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MCLEAN FAULCONER INC. REALTORS Charlottesville, Virginia’s leading farm and estate brokers invite you to preview a sample of our 2014 current offerings. . .

IVY – Stately 4BR residence, over 5,800 fin. sq/ft, on 5 acres, just west of C’ville Quality-built, open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, 1st floor MBR. Finished terrace level, 3-car garage, large rear deck. Beautiful mountain & pastoral views! $895,000. MLS#511414 Steve McLean (434) 295-1131.

PANORAMIC BLUE RIDGE VIEW – Exceptional 194 ac. grazing farm, half hour north of Charlottesville in scenic Madison Co. Extremely well constructed and appointed 6 BR post and beam home, beautiful details i.e. English oak floors, huge gourmet kitchen. Award winning pool and pool house. $2,499,000, or home with 25 acres: $1,495,000. Call Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076.

OFF GARTH ROAD - Superbly constructed stone and stucco 5BR residence, copper roof, private 2.6 acres, 3 miles to UVA. Over 6,800 fin. sq.ft., main level MBR, gourmet kitchen, spacious rooms, great details and wonderful entertaining spaces. $1,295,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#517013.

KENRIDGE - Superb quality 4 bedroom townhome across from UVA Birdwood Golf Course, near Farmington and grounds. Traditional with open floor plan, main level master, elevator, over 5,080 finished square feet. $979,000. MLS #513565. Call Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076.

SWEEPING MOUNTAIN VIEWS from this extraordinary architect designed European style stone & authentic stucco residence on 21 ac. in park-like Blandemar. Custom built, 4BR/4.5BA home. $1,599,000. Tim Michel (434) 960-1124 or Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS #512258

JAMES RIVER - Charming circa 1920 5 bedroom farmhouse, pool, guest cottage, 118 acres, elevated land perfect for animals or vineyard, plus bottomland and long frontage on James River. VERY SCENIC, PRIVATE, MT. VIEWS. $1,495,000. MLS #507998

OFF GARTH ROAD - Impeccably maintained mostly 1-level 3 BR home privately situated on 2.76 ac. only 3 miles from C’ville, Blue Ridge view & beautiful pastoral view of adjoining horse farm. Great details in residence, formal & informal. $799,000. MLS#502478.Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076.

QUAKER RUN FARM - Magnificent Blue Ridge views, superb location near National Park, trout streams, miles of trails. Expertly restored, enlarged, and appointed 3BR, 3BA farmhouse. Large barn renovated for entertainment: kitchen, bath, exercise space, many uses, 6 stall stable, incredible setting w/ panoramic views of mountains. $1,100,000 Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#513585

HISTORIC CARRSBROOK - Built circa 1794, is one of Albemarle County’s most distinguished 18th century homes w/SW mtn & Rivanna River views 4.5 acres, pool, guest house just north of Charlottesville. On Virginia Landmarks Register & National Register of Historic Places. $995,000 . Call Steve McLean (434) 981-1863 MLS#516850.

AMMONETT MOUNTAIN - Circa 1878 4BR farmhouse on 3 acres, home remodeled and enlarged, retaining old Virginia charm. Land is a mix of woods and pastures, bold creek, near Walnut Creek Park, excellent recreational property. $795,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076.

EDNAM - Spacious 4 BR colonial, well maintained w/ numerous improvements & upgrades including spectacular chef’s kitchen. Elevated 1.47 ac., mostly wooded site, winter mountain views, over 4,200 fin. sq.ft. $995,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 9810076 MLS#517012

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Just Between Us… This month, we’re introducing Family Tree, a new column that celebrates grandparents (see page 34), which has reminded me of the fun I had as a child with my extended family. I had both close-by and far-away grandparents. While one was a big car trip adventure, the other was close enough that we had regular Sunday dinners together. Summertime was always a good time to spend the night or weekend at Grandma’s house. We’d fill our day with sewing projects, visiting my Great Granny Kerns and the Aunts or buying a new $0.99 outfit for my Barbie dolls. (I’m dating myself!) Grandad would get home and check on his perfectly pristine garden — not a weed in sight and many long rows of perfectly spaced produce, though I don’t remember him doing heavy work there. Must have been some sort of magic because in our garden at home, we had to pull weeds. A lot. After dinner we’d sit out back on the swing and chat with the neighbors until the mosquitoes became too bothersome. On extra hot nights, we’d go get ice cream bars and eat in the living room — sitting on the floor with newspapers spread to protect the carpet from drips and dribbles — with the room’s AC blasting. We’d never get to eat in the living room at home! What luxury! Grandparents are valuable to our children in so many ways (and not just by giving them magic and treats) but to us parents as well. They’ve already been where we are, and have lots of wisdom to share. Sure, they may not be up to date on the latest theories of discipline and parenting (“What’s a Helicopter Parent?”), but you can’t beat their voice of experience for putting an overwhelming day of crying babies and spilt milk into perspective — especially if they make tea and bake cookies while consoling you.

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke EDITOR Jennifer Conrad Seidel EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Jennifer Slate GRAPHIC DESIGN Erin Q. Hughes Barbara Tompkins SALES MANAGER David Valcich ADVERTISING SALES Karrie Bos Lindsay Lopez Susan Powell Brandi Washburn MARKETING & SALES COORDINATOR Marti Pugh OFFICE ASSISTANT Artemesia Walters CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kelly Casey, Beth Cheuk, Kim Connolly, Rick Epstein, Teri Kent, Linda Kobert, Dionna L. Mann, Laura Merricks, Krissy Millar, Lynn Pribus, Kate Darby Rauch, Marsha Wenig, Heidi White ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Amy Duprey DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

I don’t think you need to let biological ties limit your choices of who might fill a grandparent role in your family life, either. Maybe your babysitter, neighbor or friend from work or church would love an opportunity to be part of your family’s inner circle. Our babysitter is a senior (she’s Robin’s mom, actually — we keep it all in the family here!) and has been taking care of my four little ones for the better part of 13 years now. Her name is Jan, but they have always called her Grandma Jam, and she’s played a terrific grandparenting role in their lives in addition to the special relationships they have with their natural grandparents, who love to dote on them too and come to visit and travel with us as often as possible. Grandparents, whether natural or “adopted,” are terrific sources of wisdom and affection for every family. Enjoy sharing our new column with your extended family!

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{Contents} TABLE OF



Welcome to Charlottesville 8

News 10

Special Tips for New Families

The Buzz Around Town 12

When Driving, Do You Model Good Cell Phone Use for Your Children?

Healthy Family 32 Wart Myths Busted Family Tree 34 Guidance for New Grandparents


Editor’s Pick!

Bravo! 18 Roz Westerman

Yoga for Kids 44 Fun Strategies for Young People Living

Check out our new column, Family Tree, which celebrates our extended families — especially our children’s grandparents. See page 34.

Bumble on the Fly 20 Bumble Around the Community

Free Family Summer Fun 42

Having Fun In & Around

Our Schools 16

Out & About Calendar 22


Summer Music Programs at Charlottesville City Schools


Snapshot 14 Judy DeLoache

Eco-Lifestyle 30 Composting Indoors & Out

Making New Friends 48 Tips for Moving to a New City or School

July Activities & Events for Families

Daytrip Fun! 26

For the Love of Trains & 4th of July Celebrations

in a Hurry-Up World

House That Grows with A Your Family 56 Renovations for Changing Needs

Tips & Trends 38 Fabulous Finds & Fun

Crafty & Fun 40 No-Sew Patriotic Burlap Windsock


2014 Holistic Family Guide 47

For Your Family’s Well-Being

2014 Summer Home Guide For the House & Home




“ Ask Your Mother” Is Not the Answer 62 A Warning for Fellow Dads

So Love This! “I love the clear-sided wormcomposting bin (see page 30). It’s a great science lesson with practical application in the garden!” — Jennifer, Editor



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Welcome to Charlottesville! Special tips for families new to town

Are you new to Charlottesville? Are you hoping to enjoy the historic sites and natural beauty

that attract visitors from all over the world as well as discover those hidden gems that locals treasure? In addition to the insider tips we’ve included here, look for the symbol on the table of contents (page 7) to find articles that may be useful to you as you and your family settle in.

