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Just Between Us… I enjoy recording all our occasions and holidays — whether it be the first day of school or the Thanksgiving feast. Photos outdoors this time of year somehow have magical lighting, and we have quite a few snapshots that are especially precious: Our oldest not yet a year old in a front pack with daddy up on Skyline Drive. The girls rolling in a pile of leaves with their brand-new, days’ old brother swaddled and propped for a quick photo. All three of the older kids helping their baby brother toddle along some hay bales with a background of clear blue sky. And last fall, out at Chiles Peach Orchard, I took a photo that perfectly captured everyone’s personality. Our youngest mugged his best smile, pulling his grin wider with his fingers at the corners of his mouth, while his brother reached for a branch he ought to have known better than to climb and their sisters laughed

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at their antics. Those are my favorite shots — the spontaneous interactions that help you to remember the day and the good times you had together. Last Thanksgiving at the kids’ table we captured a particularly funny shot of the kids, with their pinecone turkey decorations pretending to have a gobbling battle. From a journalist’s standpoint it doesn’t tell a clear story — it looks rather like Thanksgiving gone wrong — but we remember the laughter, and I am quite sure it will be one for the memory books. Wishing you all magical fall days,

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{Contents} TABLE OF



News 10

The Buzz Around Town 12 Should Children Follow Their Parents’

Dietary Choices?

Our Schools 17

Spanish — At City Schools, It’s Elementary

Bravo! 18 Phil Giaramita

Tips & Trends 34 Fabulous Finds and Fun


Home & Garden 36 Add Seasonal Glow to

Special Needs Guide 30 Local Resources for Health

Your Holiday Table

and Learning

Guide to Preschools 63 Places to Play, Learn and Grow

November Activities & Events for Families

Editor’s Pick!

Trim That Tree! 25


Healthy Family 32 Fever 101

Out & About Calendar 20

Dear Bob 30 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Here’s a trick I still use at fancy dinners: Make OK signs with your hands. The left one is a B for bread plate. The right is a D for drink. Read about other table manners on page 60.

Local Farms Offer Holiday Trains, Candy Canes and More

So Love This!

UNTIL NEXT TIME We’ll Party Like Pilgrims 70 You Can Stay as Long as

We Have Leftovers

For us at the Murphy house, the holidays are just as much about grandma coming to visit as the turkey trimmings and pumpkin pie. Cooking together, making memories, is what makes the holiday meals truly special. Check our my family recipe on page 44. — Catherine, Advertising Sales

INSPIRATION Tasty Traditions 40 Thanksgiving Recipes from

Our Table to Yours

Top Gifts for Giving 44 The 2013 National Parenting

Publications Awards Winners in Toys, Games, DVDs & More

Three Cheers for School Volunteers 50

Meet Three Parent Volunteers


Buy Local! Holiday Gift Guide Gifts for Mom & Dad 28 Wellness Gifts 35 Pop-Up Gift Shops 38 Gifts for the Hosts 42 Gifts for Kids 48 Photography & Art Gifts 70

Who Have Made a Lasting Impact

Teaching Your Preschooler Manners 60 They’re Not Too Young to Be

Polite and Courteous


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­the local buzz

IP Presents

Local Teachers Publish Book

Check out the wonderful events

Chris Bunin, a teacher at Albemarle High School, and

we are sponsoring this month!

Christine Esposito, a teacher at Walker Upper Elementary School, collaborated on a workbook for educators

Virginia Gingerbread Christmas

who wish to use digital mapping technology to teach middle school-level U.S. history classes. The workbook,

Accepting entries starting November 1

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“Jamestown to Appomattox Court House: Using GIS Savion Glover

to Teach U.S. History,” covers topics ranging from the

at The Paramount Theater

United States’ first census to the election of 1860. The

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book — a collection of short activities averaging 30 to

December 6

45 minutes each — was made possible by a 2006

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Department of Education to Bunin and Esposito. Jafrom Carte Diem Press projects that the book will be released in January 2014.

Cosmetics Entrepreneurs Two Albemarle County students, dissatisfied by the unnatural ingredients found in commercially available make-up products, decided to take the problem into their own hands. The result: Blush Daisy, a line of all-natural make-up products. The two young entrepreneurs, sisters Emma and

Last month at the 17th annual Arthur C. Greene Rising

Julia Wayne, offer a

Star Awards Celebration, the Piedmont Council for the

lip balm collection

Arts honored 18 recipients. Teachers at local public and

including flavors such

private high schools nominated 11th- and 12th-grade

as snow cone, pink

students who displayed excellence in and commitment

frosting and coconut

to the arts. The Rising Star Award recognizes achievement

and peaches. Made

in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film,

for kids by kids, the

drama, music and writing.

lip balms have names

The 2013 Rising Star Award recipients are Peter

Blush Daisy

Rising Stars

inspired by instant

Balcke, Garen Dorsey and Anne Schmidt of Albemarle High

messaging, like LOL (laugh out loud) and ROFL (rolling on the floor

School; Hannah Rose Frobom of Tandem Friends School;

laughing). A portion of the proceeds from Blush Daisy products

Travis Grice, Rachel Poulter-Martinez and Liza Williams

helps to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

of Western Albemarle High School; David Lee and Lainey

Currently the products are only available on the Blush Daisy

Wood of St. Anne’s-Belfield School; Micayle Levine of the

website and at the Charlottesville City Market on select Saturdays,

Renaissance School, Michelle Miles, Patrick Poehailos and

but these young entrepreneurs hope to delve into the local retail

Braelyn Schenk of Monticello High School; Aimee Moody,

scene with lip balm displays at stores around the area. Other

Vail Prior and Danny Wagner of Charlottesville High

ideas in the works include expanding the make-up line to include

School; and Kelli Peed and Jane Schmidt of the Covenant

everything from eye shadows to skin essentials, creating a sleeve to

School. The celebration featured student performances

attach lip balms to backpacks and launching a school fund-raising

along with a reception and a gallery exhibition.

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TOWN Should children follow their parents’ dietary choices? 24% say “yes” 76% say “no” Family time is precious. Same diet means less time preparing meals. Less time preparing means higher probability of shared meals.

Let the kid have a cupcake, even if you are vegan [or] gluten-free. I think kids learn more by our example, not what we tell them to do. Force a kid to be vegan and he may Michelle E., Charlottesville, mother of three dream of the day he can have a big, juicy and business owner cheeseburger! Lisa H., Charlottesville, mother of twins and expert eater of all foods except beets I think it is important to raise your children on the beliefs of your family. Dietary choices are an important aspect of a It is important to let children make their family’s lifestyle, and by instilling a similar own food choices with parental guidance. diet throughout the family, you give your When you help your children learn to make children a better sense of identity. positive choices on their own…it carries Jenna B., Charlottesville, mother to one boy over in to many aspects of their lives. Mother of one, teacher of many If the parent has a healthy lifestyle, then definitely yes. If they do not, then obviously the answer would be no. As does the parent so will the child, healthy or not, good or bad — in most cases. We as parents are the example.

