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In the midst of winter, Valentine’s Day brings a welcome burst of warm and fuzzy feelings for us all. I truly enjoy helping the kids address their valentines and baking heart-shaped cupcakes with pink sprinkles — and one of my favorites are those not-very-tasty but so sweet candy hearts with their messages of love. The modern ones use texting lingo, like ILY or UR KIND. But what I really love are homemade cards with lots of glitter and beginning handwriting — declarations of love that will be treasured forever. Our preschooler wants to marry me when he grows up. He knows I’m already married. He calls our wedding portrait “the picture of you and Daddy from before, when you were a princess.” Maybe it is a little weird, but I think it is super sweet that he wants to marry me. Whenever he mentions it, instead of gently explaining that I’m already married to Daddy and that he will make new friends when he is older and that he’ll love one of them — or some other sensible mumbo jumbo — I just gather him up for big ol’ hug. He is the baby, after all. The rest of my kids have all figured out that I’m not quite perfect, so I especially treasure his devotion. He thinks I’m perfect. I think he is perfect. What he is really saying is that he is perfectly happy and wants to stay right where he is. Me, too, truth be told! We’re actually a pretty good match with such stars in our eyes.

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PUBLISHERS Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke EDITOR Jennifer Conrad Seidel EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Kelly Robeson GRAPHIC DESIGN Kathleen Capshaw Barbara Tompkins SALES ASSISTANT Katie Maillet ADVERTISING SALES Karrie Boss Nicholas Clark Catherine Murphy Susan Powell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Eric Bredder, Beverly Burmeier, Becky Calvert, Jennifer Carroll, Kelly Casey, Kim Connolly, Rick Epstein, Christina Katz, Heidi Smith Luedtke, Robert Munsey, Lynn Pribus, Heidi White ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Amy Duprey DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

That is really the magic of Valentine’s Day — rose-tinted love glasses. When you wear your love glasses and think deeply about how you are so lucky to have these wonderful people for family and friends, you don’t see anything except perfect. Is his favorite shirt dreadful? Does she say “like” three times in each sentence? On Valentine’s Day, no one notices those shortcomings. Or, if they do, they take on a different nuance — charming, quirky, goofy. More likely, you’ll only be seeing the beautiful blue of their eyes, enjoying how they make you laugh at some joke from years ago, relishing misshapen letters on a sequined card and thinking, How did I get so lucky?! Wishing you all a magical Valentine’s Day,

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{Contents} TABLE OF



News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10 Do You Shop at Local Stores Even If

Items Are More Expensive?

Our Schools 15

Collaborating with the Smithsonian

Bravo! 16 Winter Sports Adventures for the Wheelchair-Bound


Home & Garden 34 Living with Pets

Get Set for Sleepaway Camp 48 The 2014 CharlottesvilleFamily

Editor’s Pick!

February Activities & Events for Families

The generosity article prompted me to get back in the habit of keeping grocery store gift cards on hand for those who ask me for spare change.

Daytrip Fun! 20

Strawberry Syrup

Tips & Trends 32 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Out & About Calendar 18


What’s Cookin’? 30 Strawberry Pancakes with

Snapshot 12 Lisa Martin

Healthy Family 28 Sore Throat, Strep or Tonsillitis?

Winter Olympics–Inspired Outings

Guide to Residential Camps

2014 Guide to Private Schools 60 The Inside Info on Area Schools

UNTIL NEXT TIME Three Teens Sort of in Love 70 The Valentine’s Day Love Report

So Love This! “Check out the great pet tips on


page 34. And if your cat doesn’t vacuum cleaner! Fun videos of cats

The Compassion Cure 36 Let Your Kids Catch You

who love vacuums abound online.”

like to be brushed, try using the

—Barbara, Graphic Designer

Being Generous

Healthy Ways to Boost Your Brainpower 42 Sharpen Your Mind by Eating

Smart, Exercising and Managing Your Moods

Homework Is Kid’s Work 58 How to Be a Great Homework Helper




{our town community}


­the local buzz

IP Presents

Parenting Power Safe Schools/Healthy Students will against host

Check out the wonderful events

Parenting Power, a free community event started last

we are sponsoring this month!

year through the collaboration of representatives from Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville

Fun Fair& Camp Expo

City Schools and community agencies. Designed as

Richmond LolliPops


“Talking with Children about Difficult and Sensitive

The Paramount Theater

Fun Fair & Camp Expo

Topics,” “Parenting Self-Care” and “Healthy Teen

February 2

February 16

Relationships and the Teen Dating Culture.” This

a one-day event to recharge and celebrate parenting, Parenting Power offers small break-out sessions on


various parenting topics. Sessions last year included

year, the event will feature keynote speaker Wanda Seagroves from the Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic, who will discuss forming February 22

Check out

March 1

Cabbage Contest

strong bonds with children and why these bonds are important to overall healthy social and


emotional development. The event will be held

on Facebook at

at Burley Middle School on Saturday, March 15. CharlottesvilleFamily

Find more information on CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

Last year over a million third-graders participated in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program, including students from Red Hill

Dancers Against Cancer

School, Greenbrier Elementary, Agnor-Hurt Elementary and Baker-Butler Elementary. The program, launched nationally in 2002, aims to spark a love of vegetable

Two young dancers from the Charlottesville Performing Arts

gardening in children. Teachers receive free “over-sized”

School (CPAS) recently made headlines for donating their hair to

cabbage plants after signing up for the program online.

the Beautiful Lengths program as part of the school’s Dancers

At the end of the season, the teacher then selects the

Against Cancer charitable initiative. Beautiful Lengths is a

best cabbage from his or her class and submits an image

partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society

of the cabbage and student online. That student is then

that collects donated hair from volunteers and creates free

entered into a statewide drawing. One winner from

wigs for women with cancer. Nine-year-olds Corinne Moore and

each state receives a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie

Makayla Fletcher are not new to the program — this is the third

Plants. Even kids without a “green thumb” can grow a

time donating for both! The girls, who have both lost loved ones to

cabbage for the program—Bonnie Plants provides lots of

cancer, hope to motivate others to participate. The CPAS plans to

tips to help students nurture a cabbage plant. For more

host another donation event in June. For more information about

information about the 2014 contest, or to sign up (by the

the Beautiful Lengths program visit


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TOWN Do you shop at local stores even if items are more expensive? 65% say “yes” 35% say “no”

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Caring for Women through all stages of life Matthew T. Montgomery, MD

It is important to keep local stores going for the community to thrive. It is also a good practice for our kids to learn and hopefully adopt once they become consumers!

