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As we start another new year at CharlottesvilleFamily, our hearts are filled with gratitude - thankful to our readers for their interest and appreciation, thankful to our advertisers for their support and enthusiasm, and thankful to have created our dream jobs! From browsing through adorable baby pictures and attending the area’s best festivals and concerts to working with some of the nicest people in town, we, here at CharlottesvilleFamily, feel so lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love every single day. The year 2015 brought exciting new projects for us, as Ivy Publications launched our new Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings and Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, making us the proud mamas of other wonderful publications. Celebrating the elegant country lifestyle we all enjoy here in Jefferson’s Virginia gave us the opportunity to learn more about area vineyards and to meet some very talented artisans in our community. Looking back at the success of CharlottesvilleFamily, it is still a wonder to us. The CF website had, and still has, the amazing ability to be there for you 24-7, and the magazine, now called Bloom, continues to bring us closer together as a community of families. The opportunity to create a resource parents can trust to help guide us all them in nurturing our children with joy, love and confidence is a gift. This year, we’re especially excited to share with you all some new features in this very issue. Inside the beautiful new cover, you’ll discover all your favorite


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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke EDITOR Sarah Pastorek ONLINE EDITOR Mandy Reynolds GRAPHIC DESIGN Erin Q. Hughes Barbara Tompkins SALES MANAGER Laura Renigar ADVERTISING SALES Susan Powell, Jenny Stoltz, Brandi Washburn, Brittney Wisecarver CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Deborah Bohn, Kelly Casey, Rick Epstein, Heidi Smith Luedtke, Catherine Malone, Laura Merricks, Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Vince Scheivert, Danielle Sullivan, Lynn Thorne ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Dennise Simmerman ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Caitlin Morris DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

resources and more, including the new Date Night calendar pg. 23, Bumble’s Shutterbee Contest pg. 8 and our Mindful Parenting column pg. 24. Along with these will be our new Daily Drops of Honey tweets—little reminders of the sweet things in life—through our Twitter feed (#dropsofhoney). Many other new additions will be introduced in the upcoming months with the CF community both in print and online, so keep a watchful eye out! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, our readers, and the countless businesses who make it all possible for us to provide the community with these resources free of charge. It has always been our pleasure to serve you all, and we’re looking forward to another great year of parenting, growing and blooming together. May your new year be bright,

CharlottesvilleFamily™ Magazine and™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC. CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ is published weekly online at www.CharlottesvilleFamily. com, the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and the Magazine is published in print format 12 times per year along with a™ Directory. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. All images not credited are property of and provided by Thinkstock by Gettyimages. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2016. All rights reserved.

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Contents TABLE OF



Mindful Parenting 24 new! Staying Zen

News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10  Do you allow your child to stay up and ring in the New Year?

Snapshot 12  Charlene & Matt Scibal, The Inn at Willow Grove

Our Schools 16

Out & About Calendar 18

Unlocking the Digital Divide

New Mom 26 Teething Do’s and Don’t’s Healthy Family 28 Are Kids Sitting Too Much? Tips & Trends 30 Fabulous Finds and Fun

High-Energy Mom 32

On-Stage Imagination 42 Black Box Players Celebrate 30 Seasons The Wonder Years 48 Funny, Exasperating, Adorable Behaviors

Kiss Your Clutter Goodbye 52

Skating into the New Year

Maintaining More Emotional and Physical Energy

of Toddlers and Preschoolers

January Activities & Events for Families

Daytrip Fun! 20



Editor’s Pick! I’m so excited for Bumble’s NEW Shutterbee Contests this year. Every month will bring a new contest with it. How creative are you? For February’s details, see pg 8.

16 Go-To Tips from Local Professionals

RESOURCES New Year, New You 34  Local Resources to Starting the

Year Healthier

2016 Winter Home Guide 58

A Homeowner’s Guide to Local

Businesses and Resources

Early-Bird Camp Quicklist 60

A Guide to Sleep-away Camps

UNTIL NEXT TIME The Chauffeur’s Lament 70  My daughter’s demands

30 So Love This! I’m always looking for new healthy recipes. It especially goes great with my New Year’s resolutions. Find your favorite on pg 36. — Laura, sales manager



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local buzz

Early Childhood Programs Receive $170,000 Grant Susan Parmar Photography

In an effort to increase capacity opportunities for local early childhood programs, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation announced a new $170,000 grant. This grant is intended to not only increase funding for the upcoming 2016 school year but also to support a broader goal of expanding the seat capacity at local private and public programs. It will allow more at-risk children the opportunity to be placed around the area. The United Way will also be working with local nonprofit ReadyKids, in another creative partnership to help with funding scholarships.

VADM To Undergo Renovations After 25 years at its Downtown location, the Virginia Discovery Museum (VADM) will begin a capital improvement campaign to fundraise for new exhibits to launch in tandem with the Building Goodness Foundation project. The Foundation selected VADM as a spring 2016 Local Project to update the front gallery of the museum with new flooring, lighting and paint. New exhibits in the

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works include a sensory playspace suited for guests with

Engineering & Jewelry Design Founded on a mission to empower girls and women through

special needs, an expanded and enhanced art studio, STEM-focused energy and engineering exhibits, a literacy skills area along with other minor changes.


Attention Smart-PhoneSnapping Parents!

design, Suz Somersall and Malena Southworth began KiraKira, a 3D Academy. Somersall serves as the jewelry designer while Southworth serves as the creative director, joining their interests into a creative process, pairing design and

We are excited to bring you Bumble’s ShutterBee Contests! Every month at, there will be a new photo or video-based contest, and a chance to win fabulous prizes!

engineering. This unique approach intersects STEM learning with the fundamentals of mechanical engineering software, 3D printing, DIY mania and E-learning in interactive jewelry design lessons. Their goal is to broaden the opportunities for young women’s academic studies and careers in a field honed on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Beginning this year, approximately 100 classes will be offered online from beginners to advanced.


January 2016

February’s contest is to illustrate this caption: “I Love my Funny Valentine” We’re looking to capture your creative side! Submit a photo to illustrate the caption “I Love my Funny Valentine” for a chance to win prizes and be featured in February’s issue! Enter by January 8, and then vote on your favorites until January 15. or see our website. Happy Snapping, ShutterBees!

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Charlie Houchin, a 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, met with some local high school swimmers in early December for pool talk. Houchin, who swam as part of the U.S. Men’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay in London, is looking to help promote the talent he sees in Central Virginia swimming opportunities. In trying to help volunteers become more involved with the sport, he is working to enhance a Charlottesville-based online teaching tool called “Stroke and Turn,” started by UVA Cardiologist Larry Gimple, his son, Ryan Gimple, and Gordon Hair, founder of the Benjamin Hair – Just Swim For


Life Foundation. The program is an online learning course devised to help make the learning process easier for league administrators and new and returning officials. After completing the course, participants will have the capability to become certified in the local swimming domain.

At Tandem Friends School, students share in a rich atmosphere of learning in and out of the classroom.

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TOWN Do you allow your child to stay up and ring in the New Year? 68% say “yes” 32% say “no”

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Caring for Women through all stages of life Matthew T. Montgomery, MD Michael L. Arnold, MD Robert R. Heider, MD Kelly A. Owens, MD James M. Culver, MD Christy Wamhoff, MD Brooke S. Kilfoil, MD

Last year was the first time our now 10 year old was able to keep himself awake. We go to a friend’s house, have all the kids dress in their pajamas and play family games and just hang out.

The Charlottesville area has a lot of great activities to celebrate earlier in the evening, so there isn’t really a need to keep kids up. Local Mom

Stanardsville mom I fondly remember New Year’s Eve as a special tradition when I was a kid, and I want my kids to feel that, too. We started it in our family last year when the kids were 4 and 7.

