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MCLEAN FAULCONER INC. REALTORS Charlottesville, Virginia’s leading farm, estate & residential brokers invite you to preview a sample of our 2015 current offerings. . .

ARARAT FARM – 180+ gently rolling acres in the heart of Batesville. Quality-built 4,900 sq.ft. residence, 4BR, great family room w/ fp. Bucolic setting, gorgeous montain views, creeks & frontage on Mechums River & Stockton Creek. $1,975,000. Steve McLean (434) 981-1863. MLS #526238.

STONE HILL – Superbly-built, meticulously renovated & maintained traditional residence, w/ 5 bedrooms and over 7,300 finished sq/ft. Privately situated on 21 ac. in Free Union w/ panoramic Blue Ridge views. Expertly designed (Ian Roberson) gardens surrounding the home. Walking paths, stone walls, a pond, lovely hardwoods & bold creek! Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. $1,395,000. MLS# 529868.

WEST LEIGH - c. 1999 residence, very well maintained, LR w/gas FP, formal DR, large eat-in kitchen, FR w/large exterior deck, spacious master BR & master BA on 3.05 acres. A superb location less than 4 miles from Charlottesville. $650,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#529930.

LYON WOODS - Charming 4BR/2BA home, 2.07 lovely, wooded acres, just over 5 miles from Downtown C’ville! 1st-level master. Huge wrap-around deck. Recently reduced to $314,000, an excellent offering. Will Faulconer (434) 987-9455 or Tim Michel (434) 960-1124. MLS#526769.

ROBIN HILL - Immaculate 4 BR/4BA brick residence privately situated on 4.1 acres. Current owner has done a magnificent renovation & upgrade on this exclusive property, only minutes west of Charlottesville and UVA. $1,595,000. Charlotte Dammann (434) 981-1250. MLS#523084.

OLD GARTH ROAD - Spacious 4BR/4BA contemporary nestled on 6+ private acres, minutes west of Charlottesville & Farmington Country Club. 4,500+ fin.sq.ft., vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring, Multiple decks, walking trails & more. $859,000. Steve McLean (434) 981-1863. MLS#529632.

CEDAR SPRINGS - 85 ac. NW Albemarle estate, Blue Ridge views, stunning residence w/ highest quality materials, craftsmanship & architectural achievement. Over 7,000 sq.ft. River, creek, pool, spa, pastures, trails, 1840’s log cabin & more. $2,479,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#529384.

SPOTSWOOD - Beautiful Georgian home, private & tranquil 72 acres: pastures, woods, trails, streams, mountain views, only 8 miles from town. Residence modernized and enlarged, classic w/contemporary fresh flair, new kitchen, main level master suite. Guest cottage, stable. Spotswood is truly a lovely updated, manageable estate. $2,950,000. Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#525850.

BRADFORD HALL -Magnificent 180-degree Blue Ridge Mountain views abound from this wonderful 93 acre estate nestled in the heart of Farmington Hunt Country, 12 miles west of Charlottesville. Stately 5,600+ finished sq.ft. Colonial-style brick residence, 4 BR, 5.5 BA, 4 FP, excellent details and superior craftsmanship throughout. $2,695,000 Steve McLean (434) 981-1863. MLS #528477

IVY FARMS- European influence in this well-built, traditional 2-story brick residence, lovely pastoral setting, large pond, less than 5 miles west of Charlottesville. Great interior and exterior spaces, detached guest home w/garage below. $1,370,000 Jim Faulconer (434) 981-0076. MLS#529174

WAVERLY – Classic 5BR/3.5BA solid brick home, mature 3 acre lot in coveted W. Albemarle neighborhood. Inviting floor plan, charming details, built-in bookshelves/cabinetry, finished basement, large screened porch. Excellent condition. $745,000. Steve McLean (434) 981-1863. MLS#524005

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Just Between Us… May and June have been zany with recitals, playoffs, field trips and programs as we wrap up the school year. In our household, this same time of year is often complicated by my husband traveling to a large annual conference, causing the zaniness to rise to a whole new level with only a single ringmaster. It’s usually the case that a wicked contagious virus of some kind seems to visit our house to replace the husband as well, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve withheld telling my husband about the virus until he’s already home and firmly in the door to avoid any “extensions” to his business trip. Well, to no avail, the circus came to town again this year. We started out our full Saturday of sports with the oldest son catching a baseball on the 8 a.m. in the driveway before we’d even left for the field! By noon, I had navigated two soccer matches and the actual baseball game with the help of older sisters enlisted to babysit and a dear friend helping out with a ride. The older sisters are indeed often a great help babysitting, but sometimes they are no match for our youngest. On this morning, big sis found youngest bro down in the woods playing on our homemade obstacle problems there except for the poison ivy he found this time. One bath later, sis was worn