I checked “no,” but would have checked “sometimes” if it had been a choice. For my family, it depends on the products. There are some things that I will pay more for because Janelle, mother of one son, Charlottesville they are local (e.g., food). However, other items I buy where I can get the best deal.

Jennifer, mother of two girls, Crozet Spending the money locally means the money stays local and helps our community. Seems pretty simple. I am too frugal to simply “shop local.” I David, father of an 8-year-old boy, shop where I can find the best deal. Charlottesville

Mom of two, Charlottesville

Michael L. Arnold, MD Robert R. Heider, MD Kelly A. Owens, MD James M. Culver, MD Christy Wamhoff, MD Brooke S. Kilfoil, MD Sue A. Woodson, CNM Carrie Williams Michalski, WHNP

I believe supporting local businesses is part of what makes Charlottesville/Albemarle so special! We have a fantastic community and our local businesses are part of that flair!

I do enjoy shopping locally! But when it comes to price, I generally stick to what’s the least expensive. I am very strict on our family’s budget. . . . I use coupons and shop Melanie, mom of four boys, Earlysville deals as much as possible. . . . I am hopeful that one day all of my scrimping and saving will lead to a lifestyle of shopping locally I think it is critical to support local and supporting small businesses more often. businesses. They are our friends and Jenna, mother of two, Charlottesville neighbors and have a local perspective that national chains, etc., do not. Sue

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Sports ZONE

Grymes MS Wins in Basketball

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Grymes Memorial School’s middle school basketball is off to a strong start this season. The girls’ and boys’ teams won their openers at St. Luke’s School in Culpeper on Dec. 12. For the boys, high scorer Elizjah Nelson had 18 points, Rick Weaver had 8 and Iceysis Lewis had 9 points. On Dec. 17, the teams traveled to St. Anne’s–Belfield to snag two more wins: 19–7 for the girls, 32–16 for the boys. Highlights from the girls’ game include Mira Weaver’s 11

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points. Great defensive efforts came from Jenni Pugh and Ginger Oliver. Karrington Keaton had several steals and contributed 4 points. The teams returned to St. Anne’s–Belfield on Jan. 7, where the boys had another impressive defensive stand against STAB. Leading the scoring column was Elijah Nelson with 14 points; Matt Dixon had 12 and Rick Weaver had 8. With a big lead produced by the seventh and eighth graders at the start of the third quarter, the entire bench was able to see plenty of action, ending the game with a score of 39–24. The girls also won, beating STAB 17–9. Mira Weaver had 7 points; Jasmine Walker and Karrington Keaton had 4 each. The Grizzlies were back in action at Tandem Friends School on Thursday, Jan. 9, where the girls won 22–8 and the boys won 54–17.

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Mira Weaver led again with 9 points. Karrington Keaton was close behind with 7.

The center of it all.

The teams were 4–0 with seven games left in the season.

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{our town interview}


Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin began writing at a young age. As an adult, she earned a Ph.D. in business and taught at the university level. More recently, she and her

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aunt, adult novelist Valerie Martin, were inspired by Lisa’s sons and their cats to collaborate on “Anton & Cecil: Cats at Sea” (Algonquin Young Readers), a children’s novel about two brother cats. As part of next month’s Festival of the Book, Lisa will visit local elementary schools and also be part of an author’s panel discussion. She lives in Ivy with her husband Roger, a professor at UVA, their teenaged sons Cabot and Cole, and two cats named Albert and T.J.

What are your current projects?

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

Valerie and I are working on a sequel in which the cat brothers rescue

Demand the treatment you expect from others. Don’t let people walk

their mouse friend, Hieronymus. I’m also revising “What You Wish For,”

over you. And plenty of people do try.

my middle-grade novel in which a boy may come to regret receiving what he’s wished for.

What is the importance of pets in children’s lives?

Kids can learn a lot about responsibility by sharing care-taking tasks.

What reading material is on your nightstand?

They also learn about empathy and kindness in how they treat and

Young adult and middle-grade fiction. I love fantasy and sci-fi.

protect a pet. Plus, a pet can be a partner, confidante, consoler, protector

What was your favorite book as a child?

and friend.

The Hobbit — a perfect story with awesome fantasy elements

What would you title your memoirs?

including an enormous pile of gold. The hero is reluctant but

“Lisa Time.” That’s a family joke about how bad I am at time estimates.


If I say something will be done in 45 minutes, then they say that’s Lisa

How long did it take you to write your book?

We were both also busy with other things, so it took us three years. What 21st-century technology could you not live without?

My computer, because it gives me incredible research access. For Anton & Cecil, I learned about Nova Scotia, tall ships, whales, cormorants and more — all from my own house. Whom do you admire?

Other writers, who possess such toughness, tenacity and an indomitable aura of moving forward. I particularly admire my

Time for an hour and ten minutes. It’s a convenient adjustment factor from my reality to theirs. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Turn invisible sometimes, to disappear and slip around unnoticed, to make small things happen and people don’t know why. What do you like best about living here?

So many things! Great restaurants, good shopping, wonderful schools, proximity to the mountains and the ocean and big cities. And all four seasons, each moderate and lovely.

collaborator, Valerie, who’s written a dozen adult novels and won prizes, and who is fierce and generous and a true writer. Lynn is also an admirer of other writers, especially those who have published books.


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{our town community} Intergenerational Center Proposed for Yancey An 11-member citizens advisory committee recently recommended creating an intergenerational learning center at Yancey Elementary School. County Executive Thomas Foley and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pamela R. Moran tasked the committee last April with developing recommendations to improve community services in southern Albemarle County, including exploring the possibility of focusing the services at Yancey Elementary. The committee proposed that the school should increase its value in the community by expanding educational, recreational and fitness offerings, by offering health information and services and by adding employment skills training and an open technology laboratory. Additionally, the recommended three-phased program would expand school buildings and hire a full-time director of intergenerational programming. Follow updates on the proposed center at

