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COLES ROLLING ROAD ◆ $1,695,000 Historic, and private southern Albemarle Co. farm on 150+/- acres with guest cottage and charm among other large estates. Only 20 min. to Charlottesville. Available in less acres. MLS#561792 Tim Michel 434.960.1124 DUNLORA◆ $558,500 4 bedroom brick residence on premium lot in Dunlora. Impeccably maintained, beautifully updated, quality, custom finishes throughout. Highlights include 1st floor master suite with vaulted ceiling and spa-like bathroom, airy 2-story great room with fireplace, bright, stunning stainless and granite kitchen with white cabinetry. Large, grassy, fenced rear yard. MLS#565922 Steve McLean 434.981.1863 OAKLAND ◆ $2,595,000 Historic, circa 1767 property on 663± acres in Deep Run Hunt Country fronts the Willis River. Brick manor house with 5 bedrooms, circa 1740 guest cottage, 4 barns, and more. MLS#549952 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

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Just Between Us…

volume 18 issue 10 PUBLISHERS

Dear Friends,

october 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

Every Halloween, I’m a little nostalgic about the years gone by, remembering when my sisters and I would drape ourselves in long skirts, shawls and layers of glamorous Mardi Gras beads. Adding a little eye liner and lipstick from Mom’s

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

make up, we transformed ourselves into a troupe of unrecognizable travelling


gypsies. Going next door to our cousin Winnie’s house was always our favorite


stop. She was a widow and lived in a big old clapboard farmhouse under


ancient shadowy oak trees. Her house was filled with all sorts of unknown secrets and treasures we rarely saw more than glimpses of. Collections of an

Danielle Burr, Barbara A. Tompkins


adventurous life were stacked in every available corner of her home—not ideal


play-spaces for rambunctious kids. Her sons had travelled the globe and sent

Carath DeFrancia, Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz

home curiosities and trinkets of all sorts. Usually, when we were at her house, we played mousetrap and sipped cool drinks on the porch or, more often, we


Kimberly Blaker, Becky Calvert,

Beth Cheuk, Diane DiCarlo,

Rick Epstein, Jennifer Heyns, Whitney

alive with imagined ghosts and, though Winnie lived alone with her cat, when

Woollerton Morrill, Elizabeth Raum,

I was about 9 years old, we heard loud thumpy footsteps upstairs that sent

Beth Seliga, Madison Stanley,

shivers down our spines for years! Every Halloween she would make caramel

Danielle Sullivan, Caroline Wilke

saw her when she stopped by our house every Thursday for dinner. Halloween at her house was perfect! After dark, the old barn out back came

apples for us on her old stove. We’d wait politely near the door as she gathered up the goodies she’d prepared for us, sneaking surreptitious glances around at


Christine DeLellis-Wheatley


the many old things and mysterious boxes that filled her home, looking and


listening for signs of ghosts and otherworldly things. My middle sister insists

INTERNS Brielle Entzminger, Sarah Payne

to this day that there was a voodoo doll (that no one else saw!) that on rare


occasions will still make a cameo appearance in a bad dream. This Halloween, we will bravely venture into the dark with our youngest children, ready for a few spine tingling thrills in the neighborhood. We may be dressed as superheroes or characters from a book, or as we transition to the tween years when it’s not quite clear how to proceed, we may be sporting jeans trying to melt into the background and just observe. But, we’ll all be there to explore what might be in the shadows and enjoy pretending to be someone else for a few hours. Happy Halloween!

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October 2017

Contents TABLE OF


News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Should parents be allowed to bring a baby to a bar?

Snapshot 10 Jason & Tammy Keefer, Photographers

LIVING WELL New Mom 34 The 411 on Pacifiers


Mindful Parenting 36 Family Meditation

Healthy Family 38 Freckles, Moles & Birthmarks

Building Bridges to Engineering

Out & About Calendar 14

October Activities & Events

Cozy Fall Home 52 Embracing a “Hygge” Lifestyle & Design

Pumpkin Picks 22 Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches

Editor’s Pick! All of the Halloween and Pumpkin fun in this issue has me excited for fall. For other great content, check out our Private School Guide and our Fall Home Guide—both great resources for families.

Halloween Fun 26 Spooky Stories to Tricks & Treats

Raising Compassionate Kids 48

Ways to Encourage A Kind & Caring Mindset

Our Schools 12


Costume Winners! 28 Readers’ Most SPOOK-TACULAR Costumes Revealed

School-Home Partnership 62

A Local Covenant School Teacher Advises Parents on Creating an After-School Routine


2017 Fall Home Guide 56


Local Resources for Families

Guide to Private Schools 64 The Inside Info on Area Schools

Tips & Trends 40 Fabulous Finds and Fun


Food & Family 42 Better Dining Out Experiences

The Girl Who Was Punished 74  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

40 So Love This! “I’m so ready to make my home a ‘Hygge’ home for the cooler weather! Check it out on page 52. ” — Barbara, graphic designer



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local buzz

Ivy Publications proudly sponsors: 3rd Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” Art Contest Now–October 16

Martha’s Market

Blue Ridge Home Builders Parade

John Paul Jones Arena September 29-October 1

September 30, October 1, 7 & 8

Boo Bash!

Halloween Hoopla

Virginia Discovery Museum October 27

Whole Foods Market October 29

Local Schools Join Free Breakfast & Lunch Program Four local schools have joined a federal program that is allowing them to provide free breakfast and lunch to students. The schools, three in the Charlottesville City Schools division and one in the Orange County Public Schools division, are among 341 schools in 47 divisions that have enrolled in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2017-18 school year. For schools with high poverty rates, CEP makes free school breakfast and lunch available to every student. The program treats meals at school as if they were textbooks and computers—necessities for a student’s development.


October 2017

NFL Star Supports His Hometown Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, has announced his recent efforts to support the Charlottesville community. University of Virginia and St. Anne’s-Belfield alumnus, Long will donate his first six game checks of the NFL season to fund two scholarships through The Chris Long Foundation. These scholarships will award two members of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia the opportunity to complete their education at St. Anne’sBelfield through an all-expenses paid school program. Stemming from a belief that positive change starts with youth education, the new scholarship program aims to promote educational equality.

Madison House Works With Local Nonprofits in #DearYoungPerson Campaign In lieu of recent events, Madison House, UVA’s largest student volunteer organization, has teamed up with local nonprofits to launch the #DearYoungPerson campaign. The campaign’s goal is to send messages of hope and solidarity to local children. Since launching the campaign, the coalition of nearly 10 Charlottesville youth-serving groups has rallied people to send encouraging postcards to Charlottesville’s children. Through area nonprofits, Madison House student volunteers then collect, sort and deliver the postcards that include uplifting words and colorful pictures too local youth, assuring children they are loved.

Dress Up Your Pet, Win Prizes Love dressing up your pets? Then share your favorite pet photos with us. The winning photos will be published in our November issue, and winners will receive great prizes. You can submit October 1–10, and then vote once per day October 11–15. See for guidelines and rules. TM

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TOWN Should parents be allowed to bring a baby to a bar? 54% say “yes” 46% say “no” “Is it appropriate if the parents intend to drink too much or stay for hours and hours? Probably not. It depends on age, too. Very young babies tend to just sleep in a car seat and be completely unobtrusive. An 18 month old … not so much. But to prevent adults from entering a facility simply because they have a baby seems extreme.” – Emily, Williamsburg, 15-month- old daughter “When our daughter was a baby, we took her everywhere, including bars, that we could. We got kicked out of one bar (in Birmingham, AL) that wouldn’t allow her— in her stroller—even on the patio, but she was a regular at our neighborhood tavern. Strangers have always commented on how well-behaved she is, and I think that’s partly because she was exposed to different environments from birth and has learned how to behave in public.” – Raya, Charlottesville, mother of one girl “It depends on the vibe of the bar. If the customers are there to be drunk and rowdy, then leave your baby at home.” – Heather, mother of two boys

“Although it then becomes very prohibitive for single parents to socialize, if they cannot afford a sitter, the main concern is safety. While at the bar, though the adult/guardian/parent may be competent, another customer may be compromising the child’s safety. Secondly, what helps adults relax and socialize may deprive that child from the good attention needed—sleep to guidance with homework, learning through reading and conversation. Quality eye-toeye, side-by-side time that is nurturing, allows for uninterrupted sleep. A child brings responsibilities that don’t cater to our convenience, desires or lifestyle. Bars and restaurants declare their own values by their own boundaries by law or choice. What’s the destination or goal for each involved?” – Your neighbor: nanny, teacher, mother of four and counselor of single parents “A bar is an environment for adults where adult conversations, language and behaviors occur. Unlike your own home, you have no control over what other people say or do. It is most certainly not a place for a baby.” – CS, Charlottesville, mom of 7-year-old girl

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October 2017

County Schools Receive Shannon Grants The Shannon Foundation, which provides money to teachers who have recorded an increase in student test scores and enthusiasm for learning, has awarded 16 programs at 9 Albemarle County public schools with grants. Among the elementary schools, Baker-Butler Elementary School captured awards for programs that support the school’s garden, weather studies, diversity and science department. Crozet Elementary teachers earned grants for STEM activities and for bringing dances from around the world into their physical education program. MeriwetherLewis Elementary School received grants for bird studies and a program that links history and technology. Stone-Robinson elementary earned two grants to help support a portable cooking station and a more culturally diverse library. Brownsville Elementary School and Hollymead Elementary School will use their single grants for art animation and a butterfly garden, respectively.