My hubby and I can’t even hang in long enough to ring in the New Year, let alone the toddlers! We are lame? Rachel, Charlottesville

The next morning, I have paper bags lined Jane, Ivy up, all with a different time marked... One for every hour (8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm). Each bag has an activity or It has been a family tradition, where we something fun inside. The kids open a bag all gather around with lots of food, family on every hour until noon, at which point and friends. We all come together in one we celebrate with a fun lunch. room to watch the ball drop and ring in Sam, mom of two the New Year together. It makes for great memories and lots of fun! Brittani, mother of two

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“Henley Night Live” After months of preparation and practice, Henley Middle School eighth grade drama students premiered their original play “Henley Night Live” in December. The students and Leslie Tanner, Henley’s drama teacher, collaborated and wrote the play, improvised ideas and edits, and helped construct props and costume pieces. The play portrayed middle school life with some Dr. Seuss commercials interspersed—the students version of Saturday Night Live. Tanner has also taught theater classes at Spectrum Arts Camp in Charlottesville, and it is her fourth published play with Black Box Theatre Publishing.

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JPJ Field Trip Day Nearly 40 elementary and middle schools of over 7,300 students and teachers filled the stands at John Paul Jones (JPJ) Arena, December 8. It marked the program’s thirdlargest home crowd in UVA women’s basketball history. Local schools from Charlottesville and Albemarle participated in a field trip day to the women’s home matchup against Bowling Green. The atmosphere was a unique one, evident on the court, as four Cavaliers finished in double figures, assisting in the 68-39 victory.

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Charlene Scibal & Matt Scibal Mother & Son, Owner & Manager of The Inn at Willow Grove In August 2015, Author and Illustrator Rebekah Phillips, held a reading for the kids at Grymes School of her children’s book, “Piper was Afraid,” at The Inn at Willow Grove, the place that inspired her story. The Scibal family renovated the Inn in Orange, VA, with a seamless blend of history and luxury. Built in 1778 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn was empty and dilapidated when Charlene and her husband, David, rescued it in 2009. After 18 months of rebuilding and expanding, Charlene, a

What routine or habit helps you keep on top of life and work

former art gallery owner and talented interior designer, selected original


art and elegant furnishings to create 14 one-of-a-kind rooms and suites,

I try to be very organized with my time. When I’m off, I don’t take calls

as well as beautiful common spaces and a 65-seat restaurant. Matt

or allow work to bleed into family time. We also work hard to hire good

Scibal, son and inn manager, adds, “My mother is from New Orleans.

staff and make sure they are well prepared to handle any judgment calls

Her homage to her home is French press coffee and fresh beignet service

when we are not around. I try hard not to micro-manage our people.

to your room each morning.” The Inn, originally built as a Federal-style house on a 600-

What is your favorite time of the week with your family?

acre working plantation, was enlarged to receive Jefferson-inspired

Sunday is Fun Day in our family. We get a chance to do something

additions in 1839 before becoming an inn in 1905. It survived

together as a family—take a hike, barbeque—and just relax.

the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, accommodated Lafayette for a wedding visit and provided land for encampments to Robert E. Lee.

If you had a 25-hour day, what would you do with that

Its current incarnation has evolved from the Scibals’ simple hope of

extra hour?

saving an important historic building. “When we finished restoring it,

Sleep or quiet contemplation somewhere!

my husband said, ‘We’ve got to run this place now! What were we thinking?’” laughs Charlene. Matt says guests should be prepared

What is one thing your parents did well that you try to

for certified butler service from the moment they walk in the door.

incorporate into your parenting? They were both very dedicated to their professions. I learned how to

Answered by Matt Scibal:

value work while trying not to lose sight of what’s important. We’ve

What is one practice you’ve put in place to get quality time

been in one family business or another together for 15 years now.

with your family?

“Family first” is our motto.

I take Sunday and Monday off every week and schedule my work around the various activities of our three young children whenever I can. We make sure our staff also take off at least two days in a row and allow them to prioritize family as much as possible.


January 2016

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50 Years of Friendship Among the many anniversaries of local businesses and organizations in 2015, Camp Friendship celebrated its 50th year. The longtime employees expressed their

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excitement and gratitude with reaching such a milestone, as it shows the support the organization receives from many communities both local and some well beyond the state lines. Since its start up around the 1960s, staff members at the organization have come from across the globe in it strive to reach campers from near and far. On average, the Camp enrolls 4,000 each year.

UVA’S NEW MIDWIFERY PROGRAM UVA Children’s Hospital and Women’s Services now offers a certified nurse midwifery program to assist mothers and families throughout pregnancies and to help keep natural childbirth as normal as possible. Midwives are experts of normal, low-risk pregnancies and deliveries, and they are specialized in providing primary care related to the stages of childbirth. Prenatal care, birth education and care for mothers and newborns after the birth are a few of the primary jobs of a midwife. By offering this service, local women will have more baby-friendly options during their pregnancy along with postpartum support. UVA Children’s Hospital and Women’s Services is also designated a Baby-Friendly™ Hospital.

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Schools by Vince Scheivert

Unlocking the Digital Divide Last month, President Obama

Ironically, technology has also created wider learning

signed into law a revision of the “No

opportunity gaps. In Albemarle County, our solution is relatively

Child Left Behind Law,” moving the

unique when comparing to public school divisions nationwide.

public education system away from its

We have repurposed our FCC frequency allocation to develop

predominant reliance on standardized

a 4G-wide array wireless network, bringing high-speed, at-

testing and more towards thoughtful and creative solutions for

home Internet access to thousands of students who would not

delivering quality education.

otherwise have it. And this comes at no cost to users.

Today, nowhere is the need for those solutions higher than

We are also completing a project to install fiber optic cable

in addressing the wide disparity that exists in students’ access

throughout the county to improve connectivity between school

to the high-speed Internet at home. This barrier extends beyond

facilities. This new capability improves our ability to remain

economics in our school division of more than 700 square miles,

online in emergencies and to increase functionality with DSL-

large portions of which are mountainous and rural.

comparable service. It will have the capability to improve local

The learning pathways unlocked by broadband access offer a variety of benefits: allow drama students to Skype with award-

government communications with fire, rescue and police. The timing could not be better. As part of our 1:1 initiative,

winning Broadway actresses; give students access to eyewitness

we provide laptop computers to all middle and high school

accounts from participants in Cairo’s central square about the

students. If we are going to prepare students for success, we need

Arab Spring; offer ways to replicate Civil War battlefields using

to provide them with the resources for learning that reflects the

3D printing; give opportunities to collaborate with peers on

world as it now is not as it was.

projects; and much more.

It’s time no families are left behind.

Vince is the Chief Information Officer for Albemarle County Schools and is the 2015 recipient of the Withrow Award from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national professional association for school system technology leaders.

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Ivy Cottage Offices WINDOWS on WALDORF Please join us for this interactive Open House: our grade school teachers will offer a glimpse into the Waldorf curriculum through movement, art, observation, and experience. Children under 6 years old are welcome and encouraged to attend the Early Childhood Open Play-time.

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Charming office suites available in the convenient village of Ivy that include signage on 250 west. With 4 million vehicles passing annually, this is a fabulous location for small professional offices.

Saturday, January 16 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visit or call (434) 973-4946 to reserve your spot.

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{our town community} BIZ BITS Openings & Relocations Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA Rummage Store is moving from its Preston Avenue location to Seminole Square Shopping Center at the beginning of February. Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen will open on the Downtown mall in February. Valley Subaru’s new location in Staunton is now open after remodeling. Wegmans grocery store is scheduled to open next fall on a new road, connecting Fifth Street Extended and Avon Street.

Announcements The connector road at Wegmans shopping center has been renamed to 5th Street Station Parkways.

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JABA SPCA SARA SOCA H.O.W.S. Toy Lift Live Arts Monticello HS Salvation Army March of Dimes Special Olympics Mosby Foundation Caring for Creatures ARC of the Piedmont Habitat for Humanity Albemarle Fire & Rescue Ronald McDonald House Make A Wish Foundation Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Thomas Jefferson Food Bank Shelter for Help in Emergency Independence Resource Center Virginia Wounded Warrior Program

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India Haun has been appointed Director of Accountability & Research for Albemarle Schools. Spencer Watkins is the new owner at Classics Gymnastics. Previous owner, Joe Gamma, remains involved and supports the consulting of the business.

Give Back!

and Give Yourself and Others Something to Smile About!