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Collaborating with the Smithsonian You hear all the time about how schools and classrooms are “looking ahead” for innovative ways to help students learn and grow. At Sutherland Middle School, teachers and students are actually “looking behind” to find the inspiration that will give students 21st-century knowledge and skills. Some classes recently began using an advanced engineering curriculum designed around the

collaborative visions of Albemarle County Public Schools, UVA’s Curry School of Education, UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, the National Science Foundation and Einstein Fellows. One project involves the Vail telegraph—an improved version of Samuel Morse’s telegraph that was created by his business partner, Alfred Vail. With the help of UVA, which found the original manuscript for the Vail telegraph, Sutherland students printed the components of the telegraph on a 3-D printer and assembled the parts to produce a replica of the original device. Students realized they were making the same discoveries and mistakes as those made by Vail and Morse. They completed Albemarle County Public Schools

research at home and applied it in their science and engineering classes, causing one student to say, “It was so much more fun than a regular class. We learned by doing and making. Now I know how Vail and Morse felt!” Through Sutherland’s collaboration with UVA on this project, our work came to the attention of the Smithsonian Museum. Together with two eighth-grade replicators, Jennifer Wendelken and Nathanial Carlson (pictured), we visited with museum officials and now are concluding an agreement to have our students use original designs from museum archives to reproduce other historic artifacts in U.S. history. The museum’s ultimate goal is to develop a science and engineering curriculum based on our work that can be offered to schools across the nation. Entering our classrooms today, there’s a different feel from just a few

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years ago. Gone are the neatly arrayed desks, chalkboards and lectures. Students

teach science and engineering to

are grouped together in front of computers or video cameras or with electronic

some very excited students at

circuits or drill bits. The air is filled with positive emotion, enthusiasm and

Sutherland Middle School.

energy. But there’s more to this than just business and noise. This is 21st-century learning!


{our town volunteers}

Bravo! Winter Sports Adventures for the Wheelchair-Bound

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by Kim Con

Western Albemarle High School senior Alice DuCharme has been a volunteer junior instructor with Wintergreen Adaptive Sports since her freshman year in high school. Her official title is Adaptive Snowboard Instructor, and her specialty is teaching bi-ski and mono-ski lessons that allow wheelchair-dependent individuals to ski sitting down. Wintergreen Adaptive Sports provides adaptive instruction in outdoor sports to both children

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports needs volunteers

and adults with physical or developmental disabilities and has served an increasing number of

7 days a week, especially

wounded veterans. The program relies on over 100 volunteers who participate in either winter or

mid-week. To learn more,

summer programs as junior- and senior-level instructors. DuCharme, who has also been a member

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of her school’s track team for four years, finds time to volunteer on winter weekends and during

school breaks. She enjoys working directly with the kids and families who take part in the program, noting that other types of volunteering can be one or two steps removed from the actual people you are helping. DuCharme enjoys the challenge of having to adapt to new students and their varied needs. She is impressed by the logistics of the program — every student has a file that instructors study prior to

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Relocations Blue Ridge Family Dentistry to 335 Greenbrier Dr., Suite 204. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports to The Shops at Stonefield.


Ivy School House Preschool and After School Camp (preschool ages 2½ to 5;


camp ages 5 to 7), with daily Spanish

Charlottesville Performing Arts

integration, just off Owensville Rd. in

School opened a satellite location at

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the Orme Family Fitness Center, Lake

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and drop-off laundry service,

Christian’s Pizza is expanding to

Richmond, 7003-A Three Chopt Rd.,

Spoon & Berry, self-serve frozen

Village Shopping Center,

yogurt bar, The Shops at Stonefield,


MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law


announced that David W. Thomas has

Check out the calendar for February family fun. Do you check over your child’s homework before they turn it in? Like our new Facebook page for a chance to win prizes & keep up on kid-centered news.

In next month’s issue: • Service dogs helping kids

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Chroma Art Projects on the Downtown Mall has closed.

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About February 2014


Victorian Valentine’s Day Celebration

February 1, 1-3pm at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Victorian Tea. Enjoy a Victorian taffy pull, fun stories and a three-course tea, and create a marbleized autograph book. 540-885-0897,

The Love Tour at Maymont Mansion

Mark your calendar for February 16 for the CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo!

February 14 & 15, 12-5pm at Maymont Mansion, Richmond Elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen relate details of Queen Victoria’s love story and courting customs of the era. 804-358-7166,

FESTIVALS & FAIRS Family Fun Festival at Wintergreen

Father-Daughter Dance

February 7 & 8, 6:30-8:30pm at Carver Recreation Center Dads (uncles & Grandpas too!) take your little valentine out for a fun night of dancing! For daughters ages 5-12. Early registration is recommended. 970-3260,

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating

February 9, 2-3pm at Crozet Mudhouse. Bring your Valentine or celebrate a friendship with Chef Margot Diaz. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of Valentine s Day cookie decorating. 823-2240.

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance

February 9, 4-6pm at Charlottesville Ballet Dance the afternoon away and enjoy a raffle, refreshments, games, activities and cupcake and Valentine decorating tables. All family members are welcome to attend this semiformal event. 227-7592,

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

February 12, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Don’t like all the smushy-gushy love stuff going around? Play Anti-Valentine’s Olympics and trivia, make Anti-Valentine’s Day buttons and more. Registration. Grades 6-12. 296-5544,

Victorian Valentine’s Day

February 14, 10:30-11:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Come learn about the history of Valentine’s Day, play some Victorian games, and make a valentine for someone special to you. Ages 4 & up. Registration. 977-1025,

Teen Friday Night Film Club

February 14, 6-8:30pm at Crozet Library Romance + Zombies + movie at the Library = best way to spend your Valentine’s Day. Registration. Grades 6-12. 823-4050,

Now through February 2 at Wintergreen Resort Enjoy a fun weekend of winter sports and games! Races, family games, campfires and more. 325-8180,

CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo


February 16, 10am-3pm SEE US! at The Doubletree Hotel Kids and teens! Meet exhibitors from camps all over the East Coast featuring horseback riding, sports, travel, robotics and more! Entertainment, giveaways and kids’ activities! 984-4713,

Kid*Vention 2014

February 22, 10am-3pm at Key Recreation Center Kid*Vention is the Virginia Discovery Museum’s free family science festival where kids and families can learn about astronomy, chemistry, environmental science and more through hands-on activities, crafts and games. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 977-1025,

Birth Expo: Healthy Birth, Healthy Baby March 1, 10am-2pm at Key Recreation Center A day of workshops,�exhibits, raffles, door prizes and more. Meet healthcare providers and local resources. Children can play in the PB+J Gymnastics Zone! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!