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out, resorting to plopping him in front of a movie so she could study. He quickly lost interest in the movie he’d already seen 101 times, allowing a creative spark time to ignite in his young brain. He recalled the big sisters wondering how the dog would look with a dyed tail (Bella is a mostly dark beagle with a whitetipped tail). As a surprise for his dear sisters, he decided to show them what this would look like, using blue and pink acrylic paints but not limiting himself to the tail, or even the dog. Dear husband, ever helpful from three time zones away, laughed at our son’s creativity and asked if any pictures were taken of our smurfy blue son and his tie-dyed pet… Better than photos, I think being welcomed home at the door by a jumping wet beagle will give him the full experience he missed. Enjoy your circus, and may it only visit your town once a year.

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{Contents} TABLE OF



Healthy Family 32 Growing Pains

News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10 Do you use food as a reward? Snapshot 12 Rydell Payne


Some Lessons Are Best Learned Outside the Classroom

Editor’s Pick!

Out & About Calendar 20

New Mom 34 On-the-Go Packing

Our Schools 14


Want to take the kids to a baseball game? Come see the Tom Sox, our new Valley League team, at Charlottesville High School. See page 17

June Activities & Events for Families

Walk on the Wild Side 18

5 Daytrips for Animal-Loving Families

Let Dad Be Dad 46

A Touching Appreciate of Our Differences

Father’s Day Craft 48 Catch a Rainbow

Happy Healthy Smiles 50 A Busy Dad’s Guide to Childhood Dental Care

Family Tree 36 Seniors in Service

Tips & Trends 40 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Lights, Camera, CAMP! 58 Making Memories at Light House Studio


Home & Garden 42 Traditional Tea Time

2015 Dental Guide 56

Resources for Healthy Teeth

Summer Camp Quicklist 60 Find the Ideal Camp


Swimming Pools 66 The Coolest Pools & Swimming Holes

UNTIL NEXT TIME Hey, I’m No Zombie 70 A Humorous Essay from a Dad’s Point of View

So Love This! “I loved discovering all the great animal daytrips. Can’t wait to take the kids (page 18)!”


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­the local buzz

Ivy Publications Presents Check out the wonderful events we are sponsoring this month!

Sleeping Beauty June 19 & 20

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CCS Principle Becomes Sundae The students at Charlottesville Catholic School appeared to enjoy turning their principle, Michael Riley, into a human sundae far more than he anticipated. At the celebratory event on Friday, April 24, for the school’s weeklong ReadA-Thon, Principle Riley was doused with nine different ice cream toppings, including sprinkles, candies, chocolate sauce, and whipping cream. Aside from the excitement,

Science + Literacy in Schools The newly formed partnership between Albemarle

the event also involved the presentation of checks to Book Buddies, Ready Kids, and the Capital Campaign. The initial goal of reading a collective 125,000 pages by the week’s end was surpassed by 8,000 pages, raising a collective $7,000 that was split between the three organizations.

County Public Schools and UVA’s Curry School of Education will strive to combine reading with science-based lesson plans. The Virginia Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnerships program supported the partnership

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with a three-year, nearly $700,000 grant. To start the process, the first 60 elementary school

Of all Charlottesville-Albemarle public and private schools, 42 teachers

teachers will participate in a 10-day summer

were recognized as 2015 Golden Apple Award winners. The award,

course, learning how to pair problem-based

sponsored by Better Living Building Supply acknowledges teachers of

illiteracy with science content. A second cohort of

all disciplines and at all levels for their excellence in the classroom. One

60 teachers will hopefully join the others in the

teacher from each area school was chosen by the Selection Committee

next summer course of 2016 and participate for

after reviewing nominations from students, parents, colleagues and

two years.

community members. Gabrielle Schoppa, a French and technology teacher at Burley Middle School, was also awarded the 21st Century Learning Grant Award for her innovative teaching practices.