Domino’s® in Staunton received one


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which houses a warming oven that can hold up to 80 pizzas. Neighborhood Coffee and Wine Shop will be coming soon in the Shops at Stonefield. A pedestrian bridge, connecting Pantops residential side to the Giant grocery store, is under consideration. Virginia Inn Management selected Eric Pfister as the hotel’s General Manager and Regina Dodd as the Director of Sales for the new Residence Inn by Marriott at West Main.

Help Drs. Jim and Jennifer Rice and Dr. Jessica Todd give back to the community by bringing in your nonperishable food items to donate to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and receive $20 off a Sinsational Smiles Whitening Session (Regular Fee $99) Expires 1-29-16

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STAGE & SCREEN MLK Weekend at Wintergreen

January 15-18 at Wintergreen Resort Events all weekend include great music slopeside and live entertainment. 325-8180,


Mark your calendar — the CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo is on Sunday, Feb 14!

Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-Along

January 17, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Sing along with to the movie with words on the big screen. 979-1333,

Waldorf School Winterfest

January 30, 6:30-8:30pm at BMS Grades 1-8 present a variety of performances including songs, poems, games and orchestral music. 973-4946,

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Gardenfest of Lights

Now-January 11, 5-10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Enjoy a festive tradition of more than half-amillion lights. 804-262-9887,

Astronomical Saturday Mornings

Now-January 9, Saturdays, 10:30am-1:30pm Presentations followed by solar observation. 973-7893,

Wee Ones

String Ensemble Vivaldia’s Four Seasons January 16, 8pm at The Paramount Theater Charlottesville High School Orchestra performs this popular selection. 245-2726,


Roller Skating

Now-May, Saturdays, 6-9pm at Greenwood Community Center Open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too. 296-5844,

New Year’s Day 5K

January 1, 11am at Free Union 5K proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Please bring a canned food item to benefit the Emergency Food Bank.

Behind the Scenes Tour

January 10-31, Fridays, 1-1:30pm at Maymont Nature Center Walk through the Employees-only door for a special peek. 804-358-7166 ext. 333,

Special Olympics Xperience Tennis Tournament

January 14-16 at Boar’s Head Sports Club Three-day tennis extravaganza. Volunteer to cheer as well.

January 6-February 24, Wednesdays, 10:30-11am at Crozet Library A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move and play. 823-4050,

Alphabet Soup Winter Session

January 7-February 25, Thursdays, 10:30am at Crozet Library For 3, 4 and 5 year olds ready to enjoy story time on their own. 823-4050,

Romp ‘n Stomp Winter Session

January 11-March 9, Mondays or Wednesdays, 10:30am at Central Library Lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. 979-7151,

Book Bugs Book Group

January 14, 4pm at Northside Library This session will feature discussing “Savvy” by Ingrid Law with snacks, and a fun activity. 973-7893,

Robotics Demo by WAHS

January 16, 2pm at Crozet Library Students from the WAHS Robotics Team will host an exciting presentation about robots. Robot demo included. 823-4050,

You Can’t Catch Me

January 22 & 30, 10am at Crozet Library Some fun with the classic tale “The Gingerbread Man.” 823-4050,

Novel Noise Book Club

January 25, 7:15-8:15pm at Northside Library Discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. 973-7893,

Reading Rumpus Winter Session

Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-Along January 17, 2pm at The Paramount Theater See this page.


January 2016

Sweet Sweet Music Music

January 25-March 21, Mondays, 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Bring books to life with participation, song and movement. 296-5544,

Book Bites Book Discussion

January 28, 3:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library This session the discussion will be on “Dexter the Tough” by Margaret Peterson. 296-5544,

Monkey Business Winter Session

January 28-March 24, Thursdays, 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Monkey around with stories, fingerplays, songs and flannel stories. 296-5544,



176 CLAYMONT DRIVE • $669,000 This Gaffney-built home on an extensively landscaped, private parcel overlooking the Blue Ridge could not be in better condition. Truly, every finish and system in perfect condition and the floor plan, including 1st floor master, is spot on! 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3 car garage.

1730 LAMBS ROAD • $945,000 Incredible value for the right buyers and minutes to city conveniences. The residence offers abundant formal and casual living spaces inside and out. 4 bedrooms, 4 full, 2 half baths, pool, pool house with half bath Gardens, level lawns, even an indoor racquetball court that can be used for general recreation.

ARTS & CRAFTS Snowy Days and Crafty Ways

January 5, 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Snuggle in for winter-wonderful stories, activities and crafts. 296-5544,

Make It and Take It: Sparkly Snowflakes

January 6, 3-5pm at Gordon Avenue Library Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something. 296-5544, Lego at the Library January 19, 2pm at Crozet Library Join other master builders for open-ended block building fun. LEGOs provided. 823-4050,


Brighten you Day: Shiny Art January 19, 10:30-11:30am at Central Library Drop in to make some shiny, shimmery collage art. 979-7151,

Snowflake Cookie Decorating Workshop January 24, 2-3pm at Crozet Mudhouse. Create sugar landscapes over winter wonderland cutouts to bring loved ones together. 823-2240,

Mini Makers: Snow Animals

January 27, 3-5pm at Central Library Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. 979-7151,


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Teen Game Night

January 11, 6:30-8pm at Northside Library Wii, Xbox Kinect, board games, and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Grades 6-12. 973-7893,

Make It @ the Library

January 13, 4:30pm at Central Library Kickstart creativity with monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. 979-7151 ext. 4,

Graphically Speaking

January 19, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library This session will be discussing “Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1” by Adachitoka. 296-5544,

Fandoms Unite

January 22, 6:30-8:30pm at Crozet Library Declare and share your fandom with lively debate, trivia, crafts and cosplay. 823-4050, Continued on page 22


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DaytripFun! With winter upon us, why not embrace the weather and activities suited for the season. Our area offers several skating options, near and afar. Whether you are looking for iceskating or roller-skating, your family will find just the right place. So, grab all ages, lace up your skates, strap on your helmet and glide across oak or ice.

Ice SKat ing Main Street Arena, Charlottesville Right in our backyard, Main Street Arena offers public skating about every day of the week, an outing sure to provide any family with some wonderful winter memories. Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville (1–1.5 Hour) Massanutten’s Rink at LeClub Recreation Center offers a spin on winter sports. The outdoor ice skating rink is a 4,250-square-foot facility, big enough to accommodate up to 132 skaters. Lessons are also available for parents and their tots or sign up your little one for children’s group skating. Shamokin Ice, Wintergreen Resort (1 Hour) Located in the heart of a mountain village, Shamokin Ice is a 45x90-foot rink chilled for seasonal fun. With limited space, be sure to call ahead and purchase tickets. Why not join in another family favorite while visiting, such as tubing, skiing and more.


Downton Abbey Season 6

Charlottesville High School String Ensemble Presents: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons January 16 • 8:00PM

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ROLLER SKa ting Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center Bring your own skates or borrow a pair. The capacity is limited to 75 people in the rink, including skaters and spectators, so be sure to call ahead. Fridays 5-8pm; Saturdays 1-6pm; FREE. Dominion Skating Center, Culpeper (1–1.5 Hours) Let the good times roll, literally. No matter if you’re looking for a birthday party venue or some family fun, the rink offers many options. Speed skates are also available for your inner speedster. Funky’s Skate Center, Harrisonburg (1 Hour) For a roller skating option nearby, Funky’s offers open skate times on Fridays through Sundays, cheap skate nights on Wednesdays and other fun events. Greenwood Community Center, Crozet (0–1 Hour) The kids will have a blast with this change-up in the family’s daytrip options. From October through May, Greenwood offers open skate on Saturdays from 6-9pm.

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Date Night

The Importance of Being Earnest January 1–June 12 at The American Shakespeare Center See page 23.

