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It was a thrilling 2013. There were the successful completions of long-thoughtout plans and there were the joyful surprises. There was the continued growth of our publications and the addition of the Healthy Living Directory as the newest member of the Ivy Publications “family.” At home, plans to add on at our 1970s classic were abandoned just before construction began when our dream house came on the market. We were quickly thrown into moving turmoil as we put the old house up for sale and I was unpacking the house stuff and setting up new digs for our chickens and assorted pets, mostly with success. After all this, I’m not sure I remember the personal resolutions made 12 months ago. In the midst of all the craziness that is my life, surely they weren’t all fulfilled. As my life overflows with blessings it becomes even more difficult to look after my own needs, but that is precisely my 2014 resolution. My New Year’s resolution, fittingly, is to be healthier. Oh, I used to dream up some grand plan like run a marathon (so far I’m still very slow fun-run material!) or something equally ambitious and as highly likely to not succeed. And January is probably the worst month to start a daily walking or jogging regimen. After giving it some thought, it seems far easier to do more of

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something you already enjoy. So I resolve to exercise more — that is, hiking and biking, playing more in the backyard with the kids and digging in beds for a bountiful veggie garden at the new house. And I resolve to take more time out for me. (I expect that working on the Healthy Living Directory will make me aware of the many resources I have nearby.) I’m sure 2014 will bring its share of surprises and challenges for all of us. But if we take better care of ourselves, both physically and spiritually, we will be much more prepared to enjoy the unexpected joys of parenting. Have a wonderful New Year!

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{Contents} TABLE OF



Dear Bob 28 Your Parenting Questions Answered

News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10 As a Parent, Have You Ever Forbidden or Censored a Specific Song or Music Artist?

Snapshot 12 Tony Bennett

Our Schools 15

Let’s Talk About Fresh Snacks

Tips & Trends 32 Fabulous Finds and Fun Home & Garden 34 A New Year’s Look for


Early-bird Camp Quicklist 46 Guide to Residential Camps

You and Your Home

Bravo! 16 Diana Amatucci

2014 Winter Home Guide 51 A Homeowner’s Guide to

Out & About Calendar 18

Editor’s Pick!

January Activities and Events for Families

The very adaptable garland craft can be done with yarn (use less) or sewing thread (use more). See page 30.

Daytrip Fun! 20


Crafty & Fun 30 Cotton Ball Garland

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and Massanutten Resort

Local Resources

2014 New You Guide 55 Healthy Resources for the New Year Everything Baby Guide 60 Covering All Your Baby Needs from A to Z

UNTIL NEXT TIME The TV Set in the Attic 70 The Family That Watches Together,

So Love This!


Who knew there were whales

Stays Together

Mudhikes and Morning Swims 38 Memories of Camp Pinewood

off the coast of Virginia Beach? I’m definitely adding this to my daytrip list. Check it out on page 20.

­— Kelly Robeson, Editorial Assistant

Neat and Clean for the New Year 48

10 Tidy Reasons to Get Cleaning

Help in 2014

Expecting the Unexpected 58 Getting to Know the Neonatal

Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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­the local buzz

High School Theater Troops Win Big Both Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Schools were well represented at the Virginia High School earned the runner-up position in the High School Theatre Festival with their performance of “Shakespeare’s R & J.” Charlottesville High School


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received an honorable mention for their “Women

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and War,” along with a Technical Merit Honorable

Mark your calendars for CharlottesvilleFamily’s

Mention and Costume Merit Award. “Stinkbug: The

Fun Fair & Camp Expo! The annual event is set for

Musical” from Monticello High School received the

10am-3pm, Sunday, February 16 at the DoubleTree

Judges’ Award for Best Musical Presentation and the

Hotel and features over 80 exhibitors, more than

Secondary Schools Division High School New Play

$2,000 in prizes (including Beats by Dr. Dre headphones!),

Competition Honorable Mention. Claire LeBlond and

plus free admission and parking. The Expo — the only of its

Daniel Neale from Charlottesville High School won

kind in Central Virginia — will also feature live entertainment

the Secondary Schools Costume Design Competition

and is fun for the whole family. Visit CharlottesvilleFamily. com for more information. Special thanks to our gold sponsors, ACAC and The Little Gym, and our silver and media sponsors, nTelos Wireless, Child Development Laboratories at UVA, NBC29 and Z95.1.

and Secondary Schools Scenic Design Competition,

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Curry’s YWLP Wins Grant The Alcoa Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to faculty members from UVA’s Curry School of Education for the Young Women Leaders Program’s Tech initiative. Founded in 1997 at the University of Virginia, the Young Women Leaders Program aims to empower middle school girls to become leaders through a combination of one-on-one mentoring and group activities. The Alcoa Foundation funding will support collaboration between the Curry School and UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Schools to develop and pilot a technology-focused addition to the YWLP curriculum. Through the program’s tech initiative, the middle school girls and their mentees will learn how to create cards and jewelry inspired by YWLP sister sites in Cameroon, Panama, Nicaragua and Peru using 2D and UVA Curry School of Education

3D printers. Then the


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girls will market and sell their creations to support school scholarships for the international YWLP sites.

respectively. The All-State Cast featured Aaron Cohen from Monticello High School; Trevor Craft from Charlottesville High School; and Aaron Hoffman, Benedict Burgess, Joey Wharton and Tyler Missig from Albemarle High School.