Small City, Big Attraction

Local Eats

One reason Charlottesville has so many transplanted residents is that it’s a small city with the trappings of a big one. Catch national performers at one of our bigger music venues, find cuisines from all over the world, art of every media and plenty of great theatre. It is also a great town to discover one-ofa-kind shops. There’s nothing pre-fab or cookie-cutter about the charming boutiques and great locally owned businesses abundant in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Wine, music, clothes, food, toys — if you want it, we’ve got a locally owned store that sells it!

We have several farmers markets (see page 22) and many Charlottesville restaurants use locally sourced ingredients — and that makes all the difference when it comes to good eating. For more on the locavore food movement, check out the seasonal Buy Fresh Buy Local guides ( to discover the best of what’s around our town.

The Skinny on Schools Our area schools have a great reputation. Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools earn praise for innovative teaching as well as high levels of achievement on Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests. Our many outstanding local private schools provide a variety of additional options, from boarding schools to single-gender programs to faith-based education.

TJ Was Here The most popular man in town is Thomas Jefferson. He is often fondly called “TJ,” and his university is the biggest employer in our area. It’s also a great draw for sports fans, who turn out in droves to cheer on the UVA Cavaliers. The big domed building with TJ’s great statue out front is the Rotunda, and it faces a huge grass courtyard area known as the Lawn, surrounded by historic residences (Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most famous residents) that are now occupied by students and faculty. The Lawn is packed full with children trick-or-treating every Halloween and UVA students graduating every spring.


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Celebrity Spotting While you’re out and about, you may get a glimpse of local celebrities like Dave Matthews, Howie Long, Sissy Spacek, John Grisham, Boyd Tinsley, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mary Chapin Carpenter or Jan Karon. Follow the example set by other locals and refrain from staring or asking for autographs.

A Road Oft Taken You should know that “Rio Road” is not pronounced “Ree-o,” but rather “Rye-o.” The explanation we have heard is that it used to be Route 10. Others claim it sprang from the nearby Rivanna River (locals pronounce it “RY-vanna”).

He’s with the Band The Dave Matthews Band (aka DMB) are hometown boys who studied music at Charlottesville High School and then made the big time. On your next outing to the Downtown Mall, stop in at Miller’s to see where it all started. Dave worked there as a bartender, back when he and the boys were still a local band. Over the years, the band has also given millions of dollars to local nonprofits through its Bama Works Fund.

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Mommy Manu al From Local Moms

Check out The Charlottesville Welcome Book, which comes out four times a year, and the annual CharlottesvilleFamily’s Ultimate Go-To Guide — the best resources for everything local, from restaurants to real estate agents. Both can be found on magazine stands throughout the area.

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Downtown Highlights

What’s a Wahoo?

The Downtown Mall is key to Charlottesville’s charm. To do the mall properly with the kids, start by hitting the Virginia Discovery Museum. Then have an awesome, homemade ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt. Finish up at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion for free concerts on Friday nights in the summer — a Charlottesville tradition for more than 25 years. To really experience that small town feel, stop in and enjoy a root beer or milkshake at the old-timey lunch counter of Timberlake’s Drugstore.

Legend has it that Washington & Lee baseball fans dubbed the UVA players “Wahoos” during the fiercely contested rivalry that existed between the two in-state schools in the 1890s. By 1940, “Wahoos” was in general use around Grounds to denote University students. The abbreviated “Hoos” sprang up later in student newspapers and has gained growing popularity in recent years. (Interestingly, “Wahoo” is also a predatory fish that can drink twice its weight in liquid!)

A Touch of History

Recent Accolades

Historic heroes abound in Albemarle. The legacy of presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe includes their magnificent homes — Monticello, Montpelier and Ash Lawn-Highland — and thriving local tourism. Meriwether Lewis, perhaps the most famous explorer in the United States, was from Ivy, just west of town.

#2 Friendliest Small City, America’s Healthiest Small Cities (#6), Daily Finance, 2014 Top 100 Places to Live (#26),, 2013 America’s Smartest City,, 2013 Top Ten Book-Loving Cities (#4),, 2013 Best Small Cities For Working Women (#4),, 2013 Small Community City for Overall Well-Being, Gallup, 2012 #1 City to Live in the Country, Yahoo Real Estate/Sperling’s Best Places, 2011 Most Walkable City in Virginia, Walk Score, 2011 Top 10 Charming Towns, TripAdvisor, 2010 Top “Brainiest” Metropolitan Areas, The Atlantic Healthiest Place to Live, Men’s Journal, 2010

Down on the Corner The Corner is the cool, “campusy” area at the intersection of University Avenue and the central entrance to the UVA grounds (not “campus”), the Honor Gate. Always abustle with students, the Corner has some great restaurants and a cool vibe.

What’s in a Name Just in case the kids ask, Charlottesville was named for Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of George III, and incorporated as a city on March 2, 1888. Albemarle was named in honor of William Ann Keppel, second Earl of Albemarle, who was then governor general of the Virginia colony.

Look at back issues of CharlottesvilleFamily for more great articles and guides to help you live like a local — including fun resources like the annual summer pool guide and tips on local family hikes from our June 2014 issue. You’ll find them at


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CITY SCHOOLS’ INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS Charlottesville City Schools’ students and teachers will be traveling the globe this summer. CHS rising senior David Cohn is one of 26 national winners to receive a Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel. Rising senior Emily Bambury and CHS Spanish teacher Karen Nelson were selected by the State Department and UVA’s Center for Politics for the Youth Ambassadors Program in Chile and Argentina. Buford ESL teacher Renata Germino will travel to Colombia with the State Department’s “Teachers for Global Classrooms” project. And CHS’s string ensemble heads to France to perform in Charlottesville’s sister city,

Destination Imagination Two Destination Imagination teams from Albemarle County Schools are among the top teams in the world in their categories. More than 1,700 teams competed in Knoxville in

BesanÇon. Bon voyage!

Outstanding Educators

an annual global competition — and teams from Albemarle

Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional organization for edu-

High School and Brownsville Elementary School both placed

cators, recognized three Albemarle County teachers at this year’s

fifth! For each challenge, students confront a scenario that

awards dinner. Recipients for outstanding educator awards were Julie

requires them to work together to solve a problem, create

Lindenbaum, first grade teacher at Hollymead Elementary; Janet

products as part of their response, and present their findings

Webster, eighth grade math teacher at Burley Middle; and Rachel

to a panel of judges. Cale Elementary, Henley Middle and

McElroy, first-year special education teacher in Language Arts at

Woodbrook Elementary teams also had Top 20 results in the

Walton Middle. In addition, Agnor-Hurt principal Michele Del Gallo

worldwide competition!

Castner received the chapter’s Alton L. Taylor Leadership Award and Sarah Vrhovac, 2014 graduate of Albemarle High School, received the Rutrough Education Scholarship.

LOCAL TEACHER WINS FELLOWSHIP Monticello High School World History teacher Eric Schmalz has been awarded one of four national fellowships to study at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The Life Guard Teacher Fellows Program residential research at Mount Vernon’s new library on a variety of themes inspired by the life, leadership and legacy of George Washington. Congratulations, Mr. Schmalz!


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When driving, do you model good cell phone use for your children? 83% say “yes” 17% say “no” If I need to call or text, I pull over to the side My kids are little and I keep telling myself and explain to my children what I am doing. that when they get older I will need to do Mom of two, Cville better, but I should start now! Jessica, mommy of three in Crozet

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Safe cell phone use when driving should be a priority at all times, not just when your I’m always working which requires phone children are watching! time at all times it seems these days. My Erin, mother of two daughter has been a great promoter of no talking or texting while driving, and because of her I’ve stopped. If I even pick up my phone while driving, my Regina, C’ville, “hospitality queen” kids will remind me to wait. Stephanie, Crozet, mom of two Setting a good example . . . will carry a lot further with our children instead of waiting until they’re 15 or 16 years old and then telling them, “Don’t text and drive!”


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A great fit for those needing support and individualized attention in reading, math, written language, and study skills. • Multi-sensory approach incorporates traditional instruction and advanced technology. • Daily one-to-one instruction and small classes. • 5:1 student to teacher ratio. • Day and boarding programs for ages 6 to 14. • Horseback riding, sports, arts and music. • Ask about discounts and tuition assistance.

