Workshop Series

Whether it is a new environmental hazard, tech threat, or health recommendation, it can be hard to know when to trust science in the media. Join us to learn how to decipher fact from fiction! The Science Policy Initiative at UVA is offering this workshop to help non-scientists build skills that can stop the spread of exaggerated or false science reporting. We are a group of PhD students dedicated to promoting honest, evidence-based science communication. What buzzwords raise red flags? What is a quick, reliable way to check a source? How can you help communicate science? We will show examples, offer resources, and hear your thoughts through discussion.

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Speakers
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Linnea Saby

PhD Candidate, University of Virginia (UVA)
Linnea is a 2nd year in the Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD program at UVA. Her research interests revolve around how we can use technology to improve implementation of environmental regulations. She serves as Vice President of the Science Policy Initiative (SPI) and co-chair... Read More →
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Sean Cuddy

Outreach Chair, Science Policy Initiative at UVA
Sean is a neuroscience PhD student and the Outreach Chair for the Science Policy Initiative at UVA. Alongside his research, he advocates for the inclusion of science-based evidence in policymaking and supports policies that bolster our ability to conduct pioneering and influential... Read More →
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Caitlin D. Wylie

Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science
Caitlin D. Wylie is an assistant professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She studies how non-scientists, such as technicians, students, and volunteers, contribute to research in science and engineering... Read More →

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Saturday April 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Central Branch

4:00pm EDT

Fight Like A Grrrl: Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series

F.L.A.G. workshops are hosted by martial artists Sally Rose & Joshua Copson. Join us for a Women's Self Defense seminar by registering below. Although we are aiming to primarily instruct those in the femme folx community, this is a non discriminatory safe space where all ages (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) and genders are welcome. Our mission is to teach womyn how to defend themselves and walk without fear. We will have discussions on strategies, fears, hopes, and goals. The workshops focus on simple, efficient and effective self defense techniques to apply in real life situations.

Registration is required and is capped at 25. RSVP on the Fight Like a  Grrrl website.

Speakers
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Joshua Copson

Instructor, Co-Founder, Fight Like A Grrrl Club
Martial arts, self-defense, me to movement, equal rights, empowerment of women and minorities.
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Sally Rose Monnes

Instructor, Co-founder, Fight Like A Grrrl Club
​​​​Over 7 Years of Martial Arts Training and Black Belt at The Blue Dragon Dojang. Competitive fighter in Oh Do Kwan. 2 time Grand Champ at the Mid-Atlantic All Female Karate Open in 2017 & 2018 with 1st place in forms and 1st place in sparring. Background in American Boxing... Read More →

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8:00pm EDT

Big Blue Door at the Bridge
Join hosts Nauder Namaky and Jessie Conover for a night of Big Blue Door comedy at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative!

Please note: admission is $10 cash at the door.


Saturday April 13, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative gallery
 
Sunday, April 14
 

10:00am EDT

Vertical Farming & Urban Agriculture
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part of the Community Workshop Series.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Free Festival Pass.

Speakers
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Alexander Olesen

CEO, Babylon Micro-Farms

Sponsors

11:00am EDT

Urban City Tree Walk with Wildrock
Limited Capacity seats available
You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Free Festival Pass.
Part of the Community Workshop Series

Walkers will start at Washington Park between 11:00am and 12:00pm and travel to Market Street Park, stopping at designated trees along the way. Each tree will feature an activity and an opportunity to stamp your “passport”. Get your passport stamped at every tree and receive free Ben & Jerry's ice cream! Walk ends with Wildrock's Pop-Up Play at the Tom Tom Block Party.

All ages welcome! No reservations needed.


Sunday April 14, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Washington Park 1001 Preston Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

2:00pm EDT

Fire & Ice
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of the Community Workshop Series.
Sessions take place every 30 minutes from 2:00pm until 5:00pm. Register for a slot here.

In this workshop we will be exploring our nervous system and sensory processing in a simple and elegant empowerment practice. Following from the previous two workshops this week, today is the culmination of a deep exploration of what it means to be human. You will have the opportunity to bring intense states of experience into the realm of calm and mindful attention. Alternating between a high heat sauna and Cold ice baths, with a coach to facilitate this experience, gives the participant an experience of their fullness, strengths and abilities. You will have a direct experience of empowerment and know what it means to confront challenge and achieve nourishment inside that challenge. This experience is a miniature, controlled and safe laboratory for you to experience, expand and develop the spectrum of your Autonomic Nervous system and ability to move from discomfort to mastery. Be prepared to be enlivened, enlightened and deeply relaxed at the same time. You will enjoy bringing a friend or the bond with the other participants.

Please be sure to bring a bathing suit, towel and a change of clothes. We will provide a place to change and all else that is needed.

Feel free to text me with questions or to reserve a time slot at 434-249-7661.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Free Festival Pass and to register through the linked form. Additionally, please note that the cost to participate in this workshop is $25, to be paid at the Park.

Speakers
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Fabian Kuttner

Blue Moon Consulting
Fabian has been studying the human experience his whole life; From studying Buddhist Arts and Sciences with Tibetan monks to climbing mountains throughout the world, from a masters in Body Centered Psychotherapy at a Buddhist University to raising two kids, from flying passengers... Read More →

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The Whole Man

The whole man conceptualizes an inner and outer experience of grit, joy and integrity.  It is beyond gender, while still embracing the roles that we are taught and that may have some basis in biology. For each man becoming whole is a different, unique and uplifting journey, albeit... Read More →


Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Market Street Park 101 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA

2:00pm EDT

Community Mixer Showcase
Meet the local groups who are improving your community. Whether you’re looking to get involved, share your skills, or just want to learn more, the Community Mixer is a great opportunity to show your support for Charlottesville.

You need this ticket from Eventbrite to sign up: Free Festival Pass."

Sunday April 14, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Market Street Park 101 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA
 


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