STAGE & SCREEN Richmond Symphony Lollipops

Oh Baby! 18

February 2014

Birth Expo: Healthy Birth, Healthy Baby March 1, 10am-2pm at Key Center See this page

February 2, 2pm at The Paramount The hour-long shows introduce kids to the ins and outs of the orchestra. Pre-show festivities include an Instrument Petting Zoo. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 979-1333, Continued on page 22



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{our town calendar}

DAYTRIPFun! Go for Olympic Gold

The Winter Olympics begin on February 7 in Sochi, Russia, and families will gather around the TV to watch their favorite athletes compete for the gold. Kids and adults alike are amazed and thrilled as they watch the grace and strength of the figure skaters, the force and velocity of the luge, and the agility and boldness of skiing and snowboarding competitions. The Olympics is a great opportunity for sharing some good old-fashioned patriotism and rooting together for favorites — plus you can slip in some other lessons, too. •

Help your kids understand the amount of time, effort and discipline involved in training for the Olympics, which will give them a whole new appreciation for these amazing athletes.

Have a computer nearby to research favorite athletes. Keep a map handy so you can locate their hometowns. Try out some foreign foods or read up about local traditions.

Visit and meet the Olympic mascots.

Talk about how the Olympics started in ancient Greece.

Stretch your own legs by setting up competitions at home — low-tech hula hooping, races, tumbling and obstacle courses or maybe Super Mario Winter Olympics for the Wii.

Last, but not least, brush up on your Russian history. (See opposite.)

The world is a fascinating place and the Olympics are among the most exciting and happy of international conversations!

Watercolor classes with

Lee Alter

aDUlts: 9 weeks march 10 - may 5 mondays 6-9pm march 12 - may 7 wednesdays 10am-1pm


Thurs. Mar. 13 7:00pm

Get tickets at, by calling 800-745-3000, at Ticketmaster outlets, or at the Arena Box Office. Come as a group of 10 or more and save! Visit for more information.

march 14 - may 9 fridays 10am-1pm


spring break week off march 13 - may 15 thursdays 3:30-5:30pm


Lee Alter

Painting & Drawing Clay & Collage

march 15 - may 17 saturdays 2-4pm

@McGuffey Art Center in Studio 6

summer art camp starts in june.

(in the basement on the park side)

call 963-0540 to register


February 2014


More Olympic-Inspired Fun Main Street Arena and Snowshoe Mountain Feeling inspired by watching the figure skating competitions? Head downtown to the Main Street Arena to lace up a pair of skates and hit the ice! The rink is open for public skate on most weekdays and some Saturdays. The arena also hosts the UVA ice hockey teams, so be sure to check their event calendar for a chance to catch some local winter sports in person! For more information, visit Another hotspot for winter sport fun is Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. On the mountain you’ll find skiing and snowboarding along with other winter activities, such as snowmobile tours and tubing. Special programs for either skiing or snowboarding are available for ages 4 to 12, and preschoolers have their own Pre Ski School for pint-sized fun! Learn more about Snowshoe at

Interested in brushing up on a little Russian history before the Winter Olympics? Local author Deborah Prum’s Czars and Czarinas is a humorous summary of Russian history available as an interactive iBook, with audio, video and interactive links throughout! $7.99, ages 9–adult, available on iTunes, for iPads and Macs.

The 2014 Winter Olympics will break the record for total number of sporting events and the number of new sports (including luge team relay and women’s ski jumping!) in the program.





Jennifer Bryerton

{our town calendar}

Charlottesville Parks and Recreation invites you to…

Father-Daughter Dance

Science Fun

Kid*Vention 2014 February 22, 10am-3pm at Key Recreation Center See page 18

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

February 8, 1pm at Central Library Enjoy a family-friendly flick at the library with free popcorn! Bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. Rated G. 979-7151,


Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm at Carver Recreation Center

February 11, 6:30pm at Northside Library Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Rated G. 973-7893,

Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

February 11, 7pm at MLK Performing Arts Center The evening features the Evans Orchestra and Youth Symphony of Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia. 974-7776,

Drum Call & Friends

$10 per couple Ages 5 - 12 registration is required.


Please register early as this event fills up quickly.

February 16, 2pm at Central Library Celebrate Black History month! Groove to the beat of African drumming with drummer extraordinaire Whit Whitten and Friends. 979-7151,

Great Sounds Abound

February 18, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy the rousing sound of brass instruments and get close to the music when the brass quintet of The Municipal Band of Charlottesville plays for you. Recommended for ages 3 & up. 296-5544,

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February 20, 4pm at Northside Library Get into the spirit of the Winter Olympics with an afternoon filled with games, crafts and lots of chocolate. Registration. Grades K & up. 973-7893,


February 5, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy activities with crayons, balloons and more. Registration. Ages 5 & up. 296-5544,


February 6, 4pm at Northside Library You can make all kinds of things with plastic, rubber bands, and yarn. Shrinky Dinks, Loom bands, friendship bracelets and more. Registration. For grades K & up. 973-7893,

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

February 12, 10am at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian visits The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music and movement. Then the docents invite the youngest art patrons to explore the museum. 243-2050,

Make It & Take It: Create a Card

February 12, 3-5pm at Gordon Avenue Library For Valentine’s Day or just to say “hey” — a card can brighten anyone’s day. Stop in Gordon Avenue Library to make, decorate and take a card. 296-5544,

Family Art JAM: Letters & Numbers

February 15 & 16, 1-3pm for ages 5-7 or 3-5pm for ages 8-12 at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art Exhibits are made accessible to youngsters with age-appropriate tours and hands-on activities. This month, kids will learn about block printing inspired by Jasper Johns. 243-2050,

EXHIBITS 14th Annual VSA Exhibit

Now through March 3, 6:30-8pm at MLK Performing Arts Center This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. 972-1730,

Be the Dinosaur

Now through May 11 at Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond Check out an animatronic dinosaur and a pterosaur reconstruction as you discover what life was like for dinosaurs. 804-864-1400,

LEARNING FUN PBS Kids Go! Writing Contest

Now through March 21 Kids in grades K-3 who want to write and illustrate their own stories can enter. Every entrant will be recognized for their participation.