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Congratulations to St. Anne’sBelfield’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer


Team! Seeded #3, they upset #1 St. Catherine’s School to win the VISAA Division I State Title. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation playing time, senior Haley Kent scored the winning goal in overtime to win 3-2. Haley was named All-State 1st Team and elected VISAA Division I All-State Soccer Player of the Year. Seniors Lauren Gampper and Kylie Hegemier were also named to the Division I All-State 1st Team. Overall, the team finished 13-1-2 for the season. Congratulations, Saints!

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Is children’s learning a natural thing or can

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parents do things to enhance the learning

Babies,” a book about child rearing in different


areas of the world. Different chapters were

Learning definitely comes naturally to children;

written by anthropologists in the role of wise

it would probably be hard to catalog everything

elders giving childrearing advice to parents in

an infant or toddler spontaneously learns on any

various societies. This illustrates what very

given day. However, the naturalness of learning

different ideas are held regarding the nature

in no way means parents cannot or should not

of infants — and humans in general — and

provide their children with experiences and

the different ways infants should be treated to

materials that stimulate learning about the

ensure healthy development as well as what

world. Talk to them a lot. Even with very young

dangers there are to watch out for.

children, “read” picture books with them.

What reading material is on your

What 21st-century technology could you


not live without?

“Selected Stories” by Alice Munro, “The Sense

Computers, email and television.

of an Ending” by Julian Barnes, books of poetry by Kay Ryan and Wendell Berry and a book of essays by Malcolm Gladwell. What was your favorite book as a child? The “Black Stallion” series.

Whom do you admire? President Barack Obama, poet Wendell Berry and actress Judi Dench — among many others. What do you like best about living here? The beauty of the countryside (including the

One of your studies showed infants

view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from our

learned no more words from a best-

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Judy DeLoache, Ph.D., is an author, researcher and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at UVA, where she founded the Child Study Center. She is a leading expert on early human development and her work has increased our understanding of young children’s memory and their mastery of various symbols, including pictures and models. Her other research has focused on the origins of humans’ common fear of snakes. She lives in Albemarle County with her husband, Professor Gerald Clore, and their Aussie shepherd, Basil. Their son, Benjamin, lives in Charlottesville with their daughter-in-law Laura and granddaughter Waverly. A frequent traveler, both for business and pleasure, DeLoache also loves reading. Her favorite leisure activity is sailing the family catamaran, Whisper, on the Chesapeake Bay.

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for parents? Definitely. Parents should not expect their infants to learn much from “educational” products such they should never let their children view such materials. Many infants do enjoy watching them, and there’s nothing wrong with letting them do so in moderation.

Lynn and her husband read constantly to their two sons when they were little.

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Summer Music Programs at Charlottesville City Schools

The mission of First Presbyterian Church Preschool is to serve children and families throughout the community by creating a foundation for continuous growth and development in a nurturing, Christian environment. Ages Served: 20 months through 5 years Enrollment options: Two, three, and five days a week, 9AM-Noon After school activities include Lunch Bunch, Wee Little Arts, Pea Pod Players, and Bricks 4 Kidz

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434.296.1447 Donna Buchanan, Director

During summer, we often think of fun more than learning, but Charlottesville City Schools’ students in grades 5–7 who are enrolled in band or orchestra can accomplish both at free summer music programs. Charlottesville City Schools have a long tradition of musical excellence. At Buford Middle School, for instance, the band has received superior ratings, the highest rating possible, for 46 consecutive evaluations — a national record. Charlottesville High School’s string ensemble has a similar streak of superior ratings. Both groups have earned the honor every year since 1984. Charlottesville’s elementary schools teach music principles and lay a strong foundation for future success. Once students enter fifth grade, they select a fine art class — often choosing to play in the band or orchestra. “The summer program is

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important for our rising fifth graders,” notes Buford orchestra director Don Brubaker. “It eases the transition to a new school and teaches familiarity with their new instruments. Students attend in small groups of beginning violinists or cellists, for instance. Students who play together in a section develop a real bond.” There are sessions for beginners and intermediate players. Among the intermediate programs, rising seventh graders in the Buford band come to practice, see friends and gain exposure to higher-level fundamentals. In addition, some rising eighth graders attend to assist their new bandmates. Director Joe Tornello explains that it “helps bridge the gap for the new students and teaches the eighth graders to work with students either one-on-one or in small groups.” Students in Charlottesville City Schools excel at music even at the earliest ages. At a statewide festival this spring, Walker Upper Elementary’s jazz band — an

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after-school club for fifth and sixth graders — was named grand champion among

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the Buford orchestra was named grand champion among competition that included a

middle-school jazz bands, which are filled primarily with eighth graders. In addition, high school group. “Our students learn not only to play music, but to love music,” notes Walker jazz band director Robert Dunnenberger. “Their enthusiasm is contagious.” 434.964.7494


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Beth serves as Community Relations Liaison for Charlottesville City Schools.

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Inspiring Early Learners Do you love your job so much you would do it for free if you didn’t have to make a living? Roz Westerman — a Children, Youth and Family Services Play Partners volunteer — decided that yes, she would! In 1998, she was the first program manager of Play Partners, a program that sends trained volunteers to work with child care providers and their children to promote early

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your love of reading?

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Play Partners volunteers work

For one hour each week — from May to October — Play Partners volunteers read a

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or visit

seeing the children get excited about books and reading is the greatest reward, noting that for many low-income children, these are the first books they have in their home. Their parents report that it encourages them to read to their children. “I need that kid energy in my life,” she says. “It is a fantastic program — I have seen

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Relocations & Expansions

Carla Moody, who has taught in the area for 14 years, has been named director of St. Mark

Lutheran Preschool, which is expanding this fall into a year-round, full-day program serving 50 children, 2½–K. David Rogers, principal of Sutherland Middle School, is retiring. He has served as principal of five schools in Charlottesville and Albemarle since 1983.

Leftover Luxuries, interior design consign and shop in the Pantops Shopping Center, now open Thurs.–Sat., 10am-6pm. Light House Studio, a nonprofit filmmaking center for young people, is adding a second location: 313 2nd Street, SE, Suite 112. Molly Michie Cooperative Preschool will open this fall at its new home at Wesley Memorial United Methodist

On August 2, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will implement a new service schedule. New riders’ guides will be available July 28.

Church, 1901 Thomson Road. Rock Paper Scissors has moved down a few doors to 321 E. Main Street on the downtown mall.

The renovated Ronald McDonald House on Nalle Street, which provides low-cost lodging to pediatric patients of the UVA Medical Center and their families, has reopened.

Royal Indian Restaurant has opened in its new location at 1250 Emmett Street.


Now Open Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community Preschool, for ages 3 to 6, 1554 Insurance Lane in Hollymead,

Anderson Carriage Food House in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center has closed. The P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro is slated to

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on the

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Ivy Publications Presents Check out the wonderful events we are sponsoring this month! Charlottesville Family and Bumble are proud to sponsor the Ash Lawn Opera held at the Paramount Theatre in July and the Albemarle County Fair held at Ash Lawn – Highland.

Bumble’s Summer Adventures! Last month Bumble was at one of his favorite Go-To outings, the Viriginia Discovery Museum, to visit all his bee friends! Join him all summer long on awesome outings with your

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FESTIVALS & FAIRS Summer Extravaganza

July 12 at Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro Music, food, arts & craft show, family entertainment and fireworks display. 540-942-6735,

Find more family-friendly events & festivals online at!

