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august 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton

Dear Friends,


August is an intense month on the parenting calendar when we are rushing to fill the last days of summer with some exciting memory making. Some of our favorites are swimming, a trip to the zoo, s’mores around the fire pit, hanging out with the cousins, a Tom Sox game, peach picking and pie-baking, kayaking


Danielle Burr, Barbara A. Tompkins


or perhaps a quick trip to the beach. I’ve been playing hard; in fact, I was icing

my poor, bruised hand when I sat down to write this letter. The boys and I were


playing in the pool all evening, and somehow I capsized the inflated alligator

ride-on toy and went down flailing, hitting my hand really hard. If klutziness could be an Olympic sport, I’d have some medals!

Susan Powell Carath DeFrancia, Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz


Beth Cheuk, Diane DiCarlo, Rick Epstein,

At the same time, while trying to make the most of summer fun, I’m listing

Abigail Lague, David Lerman, Catherine

out “to-dos” such as verifying immunizations, scheduling haircuts and sorting

Malone, Abby Meredith, Whitney

fall clothes so the kids have something that fits and doesn’t look like they wore

Woollerton Morrill, Margery Rosen,

Beth Seliga, Madison Stanley,

Danielle Sullivan, Bob Taibbi

them playing in the woods every day all summer. School shopping is always a special day for us—choosing pencil and lunch boxes, getting packs of fresh crayons and glue sticks. They are tangible reminders of the fun and excitement to anticipate in their new classrooms. This year, we once again have all four children in four different schools— elementary, middle, high and our new adventure—college. Gulp! In addition to notebooks, our eldest needs bed linens, a mini fridge and phone maps of the new town she will be navigating all on her own for the first time. Our sweet girl has asked to go at the mid move-in time frame so she can help with the annual baking of chocolate chip cookies for snacks after her younger siblings have their first day of school. It’ll be a big day for a brother starting middle school, and everyone is excited to see how the baby manages being the only Bryerton in the building for the very first time. It will be a year of leaps and bounds for everyone as they all take another big step towards independence. In the meantime, I’m making the most of these summer days together. Happy Back to School!


Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

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Contents TABLE OF


News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Would you hold your child back in school for social reasons?

Snapshot 10

Our Schools 12

Megan Greenwood, Owner, Swim Instructor & Mom

Growing Enrollment Presents Opportunities for the Future


LIVING WELL New Mom 24 Mountain O’Laundry


Dear Bob 28 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Mindful Parenting 26 5 Family Hobbies

Healthy Family 30 Treating Sprains

August Festivals & Events for Families

5 Tips & Tricks from Area Teachers to Help Nurture a Love of Learning

Working Moms, Sick Kids 50

How to Stay Sane, Keep Your Job & Care for Your Sick Child

Adventure Back in Time 58 Family Fun With a Purpose

Out & About Calendar 14

School Success 40

Editor’s Pick! This issue is filled with so many wonderful daytrip ideas as well as back-to-school tips and advice. You will also find an extensive list of after school activities on page 68 that has something for all ages.

Kids on the Move 66

Finding the Right Activities to Engage Kids


2017 Back-to-School Guide 36

After School Activities Guide 68

Tips & Trends 32 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Tips & Lists for a Great First Day

Sports, Arts & More

UNTIL NEXT TIME Romping Into High School 74  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

Home & Garden 34 3 Foyer Fixes

32 So Love This! “The helpful ideas for brightening up the foyer are just what I needed (on page 34). ” — Barbara, graphic designer



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ACAC Adventure Central August 26

The Paramount Theater August 2, 4, 5

The Paramount Theater August 27

Engineering Camp for Teens This summer, Computers4Kids partnered with the University of Virginia (UVA) to host a camp for 12- to 18-year-olds to design and engineer elements of a haunted house. UVA’s Brown Residential College puts on the “Hauntings on the Hill” every October, and this year, they welcomed Computers4Kids participants to engineer their own room in the haunted house for the October event. Reid Bailey, a UVA systems and information engineering professor, has volunteered with the program for several years. Participants had the opportunity to brainstorm a theme for their room with the end goal of creating prototypes for its haunted elements.


August 2017

UVA Professor Makes Strides in Kindergarten Readiness After noticing that Virginia kindergartners were falling behind other states when compared on a national level, Amanda Williford started the Kindergarten Readiness Program. Williford, a research associate professor at UVA’s Curry School of Education, developed a system that tests math, literacy, self-regulation and social skills to determine when a child will be successful in Kindergarten. After three years of partnering with the Virginia Department of Education, the Kindergarten Readiness Program will be implemented statewide this fall. In the past, the Commonwealth used a literacy assessment to gauge whether or not a child was ready for Kindergarten, and statewide data has shown that one in three children enter the classroom lacking skills to succeed in a social, learning environment.

County Schools Accommodate Diverse Backgrounds

Event for Children with Special Needs

As Albemarle County schools are becoming more diverse, the school system is trying to level the playing field for all students. The Social-EmotionalAcademic Development (SEAD) program was launched after Standards of Learning (SOL) scores demonstrated that students from English-learning and low-income homes have significantly lower passing rates than students from economically advantaged homes. The Board of Supervisors approved the Albemarle County School Board’s request of $1.2 million for the program, and the SEAD program will be implemented in Cale, Agnor-Hurt, Greer and Woodbrook Elementary Schools. Assigned faculty members from each school will work one-on-one with teachers and affected students, as well as reach out to parents.

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Amazement Square recently hosted Amazing Me, an evening for children with special needs so they could enjoy the museum and play together. The event also gave the families the opportunity to socialize and learn from each other. Amazement Square has been in partnership with the LAUREL Regional School, a public school for students who are physically or mentally handicapped or autistic, for more than 11 years. Their hope for the event is to use the families’ feedback to help provide regular events for families of children with special needs throughout the year.

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TOWN Would you hold your child back in school for social reasons? 42% say “yes” 58% say “no” “My son was 4 turning 5 when he entered kindergarten, however, everyone else waited an extra year to send their kids, which put him a full year behind his classmates and he struggled socially for it. While he was academically ahead, he had a hard time in class because of the age difference. Now he is one of the oldest in his class and it has made all the difference.” – Jennifer, mom of two “My son on the autism spectrum relates better to children younger than him. Developmentally that is where he is, I would hold him back for social reasons if given the option and right circumstances.” – Amanda M. “My son is born in late August, and I would consider holding him back if it looked beneficial to his long-term learning. Giving him more time to mature and have the skills to sit and listen all day would in the long run be more beneficial.” – Nicole, mom of late summer boy

“Being ahead academically is just as much of a challenge.” – Mom of two, Charlottesville “We contemplated holding our daughter back for this very reason, however, her academic level is above her grade level. We didn’t want her to get bored in the classroom, so we compromised and keep her involved in activities with kids who are on her social level.” – Charlottesville mom of three “We have two sons who are two years apart. Our older son is more comfortable with friends younger than him, while our younger son does well with older kids. It sort of worked its way out that they have mutual friends in the grade between them in school. We wanted to encourage our older son to build friendships with his peers, and although it is hard at times, he has surprised even himself.” – Dad of two teen boys

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This June, University of Virginia (UVA) Facilities Management hosted its second annual Girls Day. In an effort to increase young women’s interest in construction and building trades, employees invited girls between the ages of 12 and 18 to learn about the Facilities Management Department and the work they do. The 70 girls who attended were given tours of prominent construction projects, such as the University Hospital Expansion and the Ruffner solar panels and mechanical room. The Facilities Management Department has several women in top leadership roles, including Director of Operations Cheryl Gomez and Director of Facilities Planning & Construction Annette Cyphers, who both believe in the importance of sparking young women’s interest in construction and building trades.

Regional Preschool Symposium This year’s regional Symposium for High-Quality Preschool is striving for at least 90 percent of the area’s at-risk 4-year-olds to enroll in a highquality preschool program. Held at the Jefferson School City Center, the event welcomed keynote speakers from the Early Education Task Force of Charlottesville-Albemarle as well as facilitated discussions on the current state of our preschool education in the area. Dr. Rosa Atkins, Charlottesville Schools Superintendent, and Dr. Pam Moran, Albemarle Schools Superintendent, joined approximately 130 others at the event, sharing that enrollment is currently at 75 percent.

Municipal Band Donation YOU CAN Challenge HELP! In its 95th season, the Charlottesville Municipal Band is excited to soon enter its second century of serving the Charlottesville community. All members of the band are volunteers, and all of their programs are free to everyone, with the exception of the Benefit Concert in the fall. The group received a challenge by an anonymous donor who will match, dollar for dollar, every donation, grant and major gift pledge made to the band up until the end of the year, December 31. With the support of the community, the band hopes to create an endowment that can be used to cover a large portion of the bands future yearly expenses.

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Big Changes at Woodbrook Woodbrook Elementary’s renovation project of 16 additional new classrooms is expected to be completed for the 2018-19 school year. Phase one of the $16.3 million project includes renovation of seven classrooms, and phase two is the addition of 16 new classrooms. This will almost double the school’s capacity and provide a more modern learning experience. The renovation of existing classrooms, which is expected to be completed by the time students return to school, will facilitate a multi-age learning system. Multi-age classrooms, which are already used at Red Hill, Meriwether Lewis and Agnor-Hurt, will have two or more co-teachers running a classroom of various grades in order to accommodate each student’s individual needs.


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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Megan Greenwood Owner, Swim Instructor & Mom

For Megan Greenwood, a former kindergarten teacher in Charlottesville City schools, her passion for swimming turned into a summer job during college, and then into Swim S’cool in 2013. Before joining the team at the University of Virginia, Greenwood gave lessons at a local pool in her hometown. It only seemed fitting to continue them during her summer training season in Charlottesville, so she began working with young swimmers to teach safety skills and water comfort. What is the best part about your job? The best part about my job is seeing the joy our swimmers have when they start to love the water. Swimming can be scary for some kids, and parents, too! We work every day to get our Charlottesville community comfortable and safe in and around the water ... all while having fun! My heart swells when I watch kids who were afraid to put their faces in the water at the beginning of their lessons then I get to see them jump off of the side and play with their friends independently and safely. To me, there is just nothing better! What are your hopes for the future? My hope is to have a year-round, indoor facility where we can build a warm-water pool that is shiver-free and comfortable for all ages, even infants and toddlers. My husband and I are working hard to make this a reality and hope to have a location in the next year. What advice do you have for those aspiring to help others through their careers, and their parents? My advice for young folks who want to help others through their careers is simple: chase what you’re passionate about and keep running straight toward it. Encourage passion over perfection.


