March 24 Activities | The buzz
AARP TaxAide Program will open several appointment-only locations to provide free tax preparation to low- and middle-income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older. All volunteers are IRS trained and certified. For appointments at the Center at Belvedere from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, or Piedmont Virginia Community College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, go to taxaidecville.wordpress.com. For appointments at the Fluvanna County Public Library from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Mondays, call (434) 214-0572. For an appointment at the Nelson Memorial Library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, call (301) 938-9741.
Juggling Air Raid meets 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at ACAC Adventure Central. Free. The club welcomes all levels of experience and offers free lessons. juggler.bz.
American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to ensure blood products are available to patients. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are welcome to make an appointment to donate. redcross.org.
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Chat action team is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization serving Charlottesville and 12 surrounding counties to assist homeless cats with trap/neuter/return, fostering, adoption, feral colony maintenance, food and support programs . Volunteers are welcome. catactionteam.org.
Charlottesville Retreads recruits senior softball players at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Darden Towe Park. The program is for men 55+ and women 40+ and runs from April to November. http://charlottesville retreading.org. (434) 825-5304.
Charlottesville Public Services is offering 200 free trees to city residents through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program. One tree per household will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Varieties include southern red oak, serviceberry, sycamore, willow oak, and black gum. www.arborday.org/charlottesville.
Silk behind will be collecting gently used, freshly laundered bras through March 31 to support Free the Girls’ anti-trafficking work. derrieredesoie.com.
Piedmont Hospice offers general bereavement drop-in groups at 3 p.m. Wednesdays on Zoom; call (434) 817-6915 to register. Remembering Our Children, a support group for parents who have lost children, takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month on Zoom; call (434) 817-6915 to register. hopva.org. (434) 817-6949.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Award Nominations and requests for Celebration Offer recipes must be mailed no later than April 4th. This year’s awards celebration, “The Urgency to Create Beloved Community,” will be held at 3 p.m. on April 10 at the Ting Pavilion. Send nomination letters and revenue requests to Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, c/o The Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards, Mount Zion First African Church, 105 Lankford Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22902. (434) 422-0703.
Parkinson Care Partners Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Center du Belvédère. The meeting is part of the Virginia Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association Virginia Information and Referral Center within the UVa Health System. (434) 974-7756.
Master Gardeners of Piedmont continues its Spring 2022 lecture series online at 7 p.m. Thursday, when Jayesh Samtani will present “Home Garden Berries: Selection, Cultivation and Growing Alongside Ornamental Plants.” The series concludes March 31 with Barbara Ryan presenting “The New Sustainable Garden: Designing with Native Plants.” $10 per conference. Registration: https://piedmontmaster gardeners.org/events.
Master Gardeners of Piedmont will be accepting “Green Elephant” donations of garden and yard equipment for sale at the Spring Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7. New and used tools, pipes, decorative items, outdoor furniture and other gardening items can be dropped off at 402 Albemarle Square, next to Clinic M, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Saturdays through the end of April. Open books and chemicals will not be accepted. To arrange item pick-up or to find out more, email greenelephant@ www.piedmontmastergardeners.org.
University of Virginia Classics Department will present “Soft Lands Breed Soft Men? Revisiting the End of Herodotus,” a lecture by Professor Timothy Rood of Oxford University, at 5 p.m. March 31 in the Gibson Room on the first floor of Cocke Hall at UVa. Free. Reception to follow at the Classics Department. (434) 924-3008.
Yellow Gate Foundation and be the match will feature a stem cell registry reader for ages 18-40 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 outside Ragged Mountain Running Shop at 3 Elliewood Ave. No stem cells will be collected that day; self-administered swabs will be added to the registry. Potential donors who cannot attend can text YDF on 61474 to receive a collection kit by post. yellowdoorfoundation.org.