R.A.D. Teen Book Club January 26, 6-7:30pm at Crozet Library This session with discuss Jackaby by William Ritter. 823-4050,

January 7, 5-7pm at Performing Arts School See the facility, register for the next Semester and purchase attire and uniforms. 293-2727,

Parenting from the Heart

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January 7, 5pm at CHS Media Center Come listen to the discussions, debates and decisions. 245-2400,

Bigs Night Out (BBBS)

January 8 at Starr Hill Crozet Tap Room Celebrate BBBS as the “Cheers for Charity” recipient of January at this kick-off event. 823-5671,

Grandparent’s Class

January 14, 9am-11:30pm at Tandem Friends School Includes tours, visits to classes and a panel discussion. 951-9314,

Waldorf School Open House

January 16, 10am-12pm at The Charlottesville Waldorf School 973-4946,

Chatham Hall Open House

January 18, School Hours at Chatham Hall 432-1002,

Oakland School Open House

January 9, 10am-12pm at UVA Learn what’s new in baby care. 924-9920,

January 18, 10am at Oakland School Our Head of School will give a program overview, followed by campus and classrooms tours. 293-9059,

Albemarle County School Board Mtg

Covenant School Upper Open House

TICKETS:, Downtown Visitor Center, 877-CPAV-TIX

January 14, 6:30pm at Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium Come find out about current issues and hot topics. 972-4055,

Coffee with Co-Curricular Faculty

January 2016

Charlottesville Performing Arts School Open House

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS January 6-27, Thursdays, 8:30-10am Class covering topics such as sleep, play, and foundations of self governance. 989-3311

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January 29, 8:30-10am at Mountaintop Montessori Carriage House Coffee and conversation with faculty members.

January 21, 9-10am at Covenant School Headmaster’s Coffee and Open House for Prospective Parents. Optional tours. 220-7330,

Covenant School Lower Open House

January 28, 8:30-10:30am at Covenant School Headmaster’s Coffee and open house for prospective parents. Optional tours. 220-7309,

International School Open House

January 30, 8:30am-12:30pm at International School of Charlottesville Visit classrooms, speak with teachers, and learn more about classes and programs. 984-2174,

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The Importance of Being Earnest

January 1-June 12 at the American Shakespeare Center This comedy delights with its playful language, characters, and look at contemporary society. 877-682-4236,

Downton Abbey Season Premier Party

January 3, 6:30pm reception 8:30pm broadcast at The Paramount Theater Live entertainment and refreshments. Lecture by Erik Linstrum, followed by the Screening Event. 979-1333,

FAMILY ART JAMs: Jan 16, Feb 20

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January 6, 5-8:30pm at King Family Vineyards Grab a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy local food and music by musician Matthew McAllister. 823-7800,

Winter Cookery Series Class I: Building Flavor With Nutrient Dense Ingredients

January 9, 11am-3pm at Caromont Farm. In the Kitchen with Chef-turned-Cheesemaker Gail Hobbs-Page.

UVA Chamber Music Series- The Rivanna String Quartet

January 25 at Old Cabell Hall A fresh look to their repertoire through collaborations with living composers and guest artists. 924-3052.

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{living well mindful parenting} Staying Zen Deepening Your Parent-Child Connection If we’re being honest, all of our kids challenge our natural Zen every day—even those of us who actively strive to find a balance. It can be a struggle to remain calm and serene, especially when your child has a screaming meltdown in aisle three of the local grocery store. Later on, it may be those times when your preteen gives you her famous eye roll. Yet with all the parental challenges thrown at us, being mindful and calm takes practice and repetition. It all starts with us, parents. Our children pick up on the cues we give them. Do we get irate every time a little milk spills or when we can’t find our keys after missing the school bus? How we deal with disappointments, little to big, will affect how our children deal with their own disappointments. So if your child flies off the handle with his or her friends over minor infractions, we might want to first reevaluate the messages we are sending them. University of Virginia Clinical Psychologist Yishan Xu explains, “Children, especially young children, are able to pick up their parents’ stress easily. Research has found that children who have stressful parents have higher chances of developing various psychological and physical problems later in their lives.” For instance, Xu says they aren’t as surprised to find a complicated

by Danielle Sullivan

family environment as the cause for a child being seen for psychological treatment. “We find the family environments include a combination of one or both parents who have difficulty dealing

Mindful Parenting

with their own stress,” Xu says. The good news – practice makes (almost) perfect, and by following a few simple tips, we can help foster mindfulness and harmony into our lives. Set up a peaceful environment. If we are living among chaos and clutter, there is zero chance for us to feel calm and collected, let alone find things. The popular practice of Feng Shui operates on the belief that our homes mirror what is happening inside of ourselves. Getting our living environments in order will boost us to naturally de-clutter our minds. Expect disappointment. While this doesn’t sound very optimistic, expecting an inconvenience here and there will help prevent meltdowns of your own when your very busy schedule is impacted. Broken heel? No problem, grab another (and quickly from my tidy closet). Child gets sick when I have a big meeting? I have a list

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of backup babysitters on hand just these occasions. Little Jimmy won’t share with his brother? Maybe it’s time for a redirection of toys and to make a mental note to read that book on sharing tonight at bedtime. Distract and Dissociate. Dr. Xu offers one quick tip that works right in the moment. “When parents are caught off guard in the middle of a stressful parenting moment, they can distract themselves by shifting attention away from the situation,” says Xu. This alone may help them calm down quickly. Xu advises parents to “count numbers silently, or play an ABC game (where you think of all the words starting with letter A, B, or C). Redirect Self-Talk. Sometimes parents have negative self-talks such as, “Oh no, not again! I am so angry/anxious/unhappy/embarrassed (about this situation).” When this happens, parents can disassociate their acute stress by

reframing their thoughts. This way, parents can tell themselves it won’t happen again. It is key to separate you as a whole from your thoughts, which also helps identify your source of angst without becoming caught up in it. Practice relaxation skills. For long-term stress relief, Xu encourages parents to practice relaxation skills such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation or diaphragmatic breathing, where you take deep breaths and contract your diaphragm. The more parents practice one of these, at minimum, on a daily basis, the more they will be able to calm down faster when faced with a stressful situation.

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.


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{living well new mom} Teething Do’s and Don’ts Beat the Teething Stage with Some Simple Fixes Sink your teeth into this: starting at around 6 months old, your baby just might sink her teeth into you. Teething. If it were a book series, there’d be 20 volumes, because that’s how many pearly whites erupt from a baby’s gums in her first three years of life. And let’s not forget the prequels: the gumming, the drooling, the sleepless nights… Right about the time you exit the newborn months and start to get more rest, “bwa bwa bwa.” Enter the teeth, and with them comes more fussiness and night awakenings. But our babies have it worse, no? Parents have coffee to cope with fatigue, plus the knowledge that this, too, shall pass. Babies just know their gums hurt like “who’d-da-thoughtit,” as my kids’ grandmother often says. And for all babies know, the discomfort could go on forever. That’s enough to make anyone sad and cross. Luckily during the newborn days, you honed your soothing skills. Whatever they are, whip them out again. Bouncing on a yoga ball, shadow-boxing to radio static—I’m not here to judge.

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But I am here to encourage you to comfort your little one as only you can, because he needs you when his gums are hurting.

New Mom

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Dental Association (ADA) offer these helpful facts about teething: • Baby

teeth not only help infants eat solid foods but also aid with speech and create room

for adult teeth. • The lower central front incisors erupt first, then the upper incisors, lateral incisors, canines

and molars. • Teeth

are often “exfoliated” (lost) in the same order they erupted.

Teething Do’s and Don’ts for Parents: • Do offer safe, clean and cold chewables for your baby, such as chilled teething

rings, wet washcloths and spoons. Did I mention safe and clean? (By the way, scientists recently debunked the five-second rule; any contact with the floor = contact with bacteria.)

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Don’t confuse signs of illness such as fever, diarrhea, coughing and

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Don’t give topical analgesics such as teething gels containing benzocaine,

to babies under 2 years old. The AAP warns that benzocaine can have serious side effects in infants when dosed improperly, including seizures and the rare, but serious, condition methemoglobinemia. • Don’t

offer your baby amber teething necklaces. According to the AAP, they pose choking and

strangulation dangers. •

Don’t pacify teething babies by letting them sleep with bottles. Tooth decay results from

extended exposure to liquids containing sugar. If you’re nursing your baby and the, er, clamp comes down, kindly but firmly let her know you’re not a teething toy. Then consider wearing a BPA-free silicon teething necklace while you hold her so you can immediately offer an acceptable alternative—in style!