August 2017

The road to where I am now was bumpy, and in fact, is still quite mountainous! I don’t have a perfect pedestal-worthy career like many 30-somethings I know, but my bucket is running over at the end of every day with pride when I see these kids smiling in the pool. Encourage your kids to do something they love and find meaning in their careers. If you had a 25-hour day, what would you do with an extra hour? Honestly? Probably go to the pool. My 2-year-old son, Jack, loves the water and to swim, so he often wakes up from his nap saying, “Pool?” Because I’m always there working, [my husband] Bo and I don’t get as much time playing with him together in the water as we would like. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? My parents were my biggest fans, and still are! They were encouraging when it came to my commitment to the sport of swimming, but they never pressured me to perform. They made sure I followed through in terms of attending practice and meets, but they never forced it upon me; it was always up to me to progress further. This careful encouragement blossomed into a love and a very successful collegiate career. I succeeded because I wanted to on my own terms. With so much pressure on kids these days to perform every which way, I can look back now on their guidance and know I lucked out. I hope that when my son, Jack, decides to dedicate time to a sport, we can carefully encourage him in a way that fosters love for the sport, not obligation. Before switching to capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects, Beth was a sports photographer with her work appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. See her work at

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by Beth Cheu

Growing Enrollment Presents Opportunities for the Future is

are already feeling [the growth]. The

growing, and that’s a good thing. Dating




nooks and crannies of our schools are

back to 2011, our enrollment numbers

increasingly being used, which impacts

have grown about 100 students per year,

our schedules, our collaboration and

or about three percent annually. While

our flexibility.”

this growth is welcome, it is bringing

So what’s next? VMDO provided

many of our schools to the limits of their

several options for our community’s

capacity and raising questions about

consideration. One is creating a new

whether we need new or expanded


facilities. As we look at our facilities, we

preschool center. A second is expanding

also have the opportunity to modernize

all our elementary schools. A third is

our schools to support 21st-century

consolidating our students in fifth-


through eighth-grade into twin or joint




Recently, the schools and the City’s

facilities on one campus (possibly the

Department of Facilities Development

site of Buford), which would free up

commissioned a study to determine

the other campus (perhaps Walker’s) to

future enrollment and solutions. The

serve as a preschool facility.

local firm VMDO Architects partnered

There’s much to consider. Number

with University of Virginia’s Weldon

one, of course, is our students’ needs.

Cooper Center for Public Service. Their

We’ll also weigh the possible timeframes

projections suggest that our preschool-

for design and construction, cost and

to-high school enrollment will likely

community feedback. This year, we’ll be

grow from 4,451 in 2017 to 5,190 for the

asking for community input.

2026-27 school year. What


Dr. Atkins concludes, “The same our

qualities that attract people to the area,

schools? We’re already maximizing our

such as culture, vitality, diversity and

spaces. Music teachers use auditorium

services, are present in our schools.














specialists work out of former storage

students, and we’re excited to consider

rooms. This fall, we’ll be using a modular

how we can simultaneously expand and

classroom at Greenbrier Elementary. As

improve our facilities to better serve our

Superintendent Rosa Atkins previously


noted, “Our principals and teachers

Beth serves as a community liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.



August 2017

CHS Senior Youngest to Win Golf Championship Ten years after winning his first golf tournament at the young age of 7, A.J. Stouffer claimed the title in the Charlottesville City Golf Championship. At 17 years old, he managed to win one of the area’s most prestigious golf tournaments and is the youngest player ever to do so. The rising Charlottesville High School (CHS) senior competed with 56 other golfers in the Championship, coming out on top with an eight-stroke lead and managing to dethrone four-time champion Philip Mahone. In the tournament’s 30-year history, there has only been one other winner of high-school age. Wes Eklund won the title when he was a senior at Albemarle High School in 2007. Stouffer got his start in the sport in the First Citizen Junior Golf Tour of Central Virginia, which his father, Bruce, operates. He continues to golf in the Junior Tour and for CHS, competing in 25 to 30 tournaments a year.


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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center relocated to Water Street. Honey Ryder relocated to Tenth Street Warehouse. Jubilee Family Chiropractor, Timberwood Boulevard Nit Fairies, Hydraulic Ridge Road

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Michelle Krisel, Charlottesville Opera’s artistic leader, is retiring.

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Main Street Arena will open for the 2017-18 season on August 28.

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Sheetz Café is opening on the UVA Corner, replacing Eddy’s Tavern. Rick Vrhovac is the new principal at Monticello High School. Brandi Robertson will replace him at Sutherland Middle School as interim principal, to be succeeded by Cabell Guy, a school counselor and a writer for CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom!

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AUGUST 2017 Charlottesville Day August 5, 12–10pm at IX Art Park Bring the family for art, food trucks, culture, vendors, live entertainment, games and more. All ages welcome.


Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

33rd Annual Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days

Now–August 6 at Wintergreen Resort Park Hear classical, jazz, pop and Broadway music, take cooking classes, go to seminars and more. 325-8292,

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Now–September 3 at Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center One of the mid-Atlantic region’s longestrunning outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. 540-459-3396,

Augusta County Fair

August 1–5 at Augusta Expoland Tractor pulls, motocross, petting zoos, hot dog pig racing, laser tag and more. 540-245-5627,

Albemarle County Fair

August 3–5, 4–10pm Thursday, 10am–10pm Friday & Saturday at James Monroe Highland Enjoy farm animals, craft exhibits, live music, games and activities, children’s rides, contests and programs for the entire family. 293-2725,

Toy Train Show Extravaganza

August 5, 9am–4pm at Charlottesville’s Elk Lodge Over 70 vendor tables, operating train layouts and raffle prizes. 981-5924,

Lammas First Fruits Fair

August 5, 9am–5pm at Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Lammas is a traditional celebration of the first fruits and grains ready for harvest. Bring the family and enjoy the annual “First Fruits” Fair. 540-332-7850,

24th Annual Blackberry Harvest and Music Festival

August 5, 9am–6pm at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Pick your own blackberries (or let the kids). Enjoy food and live music all day. 361-1266,

August 5–6, at Chiles Peach Orchard Join the Crozet Lions Club for homemade peach ice cream. The proceeds will go towards the Crozet and Western Albemarle communities. 823-1583,

Green Valley Book Fair

August 12–September 4 at Mt. Crawford Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of childrens’ books at 60–90 percent off retail prices. 800-385-0099,

34th Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival

August 13, 10am–6pm at West Cary St., Richmond Big bands, jugglers and folk acts entertain on five outdoor stages with over 50 scheduled performances and over 100 street vendors. 804-304-6870,

Beach Bound Rail Adventures

August 14–18 at the B&O Railroad Museum An end-of-summer adventure with handson activities like story time, sand fun, boat building, a water garden and more. 410-752-2490,

Rockingham County Fair

August 14–19 at Rockingham County Fairgrounds The state’s largest agricultural fair with rides, competitions, motor sports, animals and more. 540-434-0005,

Fluvanna County Fair

August 16–19 at Pleasant Grove Park Rides, midway games, live music and food vendors.

Night Skies Festival

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American Girl Tea with Elizabeth Monroe August 26, 10:30am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland. See page 18.


August 2017

August 18–21 at Big Meadows Area Enjoy guest presentations by astronomy experts, Ranger Programs and views of the beautiful night skies Shenandoah National Park protects. 540-999-3500,

3rd Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival & Art Contest

August 19, 10am–2pm at Amazement Square Enjoy live music, food trucks and activities. Help transform the downtown parking lot into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of art. 845-1888,



1208 WELLFORD STREET • $425,000 Fabulous city location on a third of an acre! Solid, brick home w/ basement apartment & 2nd story addition. Mins to the bypass & UVA. 2 levels of screened porch & decking overlook private yard. 2 beds on main floor & large bonus in converted attic. Full in-law suite in basement. Erin Garcia (434) 981-7245. MLS# 562613

2645 STOWE COURT • $539,000 This traditional center hall colonial has wonderful outdoor living spaces on a gorgeously landscaped level 2 acre lot a minute from Meriwether Lewis. Finished basement w/ in-law/guest suite, deep front porch, 2 rear decks, screened porch & patio. Updated kitchen. Kristin Cummings Streed (434) 409-5619. MLS# 563878

Shenandoah County Fair

August 25–September 2 at 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock Enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, Monster Truck show, drag races, an alligator show, rides and more. 540-459-3867,

9th Annual Splash For A Cure & 5K

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Grand Opening Celebration

August 26, 12pm at Superior Martial Arts Enjoy special classes, contests, giveaways and more. 973-3000,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Featured Farmer Fridays

Now–September 1, 11am–5pm at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden A mini farmers market where two local farmers will showcase and sell their products. 202-8063,

Albemarle Farmers Market

6185 MANNAHOC WAY • $712,000

The views will take your breath away! Custom Arts & Crafts gem on 14 private acres in Albemarle, 15 mins to Hollymead & the airport. Designed to maximize the stunning views, this home has extensive decking that wraps the back of the home, master suite with private screened porch, bathroom w/ tub & walk-in shower that have picture windows,“crows nest” study/studio with stone fireplace, living room & kitchen/dining room with walls of glass. Hot tub conveys. 2 division rights make ideal family compound. Erin Garcia (434) 981-7245. MLS# 562671 LIKE NEW NEAR MERIWETHER LEWIS


2502 IVY SPRINGS LANE • $849,000 Beautiful all brick custom, built in 2016 on 2 parklike acres just a mile from Meriwether Lewis. Open floor plan features gourmet kitchen w/ huge island, breakfast area, & open family room with gas fireplace & built-ins. Lovely screened porch & full finished basement. Sally Neill (434) 531-9941. MLS# 563423

600 PEACHCROFT LANE • $545,000 Set on 4.4 acres, less than 10 mins from the Shops at Stonefield, this spectacular home has been extensively remodeled & offers privacy with winter mountain views. Stunning features incl’ new hardwood floors, marble, quartz & soapstone counters, 5 skylights, vaulted ceilings, and more. Jay Reeves (434) 466-8348. MLS# 563699

Now–September 30, Saturdays, 8:30am–1pm at Hollymead Town Center 531-2733

Crozet Farmers Market

Now–October 14, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Crozet United Methodist parking lot 823-1092

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

Now–October, Tuesdays, 4–7pm at Forest Lakes South Pool and Tennis Parking Lot at 1650 Ashwood Blvd 531-2733, forestlakesfarmersmarket

Farmers in the Park

Now–October, Wednesdays, 3–7pm at Meade Park 970-3371,


434.977.4005 W W W . L O R I N G W O O D R I F F . C O M


{our town calendar} Stonefield Green Market

Now–October, 4–7pm Thursday, 8:30am– 12:30pm Saturday at The Shops at Stonefield



taste test Stay tuned for more information by visiting!