Madison County Fair

July 16-19 at Madison County Fairgrounds Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, livestock, aerialists, demolition derby and more. 540-948-7073,

Canoe/Kayak Race and Summer Festival

July 19, 10am-4pm at James River State Park Family fun events, truck displays, competitive races and family fun float. 933-4355,

Orange County Fair

July 24-26 at Orange County Fairgrounds This old-timey county fair is packed full of contests, shows, crafts, exhibits and music. 540-661-5393,

African-American Cultural Festival

July 26 at Washington Park Celebrate the rich heritage of people of African ancestry with arts, parade and more. 825-0115,

Sweet Dreams Festival

July 26, 9am-5pm at Stuarts Draft Park Contests, crafts, rock climbing wall, laser

tag, inflatables, food, entertainment and sporting events for the whole family. Pancake breakfast at 6:30am. 540-245-5727,

Annual Peach Festival

July 26 & 27, 9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday at Carter Mountain Orchard Games for children, face painting, contests, hayrides, lunch available and wine tastings. 977-1833,

Albemarle County Fair

July 31-August 2, 4-10pm Thursday, 10am10pm Friday & Saturday at Ash Lawn-Highland Local fair, featuring farm animals, exhibits, baked goods, crafts, family entertainment, 4-H events, livestock, and old-time country fun.

Augusta County Fair

August 5-9 at Expoland in Fisherville Carnival rides, tractor pulls, demolition derby, motorcross, live music, and fireworks.

DISCOVERING HISTORY Monticello Family-Friendly Tours

Now through September 1, 10am-3pm at Monticello These special, guided hourly tours of Thomas Jefferson’s house are designed especially for families with children ages 6 to 11. 984-9800,

Historic Court Square Walking Tour

Now through October Various historical tours around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and local cemeteries. 296-1492,

Farm and Barn History Day

Now through November 23, 2pm Saturdays at Ivy Creek Natural Area Come enjoy the newly repaired barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Displays to understand the area’s cultural and natural history. 973-7772,

The Secret Life of a Victorian House

July 24 & 31, 12:30-1:15pm at Maymont Mansion, Richmond Explore Maymont Mansion and learn what it was like to live and work at the estate 100 years ago. The Dooleys’ housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour. 804-358-7166,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Farmers in the Park

Now through September, 3-7pm Wednesdays at Meade Park. 970-3371,

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

Now through October, 4-7pm Tuesdays at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.

Crozet Farmers Market

Now through mid-October, 8am-12pm Saturdays at Crozet United Methodist parking lot. 823-1092

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City Market

Albemarle County Fair July 31-August 2, 4-10pm Thursday, 10am-10pm Friday & Saturday at Ash Lawn-Highland See this page.

Now through November, 7am-12pm Saturdays at Second and Water Street parking lots. Continued on page 24

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Charlottesville Municipal Band Concerts


“Shrek the Musical”


Sarah McLachlan: Benefit for the Charlottesville Free Clinic

July 11 at Chick-fil-A Free combo meal to any customer who comes to a Chick-fil-A restaurant fully dressed like a cow.



Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day


July 26, 11am-3pm at IX Project Jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. 718-594-2891,

Peaches at Carter Mountain




Now through August, 9am-6pm MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm Sunday at Carter Mountain Orchard 977-1833,

Berry Picking

Now through August, 10am-4pm TuesdaySunday at The Market at Grelen 540-672-7268,

Peaches at Henley’s

Call for picking times and dates. 823-7848,

Blackberry Pickin’ at Orchardside Farm Late July through September, 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday at Orchardside Farm 540-348-5220

Blackberries at Hill Top


Mid-July through August, 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery 361-1266,

Pick-Your-Own Peaches at Chiles


Now through mid-September, 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday at Chiles Peach Orchard 823-1583,

STAGE & SCREEN Summer Movie Express

Fri, September 26 ALL SHOWS ON SALE NOW TICKETS:, Downtown Visitor Center, 877-CPAV-TIX


July 2014

Now through August 6, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10am at Regal Stonefield Enjoy family-friendly flicks every week. $1 tickets. July 1 & 2: “The Lego Movie” & “Free Birds”; July 8 & 9: “Adventures of Tintin” & “Rise of the Guardians”; July 15 & 16: “Kung Fu Panda 2” & “Madagascar 3”; July 22 & 23: “The Croods” & “Epic”; July 29 & 30: “Turbo” &”Walking With Dinosaurs.” Children 2 & under are free. 978-1607,

Family Film Fridays: “Bolt”

July 11, 2pm at Gordon Avenue Library Bring a beach towel or blanket and catch an afternoon movie. Popcorn provided. 296-5544,

July 15 & 29, 8pm at The Paramount Theater Ensemble concert in the lobby at 7:15pm and instrument petting zoo for the kids 7:307:45pm. 295-9850,

July 18-August 10, 8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2:30pm Sundays at Four County Players Your favorite story of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Gingy set to music. 540-832-5355,

July 27, 7pm at nTelos Wireless Pavilion Multi-platinum singer and songwriter. 877-272-8849,

Movie Night at Sips & Cinema

July 31, 7-11pm at Early Mountain Vineyards Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, “Shrek” (PG). 540-948-9005,

Ash Lawn Opera: “Fiddler on the Roof”

July 31 & August 2, 3, 6, 8 at The Paramount Theater Set in Tsarist Russia, this is a timeless tale of the triumph of humor and love over hardship. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 979-1333,

Books on the Big Screen: “Frozen” Sing-along

August 2, 2-4pm at Northside Library Escape the heat with the movie based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” Dress in costume, bring a blanket and pillows to sit on. Popsicles and popcorn provided. 973-7893,

LEARNING FUN Helping Paws: Service Dogs Helping People with Disabilities

JMRL Branches Learn about service dogs and what they do. Training demos from Service Dogs of Virginia.

Do your kids love “The Lego Movie” and animation apps, too? Then check out the Skit! app’s new “Lego Movie” characters, backgrounds and props at

3rd graders & up. Check your local library’s schedule.


Reptiles Alive!

July 3 at Scottsville (10am) & Northside (3pm) Libraries. Learn snake secrets and laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales. Featured animals may include a boa, python, tortoise, and lizards. Ages 3 & up.

Drumming Through Cultures and Time

July 8-10 at JMRL Branches Master global percussionist Tom Teasley accompanies you on the balafon, doumbek, djembe, kilimba and frame drums. Ages 3 & up. Check your local library’s schedule.

Bookstore Storytime

July 12, 11am at Barnes & Noble “The Numberlys” by William Joyce. Ages 3-7. 984-0461,

Paper Roller Coaster Challenge

July 12, 2-4pm at Central Library Create a roller coaster from cardboard and test your creation! Ages 10-17. 979-7151,

Nicolo and the Queen of Whimsey

July 15-17 at JMRL Branches This comedic Renaissance-style extravaganza includes juggling, serenades from a saw, accordion tunes, and Musculina, the World’s Strongest Woman. Ages 3 &up. Check your local library’s schedule.

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Since 2004, nearly 100,000 students in Central Virginia in grades K-12 have participated.

JOIN THE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP The mission of the Paramount Theater Arts Education Program is to foster appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts. Believing that the performing arts are an essential component of a rich and excellent education, The Paramount is committed to providing high quality and diverse arts programming for area school children, reaching the broadest possible audience by offering tickets at a reduced cost or in some cases, free of charge. For more information about participation or support contact Cathy von Stroch: 434-293-1000 THANK YOU TO OUR PARAMOUNT PRODUCER’S CLUB SPONSORS

Petco Zoo

July 17 at Central Library Join pet experts to meet small animals noseto-whiskers. For rising 1st graders and up. 979-7151,

Dark Skies, Bright Kids

July 18, 2pm at Northside Library See the universe up close with the UVA Astronomy Dept’s portable planetarium — a unique stargazing experience. For rising 3rd graders & up. 973-7893,

Public Night at the Observatory

July 18, 9-11pm at McCormick Observatory Three telescopes offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. 243-1885,

Chess Saturday

July 19 at Central Library Stop by for instruction and play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn and prizes. 979-7151,

Monkey Rescue: A STEM Program

July 22, 3pm at Central Library Marvin the monkey needs your help with creating a new arm that will help him peel his bananas. 979-7151,

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While you’re in Elkins, walk or bike the Allegheny Highlands Trail — a beautiful, kid-friendly rail-to-trail route along the original path of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway.