Student Performs in South Africa Local student Carmen Day recently performed in the inaugural Route 40 Music Festival in South Africa. A finalist in a songwriting contest sponsored by Carnegie Hall, the Rock School Scholarship Fund and the Casterbridge Music Development Academy, Day was one of the six 13- to 17-year-olds from the United States and South Africa chosen to participate. Grammy Award-winning artist Dave Matthews acted as a guest judge alongside Vicky Peterson from The Bangles and Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo, among others. The program consisted of 10 days of collaborating and performing in South Africa, culminating in a music festival in which each of the contest finalists performed on stage with popular South African bands and celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela. Day, an eighth grader at Buford Middle School and a member of the Music Resource Center, plays the cello and guitar.

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As a parent, have you ever forbidden or censored a specific song or music artist? 73% say “yes” 27% say “no”

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The suggestive/borderline sexist lyrics in this summer’s big hit “Blurred Lines” are a good example of why you should pay attention to what your kids are listening to. … If nothing else, then to start a conversation about why it’s inappropriate.

As a parent, I’m more concerned with teaching my children how to determine the value of music or literature by encouraging critical thinking. … Censoring doesn’t stop curiosity; it simply puts an end to learning. Mother of two

Mother of four

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I figure I don’t listen to anything my 6-yearWe only listen to the “children’s” genre on old couldn’t hear. … As to the rest, she’s my iPod to try to avoid unpleasant surprises. going to hear it, so I may as well prepare her Kari, C’ville, singing along with two boys that it exists and how to act when presented with new words or things. Generally, if you make a big deal out of something, kids want I will never forbid a song, but I do require to do it more. that my daughter not sing censored lyrics. Pam S., Powhatan mother of 6-year-old girl Mom in Ivy and veteran high school teacher I had to ask my husband not to listen to No. But if I hear “What Does the Fox Say” Top 40 radio when my 5-year-old daughter one more time, I might. started singing “Promiscuous Girl.” Seems Melissa, mother of three that he did not understand the reason for all in Somerset, Virginia of the Raffi tapes in the car.

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Several Area Cross-Country Runners Finish Strong

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runners (Gannon Willcutts, Chris Ferguson and Trevor Stutzman) in the top 15. The girls also performed well, finishing with an average time of 19:47, 78 points and three runners (Annie Taylor, Averi Witt and Chance Masloff) in the top 15. Albemarle

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High School and St. Anne’s-Belfield School also performed well at the state meet: The Albemarle Patriots placed third in Group 5A and St. Anne’s girls’ team earned a fourth

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Tony Bennett

by Lynn Pribus

Tony Bennett became the head coach of the UVA Cavaliers men’s seasons at Washington State University, where he was named the Associate Press College Basketball Coach of the Year in 2007. As a student-athlete in college, Bennett played for the University

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basketball team in 2009. Before that, he was head coach for three

of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where his own father was the head basketball coach. Bennett had a 3-point field-goal shooting accuracy of 49.7 percent over his collegiate career, an NCAA record that he still holds — 11 years after it was set. Following college, he was drafted by and played for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, but a foot injury ended his professional playing career just as his third season was beginning. After that he returned to Green Bay to work with his father’s collegiate basketball coaching staff for several years until becoming a head coach in his own right at Washington State in 2006. Coach Bennett enjoys spending time with his family and also playing golf and tennis. He and his wife, Laurel, live in Charlottesville with their daughter, Anna, and son, Eli.

What reading material is on your nightstand?

What is important in an athlete’s life in addition to sports?

My Bible and a book by Pete Maravich. (Basketball star Maravich played

Good relationships with family and friends.

for Louisiana State University where his own father was varsity coach and, like Bennett, went on to play in the NBA.)

How can parents help children to be a “good sport”?

Parents can help children by teaching them to have a proper

What was your favorite book as a child?

perspective about sports and how thankful they should be to have

Charlotte’s Web.

the health to play them.

What 21st-century technology could you not live without?

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

My cell phone.

To be able to hit a topspin forehand like Rafael Nadal.

Whom do you admire?

What do you like best about living here?

My wife, Laurel.

The people, the music and the restaurants.

How does a father influence his child’s life?

Significantly. A parent has the power to mold a child’s life more than almost anyone else. What is the value of sports in a child’s life?

Sports teach so many positive attributes like teamwork, hard work, overcoming adversity and being a part of something bigger than oneself.


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{our town community} Giving Others the Same Opportunity Junior Lauren Ewell was already thinking about the project she would need to do in her senior year at the Renaissance School when she attended a screening of the film Girl Rising, “a grassroots global action campaign for girls’ education.” Lauren decided that her response to the film’s message would also be her senior project: to help build a primary school in Haiti.

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Let’s Talk About Fresh Snacks What fruit did Homer (the poet, not Bart’s dad) call “the gift of the gods”? What fruit invaded Europe alongside the Roman armies? What savory fruit goes by the names Sun Gold, Black Cherry, and Snow White? Questions like these are part of Fresh Talk Snacks, a program that introduces Burnley-Moran Elementary School students to new fruits and vegetables. On Thursdays, the schoolwide announcements include a trivia question about the day’s mystery