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Do you use food as a reward? 63% say “yes” I don’t like doing it but sometimes it’s the only motivation! -Mom of 2 in Cville

I only use healthy favorites as a reward. My daughter loves apples so that is usually what I reward her with. -Michelle S., Charlottesville

We use dessert as a reward for eating vegetables! -Brian F., Crozet, father of three kids

37% say “no” Food is a life necessity, and families should educate their children that healthy food nurtures a healthy body. It is bad practice to use food as a reward since it is not connected to good/bad/no accomplishment. -Francesca, Charlottesville, mother of two girls

We don’t use it as a reward, but we do give our boys the occasional surprise treat, and we might do something foodrelated (like a trip to Kline’s!) to celebrate special occasions. Kim W., Waynesboro, mother of two boys

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Do you ever let your child bike, skateboard or ride other wheels without a helmet?

Summer classes begin 6/12


June 2015

{our town community} Lacrosse at Burley Middle School As part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Community Outreach program, women’s lacrosse athlete representatives visited Burley Middle School Thursday, April 23. Six 2015 ACC schools were present, and they discussed the importance of proper nutrition and exercise along with demonstrated different levels of lacrosse skills. The college

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athletes then coached the middle

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school students in trying some basic lacrosse skills on their own. The entire Louisville team was present along with representatives of Boston College, Duke, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and UVA women’s lacrosse.

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Eagle Scout Awarded Receiving the Eagle Scout Award remains the highest attainable award from the Boy Scouts of America. Candidate Lawrence Allan Linebrink, III, of Scottsville, earned the required 21 merit badges and completed a civicrelated project before receiving the Eagle Scout Award. His project involved creating a play and swing structure for Faith and Grace Christian Fellowship. Linebrink planned out the project,

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SNAPSHOT written & photographed by Laura Merricks

Rydell Payne Executive Director-Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM) For many kids in Charlottesville, summer means camp! Rydell Payne, Executive Director of Christian community development organization, Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM), says the kids in their target area Prospect Avenue—one of five federallydefined low-income neighborhoods in our city—are no exception. Any of the over 100 first through eighth graders who participate in CALM’s after-school tutoring and other programs can attend a one- or two-week sleep-away summer camp and a five-week local day camp run by CALM staff. “We also offer financial literacy classes to older teens for six to eight weeks, while helping them secure employment of some kind,” adds Payne. “CALM began in 1996 to help Prospect Avenue residents flourish spiritually, educationally, and economically through healthy relationships, holistic programming, and strong partnerships,” he says. Since then, juvenile delinquency has dropped by 66% and CALM has partnered with other organizations to bring new resources (e.g., a renovated park and the Boys and Girls Club) to the area. A graduate of JMU, Payne served at-risk youth for twelve years before joining CALM’s staff in 1999. After sixteen years of partnering with the families he serves (about 180 are involved), Payne knows long-term relationships of trust are key to personal and community transformation. So most of CALM’s staff have been involved for over five years and live in the neighborhood or have lived there in the past. And kids who grew up on Prospect being served by CALM are now serving on CALM’s staff. Payne lives in the Prospect Avenue neighborhood with his wife of 21 years, Hope, and their three sons. What advice would you give to families wanting to share power

What is one practice you’ve put in place to get quality time with your family? With two full-time jobs and three busy teen boys, we prioritize getting away for family vacation two to three weeks each year. We remind ourselves that restful quality time together is coming when the days and weeks are hectic. What’s your favorite time of the day or week with your family? Praying with my wife weekly. What routine or habit helps you keep on top of family and work obligations? We try to have meals together to listen to one another effectively. Hope keeps the family calendar and takes the morning shift running the boys to school while I take afternoon duty getting everyone to practices, lessons, etc. What is one thing your parents did that you try to incorporate into your parenting? We celebrate successes, accomplishments, and goals reached. So when Isaac completed the Boys and Girls Club’s 25-mile bike challenge, Joseph starred in the school musical, or Joshua got into college, we went out for a special meal or had a fun dessert after dinner together.

with those living in poverty in our community? Ours is a diverse community filled with a variety of needs. I would encourage families to explore a few ways to serve then narrow it down to one or two to invest in deeply.


June 2015

Laura is a freelance photographer and writer in Charlottesville who has never tried a seaweed snack, but hopes to soon.