For the Love of Trains Do you have a serious train lover in the family? Always wanted to travel on a vintage steam locomotive? Head to West Virginia to catch a ride with Durbin & Greenbrier Valley

New Tygart Flyer at Mountain Railway WV

Mountain Rail Adventures. Two- and four-hour roundtrip excursions depart daily from their various depots located in Durbin and Elkins, WV — just two hours from Charlottesville! Four different engines provide a variety of views and amenities including tunnels, waterfalls, river and mountain views, buffet and menu dinner service, wine tastings and blues music. On July 19, you can catch the Great West Virginia Train Race, where steam and diesel trains vie for the position of “Most Powerful Mountain Climbing Train” in West Virginia — as you ride along! Or visit over the weekend of August 9 and 10 for Wild West Weekend, when Western characters will come aboard all four departures of the Durbin Rocket to ensure that all riders are safe from any lawbreaking bands of men on horseback who want to rob the train. Or, for a special experience, try “caboose camping.” The train will drop you and the Castaway Caboose at the end of the line for an evening in the wilderness. There’s no cell phone coverage, but you can fish, hike, grill out and sleep overnight in a well-stocked caboose. A DVD player, bedding for six people and kitchen supplies are provided. And go ahead and reserve tickets now for the Polar Express train rides to “the North Pole” in November and December. Kids can wear their pajamas, drink hot cocoa served by dancing chefs and receive a small gift from Santa Claus. Find more information and schedules at or call 877-686-7245.

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July 16, 2014 “Cooking with Fruit” Lunch & Learn July 26, 2014 “Blackberry Brilliance” Walk & Talk

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4th of July Jubilee

July 4-6 at Wintergreen Resort Celebrate with music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games and fireworks. 325-8180,

Independence Day 5k Run

July 4, 7:30am at Forest Lakes North A Charlottesville tradition since 1983! Benefits Camp Holiday Trails for children with special health needs.

4th of July Free Admission

July 4, 9am-5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond Free admission to celebrate freedom! Enjoy fun activities in the Children’s Garden from 1-4pm. 804-262-9887,

Annual Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 9-10:30am at Monticello’s West Lawn Outdoor ceremony for new citizens featuring guest speaker David M. Rubenstein. Live music, ice cream and free house tours after the ceremony. 984-9800,

Old-Fashioned Independence Day Fun July 4, 9am-5pm, Frontier Culture Museum Enjoy a traditional celebration featuring

readings, food, music and contests. 540-332-7850,

4th of July Celebration!

July 4, 10am-9:30pm in Downtown Scottsville The festivities start with a parade and end with a fireworks show — especially beautiful over the river when viewed from the bridge. 286-9267,

Nelson County 4th of July Parade

July 4, 11am at Front Street & Main Street, Lovingston Celebrate the 4th with floats, marching groups, antique cars and more. 263-5010,

Poplar Forest Independence Day

July 4, 11am-4pm at Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest Music, dancing, historical entertainment, games, storytelling and house tours. 534-8120,

Independence Day with President Monroe

July 4, 1-4pm at Ash Lawn-Highland Special patriotic tours with Colonel Monroe speaking about the Revolutionary War and

what Independence Day means to him. The 380th Army Band performs at 2pm. Picnics welcome. 293-8000,

Charlottesville Family Fourth July 4, 6-10pm at McIntire Park Food, local bands, games and fireworks. Free parking at Charlottesville High School. Shuttle service from the Albemarle County Office Building and Kmart. 242-1919,

Playin’ in the Park Independence Day Celebration

July 5, 5-9pm at Booster Park, Orange Enjoy Orange County and celebrate with live acts, music, family activities, inflatables and fireworks.

Crozet’s Independence Day Parade & Celebration

July 5, 5-10pm in Crozet and Claudius Crozet Park Parade starts at 5pm and winds through downtown before ending at Crozet Park. Live music, kids’ games, slides, train rides and fireworks at 9:30pm. Independence.Day.Celebration


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July 22-24 at JMRL Branches Journey to West Africa to the beat of the talking drum with storytellers Corey & LaQuita Marie Staten. Ages 3 & up.

Brush Bots

July 23, 2-3:30pm at Central Library Build and personalize your own mini-robot from a toothbrush and vibrating motor. For grades 6-12. 979-7151,

Tween Ultimate Warriors Gathering

July 23, 3-4:30pm at Northside Library Fans of the Warriors series test gaming and crafting skills while enjoying fresh-kill. For rising 4th graders & up. 973-7893,

Bookstore Storytime

July 29, 11am at Barnes & Noble “What Do You Do with an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada. Ages 3 & up. 984-0461,

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

July 31, 11am-12pm at Northside Library Test your knowledge with a trivia contest, scavenger hunt, and Hogwarts Express fun and games. 973-7893,

Toy Train Extravaganza

August 2, 9am-3pm at Holiday Inn Monticello Over 70 vendors and train layouts in action. 981-5924,

ARTS & CRAFTS Anything’s Pawsible!

July 1-31 at Crozet Library Stop in to pick up craft items to take home. Bring your handmade critter creation back to display at the library. For ages 4 & up. 823-4050,

Tuesday Crafternoon

July 8, 2pm at Crozet Library Cool off at the library and have fun stitching a felt wallet. 823-4050,

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Free Roller Skating

Year-round, 5-8pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays at Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center Bring your own skates or use some of the center’s. Concessions available. 970-3053,

All-Comers Summer Track Meet

July 10, 3-5pm at Gordon Avenue Library Drop in to make no-sew cat toys and take them home to a cat you know or leave them for the SPCA. Ages 5 and up. 296-5544,

July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6-8pm Mondays at UVA Track at Lannigan Field Charlottesville Track Club hosts a series of races for all ages and abilities including parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. $1 CTC members, $2

Petpourri: Pet Pals

Sunday Sundowns

July 24, 3-5pm at Gordon Avenue Library No pet at home? Make the easiest pet around. Drop in and make a pet that “rocks.” Ages 5 & up. 296-5544,

July 13, 3-6pm at Washington Park Pool Join in an afternoon of fun, food, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park. 970-3260,

Give a Hoot

Fairview 5K

Petpourri: Purrfect Toys

July 25, 2pm at Central Library McGuffy artist Susan Northington shows you how to create an owl painting using old book pages and watercolors. 979-7151,

July 19, 7:30am at Fairview Swim & Tennis Club Charity fun run for the whole family. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society 242-5753



Charlottesville Train Show Saturday, August 2 | 9am - 3pm Holiday Inn Monticello Just off I-64 at Fifth Street Over 70 vendor tables! See operating train layouts in action! Fun for the whole family!

August 5-9, 2014

At the Expo in Fishersville Off Interstate 64 exit 91

Enjoy great shows all week! including the Augusta County Fair 2014 Concert on August 6 featuring

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Join us for a Dive-in-Movie Friday, July 18—Starts at dark! 1075 Claudius Crozet Park • Crozet, VA 22932 434 205 4380 •

Blinking Bling: Light-Up Jewelry

Season passes to swimming beaches at Albemarle County’s three lakes — Chris Greene, Mint Springs and Walnut Creek — are half price starting July 15. Passes are good through Labor Day (Sept. 1). 296-5844,

City Residents Free Swim

July 19, 5:30-7:30pm at Washington Park Pool Enjoy a free swim with proof of city residency (VA driver’s license, power bill, Charlottesville City school student ID or report card). Nonresidents may participate for a fee. 977-2607,

July 25, 2-4pm at Central Library Make jewelry that lights up with conductive thread, circuits and batteries. Presented by Tech-Girls. Grades 6-12. 979-7151,

Sharpie Tie Dye

July 30, 3-4pm at Northside Library Create beautiful tie dyed items. Bring your own item or design on a provided t-shirt. Grades 6-12. 973-7893,

Hunger Games Party

July 30, 1-4pm at Central Library Enjoy Hunger Games-themed activities and food before settling in to watch the latest movie based on the book series. Grades 6-12. 979-7151,

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Yappy Hours at Keswick Vineyards

July 6, 13 & 27, 12-3pm Sundays at Keswick Vineyards Bring food, friends, and your furry loved ones to relax on the scenic lawn overlooking the vineyards. 244-3341

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS High School Director Competition

Now through August 20 Filmmaking competition for rising 9th-12th grade students who are current residents of Virginia. Complete applications with accompanying films must be postmarked or delivered by August 20.