Mind Math with Beads

February 6, 4pm at Central Library Caregivers and kids can learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus with ALOHA Mind Math Charlottesville. Registration. 979-7151,

Special Night for Special Needs

AldersgAte United Methodist ChUrCh Presents…

February 7, 5:30-7:30pm at Children’s Museum of Richmond, Short Pump Children up to age 10 who have special needs and their families are invited to enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities and reduced number of visitors. 804-474-7000,


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

“Choose YoUr ChAritY” Preview event! Thursday, February 27th, 2014 • 10am-6pm • $5 Entry Fee SALE DATES: MARCH 1st - 8th Restock March 1st & 3rd (closed Sunday, March 2nd)

McCormick Observatory Public Night

February 7 & 21, 7-9pm at McCormick Observatory Observe the night sky through a telescope and enjoy audio-visual presentations, museum exhibits and observatory tours. 243-1885,

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Meet the Symphony Star

February 8, 10:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Enjoy an interactive performance by a member of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra while learning about how instruments in the string family produce sound. 977-1025,

For the Birds

February 8, 11am-12pm at Maymont Nature Center, Richmond Meet one of Maymont’s birds and learn about the adaptations of our feathered friends. Then create nesting wreaths. Ages 4 & older. Registration. 804-358-7166,



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{our town calendar} Dance Marathon

Lollipop Shop

February 15, 8am-10pm at UVA’s Memorial Gym Dance the night away and support the UVA Children’s Hospital. There will bounce houses, a magician and a capella groups, too! 302-383-8358,

Spring & Summer Sale Coming Spring 2014

Olympic Fever!

February 17, 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Learn about the history of the Olympics, then test your skills as you compete in indoor versions of some favorite winter sports. 977-1025,

Kids’ clothes (sizes 0-preteen), toys, baby equipment, maternity clothes, costumes. . . and more! Check website for details and location!

Enslaved Community Tour

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February 17, 1pm at Montpelier, Orange Journey through the lives of the enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier during the Madisons’ tenure by listening to their stories and exploring the places they lived and worked. 540-672-2728,

Tall Tales of the Old West

February 26, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Tell it tall or not at all. Some of the biggest, wildest, zaniest tall tales come thundering off the pages. Registration. For ages 5 & up 296-5544,

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Central Little League Baseball & T-Ball

Ivy School House

Preschool & After School Camp Opening February, 2014

Ivy, Virginia


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10 AM - 3 PM FEB. 22

Now through February 24 Registration for Central Little League Baseball and T-ball is now open! 284-2173,

Zumba Party

February 9, 3-5pm at Key Recreation Center Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class combining Latin and international music and dance movements. For dancers & non-dancers ages 14 & up. 970-3260,

Toddler Time

February 27, 10am at Ivy Creek Natural Area Introduce your toddler to nature with this short talk and trail walk for 3- to 5-year-olds. 973-7772,

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Piedmont Regional Science Fair Entries

VDM’S FREE FAMILY SCIENCE FESTIVAL Event will be at the Key Recreation Center near the Downtown Mall. Call (434) 977-1025 or visit for more information.


February 2014

Through February 21 February 21 is the deadline for registration and submission of the Application for Entry forms and fee. Junior division open to grades 6-8; senior division open to grades 9-12. 227-9066,

It’s a Draw! Pen and Ink Contest

February 1-22 at all JMRL branches This annual contest selects original designs to appear in three teen program brochures. Find details, entry forms and prize information online and at every branch. 979-7151,

March 1-8, 9am-5pm Saturdays; 10am-6pm Monday-Friday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church This semi-annual kids’ consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. Benefits local families in need. 973-5806,

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Golden Apple Award Nominations

Blind Date with a Book

February 1-28 at Central, Gordon Avenue & Northside Libraries Choose a next book based just on its “dating profile.” You won’t know what it is until after you check it out and unwrap it. 979-7151,

Now through February 12 Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville! One winner will be selected from each school. 296-5820,

After Hours Murder Mystery Party

Charlottesville City School Board Meeting

February 21, 6-8pm at Central Library Death stalks the library after hours, and it’s up to you to catch the murderer. Solve the mystery and earn prizes! Registration. 979-7151,

Teen Screen Saturdays

February 22, 2:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy popcorn and a movie geared specifically toward teens. Then vote on next month’s movie! 296-5544,

Teen Night

Here Wee Grow Again!

game room. For grades 7 & 8. 970-3260,

February 22, 6-8pm at Key Recreation Center Have fun with your friends playing kickball, dodgeball and other games in the gym and

OPEN HOUSES Come See Us in Action Day February 11, 9-11:30am at Tandem Friends School 296-1303,

February 6, 5pm at Charlottesville High School 245-2400,

Albemarle County School Board Meeting

February 17, 9-11:30am at Renaissance School 984-1952,

Oakland School Open House

February 13, 6:30pm at Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium 972-4055,

City Market Arts

Renaissance School Open House

February 17 10am at Oakland School 293-9059,

North Branch School Open House

February 15 & 16, 10am-4pm at Carver Recreation Center Come see your favorite City Market arts vendors in the second Annual City Market Art Show. 970-3260,

February 25, 9-11:30am & 6:30-8pm at North Branch School 540-456-8450,

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{living well healthy family}

Mom, It Hurts to Talk Is it Sore Throat, Strep or Tonsillitis?

For most children, a scratchy throat goes hand in hand with a runny nose and cough — all telltale signs of the common cold. Sometimes, though, a sore throat could be a sign of strep or


other serious infection and merits a call to the doctor’s office. “Most sore throats are nothing to worry about and are caused by a cold virus,” says Sarah Boggs, MD, a University of Virginia Children’s Hospital pediatrician who sees patients at UVA Orange Pediatrics. “Preschoolers with a cold may have a low-grade fever and that’s OK,” she

Healthy Family

adds. “Older kids, however, don’t usually get a fever with a cold.”

by Kelly Casey

A sore throat caused by a cold virus is typically the result of post-nasal drip or the virus invading and irritating the tissues in the back of the throat, explains Dr. Boggs. A good home remedy is a teaspoon of honey, which can help relieve a sore throat as well as nighttime coughing. As long as your child isn’t under one year old, it’s safe to give her honey as needed. Dr. Boggs strongly cautions against using cold and cough medicines, which are not effective in children under six years old and can have serious side effects. Cough drops are OK for older kids but can be a choking hazard for younger children. Strep throat is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes. With strep, a child will typically have a sore throat along with a headache, stomachache or just a general feeling of “blah.” If you suspect strep, it definitely merits a trip to the doctor’s office. Strep can be easily diagnosed with a rapid strep test. About 10 to 15 percent of the time, the rapid test won’t pick up the strep, so your doctor may order a more accurate

Skip over-the-counter cold medicines and soothe your child’s sore throat with a teaspoon of honey, says UVA Children’s Hospital pediatrician Sarah Boggs, MD.

culture, with results in 24 to 48 hours. It’s important to treat strep — left untreated it can lead to rare but serious conditions such as rheumatic fever, which can damage the heart — and antibiotics will almost always clear it up. After a child finishes a course of antibiotics, Dr. Boggs recommends throwing out his toothbrush. “I’m not sure there’s scientific data to support that it helps prevent a recurrence, but it can’t hurt,” she adds. Tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils, can be caused by strep or mononucleosis. Although mono is typically referred to as the “teenage kissing disease,” half of children with mono are infected by eight years old, Dr. Boggs notes. Younger kids, however, are less likely to have symptoms.