I don’t think that the children should have to follow any particular choice other than a healthy choice diet. But I don’t think that the parent should have to cook [or] provide food that she [or] he is uncomfortable with.

Dave, father of two girls

Ann, Ivy, mother of two

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Are you careful to spend the same amount on each of your own children at the holidays? 12

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Libbey Kitten

Libbey Kitten, Science Coordinator for Charlottesville City Schools (CCS),

Annie Evans

by Lynn Pribus

is very involved with the state and national movements to introduce new technologies and engineering into K–12 science learning. “I spent my career working with grades 6–12,” says Kitten. “I love that I now work with K–12. So much of our attitude toward learning is formed when we are quite young.” She lives with her husband and two cats in Short Pump, just west of Richmond, but says the commute to Charlottesville is worth it. “Having an opportunity to positively impact children’s views about science during the elementary school years is an extraordinary privilege,” she explains. What are your current projects?

How can parents kindle an excitement for science in their

Collaborating with the University of Virginia to establish the nation’s first


Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for grades

Kids are natural scientists. Encourage them to observe, explore and

6–12. UVA students and our science teachers will help our students learn

experiment. Warning: mess and mishaps are part of the process.

science in a meaningful context, using the latest manufacturing technologies. We’re also working with local businesses on student-created recycling education projects to reduce the amount of landfill waste CCS generates. In addition, we’ll partner with City Schoolyard Garden for the third year — with all six elementary schools plus Buford Middle School — giving our students ongoing, on-site garden-based learning experiences. What was your favorite book as a child?

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis What are you reading now?

“Animal’s People” by Indra Sinha. What 21st-century technology could you not live without?

Central air and heat. OK, it’s 20th-century, but when I spend time in a thirdworld country, that’s what I appreciate most when I get home.

Why is science important?

Learning to communicate effectively and think critically matter. We need to understand how some technological advances can come with undesirable impacts or ethical dilemmas. If opinions aren’t based on basic scientific principles, our responses will be as ignorant as those who tried to ward off the plague with rose water. What would you title your memoirs?

Serendipity If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. It would take care of my commute! What do you like best about living here?

University towns place a premium on education. This is especially important in science, when your goal is to expose children to relatively new and

Whom do you admire?

evolving career fields. The UVA professors are essential in developing the

I admire specific traits more than specific people: kindness, humility, a strong

STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] courses and lessons

work ethic and a healthy sense of humor.

we envision in CCS. Also, Charlottesville and CCS are committed to green

What’s the best advice your parents ever gave you?

“You can do anything if you persevere.”

initiatives. I’m proud to work in a community that seeks to preserve our natural resources.

What made you excited about science?

In fourth grade, we studied the Black Death. It fascinated me that no one

Lynn loved science, especially physics, in high school and

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{our town community} rves a slice of the pie e s e D e n Everyo Blue Ridge Area Food Bank • Albemarle HS Chorus Independence Resource Center • JABA • Salvation Army • SOCA Monticello HS • March of Dimes • SPCA • Goodwill Industries Thomas Jefferson Food Bank • Habitat for Humanity Make A Wish Foundation • Kluge Children’s Rehab Albemarle Fire & Rescue • ARC of the Piedmont Special Olympics • Mosby Foundation Ronald McDonald House • St Judes SARA • Shelter for Help in Emergency

Stickworks Artist Patrick Dougherty visited Charlottesville last month to install a new and unique sculpture on the UVA Grounds. Dougherty weaves locally gathered saplings and branches to create larger-than-life “Stickworks” — this one in front of UVA’s Ruth Caplin Theatre on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. UVA students and community members, including students taking art classes at the Renaissance School, lent a hand in the creation of the sculpture. The recipient of many arts awards, including a National Endowment for the

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Arts Fellowship, Dougherty has produced more than 200 installations worldwide in the past 30 years, always incorporating the specific nature of each location into his work. for Stickworks, as well as photographs and models of

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Dougherty’s earlier projects, at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art through December 22. “Stickworks” will remain on display for over a year. CharlottesvilleFamily’s sister publication the Charlottesville Welcome Book is proud to support the exhibition. For more information about it and the Fralin’s exhibition on Dougherty, visit

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its Math, Engineering and Science Academy (MESA) in 2009. This past year, Monticello High School’s Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA) got underway. And in fall 2014, Western Albemarle High School will debut its Environmental Studies Academy. Each four-year academy is a tuition-free program designed

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Spanish — At City Schools, It’s Elementary The students call her Ms. Hola or The Hola or Dora (the Explorer). But as long as they’re learning Spanish, teacher Stacy Díaz will answer to any of the above. Díaz joined Charlottesville City Schools in 2008 to initiate an elementary Spanish program to capitalize on children’s strong ability to learn a second language. “The program was exactly what I wanted,” Díaz says. “In 2008 we began classes for all of the city’s kindergartners and first-graders. When those first-graders moved up, we added second grade, and so on. Now those first-graders are sixth-graders at Walker Upper Elementary School, and I am teaching them Spanish 1

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for high school credit.” Through fifth grade, students have Spanish class for thirty minutes, twice a week. The sessions feature games, songs and high-energy activities. By first grade, students begin to write and read in español, using Spanish-language storybooks and accompanying materials. Díaz and her colleagues developed their own curriculum, now sought by divisions across the state and country. Díaz notes, “One of our successes is that we broke down Spanish vocabulary according to when students cover content in their regular classes. So when students study weather, we reinforce that material by teaching them la temperatura. We do this for shapes and colors with younger students or science and mapping skills with older students.” “I enjoy taking Spanish,” says sixth-grade Darius. “Because I’ve learned some Spanish at school, I can teach phrases to my friends who don’t know any Spanish. I even have friends who don’t know any English, so they can teach me more Spanish, and I can teach them some English.” His classmate Eliza agrees: “I like it, and I can tell that I’m learning. When I was younger, I couldn’t understand the teacher’s directions to the class in Spanish. I had to wait for it to be repeated in English. Now I understand what she’s saying in Spanish.” “It’s incredibly rewarding,” concludes Díaz. “Sixth-graders can learn a foreign language. They can learn it very well.”

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Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, hadn’t realized how sheltered his own life had been until he began volunteering for Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that provides trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. After 10 years as a volunteer, Giaramita realizes that being a stable, consistent presence in a child’s life can make a profound difference. “These kids have an enormous capacity to love,” he says. “And they have also developed a capacity to survive and achieve. . . . You see a lot of pain but also a lot of optimism. It is not hopeless.” Like many other new CASA volunteers, Giaramita was initially worried about his emotional capacity when dealing with difficult cases and dysfunctional families. Over time, he learned not to make snap judgments about the families he encounters, because there are so many underlying factors: homelessness, poverty, drug issues and parents who lacked role models of their own.