Introduction to Jewelry Making

July 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Learn how to create your own jewelry. Grades 7-12. 296-5544,


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“Motivating Your Child” Workshop

July 13, 2-4pm at Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community Topics include external and intrinsic motivation in your child. Fred Catlin will be there to answer questions and discuss the benefits of Montessori education. 540-671-9894,

Blackberry Brillance Walk & Talk

July 26, 10am at the Market at Grelen Grelen yard manager Darren Marsh leads a blackberry hike, 3-4 miles. Kids 9+ welcome. $10. 540-672-7268,

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{living well eco-lifestyle}

Composting Indoors & Out Kids Can Help Make Valuable Dirt

According to the EPA statistics, 34 percent of our household “trash” is organic, which means it’s made up of food waste, wood and yard trimmings. It’s a shame to consider the tremendous amount of energy, water, work and other resources it took to arrive at your home only to be thrown away. But what we consider waste is actually valuable — when it’s composted! BACKYARD COMPOSTING Backyard composting is both economical and eco-friendly. Compost makes great soil amendment and fertilizer for your garden, and keeping this waste out of the landfill reduces the methane put into the atmosphere. The ingredients for compost are a mixture of “browns,” which provide carbon, and “greens,” which provide nitrogen. Browns include dead leaves, branches, twigs, shredded newspaper and paper towels. Greens include grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds. Having the right amount of water, greens and browns is important

by Teri Kent

for compost development. Here are some do’s and don’ts: • Keep a ratio of 2 or 3 browns to 1 green. • For faster composting, chop, shred or turn the materials. • Your compost pile should stay moist. Consider covering it with a tarp. • Be patient. The process of turning organic waste into dirt can take many months.


• Don’t compost meat, fish, whole eggs (though eggshells are great), dairy products, oily foods or grease, bones, cat and dog waste, diseased plants, seeds of weedy plants, or anything treated with pesticides. • Don’t include certified compostable products. They will only break down or compost properly in a commercial facility. INDOOR COMPOSTING If you do not have enough room outside or do not have access to a backyard, you can

WormWatcher, based in Williamsburg, sells clear-sided worm-composting kits that kids love!

compost inside. Specially designed bins can be purchased at local hardware stores, garden supply stores or online. You can also make your own. For real excitement, turn indoor composting into a fun science project for the kids by adding worms to the mix. This is called vermicomposting and it works much faster than passive composting. You’ll need an order of worms and a large plastic storage bin — preferably clear so kids can see the worms in action. Place your scraps into the bin and let the worms do the work for you. If this makes you “squ-worm” (ha!), you may want to locate the bin in the garage instead of the dining room.

COMPOSTING PICK-UP SERVICE I’m excited that — after years of apartment and townhome living with no space for composting — I can finally take advantage of Black Bear Composting (, which offers residential and commercial service. We get a five-pound bucket, which we keep on the deck. For a $19 monthly fee, Black Bear picks up our bucket every Monday, takes it over the mountain to the composting facility and — presto! — delivers fresh compost dirt once a month. Clients also have the option of using a 65-gallon bin. Find more tips on composting at and!

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{living well healthy family}

Wart Myths Busted What Really Causes Them?

A long time ago, toads were blamed for spreading warts. Today we know better. Most warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is ubiquitous and is spread by personto-person contact. It’s no wonder that three out of four of us will get a wart (or several) during our lifetime. Kids are more susceptible than adults. “Children are going to get warts and, luckily, most of the time, their immune system will get rid of them,” says Barbara Wilson, MD, a University of Virginia Health System dermatologist. “It can take six months to two years on average for most of them to disappear.” There’s really no way to prevent warts. Wearing flip-flops at the pool or in public showers is certainly a good idea. But a recent study shows that most children pick up warts because a

by Kelly Casey

family member or schoolmate has them. It’s best not to touch another person’s wart but you’re unlikely to “catch” one even if you do. If you have a nail biter, mention that she may spread warts from her hands to her lips. Warts can also be spread by shaving so may be difficult to eradicate in the beard area of men and legs of women.

Healthy Family

Warts are no cause for alarm. They are considered benign growths. Keep warts covered with sunscreen as sun exposure can impair the immune response in the skin. Also do whatever you can to minimize stress in the household because stress can also adversely affect the immune system, Wilson says. If your child is embarrassed or bothered by the wart, there are steps you can take. Wilson’s favorite treatment is over-the-counter salicylic acid that comes in a liquid form or sticky pads. Apply the medicine after soaking the wart in warm water. Then cover it with tape. It’s important to keep the medicine on 24/7. And be


patient as it can take many, many weeks for a wart to disappear. If the skin

Toads don’t cause warts but they do secrete a toxin that can be irritating to the skin. Learn more facts about warts at the American Academy of Dermatology site:

around the wart becomes irritated, stop treatment and let the area heal. You could try duct tape, too. “It’s not clear how the duct tape might work. Some think it helps the immune system recognize the wart by irritating it,” Wilson says. Although commonly believed, warts don’t have roots. Those black dots seen in warts are blood vessels. Wilson prefers not to treat warts on children using remedies such as freezing or laser. “Freezing is one of the more common treatments we do in adults. But it’s painful and I try to avoid any painful procedure in a child,” Wilson says. Oral medication can be tried for really tough cases, she adds. There is some evidence that these medications may boost the immune system

to help eradicate warts. Teenagers can do well with freezing, but it requires multiple treatments and monthly trips to the doctor. “Keep in mind, there’s no 100 percent effective way to get rid of warts,” says Wilson. “Usually, at-home methods fail because they are time-consuming and parents often grow inpatient with that approach. Time is often the best remedy. At some point, the body’s immune system recognizes that the warts don’t belong there and they will disappear.”

Kelly is a medical writer for the University of Virginia Health System.


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Art used with permission—from a 1st Grade Charlottesville Waldorf student’s main lesson notebook.

Any school can teach to a test, but in our Elementary and Middle School classes we teach the whole child, cultivating complete individuals. As well as learning the three R’s and immersing themselves in history, science and foreign language, all of our students plant, paint, sing, sew and sculpt. They play in orchestra. They are encouraged to ask “Why?” not just “Who?”, “When?”, “Where?”, and “How Much?”

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What’s Changed and What Hasn’t

Becoming a grandparent doesn’t necessarily come naturally.

cause confusion for new parents.”

According to childbirth educator Diane Sampson, who teaches a

It can be hard for new parents to sort out facts from opin-

New Grandparents Class at UVA Medical Center, new research gives

ion when they’re getting so much of their information from Internet

first-time grandparents more to think about related to the health

websites and social media. When this sort of anxiety arises, Sampson

and safety of newborns.

encourages adult children to turn to their own parents for help in

For example, “People who are becoming grandparents now

sorting through these ideas. For their part, grandparents can guide

were told to put babies on their tummy to sleep,” Sampson says.

their children to reliable resources, such as books and websites from

But research shows overwhelmingly that laying newborns on their

the American Academy of Pediatrics.

back significantly reduces the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

With all the physical and emotional adjustments a new family experiences — including a lack of sleep — the first few weeks after

Another thing that is different is the recent rise in breastfeed-

the birth of a new baby can also be a confused fog. Grandparents

ing. More mothers are choosing to breastfeed their babies now, and

have experience with this. They know what it’s like. So Sampson en-

they may need support to be successful with it. Lactation consul-

courages new parents to put their own parents to work when they

tants are available — some even make home visits. They can not only

visit. Ask your mom to make a meal, she suggests, or do the laun-

teach Mama how best to work with her baby, but also help Grandma

dry or take care of the baby while you rest or go out for lunch with

figure out how to be supportive, even if she didn’t breastfeed her

friends. They’ll understand, because they’ve been there themselves.

own kids. Sampson also tries to get grandparents to appreciate the generational differences between Baby Boomers and Millennials. “People in their twenties and thirties are used to instant information,” Sampson says, “but sometimes this information overload can


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“ Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” — Margaret Mead

{living well family tree}

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What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you? Don’t worry about getting it right the first time. You can make it up as you go along. And your kids love you no matter what you do. — Lindsay H., mom of two sons

room by room.