Area Cycling Programs Expand This school year several Charlottesville and Albemarle County high schools welcomed co-ed mountain bike racing clubs. Albemarle High School, Western Albemarle High School and Charlottesville High School are now members of the Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League. Though boy and girl cyclists will compete in separate races, the three teams, along with Monticello High School (MHS), ride together twice a week. In an effort to provide greater exposure to the outdoors and varying types of environment, the teams

Dvorak and the athletic department had been advocating for school cycling programs. Peter Hufnagel, Dvorak’s husband and the Miller School of Albemarle’s cycling coach, founded the League in 2014 with the goal of helping expand cycling programs to area public schools. The Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League is an affiliate of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), which provides extensive training and licensing for team coaches, and establishes risk management guidelines, making the

practice at a variety of locations, from Carter Mountain to Walnut Creek Park. Monticello, the first public school to join the Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League in 2015, is excited to have more local competition. Over the past two years at MHS, Cycling Coach Andrea

sport safe and accessible to students of all cycling levels. On September 10, the more than three dozen local cyclists competed in the first race of the league’s fall season hosted at the Miller School.

photos: Jack Looney Photography

Ava & Emily, ages 6

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Jason & Tammy Keefer Photographers

For the past six years, Jason and Tammy Keefer have been photographing newborn bereavements. Through the organization Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS)—a worldwide charity that provides remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby—the Keefers work quietly and compassionately to create a visual time capsule honoring the legacy of a child. But rather, the intent of their images is to serve as a tangible record of the precious moments during the short time that the parents have with their baby, helping to validate all the emotions and feelings they experienced through their loss as well as to affirm their parenthood. What is the best part about your job? Serving our community and helping families heal through our photography is the greatest reward we could have ever imagined. Every person whom Jason and I have encountered along this journey, whether it be a family member, a NICU nurse or a fellow NILMDTS volunteer, has touched our lives with their strength. It’s a privilege for us to give back this way, to honor families and to show gratitude for the many blessings in our own lives. What is the most challenging part? During our sessions, our focus is divided between many factors in the hospital room. A hospital room can sometimes be a rather hectic place, and working in that environment somehow speeds time up. It’s only later sitting behind the computer when time goes back to normal, when we reckon with our feelings and realize that it was a long day. Perhaps that is the most challenging part, but working on these images together and talking is an integral part of our own process.


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How have you grown and changed over the years? What are your hopes for the future? Jason and I have been living in this town for the past 13 years now, and my career as a photographer began here. Being a military brat and former military myself, I’ve never lived in a place longer than I have lived here. As this city has grown and changed over the years, I can’t help but feel that we’ve all grown along with it. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many places and experience different cultures, but living in Charlottesville has taught me how to truly thrive. As a wedding photographer, I still marvel over how close-knit the wedding community is and how far vendors go to help one another. As a storyteller, I can’t think of a more socially, ethnically diverse and fascinating group of people to enrich one’s heart and soul than this place. Acceptance, empathy, gratitude, patience, strength and kindness are words that have garnered a deeper meaning for me over the years, and I strive to reflect those virtues in my work and day-to-day life. What advice do you have for those who aspire to help others through their careers? The need for bereavement photographers is always great. There’s a lifeline of photographers, as well as the wonderful nurses at the NICU who have always been a huge support. If you are considering volunteering as a bereavement photographer or digital artist, visit www.nowilaymedowntosleep. org to get started. Most NILMDTS photographers are more than willing to have someone accompany and observe them during a session. Most photographers such as myself and Jason prefer to work as a team, as one of us can photograph while the other holds the light. 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

Building Bridges to Engineering Charlottesville High School (CHS)

concepts, assist teachers in making

and Buford Middle School have received

math-science-technology connections,

national and international recognition

and build strong pathways into the








programs. But by the time students

programs at Buford Middle School and







already decided, “Engineering is not



now developing an elementary iSTEM

boundaries to bring “sciencey” skills

program to help all of its students

to art, history and reading. History

become familiar and comfortable in

students at Walker Upper Elementary

the tech and engineering world, even in

School have designed their own cotton


gins when learning about the Industrial Revolution.




From maker spaces to coding clubs,



for me.” Charlottesville City Schools is




our City elementary schools have

have constructed bridges when reading



Three Billy Goats Gruff. Art students at


CHS have used circuits to add lighting

Technology, Engineering and Math)

to sculptures. Other recent projects

skills. But starting last year, the schools

range from wind turbines and solar

began implementing a more systematic

ovens to working models of the human


respiratory system.















curricula, it’s surprisingly hard to find

elementary student to be ready and

a thoughtful, well-organized approach

excited to take advantage of the full

that starts in elementary and leads to

array of science, math and engineering

high school STEM and beyond,” explains

courses at Buford and CHS. But more

Science Coordinator Dr. Susan Ramsey.

than that, the economy of the future

“So we created our own.”

will reward citizens who can apply

The division’s iSTEM teachers work in all schools to teach foundational

STEM principles in any number of workplaces and professions.”

Beth serves as a community liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.



October 2017

The Albemarle School Division’s New Bus Program With the addition of extended stop signs on area school buses, parents can now feel safer about sending their kids to school. The Albemarle school division began a new program that will put extended stop signs on 10 of its buses in order to stop drivers from illegally passing stopped buses. The buses with altered stop signs will mainly run along Earlysville and Georgetown Roads, both of which have seen several cases of motorists failing to obey stop signs. North Carolina schools that have also started similar programs have already seen improvements.

Comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood

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BIZ BITS OPENINGS & RELOCATIONS BAFFA Academy of Irish Dance, 2nd St. SE Chopt Creative Salad Co., Emmet St.

Office Hours By Appointment Evening & Weekends until 9pm Urgent Care Available One of Our Physicians On Call After Hours Onsite Lactation Consultant

Corner Juice, University Avenue Krispy Kreme, 5th St. Station Patcha Thai Massage & Spa, Gardens Blvd

CLOSINGS Calvino Cafe Hoos BBQ and Country Store Piedmont Council for the Arts (PCA)

ANNOUNCEMENTS B.Good is coming soon to the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Champion Tutoring is now Clayborne Education

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FESTIVALS & FAIRS OmegaCon: Charlottesville’s Gaming and Anime Convention

September 29–October 1 at IX Art Park Visit the annual convention for live music, a variety of fun, and diverse musical and industryrelated guests, game developers and vendors.

OCTOBER 2017 Oktoberfest

Check out more festivals and pumpkin patches on page 22!

State Fair of Virginia

September 29–October 8 at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell See Virginia’s finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. 804-994-2800,

Green Valley Book Fair

September 30–October 23 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children’s books at 60-90%-off retail prices. 800-385-0099,

Family Barn Party

October 1, 4–7pm at Bellair Farm An afternoon of fun, food, drinks and games. Featuring a bull and bear, and a little country fair. All supporting The Womens Initiative. 872-0047,

8th Annual Festy Experience

October 5–8 at Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington The Festy Experience is four days of concerts, camping, local craft food and a series of family activities, from nature crafts, bedtime story time and family yoga to children’s jams, a magic show, workshops and more. 220-4000,

A Bicentennial Launch Celebration

October 6 at The Lawn at UVA A multimedia celebration of UVA’s heritage and future with an awe-inspiring spectacle featuring performers from UVA and beyond.

Annual Boats and Butterflies Festival

October 7, 10am–4pm at Darden Towe Park A family day of taking Rivanna River rides on the handmade wooden boats and learning about monarch butterflies.

October 7, 12–7pm at Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Fun for the whole family with games on the German farm, traditional food, live dancing and live music. 540-332-7850,

Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trials

October 7–8, 10am–5pm Saturday, 10am– 4pm Sunday at Montpelier The Fall Fiber Festival features animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, live music, and much more.

Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

October 7–8, 10am–5:30pm Saturday, 10am–5pm Sunday at Claudius Crozet Park CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this popular and fun family outing featuring live music, entertainment, children’s activities, painting classes, food, artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. 326-8284,

University Montessori School 17th Annual Fall Fun Fair

October 8, 3–6pm at University Montessori School Enjoy games, activities and crafts while supporting the UMS Financial Aid Fund. There will be face painting, a cider press, a trail mix bar, a chili dinner and more. Open to the public. 977-0583,

Imagine a Day Without Water

October 11, 11am–1pm at the Downtown Mall Information on local water supply and water conservation, giveaways, fun activities and entertainment will be included. 970-3877,

11th Annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival


October 14, 8:30am–1pm at Acca Shrine Center, Richmond Enjoy free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. 804-447-4713,

2nd Annual Fall Family Fun Festival

Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trials October 7–8, 10am–5pm at Montpelier. See this page.