Because mono is caused by a virus, it’s best to treat it with plenty of rest and fluids. Tonsillectomies are now reserved for children with very, very frequent strep infections or other issues such as sleep apnea. “Rest and fluids are an excellent way to manage any sore throat,” Dr. Boggs says. “But it’s important to call the doctor if your child has a fever of 101˚F or more and her tonsils are very large, or if she has a sore throat with a headache and stomachache but no signs of a cold.”

Kelly is a medical writer for the University of Virginia Health System and UVA Children’s Hospital. For more information on children’s health, visit


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I (Heart) Pancakes A Delicious Way to Say, “I Love You!” At the grocery store this week, there was a special on strawberries — buy one pack, get one free — so we are on strawberry overload and I had to get thinking about the best way to use them up! Well, I love pancakes, and with Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought it would be fun to make some strawberry pancakes. But if I’m going to make strawberry pancakes, why not take it one step further and make them heart-shaped strawberry pancakes?! I wanted my heart-shaped pancakes to be pretty, but I knew I couldn’t make a “pretty” cake by free-handing them. Although

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Jennifer Carroll

I’ve seen pancake-shaping tools in stores, I don’t have one


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I got to thinking, “Isn’t this basically the same thing?”


and sure enough, with tongs to lift it when it was hot,

The metal cookie cutter will

it worked like a charm! (Plastic ones will melt.)

get hot when it is in contact

— but I do have a big collection of metal cookie cutters.

by Jennifer Carroll

Make these for your family or for a romantic breakfast in bed with your sweetheart!

with the pan or skillet, so do not let children handle it, and be sure to set it aside

Strawberry Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup For pancakes: About 14 medium strawberries, to make ½ cup fresh strawberry juice 2 cups Bisquick 2 eggs

½ cup strawberrybanana juice (I used V8 V-Fusion) Red gel food coloring (optional) Cooking spray

between pancakes.

For syrup: 2 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon butter

For pancakes: 1.

Blend strawberries and strain them to produce ½ cup fresh strawberry juice.


In a bowl, mix juice with Bisquick, eggs, and strawberry-banana juice. Add food coloring, if desired, for a more pronounced pink color.


Lightly spray inside of metal heart-shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray. (Repeat this every time — it keeps the batter from sticking.) Place cookie cutter on pre-heated pan or skillet.


Using a ladle, pour a thin layer of batter into the cookie cutter, being sure not to overfill.


When little bubbles form, use tongs to carefully lift cookie cutter straight up. If needed, jiggle the cookie cutter ever so slightly to release it from the batter.


Flip pancake with spatula when ready. Cook on other side for another minute or so. Remove pancake from pan and set aside on a paper-towel lined plate, so it won’t get soggy from the condensation of the heat against the plate while you make more.

For syrup: •

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Heart Health

Heart disease is the no. 1 killer of women today and is more deadly than all cancers combined. “Women between the ages of 25 and 34 are the least aware,” says UVA Professor of Nursing Kathryn Haugh, who suggests women of all ages take these steps toward preventing heart disease: 1. Get active. Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five times a week. 2. Eat better. Include flavonoids like dark chocolate, strawberries or peanuts in your diet.

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Coordinating your pet’s bed with your existing furniture is a good way to help it blend into your home while also making your pet feel comfortable.

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When your pets need a break from the kid commotion, they’ll appreciate a cozy bed tucked away — near the family but out of the high-traffic zone. Choose cushions to suit your pet’s sleep style. For example, dogs that sleep curled up prefer fluffy, round beds; those that stretch out like longer, flatter beds; and dogs that rest their heads enjoy one with bolsters.


Have a quiet dining spot, too. All pet dishes should be fixed in a holder or be heavy enough to not move and frustrate your pet (and scatter food, which frustrates you). Place a mat underneath for spills. Think about the shape of your pet’s face when choosing those cute dishes. Cats and short-nosed dog breeds do best with wide, shallow bowls.


Litter boxes should be someplace where a little smelliness won’t be a big bother — odor absorbers, while useful, are only so effective. A cat box cover is essential for limiting the ick factor and mess. Use a throw rug underneath so you can easily clean up any spilled litter.


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We hear a lot about making sure our children have math skills and athletic skills, but what about skills like compassion and empathy? As parents, we can be as intentional about imparting these skills as we are about teaching our young children the alphabet or our older children how to put their laundry away. What’s the best way to teach generosity? Live it.

than defaulting to judgment or condemnation.

Let your kids catch you being kind so they will have

So if you want to raise thoughtful, peace-loving

real-life memories to recollect later — memories that

kids, show them the way. Get some generosity going and

remind them to be a positive force in the world today, no

keep it flowing.

matter how others choose to behave. Often children are better at compassion and

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kindness than adults. When this is the case, we should

Grandmother and author Jessica Morrell likes to give

follow their lead. Cultivating a spirit of generosity

her granddaughters a cool lesson in generosity for the

encourages us to see the humanity in any situation rather

times when they stop in the car at highway ramps or


{inspiration parenting} intersections and find someone looking for help. “I create little bags to pass out — a few dollars, a protein bar, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc. I change the items depending on the season — add cough drops in winter, try to give out water bottles on hot days.” If you don’t feel comfortable giving money, give sturdy, healthy food items or even a nice cup of hot chocolate. Ask your kids what they would like to give and act on their ideas. Give Nationally or Globally. When a national or international tragedy strikes, get your kids involved in donating a little to the Red Cross ( or other emergency organizations. Explain that when disasters happen, it helps to do a small good deed, even if it’s just making a modest contribution. If your child just had a bar mitzvah or a big birthday, encourage him to give a small amount of the money he received to a cause he believes in and see how it makes him feel.