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The WAHS crew team secured three 1st place finishes at the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championship. Hayes Shannon and Neve Gallagher were the two single 1st place winners in their 1x event. The women’s quad, including Emily Barlow, Carrie Smith, Grace von Elton and Elinor Bragaw, also finished 1st. On the men’s side, Carter Spradlin, Cole Bright, Jake Amtmann and Peter Dister finished 4th in the men’s quad, and Wiley Martin finished 6th in the men’s 1x event. For the females, Emmy Thacker and Maggie Vidal finished 3rd in the women’s

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Our Schools

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leaders, community groups, parents, staff and students, to bring our strategic plan into the 21st century. That is an easy way of saying we needed to modernize our instructional approach to fit the demands of society today, educating students lifelong learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens. Not all of these skills are developed from a textbook or computer. We often hear from the business community, not just in Albemarle County but across


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with people and within an organization. One solution comes from the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Virginia. The fraternity has four cardinal principles—manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift. They also have a strong

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tradition of community service.

This combination led to what we call Project Manhood at Monticello High School. Members of the fraternity visit our school to work with students on becoming professional—in how they dress, in how they relate to others, in how they plan and pursue their career paths—right down to the suits and ties the fraternity will provide. The focus will be on how to build trust and respect in relationships, how to communicate serious ideas, how to work in teams, how to

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prepare for college and careers and how to devise plans that end in success. The message from Omega Psi Phi is a powerful one—what you must be is professional—and here’s how you get there. The nearly peer-to-peer connection in this program is among the most influential ways to reach high school

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students. Project Manhood is a perfect match between a group of outstanding public serviceminded university men and a group of high school students who are eager, anxious and hopeful about their future as learners, workers and citizens. Dr. Jesse Turner is the Principal at Monticello High School.

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About June 2015


Father’s Day Weekend at Wintergreen June 19-21 at Wintergreen Resort Celebrate dad with a variety of family fun and outdoor activities on the mountain. 325-2200,

Find more family-friendly events & festivals online at!

Father’s Day Train Ride & Picnic

June 21 at Spruce, West Virginia Give dad a break and treat him to a train excursion, cookout and live traditional music. Make reservations for a variety of departure times and locations. 866-651-4296,

Father’s Day at Poplar Forest

June 21, 10am-4pm at Poplar Forest Give dad a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat. Admission is free for fathers all day. 525-1806,

Father’s Day in the Garden

June 21, 1-4pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Celebrate the man in your life with family fun, model boats from the Richmond Model Yacht Club, a concert by the Jangling Reinharts and a tasty cookout (for purchase). 804-262-9887,

Father’s Day Dinner

June 21, 6-9pm at Boar’s Head Inn Treat dad or grandpa to a special dinner in the Old Mill Room. 972-2230,

and Tractor Pulls and Monster Trucks plus a Carnival Midway. 989-0294,

Summer Reading Kick-off Hullabaloo! June 6, 10am-12pm at Central Library Celebrate summer at this street party next to Lee Park and sign up for your Summer Reading Challenge. 979-7151,

Antique Car Show

FESTIVALS & FUN Virginia Renaissance Faire

June 6 & 7, 10am-5pm at Lake Anna Winery Artisans, craftspeople, royal archers, children’s area and food merchants for a day full of fun and history. 703-508-5036,

Antique Car Show

June 6, 11am-2pm at Our Lady of Peace Food, fun, family games, moon bounce and a showcase of antique cars. 973-1155,

West Virginia Steam Weekend

June 6-7 at Elkins Depot, West Virginia Celebrate steam locomotive history with three unique trains. 866-651-4296,

Mid-Atlantic Power Festival

June 9-13 An exciting week of MX MotoCross, Demolition Derby, Sand Drag Racing, Truck

June 6, 11am-2pm at Our Lady of Peace Food, fun, family games, moon bounce and a showcase of antique cars. 973-1155,

LOOK3 Photography Festival

June 10-13 in Downtown Charlottesville Photography festival with various events, photographs in the trees, and gallery showings. 977-3687,

Camp Holiday Trails S’mores Party

June 12, 6-8pm at Camp Holiday Trails Join a special “campy” hour event featuring Three Notch’d Brewery, a campfire with gourmet s’mores and a fire dancing performance. Purchase tickets in advance.