City Market

Now–October, Saturdays, 7am–12pm at Second and Water Street parking lots

Scottsville Community Farmers Market Now–November 18, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Scottsville Pavilion 286-4994,

PICK YOUR OWN *Be sure to call ahead!

Pick Your Own Fruit at Hartland Orchard Now–October at Hartland Orchard 540-364-2316,

Pick Your Own Fruit at Henley’s Orchard Now–October at Henley’s Orchard 823-7848,

Pick Your Own Apples

Now–November at Dickie Brothers Orchard 277-5516,


Pick Your Own Fruit at Carter Mountain Orchard

COMING SOON TO THE PARAMOUNT! Charlottesville Opera Presents:

Oklahoma! - August 2, 4, 5 -

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Broadway at The Paramount - August 12 -

Tour The Paramount! - August 16 and 19 Paramount at the Movies Presents:

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August 2017

Pick Your Own Fruit at Chiles Peach Orchard

Now–November, 9am–6pm Monday–Saturday; 10am–5pm Sunday (through November 5) at Chiles Peach Orchard 823-1583,

Pick Your Own Fruit at Saunders Brothers

Now–November, 9am–6pm Monday–Saturday; 10am–5pm Sunday (through November 5) at Chiles Peach Orchard 823-1583,

Pick Your Own Grapes

Early August–Early September, 8am–6pm at Kipps Grapes 540-948-4171,

STAGE & SCREEN The Addams Family



Now–November, 9am–6pm Monday–Sunday at Carter Mountain Orchard 977-1833,

Now–August 13 at Four County Players Enjoy this musical comedy based on the characters created by Charles Addams. 540-832-5355,

Thursday Evening Sunset Series

Now–September, Thursdays, 6–9pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Pick your own fruit, grab some donuts, cider, listen to free live music and catch an amazing sunset. 977-1833,

American Roots Music Series

August, Sundays, 5–7pm at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Celebrate the influence of musical roots genres on American frontier culture with food & beverage vendors. 540-903-3613,

Free Family Film Series

August 2–16, Wednesdays, 10:30am at Violet Crown Cinema Enjoy a free family film and then redeem your ticket stub for half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum. 529-3000,

Barry Lubin as “Grandma”

August 4–5 at UVA’s Ruth Caplin Theatre International circus star Barry Lubin is bringing his iconic clown “Grandma” for a riotous romp. 924-3376,

Summer Movie Express: Storks and The Lego Batman Movie August 8 & 9, 10am at Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX See family friendly movies for $1. Both films play each day.

Shakespeare in the Park

August 16 & 17, 7:30pm at Skyland’s Peak View Stage at Shenandoah National Park Traveling Players Teen Ensemble presents “As You Like It.”

Village Movie Saturdays

August 19, Dusk at Old Trail Village, Crozet Watch “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at Old Trail. 823-8100,

STORYTIMES & GAMES Starry Nights Storytime

Now–August 14, Mondays, 6:30pm at Central Library Enjoy rhymes, music and dreamy tales to get ready for a good night’s sleep. For ages 2–5 with a favorite caregiver. 979-7151,


August 2, 10am at Crozet Library Learn about sharks, from giant whale sharks to tiny predatory cookie cutter sharks. 823-4050,

Dragons & Dreams Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.

August 25–27 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Based on the Dreamworks film, see what happens when the NYC Central Park Zoo’s main attractions escape.

The Little Mermaid

August 27, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Enjoy the classic Disney film about a mermaid named Ariel. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 979-1333,

August 3, 4pm at Northside Library In a faraway world, two brave villagers try to save an entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress. Learn about dry ice and changing states of matter through experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. 973-7893,

You Are My Sunshine

August 9, 2pm at Crozet Library Learn about the closest star and investigate how its powers can be used. Pick up a pair of solar shades for safely viewing the total solar eclipse later in August. Ages 7–13. Registration is required. 823-4050,

Come Play in the Hay!

Greenfield Fall Festival 2017 Greenfield is a great educational activity for people of all ages. Take home a pumpkin, enjoy hayrides, farm animals and try the giant slide! And of course play in the 5 acre corn maze. There is also a play area for toddlers.

Dairy Road (Rt 633) 2 miles north of Ruckersville off Rt 29 (434) 985-7653 •

Rese r Fun ve Your Fall Fi Trip TOD eld AY!

Open to the public - weekends from October 1 - November 1. Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5 Groups of 15 or More Welcome Anytime! Please call for an appointment during the week.


{our town calendar} Block Party: LEGO Gathering




August 11, 3–4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things. No registration required. Ages 5+. 296-5544,

Roblox Tournament

Now–October 15, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, habitats and life cycles. 804-262-9887,

Space Is The Place

Barn and Farm History Days

August 14, 10:30–11:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Space stories, songs and STEM activities. Ages 4–6. Registration required. 296-5544,

August 15, 10:30–11:30am at Gordon Avenue Library An out-of-this-world storytime followed by STEM activities. Ages 2–3. 296-5544, with The Dig

Book Buffet

August 16 at Central Library Feast on fabulous stories about space and beyond. Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books. 979-7151,

Eclipse Scavenger Hunt

August 16, 7–8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Gordon ACT and Central TAB groups unite to challenge each other in a galactic search through the Gordon Avenue Library. Snacks included. 296-5544,

September 12

TIckets On Sale Now

More information at

ARTS & CRAFTS Let’s Go Cook

August 3, 9:30–11:30am at Monticello Young cooks and their grownups will harvest fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens and then help prepare recipes. 984-9800,

American Girl Tea with Elizabeth Monroe


ALL SHOWS ON SALE NOW TICKETS:, Downtown Visitor Center, 877-CPAV-TIX


August 2017

Butterflies Live!

August 12, 2–4pm at Central Library Fans of Roblox are invited to play Speed Run 4 and Zombie Rush in the first-ever Roblox Tournament. Grades 5–12. Registration required. 979-7151,

Oh My, Stars & Mars



August 26, 10:30am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Bring your American Girl doll and a picnic blanket to enjoy craft activities, American Girl trivia, tea and refreshments with Elizabeth Monroe. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. 293-8000,

Fairy Houses

August 29, 4pm & 6:30pm at Northside Library Using mosses, sticks, acorns and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Registration required. 973-7893,

Now–November, Weekend Afternoons, 2pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area Enjoy displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. 973-7772,

First Fridays Under the Stars

August 4, 7:30–8:30pm, 8:15–9:30pm viewing at Ivy Creek Natural Area Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. 973-7772,

Sunday Sundowns

August 6, 3–6pm at Washington Park Pool Join in another afternoon of fun with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. 970-3260,

For Goodness Snakes

August 8, 10:30am at Central Library The Wildlife Center of Virginia discusses the adaptations of snakes. Students will meet live snakes that represent species that live in our backyards. 979-7151,

Tuesday Tunes With Gallatin Canyon

August 8, 6–9pm at James Monroe’s Highland Bring the family and a picnic for a concert at sunset. Local food vendors will also be on-site. 293-8000,

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

August 21, 1:30pm at Central Library Decorate a solar cookie and learn about the eclipse from a local expert. Get official NASA safety viewing glasses and walk over to Emancipation Park for front-row seats. 979-7151,

Follow us on Facebook and be on the lookout for our ticket giveaway for The Paramount Theater’s showing of The Little Mermaid!

Dig It! Montpelier Archaeology Tour August 26 & September 26, 1–2pm at James Madison’s Montpelier See and experience archaeology in action. 540-672-2728,

Late Summer Lawn Party

August 26–27, 12–3pm Saturday, 12–4pm Sunday at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social and picnic fare against a backdrop of ragtime music and more. 804-262-9887,


Photo: Charlottesville Photography Initiative

9th Annual Splash For A Cure! August 26, 8am–12pm at ACAC Adventure Central. See page 15.

Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course Race August 19, 8am at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Take on a 3.1-mile obstacle race through Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles along the way. 525-1806,

Fee Free Day

August 25 at Shenandoah National Park Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday and get in free.

Family Scavenger Hunt August 25, 10am–12pm at Maymont, Richmond

Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a familyfriendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels available. Ages 4+. Register online. 804-358-7168,

Charlottesville and UVA fans are celebrated as the Richmond Flying Squirrels play the Altoona Curve. 804-359-3866,

One Mile Kids Fun Run


August 26, 8am at Train Depot, Orange Kids 13 years old and younger can race in the fun run. Enjoy music, crafts, face painting and more family fun. 540-672-2540,

Richmond Flying Squirrels’ Charlottesville & UVA Night

August 29, 6pm at The Diamond Ballpark, Richmond

Camp Half-Blood

August 4, 6–8pm at Crozet Library Get sorted in your cabin, take on a quest, enjoy themed snacks and complete activities for the major Greek gods and goddesses. Grades 6–12. Required registration. 823-4050,

Sunset Music Series

We invite you to savor our cider and Sunset Music Series. Every other Thursday from 5-9 pm August 3, 17 and 31

Enjoy live music, local foods trucks, bocce courts, cornhole, disk golf and other lawn games — all surrounding our gorgeous, new outdoor tasting room. Music starts at 6 pm. A perfect way to spend an evening at our majestic estate. Come visit us during our daily normal tasting room hours (11-5).

