Monthly Archive for March, 2008

“Probama” WordPress theme

I find this to be an extremely clever use of open market resources. Category 4, a local web design and hosting firm (I worked with them when implementing the new Virginia Film Festival website) is offering a Barack Obama WordPress theme. Here is the message that went out from Cat4’s CEO:

In the past year Category 4 has been developing a lot of WordPress-based web sites for our clients. We recently decided to expand our reach by developing some free custom themes. Our first free theme, “Probama” went live for public download today. It’s a theme for bloggers who want to support Barak Obama and his campaign for President. In addition to a beautiful visual style, it includes some cool features, such as:

• Control panel options for Flickr, Youtube and Feedburner
• Subcategory dropdown menus
• Author-highlighting and gravatars in the comments section
• Custom archives page
• Latest-post highlighting on homepage
• Dynamic subpage menus
• RSS integration with BarackObama.com
• Additional print.css stylesheet

You can learn more about the theme and download it from the Cat4 site.

“Five Years Too Many in Iraq” Film Festival

Iraq occupation film festival flyerFrom March 13-16, the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, OFFSCREEN, and University Democrats, are sponsoring a film festival marking five years of occupying Iraq. All events are free and open to the public; discussions will follow each screening. The sponsors encourage everyone to come, regardless of their opinions on the Iraq occupation or political affiliations.

WHERE: Kaleidoscope Room in Newcomb Hall, on the main grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. (#30 on this map.)

WHEN: March 13, 14, 15, 16. Events begin at 7 p.m. on the first three nights and 5 p.m. on the final day.

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Western McIntire Park Master Planning Public Forum

As if there wasn’t enough to do on March 4, Charlottesville Parks and Rec has scheduled a public forum to discuss the Master Plan Project for the western end of McIntire Park. The meeting runs from 6:30 to 8:30 in City Council chambers, and yes, that is the same time as both the Old Lynchburg Road Citizen information meeting and the UVA Medical Center update . A copy of the Park Forum agenda is posted below.

As has been reported, the City of Charlottesville has entered into a Land Lease with the Piedmont Family YMCA that provides for the construction of a community recreation center within McIntire Park. A provision of this land lease requires the City to conduct a master plan process that will determine the exact location of the YMCA within this portion of McIntire Park. This process will produce a conceptual master plan that will:

1) Locate the YMCA facility within a pre-defined area on the west side of McIntire Park

2) Identify other potential recreational improvements on the west side of McIntire Park reflecting the needs and values of the community.

To that end, upon completion of a six week Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the City has retained the services of a landscape architectural firm. Rhodeside-Harwell will assist the City in facilitating a community-driven process that will update the park master plan for the portion of McIntire Park west of the Norfolk Southern Railway. The March 4 meeting is only the first of several community engagement meetings designed to create open discussion of this project. The current schedule is as follows:

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