Piedmont CASA offers ongoing training and support to its volunteers. 971.7515

Giaramita describes CASA volunteers as honest, independent advocates whose loyalty is solely to the child — and who show up when and where they say they will. They build a level of trust with the children and the parents. According to the Piedmont CASA website, volunteers do not need to have experience in the court system, although they are asked to make a one-year commitment. CASA volunteers’ input is sought by judges in court, and they can be very influential in the

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Check out the calendar for November family fun.

Mincer’s, UVA-imprinted sportswear,

Are you careful to spend the same amount on each of your own children at the holidays?

Plow & Hearth has reopened its store

Frameri, a new eyewear company

at the Barracks Road Shopping Center.

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Game Day Restaurant, Bar & Grill,

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and recent University of Virginia grad Ted Lichtenberger has co-founded

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About November 2013

THANKSGIVING Virginia Thanksgiving Festival

November 3, 12pm at Berkeley Plantation, Charles City Celebrate at the site of the first official Thanksgiving with manor house tours, activities and a living history program. 888-466-6018

Mini Fall Pie Making Workshop

November 17, 2-4pm at Mudhouse, Crozet Learn new tricks before Thanksgiving and take 4 mini pies home. Ages 13 & up. 823-2240

Celebration of Holiday Lights

For more holiday festivals, events and fun, visit our online calendar at

Poinsettia Open House Thanksgiving on the Mountain

November 28-December 1 at Wintergreen Resort Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and more family fun. 325-8180

Earlysville 5k Turkey Trot & Kids Run

November 28, 8:30am kid’s race, 9am 5K at 600 Earlysville Forest Drive, Earlysville Kids can enjoy a free half-mile race. Walkers are welcome. Benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.


The Boar’s Head Turkey Trot

Virginia Gingerbread Christmas Gingerbread House Competition

November 28, 9am at The Boar’s Head Inn Before the big feast, run or walk the 5k course to raise money for the UVA Children’s Hospital. Registration. 972-2237

Now through December 2 at the Omni Hotel The theme is “Stage and Screen: Favorite Movie or Play.” Registration is due by Dec. 2. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 825-3082

Annual Club at Ironwood Turkey Trot

A Christmas Carol

November 28, 9am at Club at Ironwood, Verona Strollers and kids are welcome at this 5K run/ walk to benefit the Valley Children’s Center. 540-290-4427

November 25-January 5, 5-11pm at Gypsy Hill Park Enjoy a drive through the 214 acre park aglow with charming nighttime scenes.

November 22-December 15 at Four County Players, Barboursville Scrooge travels through his past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. 540-832-5355

November 29 & 30 at Milmont Greenhouses Enjoy Brunswick stew, free homemade donuts, door prizes and more. 540-943-8408

Barracks Road Annual Holiday Parade

November 29, 9:30am at Barracks Road Shopping Center Enjoy this hometown parade with costumed characters, antique cars, live animals, floats, local celebrities, marching bands and more! 977-0100

Junie B. Jones Christmas

November 29, 6:30pm at The Paramount Theater How can Junie B. enjoy the holidays after drawing her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift? 979-1333

Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination

November 29, 6pm at the Downtown Mall Festivities include the grand illumination of the community Christmas tree, as well as kids’ activities at Winter Wonderland on Second Street from 5-7pm. 825-3082

Snow’s Holiday Open House

Montpelier Hunt Races

November 30, 8:30am-5pm at Snow’s Garden Center Enjoy hot cider, holiday cookies and meet Santa while you choose your perfect Christmas tree or greenery. 295-2159

Great Russian Nutcracker

December 1, 3pm & 7pm at The Paramount Theater See visions of sugarplum fairies as 40 members of Moscow Ballet present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” 979-1333

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Steeple Chase

Montpelier Hunt Races November 2, 9am-6pm at Montpelier See page 12

December 6, 7am-8pm at Fashion Square Mall Bring an unwrapped new toy or make an online donation to help make a local child’s holiday bright! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 975-8697 Continued on page 22


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HILLTOP FARM $4,495,000 A 360 acre estate located less than 10 mins from UVA, Hilltop Farm enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding hills, plus Ragged & Blue Ridge Mountains. The immaculate, Johnson, Craven and Gibson-designed residence, accessed via one mile drive that traverses hundreds of acres of rolling pastureland, provides 6-BR and 5.5-BA w/gorgeous views from most windows. The setting of this quality residence is truly breathtaking in all directions. The siting of the house in the middle of the abundant acreage provides total privacy, tranquility & protection just a quick drive from all that Charlottesville & UVA have to offer. MLS# 514115 A F F O R D A B L E D E TAC H E D H O M E

4090 BROCKS LANE • $725,000 15 minutes to Downtown this solid built brick home offers wonderful livability including a first floor master suite with a cozy fireplace and private master bath, huge family room with wood burning fireplace and an open kitchen/living room/dining room which overlooks a gorgeous in-ground pool surrounded by lush plantings. Situated on over 34 private acres with wonderful views the property offers a private guest house with its own well and septic. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148. MLS# 512526

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Located on historical Ridge St. within walking distance to UVA & Downtown Mall. Off-street parking for 2 cars, large private backyard & unfinished basement that could be finished for more living space. Updated interior - hardwood floors, butcher block counters, stainless steel appliances, glass tile backsplash & ceiling fans. R-1S zoning will support primary residence & addition of accessory apartment on large lot. Amy Toomy (434) 996-0394. MLS# 509904

Located within walking distance of Darden Towe Park and the Rivanna River Trail. Convenient to Martha Jefferson Hospital, UVA’s campus and hospital system. 2 miles of I-64, 1 mile from 250 bypass. Main level ensuite master, all bedrooms with large walk-in closets, spacious, shady backyard and deck, loft area upstairs as well as separate laundry room. No HOA fees! Lisa Lyons (434) 987-1767. MLS# 513461


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{our town calendar} Family Day at the Virginia Film Festival

Dallas Children’s Theater

November 9, 9am-3pm at UVA’s Arts Grounds Attend a screening of “Peter Pan,” explore the Interactive Arts Fair and the instrument petting zoo, meet the megasize special effects creatures and more. 982-5277

Shenandoah Uncorked

November 9, 10am-4:30pm at Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns Enjoy live music, kid’s activities and more at this indoor/outdoor family-friendly festival. 540-477-2432


Kid’s Classic

Stuart Little November 12, 5:30pm at The Paramount Theater See page 24

City Market

Now through December, 8am-1pm Saturdays at Second and Water Streets 970-3260

WVPT Online Holiday Auction


Apple Harvest Festival

Montpelier Hunt Races

November 2, 9am-6pm at Montpelier Experience world-class steeplechase horse races! Enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids’ stick-horse races and Vendors Row. 540-672-0014