434.296.0047 • • 6065 Turkey Sag Road, Keswick


Cohousing: Yesterday’s neighborhood today A pedestrian-friendly village of private homes where neighbors interact.

Wreck Your Notebook

August 14, 6–7:30pm at Crozet Library Hang out with other middle-schoolers and customize all your school gear. 823-4050,

Doctor Who Craft: Weeping Angels

August 17, 7pm at Central Library Create the Weeping Angels with all materials provided. Registration required. Ages 14+. 979-7151,



Private homes, public spaces. Crozet, VA

Learn more and find out about our next Open House at:

AldersgAte United Methodist ChUrCh Presents…

Living Lab


Consignment Sale Gently Used Children’s Clothing, Toys, Baby Equipment and lots more!

“Choose YoUr ChAritY” Preview event! Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 10am-6pm • $5 entry Fee SALE DATES: September 16 - 23 (Closed Sunday) (Restocking dates are September 14 & 15)

Consign with us and receive 65% of your sales! Easiest tagging process around! Volunteer with us and shop first! (You are not required to consign in order to volunteer.)

“ extremely well-organized sale...the best run sale I know of!!” ~Helen S.

1500 East Rio Rd. Charlottesville

For sale hours, volunteer and SPONSORSHIP opportunities:

Fall is for

planting! Fall Vegetables and Garden mums coming soon. Go to for updated specials and availability.

Open 8:00 - 5:30 MOn - Fri 8:00 - 5:00 Sat

located on rt 340 about 3.5 miles south of i-64.

early august - Vegetables late august - Garden mums early september - pansies & bulbs late september - pumpkin patch

(540) 943-8408 phone e-mail web site

Tuesday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Twenty years after the death of the “Queen of Hearts,” hear untold stories from some of Diana’s closest confidantes. August 2017

August 2, 1-4pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. 977-1025,

Is Your Family Getting Enough Sleep?

August 12, 1–2:30pm at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center A hands-on workshop to support families and create a custom sleep plan for their family. RSVP. 202-8639,

Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) Open House

August 16, 5–7pm at Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) Tour the facility, meet the instructors, learn about different program offerings, observe student demonstrations and enjoy refreshments. 973-4461,


CuStOMer appreCiatiOn day SepteMber 23

Diana: The Next Act



Now–August 4 at UVA’s Culbreth Theatre Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-award winning musical directed by former Heritage Theatre Festival Artistic Director Bob Chapel. 924-3376,


August 2, 4 & 5 at The Paramount Theater A love triangle parallels a rivalry between cowboys and farmers in this collaboration between Charlottesville Opera and the Charlottesville Ballet. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor. 979-1333,


Apples are in! • Fresh Picked at the Stand or • Pick Your Own (select varieties) MARK YOUR CALENDARS! HenleyFest WEEKENDS IN


Hayrides • Fresh-pressed cider • “U-Pick” Apples • Apple cider donuts School groups welcomed on week days by reservation. Please call to reserve your spot! 434-823-7848


MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-5 SUNDAY 1-5 2192 Holly Hill Farm, Crozet, Virginia 434.823.7848

Sunset Music Series the

ISHAN GALA F O U N D A T I O N w w w.i sh a n g a l a .org

August 3, 17 & 31, 5–9pm at Castle Hill Cider Enjoy live music, local food trucks, bocce courts, cornhole, disk golf and other lawn games. 296-0047,

Starry Nights: The Legwarmers The Ishan Gala Foundation invites you to come have a blast at the best end-of-summer party in town —Splash for a Cure: 5K Race and Pool Party! There will be family fun for all ages with our second 5K race, slip-sliding waterpark fun, fantastic entertainment, and great food. The funds raised from this year’s event will support our new Extra Mile program and social events for families in our community battling this disease. Come run, walk, or waddle to CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN FIGHTING CANCER.


Saturday, August 26, 2017 8am - 12 noon

ACAC Adventure Central 200 Four Seasons Drive, Charlottesville

Tickets Now Available Online! Visit for more information The Ishan Gala Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

EvEnt SponSorEd by:

August 12, Nightfall at Veritas Vineyard & Winery Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs and spend a night on the lawn listening to great music under the stars. Bring a picnic or enjoy the buffet at a table. Reservations required. 540456-8000,

Roman Holiday

August 13, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn star in this classic film. 979-1333,

Charlottesville Municipal Band Summer Concert No. 5

August 15, 8–9:30pm at The Paramount Theater Enjoy the 95th season of this musical community nonprofit. 295-9850,

A Mason Jar Summer

August 16, 6pm at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards A lesson on canning fruits and vegetables for year-round enjoyment. After the lesson, enjoy a meal meant for condiments and take home a Ball Mason Jar filled with what has been picked. 202-8063,

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

August 16, 7pm at Sprint Pavilion The Texas legend Lyle Lovett comes to Charlottesville. 877-272-8849,

Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966

August 25–December 17 at The Fralin Museum of Art See the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Ivy Publications is a proud donor. 906-1022,

Destination: Discovery! Open up a whole new world of exploration for your child through any of our 7 weekly drop-in programs! A HANDS-ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM WWW.VADM.ORG


August 2017


Check out our online calendar for more local family events and fun!

2017 Our 95th Season! Summer ConCert DateS Tuesdays, August 1 and 15 at the Paramount Theater

Stephen R. Layman, Music Director

All Concerts begin at a Family-Friendly Start Time of 7:30pm Ninety-Second Summer Season Stephen R. Layman, Music Director at the

Donate to the band’s $500,000 challenge grant to All concerts are FREE Paramount Theater and open to the public. keep the music alive for a second century! atGreat the Admission. Tues. 6/3Seating 8:00 p.m. is General American Composers

Ninety-Second Summer Season


Donations can be made at

Paramount Theater Soundtrack of the Community since 1922 Bernstein, Copland & Gershwin

Tues. 6/17 8:00 p.m.

Tues. 7/1 8:00 p.m.

es. 6/3 8:00 p.m.

Tues. 7/15 8:00 p.m.

Guest Artists: U.S Army Chorus from Washington D.C.

From the Classical World Great American James Simmons and Composers

Bernstein, Copland & Gershwin

Charles Torian, guest conductors

Music from Stage and Screen

7/29 8:00 p.m.Guest Artists: Family es. 6/17 8:00Tues.p.m. U.SNight Army Chorus Gary Fagan, guest conductor from Washington D.C. Tues. 8/12 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Big Bands

All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Seating is General Admission. Doors open at 7:30 Ensemble Lobby Concerts at 7:15 prior to each performance.

es. 7/1 8:00 p.m.

From the Classical World

James Simmons and Charles Torian, guest conductors

es. 7/15 8:00 p.m.

Music from Stage and Screen

es. 7/29 8:00 p.m.

Family Night

es. 8/12 8:00 p.m.

Gary Fagan, guest conductor

Celebrate the Big Bands

All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Seating is General Admission. Doors open at 7:30 Ensemble Lobby Concerts at 7:15 prior to each performance.


{living well new mom}

Mountain O’Laundry The Three “R’s”—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

New Mom

If one were to draw a map of Newborn Motherhood, the dominant landform would be Love Lake. Quaint cottages would dot the perimeter, their lights always on, and reflected in the water just to the east would be Mount Laundry. Newborns come into the world without clothes on, but by the end of their first day of life, most have had multiple wardrobe changes. And the rapid outfit turnover continues throughout baby’s first year. It takes time for an infant and her parents to acclimate to the rhythms of feeding and diaper changing. While they’re figuring it out, everyone’s clothes are soaking it up: milk, formula, food, drool, spit-up, perspiration and diaper contents. Not sure how to handle all the soiled clothes, burp cloths, bibs, nursing wraps, towels, blankets, crib linens and car seat liners? First, have realistic expectations. Laundry’s a matter of maintenance, not completion. At this busy time of life, the goal isn’t to have everything neatly washed and folded. It’s just to be dressed. Some days you and your baby will look by Whitney Woollerton Morrill better than on other days. Next, follow the three R’s: Reduce … your laundry workload through prevention. (1) Use absorbent bibs on baby while nursing/bottle feedings to keep his clothes clean. Better yet, feed baby skin-to-skin. (2) Place burp cloths within reach in every room to blot errant spit-up from clothes in a hurry. (3) Feed, burp and change baby in rooms that have easy-wipe flooring material such as tile or wood. (4) Don’t change diapers on beds or you’ll likely be stripping linens. (5) If baby’s nursery has carpet, place a lightweight cotton rug under the changing table in case of accidents. Reuse … the same outfit combinations. (1) Buy multiples of clothing essentials so you can go four–five days without doing laundry. Babies can easily have three clothing changes/day, so stock up. (2) Stick with a few basic colors so you don’t have to redo baby’s whole outfit if one garment gets dirty, and the same goes for you. (3) Find pants and pullover shirts you like, and get several sets. (4) Buy a bulk pack of same-color Preston Suds and Motherload socks so you can grab any two from the dryer and have a offer washing/folding match. (5) Make sure to keep back-up outfits for the whole services: and family in the car. Recycle … baby’s clothes for future children by taking care of them now. (1) Stains come out best when treated promptly, but most new moms are short on time. (2) If clothes are dirty from regular wear-and-tear, toss them into the hamper. But for tough stains, such as diaper blowouts, soak clothes in water treated with a baby-safe laundry product of your choice. (3) Keep a shallow plastic tub in your laundry area for this purpose as a placeholder until laundry day. It will prevent stains from drying and setting completely into fabric fibers. (4) If there’s still stain residue after pre-treating, try scrubbing the garment’s affected area with cold water and white bar soap, such as Dove or Ivory. Feel prepared now?