Grace Church Historic Farm Tour and Country Fair

June 13, 10am-4pm at Grace Church Spend a day in the Keswick Hunt Country for a look at some historic farms plus a Country Fair with 4-H animal exhibitions, artisans, vendors and live music. 293-3549

Scottsville Batteau Festival

June 24, 1-9pm at Scottsville Riverfront Spend the day in this charming river town. Watch folks in period costume make their annual trek to the James River. Enjoy live music, shopping, local food and more. 286-9267, batteaumusicfestival

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Polo Matches at King Family Vineyards

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Father’s Day in the Garden June 21, 1-4pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens See this page

Now Through October Sundays, 1pm at King Family Vineyards (434) 823-7800,

4 The Wounded 5K and Kids Fun Run

June 6, 7am at the Fontaine UVA Research Park This is an all-terrain course with paved route for handicapped runners and free kids run.



1827 EDGEWOOD LANE • $995,000 Stately, cozy, character-rich home. Kitchen features honed granite counters & subway tile backsplash. Wood burning fireplace in living room and paneled den. Dry, renovated basement offers LOTS of storage. The level and private parcel is highlighted by a bluestone terrace accessed via two sets of French doors. MLS# 530105

2108 REIVERS RUN • $1,195,000 In the heart of Ivy is this rare opportunity to purchase a high quality, well appointed new construction 5-bedroom farmhouse-style residence. Inherent quality is evident in the solid doors, hardwood floors in EVERY room, custom cabinetry, granite & marble counters, distinctive lighting, and low maintenance exterior. MLS# 530088

First Saturday Bird Walk

June 6, 7:30am Join in for an early morning bird walk with Doug Rogers the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome. Binoculars available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area ready for an easy walk.

Clean the Bay Day

June 6, 9am-12pm along the Charlottesville/Rivanna Watershed Help clean up Meadow Creek, Pollock’s Branch, Riverview Park and other parts of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Be a part of this annual state-wide effort.


Dragonfly Walk at Ivy Creek

June 6, 11:00 am See and learn about the dragonflies and damselflies of Ivy Creek. Jim Childress will lead as you catch a few to look at them in hand and observe the rest as they patrol their territories. Bring binoculars to magnify them up close. Come and learn to identify some of the early summer species and their habitats. Meet in the Education Building.

UEFA Champions League Final

June 6, 2:30pm at The Paramount Theater Catch soccer on the big screen. Concessions for sale. 979-1333

Tom Sox Baseball Game

1940 OWENSVILLE ROAD • $1,165,000 From stylish entertaining spaces to multiple outdoor living & entertaining spaces (terrace with fireplace, private screened porch off the master, covered porch), to a rock star terrace level, this 6 bedroom, familyfriendly property arguably has it all. 1st floor master, second 1st floor bedroom suite (could be an office too), 2 bedrooms upstairs with area for play, homework, and a light-filled terrace level complete with office, guest suite, TV/sitting area, plus a play area compete with built-in bunk beds, wet bar & wine fridge. Immaculate condition & a majestic oak tree in the front yard complete the picture. MLS# 530040



1532 DAIRY ROAD • $795,000 City charmer of 4300+ sf, 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and two-car garage nestled behind stone wall on desirable Dairy Road. Mountain views & large living spaces, including newly renovated gourmet kitchen, master bath, and full terrace level suite with rec room and wet bar. Erin Garcia (434) 409-5619. MLS# 530105

4980 SUMMER LANE • $439,000 Unlimited outdoor entertaining spaces plus plenty of room for gardens and even horses. The newly finished great room, open kitchen with eating bar and dining room all face to the rear with abundant windows that look out to the manicured yard with distant mountain views. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148. MLS# 530690

June 9, 7:30 at CHS Field The Tom Sox are the new Valley League baseball team based in Charlottesville. Concessions, cheering and fun for all ages with many special events. $2/person and no more than $10/family,

Bike MS: Tour de Vine

June 13-14 starts and ends at Pollak Vineyards This fun-filled event will feature non-stop music, an engaging program and catered meals. 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile routes will challenge every skill level. Cycle through Central Virginia’s scenic vineyards with rest stops every 8-12 miles.

Kids Go Fish Weekend

June 13-15, 6am-9pm at Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond Kids ages 16 and under will be allowed to fish the Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond. Bring your own fishing poles and equipment. Adults must accompany children. Rangers will be on hand to supervise the event. Free; no registration required.



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Butterflies at Ivy Creek June 21, 1 pm Enjoy a butterfly walk with Mike Scott. Start by meeting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center to see Mike’s impressive display of the butterflies of Ivy Creek and for an introduction to identification skills. Continue on the trails with Mike. Fun for the whole family.