November 2, 10am-5pm at Rural Ridge Farm Go on a hayride, look at crafts, taste apples, watch old-fashioned apple butter cooking and cider pressing, tour the cidery and learn about growing fruit. 297-2326

November 5-19

Tandem Friends School Tag Sale

November 9 & 10, 7:30am-4pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday at Tandem Friends School 296-1303


Saturday, December 21 •11:00am & 3:30pm Sunday, December 22 • 2:00pm & 5:00pm V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College To reserve your tickets for The Nutcracker Suite and our other holiday events, visit Box Office: 434.227.7592 Email: Tickets starting at $20


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Mistletoe Market 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013 The Boar’s Head 10 am – 5 pm

clothing, jewelry, gifts, toys, gourmet foods, home furnishings & more Tickets: $5 per guest (children under 10 free) Tickets available at the door or online at Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor of Mistletoe Market 2013

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale November 9-17, 10am-7pm at Gordon Avenue Library 977-8467

Mistletoe Market

November 17, 10am-5pm at The Boar’s Head

Alternative Gift Fair

November 29, 12pm at The Paramount Theater 979-1333

The Great Mouse Detective (G)

November 4, 3:30pm at Central Library Enjoy fresh popcorn and a movie on the big screen. Bring a blanket and pillows. 979-7151

Northside Players Drama Club November 4, 4-5:30pm at Northside Library Explore improv, story theater, and puppetry, play fun theater games and more. No experience necessary. Grades 3 & up. Registration. 973-7893

Green Valley Book Fair

November 29-December 15 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford 800-385-0099


For more holiday festivals, events and fun, visit our online calendar at

Stickwork Ongoing at UVA Arts Grounds Patrick Dougherty, renowned for site-specific sculptures made of locally harvested twigs and saplings, created a unique work of art in front of UVA’s Ruth Caplin Theatre. A corresponding exhibition at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art will be on display until Dec. 22. 924-3592

Stuart Little

November 12, 5:30pm at The Paramount Theater A mouse born into an ordinary New York City family, Stuart Little’s life becomes a series of adventures as he learns to survive in the super-sized human world. 979-1333

Best of Both Worlds Competition

November 16, 4-6pm at The Paramount Theater Some of the best regional and non-regional step and dance teams compete for cash and the ultimate bragging rights. 757-263-0068

Savion Glover

November 20, 8pm at The Paramount Theater A Tony-winning hoofer, choreographer and producer, Glover’s credits include Broadway shows and movies such as Happy Feet. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 979-1333

PVCC Chorus Free Fall Concert Barefoot Puppets: Ooey Gooey Poetry

November 12, 10:30am at Central Library This lively puppet show features timeless classics including “The Three Little Kittens” and “Little Miss Muffet.” Best for ages 3 & up. 979-7151

November 24, 3pm at PVCC’s Dickinson Building Enjoy a variety of music ranging from Renaissance composers to today’s jazz standards and show tunes. 961-5376

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Sign up for the Gingerbread House Competition Nov.1-Dec.2! Forms available on our website. Winter Wonderland Preview & Ticket Sales at Grand Illumination Nov. 29 at Central Place on the Downtown Mall

Winter Wonderland

Dec. 5-8 at The Omni | Grand Opening: Dec. 5, 4-7 pm Gingerbread House Village, visits with Santa, and more. Check the website for Santa’s schedule! Free.

St. Nicholas Reception

Monday - Sunday 9-5

Dec. 8, 3-4:30 pm at The Omni See the winners of the Gingerbread Competition receive their awards. Last chance to visit with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to rest up for his Christmas Eve journey. Free.

Mrs. Claus Invites... YOU!

Dec. 12, 4-6 pm at The Omni Party with the Elves and Santa’s friends. Reservations required. Tickets $8.00 each.

NEW! Gingerbread Trail

Dec. 10-21 (see website for details)

The Gingerbread Express

Dec. 13-14 & 20-21 at The Virginia Discovery Museum. Leaves the station at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm Enjoy the magic of Charlottesville’s Holiday Lights. Reservations required! Tickets are $5 per person.

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17th Annual 5K Run for Shelter November 2, 8am at the Downtown Mall This annual run in downtown Charlottesville benefits the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Walkers are welcome! 963-4676

Heart Walk


Saturdays 8am-1pm, Nov 30-dec 21


1st batch of trees arrive Thanksgiving Week

November 2, 9:30am at UVA Research Park This family-friendly walk is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.

UVA Football

November 2 & 30, time TBA at UVA’s Scott Stadium Cheer on our ‘Hoos at home as they take on Clemson (Nov. 2) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 30).

ATA Board Break-A-Thon

November 9, 11am-1pm at ATA Leadership Martial Arts The festivities include food, games, prizes, face painting, demonstrations and board breaking. 973-3000

Fee Free Days at Shenandoah National Park

November 9-11 at Shenandoah National Park Enjoy the park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of Veterans Day weekend. 540-999-3500

LEARNING FUN Toddler Time with Monticello

November 1, 8, 15 & 22, 9:30-10am at Monticello In this series, join toddlers and their adult companions for story time, crafts and special activities. 984-9880

Paperback Party!

November 2, 2pm at Central Library Bring a gently used paperback to donate and enjoy crafts, prizes, storytime, dancing and cake. 979-7151

Magic Pots & Recycled Bottles

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November 4, 2-3pm at Central Library From paper towel rolls to glitzy bangles! Learn how to make treasure out of trash with Kathleen Jacobs. 979-7151

Civil War Trail & Farm Walking Tour

November 16, 2pm at Montpelier, Orange Carve a path through archaeological remains of a Confederate camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the Gilmore cabin and farm. 540-672-2728

Trim That Tree! Local Farms Offer Holiday Trains, Candy Canes and More.

Boys’ Home Christmas Tree Farm, West Augusta 540-939-4106 Choose from Norway Spruce, Eastern White Pine and Scotch Pine. Baling and loading available. Hours: November 29-December 21; Friday-Sunday, 10am–4pm Claybrooke Farm, Louisa 540-872-3817 Cut your own Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Leyland Cypress and some firs. Warm up with complimentary hot cider and enjoy a wagon ride to the fields. Offers tree shaking, loading assistance, saw and close parking. Hours: November 29-December 1, 10am-5pm. Davis Creek Tree Farm, Lovingston 263-8762 Choose and cut White Pines, Concolor Firs and Canaan Firs. Saw and twine available. Call ahead to schedule your visit. Hours: November 29-December 23; Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm, Scottsville 286-3445 Choose and cut Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading available. Fresh wreaths and garland, too. Hours: November 22-December 23; Wednesday-Monday, 9am-5pm; Tuesday by appointment. Greene Meadows Tree Farm, Stanardsville 990-1999 Choose from White Pine, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Red Cedar and Canaan Fir or fresh, pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Hours: November 23-December 24; Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. See ad page 24. The Market at Grelen, Somerset 540-672-7268 Pre-order a Virginia tree to pick up after Thanksgiving and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths. Live animals to pet and an antique sleigh for photo opportunities. Santa stops by on Saturdays. Roping available. Visit website for pre-order form. Hours: 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday. See ad page 43.


amFog, Afton 540-456-7100 Pick up a fresh cut Fraser Fir or White Pine tree or a holiday wreath. Roping is available. The first batch of trees will arrive Thanksgiving week. Call for times. See ad page 24.