Whitney is an architect who designs and writes for families. Her blog is


August 2017


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{living well mindful parenting}

5 Family Hobbies Foster Good Energy & Usher Happiness Into Your Life

Mindful Parenting

Hobbies are a great tension buster, and they can also get creative juices flowing while aiding in stress reduction, mindfulness and relaxation. In this respect, hobbies are not merely activities you can do when you have some free time, but rather, intended practices that foster good energy and usher happiness into your life. In addition, taking up a hobby with your child is a win-win situation, and the bonding factor can often be life lasting. Here are five hobbies that you and your child can enjoy together. Each one provides its own unique approach to instilling peace and inspiration, and nurturing a bond. Crafting. From scrapbooking and pottery to crocheting and sewing, the benefits of crafting are many. First, they can aid in math skills, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Secondly, you will have a finished product in the end. You also can create beautiful memories and keepsakes with your masterpieces. Gardening. Combining a physical activity with an outdoor project appeals by Danielle Sullivan to many. Gardening can be very physical with lots of stretching and bending yet is also less active. Think of planting seeds in an egg carton on your windowsill. No matter which you choose, the benefits of bonding with nature are profound. Best of all, you can reap the rewards with a delicious tomato or a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Bike Riding/Walking. If you’re looking for a more active hobby, you can try walking or biking. These activities are easily accessible to most, require little to no training and combine exercise with relaxation. Walking provides quiet time for in-depth talks. Often times, it is easier for kids to speak when you are engaging in an activity rather than sitting across the table from them. Or you can mix it up and have your child bike alongside you as you get in a power walk. Painting/Drawing. Art is one of the purest means of expression, and you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy it. With just a few pencils and/or paintbrushes, you can get Our baby and me class listings started. YouTube enables us all to become amateur artists. under our “Explore” tab on There are also learn-to-draw books of all kinds. Finished can projects can be displayed all around the house … or perhaps, get you started. even in local art shows. Photography. It’s all about perspective, and it’s likely that your perspective is completely different than your child’s. Photography helps capture a personal point of view. Best of all, you don’t necessarily need to purchase a fancy camera to start out. If photography becomes a greater interest, then cameras make great birthday presents. Any hobby can present a wonderful opportunity for you and your young one to bond over, even if you are just doing something enjoyable together. So sit down and figure out what common interests you both have and will enjoy.


Danielle, a mom of three, is a parenting writer and editor, specializing in health, lifestyle and pets. She loves to find new ways to bring more Zen and mindfulness into her daily (hectic) life.


August 2017

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{living well dear bob}

Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered

Dear Bob

by Bob Taibbi

How can I keep my young son from over engaging in violent games and media? When I was young, I played war and guns and soldiers a lot, both with friends and by myself with toy soldiers and plastic forts. When I look back, it was my release of anger and energy, and in most other ways, I was the typical good kid. I also took part in activities such as music lessons, doing science experiments, etc. My point is that you’re right to be concerned about lots of violence in your child’s life, but it’s helpful to put it into context. Overall, is your son doing well? Do you worry that his play is too violent, or that he is actually hurtful towards other kids? Does he have other interests? This is about defining your underlying worries and his need for these outlets. If you worry he is too aggressive or too preoccupied, the question is why, are there underlying issues that are truly bothering him—tensions in the family, for example—or that he is being bullied at school? See if you can have a conversation with him about this, talk with his teacher and get a report on his overall behavior. Getting drawn to violent video games is in my mind a separate and more concerning issue. Play allows for interactions and imagination. Video games create their own world and can be both mesmerizing for children and introduce images that they can’t process that are also harmful. Like play, some games can provide an outlet for normal anger and frustration, but you want to keep a close eye on what your son is drawn to and limit that exposure both in terms of content and time. Better yet, play video games with him (or sit with him if there is some violence on TV or a movie) so you have an opportunity to help him process what he is seeing, as well as engage in a conversation with him about his perspectives and your own values.

My son is very sensitive; I’m worried about him starting middle school. Starting middle school is a big transition and a source of anxiety for many children—a bigger place and fears of getting lost, having many teachers rather than just one or two, or being separated from friends. If your child is sensitive and shy, and/or doesn’t handle changes well, he will need your support. You probably want to Email your parenting approach this from two sides. concerns and queries to One is to have a talk with the principle or guidance counselor at the middle school before school starts. Let them know about your Yours might be included in son and your concerns. See if they can work with you to bunch him an upcoming issue! with friends, place him with teachers that might be a good match, place him in smaller classes or assign him an older mentoring buddy who can help him out in those important starting days and weeks. The other is to have heart-to-heart conversations with him ahead of time. Ask him what he might be specifically worried about, even draw up a list. Be a supporter and coach, and also let him know that you can help him in specific ways by talking with the school and starting the plan ahead of time, such as having play dates during the first few weekends with kids he doesn’t know as well. The larger goal is to help your son approach rather than avoid things that make him anxious. Be sure to encourage and reward him for anything he is willing to try outside his comfort zone. These experiences will build up his selfconfidence and self-esteem over the long haul.


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Every one of us has had an awkward moment when we’ve lost our balance and hurt ourselves momentarily. Usually the pain from stepping on an uneven surface or twisting just the wrong way goes away after a short time. Sometimes, however, that pain lingers, swelling occurs and you then realize you may have a sprain. A sprain is an injury to a ligament in which the ligament is stretched or torn. They happen most commonly in the ankle, though knees and wrists are also vulnerable to sprains. “Sprains are caused by a traumatic twisting of the joint,” says Dr. Stephen Gunther, sports medicine physician and orthopedic surgeon at Sentara Martha Jefferson Orthopedics. “You might, for example, roll your ankle playing soccer. by Diane DiCarlo Or you could twist your knee playing tennis. As a rule, though, a sprain is caused by a twisting injury.” There are three types of sprains, graded by the level of severity: 1. A Grade 1, or mild, sprain causes some stretching and damage to the ligament. 2. A Grade 2, or moderate, sprain causes partial tearing of the ligament, which causes a looseness in the joint that is abnormal when moved in certain ways. 3. A Grade 3, or severe, sprain involves a completely torn ligament, causing instability and rendering the joint non-functional. All three types of sprains involve pain, swelling and inflammation. “When you have a sprain, it hurts when you move the joint,” notes Gunther. “And moderate to severe sprains present with more swelling, stiffness and bruising than a mild sprain will.” If you think you have a sprain, you should begin RICE immediately: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. You can also take some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If you develop increased swelling or bruising, you may need to see a physician for treatment, depending on its For additional resources for severity. your family, visit Orthoinfo at “When someone comes in with an injury like this, we first make sure that it’s truly a sprain and not a fracture,” says Gunther. “Once we confirm that it is, in fact, a sprain, in addition to continuing RICE, we may provide a splint or brace for a moderate sprain. For a severe sprain though, which involves a complete tear of the ligament, surgery may be required to reduce the risk of permanent instability.” Surgery for a sprain is rare, but may be necessary, especially for competitive athletes, he adds. No matter how it happens, a sprain can set you back and even limit your everyday activities. So be sure to begin RICE and contact your physician should you have any questions or concerns.


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Budgeting Ladies Night! Making time for friends is so important; it is a chance to step away from daily schedules and find much needed solidarity. But, how do you get together without breaking the bank? Try these ideas for your next ladies day/night out: 1. Over Coffee or Dessert. Instead of meeting for a meal, skip right to the stuff you love. Meet at a coffee shop or bakery. 2. Clothing Swap. We all could get rid of some clothes. Stay home, put on some

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” – Winston Churchill

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by David Lerman

When the door opens providing a first view into a home, it gives you a glimpse of a family’s personality. “Entries set the tone for and give a sense of prelude to a house,” says Designer P. Allen Smith.

If you look up the definition of a foyer, you would find it to be commonly identified as an entrance hallway, a vestibule. It is also commonly considered to be the opening area to a public area or home. Take a moment to think about what you’d like your entryway to say about you. Here are some simple ideas to make your foyer match your style: Form & Function. Show your organizational proclivity immediately by putting multifunctional furniture in the entryway. Coat hangers that collect umbrellas and keys can also hang hats. Put a mirror atop it to open up the space and give you a last chance to check yourself before heading out the door. Take a tip from the East and keep dirt out of the home by providing guests a wooden shoe bench stocked with house slippers, insisting guests change before entering.


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Classically Inviting. A warm-hued, well-upholstered settee immediately demonstrates that the home’s owner not only welcomes guests but also pays attention to comfort. Often used toys often adorn entryways; store them away in the drawers of a handsome bombe dresser. Full of Personality. Paint bright hues or use a striking wallpaper pattern. Hire a local artist to paint a life theme or a mural. Got an unusual piece that you purchased on a whim? Put native or folk art that you love front and center, and display it immediately. If you love flowers, this is definitely a place to keep a vase filled! Take a cue from local woodworker Blaise Gaston, who may have the most inviting entranceway in town. Visible during the Artisans Studio Tour, a bench invites guests to contemplate the lush, sensually-curved wooden entry into the house.

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SCHOOL Back-to-

STAY ORGANIZED 5 Tips for School Success

Make mornings easier by stocking baskets, one for each family member, with those items you always seem to be scrambling for in the morning rush. That way, hats, umbrellas and other accessories are all right there waiting for you when you need them.


Even in today’s electronic world, keeping a family calendar of events is a great way to keep everyone on the same page. Make note of sports, homework assignments and other activities to make sure everyone stays in the loop.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP Getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can help boost kids’ energy and


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concentration. Encourage reading before bed, instead of something like TV that’s stimulating and can inhibit them from falling asleep.


By eating a nutritious breakfast, students’ attendance and overall academic achievement drastically improves. Keep things simple with foods like smoothies, peanut butter toast and low-sugar cereals. Breakfasts including protein will keep them filled and attentive until lunchtime.

ESTABLISH GOOD HOMEWORK HABITS Make sure you have a permanent workspace away from distractions, and set aside ample time each night for completing assignments.


Agnor-Hurt: August 21, 10am–2:30pm Albemarle High: August 17, 6:30–8pm Baker-Butler: August 21, 4–6pm Broadus Wood: August 21, 4–6pm Brownsville: August 17, 4:30–6:30pm Burley: August 21, 5:30–7pm Cale: August 21, 4–6pm CATEC: August 16, 5–7pm Community Public Charter School: By Appointment Crozet: August 21, 5–6:30pm Greer: August 22, 8–10am Henley: August 21, 3–5pm Hollymead: August 21, K 10:30am–12pm; 4:30–6pm Jouett: August 17, 4–6pm Meriwether Lewis: August 21, 2–6pm Monticello High: August 17, 6:30–8pm Murray Elementary: August 21, 5–6:30pm Murray High: August 21, 5:30–7pm Red Hill: August 21, 4–6pm Scottsville: August 21, 4–7pm Stone-Robinson: August 21, 4–6pm Stony Point: August 21, 4–5:30pm Sutherland: August 17, 3–5pm Walton: August 17, 4–6pm Western Albemarle High: August 17, 7–9pm Woodbrook: August 21, 4–6:30pm

CITY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE All Elementary Schools (PK-4): August 21, 1–3pm Walker School (5-6): August 21, 3–5pm Buford Middle School (7-8): August 21, 4–6pm Lugo-McGinness Academy: By Appointment Charlottesville High School (9-12): August 21, 5–7pm


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Superintendent Messages

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, and Dr. Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, are both looking foward to the new 2017– 2018 school year.