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snack. Meanwhile, the kitchen staff prepares bowls full of the fresh fruit or veggie, which PTO volunteers deliver to classrooms. When children receive their snack, they are asked to observe, smell and taste what they’ve been given. All snacks are fresh, seasonal and local. The Burnley-Moran PTO created the project in collaboration with the Charlottesville City Schools, the Burnley-Moran kitchen and the Local Food Hub, a Charlottesville nonprofit that connects “families, farms, and food grown close to home.” PTO member Kate Bennis heads up the program. “We wanted every child to experience new fruits and vegetables and awaken their taste buds to the most vital and healthy foods,” Bennis explains. “Now that Burnley-Moran has a thriving garden program, the kids will have the chance to pull a real carrot out of the earth and learn that carrots do not come peeled and in small plastic bags.” The program features new foods as well as local varieties of familiar favorites, such as seeded grapes and white peaches. “The first week we had the ripest, most delicious white peaches. Some kids wouldn’t eat them because they had never seen the red part around the pit. More education needed!” she laughs. “This program clearly makes more work for the kitchen staff who help prep every Thursday and for the teachers who serve the kids and send back the bowls and tongs,” Bennis acknowledges. But, she says, “I have not had one complaint, only thanks! As I walk through the halls, wheeling the

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When Diana Amatucci retired from teaching after 35 years, mostly at Stony Point Elementary School, she quickly realized that she missed the kids and began looking around for a volunteer opportunity. She did not have to look far, as her husband credits his childhood experience at a

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Boys Club (now Boys & Girls) in Reading, Penn., with exposing him to a world of opportunities. She contacted the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia and was quickly immersed in tutoring kids after school at the club’s Cherry Avenue location. “Diana makes each child feel special,” says Rebecca Hengstler, the Cherry Avenue unit director. “She gives the kids one-on-one attention they might not get otherwise. She uses her skills as a teacher and mother and friend and makes each one feel that what they say matters.” Making a personal connection with the kids is one of Amatucci’s biggest rewards. “One little boy named Malaki comes to mind. I mentioned to him that his name was also the name of a beautiful green mineral, malachite, that comes from the Congo in Africa. We read information together about the gem and I brought him two small samples—one polished stone and one in its natural state. He was delighted, and his mom said he treasures them!” Amatucci encourages others to volunteer with area youth: “Having kids make

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About January 2014


Celebration of Holiday Lights

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

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

Lake Monticello Light Show

Now through January 5, 5-10pm at 4 Lewis Ct., Lake Monticello Consisting of over 40,000 lights, the annual light show attracts people from all over the region. 591-0123

GardenFest of Lights

Now through January 13 , 5-10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Enjoy a sparkling tradition of more than half a million lights throughout the garden. 804-262-9887

MLK Weekend at Wintergreen

January 17-20 at Wintergreen Resort The planned events include Demo Days by Freestyle, Wintergreen Rail Jam, kickoff of the NSAA’s Safety Awareness Week, DJ mixing up the tunes, live entertainment and more. See website for schedule of events. 325-8180

Annual MLK Community Celebration

January 19, 5pm at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church Celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King. This year’s featured speaker is UVA President Emeritus John T. Casteen III. The celebration will include a performance by the community choir. 243-2079

CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo

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

STAGE & SCREEN Movie Madness

January 2, 2pm at Gordon Avenue Library Bring a blanket to sit on and munch popcorn while the you enjoy Despicable Me, rated PG. 296-5544

‘Movie’ On Over to the Crozet Library

January 2, 1pm at Crozet Library Meet up with your friends for a movie (rated G or PG). Popcorn and drinks provided. Call the library for movie details. For ages 7 and up. 823-4050

Peter Pan

January 16, 6:30 at Walker Upper Elementary School Join in a thrilling battle as Peter Pan and his entourage try to capture the terrible Captain Hook and his crew. The show will last approximately 45 minutes. 245-2412

Richmond Symphony Lollipops

February 2, 2pm at The Paramount The hour-long show will introduce kids to the ins and outs of the orchestra. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 979-1333

EXHIBITS Hollywood Costume Exhibit

Now through February 17 at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Hollywood Costume brings together the most iconic costumes from a century of cinema, it’s an opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters. 804-340-1400

14th Annual VSA Exhibit

January 10-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

My Monticello: Exhibition of Student Art January 11-26, 10am-3pm at Monticello View artwork from over 300 third-grade students from Charlottesville public schools who visited Monticello to explore Jefferson’s gardens. 984-9800

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Seminole Boys Lacrosse Registration

Now through February 1 Practice begins the week of February 10 and games start March 2. Teams will be set by ages this year with U-9, U-11, U-13, & U-15 divisions.

UVA Women’s Basketball

January 5, 12, 19 & 23 at John Paul Jones Arena Cheer on the ‘Hoos as they face Pittsburgh (2pm on Jan. 5), Notre Dame (2pm on Jan. 12), Florida State (2pm on Jan. 19) and Maryland (6:30pm on Jan. 23). 800-542-8821

Girls Volleyball Registration

January 6-17 at Albemarle County Middle Schools Part of the Middle School Sports Program. The program is run two days a week as an after-school program. Registration forms available from the PE Departments at each school. League runs from January 27-March 20.