Oak Shade Farm, Rixeyville 540-937-5062 Choose from Norway Spruce and White Pine. Stroll along walking trails, warm up with free cider and homemade cookies, visit with bunnies and chickens. Saws, baling and tying available. Hours: November 29-December 24; Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. Peper’mint Christmas Tree Farm, Culpeper 540-825-4693 Enjoy hot cider, candy canes and mountain views. Cut your own tree and select wreaths, swags and garland, made fresh daily. Hours: November 29-first two weekends in December; 10am4:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood 703-759-3039 Cut your own Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, and Douglas Firs, or select from pre-cut Fraser Firs. Free tree shaking, baling, hot cider and chocolate. Cash or checks only. Hours: November 29-December 23; 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday, weekdays by appointment. Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm, Madison 540-547-2576 Cut your own White, Scotch and Red Pines, and Canaan Firs. Also crafts, wreaths and garland for purchase. Saws, twine and tree shaker available. Kids get candy canes and a free coloring book. Hot chocolate and cider, and model trains running on weekends. Hours: November 29-December 23; 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday, call for weekday hours.


{our town calendar} Be an Opera Star

November 21, 4pm at Northside Library Get a behind-the-scenes look with Ash Lawn Opera at “Amahl and the Night Visitors” through hands-on and interactive activities. Registration. Grades 2 & up. 973-7893


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Now through November 5 Presented by the National Garden Club, the essay contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and the youth poetry contest is open to grades K-9. See website for themes and entry rules. 979-9900

Writer’s Eye Contest

Now through November 15 at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art This annual competition challenges youth in grades 3-12, UVA students and adults to submit original poetry and prose inspired by works on view in the Museum. 924-3592

Minute to Win It Madness

November 20, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Compete Minute to Win It challenges inspired by the game show and test your mettle against your peers. Registration. Grades 6-12. 296-5544

Teen Cosmic Sci-Fi Spectacular

November 22, 7-8:30pm at Crozet Library Celebrate the release of “Catching Fire” and the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Who series with crafts, trivia, debate and more. Registration. 823-4050

Teen Screen Movie Special

November 23, 2-2:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Play Hunger Games trivia to win a ticket to see the “Catching Fire” movie. Afterward, watch the first movie in the series! 296-5544

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Camp Holiday Trails Open House November 2, 9am-12pm at Camp Holiday Trails 977-3781

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Birth Matters VA’s Awards & Fundraiser November 3, 1-5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond Explore the garden and enjoy a day of birth advocacy with special guest Abby Epstein. 528-5458


{our town calendar} Renaissance School Open House

November 4 & 5 at Renaissance School 984-1952

Come See Us in Action Day

Buy Local! Holiday Gift Guide GIFTS FOR MOM & DAD

November 5, 9am-11:30pm at Tandem Friends School 951-9314

Charlottesville City School Board Meeting November 7, 5pm at Charlottesville High School 245-2400

MESA Open House

November 7, 5-7pm at Albemarle High School Crutchfield See ad page 49 Happy Cook See ad page 41 Meadowbrook Pharmacy See ad page 68 Paramount Theater See ad page 28

Learn, Connect, Hope, Thrive Conference

November 9, 8am-6pm at Holiday Inn Roanoke-Tanglewood A conference for professionals and parents of special needs children. 823-2199

Big For a Day

November 9, 1-3pm at Bellair Farm Join in fall-themed activities and fun as you see what Big Brothers Big Sisters has to offer. Each volunteer will be matched with one child. 244-0882


The Paramount Theater

November 20 8pm

Regents School Open House

November 12, 5:30-7pm at Regents School of Charlottesville 293-0633

What New Parents Need to Know

November 12, 6-8pm at UVA’s McLeod Hall Parents to be are invited to a special night including refreshments, door prizes and short talks with UVA Physicians. 924-9920

Fall Open House for Prospective Parents November 14, 9-11am at Grymes Memorial School 540-672-101

Albemarle County School Board Meeting November 14, 6:30pm at Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium 972-4055

Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning

November 20, 7pm at Tandem Friends School Irene McHenry, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Friends Council on Education in Philadelphia and author of “Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning” presents a lecture. 296-1303

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Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered Last year, the large family holiday dinner was very stressful for our family. Our middle child, who has Asperger’s, had quite a tantrum. Is it OK for me to stay behind this year with him and let my

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I can understand your worry and

off into a bedroom and playing on his iPad

desire to avoid another such incident from

or reading a book, for example — or perhaps

happening again this year. Of course, you can

staying for only a portion of the dinner itself

stay behind with your son, but I’m concerned

and excusing himself after he eats.

that while this may be a short-term remedy,

Once you agree on a plan, contact

it doesn’t help your son and it doesn’t help

your host and let her know what you have

your relatives become closer to your son. I

decided and need — the ability to find a quiet

think there are things you can do to help him

space, leaving the table early and so on — so

not reach the tantrum stage.

she knows what to expect. And finally on

You don’t say how old your son is,

the holiday day, review the plan one more

but I’d start by talking with him ahead of

time with your son, and then check in with

time about the upcoming holiday visit. Ask

him frequently just to see how he is doing.

if he remembers what was hard for him

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last year. I’m guessing that he may have

preparing your family. They’ll likely welcome

felt overwhelmed by the commotion and

suggestions on how they can support your

may have had a hard time following all the

son on the big day.

conversations going on at one time. See if

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involve spending one-on-one time with a

son know what to expect and he has ways

cousin that he likes, or taking a break when

of re-centering before he gets overwhelmed,

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Fever 101 Why Fevers Happen and Why There’s Nothing to Fear

Children are great at sharing germs, especially during the cooler months when they spend a lot of time in close quarters. Chances are good that your child will end up with a fever at some point this season. You may find yourself worrying that this elevation in body temperature will cause your child permanent harm, but that’s very unlikely to happen. In fact, a fever is usually a sign of a healthy immune system doing its job. “A fever can actually be a good thing to help the body fight off infection,” says UVA Thinkstock

Children’s Hospital pediatrician Emily Wong. “Parents do not need to be afraid of a fever. The fever itself is not a dangerous thing.” A fever is a symptom of an underlying condition. The most common cause of fever is a viral infection, such as influenza or hand, foot and mouth disease. Bacterial infections — such