October 2017

October 14, 11am–5pm at Horton Vineyards There will be all manner of fun and delicious activities from local vendor booths and food trucks to carnival games and activities for little ones. 540-832-7440,


October 14, 11:30am–5pm at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds Over 40 regional Barbecue teams compete to see who has the best BBQ. Enjoy vintage artisans, Shenandoah Downs Harness Racing, cornhole tournaments and more. 540-459-2542,



2396 PENDOWER LANE • $710,000 This cul-de-sac gem offers 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, formal living & dining rooms, large family room with built-ins & gas fireplace, 2 staircases, & an enormous basement. Gourmet kitchen boasts granite counters, gas range, 2 ovens, walk-in pantry, butler’s pantry. Harmony Thurston (434) 996-0006. MLS# 559666

685 IVY LANE • $2,995,000 Set on almost 4 magical acres carefully designed by Brooke Spencer, Master Gardener & professional landscape designer, Rabbit Run truly enchants. Luxurious yet welcoming 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. Dramatic dining pavilion overlooking formal gardens & reflecting pool. Totally private! MLS# 566569

Massanutten Fall Festival

October 14, 11:30am–5:30pm at Massanutten Resort Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, scenic chairlift rides, kids’ activities and more. 540-289-9441,

Journeys Fall Family Day

October 21, 8:45am–4:45pm at Camp Holiday Trails For families affected by the death of a loved one, it offers activities and creative expression. Ages 5-18 are welcome, accompanied by a guardian. 817-6900,


14th Annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s YOU CAN HELP!

October 21, 9am–2pm at UVA’s South Lawn Enjoy pancakes and entertainment on the Lawn. Donations will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. 249-9867,

Chili & Brewfest

October 21, 1–7pm at Orange County Fair Grounds, Orange Chili, area food and craft vendors, children’s activities and live music. 540-672-5216,

Fall Festival

October 22, 1–5pm at Mountaintop Montessori Seasonal activities, games and crafts. Enjoy the crisp fall air, mountain views and healthy grilled items served by the Mountaintop PA. Bring a friend. 979-8886,

2310 MONACAN TRAIL ROAD • $1,495,000

Set in tranquil privacy on 21 acres at the end of a half mile long paved driveway that meanders past pond & fields, this dramatic stone & stucco residence offers remarkable construction & finish details. Easy, 10 min drive to town. Dramatic entertaining spaces incl’ double height great room with 2-story marble fireplace & welcoming casual spaces incl’ renovated kitchen, 5 en suite bedrooms, recently finished garage apartment & terrace level rec room. Expansive Brazilian hardwood covered rear porch. Winter mountain views. MLS# 566401 STAGGERING VIEWS ON 135 ACRES


EKHOLMEN IN GREENWOOD • $3,995,000 Perhaps the finest example of Tuscan architecture in Albemarle, Ekholmen was constructed to the highest standards in 2005. The residence, sited brilliantly to take advantage of sweeping Blue Ridge views, offers dramatic entertaining spaces balanced by abundant casual living spaces open to the kitchen. MLS# 566325

107 WHETSTONE PLACE • $739,000 Spacious 2-story charmer boasts incredible location, spectacular 1 acre grounds with heated salt-water pool, hardwood floors, walkable neighborhood, mature trees, 2-car garage, finished basement, 1st floor master suite, renovated kitchen, & bonus space over garage. Tommy Brannock (434) 981-1486. MLS# 566563

Fall Festival for Adam’s Road to Recovery YOU CAN HELP!

October 28, 9am–2pm at Glenmore Country Club A fundraising event for Adam, who sustained a spinal cord injury this summer. Enjoy exhibitors, vendors, interactive games, silent auction and raffles, face painting and fire trucks. 531-2500

Family Volunteer Event YOU CAN HELP!

October 28, 10am–12pm at Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Tour the Food Bank and then get to work on a volunteer project. Space is limited. 540-213-8402,

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

October 28 at Ferris College, Ferrum Enjoy Virginia’s largest celebration of authentic regional traditions with musical performances and storytelling, workshops, artisans, mule jumping, folk games, heirloom fruits and vegetables, farm machinery demos, hundreds of vintage cars and more. 540-365-4412,


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Farmers in the Park

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

Stonefield Green Market

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


City Market

Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities—an enriching experience for the whole family!

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

October 14 | November 11

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

Scottsville Community Farmers Market or 434.243.2050

Martha’s Market 2017

The 23rd Annual

Artisans Studio Tour November 11 & 12, 2017

10 am – 5 pm

Forty-five artisans will showcase their work in 24 studios in and around Charlottesville. Local refreshments

Experience fine craft

Witness the process

Free, self-guided tour

September 29–October 1, 9am–6pm Friday & Saturday, 11am–4pm Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena Shop over 70 unique local and nationwide boutiques to support women’s healthcare. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor. 227-9111,

STAGE & SCREEN Shopkins Live! Shop it Up!

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October 2017

October 4, 6:30pm at Dominion Arts Center, Richmond An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song and dance. 800-514-3849,



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{our town calendar} Miss Charlottesville Pageant

October 7, 3pm at PVCC’s Dickinson Theater Enjoy an exciting afternoon of competition, including young ladies 0–24 years of age, and the crowning of the 2018 court. 870-688-1662,

Into the Woods, Jr.

October 12–14, 6:30pm at 1205 Pen Park Rd This is a lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables suitable for all ages. Order tickets soon as seating is limited. 964-0400,

LEARNING FUN Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Now–October 14, Second Saturdays, 2:30pm at James Madison’s Montpelier This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. 540-672-2728,

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers October 13, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play that engages the senses. Ages 6–35 months. Registration requested. 823-4050,

Open Bio Labs: Pig Dissection Class

October 17 & 21 at Open Bio Labs Students observe and analyze certain organs and examine different tissue types found in each system while making notes as a forensic pathologist would. 878-2355,

Interactive Archaeology Dig for Kids

October 21, 10am–2:30pm at Monticello Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock excavation where they will learn proper field techniques, including digging, screening and identifying artifacts. Adults must remain with children but do not require a ticket. 984-9800,

Civil War House Tour

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2016

October 21, 11am at James Madison’s Montpelier Discover Madison’s view of the Union, his struggle to preserve it, and the greatest challenge it ever faced. 540-672-2728,

Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour at Montpelier

October 21, 2pm at Montpelier Station Train Depot, Orange Walk in the footsteps of McGowan’s Brigade on Montpelier’s Civil War Trail. Conclude at the cabin and farm of the George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation. 540-672-2728,


October 2017

STORYTIMES & GAMES Mad Hatters Tea Party

October 6, 10:30–11:30am at Gordon Library A silly storytime and tea party for ages 2-4. Stop by the library anytime that day for a Mad Hatter’s Scavenger Hunt for all ages. Registration required. 296-5544,

Zap!: Graphic Novel Discussion

October 28, 2–3pm at Central Library Devour a graphic novel, enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. For third and fourth graders with a favorite adult. Register to get a free copy of the book. Limit 10 children. 979-7151,

ARTS & CRAFTS 3rd Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” School Art Contest

Now–October 16, Submissions mailed to or dropped off at Department of Public Works The art contest is open to all city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County students grades 1–8. Any medium may be used. Winners will be selected from each grade division. Rules and restrictions apply. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 970-3877,

Approaching Abstraction

October 14, 1–3pm for ages 5–7, 3–5pm for ages 8–12 at The Fralin Museum of Art Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. 243-2050,

Creation Station

October 14 & 28, 3:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers with a different project each week to explore. STEAM ahead with hands-on fun. For all ages. 296-5544,

NATURE & OUTDOORS Barn and Farm History Days

Now–November, Weekends, 2pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area Enjoy the barn, formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm, and displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. 973-7772,

Fan Mountain Observatory Public Night October 13, 7–11pm at Fan Mountain Observing Station, Covesville

Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance. 243-1885,

Farm Animal Day

October 14, 9am–5pm at Saunders Brothers Farm Market A day on the farm with cows, sheep, goats, chickens and horses, and live music from Dave Miller from 11am–3pm. 227-5455,

SPORTS & ACTIVE FUN UVA Football vs. Duke

October 7 vs. Duke, October 21 vs. Boston College at UVA’s Scott Stadium Cheer on the ‘Hoos at home. 800-542-8821,

7th Annual Crozet Trails Crew 5K

October 7, 8am–12pm at Claudius Crozet Park Run, jog or walk to benefit future trails in Crozet. A free Kids Run is included and adults will run the Crozet Connector Trail. Admission to Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival included.

Castle Hill Cider, a place to celebrate.

Come visit. Drink our award-winning ciders. Wander the gorgeous grounds. We trust you’ll enjoy our rich history, and perhaps even create some of your own. We have daily tasting hours of 11-5, and host special events like weddings, corporate parties, and small gatherings—all sure to create beautiful memories.

434.296.0047 • • 6065 Turkey Sag Road, Keswick


{our town calendar} Annual In The Pink Tennis Tournament

October 13–14, 6:30–9:30pm Friday, 9am– 12pm Saturday at area tennis venues This is an annual doubles tennis tournament YOU CAN HELP! along with a Kids In Pink matches and clinic. Women, men and teens of all playing abilities are encouraged to participate. 654-8258,

Fall Foliage Race

October 14, 8am Kids Fun Dash, 8:15am 5K & 10K at Constitution Park, Waynesboro The race includes a race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post race party with food and drink. 540-942-6735,

All-Terrain 5K & 6th Kids’ Fun Run

October 14, 8am at Charlottesville Catholic School Join in a family-friendly all-terrain 5K Run or Walk. Prizes are awarded for all age groups. Following the race at 9:15am, kids can participate in the Kids’ Fun Run. Prizes awarded to all Fun Run participants. 964-0400,

Clark Buzz-by-Belmont 5K

October 14, 9am–12pm at Clark Elementary School Join this family-friendly run/walk through the Belmont neighborhood. After the race, participants and their fans gather for food, prizes and fun. Proceeds from the race benefit the Clark Educational Opportunity Fund. 249-1951,



Rain, snow, or shine! Sunday, December 3 11:00 AM Start Downtown Mall Course: 1 mile

Be a6Claus forStart a Cause! Sunday, December I 11:00 AM I Downtown Mall I Course: 1 mile Register online: Put a team together or fund-raise individually and run/walk a mile as

Santa to help The Arc of the Piedmont provide and serve people with

Santa costume for adults and elf hat for kids included with registration. intellectual and developmental disabilities.