UVA Men’s Basketball

January 8, 18, 20 & 25 at John Paul Jones Arena Watch the Cavaliers as they face off against Wake Forest (7pm on Jan. 8), Florida State (12pm on Jan. 18), North Carolina (7pm on Jan. 20) and Virginia Tech (3pm on Jan. 25). 800-542-8821

Special Olympics Xperience Tennis Tournament

January 16-18 at The Boar’s Head Sports Club Experience Special Olympics tennis at its best in this three-day tennis extravaganza. 804-726-3025

LEARNING FUN Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Now through January 5, 12-5pm Tuesdays-Sundays at Maymont, Richmond Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. 804-358-7166

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475 ROSEMONT DRIVE $1,295,000 Stately ‘03 brick Rosemont home by Zakin on 5 acres with superior mountain, water views, pond frontage. Quality construction includes 10 foot ceilings, 3 masonry Fireplaces, extensive crown molding, wainscoting, builtins and premium systems for superior energy efficiency. Post-construction, the owners finished terrace level, enlarged dining room, added service kitchen, handsome brick walls around parking court, whole house generator, 3 1,000 gallon propane tanks, walk-in safe, many security features. MLS# 499835 I M M AC U L AT E & R E N O VAT E D TO A “ T ”


WILHOIT MILL FARM • $3,200,000 Wilhoit Mill is sited on 68 private acres with the Lynch River meandering through the property. Over the past 5-10 years, the historic, character-rich home has been extensively renovated to the highest standards. It now ideally suits modern living with a nice balance of formal & open, informal living spaces indoors and out. 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half bath. The charming guest cottage was originally the Wilhoit Village post office. MLS# 498023 PIEDMONT BUILT HOME IN SPRING CREEK

580 ARROWHEAD DRIVE • $615,000

1616 INGLEWOOD DRIVE • $347,900

168 TURKEY TROT LANE • $424,900

A traditional Albemarle home renovated with flair. Five minutes from Charlottesville, this 5-bedroom, 4-bath home features a spacious office, gorgeous kitchen with granite, tiled backsplash, island and stainless appliances. Extensive tile work in spa-like bathrooms, new roof, new Trex deck and repainted exterior. Finished walk-out terrace with large living space. Suzie Hegemier (434) 962-8425. MLS# 515441

Enjoy first floor living and the upstairs level is great for family and or friends. This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home has a master suite on each level. Hardwood floors on main level, wood burning fireplace in great room, spacious screened porch, fantastic storage, garden area and terrace for festive gatherings. located between Stonefield Shops and Barracks Road Shopping and near UVA North Grounds. Courtney Sargeant (434) 962-3100. MLS# 513612

Piedmont built home in Spring Creek offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, modern fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, open living area with wood floors, large dining room, a huge recreation area in the basement, 2 car garage and plenty of storage throughout. Unfinished area in basement could be finished as an office. Energy efficient and built on a level, spacious lot! Inessa Telefus (434) 989-1559. MLS# 515334



ROSE HILL DRIVE $379,000 & $399,900

1293 HAMMOCKS GAP RD • $1,745,000 With fabulous pastoral & Southwest Mountain views as its backdrop, Lagniappe is a dramatic country house just 10 mins from Downtown in a tranquil, private setting. A contemporary addition enhances the original, French Pavillion home with a state-of-the-art kitchen, 12’ ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, timber beams, fireplace. Guest quarters, pool, gardens. Kristin Cumming Streed (434) 409-5619. MLS# 514229

401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Central location close to downtown, UVA & 250. Energy efficient 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Tons of windowsgreat natural light-open floor plan. Possible accessory apartment in basement. Large, stand-up, 3rd floor attic with natural light. Modern kitchen with island, granite. Hardwood, bamboo & carpet. Tile bathrooms with cast iron tubs. Energy star windows & doors. Upgraded insulation. Large front & rear porches. Off street parking, on busline. Easy walk/bike to work. Lisa Lyons (434) 987-1767. MLS# 514826 & 514833

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DAYTRIPFun! Splish Splash Massanutten Resort is home to all of the winter sports favorites, including ice-skating, snow tubing and skiing, but it also has a temperature-controlled indoor water park when you grow tired of the harsh winter weather! Sometimes you just need to take a break from winter. When you reach that point, Massanutten’s indoor WaterPark in McGaheysville welcomes you with open arms. Kept Massanutten Resort

at a balmy 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, the WaterPark is a delightful respite from chattering teeth, shivering limbs and chapped lips. The Frog Pond was created just for the littlest visitors; with a maximum depth of 12 inches, it includes a slide, swings and water-spraying noodles. Older kids looking for a bit more adventure have their pick from the body slides and the tube slides, not to mention the Pipeline. Installed in 2005, it brought surfing to the Shenandoah Valley and is still the largest FlowRider in Virginia! Ready to relax? Hit the Shenandoah Hot Springs, an indoor/outdoor hot tub, or splash around in the Shenandoah Cove, a family-friendly pool area. Or grab a tube and glide through the Blue Ridge Rapids. Of course, you won’t be able to ignore the central feature of the WaterPark, the Massanutten Meltdown—a multi-story interactive water fortress with water cannons, rapids, five slides and a giant tipping bucket sure to get everyone doused. The WaterPark also offers dining options and an arcade to round out your day of fun. Find more info on

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January 5, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 Classes begin January 5th !

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Whale Tales Venture outdoors this month with a rollicking adventure aboard the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center’s 65-foot catamaran, Rudee Flipper. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, located in Virginia Beach, offers guests the chance to step beyond the aquarium walls and see the area’s marine life in its natural habitat. Why travel to Virginia Beach in the winter? Winter is actually the ideal time to see whales off the coast of Virginia as they migrate from areas near the poles to the warmer waters of the equator. On the center’s Winter Wildlife Boat Tours, available through March 16, you have the chance to see creatures like the brown pelican, harbor porpoise and humpback whale. Knowledgeable educators from the Virginia Aquarium narrate the two-hour tour while experienced volunteers show participants whale artifacts and answer questions. Keep a look out as you venture around the coast Lighthouse, DeWitt Cottage or the Old Coast Guard Station. When preparing for your voyage, remember to wear non-skid shoes and dress warmly since the temperature will be a little colder on the water. If you do get chilled on your tour, you are welcome to warm up in the heated cabin. Sea legs are a must to enjoy this unique experience—if you or your kids are prone to motion sickness, it is advised to consult with your doctor before booking a boat tour. Learn

Humpback whales, known to be active and acrobatic, are famous for breaching, swimming on their backs and slapping their tales and fins on the water’s surface.