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{living well healthy family} Are Kids Sitting Too Much? Understanding the Pros and Cons of Physical Activity

In a competitive and connected society where academic performance is crucial and downtime is often spent crouching over devices, many children, today, spend a lot of time sitting. “Physical activity is becoming a lower and lower priority because of other competing demands in the life of a child. The problem is research is showing how detrimental inactivity is to our health,” says Mark Abel, MD, an orthopedic specialist with UVA Children’s Hospital. It’s not uncommon, Abel adds, for him to see adolescents with complaints of musculoskeletal pain in the low back, knee and elsewhere. These patients tend to be kids taking multiple AP (advanced placement) courses and whose leisure time is spent playing video games. “Parents can’t understand how they can have a 14- or 15-year-old who’s already having

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musculoskeletal complaints. They think their child really has something wrong with them,” Abel says. “But it’s just because they’re sedentary. These kids may not even be overweight but their postural muscles have been neglected completely.” The good news? This type of pain is not permanent, and there is a ready solution: making fitness a priority. “If I can get buy-in from the family, nearly 100 percent of my patients will have improvements and will never have a problem again,” Abel says. At the other end of the spectrum, Abel sees adolescents with overuse injuries because of the pressures of being an elite athlete or playing multiple sports all year round. “For the child in highly competitive sports, such as gymnastics or swimming, the exercise takes on a different dimension behind that of health and fitness.” For quality of life, nothing is more important than good health, so every family needs to make sure they have their priorities in order. “The first

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priority is health and exercise. The second priority is academics, and the third is recreation,” Abel says. Ideally, health and exercise also provide a recreational purpose.

Pediatric Orthopedist

Like other experts, Abel advises that parents set limits on TV and

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who need conditioning to counter the pain stemming from a sedentary lifestyle, he often prescribes physical therapy. He recommends daily stretching and at least 30 minutes of any activity that works up a sweat. He’s also a fan of yoga to help build core strength and enhance flexibility. If you are worried that exercise will cut into your child’s school work, remember that

physical activity is known to reduce stress and boost mental performance. For double fun, get kids games like “Just Dance” that let them have screen time but also keep them moving. To help keep fitness a focus of daily life, Abel recommends that parents invest in a fitness center membership or afterschool program. He’s thrilled to see the YMCA reopen in Charlottesville. “In Central Virginia, we have so many wonderful outlets for physical activity,” Abel says. “I really believe that a developing child should get some form of exercise a minimum of five days a week. It’s not clear that school gym class provides that anymore.” Kelly is a medical writer for the University of Virginia Health System. For more insight on kids’ health, go to


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For many of us, January means a chance to start fresh. Try de-cluttering your closet or your home with these four steps:

Say It Like You Mean It How many tubes of lipstick do you own? Probably more than you need, and believe us, you’re not alone. Women spend an average of $15,000 on makeup during their lifetimes, according to, with $1,780 of that being on lipstick. Pucker up!

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1. Give it. Give one item away every day. It doesn’t matter whether it’s clothing, art or kitchen goods that are taking up your cabinet space – find one thing you can live without. Within only one month, you’ve made a huge step in simplifying! 2. Trash it. Fill a trash bag. Whether it’s garbage or donations for a local charity, an entire bag full of items will make a dent and give you a sense of progress.

3. Count it. Take the 12–12–12 approach: Find 12 things to give away, 12 things to donate and 12 items to return to their rightful owner. 4. Judge it. Stuck on whether to keep an item or find it a new home? Ask yourself, “What’s it worth to me? If I were to buy this today, what would I pay for it?” Sometimes it’s hard to recognize we’ve outgrown something, but objectivity, it helps put it into perspective.

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{resource health guide}


You’ll be tired and cranky if you’re low

and healthy eyes.

on fuel, says Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, a health fitness

Within your rainbow, “superfoods” should be included,

specialist and registered dietician in Washington, DC. Decide

as they contain high levels of much-needed vitamins and

when to eat by attending to your body’s hunger signals, not

minerals as well as help shield our bodies from diseases and

based on the clock or your moods, she says. Eating when you’re

other viruses. Some of the more commonly known “superfoods”

not hungry causes weight gain, and extra weight weighs you

include spinach and kale, beans, nuts, fruits, seeds, salmon and

down. Manage energy levels by eating a balanced plate of high-

berries. Other more uncommon ones are turmeric, cordyceps

quality foods at each meal. Make it simple: Aim for one third

extracts, natto, green coffee beans, the 4-ginseng blend and

fruits and vegetables, one third starchy carbohydrates (like

many others. When preparing meals, don’t cut out fats and

beans, brown rice, or pasta) and one third lean protein. Another

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{inspiration happy + healthy} Cauliflower & Broccoli Tots Courtesy of Whole Foods!

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1 egg or 1 flax egg* ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Place bread in a small bowl, add ½ cup water and let soak for at least 15 minutes. 3.Bring a medium pot filled two-thirds with water to a boil. Add cauliflower and broccoli and return to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Immediately drain and cool vegetables under cold running water. Drain well. Wrap vegetables in a kitchen towel or paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. 4. Combine vegetables, egg and salt in a food processor. Squeeze bread very well to remove excess liquid and add to the processor. Pulse just until chopped but not puréed. 5.Scoop vegetable mixture by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet. Dampen your fingers to prevent them from sticking and form mixture into totshaped cylinders. Bake until browned and firm, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm. *If you prefer a wheat-free, gluten-free version of these tots you can replace the bread and water with 1 cup mashed potato—that’s about the amount you’ll get from a peeled and boiled 10-ounce Russet potato. To replace egg with a flax substitute, combine 1 tablespoon flaxseed and 3 tablespoons water in a spice grinder and grind until thick and smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes before using. Baked tots will be a little softer inside than ones made with regular egg but will still be very tasty.

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1 (8-ounce) package wild rice blend 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic ¾ cup fresh blueberries 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar ½ cup toasted pecans, chopped ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Prepare wild rice blend according to package directions; drain well. Remove to mixing bowl; set aside. 2. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. 3. Stir in blueberries and vinegar; cook five minutes stirring frequently. 4. Add blueberry mixture to the rice. Add pecans, scallions, mint and pepper; toss to combine. Makes 4 servings.

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Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3. In a large skillet, heat half of the butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add pounded chicken breasts, and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.

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Salt, to taste

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6. Simmer until reduced by half. Add lemon juice and simmer another minute. Stir the remaining butter into the sauce. Add the chicken back into the sauce, and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Top with capers, and then garnish with chopped parsley.

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2 tbsp. olive oil 2 cups finely chopped onion 8 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups water 1.Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the water and the next 5 ingredients (water through tomatoes) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. 2.Place 2 cups of soup in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Pour the pureed soup into a bowl. Repeat procedure with 2 cups soup. Return all pureed soup to pan. Stir in the vinegar, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Spoon 1 ½ cups soup into 6 bowls; sprinkle each serving with 1 tbsp. cheese.