7 Tips

for Getting to School Safely With Virginia’s Safe Routes to School program, the City of Charlottesville has been awarded funding to improve biking and walking safety for children traveling to school. For example, as part of the program, the City of Charlottesville improved three Clark Elementary school intersections. Below are some ideas every family could use.

Dr. Rosa S. Atkins Dr. Atkins says: “With a brand new strategic plan, we’re excited to start another great year. The plan focuses on academic excellence that will promote lifeready graduates, student-centered learning and equitable opportunities. Another goal is safe and supportive schools, which supports the social, emotional and physical well being of our children. In addition, the plan addresses the organizational supports that make these first two goals possible. One example of this is our facilities— we are watching our schools’ growing enrollment figures and making plans so that our facilities support learning in appropriate and innovative ways.”

For walkers/bikers Dr. Pamela R. Moran Dr. Moran says: “One of my favorite events this past year was the project by Western Albemarle High School career and technical education students to construct and sell a tiny house because this project is represents the direction of education. In the 2017-18 school year, as you visit our schools, you will see more of these events occurring amongst all grade levels across our division. Project-based, hands-on learning and the authenticity of learning alongside mentors and with community partners are among the most effective strategies for reaching our goal for all students—to graduate have mastered the lifelong learning skills to succeed as 21st-century learners, workers and citizens.”



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It’s a good idea for children to walk in groups and for a parent to supervise little ones. A walking school bus—a group of kids from the same neighborhood who pick up friends along the route to school—is a great way to assure that everyone gets there without mishap. Cyclists should ride on the right-hand side of the street in the same direction as cars, never against traffic. Try to use bike lanes or designated bike routes. Use intersections with signals and pedestrian buttons whenever possible. The most important thing for a cyclist to remember is to always wear a helmet! If you’re ever in an accident, having a correctly fitted helmet can prevent a serious head injury.

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Always make eye contact and await the bus driver’s signal when crossing in front of the bus, not in back of it. Never pick up something under or near a bus! Always tell the bus driver if you’ve dropped something. Give a wave, and thank your bus driver and other drivers before and after you have crossed. This communication between you and other drivers promotes good citizenship and acknowledgement that you are safe.


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SCHOOL SUCCESS 5 Tips & Tricks from Area Teachers to Help Nurture a Love of Learning


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As a parent, you often want to help your child in every way that you can, but sometimes helping them requires letting them grow on their own.

by Abby Meredith

As summer comes to an end, it is time to start gearing the kids up for heading back to school and getting back into a routine. Teachers, too, will soon be welcoming their new students with fresh bulletin boards and innovative lesson plans designed to spark young learners. Sometimes I marvel at the way teachers joyfully manage classrooms so full of active minds and busy hands to keep engaged.


{inspiration education} Rather than just marveling at the ways teachers manage the classroom, we decided to sit down with some of the local heroes of Charlottesville and Albemarle classrooms to find out the best tips and tricks for parenting like a teacher at home.

1. Get in your groove and stick to it. When merging together after-school activities, homework, practices


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It is a good idea to start back in a routine before school is back in session. The transition will be so much easier if the kids are back in a groove before that 6 a.m. alarm goes off on the first day of school. Once that schedule is in place, stick to it! “Set clear expectations and follow




Nikki Franklin, a third-grade teacher at Jackson-Via Elementary School. For younger kids, it can be hard to set a routine. But Courtney Wood, a parent and teacher at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, has found the solution that works well in the classroom and at home with her 5-year-old. “When we have children in class who are unable to follow a routine, we use a visual schedule.” Wood uses pictures in a sequence so that her son knows his schedule: Get up, get dressed, brush teeth. And soon enough she says he was in his own groove each morning. Teachers suggested getting to bed at the same time each night, limiting screen time to 20 to 30 minutes an hour per night on weeknights and reading together before bed. Parenting


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children have an understanding of what is expected of them and what they can expect on a daily basis. Of course there will be times where it is impossible, but work together and communicate to figure out your family’s groove.

2. Confidence is key. Working with your children to instill a sense of confidence and independence can help your children succeed in the classroom and in their development. As a parent, you often want to help your child in every way that you can, but sometimes helping them requires letting






Beginning at a young age, teachers are fostering a sense of independence in children in the classroom. Caballero says she builds confidence in her kindergarten students by putting

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son every night and ask him, ‘When did you show kindness today?’ ‘What are you looking forward to tomorrow?’ and ‘What was hard today?’” These simple questions can help foster a relationship and engagement with your child that makes it easier to manage the more difficult issues when they arise. Sometimes, younger children need processing time and take a while to

respond. When you ask how their day was, give them a beat to think about the day and reflect before talking or thinking that they are not interested. Also try to avoid asking only open-ended questions. Follow up “How was your day?” with “Tell me the best part of your day,” “What has hard today?” or “What did you do today that you want to improve on tomorrow?”

4. Build a relationship with your child’s teacher. Developing a relationship with your child’s teacher through volunteering in the




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stressed the importance of turning off

a chapter book about horses and then

trained in completing. Sometimes it is

the television, putting down our phones,

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hard to know what type of books your

sitting down in a chair or on the bed, and

child should be reading, or what the

reading together.

As you can see, parenting like a teacher can be as simple as getting the

goals are for the end of the year, but open

Make the three “B’s” part of your

communication between parents and

family’s nightly routine: Bath, Books and

family into a groove and reading together every

teachers can help bridge the gap.

Bed. As adults, reading can become a

sharing time, stories and memories, and





If you are running late in the morning

chore, but it is important to make reading

building a relationship with your child’s

or you have something going on within

and learning into something that is fun

teacher. And no matter what time of the

your family that might impact your child

for everyone, says Sarah Scott, a Reading

year it is—summer break, a holiday or the

at school, reach out to your child’s teacher.

Specialist at Greer Elementary. “It is not

school year—all of these tips can serve as

“Sometimes I’ll get an email from one

about completing a book log or setting

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of my parents saying they were in a rush

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and did not have enough time for a proper

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skills and habits.

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what happens next!” Reading teaches us

kids some food so that we can get their

new and exciting information, it allows

body fueled for the day,” Wood says.

us to sympathize with others, it makes us

Your children’s teachers want to help create a mutual support system that gives your child opportunities to grow. After all, it really does take a village.

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must be at work. When Andrew was 11 months, he had a rough year. First it was a stomach virus, then strep throat and a sinus infection, followed by the flu and tubes inserted in his ears to halt a string of ear infections. Each time, he’d spend the day—quite happily—in the Get Well Room at Rainbow Station in Richmond, Va., a preschool and childcare center for mildly ill kids whose parents are unable to stay home, or find alternative care, when they’re sick. “There are always hard decisions to make when you’re child is sick,” says Andrews’s mom, Debbie, a clinical pharmacist. “But this is a good option that gives me a huge dose of comfort. I know he’s getting excellent care—and I’d be in a terrible bind if I didn’t have it.” The Get Well Room (part of a complex that includes a daycare center, preschool and afterschool center) is staffed by a pediatric nurse, who assesses a child’s condition, dispenses medication and calls

parents with updates during the day. Kids newborn through the early teen years are cared for in separate rooms according to illness—there’s the flu room, the stomach bug room, plus a room for kids recuperating from surgery—each equipped with a reverse ventilation system so no one has to worry that a child with, say, a broken leg, will catch the flu. Unfortunately, facilities like Rainbow Station are few and far between. “There are somewhere between 200 and 300

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Did you know that we have more presidential homes than any other state? Best of all, most presidential estates are open to the public and provide an interactive and fun day for the family. Hands-on activities, workshops, hikes, themed parties, crafts, costumed interpreters and touchable artifacts bring history to life. A trip to an estate is like traveling to the past, allowing your children to experience a different world and time, and learn about the great people who have helped shape our nation.

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{resources day trips} Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Home of our third president and

Charlottesville favorite, Thomas Jefferson, Monticello is just a quick drive from the heart of the city. The estate has something for everyone and offers family tours for kids ages 5–11. Monticello holds the attention of even the youngest children. The 40-minute tour has a host of handson activities that highlight Jefferson’s accomplishments,




After the tour, families are welcome to explore the beautiful grounds and visit the popular Griffin Discovery room—an interactive activity center for children ages 6–12. Children can learn what it was like to grow up in the early 1800s by using a polygraph machine, dressing up in 18th century attire, trying weaving, touching a mastodon’s jawbone, creating secret codes and playing games similar to those played by children centuries ago. If you’re enjoying

Monticello, Photo: Jennifer Jones

the property with older kids for the day, you can hike the Saunders-Monticello trail or take the Hemings Family Tour or the Slavery at Monticello tour. At the end of your time on the estate, make sure to stop by Michie Tavern, a Virginia landmark that accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, servers are dressed in period attire, recreating its 18th-century tavern life. You can also check out the Monticello Neighborhood Pass, a discounted adult ticket that includes tours of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s

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James Monroe’s Highland Charlottesville




to be extremely close to yet another presidential estate—the official residence of our fifth President James Monroe and his

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from 1799 to 1823. The 40-minute tour of

this beautiful, yet quaint, home will give

lost to a fire after the Monroes sold it.

you a glimpse into the life of the man

These excavations are upending history

who fought in the American Revolution,

and changing much of what we thought



we knew about his family’s lifestyle; he

pushed for the Missouri Compromise and

may have lived in a lavish estate similar

secured our nation’s borders with the

to Jefferson’s Monticello. With all of

Monroe Doctrine. The tour also features

this discovery in the air, it would be an


excellent time to pay a visit to Highland.






originally belonging to the Monroe family.