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{our town calendar} Warm Up Dance Party

January 2, 10am at Gordon Avenue Library Cold toes, chilled cheeks, knocking knees? Shake off the shivers and warm up those bodies with a dance-party. Ages 5 & under. 296-5544

LEGO Mania

January 2, 4pm at Northside Library Just bring your creativity and engineering ability; blocks are provided! Grades K & up. Registration. 973-7893

CPAS Open House

January 5, 5:30-7pm at Charlottesville Performing Arts School Stop by the Open House to see the facility, register for the Winter/Spring Semester and purchase attire and dance uniforms. 293-2727

Kindermusik Demo Day

January 8, 9:15am, 11:30am & 5:30pm at Bounce-n-Play Come sing, play, move, and have fun! For ages 0-5 years old. Reservations. 242-0605

Green Adventure Project

January 20 & 21 at Triple C Camp When schools are closed, GAP provides a full day of outdoor fun, exploration, and nature and science-themed adventures. 293-4270

Meet the Court: The Trial of Goldilocks


January 25, 10:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Learn how the criminal justice system works as we decide what crimes to accuse Goldilocks of and hear the evidence. You’ll be the jury! 977-1025

Toddler Time

January 30, 10am at Ivy Creek Natural Area Introduce your toddler to nature with this short talk and trail walk for three- to five-yearolds. 973-7772


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ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Piedmont Regional Science Fair Entries

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

Governor’s Art School Applications

Now through March 7 Reflections is a 10-day Summer Regional Governor’s School Program. Applications accepted from rising students in grades 7-9 (public, private & homeschool) in Ch’ville, Albemarle, Greene & Nelson counties. 245-2671

January 3, 3-6:30pm at Crozet Library Celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday by watching the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Middle Earth cuisine served. Grades 6-12. 823-4050


Winter Break Teen Movie

The Wonderful World of Words!

January 7, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Come explore a world of creative writing with fun activities and games to get your creative juices flowing. This month, the theme is letter writing. Registration. Grades 6-12. 296-5544

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Golden Apple Award Nominations

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

Albemarle County School Board Meeting

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Charlottesville City School Board Meeting

Richmond Symphony Lollipops

January 9, 5pm at Charlottesville High School 245-2400

January 9, 6:30pm at Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium 972-4055

February 2, 2pm at The Paramount Theater See page 18

Life After High School for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

January 11, 10am-12pm at Jefferson School City Center Join CRAAG for a discussion of the concerns, challenges and initiatives. 800-649-8481

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Peabody School Open House

January 15, 9am-2pm at Peabody School Prospective parents can observe classes, speak with current students and teachers and take a guided tour of the school. 296-6901

Come See Us in Action Day

January 16, 9-11:30am at Tandem Friends School Parents can learn more about Tandem Friends School with student-led tours, visits to classes, and a student/faculty/parent panel discussion. 951-9314

The Covenant School Open House

January 21 (Lower School) & 27 (Upper School), 8:30-11:30am at The Covenant Upper School Tour the school, visit classes in session, meet administrators and learn about the Covenant education. 220-7330

Molly Michie Cooperative Preschool Open House

January 21 at Molly Michie Preschool Molly Michie offers half day programs for children ages 2.5 to preK. 977-7406

International School Open House

January 25 at International School of Charlottesville Visit classrooms, speak with teachers, and learn more about the classes and programs for 2014-2015. There will be information for parents and activities for the children. 984-2174

Waldorf Education Day

January 25, 9am-12pm at Charlottesville Waldorf School A day of workshops and experiential learning including classes on chalk board drawing, reading foundations through storytelling, the importance of movement for the brain, and more! 973-4946

Grace Tinsley Scholarship Bash

January 25, 7-10pm, Elks Club Lodge Enjoy an evening of cool jazz and great food in honor of Grace Tinsley, who was a community leader and advocate for youth and educational opportunity. Proceeds go towards scholarships for CHS seniors. Contact for more info.

Foster Parent Training

January 25 & February 8 & 22, 9am-4pm at DePaul Community Resources The Pre-Service training sessions are for individuals and couples interested in becoming foster parents and/or adoptive parents. Breakfast & lunch will be provided. 977-9847

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Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered

My son is small for his age. He wants to

I’m worried about my daughter and her social

sign up for sports because most of his

relationships. She is 16, does well academically

friends do, but he winds up feeling bad

and spends lots of her time on her schoolwork.

because he doesn’t do as well as his friends.

She only talks about one friend, and much

of their conversations seem to center on

— Jennifer, Charlottesville

It could be that your son likes being with his friends, basically enjoys playing

Dear Bob

and is just giving himself a hard time about

by Bob Taibbi

school assignments. She never talks about boys and has not been on any dates.