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Albert Einstein is famously quoted to have said “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” And as the Black Box Player’s (BBP) 30th season rapidly approaches, members hold that mantra in their memories. With shows spanning the theatrical spectrum and workshops to spark creative skills, BBP continues to enliven imaginations in the community. For both adults and children, theater founder, MaryAnne Thornton, reflects, “I started the theater in 1986 and my entire family has been involved since the beginning. Both of my daughters are still very active, and both of my sons, Michael and Andrew, still do an occasional show or cameo. Two of my granddaughters have been onstage for several years now too.” When she looks back on the countless performances, it’s hard to comprehend that so many years have passed. Thornton and those who have been involved at one time or another all agree, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” When it comes to the other actors and actresses that have performed on stage since the beginning, two words frequently used are “family” and “fun.” Thirteen-year-old Ele has been in over fifteen shows at the theater, each one a chance to create a new and exciting world of make believe. When asked what she likes most about performing, she


{inspiration education} quickly answers “the fun and getting to be a part of the big Black Box family.” Derek Duval, another actor, says, “We have done several shows together as a family, and our experience with BBP is that it’s an oasis of creativity and fun.” Denise Mowry, a frequent actress with BBP, mentions that by visiting different worlds through the shows, she has watched herself and her children grow their imaginations and find their “inner goofy.” Thornton agrees, “I think fun and family go hand-in-hand. BBP is a big family of all different ages, backgrounds and experience levels who truly enjoy each other’s company, so it’s only natural that we have lots of fun together.” Meghan Wallace, a mother and performer herself says, “Our children have literally grown up in the BBP family, and we have all four been on-stage together singing our hearts out, acting silly and making lifelong friends for many years. Our nuclear family would not be what it is today without the Black Box family.” According to Thornton, like the Wallaces, often times entire families perform in a single show. “Once when we did Annie, we had both parents, both children and their dog in it!” Many come to BBP in their own way, some with their siblings or parents and others with sheer interest and a want to be on stage. Kristen Link Ullrich says, “Our daughter has been involved for four years starting when she was 4 years old. After trying many activities, she immediately felt at home here. We love that our daughter has been surrounded and encouraged by so many older girls who have been such positive role-models.” Since 1986, thousands of children have been in the shows, and many start out as young children, who need to be taken under the proverbial “wing” of an older, more experienced member. In true “pay it forward” fashion, those same young children are one day the older, more experienced actors and actresses who are now the nurturers. “Watching this process happen over and over throughout the years has been extremely rewarding,” Thornton comments. “Even though I can proudly say many of our actors have gone on to work professionally as actors, singers, dancers, directors and techies in Broadway productions, I can also proudly say I believe that those who do not choose a theatrical-related career will always carry on the important life lessons of being positive role models to those around them.” Countless times, Thornton has been asked why she has done what she does for so many years. To her, it’s rather simple—she enjoys the two perspectives to the show. “As audience members, we sit and wait eagerly for the curtains to open and the ‘magic’ of theater to sweep us away. If the actors and production crew have done their jobs well, then that magic will seem totally effortless to viewers.” Yet Thornton and all those who have ever been involved with theater know that actors and crew members must develop their imaginative skills, the same as any other to bring performances to life. Thornton explains it as “a large group of people working tirelessly together as a team to make a


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whole lot of effort look totally effortless.” She enjoys teaching this to all her performers as well as involving them in all aspects of the productions. At BBP, the production process begins with selecting five shows to do each season. “We do well known Broadway musicals along with smaller scaled musicals based on classic stories,” Thornton says. Twelve-year-old Kathleen says she loves “getting to be something you normally don’t get to be.” A mersister in their recent Disney play “The Little Mermaid Jr” has been her favorite role so far, and she plays Susan Pevensie in the theater’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” performance in December, an original play written by Thornton with music and lyrics by Jim Asher, Burley Middle School’s principal. “Jim and I have been teaming up each fall since his children, who are now grown, were doing shows with us.” Duval, who most recently played Captain Hook in their 2015 production of Peter Pan, notes that “BBP is a place where all ages can come together in an atmosphere that welcomes our inner heroes and villains, pirates and princesses, wizards and workhouse boys.” “One of the highlights of each season is our children’s Musical Theatre Workshop, which begins in January,” says Thornton, who co-directs the workshop with her daughter, Whitney Gatesman, who has degrees in musical and vocal performance and education. In the workshop, actors are given opportunities to try their hand in all the creative aspects of putting together a musical. Thornton and Gatesman also co-direct the children’s Praise Show Choir, Higher Voices, which performs at various churches, nursing


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proud of it they are.” Along with costume creation, sets must be designed, built and painted. In true Thornton family fashion, her husband, Mike, has been building their sets since the very beginning and is often joined by actors, parent volunteers and other family members, including his son–in–law, Jeremy Gatesman, and daughter, Ashley, who is also BBP’s photographer and videographer. “Ashley




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memories we make on-stage,” Thornton says. “It is really handy to have a daughter who is a professional photographer.” Ashley also built and now maintains the Black Box website and serves as, Thornton describes, the face of BBP. Carl Schwaner, the technical director of most of BBP’s shows plays another important role in the process. “Carl is a tech genius. He designs and works our lights/ sound, which is a huge job in itself, but has the added task of hauling the equipment to all performance locations and setting it all up,” she says. In addition to Schwaner, Julia Nalle has been Thornton’s performance assistant for over 12 years. “She tirelessly helps our youngest actors during Tech

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A normally quiet 2-year-old giggles hysterically while pouring

Despite their customary bravado, toddlers frequently become

a non-stop barrage of “Why?” questions as she puts on her sparkly

uneasy in unfamiliar situations like visiting a busy store or being

princess costume. Nearly a “big kid,” a 4-year-old scores a goal in

left with a stranger and become instant “cling-ons,” insisting on

soccer and gets his own snack from the fridge, but he insists on

being picked up and toted around. Ashford says, “Children who

wearing the same threadbare t-shirt every day and sleeping with

are appropriately connected with their parents will slip and slide

his favorite stuffed giraffe. It’s just a day in the life of little kids!

between stages of development, sometimes being totally grown

The brief, yet explosive time of rapid physical and emotional

up and at other times wanting to be held like an infant.” Parents

development between the ages of 18 months and 4 years bridges

should simply coach them to success when toddlers try to do

the gap between toddlers and preschoolers. These little ones

something for themselves and stand ready with a cuddle when

aren’t really babies. But they aren’t quite big kids either—their

they need reassurance.

behavior can baffle even the wisest parent.

Occasional tantrums aside, toddlers are an easily amused

The twos are often called “terrible,” and they can certainly

bunch. Silly faces and antics are always big hits with this crowd,

seem that way in the midst of a shopping mall tantrum. But

but their favorite jokes usually involve oppositional humor like

2-year-olds—true toddlers—while tyrannical during a meltdown,

wearing a sock on your head or putting daddy’s shoes on a baby

are usually gregarious and loving, generous with sloppy kisses

doll. “They are just getting used to the way things are supposed to

and prone to fits of laughter over silly faces.

be, so when their expectations are violated, they find it hilarious,”

So why do these little love bugs go from docile to difficult in an instant? “Two-year-olds are struggling with the ability to regulate

Ashford explains. So the next time your 2-year-old pitches a fit, a dose of slapstick humor might just turn those tears into giggles.”

their emotions and behavior,” explains Linda Ashford, Ph.D.,

Once a child turns three, he has usually developed a large

a developmental psychologist and co-author of the parenting

enough vocabulary to express his frustrations and tantrums

book, “How Can You Say That?” It’s up to parents to help toddlers

gradually taper off as the year goes by. In fact, his exploding

navigate emotional terrain by giving in when it’s harmless or giving

linguistic prowess relates directly to a preschooler’s sense of

children simple choices when they need to be made. The question,

humor. Phrases that stress alliteration like, “Betty busts her

“Which socks do you want to wear?” can be overwhelming to a

buttons!” or nonsense rhymes like, “Eat with your feet” are absolute

child who’s just realized the ability to make choices at all. Choices

side-splitters with toddlers. And as every weary parent knows, the

can often result in a meltdown or the snatching of all the socks.

joke never goes stale. Ashford agrees, “Rhymes can be repeated

Hold up two pairs instead and ask, “Would you like the white or

over and over, always bringing eruption of huge laughter.”