All proceeds from this event go to support the programs and services The Arc of the Piedmont provides for people in Charlottesville and the surrounding community living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thank you for supporting our mission! Event Day Registrants will receive their costumes (Santa suit for adults and elf ears for children). Please arrive to the check-in location at the Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to receive your costume and turn Awards will be presented in any donations if necessary. No paper tickets to the top corporate team are necessary. and family team for raising money for the Arc of the Piedmont mission!

Enjoy breakfast provided by Whole Foods at 9:30 a.m. to fuel up before your run/walk!

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October 2017

Charlottesville Superheroes Unite: 2017 CureSearch Walk

October 14, 10am at The Park at UVA YOU CAN Celebrate and honor children from the HELP! Charlottesville area who have been affected by cancer. This special day will include prizes, music, food and fun activities for the entire family. 240-235-2211,

Masquerade Ball

October 14, 5–8pm at Carver Recreation Center Come dressed up to this family event in your favorite costume for an evening of fun, food and dancing. 970-3333,

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

YOU CAN October 28, 9am walk HELP! at Albemarle County Office Building Join the Alzheimer’s Association in their annual walk to support Alzheimer’s research. There’s no fee to register, but each participant is expected to fundraise. 973-6122,


October 10, All day at PVCC The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council

annual Tech Tour introduces middle and highschool students to technology companies in the region and exposes them to diverse career possibilities.

Introduction to Calligraphy

October 18, 6:30–8:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library A workshop by Michelle Streeter of Ma Belle Calligraphy. All materials provided and no experience necessary. Registration is required. Ages 14+. 823-4050,

Laura Lee Gulledge Comic Workshop

October 24, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Join local Eisner Award-nominated graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulled for a workshop on writing and drawing comics. Ages 10 to adult. Required registration begins October 3. 823-4050,

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS 53rd Annual Parade of Homes

September 30 & October 1, 7 & 8, 12–5pm Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 973-8652,


Homebuyer Class at CAAR

October 9 & 16, 6–9pm at CAAR Participants who successfully complete the two classes receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for all VHDA (Virginia Housing Development Authority) loan programs. Registration required. 422-4848,

Fall Oyster Festival at DuCard

October 8, 12–6pm at DuCard Vineyards Premium steamed and raw oysters plus delicious crab-cakes from the Nomini Bay Oyster Farm. Music by The Weedeaters. 540-923-4206,


OPEN HOUSES See Us in Action Admissions Event

October 18, 9–10:30am at Tandem Friends School Interested parents can take a tour, visit classes in session and participate in a faculty/student panel discussion to learn more about the school. RSVP. 296-1303,

Peabody School Fall Open House

October 18, 9am–2pm at Peabody School During Open House, prospective parents of students may tour the campus, including meeting students and teachers and observing classes. Reservations are required. 296-6901,

Village School Open House

October 8, 2–5pm at Keswick Hall and Golf Club Open-air German style food, drink, music and fun. 979-3440,

Art After Dark: Cabaret Noir

October 13, 8pm–12am at Second Street Gallery Come to the Gallery after dark and enjoy current exhibitions, live music by Please Don’t Tell and live DJ set by DJ Ladybug, dancing, tarot readings and more.

Party Like a Rock Star 2017

October 20, 8–11:55pm YOU CAN at Music Resource Center HELP! Enjoy an evening of eccentricity, disco deviance and the most electrifying boogie-down this side of the city. 979-5478,

October 28, 10am–2pm 984-4404,

Seasonal Crafts, Games, Local Food & Beer, Gently-Used Book Sale, Music and More!

Sunday, October 22, 1 - 5 pm 440 Pinnacle Place, Charlottesville 22911

parent & child classes | preschool | elementary | middle school


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Pick Your Own!

Saturdays & Sundays in October Saturday 10am - 5pm | Sunday 12noon - 5pm

146 Caves Ford Lane, Orange

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A family tradition since 1950 Fright Nights October 27 & 28 -P

Free Admission & Free Parking!

• Hay Rides • Hay Maze • Corn Hole • Ladder Golf • Corn Box • Pick Your Own Flowers


Along with the pumpkin patch:

Tasting Room Thur-Sun 12-6 Music & Food Fridays 6-9

schedule of events at 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane 434.971.8796

Fall Festival Weekends

Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze

Hess Corn Maze and Family Fun

Apple Harvest Celebration

Now–October 29, 10am– 6pm Saturdays, 12pm–6pm Sundays at Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, ride down the 60-foot tall slide mountain, enjoy pumpkin bowling and more. 540-532-0436,

Now–October 31 at Back Home on the Farm Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. 540-442-6493,

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Now–October, Monday–Saturday, 8am–6pm at Critzer Family Farm Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. 540-241-3305,

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Now–October, Monday–Saturday, 9am–6pm, Sundays, 10am–5pm at Chiles Peach Orchard Pick your own from the pumpkin patch or buy them in the market. 823-1583,

Pumpkin Patch at Milmont Greenhouses Now–October, Weekdays, 8am–5:30pm, Saturdays, 8am–5pm at Milmont Greenhouses, Stuarts Draft Pick the perfect pumpkin from the patch. 540-943-8408,

Layz S Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Now–November 11 at Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset Get lost in Central VA’s largest corn maze of over 25 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hayrides (when operating), activities and games. Flashlight maze from 6–10pm. 882-6293,

September 30–October 28, 10am–6pm Saturdays at Layz S Ranch Enjoy fall family fun with hay rides, a corn maze, corn pit and slide, hay pyramid, hay maze, giant slides and farm animals. New this year are an AquaPod, tightrope, sky island swing and a 90-foot superslide. 591-0898,

Creative Works Farm

Now–November, 9am–6pm, 8am–7pm last three Saturdays in October at Carter Mountain Orchard Join the Chiles family for music, food, hayrides, pumpkins, apple picking, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie and all things apple. 977-1833,

September 30–October 29, 10am–4pm Saturdays, 12–5pm Sundays at Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro Enjoy Skeeter’s Maze Adventure, buy pumpkins and enjoy other games, like corn hole and 9-square. All proceeds benefit Camp Light. 540-471-1659,

26th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Belvedere’s Fall Harvest Festival

September 29–October 29, Weekends at Sinkland Farms Enjoy live music, food, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, a corn maze, farm animals, a kids’ zone and more. 540-382-4647,

Apple Festival

September 30–October 1, 21 & 22, 9am–5pm at Drumheller’s Orchard This Apple Festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, bouncy houses and a Kids’ Corner. Live music both days. 263-5036,

September 30–October 31, Weekends at Belvedere Plantation, Fredericksburg Pick your own pumpkins or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, Dangerfield Downs, ziplines, straw jump, pumpkin cannon and more. 540-373-4478,

It’s Fall Harvest Time!

Fall Pumpkin Festival

at Critzer Family Farm In afton

Pick your own! PUMPKINS

MOnDay-SaTuRDay 8aM-6PM

$10.00 Admission Includes: •Hay Ride to Pumpkin Patch •200 ft. Zip Line •100 ft. Super Slide •Hay Bale Maze and Pyramid •Corn Maze • Farm Animals •Moon Bounces •Tire Swing Playground Also Available: (not included in $10.00 admission) •Off-Road Adventure Rides •Pumpkins • Face Painting •Pony Rides • Barrel Train •Pumpkin Blaster •Mechanical Bull


Enjoy the Fun on a 700 acre working farm! Take a Hay Ride to the Patch and Pick your own Pumpkins!


540-241-3305 for daily picking info or visit

In Beautiful Orange County

ROund-HiLL-FARM.COM 540-308-8245



{our town calendar} Greenfield Fall Festival

September 30–October 31, 10am–5pm Saturdays, 1–5pm Sundays at Greenfield Farm Pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, toddler play area, giant slide and corn maze. 985-7653,

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Pumpkin Patch

October, Saturdays & Sundays, 12–6pm at Adventure Farm Enjoy the corn maze, hayrides, live music and food. Visit on October 27 & 28 for Fright Nights. 971-8796,

Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals

October 7 & 21, 10am–4:30pm at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards Enjoy live music, food, homemade apple butter, the corn maze, picking your own pumpkin, children’s activities and more. You can also visit the pumpkin patch from October 1–31. 277-5824,

Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

October 7–8, 14–15, 21–22, 10am–4:30pm at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria Watch apple butter being cooked in kettles over an open fire at one of the area’s largest festivals. Pick apples and enjoy bluegrass music, cloggers, hayrides, horse rides and a craft fair with over 70 arts and

Mum’s the word! Fall is also a great time to plant mums, pansies, perennials, shrubs & trees!

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

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

Go to for updated specials and availability.

2717 Tye Brook Hwy. Piney River, VA 22964

Pick your own pumpkin patch!

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Apples, Apple Butter, Jams, Jellies, Cider & More!