— name withheld, Charlottesville

his performance. Encourage him to not

Teenage years are full of challenges

compare himself to his friends and to accept

and are a time when kids truly move at

that some sports are about fun rather than

different rates. She may not be ready yet to

performance. Look for opportunities to help

date, but it sounds like your question about

him be less self-critical, especially if you

that may be reflective of a bigger concern—

notice this carries over to other areas as well.

that she seems somewhat socially isolated.

On the other hand, it could be that he feels





some peer pressure to play and doesn’t really

daughter shares your worries. She may feel

enjoy it. Help him identify other outlets for

fine about her social circle; and if her overall

his skills and talents. He might try a sport

mood is good, I’d be less concerned. But I’d try

where size is less important, such as

to have a heart-to-heart talk with her if she

gymnastics or karate (which will

appears depressed, acts socially awkward or

help with self confidence). Or

shy, complains about the other kids at school,


he could look past sports

is always anxious about schoolwork, or

and to music or art or

seems to put all her self-esteem in the basket

Email your parenting concerns and queries to Yours might be included in an upcoming issue!

outlet. Activities such as

Raise your concerns — that perhaps

these provide a chance

she is putting a lot of pressure on herself




of academic accomplishments.

for children to explore

academically, that she doesn’t seem to have

the world and themselves

many friends, that she might be lonely and

and to find what they are

not know what to do about it. I’d also check

and are not good at. Support

in with her school guidance counselor — who

him as he tries out new

can give you another perspective on how

activities. Brainstorm ways the

she is doing and could possibly be a source

kids can be together outside of sports

of support for your daughter — and, if your

with him or his friends’ parents. And help

daughter acknowledges that she does indeed

him realize that he doesn’t need to be good

feel lonely or awkward, consider taking her to

at everything; he just needs to find what fits

see a counselor even for a short time to help

him just right.

with social skills and possible depression.

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{living well crafty & fun}


by Vanessa Valencia

Your house may look a little bare this month, once you’ve packed up the holiday decorations. And you may find yourself home with kids who are eager for a craft or distractions on a snow day. Enjoy this activity, which uses things you probably already have on hand: cotton balls, embroidery floss, scissors and (if you can find one) a sewing needle. This garland can be as long and as spaced out or clustered as you and your child like, and the combinations of color and materials really are endless! Display it on your mantel, over a bookshelf, across a headboard or anywhere else that strikes your fancy—just be sure it is not low enough to be an entanglement hazard for small children. • Thread a needle with a long piece of

thread or floss for the garland and set aside, away from tiny hands. • Cut a piece of embroidery floss about 24 inches long. Leave 3 to 4 inches of thread at the beginning, like a tail. You’ll use this to tie up the floss.

the floss around the cotton ball, in all directions. (Don’t tie up the tail.) • When your child is almost at the end of the thread, tie what’s left to the

• Show your child how to start rolling

tail piece with a double or triple knot. (You may want to do the first knot and then see if your child can do a second or third knot.) Wrap more cotton balls or continue to step four. • Find the needle you set aside earlier.

needle to pass through them, so slip the needle just under the knot you made and trim any tail that remains. (Or skip the needle step and tie the

The balls will be too dense for the

ball to the garland using the tail that remained after you tied the knot.)

Vanessa blogs at, where this craft originally premiered, and has an Etsy shop of the same name.


{living well tips & trends} THE VOYAGE OF THE NARWHAL Spend a cozy afternoon reading Andrea Barrett’s tale of the Narwhal and its crew as they explore the Polar Arctic Sea. Discover what those on the expedition and those left behind uncover in this mid-19th century novel.


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TRENDS by Heidi White

Make running or walking part of your exercise program this year for your own health—and because it offers opportunities to chat with friends and raise funds for worthy causes. During winter consider these running tips:

1. Dress properly—not too much, not too little. Your body will warm to 15 degrees above air temperature.

3. Your longest run of the week should never be greater than the sum of your other runs.

2. Maintain a “conversational” pace. If you can hear yourself breathing too rapidly, you’re probably running too fast.

4. See Mark Lorenzoni’s “Rules for Lifelong Running,” at



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Seeing Is Believing multifocal contact lenses,” says Dr. Joseph DiGirolamo of Primary Eyecare. “This increasingly viable option provides good distance and near vision simultaneously without glasses.”

“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” — Will Rogers Find local-area fashion and decorating information by subscribing to this app. Chat with boutiques, request items and exchange tips with others about shopping locally.

Warm and Wonderful Wrap yourself in this luxurious cowl-neck sweater to keep out the cold. From Elan International. $168 at Verdigris

Heidi lives locally and writes primarily about topics of interest to mothers, daughters, women and children — and even some men too!

Location, Location, Location!

Updated and upgraded in Ivy Just 10 minutes from town and in the Meriwether Lewis Elementary district of Ivy, this beautifully remodeled 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features a newly remodeled kitchen with cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, updated bathrooms with travertine tile, hardwood floors and other wonderful touches. The long list of features also includes ceiling fans, large windows, built in bookshelves, crown molding, new furnace, new

roof and huge family room with a fireplace. French doors welcome you to a large screened-in porch off the dining room that connects the house to well designed outdoor spaces. The charming picketfenced yard comes complete with flagstone patios, a raised bed vegetable garden, fruit bushes, and a large level lawn. A paved driveway and storage shed add even more convenience. This is a great home in a great location! Call quickly!

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Break the Rules


Don’t be afraid of unusual placements. Placing items in front of windows to create more space can open a room up.

New Year’s Look Begin the new year by bringing a new look to your home.