Be sure to visit the gardens, farm and outbuildings­ —each of which represents different parts of life on the estate from the smithy to the weaver’s workshop. For families who love petting the sheep and other furry and feathered critters, there is a new annual Farm Friends Pass that you

James Madison’s Montpelier

may want to consider if you’d like to be

Similar to Monticello, James Madison’s

a frequent visitor. Highland is definitely

Montpelier is a grand estate with much

a trip for history buffs as well as those

to enjoy just 45 minutes away. Whether

who enjoy a good mystery. As recently

you are an outdoor adventurer or simply

as 2016, archaeologists discovered the

a history nut, you will feel welcome and



excited by what Montpelier has to offer.

Highland indicating that a larger estate,

Boasting 2,650 acres of rolling hills and

not the modest Highland, was President

opportunity, Montpelier is truly fun for

Monroe’s original home. Researchers and

everyone. Children under age 6 can take

an archaeologist at Highland have both

a family-friendly tour that focuses on

indicated that the original home was

presenting Madison’s life in a fun and




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Sherwood Forest Plantation was the

home of John Tyler, the tenth president of the United States. Located in Charles City, just under a two-hour drive, it is near Berkeley Plantation so you could visit both on the same trip. At 300 feet, Sherwood Forest Plantation is the longest frame house in America and has been the continuous residence of the Tyler family since its purchase in 1842. Currently, a grandson resides here. The gorgeous Ethan Hickerson, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

home is not only on a beautifully wooded landscape, but is also haunted!

interactive way. There is also a “Children’s

Montpelier’s Center for the Constitution is

Telling your kids about the ghost of the

Getaway,” with educational toys and

America’s premier constitutional training

“Gray Lady” is a sure way to pique their

books. If that’s not enough, the grounds

center. After a busy day learning and

interest. For over 100 years, there have

of Montpelier offer their own excitements

exploring, everyone is invited to enjoy

been sightings of the Gray Lady sitting in

with spacious horse pastures, beautiful

a bite to eat at the Exchange Café in

her rocking chair, holding a child. Even

views and the Madison Family Cemetery.

the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

more amazingly, a couple of years ago,

You may also hike the miles of trails on

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aspiring ghost hunter should get their start. Sherwood Forest Plantation is also famous for its trees. There is an impressive variety of trees on the grounds including the oldest Ginko tree in the United States. The plantation is an eclectic mix of the beautiful, interesting and downright strange; any trip there would certainly be an adventure. Luckily, there are multiple tours open to the intrepid explorer. Enjoy the beauty of Sherwood Forest on a grounds tour or brave the historic haunted house. There are so many interesting facets to Sherwood Forest Plantation that you won’t want to miss a thing. Make sure to make an appointment before embarking on this adventure.

Berkeley Plantation

To visit Berkeley Plantation is to step back in time to a

bygone era. One of the most historic plantations in Virginia, Berkeley Plantation was the birthplace of America’s ninth president, William Henry Harrison, and the ancestral home of Benjamin Harrison, America’s 23rd president. While important, this is not Berkeley Plantation’s only claim to fame. The Charles City property’s history goes all the way back to 1619 when settlers observed the first official Thanksgiving in America. On top of this, Berkeley Plantation is the birthplace of “Taps,” a tune composed by General Daniel Butterfield during the Civil War. To ensure a fun and educational visit to Berkeley Plantation, enthusiastic guides in period costumes

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conduct tours of the majestic mansion daily. Grounds tours are self-guided so you can explore at your own pace. There are five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River that will simply take your breath away. On the grounds you can find monuments dating back to the first Thanksgiving as well as the Harrison family graveyard. A trip to Berkeley Plantation is a great way to get your kids outside, and they can run around the gardens and play alongside the river. They can also enjoy the acting of the costumed tour guides—their entertaining anecdotes truly bring history to life. Additionally, Berkeley Plantation is one of the homes on this list that is important not only for the president who lived there, but for the events that took place within its walls.


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George Washington, is truly a “daytrip” destination for the family at just over two hours away. Mount Vernon has a plethora of tours to take and sights to see. For children, it offers a Pioneer farm to watch farming demonstrations and farm animals, 4D educational movies and a hands-on history center full of story hours, crafts and games. Kids can also enjoy a forensic laboratory and a cruise of the Potomac River, but many activities are seasonal, so be sure to check their website when planning your trip. These activities and a tour of the gorgeous mansion are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do at the estate. After your tour, be sure to take a leisurely stroll around the gardens, visit the tomb of George and Martha Washington, see the slave memorial, distillery, gristmill and the many outbuildings on the property. This beautiful estate is similar to the other estates on this list and will transport you back in time so that you can experience the history of our nation firsthand. These daytrips will not only bring your family


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My parents were avid enthusiasts for

My experience wasn’t optimal for a

keep a driving parent up to date on all

after-school activities, so from a young

few reasons, mostly my lack of interest

the latest NPR news as they shuttle

age, I was shuttled to music classes and

in my activities. But times have changed;

to chess club, swim or dance lessons,

the one seasonal team sport offered by

boy howdy, now it’s the activity that steps

band practice, soccer or lacrosse. Some

my small town’s recreational program.

up to meet the child, rather than the

families are lucky enough to have all of

Neither of these were really my jam,

other way around. An after-school pursuit

their kids in one activity. I have a friend

and so now, despite years of lessons (and

can enhance a child’s immediate interest

whose children all play the same sport, a

a professional musician as one of my

and perhaps provide the foundation for a

streamlined process I imagine with great

parents), I can barely manage the top part

life-long passion. Here in Charlottesville,

envy, and others have to get a little more

of “Heart and Soul,” and I haven’t picked

we have an endless list of arts programs,


up a basketball since the time one rolled

science clubs, sports leagues, language

equipment and all of the other extra-

in my path during a run.

classes, theater and more—enough to

curricular factors.

August 2017


scheduling, meals,

Finding the Right Activities to Engage Kids by Catherine Malone

The start of a new school year presents

way to have children be active, to offset

common issues about sports participation

an opportunity for new possibilities,

the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and to

can help parents manage their child’s

or perhaps just a return to some well-

reap the many benefits of exercise.






loved favorite activities. The return of

Whether it’s a desire to instill a

the school day often means that a child’s

lifelong fitness habit for their kids, or

level of physical activity winds down

broaden interests, finding an activity that

There are so many different options for

and more time is spent on structured

keeps kids moving is often a top priority.

kids these days to get moving. Traditional

academics. Whether a structured school

The American Academy of Pediatrics

programs such as team sports leagues

sport, a recreational team, or continued

maintains a website, healthychildren.

work well for kids who want more active



org, which has sections on both sports

and competitive experiences, who do well

program, many parents are looking for a

and fitness. Their long list of sports and

with group settings or who maybe have





picked up a baseball bat or fencing épée themselves.


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After-School activities guide ALL AROUND SPORTS & FITNESS



ACAC 978-3800 See ad back cover

Charlottesville Parks & Rec 970-3260 See ad page 71

Charlottesville Parks & Rec 970-3260 See ad page 71

Piedmont Family YMCA 974-9622 See ad page 73

Piedmont Family YMCA Flag Football 974-9622 See ad page 73

Piedmont Family YMCA 974-9622 See ad page 73

Scottsville Youth Basketball, 286-3612 Virginia Basketball Academy, 305-2154

Jefferson District Youth Football League, Pop Warner Football, / 823-2987

Albemarle County Parks & Rec, 296-5844 Boar’s Head Sports Club, 972-6031 Ch’ville Therapeutic Rec, 970-3264 Special Olympics, 800-932-4653 UVA Intramural – Recreation Sports, 924-3791



Boys Scouts of America 800-630-0620 See ad page 75

The Little Gym 975-5437 See ad page 70

Girls Scouts of America 540-777-5100 See ad page 75

AIM Cheer/Pom Program, 804-372-3331 Classics Gymnastics, 978-4720 Crossroads Gymnastics, 589-7655 Pop Warner Cheerleading, Thomas Jefferson Youth Cheer,

ARTS & CREATIVITY Amazement Square 845-1888 See ad page 63 BOUNCE Play-n-Create 973-1111 See ad page 29 Crozet Arts 964-6770 See ad page 75

4-H, 872-4580 Blue Ridge Young Birders, 540-363-5035 Boys & Girls Club, 977-3514 Cavman’s Crew, 982-5600 Junior Achievement, 804-217-8855 Wednesday Music Club, 923-4001 Young Life, 964-1867 DANCE & MOVEMENT

Virginia Discovery Museum 977-1025 See ad page 22

The Little Gym 975-5437 See ad page 70

Albemarle Artful Kids, 806-6734 Glass Palette, The, 977-9009 Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Painting Place, 295-7801 Light House Film Making Studio, 293-6992 McGuffey Art Center, 295-7973 Studio Baboo, 244-2905 Very Special Arts, 970-3264 Watercolor with Lee Alter, 963-0540 Woodworking with Children, 979-1220

Wilson School of Dance 973-5678 See ad page 72 Albemarle Ballet Theatre, 823-8888 Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville, 531-5441 Balletschool, 975-3533 Bend Yoga, 296-2363 Blue Ridge Irish Music School, 409-9631 Charlottesville Ballet Academy, 973-2555 Charlottesville Performing Arts School, 293-2727

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL American Legion Baseball, 977-1050 Albemarle Redbirds Softball, 540-649-1234 Central Little League, 284-2173 Cove Creek Baseball, 970-2255 Jefferson Area Girls Softball, 973-5440 Lane Babe Ruth Baseball, 977-5772 McIntire Little League, 817-5100 Monticello Little League, 296-1251 Northside Cal Ripken League, 980-1256 Peachtree Baseball League, 823-7183


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ETIQUETTE Jefferson Cotillion, 242-0153 The Civility School, 242-0153 The Etiquette School of the Commonwealth, 996-4903

HORSEBACK RIDING Camp Friendship, 800-873-3223 Carriage Hill Farm, 296-2672 Ch’ville Area Riding Therapy, 823-1178 Fancy Hill Farm, 589-8435 Graves Mountain Lodge, 540-923-4231 Grayson Farm, 286-4130 Hidden Creek Farm, 985-4309 Hoof & Woof 4-H Club, 872-4580 Millington Stables, 823-5109 Montanova Stables, 295-2905 North Garden Equestrian Center, 882-1841 The Pony Academy, 823-6929 Shadowfax, 960-3073 The Barracks Farm, 293-6568 The Pony Café, 977-7365 LANGUAGE The Han Studio, 202-5889 Alliance Francaise de Ch’ville, 260-0640 Speak! Language Center, 245-8255 LEARNING Connections Achievement Therapy 529-6248 See ad page 54 Mindworks 989-1481 See ad page 27

For instance, the Piedmont Family YMCA

out there. There are fencing classes and

offers both a philosophical approach to

teams, child and teen yoga, every form of

team settings as well as to facilitating

dance and there is even Quidditch!