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may develop low-grade fevers following vaccinations. Many parents first detect a fever when kissing or lightly touching their child’s forehead. But for an accurate and quick assessment, Wong recommends using a digital thermometer: a rectal digital thermometer for infants and toddlers under 2 years old and an oral (underthe-tongue) digital thermometer for cooperative children over 3. Ear and under-the-arm thermometer readings are less reliable. It’s only natural to want your child to get well quickly, but experts say it’s not always necessary to treat a fever. Instead of worrying about how high the fever is, closely observe your child’s behavior and activity level. Is he drinking plenty of fluids? Is she breathing normally? Is he alert? Does she know who you are and

WHAT’S THE CORRECT DOSAGE TO GIVE? Should you give your child feverreducing medication? Refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics website at and consult with your doctor whenever possible.

respond appropriately to questions? These observations will help you decide whether to administer medicine to your child. “The fever itself is not harmful to the child, so it’s not necessary to give medication for it,” Wong says. “If the child is uncomfortable from the fever and not drinking or not able to sleep, then there can be benefits to giving medication.” Infants under 3 months old with a temperature of 100.4° F (38.0°C) or higher should be seen by a doctor. For older infants and children, consult your pediatrician for fevers lasting more than three days. Also call the doctor if your child has a fever accompanied by symptoms such as a stiff neck; severe headache, sore throat or ear pain; an unexplained rash; or severe diarrhea or vomiting. Many parents are concerned about febrile seizure, a convulsion in a

child (aged 9 months to 5 years) triggered by a fever. This may occur at a fever’s onset or as it spikes higher, but it is usually brief and does not cause permanent damage. Even so, consult your child’s doctor if one occurs to make sure the child is stable and to rule out other types of seizures. Most children’s illnesses are short-lived and best treated with plenty of rest and fluids to prevent dehydration. And always some of the best medicine — a little TLC from mom and dad.

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4. Make a list of favorites and then cross items off. No one needs seven vegetable sides. 5. Accept others’ offers to bring food for the occasion.

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Using a melon baller when hollowing out a squash allows you to get closer to the shell of the squash — so the interior shape better mimics the exterior.

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Remove the top of an uncooked acorn squash and scoop out the insides. As you hold a piece of wicking in the center, fill the squash with melted wax (old candles are great for this). Let this sit until the squash is cool to the touch. At this point, the skin should easily peel away from the wax. Even out the bottom of your squash-shaped candle with a knife as needed.


Cut the stem out of a miniature pumpkin, carving out enough space to hold a tapered candle. Use a little adhesive putty or melted wax to keep the taper from falling over, if necessary. Turnips are another great vegetable to use for this!



Wrap the exterior of votive candle holders with leaves or corn husks, attaching them with spray adhesive or double-sided


Colored tissue paper wrapped around hurricane lamps also add color. When folded and wrapped in layers, the paper can


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Pop-Pop’s Smashed Rutabagas Catherine Murphy, Sales Consultant Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday, filled with great food, family and — oh yea — more great food! My family is the epitome of the American family with a melting pot of backgrounds and grandparents originally from Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany and Canada. I have had the privilege of spending many holidays with three out of my four grandparents, each having a signature dish. But with this very special dish, we have been able to keep my Pop-Pop at the


Thanksgiving table with us even after his passing. Though the actual root vegetable used in this dish is a rutabaga, for some reason my sisters and I have always called it “smashed turnips.” After speaking with my grandmother, I realized this was because she, having grown up in Jamaica, had never even heard of a rutabaga until she married my Canadian grandfather, who was from Newfoundland. The veggie’s name didn’t even matter as long as she knew which one to pick up at the market! Like many family recipes, the three Murphy Girls taste as they go and make adjustments depending on how bitter each rutabaga is. So here is what we like to call a ballpark recipe. I hope you and your family enjoy it!


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Mom’s Green Bean Casserole Kelly Robeson, Editorial Assistant I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m no Martha Stewart. I collect Pinterest recipes like it’s my job, but in reality I’ve only actually attempted a handful of them with a marginal success rate. I try to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible, only popping in on special occasions to really wow my friends and relatives with my unexpected effort and passable finesse. Thus, when I was asked to contribute a Thanksgiving recipe to feature in our November issue, I did what I always do in times of cooking crisis — I speed-dialed Mom. After tossing around ideas for a few minutes, we settled on a time-honored recipe for green bean casserole. (My true Thanksgiving love is mashed potatoes, but when I asked my mom for that recipe, she just laughed. Apparently only total kitchen novices need a recipe for mashed potatoes. Thanks, Mom.) While still not the healthiest side dish around, green bean casserole successfully tricked me into eating a cleverly disguised serving of vegetables. Now that I’m an adult, I can freely admit that this creamy and crunchy dish is tasty. I might have once looked upon it with skepticism from my seat at the kids’ table (where I am still seated every year, I’ll have you know), but I now look forward to it — along with

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my beloved mashed potatoes, my uncle’s fantastic homemade bread, ham and other Thanksgiving goodies. Maybe this year I’ll even attempt to make it myself. Or perhaps I’ll just set the table.


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s r e e t n Volu nteers Meet Three Parent Volu ting Impact Who Have Made a Las By Dionna L. Mann

Our area schools are fantastic. The dedication and enthusiasm of our teachers is impressive. And, our children’s learning experiences are often further enriched by the volunteers who come alongside students in the classrooms and bring something different, something new, to the school day. Meet three parents and a few UVA students who volunteer their time and give from the heart.

Mia and Izzy’s dad, Chris Goodbar, has attained rock-star status at their elementary school. After all, he’s been teaching kung fu to their fellow Free Union Country School classmates ever since they were in preschool. Their dad’s course is always a favorite during Parent Teach Day. On this unique day, students’ “regular”

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classes are set aside and parents come to share their skill sets, their talents, their loves — sewing, building rockets, Julia Child–inspired baking, sculpting, designing prostheses, jumping hurdles, explaining the math behind video games, making radio-controlled robots boogying to 80s music and martial arts — with groups of students. Why has Mia and Izzy’s dad been sharing his knowledge and love of kung fu during Parent Teach Day for four years now? “I got involved for a couple of different reasons,” he explains. “On the one hand, I love working with kids and I love kung fu, so a chance to do both sounded like a good time to me! The other is


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Parents share their skills and passions with students at Free Union Country School on Parent Teach Day. Chris Goodbar (above), who has two children at the school, leads a session of kung fu. that I made a conscious decision when my kids were born to be as involved with and as present in their childhood as possible. I didn’t want to wake up one day and realize my kids were all grown up and I somehow missed it. So, for that reason, I try not to pass up any opportunity to be a dad who’s involved.” Participating on Parent Teach Day does not feel like any sacrifice of his time, he says. “Being involved with school activities just feels like a natural and obvious choice,” and he is grateful for the opportunity to be part of what he calls Free Union Country School’s family-like community. Goodbar describes the atmosphere around the school on this special day: “There’s this ecstatic, bustling energy with the kids moving from one class to the next. It’s great to see it, because they’re having a blast, but at the same time they’re broadening themselves and learning new things. It’s one of the things I love about Free Union — that in addition to gaining all this knowledge, my girls are learning to love the act of learning itself.” Why does Goodbar recommend that other parents find opportunities to volunteer at their child’s school? “Seeing a room full of kids get inspired about something you feel passionately about yourself is amazingly fulfilling. If the chance is there, I’d take it,” he advises. “And if it’s not, I’d think seriously about starting a similar program at your own school!”