October 7–28, Saturdays, 9am–5pm at Henley’s Orchard, Crozet Enjoy hayrides, cider making, live music, food trucks, apple cider donuts, baked goods, the miniature pony and her carriage, and apple picking each Saturday in October. A costume contest will occur on the final Saturday. 823-7848,

Sarah’s Pumpkin Patch

October 7–29, 10am–5pm Saturdays, 12–5pm Sundays at 146 Caves Ford Lane, Orange Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy family fun every weekend in October. 540-308-8267,

Pumpkin Patch at Seamans’ Orchards

October 7–31, 10am–4:30pm Monday– Saturday, 1–5pm Sunday at Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards, Tyro Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one. 962-2523,

Celebrate Fall at Round Hill Farm

October 7–31, 3–6pm weekdays, 10am–5pm weekends at Round Hill Farm Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a 200-foot zip line, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground. 540-308-8245,

Pumpkin Party

October 18, 3–8pm at Blue Mountain Brewery Bring the whole family for some pumpkin carving fun. Pumpkins, tools and decorations provided. Take your pumpkin home. Full and kids’ menus available. Live music by Kim & Jimbo Cary between 4–7pm. 540-456-8020,

Floating Pumpkin Patch

October 20, 6:30–7:30pm at Crozet YMCA Pick your pumpkin out of the pool. Includes food, music and Halloween-themed games and activities. 205-4380,

18th Annual Apple Harvest Celebration

October 21, 10am–5pm at Showalters Orchard and Greenhouse, Timberville Pick your own apples and pumpkins, enjoy food trucks, children’s activities, vendors, live music and more. 540-896-7582,

Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals October 7 & 21 | 10am - 4:30pm Featuring: fresh apples for selection, homemade apple butter, live music, food vendors, children’s activities, crafters, pick your own pumpkins, corn maze

Pumpkin Patch October 1 - 31 Pink Lady FUN Day October 28 For more Pink Lady Fun Day details, please visit our website! Retail Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4:30pm & Sunday 1pm - 5pm

5529 crabtree falls hwy, tyro, virginia |

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.

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Dairy Road (Rt 633)

2 miles north of Ruckersville off Rt 29

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Happy Halloween

Places where you can have a SPOOK-tacular time! Ghosts of Staunton

Now through October, Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm at various starting locations Choose from several ghost tours for spooky tales along with historic facts. Reservations recommended. 540-448-2743,

Twizted Creationz Haunted Attraction

September 29–October 31, 6:30–10:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30–9:30pm October 19, 26, 30, 31 at Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro Get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp Light, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. 540-471-1659,

Haunted Camp Weekends

October 6–28, Fridays & Saturdays at Misty Mountain Camp Resort Enjoy activities including trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, best decorated campsite contest and more. 888-647-8900,

Boo at the Zoo

October 20–22, 5:30–8:30pm at National Zoo, Washington, DC With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. 202-633-4888,


October 2017

Healthy Halloween Treats

October 21, 9–10am at Brooks Family YMCA Visit the Brooks Family YMCA for Halloween fun. 974-9622,

Goblins and Gourds

October 22, 1–4pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, storytelling and fun in the Children’s Garden. 804-262-9887,

Boo Bash!

October 27, 6–7:30pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Dress up in your kookiest costumes as you enjoy a variety of fun carnival games, activities and crafts. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 977-1025,

Fright Night October 27, 6:30–8:30pm at Crozet Library Experience the library after-hours and play Zombie Tag, Werewolf and Zombies v. Humans in the darkened library stacks. Grades 6–12. 823-4050,

Spooky Night Storytime October 23, 6:30pm at Central Library Come prepared to hold tight to your snuggly and shiver as all things spooky are celebrated in this evening storytime. 979-7151,

Monster of a Movie

October 27, 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Come and enjoy Hotel Transylvania (2012) with your family. 296-5544,

Kids’ Costume Bash

October 27, 5–7pm at Keswick Hall and Golf Club Dress in your best costume and enjoy themed snacks and kids drinks (included). Activities include mummy wrap, fingerprint ghosts, Halloween spider and magnet painting. 979-3440,

23rd Annual Spirit Walk

October 27–28, 6pm first tour, 8:30pm last tour at Downtown Charlottesville Visit haunts of the past and hear stories from memorable residents of our community’s past. This popular tour typically sells out. 296-1492,

Harvest Fest October 27–29 at Wintergreen Resort Pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, fun around the campfire, movies and more. A spooktacular fun time for the whole family. 325-8180,

Halloween Costume Contest for Kids October 28 at Saunders Brothers Farm Market Help decide which is the next great tasting apple to grow while you listen to live music and watch a Halloween costume contest for the kids. 277-5455,

3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular

October 28, 10am–4pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Pumpkin carving contest, Halloween parade and contest, caramel apple dipping station, trick-or-treat, hayrides and more. 977-1833,

Jefferson School City Center Haunted Open House October 28, 12–2pm at Jefferson School City Center Halloween fun and an open house.

Halloween Snark-A-Thon

October 28, 1:30pm & 3pm at Northside Library Celebrate Halloween and join in the Snark-AThon as you hurl your best insults and deepest barbs at two timelessly terrible movies Mystery Science Theater-style. Ages 11–18. 973-7893,

Monster Stitches October 28, 2pm at Crozet Library Creepy stories and a spooky hand-sewn creature that you create. If you have a favorite scary story bring it along to share. Ages 8-13. 823-4050,

Trunk or Treat

October 28, 3–6pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church A fun and safe event for children and families, all children are invited to dress up and trickor-treat from trunk to trunk. There will be food, refreshments, crafts, games, bouncy house, petting zoo and more. 973-5806,

Doggie Howl-O-Ween

October 28, 5–7:30pm at Main Street Arena This annual event raises funds to help fight canine cancer and includes doggie trick-ortreating, a parade on the downtown mall at 6:30pm and a 7pm costume contest.

After Hours: Library Haunted House October 28, 6–7:30pm at Central Library Get a little spooked at the haunted house. Free comics will be handed out as well. Supervision required for kids under age 10. 979-7151,

A Haunting Halloween

October 28, 6–9pm at Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra Take part in a Pumpkin Painting Contest, Halloween-themed crafts and games, costume contest and more. 842-3150,

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October 28, 6:30–9pm at Field School, Crozet Family-friendly event where a historical play is acted out through the streets of Crozet. This year’s walk depicts events from the early 20th century through World War II. 923-3435,

Ghost Stories Outside ... In the Dark

October 28, 7–8:30pm at Staunton Public Library Members of the Shenandoah Storytelling Guild will chill you with tales of horror. These stories are for brave adults and children over the age of 8. Hot drinks & cookies will be served. 540-332-3800,

Halloween Paper Mask Making and Animal Scavenger Hunt

October 28–29, 10am–4pm at Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center Make wearable paper masks for Halloween and make ghost story books based on a Halloween walk with spooky stops and sights. 996-7282,

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October 29, 8:30am at Historic Downtown Mall Escape the undead as a human, or chase humans as a zombie and turn them into zombies by taking their life (ribbon on their backs). 218-0402,

Dog Fest October 29, 12–5pm at IX Art Park All things canine—games, free treats, pet photos, pet-related services, rescue groups and special events like the Best Dog Costume contest and Best Children’s Costume contest. Over 20 vendors featured. 825-7082,

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Trunk or Treat October 29, 5pm at 101 E Jefferson St. Get out your favorite costume and attend for trunk or treat from one decorated car to the next. Enjoy Halloween-themed games to play, prizes and yummy snacks. 293-6193,

Children’s Halloween Concert

October 31, 3:30–4pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church A short concert of spooky organ music for Halloween, followed by an upclose demonstration of the organ. 963-4690,

Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Extravaganza

October 31, 4–6pm at West Main Street, Orange Main Street will be closed off allowing safe entertainment and candy giveaways to children of all ages. Walk by The Good Witch, The Scarecrow, The Wizard and Roxy the Clown. Cinderella will be there along with live music and more. 540-672-2540,

Halloween on The Lawn October 31, 4–6pm at The Lawn/Rotunda A long-standing tradition on the UVA Lawn. College students hand out goodies and parents don’t have to worry about cars. Stop by Edgar Allan Poe’s room and say hello to the resident raven. 924-3736,

Monster Movie Double Feature

October 31, 6pm & 7:30pm at Northside Library Back-to-back monster movie classics. Frankenstein (1931) will be followed by The Wolf Man (1941). Light refreshments will be served. 973-7893,

October 29, 2pm at the Paramount Theater See the Sanderson Sisters in this classic Halloween movie. 979-1333,

Halloween Hoopla October 29, 2pm at Whole Foods Market CharlottesvilleFamily and Whole Foods Market invite you to a fun-filled event with the chance to meet Bumble, our lovable CharlottesvilleFamily bee. Enjoy activities and games from 2–4pm, trick or treating in the store from 4–5pm and a family-friendly outdoor movie at 6pm (bring a chair). Parents and children alike are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costume(s). 984-4713,

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{halloween costume contest} Tips to Keep Kids Safe for a Spook-tacular Halloween By Kimberly Blaker

For decades, parents have shared their advice about ways they keep their children safe every Halloween. One risk to children on Halloween, or anytime of year, is child predators, though studies have shown the incidence doesn’t increase on Halloween. Still, parents should take precautions and educate their kids before they head out with and without adult supervision. Below are some tips to help keep your kids safe from stranger and acquaintance dangers on Halloween. For more reliable advice on Halloween safety, visit

• Young children should be attended by an adult when trick-or-treating.