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his drink onto his plate. An inquisitive 3-year-old peppers you with

Sharing those jokes with a friend is just one of the wonderful

While having mom and dad take care of all his needs was

experiences in store for 3-year-olds, who enjoy coloring, swinging

comforting as a baby, a toddler—much like a budding teenager

and actually sharing toys with kids their age. Unfortunately,

—suddenly feels the need to assert his independence, but lacks

these budding socialites still lack the tact and complex language

the complex language skills to make polite requests or negotiate

skills to move smoothly between playmates, sometimes resulting

a decision. The only tool at his disposal is the dreaded word, “No!”

in rejection and hurt feelings. If a game between two children

Ashford says. “The growth of independence and the drive for

is suddenly interrupted by a third child, instead of saying, “I’m

autonomy are the hallmarks of this age.” So all those emphatic

playing dolls with Jamie right now, but we can play Legos later,”

“No’s” are not only normal, they’re actually a sign of healthy

a 3-year-old may simply say, “Go away. You’re not my friend.” As

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{inspiration parenting} distressing as it sounds, Professor Katherine Hoover-Dempsey, Ph.D., in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, assures it’s normal. “At this age, children often forget it a few hours later.” Interestingly, these episodes are more common among little girls. “Girls play in smaller, more intimate groups than boys who rove in herds and gaggles. Boys tend not to focus as much on the person, rather the activity,” explains Hoover-Dempsey. “Preschoolers are so amazingly aware of the world and are thinking about things in more interrelated, complex ways,” Hoover-Dempsey says. Don’t feel like you always have to give a scientific answer to a question like, “Why is the sky blue?” because “Why” questions often just mean, “Tell me more about this topic.” You can talk about birds and planes flying in the sky or how the sky turns pink at dinnertime and black at night. “Why” questions are simply a way for a young child to initiate conversation with you, so just keep talking to him and your 3-year-old will be thrilled! Non-stop chattering is characteristic of most 3-year-olds and that incessant banter is a sign of a smart little cookie. HooverDempsey explains, “It’s the exercise of amazing mushrooming language abilities.” And that mental muscle flexing is what leads most kids to talking even when no one is listening or to insert the same new word or phrase into every conversation they have.

possible!” As tiring as all that talking can become, parents should

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anything. They know how to make themselves understood, they

family member (like a grandparent) pass away by this age, “What

understand the basic rules of life, and they have a decent grip

happens when you die?” is a natural question. Hoover-Dempsey

on their emotions and are ready to experience everything with a

says, “Parents need to be clear what their own beliefs are so they

smile and can-do attitude. There’s just one hitch: they can’t hear

can communicate clearly to their children.” She urges parents to

a word you say.

avoid relating death to sleeping, since that could trigger bedtime

Four-year-olds frequently suffer from the same condition that sometimes afflicts grown men during televised football

fears, and answer the dreaded, “Are you going to die?” with a simple and reassuring, “No.”

games—selective hearing. Hoover-Dempsey explains: “It’s an

They may ponder serious subjects, but 4-year-olds love to

issue of overload. Children are less able to tune out irrelevant

laugh. This gang finds name-calling like, “You banana head!”

stimuli like television or the presence of an interesting toy.” She

uproariously funny. “Humor is found in people juxtaposing

recommends parents “turn off the TV, bend down eye-to-eye

things that are unexpected,” Hoover-Dempsey explains. Potty

with their child and make the statement or question as short

humor is also popular at this age, but then again bathroom

as possible.”

jokes are a staple in both Shakespeare and “Saturday Night Live,”

If your 4-year-old won’t answer when you call, it may very

so it’s only natural to laugh at what embarrasses us. If your

well be because she’s not herself at the moment; she’s Queen

preschooler’s poopie jokes are going overboard, gently steer him

Elsa or Doc McStuffins. Ashford agrees, “By age four, they are

toward another topic or try calling him a “Hippo kisser” to start a

always playing another character. Children need to try new and

fresh round of cleaner jokes.

different roles and enjoy the excitement of being an astronaut or firefighter.”

Blink and it’s over! Whether you call them toddlers, preschoolers or just little kids, there’s no doubt these munchkins

Pretending also helps kids work through past problems, like

are a hilarious handful. While the technical label for this period

reenacting a fight with a friend or reliving favorite experiences

in life may be fuzzy, one thing is perfectly clear: this time of

such as a birthday party or vacation. “Giving children lots of

insatiable curiosity, sudden tears and limitless energy is wildly

literary experiences through books, telling stories and watching

fun and challenging for parents and children alike, so jump on

good movies will help children develop imaginary play,” Ashford

and enjoy the ride!

suggests. It’s a paradox: 4-year-olds have such a zest for life, but are often curious about death. Since most kids have had a pet or

Deborah is a mother and frequent contributor to parenting magazines.



Your Clutter Goodbye!


Go-To Tips from Organizing Professionals by Catherine Malone

The holiday “aftereffects” aren’t limited to too much cookies or eggnog. It can hit you late on Christmas Day, when you begin to wonder just where all that new stuff is going to go, which kicks off a spiral of wondering if the kids ever unpacked their backpacks, and when is soccer sign-ups this spring anyway, because spring isn’t that far away. And then it’s summer, and what are your plans for camp? Is it too late to make a plan for Spring Break? While staring at the excess of holiday consumption radiating outward from the still-shining-but-quicklydying Virginia pine, you make a resolution: 2016 will be the year you get organized. “It will be a little more orderly,” you tell yourself, but where to start? Why not look back at the best organizing trends of the past year, combined with some go-to tips from local organized types? So, here they are: 16 great tips to get you moving forward in 2016. 52

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your kids and your life is central. Since no article on organizing

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would be complete without mentioning Marie Kondo’s book,


“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” here is some advice on cleaning away clutter. She recommends sorting and discarding in a particular order: clothes, then books, papers, toiletries and so forth, keeping only the things that, in her now-famous phrase, “spark joy.” It’s this millennium’s version of William Morris’s “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

The Mobius strip of to-do lists should really be broken down so that you can have a sense of accomplishment and order, and still keep the light and love alive in your life. Lizzie Clark, who balances her responsibilities as owner of Charlottesville Hot Yoga while raising two kids, uses three categories: “Want To Do,

2. Have a vision. Caroline Minsky, who owns Charlottesville’s Artful Lodger, filled with a thoughtfully curated mix of furniture, décor and gifts, uses her art and design background to focus her organizing efforts. “Only start projects you know you can finish and that you have a vision of what the project looks like completed. It’s that vision of completion that drives me. Not just some foggy idea and a fleeting hope that if you purchase enough Rubbermaid bins that life will improve.”

3. Prioritize, then go, then let go.

Have To Do, Ought To Do.” The Wants—reading, scheduling play dates, etc.—get done after the Haves—making meals, getting her payroll done. And once these two categories are under control, there’s room for the Oughts, things like outings to the library or trying a new restaurant. But as Clark freely admits, “there are certainly days where, no matter how hard I try, I am unable to even finish the Have To Do list. I trust that tomorrow will be better…and I do not mess with my sleep! I have tried that before and it works the opposite way that I intended!”

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4. You need to know what’s for dinner. Before everyone heads out the door in the morning, you need to know what the plan for that evening is. Of course, the best time to do that is on the weekend, when you can plan out the whole week’s meals while taking into account when everyone is going to be home each night. The hero of the family meal is Jenny Rosenstrach, author of the blog and book “Dinner, a Love Story.” She gives such great dinner hacks such as setting a pot of water on the stove in the morning before you leave for the day. This minute of effort somehow makes it 20 times easier to come home and get started on the meal. If you can also chop up the onion in advance and put it in the fridge, at the end of the day, you’ll feel like you have a sous-chef who set up your mise-en-place. If next to the onion is the freezer bag of meatballs you made over the weekend to serve that night, you’ll feel like you could have coffee with Martha Stewart.

5. Find 10 minutes for order. For the days that are getting away from you, or to kick-start a larger organizing project, you need a quick plan that addresses the basics of family life—food and laundry, for instance. Start by making your bed, giving yourself the promise of a peaceful retreat at the end of the day. Then put in a load of laundry, which can kick-start a sense of productivity. The remaining time can go to the kitchen or the bathroom, whichever room feels more necessary at the moment. At the end of your 10 minutes, you can either carry on with your day or use the momentum you’ve created to clear off your desk.