Area afterschool programs, including

area, long-time residents and all ages.

the ones offered at ACAC, make an effort

The new Brooks Family YMCA building

to incorporate movement through formal

includes a teaching kitchen that will offer

activities as well as informal play. Both

programming with Charlottesville’s PB &

ACAC and the Brooks Family YMCA

J Fund, and an outlook that emphasizes

have indoor playgrounds that are the

exposure to an active and nutritional

envy of most adults and allow kids an


opportunity to exert their own energies.

Martial arts—karate in its various

These options also include a school pick-

schools, kung fu and taekwondo—are

up and longer hours, and can be a boon

great mediators for kids who need to

to parents whose work schedules make

become active and those who need

coordinating post-school activities tricky.

to calm down and practice focus. The

Just as athletic options let kids burn

incentive of promotion is often a great

off their energy before returning home,

motivator, and the strong communities

artistic after-school activities allow kids’

built around many studios are very

minds and creativity to be practiced and

dreams of competing at a higher level.

encouraging. Martial arts also often carry

worked. For parents, outsourcing the mess

However, what about the child who isn’t

over into other aspects of a child’s life,

and energy of paints, clay or glitter can

an obvious fit for a team sport or activity?

with instructors wanting to see report

be a lifesaver, sparing them an evening

First of all, don’t be too quick to

cards and requiring high standards of

with extra cleaning alongside dinner prep

dismiss the team sports option. While

community involvement of their students.

and homework help. For kids, an outside

there are certainly more competitive


studio experience can help them take

options out there, there are also team and

finding a physical outlet for your child,

their artistic endeavors more seriously,

activity settings that carry less pressure.

consider some of the more esoteric sports

introduce them to mentors and friends,

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AIM Self-Defense, 800-403-3902 Aldridge Karate Institute, 985-2049 Ch’ville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 825-6202 Ch’ville Judo Academy, 975-4482 Hiromi T’ai Chi, 877-880-2479 International Black Belt Center, 973-8885 L M Karate Academy, 589-5282 Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, 973-0318 Mountain Kim Martial Arts, 245-0202 Ssal Shin Jo Judo, 531-2951 UpLevel Martial Arts, 973-0855 MENTORING Big Brothers Big Sisters, 244-0882 Big Siblings (Madison House), 977-7051 Computers 4 Kids, 817-1121 Young Women Leaders Program, 924-9732 MUSIC Blue Ridge Music Together 293-6361 See ad page 69

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B# Music, 806-3515 Bailey Lessons, 242-9743 Blue Ridge Irish Music School, 409-9631 Charlottesville Performing Arts School, 293-2727 Fingerdance Studio, 466-1024 FootNotes Studio, 242-0605 Heinz Musitronics, 977-2797 Music Education Center, 973-1032 Music Resource Center, 979-5478 Music Teachers Association, Richardson Guitar Studio, 293-4017 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature, 286-2806 Specialty Guitars Plus, 979-3800 Stacy’s Music, 974-1555 The Front Porch, 806-7062 The Music Emporium, 973-2931 VA Consort Youth Chorale Program, 244-8444 Violin & Piano Studio, 295-7449 Youth Orchestra, 974-7776


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We have plenty of affordable activities for your family this fall season. Charlottesville Parks & Recreation invites you to discover our selection of over 200 classes and programs for kids,adults and seniors! Classes include dance, yoga, gymnastics, martial arts,aquatics, golf, art, outdoor adventure, therapeutic recreation and much, much more.

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Charlottesville Soccer Academy, 242-7017 Monticello United Soccer Club, 974-4625 Scottsville Org. for Kids’ Sports, 286-2366

Bounce Play-n-Create 973-1111 See ad page 29


Cavalier Wrestling Club 243-1939 See ad page 70

ACAC 978-3800 See ad back cover

Highlands Golf Park 985-2765 See ad page 57

Charlottesville Parks & Rec 970-3260 See ad page 71

Meadowcreek Golf 977-0615 See ad page 62 Albemarle Girls Field Hockey and Lacrosse League, Charlottesville Area Volleyball Club, 757- 374-0599 Jump!, 284-8248 Kegler’s Youth Bowling League, 978-3999 Main Street Skating Arena, 817-2400 Rocky Top Climbing Gym, 981-3306 Seminole Boys/Girls Lacrosse, University Dive and Hobby Center, 296-6306 SOCCER SOCA 975-5025 See ad page 72

Piedmont Family YMCA Aquatics Club 974-9622 See ad page 73 SMAC – Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club, 540-942-5107 UVA Intramural – Recreation Sports, 924-3791 Virginia Gators, 218-2487 TENNIS Boar’s Head Sports Club, 972-6031 Fairview Swim and Tennis, 973-7946 Matilda Blue Tennis, 906-8554 Quickstart Tennis,

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DMR Adventures 203-6314 See ad page 73 Black Box Players, Four County Players, 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions, 547-7986 Jefferson Youth Theatre, 249-2803 Light House Studio, 293-6992 Live Arts, 977-4177 TUTORING Georgetown Learning Centers 296-5111 See ad page 75 Wahoo Tutors 966-6174 See ad page 72 ALOHA Mind Math/Reading/Writing, 249-2888 Champion Tutoring, 984-2821 Hometown Learning Center, 540-504-7040 Kumon Math & Reading Center, 973-9040 LearningRX, 220-7475 Madison Learning Center, 540-738-2617 Tutor Doctor, 422-3595

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and help them focus their creativity without the distractions of home

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the computer. The advantages

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a f t e r- s c h o o l activity


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be helpful to define


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boundaries ahead time.

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of Some


families set a budget per child to limit the



amount of requests for




lessons. Others draw a line

on the number of days per week a child has an activity after school. Many families, like my own, set a limit on one activity per child per season. Other, better-organized parents, draw up dinner plans in advance to make sure the nights when there are late practices don’t derail the all-important issue of feeding everyone. While this is a level of organization that has seemed to elude me, I do make sure everyone has a plan for the after-school snack, including myself. After school activities have the potential to add so much to your child’s development, and now is the time to make them happen.

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{until next time humorous reflections} Romping Into High School

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

Most mornings, I usually find time to look in on my 14-year-old daughter, Wendy, while she sleeps. Her face on the pillow is beautiful and serene. How wonderful to see a child doing exactly what she’s supposed to be doing. I can almost imagine that in an hour or so she’ll spring out of bed, refreshed and ready for a day of productive effort. But I savor these moments, because Wendy awake is a different creature.

Wendy tells my wife, Betsy, all about it in the form of complaints during their end-of-the-day debriefing sessions. These scary bedtime stories keep Betsy awake. My wife seems to be the only person with whom Wendy has meaningful, daily contact who has normal intelligence and is any of the things she encounters outside of the home. Occasionally Wendy confides in me, but she’d tell me

She clowns, she rants, she dances and sings, she coaxes and she emotes. She is either noisily comical or desperately tragic. If you love her like I do, she works your heart the way a boxer works a speed-bag. She wants to go places and do things. She wants money and transportation, and she presses for permission. She craves the company of teenagers; she wants fun. She’s a tiger in a cage. She’s a ravenous social animal, and it is always feeding time. In a few weeks, Wendy will begin her freshman year of high school. Her eighth-grade graduating class contained six boys; whereas, the population at Good Times Regional High School will include about 500 boys. Wendy says she’ll need two hours each morning to put on war paint and get her hair just right. She’s also looking forward to playing field hockey. She can’t resist a sport where you put on a short skirt, try to outmaneuver other girls and slash at them with a big stick. The stick will be something new anyway. Academics? All adults, both living and dead, bore Wendy and that includes Thomas Jefferson, Socrates, Emily Dickinson, Isaac Newton and every single one of her teachers. By that, of course, I mean her school teachers. She

more if I weren’t trying to run her life. I push her to dress modestly, do school work and find some babysitting jobs. I want her to stay out of boys’ homes, tattoo parlors and whatever kind of place that does piercings. I hate to be a pickle puss, but if Wendy has her way, her four years of high school will be as festive as New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Mardi Gras in New Orleans and spring break in Cancun. And we’re her chaperones. I believe in presenting a few unambiguous guidelines. Here are a few policies we are considering: School Nights. No conversations via phone or computer after 10 o’clock. No leaving the compound unless grades are really good. Weekends. Old people (parents) must be present at all parties and visits. At least half of all sleepovers will take place here. Curfew will be 11 o’clock. Boys. Unknown boys will be regarded with hostile suspicion; boys who come to dinner will be fed sumptuously and treated with special favor bordering on trust. But privacy will be limited. When we gave Wendy a cell phone years ago, it had more strings attached than Gulliver in tie-down mode. When Wendy breaks the rules, we impound the phone; it has happened. I think of the phone as an itty-bitty hostage. I’ll leave it turned on so its assorted bizarre ringtones will cry out to Wendy, “Comply with his demands! He means business! Save me!” I feel bad drawing a circle of iron around a child I love. Trading Wendy’s immediate pleasure for her longterm happiness is no fun. I’d much rather chair the Entertainment Committee, but Wendy already has that job.

She clowns, she rants, she dances and sings, she coaxes and she emotes.

has plenty of other teachers—young ones who offer instruction in false friendship and the use of anti-social media. This unofficial faculty includes fickle boyfriends and girlfriends who become girl-fiends overnight. Rick can be reached at


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