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In 2010, Linda Winecoff, a parent volunteer at Walker Upper Elementary School, part of Charlottesville City Schools, began planting the seeds (pun intended) for a schoolyard garden. For starters, she took students on after-school trips to local organic farms. She and the kids cooked with produce from her home garden. She got the kids growing lettuces. And, for a wonderful finale at the end of the school year, she and the kids designed a “dream garden” for school grounds. With a vision for several schoolyard gardens at local city schools, Winecoff recruited others for the effort: local garden experts, UVA student volunteers, other parents and school administrators. Buford Middle School was the first Charlottesville City School to install a permanent edible classroom. Now kids


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at six Charlottesville City Schools have the opportunity, through this garden program, to become stewards of organically grown gardens during hands-on science classes,

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after-school activities and summer camps. A landscape architect and urban planner, Winecoff recalls why starting this program interested her: “I have always


loved the idea of community gardens and,

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in particular, gardens where children can really get their hands in the dirt.” It also brings Winecoff great pleasure to see the gardens drawing children out into the sun and away from the beeps and clicks

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“Gardening is not an activity that one can look up on the Internet. It is a time-honored activity of mentor and student, of working shoulder to shoulder and of seeing firsthand how a plant can be nurtured and cared for. The lessons in that simple exchange are enormous,” she continues. “Children learn observation skills, patience, teamwork, how physical activity produces a result, the science of soil, listening skills and the wonder and magic of life itself taught in the kernel of a seed. There is such a sense of ownership


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among the youth that have participated in the garden program.” Winecoff’s kids — no longer in middle school — still share in her continued enthusiasm for the program. Her son, Nick, has cut poles from a local farm and assisted in building a shade structure at Buford Middle School. Her daughter, Maddie,





assistance when needed. Her husband, Rick Hazard, has tackled garden-building projects, estimated the cost of garden structures and donated building materials. Winecoff appreciates her family’s support, noting that she could have had a paid job instead of volunteering these last few years. Jeanette Abi-Nader

“I cherished the involvement of my family and having had them as a sounding board and as active participants in all that we have accomplished.” Volunteering at local schools is not only about being active at the schools where her children are attending. It’s also about creating an educational experience for all students — one where they might obtain a deeper understanding of and love for nature. She says, “I truly believe that each student and adult who are touched by the garden become ambassadors for the program, for their school and for the earth. In that

Linda Winecoff’s efforts have resulted in the development of school gardens at several schools in the city of Charlottesville.

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countless volunteer hours making the BEE Program what it is today — an organization serving hundreds of kids by facilitating as Avery Merhige

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Katherine Merhige (left) started the Brownsville Elective Education Program in 2005. Today, through the efforts of other “BEE Keepers,” hundreds of county students enjoy fun after-school classes.

many other volunteer “BEE keepers”: planning which classes will be offered, making sure all involved with the program have passed background checks, organizing

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Manners By Kim Seidel

They’re Not Too Young to Be Polite and Courteous

Good manners help kids learn respect for themselves, for each other and for adults. However, few kids today could pass their grandparents’ test for appropriate manners.

Why? “Many modern parents declare it old-fashioned and turn up their noses at the importance of teaching manners — an antiquated ritual, super uncool,” says Aaron Cooper, a clinical psychologist, educator and co-author of “I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy: Why You Shouldn’t Say It, Why You Shouldn’t Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead” (Late August Press, 2008). “What well-intentioned moms and dads forget is that acquiring manners is one of the earliest ways to help kids develop self-control. And self-control, experts agree, is a key element in paving the foundation for a happy life.” Another roadblock to teaching good manners is lack of time. With Ashley Florence

today’s busy family lifestyles, it’s common to let courtesy slide, says Fran Swift, a parent educator. “I hear from parents about their children’s rudeness and disrespectful behavior,” Swift says. “This can be connected to lack of common courtesies, which respect is a huge part of.” It makes the kids unhappy when parents insist on manners — and today, parents just want their kids to be happy, Cooper says. “After one or both parents have worked all day, it’s harmony they’re looking for, not the inevitable struggle when they insist on manners,” he says. Parents would rather be “friends” with their kids than authoritative limit-setters, he points out, and friends don’t insist on manners. Continued on page 65


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Free Union Country School INTRODUCTIONS: When your child meets new friends or relatives, teach her to say something similar to, “Hello, my name is Rachel.” Teach her to extend her right hand (even if left-handed) and to firmly shake a hand that’s extended to her. PROPER EYE CONTACT: Instruct your child to maintain eye contact about half the time a person is speaking to him. If your child is uncomfortable with direct eye contact, tell him to look at the bridge of the person’s nose. THE HANDSHAKE (or what to do with an unexpected hug): Remind your child to give a firm handshake and a friendly hug when appropriate. If you know a certain relative likes hugs, you can “warn” your child ahead of time. Continued on page 65

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Charlottesville Catholic School Prepares students to embrace their world through lives of faith, service and leadership. Pre-K–Grade 8 964-0400 See ad page 67

First Presbyterian Church Preschool Creating a foundation for continuous growth and development in a Christian environment. Ages 20 months–5 years 296-1447 See ad page 66

Charlottesville Waldorf School Emphasizes imaginative play as the foundation for nurturing the senses and understanding the sciences. Preschool–Grade 8 973-4946 See ad page 57

Foundations Child Development Center Focuses on developmentally appropriate, hands-on experiences and opportunities. Ages infant–Pre-K 973-9218 See ad page 62

Daylily Preschool An intimate school of only 17 students who enjoy a literature rich experiential classroom. Ages 1–7 996-8397 See ad page 66

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Grymes Memorial School Co-educational day school offers art, music, drama, Spanish. Bus transport. Age 4–Grade 8 540-672-1010 See ad page 63 Hillsboro Christian Preschool Focuses on school preparation with crafts and games in a Christian environment. Ages 2½–5 823-5342 See ad page 64 The International School of Charlottesville Children learn by doing in Spanish or French language immersion programs. Ages 2–6 284-2880 See ad page 66 Kingswood Christian Preschool A program that focuses on emotional, spiritual, social and academic growth. Ages 2½–5 823-1258 See ad page 64 Continued on page 66