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skills is a great lifelong gift. Almost every early childhood philosophy, from Montessori to Reggio, emphasizes both order and involvement for young children. Early action on your part pays off later, when you can stop doing basic chores for your kids and they can keep their things in reasonable order. A first step could be

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7. Create an itinerary as if you were headed for war. Paige Powers, the doctor at Piedmont Otolaryngology and mother of two, utilizes email to keep everyone in the loop. It also forces her to look at the week in advance and see where the weak spots will be in the schedule. “On Sunday evening, I sit down at the computer with all the various activities in front of me and send out an email to my husband and two girls with a detailed itinerary of the week.” This helps keep everyone on the same page, and since it’s electronic, it can be accessed at any

9. Give the kids ownership. Heather Heisig, the director at University Montessori,

time on a cell phone.

suggests putting yourself in the mindset of your child. “Children are far more likely to become independent, self-sufficient

8. Use disorder to create order. An organizational tip that appeals to my mean streak is

humans when they know what to expect. Organization provides

the idea that you can “invite the participation” of your children

a sense of stability, and it allows the child to take ownership of

by messing with their sense of order. For instance, instead of

basic tasks and needs. If you’re tired of your child asking for a

martyring yourself to put away all their laundry, put the clean

drink when you’re in the middle of cooking dinner, put a child-

laundry in the middle of their play area or, more extremely, on

size pitcher in the refrigerator and child-size cups in a lower

the dining room table before dinner. If they want the space to

cabinet close to the fridge. Just like that, you’re organized AND

play, or eat, they need to put the laundry away first.

your child is learning how to do for themselves.”

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10. Put rules and tasks on a written list. The list will accomplish two important tasks. The first is that it provides accountability. But equally importantly, a checklist allows you to refer to the list rather than yourself. Decide what will work best for your family—a poster-sized chart on the fridge or an individual checklist for each child? Invest in some cute paper or devote an hour or two to using your crafty side to build excitement, seeing if it doesn’t reap great rewards.

YOU 11. January is a great time to edit and organize your makeup and skincare. Toss the summer’s sunscreen away and get a new bottle. Linda Livernois, a local makeup artist and owner of Rouge 9 makeup studio, recommends going through your makeup bag with a discerning eye. What don’t you use? Why not? If you don’t know how to use a product, consider scheduling an appointment with someone who can show you how to make the most of your makeup. In addition to editing with an eye to use, Livernois is passionate on the topic of germs and contamination. If you have half-filled jars of skin care products that have been sitting around for a while, take advantage of your New Year’s mentality and toss them—they’ve just been sitting around collecting and brewing bacteria. Ick.

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the year. Book your haircut, color and


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any other grooming appointments as far ahead as they’ll let you, and note the appointments, in ink (or whatever your schedule. A short spurt of phone calls and planning can provide huge dividends.


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tip that I love. It ensures I always have three long-haired daughters, ponytail holders disappear so quickly it makes me believe in Borrowers. So, when I buy myself ponytail holders, I get them in purple, a color, oddly enough, that none of my girls like. The girls can have every other color, but if it’s purple, it’s mine and belongs in my drawer.

14. Wake up a little earlier.






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Charlottesville, a post-partum doula service, spends her days tending to the needs of others. In order to pull together her day, Bearinger gets up a half-hour earlier than her kids, but not necessarily to seize the day with full force. Instead, Bearinger recommends taking this time for yourself—in her case, for mediation and writing—to help set the tone for the day and provide a gentle way to ease into whatever the day holds in store. It


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also gives you a few minutes to make or check a to-do list, take care of something pressing before it becomes urgent and caffeinate without distraction.

15. Have a secret “organized” space. What are the things—the material, physical objects—that make you happy? Is it a bubble bath or chocolate or wine? All three? Do you feel calmer if you know that you’re not going to run out of shampoo or coffee or toilet paper? Make sure there’s a system in place to allow you to do a little hoarding of emergency supplies. How about a devoted area in the kitchen pantry for some extra tea or coffee, enough drawer space in your bureau to stash a bottle of bubble bath in case the kids “borrow” all of yours, an extra jar of moisturizer in the bathroom, an extra pack of paper towels in the cupboard? If you order off the Internet, many sites, especially, offer automatic shipments. Let 2016 be the year you don’t make a mad dash to the grocery store for dishwasher detergent, but also, let it be the year you heed writer Iris Murdoch’s axiom, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” Keep a stash,

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{until next time humorous reflections}

The Chauffeur’s Lament A Dad’s Humorous Reflections by Rick Epstein

I answer my phone. It’s my 11-year-old daughter Sally.

Luckily, we can carpool. My work schedule only allows me

“Hello Dad? Can I have a ride home from Sami’s house?”

to drive on Wednesday nights, but that’s the night Sally skips

“It’s only nine blocks. Walk it, lazybones,” I say.

band and walks one block to her dance lessons. So, at 6 p.m.,

“No, it’s TEN blocks,” she says, “and it’s raining.”

I pick up Debbie, who plays the flute, and Steve, who plays

I look out the window. “It’s NOT raining.”

the trumpet, and I take them to the school, only to retrieve

“Well, it’s about to.”

them again at 8 p.m. With the invisible servant at the wheel,

“Then hurry. I look forward to seeing you real soon. ‘Bye,’”

they chat freely in the back seat. They are having a pretty

I say sweetly.

good year, although Debbie is having math trouble. Intent and

I hear only part of her exasperated “Ahhhhh!” as I hang up quickly.

serious, Steve wishes his teachers would quit blabbing about their personal lives and be more professional. I think Steve

Five minutes later Sami’s mother drops Sally off at our curb. Sally, the crafty minx, has worked the mean-father angle

likes Debbie. But he’ll need to loosen up a little if he expects to make time with her.

to wrangle a ride from Sami’s indulgent mom. Sally manages

How’s Sally doing? I don’t know. We’ve both been busy. I

to walk the 25 feet from their car to our house, smiling because

found an envelope full of her school portraits on the kitchen

she has won again.

table the other day, and she was looking quite well.

It’s an ongoing game. She’s strolls over to a friend’s house and then tries to get me to retrieve her. We’ve established that I won’t get her at Sami’s house with it being only 10 blocks away, unless there are special circumstances, such as darkness,

I shouldn’t complain about chauffeur duty; most of it falls to my wife, Betsy, who only works part-time. One day Sally said, “Mom, Debbie’s mom can’t drive us to band practice Tuesday. Would you?”

excessive luggage or inclement weather.

To which Betsy replied with rising intensity, “On Tuesday

But Zoe’s house, which is 15 blocks

afternoon, I’m taking you to Milford for your guitar lesson,

away, is distant enough to

then I come back and take Wendy to karate at the Y, then I

warrant a ride home. One

drive to the high school and get Marie after play rehearsal.

time, she called from

And at 6 o’clock, the moment when you have to be at band

Sami’s, and when I

practice, I will be nine miles away, picking up Wendy from

It’s an ongoing game. She strolls over to a friend’s house and then tries to get me to retrieve her.

wouldn’t get her, she walked



five blocks to Zoe’s and called again. “You’re

karate. I CAN’T DO IT!” When do we eat dinner? If we had time to cook it, who’d have enough slack in her schedule to toss it down the hatch? When I was a kid, parents didn’t do as much chauffeuring.


Sure, some of us were taking karate lessons or going to

the spirit of our

Continuing Catholic Development (CCD), and there were

contract,” I said.

trips to dentists and barbers, etc. But it was limited. Kids had

“We don’t have a

more respect for parental effort, and kid effort was regarded

contract,” she said, “We

as “character-building.” Most importantly, there were fewer

only have rules that YOU

adult-organized activities for kids, and scheduling was done

made up.”

AROUND the family dinner hour instead of right through it.

That was two years ago.

We did have cars, but in those days they did not come

at age 13, she requires rides to guitar

equipped with cup-holders. PEOPLE came equipped with cup-

lessons, and—when in season—to softball practices and

holders, which were called “hands,” and we used them at the

games, plus the orthodontist, doctor, dentist and her hair-salon

dinner table every night at 6 p.m. sharp.

N ow,

appointments. Plus, now she’s in the marching band. Practices are held three nights a week, and additional transportation is needed to the high school, six miles away, for football games and to catch the bus to faraway band competitions.


January 2016

Rick can be reached at

503 Faulconer Drive Charlottesville, VA 22903 t: 434.295.1131 f: 434.293.7377


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