Come January and the un-decking of the halls, I inevitably find myself rearranging the furniture for a fresh new look

it. You never know what’s going to work until you move things into place.

Rule-of-thumb measurements for traffic flow in a room are 30 inches between pieces you want to walk around and 14 to 18 inches reaching distance for tables to hold drinks.


If the arrangement isn’t working, try taking a piece or two


Don’t know where to start? Get creative and just move

it takes advantage of whatever view your room has to offer—a fireplace, a TV, a bank of windows. Or create your own focal point with a piece of artwork.

January 2014

things around. Consider putting furniture kitty-corner. Try find yourself liking it more as you live with it.

maximum distance. Consider the room’s focal points. Orient seating so that

out of the room. Less is more.

leaving it for a few days and see how it works. You might

For a cozy conversational area, eight feet is considered the


idea of what will work where, but don’t be afraid to change

space, while the zero budget requirement is easy on the rearranging:


Try mapping it out on paper first. This will give you some

to our home. I love the reinvigorated feeling it gives to a wallet after the holidays. I keep these things in mind when



by Becky Calvert


Cycle things in and out. In addition to freshening a room up, it helps reduce clutter.

{living well home and garden} Cooking with Flowers Need inspiration while pouring over gardening catalogs?

“Only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” – Ruth Stout

Herbalist and chef Miche Bacher’s new book covers the range of what you can do with those delicate blooms in your garden, from sweet to savory and back again— flower vinaigrettes, lavender lemonade, roasted daylilies,


nasturtium pizza and hibiscus popsicles to name a few.

$24.95, Miche Bacher, O’Suzannah



Peek into the home kitchen

Garden On the Go Sistema’s BPA-free To Go line will help you keep your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier lunches. Designed for sensible portions with

of renowned local chef Tim Burgess, and get some behindthe-scenes glances at his eateries around town—Bizou, Bang, and the Space Downtown.

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MUD HIKES and Morning Swims Memories of Camp Pinewood by Louise Hemingway

Remembering summer camp is like dusting off a journal titled “Best Summer Ever.” The first page starts with a description of a big yellow bus that drove my 12-yearold self away from the city and into the country, and the final page includes a photograph of me greeting my parents as I get off the bus. You can see my new confidence and an awareness that each day can be filled with meaning. In between those pages, I’ve chronicled many memories.

I was quite surprised when I found out that I had received

asking them about their schools and their families. This

a scholarship to attend the camp, and since I had never

seemed to break the ice and reveal some similarities among

been to an overnight camp before, I wasn’t quite sure what

us, and I soon realized that I’d be making new friends.

to expect. Would I be sleeping in a tent every night? Would

The boys were housed on the other side of the camp,

I make friends? Would I see a bear, or worse, a skunk? I was

far away from us. We did, however, get a chance to giggle

about to find out.

and grin at them the very next morning in the big dining

After riding that yellow bus through miles of endless

hall where all of us gathered for breakfast. The dining hall

cornfields, the bus passed beneath a large, wooden sign

was a large structure made of logs, had long wooden tables

swinging above the road that read “Camp Pinewood.”

and wooden benches. The food was delicious—fresh fruit,

When I climbed off the bus, I was greeted by my camp

fluffy pancakes, tasty sausages, eggs with cheese—all in

counselor—a teenager, full of energy and excitement. She

abundance and served on large platters passed around

had a bounce in her step as she showed me to the log

the table. Each age group had a designated table and

cabin where I’d be sleeping on a bunk bed. The cabin had

assigned a native American tribe name. Every morning this

no electricity or running water, and it smelled pleasantly

challenge was put forth: which group could sing the Camp

of pine logs. It was rustic convenience, quite a few steps

Pinewood song the best? The camp director would set the

above a tent.

tone on his harmonica, and we would, in turn, sing: “I got

One by one, girls arrived, each picking a bunk. Not

that Camp Pinewood feeling down in my heart, down in

liking awkward silence, I set about interviewing each one,

my soul to stay-eh-eh!” Those who lost the challenge had


{inspiration summer camp} to clean the dining hall. We older kids took pride in the fact that we never once had to clean the dining hall! We did, however, take turns cleaning bathrooms and stuff. Lake Echo became a constant feature of my days at Camp Pinewood, the setting for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and learning how to fish. But it also became the home of my embarrassment. One afternoon, I emerged from an underwater swim. Unbeknownst to me, the straps of






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Certainly, it had no place at camp. One entertaining pastime we enjoyed was hand jives, those hand-clapping games with friends set to spoken music. The girls

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and weren’t familiar with this activity, so I gathered my friends and took it upon myself to teach them. The name of the particular jive I introduced at Camp Pinewood was “Rockin’ Robin,” — which needs four people to play: Clap with the girl to your left. Clap with the girl to your right. Then clap with the girl across from you, one set of hands going over, one set of hands going under. All the while hands are clapping, voices are singing the lines of the nonsensical song, all to a steady, jazzy tempo. “Tweedle deedle deet. Tweedle deedle deet. Tweedle deedle deet. Tweedle deedle deet. Tweet baby, tweet baby. Bombeet!” Soon all the girls wanted to learn, even the younger ones in other cabins. And before I knew it, the entire girls’ side of the camp was tweedle-deedle-deeting like little rockin’ robins. I thought it was awesome that I was the one that began the hand jivin’ phenomenon at Camp Pinewood during that summer. The camp director was so impressed that a few years later, when I was a teenager working at a retail store, he offered me a job as a camp counselor. I couldn’t accept, but I was pleased at the offer, which I believe was extended because of the success of that hand jive. I remember, too, a long, hot day of capture the