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YOU’RE THE ROLE MODELS Many parents often feel hurried, so they may have unknowingly fallen into a pattern of speaking rudely to their children, Swift


HOW TO USE A NAPKIN: A napkin stays on the child’s lap during the meal. If she needs to excuse herself, she should stand up, place the napkin on the chair, and push the chair in. At the end of dinner, the napkin goes on the left side of her plate.

says. “I do believe that good manners are caught, not taught.” Children need to learn that if it’s not an emergency (teach your preschooler what constitutes an “emergency”), they need to wait for their turn in conversation. In this situation, acknowledge your preschooler by taking her hand or putting your arm around

WHERE THEIR GLASS IS ON THE TABLE: The drinking glass goes on the right of his plate.

her. Then invite her to speak when it’s appropriate, Swift says. The tone of your voice becomes part of good manners as

IF THEY DON’T LIKE A FOOD: Tell your child that if she doesn’t care for an entree to simply not eat it. Instruct her not to make any negative comments or “yucky” faces over the food.

well, Swift explains. If a parent is always in a rush, his voice may sound overly demanding. Set standards in the family: no name calling and no insulting one another. When the young children

USE COURTEOUS WORDS: Talk to your child about regularly using “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me.” During meals, she should ask to “please pass” the salt, et cetera, and to say “thank you” when it’s passed.

are in school, they are expected to meet similar expectations, set by their teachers. Hopefully, the good manners will carry into their classrooms and other public settings, Swift says.

DON’T INTERRUPT: Remind your child about not interrupting conversations. If someone asks him a question, that is his cue to respond.

Create a sense of sharing in the home, Swift says. Invite friends over to have popcorn and to watch a movie, and tell your children, “There are plenty of snacks to go around for everyone.”

IF THEY DON’T LIKE A GIFT: Practice or role-play an acceptable scenario before a child opens presents in front of family and friends. Even if she doesn’t like a gift — or already has that item — she needs to genuinely smile and say “thank you.”

Enjoy family dinners — another learning opportunity — and model good table manners together. “Parents say they want their kids to be happy, but without

SEND THANK-YOU NOTES: Mailing thank-you notes is a must. If the child is too young to write, have him draw a picture of the gift. A parent can write the note for the younger child, and he can sign his own name. A thank-you from older children can include why they liked the gift or how they’re using it.

the capacity for self-control, few kids can ever enjoy real happiness,” Cooper observes. “Teaching manners is one way parents can put their money where their mouth is.”

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Montessori School of Charlottesville A Montessori experience with international and ecological consciousness. Ages 21 months–6 years 295-9055 See ad page 64 Mountaintop Montessori Montessori-based curriculum includes outdoor learning and art. Ages 18 months–Grade 8 979-8886 See ad page 59 Peabody School Activities support the cultivation of creativity, problem solving skills, and social skills. Ages 3–5 296-6901 See ad page 63

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EVERYDAY COURTESIES As parents go through the day with their children, they can practice little courtesies to make a big difference, Swift reminds us.

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From holding doors open to helping one another with chores, parents can model and encourage good manners in their children every day — in and out of the home. Set the standard high for proper language used in your home, Swift notes. Although swearing has become more common in public and in media, that doesn’t mean it should be an acceptable manner of speaking.

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a friend, make sure he cares for it and returns it in a timely manner, she says. “Set expectations, start early, and remember good modeling matters,” Swift says. “Manners make up the way we treat each other. You do need to look at what’s happening as a society and then decide what you believe and how you want your children to behave.” Kim is an award-winning writer and a mother of two daughters. She strives to model good manners for her family.

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We’ll Party Like Pilgrims You Can Stay As Long As We Have Leftovers by Rick Epstein

When I was a little kid, I didn’t think much about

than one of my friends visited, he would joke pointedly, “So,

Thanksgiving. In school, we’d trace around our hands to

when did you decide to have the party?”

draw turkeys and learn about a Native American named

Once, Uncle Phil and Aunt Char came to visit, and

Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn or bake

we put them up in the guest room — at the Sleepy Hollow

pumpkin pies or something.

Motel. I could never understand my dad’s craving for privacy.

Then around seventh grade I had to do a report on

I only wanted it when I was doing something wicked. But

the first New England Thanksgiving. I consulted my favorite

the worst thing Dad ever did was to send our relatives to the

source, the World Book Encyclopedia. (I looked again just

Sleepy Hollow Motel.

now for a refresher.) Here’s a summary: Thanking God for

It’s not as though the tail-lights of Uncle Phil’s

the first harvest in the New World, the newcomers had a

Chrysler would fade in the direction of the motel and Dad

three-day extravaganza involving about 50 colonists and 90

would fire up the tiki torches, install two cold ones in his

Native Americans. The menu included duck, goose, turkey,

beer hat and yell, “Woohooo! Party time!” No, he’d just put

venison, eel, fish, clams, leeks, watercress, cornbread and

on his pajamas and go to bed.

plums. “Everyone ate outdoors at large tables and enjoyed games and a military review,” says the encyclopedia.

I’ve been glad to follow my dad’s lead on a lot of things, but not on privacy. I want friends to drop in for

With the deadly winter of 1620–21 behind them

dinner, and if they stay for a few days, so much the better.

and the travails of the Boston Red Sox centuries ahead,

But with two kids away at college and the youngest

the colonists were feeling festive, and for a short time,

usually off somewhere on urgent social business, our

Plymouth, Mass., was the party capital of

house is quiet as a mausoleum. Our cat, Mr. Kitty, is at least

the New World.

someone else to talk to. My wife and I watch so much TV

In fact, it seemed to my

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that we think the characters on shows must know us.


o’clock will come and go unnoticed. My wife will get the help



in the kitchen that she dreams of all year, as the chatting


multitudes peel and chop whatever she shoves their way.


We’ll add so many leaves to our dining-room table you


could land an airplane on it. Each night, people will sleep on


every flat surface. We’ll have to borrow extra pillows from



The coffee will flow like water. Bedtime? Ha! Ten


observance It

a sister-in-law, a niece and a lively terrier.


silverware, but what

Grandma. Laughter and affection will abound.

was that to a kid? I’d

Conspicuously sober, Mr. Kitty will spend most of the

have traded all of it just

holiday weekend on top of the refrigerator, wishing everyone

for a close-up look at an

would go back where they came from. His demeanor will

eel. And as a holiday, it arrived

remind me of Dad, the day he came home from work and

empty-handed, offering no gifts, no

found me and two pals sitting on the front lawn. “What is

Santa Claus, no fireworks, no songs, no candy,

this?” he asked, “Woodstock?”

no costumes, no egg hunts — not even a dreidel! Just an endless dinner. Because our relatives lived far away and my dad didn’t like company anyway, it was always just us. To Dad, privacy was more delicious than pumpkin pies. Whenever more


November 2013

When not orchestrating the comings and goings of his children, Rick works for a chain of newspapers.



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