This week’s Be There options include an action-packed blues festival, a concert that follows African American music from jazz to gospel to soul to help families far from home, and a documentary that dives into the value of native plants to pollinators and wildlife.

Blues in the Blue Ridge

The Central Virginia Blues Society will be presenting its fourth annual Blues Festival from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton.

The Nighthawks will be headlining Saturday’s festival, bringing four decades’ worth of blues experience from the Washington, D.C., area. Billy Price will be there with his Charm City Rhythm Band. Mike Goudreau, who has released 19 albums of blues and jazz back home in Canada, will be there. And there will be plenty of local star power at the rain-or-shine festival, too, thanks to The Jon Spear Band and Eli Cook.

In addition to performances, there will be workshops. A variety of local vendors also will offer foods, beverages and more.

Tickets are $20 at the gate; they’re $15 in advance through Eventbrite and for blues society members. Find out more at

Excellence, then and now

If you caught Richelle Claiborne’s March 29 show at The Front Porch, you heard her sing and teach her way through the history of African American music. If you didn’t get there before it sold out, you’ll get another chance on Friday to savor “Black Music Excellence Through the Ages.”

Claiborne will present her show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall. She’ll be performing with vocalist Ti Ames, Ivan Orr on keyboards, guitarist Tucker Rogers, Bud Bryant on bass and Rob Hubbard on drums.

The show is $20, $18 in advance. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville, which will use the money to help families settle into a home-like environment while their children are getting medical treatment in Charlottesville.

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‘Habitat heroes’

A documentary screening is part of bee-friendly Scottsville’s celebrations of Pollinator Week.

“Hometown Habitat — Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” which will be screened at noon Saturday at Scottsville’s Victory Hall Theater, explores the diverse advantages of native plants. The eight-part film shows what happened when producer and director Catherine Zimmerman and her crew spent two years traveling across the country to learn more about communities that have embraced conservation landscaping practices. Entomologist Douglas Tallamy provides the narrative thread that reveals the problems that have been caused by moving away from focusing on native plants.

It’s a way to learn about “habitat heroes” who made their landscapes friendlier to pollinators and wildlife by offering the plants the creatures prefer for food and shelter. Choosing native plants also made the workload easier on gardeners and landscapers who found that native plants needed less watering and fewer chemicals to thrive — and that birds and pollinators preferred the nectar and seed from the native plants.

The documentary’s chapters include “The Basics — Douglas Tallamy,” “Ecosystem Services — Milton Trees NYC,” “Water Conservation — Habitat Hero Program,” “Environmental Art Solutions — EcoArtists,” “Sustainable Practices — Redefining the Horticulture Industry,” “Restoration and Conservation Development — Steven Apfelbaum,” “Interfaith Environmental Movement — Sacred Grounds” and “Environmental Activism — Wild Ones.”

Saturday is Bee City Day in Scottsville, which has been certified as a Bee City USA for its efforts to sustain pollinators in urban environments.

Admission is by donation. For details, visit

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Jane Dunlap Sathe is the features editor for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7249 or

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