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Your World. Your News. Your WMRA. Charlottesville · 103.5FM Catch Them in the Act. If you notice your child going above and beyond, let her know you feel proud. I was wondering whether I was nagging my daughter too much about extending kindness to the new girl in dance class. Then I met the new girl’s mother at the fall mixer and she commented that her daughter always speaks highly of my


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Other Ideas for Cultivating Kindness •

In the fall, have your kids set aside clothes and off center. Jackets and gently used toys will be especially needed in Charlottesville’s cold winter and the holiday season.


toys they’ve outgrown and go with you to a drop-

The next time your kids go to the grocery store with you, ask them to pick a few cans of fruit for the food bank. Let them drop these in the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank bin as you leave the store.

Encourage your child to set aside a portion of her allowance for a cash or other donation to a local charity or cause that matches her interests, such as pet food for the SPCA, a book from the school library’s wish list, or toys for the UVA Children’s Hospital.

Show your kids that their time is a great gift. Take them along when delivering meals for Meals on Wheels or checking on seniors in your community.

From October to March, when the weather turns cold, different churches and other facilities in Charlottesville partner with PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) to host homeless men and women. Your family can visit one evening and play music or board games with the guests.

If your child is shy or uncomfortable with strangers, take a trashbag along with you on a quiet walk through the neighborhood or to your favorite park, picking up trash as you go. (Bring gloves and use discretion.)


{inspiration parenting} Books That Encourage Children to Be Generous Reach Out and Give by Cheri J. Meiners In this picture book, a young boy learns about how to be generous with his time and talents to those in his community. The book also includes sample discussion question and games. Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine This beautiful, award-winning picture book follows a young girl in Mexico who takes steps to be generous after someone in need steals from her. The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau Richly illustrated pages draw readers into this tale of a king who must give away everything he owns in order to get a quilt that he wants — and who finds joy as he does. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Mike and Jan Berenstain Set during the Christmas season, this story follows Brother and Sister Bear as they go from wanting presents for themselves to participating in the holiday’s theme of giving to others.

Books That Encourage Tweens to Be Generous The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin This spiral-bound book has interactive prompts for exploring our world and finding ways to make it a better place through volunteering and other generous acts. How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist by Nicole Bouchard Boles Packed with more than 300 concrete ideas for helping others near and far, this handbook seeks to make philanthropy a habit, not a special event. The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara A. Lewis Written for children who hope to make a difference in their community, this beginner’s guide to service projects has hundreds of ideas for how to affect real change. One Good Deed a Day: A Journal from Chronicle Books This beautiful journal includes suggestions and prompts meant to inspire acts of kindness as well as room for brief reflections on actions taken.


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daughter. Rather than mostly focusing on correcting negative behavior, I try to make a point of telling my daughter when she makes me proud. This was one of those 2013

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something pretty to school, teach your child how to offer a genuine compliment. Sincerity is important. Make sure your kids know what it means and don’t try to use compliments to snow people. Sharing Close to Home. Feed the birds around your home all year


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need of a new home. Bring frozen meals or warm muffins to an ailing senior or a family with a new baby. Get the kids to mow someone’s lawn a couple of times or bring in the mail and feed the pets for a neighbor on vacation. Small, unselfish acts like these can boost kids’ self-esteem and make them feel like a more integral member of the community.

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There’s no doubt about it: Parenting is physically and mentally exhausting. When you spend your days washing mountains of laundry and wake up every three hours for nighttime feedings, you may forget what you ate for breakfast — if you had time to eat breakfast at all. Your overworked, under-rested brain may feel sluggish and mushy, like the bowl of barely warm rice cereal you’re trying to feed the baby. But scientists say there’s no need to worry about your brainpower. Recent neuroimaging research conducted at Yale University School of Medicine shows early mother-infant interaction creates adaptive changes in the brains of new moms, not just in the brains of their babies. Moms experience growth in brain areas associated with maternal motivation, emotion processing, sensory integration and reasoning. Healthy habits can help you protect and promote brain growth during every stage of your life. Here’s how.

EAT SMART A Mediterranean-inspired meal plan provides key ingredients for brain health. “Monounsaturated oils — found in olives, nuts and avocados — and dark leafy greens offer high doses of vitamin E and folic acid, two nutrients that reduce the risk of dementia,” says Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., director of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Spinach sautéed in olive oil may be the ultimate brain food. Serve it with fish and a glass of red wine. “A number of long-term studies show the consumption of fish prevents cognitive


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decline,” says Morris. Fish oil supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids may also be beneficial. Studies show they increase brain volume and cognitive functioning and decrease mental fatigue. Moderate consumption of alcohol — one glass of wine daily for women, two for men — also reduces the risk of dementia, Morris says. Just don’t overdo it. Excessive alcohol use disrupts sleep and memory. Other nutrients may have bio-protective effects as well. Mounting evidence


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tomatoes and mangoes — may be beneficial, says Morris. We grown-ups should aim to eat a rainbow every day, just like we tell our kids. A balanced diet with regular meals helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels, and that’s important because blood sugar spikes disrupt memory. Research shows even moderate increases in blood sugar reduce blood flow to a part of the brain responsible for storing new memories. Doctors say it’s best to restrict refined carbohydrates and sweeteners, but the occasional treat is okay.

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for your brain,” says Frank LaFerla, Ph.D., Director of University of California at Irvine Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND). Aerobic activities — such as running, swimming and dancing — increase blood flow to the brain, supplying it with nutrients and removing waste products from cells so they stay healthy. Longitudinal studies conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois show you don’t have to be a lifelong athlete to get results. Formerly sedentary adults who engaged in three 40-minute aerobic exercise sessions each week increased their brain volume in areas related to attention and memory. Stretching and toning exercises didn’t have the same benefits. Bottom line: Put on your gym shoes and get moving. Choose an enjoyable activity that allows you to hit and sustain your target heart rate. (Use an online tool like the one at to calculate yours.) Walking at a brisk pace may be enough. Make exercise a social event if possible. You’ll be more likely to stick to your workout plan — and enjoy it — if you have company.

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Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy body weight, which is important for cognitive functioning. If you are significantly overweight, have a family history of diabetes or had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, see your doctor for diabetes screening. “Diabetes is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s,” LaFerla says, and memory loss may occur years before a person is diagnosed with diabetes.