Most risks to your child on Halloween are safety issues surrounding traffic and

• Older kids should trick-or-treat with a friend or preferably in a group. • Tell your kids not to step inside the homes or cars of strangers or even acquaintances you haven’t pre-approved. Provide your kids with what to say if they’re invited in so they are prepared. Your child can be direct and just say ‘my parents told me I have to wait outside.’ • Give your kids a curfew so you know what time to expect them home. • Know what route they plan to take. Make sure it’s in safe neighborhoods and that they won’t have to walk through secluded areas to get there. • Only go to houses with porch lights on. • Have kids carry a cell phone and make sure they know how to use it to dial 9-1-1. • Add a tracking app to their phones such as Family Tracker, Glympse, Footprints, FamilySignal or Life360.

costumes. Have your kids follow these Halloween safety tips for a fun-filled evening without incident: • Make sure costumes, masks and shoes fit well. Costumes shouldn’t drag on the ground posing a tripping hazard. • Avoid masks. Instead, use makeup and well-fitting hats or wigs so vision isn’t obstructed. • Avoid high heels. • Try to find flame resistant costumes, and make sure kids keep their distance from lit pumpkins and luminaries. • If walking on roads, walk facing the oncoming traffic. Where possible, stay off the road completely. • When crossing streets, use crosswalks if possible, and look both ways twice. If at a stop sign or light, make sure traffic comes to a complete halt before crossing. • Don’t cross the street between parked cars or where drivers’ views might be obstructed. • Carry a flashlight so cars and bicycles can easily spot you. Also, wear something reflective or add reflective tape to costumes and bags. Wearing a glow stick is another option. • Keep props such as swords and knives, short, soft and flexible to avoid injury to self or others. • Don’t wear colored contact lenses unless they’re prescribed for the child wearing them. They can cause severe eye damage otherwise, even if they are non-prescription sold solely for the purpose to change eye color.

Safety tips for visiting trick-or-treaters: • Keep cords and tripping hazards out of your driveway and walkway. • Use glow sticks or solar lights in pumpkins and luminaries rather than candles. • Pass out sealed candy. Otherwise, many parents won’t allow their child to eat it. • Keep pets away from trick-or-treaters. Costumes and excited children can scare pets and lead to unexpected behavior.


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The 411 on Pacifiers When to Introduce, How to Limit & When to Wean

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Nature designed the loud, urgent cry of a newborn baby to get parents’ attention. But sometimes babies continue to cry even when they’ve been lovingly fed, changed, clothed, comforted and held. When all else ceases to satisfy, and baby is otherwise healthy, a pacifier might be just what she needs to settle down. According to a recent New York Times article, pacifiers were first invented at the turn of the 20th century by Christian W. Meinecke, a druggist from New York City. In comparison to its earlier model of sulfur-infused rubber, today’s pacifiers are made of latex or silicone. Pediatricians advocate BPA-free, one-piece designs over composite pacifiers (separate nipple and shield) because the latter presents a choking hazard. As the name implies, pacifiers calm babies by appealing to their strong sucking instinct. Although the sucking reflex is essential for nursing/bottle feeding once babies are born, there’s more to it than that. Dr. Emily Wong, a by Whitney Woollerton Morrill pediatrician with the University of Virginia’s Pediatrics at Northridge explains, “In general, we recognize the value of non-nutritive sucking. It’s natural and normal, and is definitely a way for babies to soothe themselves.” When can parents introduce a pacifier to baby? Dr. Wong says that there’s no universal timetable. “The important thing is to wait until after baby’s mastered the proper nursing latch,” she notes. Since it takes babies until 4–6 months of age to find their thumbs and fingers for sucking, a pacifier can provide comfort in the interim. A few other pacifier guidelines: 1. Keep pacifiers safe by inspecting them regularly for wear and keeping fresh, new ones on hand. 2. Sanitize pacifiers regularly by boiling them in water, or washing them in the dishwasher. Babies are especially susceptible to germs from ages 0–6 months old, so clean pacifiers frequently. For more baby necessities, see 3. Periodically check with your pediatrician about your our Baby Equipment, Children's baby’s pacifier use. Clothing and Toys tabs on 4. Limit use of pacifier to sleeping times once baby is 9–12 months old. “At this age, babies begin mimicking language and making response babbles. They need their mouths free for verbal development,” explains Dr. Wong. 5. Don’t force pacifiers on a disinterested baby. 6. Forget the five-second rule. If a pacifier touches the floor/ground, sanitize or replace it with a clean one. Parents shouldn’t use their mouths to “clean” a pacifier. 7. Don’t use the breast as a pacifier. Doing so can lead to painful complications for mom and can affect nursing. Have a sunset provision for baby’s pacifier use. Dr. Wong recommends weaning off the pacifier (or thumb) between ages 2 and 3. By then, babies have other self-soothing options such as cuddling a stuffed animal or lovey. Also, Dr. Wong notes, dentists find that children who stop pacifier use by age 3 generally don’t experience resulting damage to their teeth.


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Yoga Poses for All Ages

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Learning to slow down is a lifelong practice. Finding ways to be mindful with your children will not only help them hone on the skill but also create memorable and beautiful experiences. Eliza Whiteman, a Charlottesville mom of four and Certified Prenatal and Children’s Yoga teacher, agrees, saying, “Children’s yoga and family yoga are great ways to spend time together with a purpose. Yoga poses tap into a child’s creative outlet, allowing them to make shapes with their body or go on an adventure with a sequence of poses.” Whiteman, who is also a Certified Power Vinyasa teacher, owns FlyDog Yoga with her husband. From experience with their children, ages 4, 6, 8 and 10, she explains, “the controlled deep breathing of yoga allows children and adults to calm their state of mind and enhances focus in the present.” Here are three poses for various age groups that you can do with your family: Double Seated Easy Pose. This one would be primarily for a younger age. The adult sits in a crossed-leg seated position called Sukhasana, “Easy Pose,” and the child sits in their lap. With arms extended and hands on your knees, close your eyes and focus on taking 10 deep breaths together. Sometimes, you may find the by Danielle Sullivan child wants to sit together longer. From here, you can also reach your arms up and over to the right, and then to the left side. While posing, ask your child what you could pretend to be (arms swaying back and forth) ... grass, seaweed, anemones. Tree Pose (Vrksasana). This is a multi-age pose that has various variations for all abilities. It’s a fun way to build focus, balance and work together as a team. For younger ages, start by having both parent and child standing on their left foot. Place the sole of your right foot against the inside of your left leg, above or below the knee. Once you find your balance, reach out and hold hands. You can sway with the breeze to make it a bigger challenge. With older or taller children, stand beside one another hip to hip. You will lift opposite legs—the outside legs—for Tree Pose. Hold each other up with the inside arm and reach the outside arms up to touch. Crow Pose (Bakasana). This is an empowering pose for anyone. You are learning to hold yourself up with your own two hands. You don’t even have to lift your legs off the ground to benefit For other local family activities, from this pose. Start in a squat with your hands pressed down see our Family Fun section on on the ground. Lift your heels, and bring your knees high up against the backs of your arms. Look out ahead and begin to tilt forward. You can come to your tiptoes or even lift your feet off the floor. I am always amazed at how much fun children have playing with trying to figure out this more complex pose. Lizard on a Rock. It is a partner pose where the adult is in Child’s Pose on the floor (best done on carpet or a mat to protect the knees). Child’s Pose is where knees are hip width apart, big toes touching, chest down toward the mat and arms reaching out long in front of the mat. The child softly (!) lies back-to-back with the adult. Your child will straighten out their legs to the floor and reach their arms up so you can both hold hands. Even if you don’t get into yoga poses initially, “the biggest advice I can give is to just get on the floor and play with your child,” says Whiteman. “These poses give a starting point to bonding on a deeper level. They can open up and show you a whole new perspective through the act of creative play. The poses do not have to be correct. Just start with one pose, and see where that takes you!”


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Freckles, Moles & Birthmarks

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When baby comes, you marvel at baby’s smooth skin. Over time, a mark or two become noticeable. It may be a birthmark or mole, or it may be a dusting of freckles. Regardless, it is worthwhile knowing what they are. What is it? Freckles are small brown spots on the skin that result from the overproduction of melanin. They are often the result of exposure to the sun. They tend to be more common among people with fair complexion and are, in most cases, harmless. They may even fade with age. According to Dr. John McGovern of Sentara Forest Lakes Family Medicine, “Birthmarks are so-called because they are usually present at birth, although by Diane DiCarlo some can appear in the weeks after birth. One common type is the pink or red salmon patch, called a ‘storkbite’ when on the back of a person’s neck, or an ‘angel kiss’ when on an eyelid or between the eyes. These are caused by collections of capillary blood vessels close to the skin.” Birthmarks may be vascular—caused by prominent blood vessels—or pigmented, and have different causes. Finally, moles, also known as “nevi,” are extremely common. You can be born with them or they can also develop over time, and they may vary in appearance and size. A mole is caused by a group of skin cells that make more pigment than the surrounding cells. Should You Be Concerned? The great majority of freckles, birthmarks and moles are harmless, but you should still keep an eye on them. Though freckles do not indicate skin cancer, they do show that the skin is being exposed to the sun and damage may be occurring. People with freckles are more likely to develop skin cancers, so they should be even more diligent about protecting their skin. At medical visits, always point out any birthmarks or other skin lesions to get a medical opinion. Most physicians will For other resources, Dr. suggest observation over time. In rare cases, they may want McGovern recommends both to treat it for medical or cosmetic reasons. For example, port the American Academy of wine stains, which are darker red or maroon birthmarks, Dermatology at usually occur on the face and neck and can grow over time. public, or Birthmarks are usually harmless, and rarely require treatment. Of the three types of skin markings, moles have gotten the most attention. Though most people with moles do not develop skin cancer, melanoma is known to develop in or near some moles. Anyone with a mole should monitor its size, shape and color. If it changes, becomes itchy or starts to bleed, you should have the mole checked by a physician. In addition, a person with more than 50 moles or a particularly large mole should be monitored, as these may cause an increase in risk of melanoma. Staying Safe. For parents whose child has freckles, birthmarks or moles, Dr. McGovern usually says “don’t worry.” “My message to these parents is generally going to be all reassurance,” he said. “Most of the time, the lesions will be nondangerous. Some of the freckles may even fade.” That said, he does remind these (and all parents) to use sunscreen and sun-shading hats.