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understand, was that we could not wear socks. Those instructions seemed very peculiar for a hike, but we followed the instructions. The morning of the hike, we rose early. Anxiously, we dressed and began our trek out Thinkstock

of the campground, sockless. We made our way through a small stretch of woods, and then the hike began not near a creek but in it. By now the hot summer sun was shining brightly, and it was a good thing too, or else our feet would have become frostbitten, walking through the biting-cold creek water. Onward we marched and sloshed until soon the creek bottom turned into a miry avenue of thick brown mud. First, it clung onto my ankles and oozed into my sneakers. As I plodded on, it crept up to® my

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birth, he is now a strong, healthy teenager, thanks to the extraordinary talents and services of both her MJH-affiliated obstetrician and the staff at UVA’s NICU. “UVA’s team of specialists in this field have made some amazing advancements in this area of medicine that have really changed the outcome of cases like my son’s,” she says gratefully. “The very fact that he’s as normal and healthy as he is, is nothing short of miraculous.”

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Michael Lance of Charlottesville found out they were having twins, they knew there were certain factors that put them in the “high risk” category. “I was over the age of 40 when I became pregnant with the boys, and carrying twins automatically designates you as high-risk,” Stover says. “So we knew from the get-go that we would need to be monitored closely. We chose UVA because we knew they have a stellar NICU, and we wanted to be prepared just in case anything happened.” “Just in case” turned into reality when Stover developed a rare condition called cholestasis of pregnancy that would jeopardize the twins’ health until they were born. With this condition, there is an increased risk of stillbirth as the end of the third trimester approaches. Stover was scheduled for a cesarean section at 36 weeks and received weekly ultrasounds leading up to delivery. When her twins, Abbott and Rinker, were born, other unexpected things happened and both boys needed to be cared for in the UVA neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).






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{until next time humorous reflections}

The TV Set in the Attic

The Family That Watches Together, Stays Together by Rick Epstein

Well, I finally bought a big flat-screen TV. A 84-incher! (The

I didn’t realize it at the time, but my brother was

box it came in modestly announces a 40-inch screen, but

an arch-geek and he was probably on his way to his room

I always measure TV sets by their girth.) Watching our old

to practice his chess moves or to read about the Roman

TV’s dinky 27-inch screen had been a hardship. But it was

Empire for fun. But he was my big brother and his opinion

a sacrifice I made for my children.

meant a lot to me, so I changed the channel. Maybe that’s

How’s that?

why I’m not too unreasonable in my sports fanaticism

Because whenever I’d talk about buying a new TV,


our youngest, Wendy, would say, “I want the old TV in my

My father would watch only news shows and

room.” And my wife, Betsy, would say, “I want the old TV in

political panel discussions, and since I seldom strayed far

our room. I’m sick of waiting until Wendy’s in bed to see an

from the TV set, I would learn a few things despite my

R-rated movie.”

natural inclinations. When I was watching something of

Thus I glimpsed the future: Mom and Dad lolling in

my own choosing, Dad would pass by and comment. My

bed, basking in the glow of the latest blockbuster, while

favorites were Westerns (“If those are the good guys, why

each of our three children skulks in the privacy of her own

are they always fighting?”), old movies (“Why do people

boudoir watching God-only-knows-what until all hours of

idolize a hoodlum like Frank Sinatra?”) and pro-wrestling

the night.

(“Turn that garbage off!”). The TV set needs to be in the

Television engulfs the typical 21st-century family

family room where Mom and Dad

about as thoroughly as practical matters engulfed the

can monitor it and provide

early settlers. And to leave parental guidance out of the TV

instructive footnotes. When

The electronic hearth, which was no family enhancer to begin with, falls apart when you get an additional TV set.


conquered it



equation is to give up on family living. first

So what did I do with the old TV? I lugged it up to the


attic. Although it is smallish for watching, its 72-inch non-



the “the

flat girth makes it biggish for carrying. It would never leave the attic. At least that’s what I thought.

electronic hearth.” Up

One night when I came home from work, my middle

until then, Americans

daughter, Sally, intercepted me at the front door. “Mom’s

had spent their evenings

mad at you!” she said, “I was helping her find some clothes



in the attic and the old TV fell. It rolled down the stairs like

fireplace playing charades

a huge boulder with Mom running down ahead of it like

or singing hymns. But in

Indiana Jones. She got away, but I never heard her curse so






the family circle. Then television reinforced that arrangement.

much. She says you had it ‘perched’ up there like a death trap.” My first impulse was to accuse my wife of recklessly

The electronic hearth, which was no family enhancer

horsing around in the attic, but the ensuing fight would

to begin with, falls apart when you get an additional TV set.

leave me too weak to haul the TV set back up the narrow

When I was a kid, we had only one TV set and we

staircase. So I made my apology quickly and we got on

watched all the shows in a public way, with plenty of

with our lives. The old TV is forgotten because everyone

interaction, interference, compromise and commentary

assumes it’s broken.

that instilled the family outlook. For example, at age 10, I loved baseball. I played it, I

And our family room remains a cultural wasteland, but at least we’re in it together.

collected baseball cards and I read biographies of its greats. One summer afternoon I took the next step: I tuned the TV to a baseball game. My big brother wandered through the rec room and said scornfully, “You’re not starting that are you?”


January 2014

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