Family Tree by Linda Kobert

Grandparenting Class

Diane Sampson teaches a quarterly Saturday morning class for expectant

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and a zoo full of animal-style rain jackets that are PVC


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{living well family tree} AFTER CARE

The Bible for Grandparents Even though it’s out of print, UVA educator Diane

Looking for a unique gift for a new mom? Consider

Sampson recommends Arthur Kornhaber’s

a gift certificate for the services of a doula. These

“The Grandparent Guide” (2002), which guides grandparents through the complexities

trained, experienced professionals provide physical

of modern family issues, their role in the

and emotional support to the new family, especially

grandchild’s life, being a positive role model

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{living well tips & trends} The Art of Fielding At first glance, this book is about baseball. Diving deeper, we find it’s more about love, family and dedication. Using a backdrop of college sports, author Chad Harbach (who has an MFA from UVA) interjects doubt, romance, grief and determination into his first novel. He creates characters so real it’s impossible not to care about them. $14.99 at UVA Bookstore



When in Doubt, Throw It Out The FDA requires that sunscreens retain their original effectiveness for at least three years. Anything older than that isn’t guaranteed. So check the expiration date, and throw out anything over three years old.

TRENDS by Heidi White

Keeping Cool Without the Pool Don’t let Virginia’s summer heat and humidity cramp your style. Consider these unusual methods for staying cool! 1. Wear loose, lightweight clothing made of cotton, madras, linen or seersucker — a true Southern favorite. 2. Eat spicy foods. Some of the world’s warmest destinations serve the hottest foods, which act as coolants for our bodies.

3. Freeze bedding. Bag sheets and place in the freezer for a couple of hours before bedtime. Also trade your down-filled pillow for one made of more absorbent cotton. 4. Rub an ice cube over your face before applying makeup. The cooling effect helps set makeup.

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Stay Dry Naturally Is it possible to find a natural deodorant strong enough to use throughout the summer? Maria from Rebecca’s Natural Food suggests Thai Crystal deodorant or deodorant mist.


SUMMER CYCLING Bike trails around Virginia are plentiful and picturesque. See for yourself at

“I stopped using store-bought deodorants some time ago, since I didn’t want to use harsh products,” Maria said. “Be sure to keep in mind, however, when using the deodorant mist, it may take four to six sprays per underarm to be effective.”

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” — Pope John Paul II

A Tisket, a Tasket Everything necessary for picnicking is set in this beautiful basket — perfect for taking to a park, winery or the beach. $160 at The Happy Cook Heidi lives locally and writes primarily about topics of interest to mothers, daughters, women and children — and even some men too!


{living well crafty fun}

Great for Your Holiday Party The 13 stripes and 50 stars will always unite us, so here is a craft that salutes our country with a fresh take on a vintage look. You can relax while crafting your windsock because painted burlap doesn’t require perfection.

Hang your windsock ur and be proud of yo and of accomplishment — our country!



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FUN written and photographed by Krissy Millar

No-Sew Patriotic Burlap Windsock Materials • 1 yard burlap fabric • Tape measure • Scissors • Red, white and blue acrylic paint • 3 paint brushes (one needs to be bristled)

• Star-shaped foam stickers (optional) • 6 inch embroidery hoop • Hot glue gun • 18 inch piece of ribbon

Cut burlap into two sections: one 12 x 21 inch section for the stars and one 24 x 24 inch section for the stripes. For the stripes: Cut the stripe section into two 12 x 24 inch sections. Paint one section red. When that section is dry, turn over and paint the other side a light coat of red. Once the red section is completely dry, cut that into four 2.5 x 24 inch red strips. Cut the remaining non-painted stripe section into four 2.5 x 24 inch strips as well. For the stars: Take the remaining stars panel and place star-shaped foam stickers in a pattern. The stickers will work like a stencil. Work blue paint carefully around the star-shaped stickers and then continue painting the entire section of burlap. Once that section is dry, remove stickers and use a bristled paintbrush and white paint to fill in the stars. Alternatively, paint white stars onto a solid blue section once it’s dry. Assembly: Once white paint is dry, turn the panel over, and place the 2.5 inch strips along the bottom edge, alternating between red and unpainted strips. For the red strips, be sure the more densely painted side is facing down. Use a hot glue gun to secure the strips to the star panel. Next, apply hot glue to the outer perimeter of the embroidery hoop and stand hoop on blue burlap 1.5 inches from the top. Slowly add glue and roll until completely adhered to hoop. Glue the length of the overlapped blue edge down the side. Finally, apply hot glue to the inner perimeter of the hoop and wrap burlap edge inward, covering the hoop. Add a ribbon by gluing each end to the interior of the hoop, creating a handle.

For the Kids

Have kids make their own windsock using crepe paper streamers for the stripes and a trimmed and decorated paper lunch sack for the stars section. Use a glue stick to adhere the streamers inside the bag, and then punch holes up top to add a ribbon handle.

Krissy has come to peace with the fact that, although she tries, she will never have it all together, especially while mothering and homeschooling two girls, being a wife and running a business. She is the owner of KM Photography and her recent work can be seen at


Photo Credit: Betsy Hamilton

{resources summer fun}

Even More Summer Fun

For more great outing ideas, visit!

Free Summer Family Fun Having a Great Time In & Around Charlottesville

For Water Lovers

For Tree Lovers

Put on those swimsuits and head over to Belmont Park or Greenleaf

Enjoy a walking trip through the woods at Riverview Park, located

Park, where your little ones are sure to cool off beneath squirting

at the end of Chesapeake Street at the eastern city limits. Download

mushrooms, water-spouting pipes and shower sprinklers fit for

the tree map found online and color the trees as you find them

giants. The water is recycled, so set your environmental worries to

— birch, silver maple, red oak, black walnut, sycamore, locust,

rest. Belmont Park also has a full basketball court for older kids, a

mulberry, hackberry, sassafras, dogwood, hickory, sweet gum, white

swing set and a walking path. Greenleaf Park has 14 acres of green

pine and the like. Beginning at Riverview Park, you and the kids will

grass for all to enjoy a game of Frisbee and nature trails. Forest

also be able to hike the Rivanna River Greenbelt Trail, a segment

Hills Sprayground and Park is another great place to spend the day.

of the Rivanna Trail. This is a looping, scenic view of the Rivanna

There are multiple water features for kids of all ages, playgrounds

River that is sure to yield sightings of not only a variety of our leafy

and swings, a basketball court and picnic shelters. Washington Park

friends, but many of our winged ones as well. Riverview Park is a

pool is hosting Summer Sundowns on July 13 and August 10. Pool

Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail and is adorned with duck boxes

admission is free and there will be music, food and activities for the

along the way.

whole family. Children 3 & under are always free at city pools.

For Music Lovers

For UVA Lovers Though the Rotunda is closed for restoration until summer 2016, a self-guided walking tour of the UVA Grounds is sure to please. Stop

From 5:30 to 8:30pm, enjoy free concerts during Fridays after Five

off at the McIntire Amphitheater, built in the late 1800s and located

at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall. The lineup

right off of McCormick Road, and have your little ones put on their

includes a wide variety of musicians sure to broaden the listening

own play. Have a picnic on the Lawn or in one of the stunning

experience of even the youngest in attendance. The performers

gardens behind the pavilions. Or take a stroll to the Hume Memorial

— from country bands to rock-n-roll bands — are sure to get your

Fountain, aka the Whispering Wall, near Newcomb Hall. Sit on the

kids’ feet (and yours, too) moving to the beat. You may end up

bench beneath the wall and practice the science of sound waves.

dancing on the grassy slopes. If you bring your wallet: This is also your

With your hand cupped on the side of your mouth, aim your whisper

chance to grab a still-hot, organic treat from Carpe Donut. Seize it.

along the smooth curved surface of the wall and toward the ear of


by Dionna L. Mann

July 2014

your you

young on


one bench.

sitting Have

opposite your


turn his ear slightly in the direction of the wall. And watch your child be amazed at this “telephone” — no plastic cups or strings


needed! Even locals can sign up for a free, guided tour at academicalvillage &

For History Lovers James Madison’s Montpelier, 25 minutes north of Charlottesville off State Route 20


in Orange, VA, offers several free guided tours. A great one is the “Garden & Grounds Tour” on Sundays at 2pm, which begins at the Visitor Center. During this tour you and yours will discover how landscaping wrought some 250 years ago still shapes

Dentistry for KiDs, ADolescents AnD chilDren with speciAl neeDs Located in the Old Trail Village Center

the land. On Thursdays at 12:30pm, also beginning at the Visitor Center, your family can enjoy the guided archaeology tour called “In the Ground & In the Lab.” You’ll get to see artifacts that archeologists unearthed on site and then carefully catalogued in the

Dr. Kevin ClifforD

Montpelier lab. The guided tour “Journey from Slavery to Freedom” is on Saturdays at

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For Car Lovers From 7:30 to 9:30am on the first Saturday of the month, March through November, young car enthusiasts can enjoy a free classic car show — called C’ville Cars & Coffee — at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street. Car owners


drive over and park their four-wheel beauties

Kathryn Cook, D.D.S.

for all car lovers to enjoy. View the shine of chrome on classic vehicles, sports cars, and exotic and muscle cars.

Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch

Board Certified Pediatric Specialist

For Book Lovers Summer is a great time to “Paws to Read” with a title checked out from the library.

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Young ones, ages 2–11, may log the books they’ve read (or that you’ve read to them) on their Paws to Read form. And each week, log in hand, your happy reader will receive a stamp and well-deserved prize. Older kids have programs too. Besides weekly prizes, JMRL will hold a drawing for registered readers to receive free books and other loot.

Breathe. Sweat. Pray.

Dionna, a local freelance journalist, loves nothing more than a refreshing, fun family outing, especially one that begins with “free.”




{inspiration yoga}


for kids

Fun strategies for young people living in a hurry-up world by Marsha Wenig Yoga with children offers many possibilities to exchange wisdom, share good times, and lay the foundation for a lifelong practice that will continue to deepen. All that’s needed is a little flexibility on the adult’s part because, as I quickly found out when I first started teaching the practice to preschoolers, yoga for children is quite different than yoga for adults.

A Child’s Way

Six years ago, I had my first experience teaching yoga to kids at a local Montessori school. I looked forward to the opportunity with confidence — after all, I’d been teaching yoga to adults for quite a while, had two young children of my own and had taught creative writing for several years in various Los Angeles schools. But after two classes with a group of 3- to 6-year-olds, I had to seriously reevaluate my approach. I needed to learn to let go (the very practice I had been preaching for years) of my agenda and my expectations of what yoga is and is not. When I began to honor the children’s innate intelligence and tune in to how they were instructing me to instruct them, we began to co-create our classes. We used the yoga asanas as a springboard for exploration of many other areas — animal adaptations and behavior, music and playing instruments, storytelling, drawing — and our time together became a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning. Together we wove stories with our bodies and minds in a flow that could only happen in child’s play. The kids began to call me Mrs. Yoga, and I called them Yoga Kids. We continued to work and play together until our creations bloomed into a program called YogaKids. The program combines yogic techniques designed especially for children using Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. Gardner, an author and professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes eight intelligences innate in


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New UVA Research on Popularity If your child is a little socially awkward, you have reason to celebrate. New research, led by a University of Virginia psychology professor, shows that less popular kids tend to have more success later in life — including an easier time making friends. The decade-long study was published last month in the journal Child Development and quickly attracted international media attention. The researchers followed 184 teens from age 13 to 23. They collected information from the teens themselves as well as from their peers and parents. The teens attended public school in suburban and urban areas in the southeastern United States and were from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Teens who were romantically involved at an early age, engaged in delinquent activity and placed a premium on hanging out with physically attractive peers were thought to be popular by their peers at age 13. But by age 22, those same teens were rated by their peers as being less competent in managing social relationships. “These previously cool teens appeared less competent — socially and otherwise — than their less-cool peers by the time they reached young adulthood,” says UVA’s Joseph P. Allen, who led the study. Read more about this study in an upcoming issue of CharlottesvilleFamily!


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able to choose some things for themselves,” Walker says. “There’s a fine line there. You don’t want to really push friendship, but you can certainly set the stage for it.” Get help if you sense a real problem. In most cases, shyness or difficulty making friends in early childhood is normal. But a few red flags could indicate that something else is going on. If at age 3 your child rarely holds eye contact, is unusually withdrawn, doesn’t want to play with other children or seems terrified of going to preschool or the playground, talk to your child’s doctor.

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to help her as she looks for that special friend. Be encouraging and supportive and do what you can to provide opportunities for friendships to grow. Remember that these experiences will also help your child welcome others when they join his soccer team or religious instruction class. And the skills and lessons he learns now will follow him into adulthood, like when he moves away to college or changes jobs. So take the time to help with this transition, knowing that you’re investing in a lifetime of friendships. Kate is a reporter who writes often on parenting, health and social issues. The happily still-learning mom of two teenagers, she’s written for numerous publications including WebMD, Caring. com and

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{until next time humorous reflections}

“Ask Your Mother” Is Not the Answer A Warning for Fellow Dads

It’s 4:30 on a Friday afternoon, and I’m in the office bravely

off one at a time.

crawling toward the finish line. Usually full of questions, my twentysomething staffers are busily planning their Friday-

by Rick Epstein

Obviously, I’m willing to pass the buck, but I’d like to pass it with nuanced precision. How about this for a plan?

night festivities, and for that they need no input from their

As Betsy leaves for work, I hand her a sealed envelope

54-year-old boss. In fact, on Monday when we compare

containing the secret codes for the day. She hides it in her

weekends, some of them will avert their eyes as if I’m


describing a painful and humiliating disease. But there is one person whose plans for a wild weekend involve me, and it’s not my wife. I feel a disconcerting vibration and realize it’s my cell phone. My 14-year-old daughter Wendy says, “Hi Dad, can Kourtney, Bree, Heather and Morgan sleep over tonight?”

Unity of command is a basic principle of military science, and it’s even more crucial in parenting.

At 4:59pm Wendy calls her and says, “Mom, can I have a sleep-over?” “Did you ask Dad?” asks Betsy, ripping open the envelope. “Yes,” says Wendy. “He said to tell you: ‘The poodle is blue.’”

This is the time to say, “Yes, on

Betsy scans the code sheet. Down the left side

one condition,” and then slide in

are phrases like spies use, such as “Does this train go to

something that will advance

Munich?” paired with precise messages like, “I’ve just said

the cause of righteousness.

no 100 times. It’s your turn.” Other messages include, “It

But nothing comes to mind.

really is all right with me,” and “I want to say no, but can’t

Like I said, it’s been a long week. So on the off chance that my lovely wife Betsy will do better, I say, “Ask your mother.” Besides, it

think of a good reason. Can you?” Ah, here it is: “The poodle is blue.” Today it means, “I might not come home tonight.” But this is whimsy. I don’t have the energy for all that. (Also, I have nowhere else to go.)

would be unfair to approve

I don’t hear anything more about the sleepover until

the mayhem that may cause

I’ve staggered up the front steps after work and fallen onto

Betsy to spring angrily out

the couch, barely missing Betsy, who is already basking in

of bed every couple hours to go

the healing glow of the TV set. She says, “The girls will be

downstairs and tell the revelers to

arriving any minute, so you and Wendy better go out and

quit shrieking, or come back inside the

pick up three large pizzas for dinner and some ice cream for

house or put the furniture back where it was. My wife is also at work. She is about to hear that half the cheerleaders in town are coming over for an all-night pep rally and that “it’s OK with Dad if it’s OK with you.”

later. You can’t expect your party to throw itself.” Apparently Wendy has exaggerated my lack of opposition into eager cosponsorship. “OK,” I say.

If I were on my game, I would hit a speed-dial button

Wendy chimes in: “Dad, can we get M&Ms, too?

and give Betsy a heads-up so she can be ready. But I haven’t

They’re good on ice cream, plus we like to throw them at

really been “on my game” since the last birthday party at

each other.”

which Wendy wore a pointy hat.

“No!” I said. Sometimes a man has to take a stand.

Unity of command is a basic principle of military science, and it’s even more crucial in parenting. When Betsy and I are both at home, we confer privately and present our rulings with a united front. But at work, we are not only divided, but also tired and sometimes distracted by the actual work we get paid to do. Then Wendy can knock us


July 2014

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