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{living well food & family}

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with complete abandon.” – Harriet Van Horne

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MarieBette Local Dads and Businessmen Share Their Passions for Food

When Jason Becton and Patrick Evans decided to relocate from New York to Charlottesville with their two daughters, they knew they wanted to merge their passions of food into what is MarieBette Café and Bakery. Patrick finds his passion in the bakery, while Jason feels most confident in the kitchen. The simple nature of their menu includes ideas drawn upon from their many worldly experiences. The café also strives to use local ingredients that are not only recognizable but also simple.

Jason: The Amelia Bedelia books and There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss.

What are your current projects? We expanded our bakery with a production facility in May to increase our wholesale offering. We always keep busy with work, but our latest family project at home has been converting our shed into a chicken coop. We recently got six young chicks and are hoping to have eggs by spring!

What 21st century technology could you not live without? Patrick: Google docs Jason: Online newspapers

What are your favorite recipes to make? Patrick: At work, I love the classics. You can’t beat the process of making a baguette from beginning to end. At home, I love sauteed greens. I usually will cook the greens to go with something that Jason makes. Jason: I love a simple seared fish with a nice hearty salad. In the winter, I love braised meats and mashed potatoes with lots of butter. What was your favorite book as a child? Patrick: I loved the children’s book Little Blue and Little Yellow. It’s about being different and about friendship.

What’s a good read that you would recommend? Patrick: Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel by David Rakoff Jason: Lincoln by Gore Vidal, A Mercy by Toni Morrison, and Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

Whom do you admire? Patrick: Local photographer Eze Amos for his fearless photojournalism. Jason: The members of Congregate Charlottesville for all of their efforts to confront hate with love. What are two of your favorite meals out? Patrick: Café 88 & Lampo Jason: Oysters, fries and Chablis at Public & Eggplant and Nectarines from Oakhart. What’s the best advice your parents ever gave you? Patrick: “Don’t worry; It’s gonna be fine.” Jason: “Work hard in school,” and “Be yourself.” cont'd on pg 46


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Scrumptious Strudel

Apple Strudel from the kitchen of Hilde Shapiro Dough: • 1 cup flour • ½ stick butter • 1 egg • Dash of salt • A little warm water Topping: • 2 tablespoons sugar • 2 tablespoons melted butter • 2 tablespoons milk

Filling: • 1 pound apples, peeled and cut fine • Raisins, to taste • Sugar, to taste • Cinnamon, to taste • ½ cup ground almonds (optional) • Juice and rind of ½ lemon

Mix the first set of ingredients to make a soft dough; cover and let rest for ½ hour or more. Roll it out very thin in a rectangle on a floured board. Mix all of the filling ingredients and spread on dough; roll up in jellyroll fashion and tuck in ends. Put on greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 35–45 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove from the oven and brush top of strudel with a mixture of 2 tablespoons each of sugar, melted butter and milk, then return to finish baking.

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Why is it important to teach children about healthy eating? Food is the basis to a healthy life. Kids find comfort in the familiar, so if healthy food is what they are used to, then their “comfort food” will be healthy food. What is a tip that can help parents when dining out with young kids? We can’t deny the value of smart phones when eating out. The people dining around you are often appreciative of the quiet it creates. I think anything to engage kids is helpful—drawing, a quiet game, talking about something that is interesting to them, etc. The problems arise when you go with high expectations of what they will be like or expect the kids to find their own entertainment at the restaurant. You have to be ready to improvise in any situation, and you should maintain an open mind or there’s likely to be breakdowns all around. Also, as a restaurant owner I always make sure that we come prepared with stuff for our kids to be entertained. It may seem like a good idea to non-industry folk but sugar packets should not be kids’ objects of entertainment.

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Compassion goes hand-in-hand with kindness and is a quality that we all have learned over time. It stems from our own empathy—understanding another person’s feelings. There are many ways in which we can model compassion to others. From modeling positive actions and acknowledging their kindness to coaching your child to pay attention to other’s facial expressions. It is even more fitting to use real-life events, such as the hurricanes and earthquakes hitting our world recently, as opportunities to teach your children about showing compassion.


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RAISING compassionate kids Ways to Encourage A Kind & Caring Mindset By Elizabeth Raum

treating them well almost impossible,

childhood. They suggest that children,

writing books for kids is the opportunity

For me, one of the great benefits of



who are asked to help others, develop

to speak with a variety of young people.

people to put themselves before others.

empathy. They demonstrate compassion,

A few years ago, I interviewed Katie,

We need a new cultural belief: if you

problem-solving skills, confidence and

a 12-year-old who had established six

love yourself too much, you won’t have

an enhanced self-understanding. Such

gardens in her community to supply

enough love left for anyone else.”







vegetables to local soup kitchens and

It’s time to move beyond self-esteem

food pantries. Her goal was to feed the

to compassion. Compassionate children

hungry. When I asked Katie if she had

focus on others. They are empowered

advice for other children who want to



a spirit of helpfulness in their children?

make a difference in the world, she said,

genuine, long-lasting self-confidence. In

Katie remembered hearing her father

“My advice is to follow your heart. Doing

their book, Raising Resilient Children:

discuss world hunger at the dinner table

something to help others makes your

Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism

on evening. When Katie’s tiny cabbage

heart happy!”

in Your Child, Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr.

seedling turned into a 40-pound monster,

Unfortunately, not all young people

Sam Goldstein write, “We believe that

she wanted to share it with the hungry

share Katie’s level of confidence or

children possess an inborn need or drive

people her father had mentioned. Katie’s

sense of purpose. Clinical psychologist

to help and to make a positive difference

mom contacted a local soup kitchen, and

Lori Gottlief noticed that many of her

in the lives of others. While most children

she not only contributed her cabbage, but

20-something patients were feeling “a

can be very self-centered at times,

she stayed to serve supper.

sense of emptiness or lack of purpose.”

placing their own needs first, this trait is

Wendy Hinrichs Sanders, a professor

Gottlief suggests that parental efforts

often accompanied simultaneously by a

of early childhood education, suggests

to instill self-esteem may be the culprit.

pattern in which they achieve pleasure in


Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology,

reaching out and being helpful.” Brooks

important aspect of helping children.

expands on this idea. In her book, The

and Goldstein go on to say that parents,

This includes talking with children about

Narcissism Epidemic, she writes: “Self-

grandparents and teachers must nurture

the needs of others, showing concern for

admiration can make loving others and

this trait if it is to continue beyond

others, and sharing stories about times





contribute to the welfare of their family and community. How do parents instill compassion and






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Ways to Encourage Compassion • Provide opportunities for your child to go along when you participate in community fundraisers or work at the soup kitchen. • Encourage, but don’t coerce, your children to choose their own causes. • Share stories from your own life about the time someone helped you or you helped someone else. • Read picture books that portray characters showing kindness to others. Talk about this with your child. Questions to Ask When Reading Books With Your Child: • Did someone in this story need help? • Who helped? Why do you think the character did that? • What would you have done? • Which character did you like best? • If you could be a character in this story, which character would you be? • Did anything happen in the story that surprised you?


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when someone helped you or when you helped someone else. Parents who want their children to develop loving hearts need to encourage their children to act on behalf of others. Ask your children to think about how they can help someone at home, school or in the neighborhood. Helping needs not be dramatic. Simple acts of caring, such as visiting an elderly neighbor, sending a get-well card, raking leaves for friends or contributing food to a soup kitchen— teach children that everyone can help. Another way to emphasize helpfulness is through reading. Many picture books highlight helpful characters. Remember the policeman in Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings. He stopped traffic to allow the ducks to safely cross the street. In The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Minna and her classmates respond to Aesop’s fable about The Lion and the Mouse by performing acts of kindness. Eventually, the entire school gets involved. In the classic picture book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, all the villagers work together to provide a good meal. Sometimes the smallest acts make the biggest difference. Compassion motivates picture book characters to reach beyond themselves to help others. And that’s exactly what we want our children to do.

Ask the librarian at your favorite JMRL branch for more titles about kindness or compassion.

