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Charlottesville SPCA and Humane Society Spay Day

by Katrina Kiefer

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has many events throughout the year geared towards alleviating our country’s pet overpopulation problem, not least of which are the feral cat spay/neuter events that are part of the CASPCA’s barn cat adoption and TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs in cooperation with Voices for Animals.  The next two TNR events will be held at the CASPCA on February 26th and March 19th, 2011.  Please visit either the CASPCA TNR web page or Voices for Animals’ website for more information about how to become a participant of this life-saving, all volunteer-driven and FREE program.

With kitten season just around the corner, the CASPCA has gone one better this February by offering free spay/neuter services for your favorite house cats too.  The program is available to all middle and lower income families in Albemarle County and is convenient and easy to access.  You can drop by the facility to fill out an application or use their easy online application and submit your information with the click of a button.  This program will be offered all of February and the CASPCA will do its best to schedule Mr. and Ms. Fuzzynickers’ procedure for a day and time that is convenient for you.  Remember, all it takes is one accidental outdoor adventure for your cat to become a parent, and if you’re favorite feline is of the indoor/outdoor variety, the need to spay or neuter becomes even more urgent.

The Humane Society of the United States’ and Humane Society International are also making the effort of having your dog or cat spayed/neutered a whole lot easier and even fun with this years’ annual Spay Day.

Read the full article at The Examiner

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Changing Precipitation in Virginia?

RUMORS ABOUND: Much ado has been made about the prospect of changing levels of precipitation in Virginia. On one hand, recent moisture shortages (the most recent having been last summer) have elicited speculation that our precipitation might be decreasing, spurring Virginia Drought Task Force activity as well as claims that global climate change will be taking its toll on the state in the form of a drier climate.

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The Downtown Mall and Cultural Events

IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia theatre-goers attend on-Grounds productions at UVA by the Virginia Players and the Heritage Theatre Festival or performances by the Four County Players and the Light Opera Society. Music-lovers look forward to UVA’s Tuesday Evening Concert series or concerts by local bands and symphony orchestras. University students, community members of all ages and visitors to the area enjoy fine art from around the world at the permanent galleries and special exhibitions at the University of Virginia Art Museum and private galleries on the Downtown Mall. The city also supports a number of art venues and 25 movie theatres.

The area celebrates Spring with a Dogwood Festival and Parade every April, highlighted by blooming azaleas, dogwood and redbud trees. The Virginia Festival of the Book, which brings together readers, editors, publishers, and writers from around the country for lectures, seminars, and discussions about literature, poetry, and nonfiction, also occurs in spring.

Summer events include the weekly after-work celebration — Fridays After Five — a lively concert series at the grassy amphitheatre at the western end of the historic downtown mall.

Summer also brings a Fourth of July celebration at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s beautiful estate.

Fall brings regional fairs to the area, wine tasting tours, and breathtaking scenic drives through the Blue Ridge Mountains to view the instensely colorful foliage.

Every Winter brings “First Night Virginia”‘s New Year’s Eve family-friendly festivities, featuring live music, entertainment, and fireworks at midnight on the mall. Join us!

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Tell Me About Charlottesville, Virginia

Named in honor of Princess Charlotte, the wife of King George III (yes, that King George), Charlottesville was settled in the eighteenth century on a hill overlooking the majestic Rivanna River. Today, Charlottesville is a thriving city that has kept up with the times while not sacrificing a love for tradition and good taste.

The city’s population is over 50,000 with a metropolitan population nearing 220,000. There are few places in the United States that combine a picturesque and cultivated countryside that is so rich in historical associations with the proximity of a magnificent national park and cultural opportunities beyond compare.

In July 2008, Outside Magazine recognized Charlottesville as a top place to live in the U.S. In 2008, Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine also named Charlottesville among the best cities in the United States. In their book, Cities Ranked and Rated, Bert Sperling and Peter Sander place Charlottesville in the top 5 percent among the best places to live in the United States. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country’s largest private, nonprofit historic preservation organization, named Charlottesville to its 2007 listing of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of lovingly preserved places. In May 2009, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine named Charlottesville the “Number Four City” in the U.S.A. Kiplinger’s writes that Charlottesville is a “great city” because of top-flight employers such as the University of Virginia, attractions like the outdoor downtown mall, and its close proximity to Richmond, Norfolk and the Atlantic beaches, and Washington, DC (the latter is quite a mixed blessing, of course!).