MIND YOUR EMOTIONS Pay attention to your mental health as well. Approximately 9 percent of women suffer from depression in any given year, and “even mild depression can affect your cognitive functioning in a negative way,” according to Clinton Wright, M.D., Scientific Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami. Studies show as many as 10 to 15 percent of new moms experience symptoms of postpartum depression in the first year after giving birth. Lack of joy in daily activities, loss of appetite, mood swings and social withdrawal are signs you may be depressed.


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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Charlottesville Catholic School 964-0400, Pre-kindergarten-Grade 8 Prepares students to embrace their world through lives of faith, service and leadership. Combines the traditions of Catholic education with contemporary instructional strategies. Curriculum focusing on academics and nurturing Christian values; all faiths welcome. See ad p. 67 Charlottesville Waldorf School 973-4946, Early Childhood-Grade 8 A rigorous academic program that incorporates current educational research and provides academic, social and artistic experiences with the aim of developing dynamic, self-reliant and socially responsible adults and cultivating lifelong learners. See ad p. 65 The Covenant School 220-7330, Pre-kindergarten-Grade 12 Charlottesville’s PK-12 nondenominational Christian liberal arts day school, providing a college-preparatory curriculum for over 500 students, while instilling the virtues of faith, wisdom and love. See ad p. 63




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Homework reinforces lessons taught in class and teaches children to set short-term goals. They also learn about rewards for achievement and consequences for not meeting goals. If a parent steps in too early or too often, the child simply learns to procrastinate until Mom or Dad takes over to prevent her failure. Parents must establish a “no excuses” policy. Accept only results — whatever is reasonable within the child’s capability — and don’t give in to manipulative behavior (which is learned) such as whining, stalling or even tears.

KNOWING LIMITS You’ll find differing opinions on how much homework is appropriate at various grade levels. For instance, the “10-Minute Rule” supported by the National Education Association suggests that kids should be doing about 10 minutes of homework per night per grade level. In other words, 10 minutes for firstgraders, 20 for second-graders and so on.

Sometimes a parent will say, “I had to help. We had somewhere to be.” If you find that your child doesn’t have enough time to do homework, Ladd suggests you rethink your schedules. Life offers a wealth of good opportunities for children, but parents must limit activities according to the amount of time a

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They all graduated from The Charlottesville City Schools’ policy manual cites the NEA’s 10-Minute Rule (see p. 61) while noting that “students differ in their ‘working speed.’” It also gives time guidelines by grade level and subject matter: for example, upper elementary students should expect to have up to 15–20 minutes of science homework two or three times a week. You can find the manual at “We encourage parents to be in touch with teachers throughout the year,” says Gertrude Ivory, CCS Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “Together, teachers and parents can maximize student achievement.” Although no specific time frames are given by Albemarle County Public Schools, Strategic Communications Officer Phil Giaramita notes, “The length of homework assignments should be based upon age of student and maturity level.” He went on to say, “Homework can be an invaluable component to a healthy homeschool partnership. If it is closely related to current classroom activities and well understood by students, it can be a resource for developing independent thought in a student and for promoting initiative and self-discipline.”

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{until next time humorous reflections}

Three Teens Sort of in Love The Valentine’s Day Love Report by Rick Epstein

“Ugh! Get a room!” When my 13-year-old daughter

enough, these brief relationships are conducted almost

catches her parents kissing in the kitchen, she is

entirely by phone and computer.

doubly offended. First, because even mildly physically affectionate





Remember the Giga Pet fad of yesteryear? A


little hand-held computer showed a small beast on

smooching, like getting a tongue pierced, seems

its screen and by pushing various buttons you could

ridiculous and creepy when old people do it.

feed it, play with it or even (virtually) bathe it. Similarly,

Yes, consult any calendar and you’ll find it’s time for the Valentine’s Day Love Report.

Wendy’s relationships depend entirely on electronics and button-pushing. Only rarely do these man-boys

Everyone in our family is in love, or something like it.

materialize — at a dance or for a group movie date. Mercifully, they don’t make house calls. It would make

Our oldest daughter, Marie, 19, is part of a love

switching boyfriends needlessly awkward. I mean, if

triangle. She has two boy pals at college. One of them is

Wendy terminated a boyfriend who was sitting in our

in love with her, but she yearns for the other one. And

living room, she’d have to dispose of the body before

that one is playing hard-to-get. This standoff has been

taking up with his replacement. The logistics are much

giving me peace of mind for almost a year. Of course,

simpler by phone.

I want my daughter to enjoy a mutually

Like the Giga Pet, Wendy is a creature of the

sustaining, loving relationship

computer age. Once, when she was 4, her mother

with a man other than her

pointed out a spectacular sunset. The sky was a

father. I really do. Honest.

dazzling red-orange and the clouds were purple fading

Someday. When she’s

into blue. Little Wendy gasped, “It looks like a screen

Remember the Giga-pet fad of yesteryear? A little hand-held computer showed a small beast on its screen and by pushing various buttons you could feed it, play with it or put it to sleep. Similarly Wendy’s relationships depend entirely upon electronics and button-pushing.

older maybe. Our

saver!” 16-year-

old, Sally, has

With her keyboard and mouse almost like parts


of her body, dare I hope that Wendy is so fully adapted

boyfriend, but they

to hi-tech communications that she will continue to

only get together

transact her love life at a safe, sanitary distance? In

once a week and

an age when faxing seems clunky and low-tech, how

they seem merely

gross is a slobbery smooch?! I’m old-fashioned in a lot

chummy. He’s a nice

of ways, but I’m feeling very progressive on this theory.

kid. He and Sally read

That brings us to Betsy and me. After 22 years of

Twilight books to each

marriage, we have everything pretty well worked out.

other (with expression).

Despite the occasional grumbles about forgetting to





take out the trash, things are going strong.

literature may be girlish, he

In summary, all three teenage daughters are

demonstrates a manly appetite for food

striking some sparks but generating little heat. It’s an

when he comes to dinner. After dealing with finicky,

optimum situation in my view as Dad that I know can’t

girly appetites all these years, it’s pleasant to watch

last, but if parenthood has taught me anything, it this:

him uncritically shovel it in. Not only that, he figured

Savor the moment.

out how to get our new DVD player to work. Meanwhile,





enthusiastically from boyfriend to boyfriend. Happily When not orchestrating the comings and goings of his children, Rick Epstein works for a chain of newspapers.


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