Elizabeth is author of the picture book, “Cedric and the Dragon” (Elva Resa 2010), which is about a small prince who shows compassion toward a dragon, and the nonfiction book “Making a Difference: Helping Others” (Heinemann Library 2013). She has written many other books for children. Visit her website


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“Hygge,” a Nordic term that is both a lifestyle and a design trend wrapped in one is pronounced “hoo-ga.” The word doesn’t directly translate into English but rather is interpreted in a variety of ways. It stands to mean a feeling of coziness, to slow down and take pleasure in the simple things in life, such as quality time with family and friends. It has been described as “the art of creating intimacy,” “coziness of the soul,” “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things” and perhaps words to a parent’s ears—“the absence of annoyance.” It is about mindfulness, warmth, kinship and “being consciously cozy.” It encompasses fashion with scarves, layers, monotones, cardigan sweaters and comfortable, casual clothes, as well as a handcrafted element. It can also involve “fika”—the coming together over cake and coffee. Perhaps the best definition of hygge is in the words of Winnie-thePooh who once famously said, “You don’t spell it … you feel it.” He may not have been speaking about hygge, but one suspects Pooh would definitely appreciate the concept.

Embracing a “Hygge” Lifestyle & Design by Becky Calvert


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brief summers that breeds so much contentedness? The secret would appear to be the Danish/Norwegian word “hygge,” which began taking the rest of the world by storm last year. It was hard to pick up a newspaper style section, home magazine or even read a blog about home design




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an end table, chair or knick-knack that

on while immersed in a good book.

came from your grandmother’s home. Try

Books are another element found

combining it with newer pieces to help it

in hygge. The concept of unplugging

blend in. To better help fuse old and new

and slowing down is made for the slow

items together, consider color and scale

pleasure of reading a book. The storing

when grouping them. Items of the same

of books doesn’t have to be limited to

scale, no matter their age, will always

bookshelves, instead, consider a neat

complement each other far better than

stack of books in unexpected corners of

items of dissimilar ones.

your home. Stairwells, corners and other

To round out the atmosphere of

nooks and crannies can be great spots

your hygge space, a little music in the

for a small impromptu library. They may

background can go a long way towards

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setting a soothing tone. Technology being

and start reading. With one of the effects

what it is today, it’s fairly easy to run a

of hygge being more quiet time with your

Spotify or iTunes playlist through some

loved ones, you can never go wrong with

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a stack of books near a cozy sitting area.

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And don’t forget that hygge is also

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to your guests. It could even mean having a family game night, where you pull out board games, giving electronics the night off. Embracing nature is also an aspect of hygge—both spending time in it as well as bringing it into your home. Add some potted plants to your interior, or display rocks, shells and driftwood pieces you picked up on your last venture to the lake, river or beach. Incorporate prints that offer botanical themes. Or perhaps, print some of those amazing sunset photos you shot on vacation to display on your wall. However you go about adding more nature into your home décor, do it in a way that reflects your style and existing decorating schemes. There is much about hygge to be appreciated, but thankfully, it does not have to be a strict interpretation. All approaches





consciously cozy will relax you and allow you to kick back with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, a piece of cake with a good book, a conversation or a game with a loved one. Create a spot that draws you and your family in to unplug and unwind, while leaving the rest of your worldly cares to sit for just a spell. That is how you hygge.


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A Local Covenant School Teacher Advises Parents on Creating an After-School Routine by Caroline Wilke


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n the book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Ivan, a silverback gorilla, watches his human friend Julia consistently agonize over homework and remarks, “Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.” Sometimes, but not always, a sharp pencil and a thick book might be necessary for your child to complete their homework, but long sighs should not be part of the homework equation. There are multiple strategies parents can utilize to be an effective “homework parent.”

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Establish a Routine Establish a clearly-defined routine at home that you and your child create together. Having a conversation with your child about his or her after-school procedure will not only help them feel like they are constantly involved in the process but also allows them to take ownership of the homework routine. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ¨children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent.” Some children need a snack, play time outside or an organized sports practice before they begin school assignments at home. As TIME magazine put it, “Children rebel against homework because they have other things they need to do—holler and run, relax and reboot, do family chores and play, following their own ideas. Children have been told what to do all day long at school, so when school is out, kids need time for other things.” Ultimately, children, especially



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a chance to “just be kids” before tackling

too comfortable!) with age-appropriate

night.” Televisions, iPads, iPhones and

any homework assignment.

materials and organizational tools, such

other tempting electronics should not be

After you have created a realistic

as pencils, notecards and highlighters.

accessible during homework times. Kelli

routine where expectations are clearly

Becky Lynch, a kindergarten assistant

Henning, a second grade teacher with

defined, the next step is to create a

and mother of two teenage daughters,

teenage triplets at home, has a “zero-

distraction-free homework space. Assist

says, “the more you can minimize an

tolerance” policy for technology during

your child in creating a quiet place

opportunity for distraction, the better.

homework time and expects her kids

where they are comfortable (but not

This is the key for a successful homework

“to turn off their technology until all of


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their homework is completed.” Her kids have abided by this rule since they began receiving homework in middle school. However you choose to do it, make sure that your child can complete homework

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with as few distractions as possible. This will help them not only do well on their homework but also set up healthy habits for future success. Minimize Your Help Along with a distraction-free space, it is important for you as parents to resist the urge to do homework assignments for your child. Consider that the process is more important than the product, and that failure should not be feared. In the TIME article “Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Child’s Homework,” the author notes, “Failure teaches you some seriously important skills: what you are doing wrong, what you need to do differently next time, and emotional coping strategies to overcome the real heartache that can occur when we crash and burn.” Elementary-aged experience


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your child develop the mindset that homework can be a positive experience that is rewarding, fun and challenging. The

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notes, “The attitude you express about

when they are in elementary grades. Find

gaining meaningful and valuable learning

homework will be the attitude your child

math in the world by creating real world


acquires.” Be a role model for your child by

problems to solve or use cooking and

everyday lives.

modeling healthy work habits. Cultivate

household chores as paths to reinforce

an environment at home where books are


viewed as gifts that you can open over and

Doing homework can mean more than

over again. Read to your child, with your

getting out the “sharp pencils” and “thick

child or alongside him or her, especially

books.” Instead, it can be an avenue for








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{until next time humorous reflections} The Girl Who Was Punished

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

Somebody once said, “A student is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lighted.” But when it comes to education, our eighth-grade daughter is neither lamp, nor vessel. She’s more like the little pig who built his house of straw. Hasty, sloppy and eager to rush back to the pursuit of pleasure. For Wendy, that pursuit consists of calling or texting her friends; going to dances, parties and athletic events; flirting with boys; and trading poisoned apples with the other girls in her coven in between sleepovers at their houses. My wife and I are trying hard to connect these activities—things Wendy DOES care about—to what WE want her to care about: her schoolwork. So as we continue in a new school year, Wendy knows the rule: Any report-card grade lower than a “B” means a week under house arrest, with no phone or Internet communications. It sounds a little harsh, but she goes to a very easy school. A “C” means a kid made zero effort; a “D” means she made no effort AND offended the teacher. (To get an “F,” a student would have to desecrate a grave.) We started this tough policy last year in advance of her January report card. So when she brought home three C’s and two D’s, I looked at the calendar and said in a businesslike way, “OK, Wendy, That’s five weeks in the bag. You’ve got a half-hour to call all your friends and tell them adios until March third.” Wendy gasped in disbelief, but she started to believe it that evening when I took all of our land-line phones, put ‘em into a gym bag along with her cell phone and locked the bag in the trunk of my car. (The rest of us already rely on our cell phones.) I was expecting a terrible five weeks, full of pleading and sulking. But once she was cut off from her friends, her need for human companionship caused her to reach out to her parents and sister. I had thought she didn’t like us, but it turns out that we are just her second choice. It was like in those prison movies “The

Once she was cut off from her friends, her need for human companionship caused her to reach out to her parents and sister.

Bird Man of Alcatraz” and “The Green Mile” that show a


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prisoner easing his loneliness by befriending whatever companions are at hand, even birds or mice. For five weeks she was back among us, charming and entertaining us with high-energy stories about classmates, teachers and babysitting clients. Wendy was like the poet Emily Dickinson, taking her restricted little world and spinning it into something wonderful. She’d imitate voices and body language, re-create dialogue, invent dialogue and add commentary. Held incommunicado and with TV-watching heavily restricted, she also resorted to reading, delighting her librarian mother by asking her to bring home books from work. Seeing the need to repair her academic career, she accepted her mother’s tutoring and micro-management of her assignments. Wendy herself began making an effort. Not a heroic effort, but kind of a gamely reluctant effort, like a starving person eating her first bug. She wouldn’t allow me to help with homework, but at bedtime, she’d give me a friendly “Goodnight, Pop” along with a small hug, something she normally doesn’t do. After her five-week sentence was up, she melted back into her 13-year-old world, emerging only partially at mealtimes to register complaints or to negotiate for rides or money. Her mother continued managing Wendy’s school assignments, and Wendy did better. The next marking period, she only got two C’s. And we had our recidivist daughter back with us for a short time. Too short. She’d been on the loose for only a couple of days when she borrowed my cell phone and lost it. (Her own phone’s battery was dead.) I mourned the loss of that phone; it contained an itty-bitty video game that involved flying a helicopter waging war on a convoy of enemy trucks. But much sweeter was the chance to punish Wendy for losing it. We sentenced her to one more week of family living. She had big plans for her first 24 hours of freedom—a visit to her boyfriend, a dance at the school and a sleepover at a girlfriend’s house. As an SUV pulled up to take her away, I said, “Well, dear, it’s been nice having you around this past week. I’m going to miss you.” She just smiled in a kindly way that I recognized; it was the way a girl smiles at her old boyfriend when she’s just tradedup. Then she was gone. Would it be wrong to demand straight-A’s? Rick can be reached at

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