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Daytrips for Animal-Loving Families By Dionna L. Mann

Enjoying a close-up encounter with animals is just a daytrip away. Join other nature and animal enthusiasts for a walk on the wild side. Go beyond the traditional zoos with these daytrips to discover rescued wildlife, native water creatures and even butterflies from around the world at these five marvelous & unique attractions. Family fun and adventures are just a daytrip away!

1 Bear Path Acres & Animal Educational Center

DISTANCE: 2 ½ -3 hours

Save SK8 Nelson

June 27, 5-9pm at Rockfish Valley Community Center Help support Nelson County’s skate park. Food and beverages for sale plus a variety of live music.

Volunteer Work Day

June 27, 8:00 am Join volunteers to work on field restoration, invasive plant removal, or various trail improvements such as water bar repairs and trail widening. Wear outdoor work clothes and gloves. Meet in the parking lot.

STAGE & SCREEN Fridays After Five

Now Through September at nTelos Wireless Pavilion 245-4910,

“Bach’s Lunch” Organ Concert Series

June 3 & 10, 12-12:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church Concert-goers are invited to bring their own lunch or purchase a box lunch at the door. 293-2347,

Rock the Gospel Benefit Concert Winston, the potbellied pig, is likely to greet you at his gate at Bear Path Acres, an exotic animal sanctuary located in Franklin, VA. Shug, a silver-tipped grizzly bear whose species is found in Yellowstone National Park, will probably pole dance, jump, and smile for you. All along a walkway, in their enclosures, lions, tigers, bears; red, silver and arctic foxes; a young, white Bengal tiger; a black leopard, a wolf, ring-tailed lemurs, coatimundi, emus, bison, primates, reptiles, farm animals are ready to interact with you, their guests. Debbie Jeter, owner and founder of Bear Path Acres, shares Shrug’s story. “Before she arrived, her feet had never touched dirt or been in water.” But, Jeter explains, once she was cared for with love and learned to trust humans, Shug “blossomed and became the social butterfly she is today. She loves people. The more they clap with her, the more she entertains.”


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Then there’s Banzai, a young hyena that came to Bear Path Acres small, neglected and so frightened of people that it would not come out of its crate. Fast forward just a few months and Banzai is interacting with his handlers, even sitting on their laps. She’s now ready to greet visitors. Because Bear Path Acres was a onetime, country farm with a home that dates back to the Civil War it has wide-open spaces where, as Jeter put it, “Kids can be kids” and can run, jump, and shout out loud. Being an uncrowded place, volunteers are likely to be on hand to walk alongside visitors in order to share each animal’s story. Buckets of healthy fruits and vegetables can be purchased for $3 so visitors can feed the slew of obviously happy animals. Continued on page 23

June 6, 7:30pm at PVCC’s Dickinson Building Regional bands and gospel choirs join on stage together to benefit the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

Charlottesville Ballet Academy Spring Performance

June 7, 2pm and 5pm at PVCC’s Dickinson Building “Carnival of Animals” performances by ballet students of all ages. 227-7592,

Charlottesville Municipal Band Summer Concert

June 16, 8pm at The Paramount Theater Lobby concert at 7:15pm and instrument petting zoo for the kids 7:30-7:45pm. Includes favorites like “Let It Go” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” 295-9850,

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June 27, 1pm and 3:30pm at The Paramount Theater Children’s theater production of this classic fairy tale about flying carpet rides and genie wishes. 979-1333,

Fancy Nancy: A Mini Musical

July 3, 2pm at Northside Library Roanoke Children’s Theatre presents 30 minutes of music and Fancy Nancy fun. Space limited. 973-7893,


Healthy Heroes Exhibit

Grace Farm Tour & Country Fair June 13, 10am-4pm at Grace Episcopal Church See page 16

Friday Morning Matinee: The Rescuers June 19, 10am at Crozet Library Join the library for popcorn and a movie. Bring something comfy to lounge on. Ages 2-6. Registration requested. Drop-ins welcome. 823-4050,

Sleeping Beauty

June 19 & 20, 6pm Friday, 11am Saturday at The Paramount Theater Children’s theater production of this classic

fairy tale about evil stepmothers and fairy godmothers. 979-1333,

Light House Studio Mini Film Festival

June 25, 2pm at Central Library Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. For all ages. 979-7151,

Opens June 1 at Amazement Square in Lynchburg This interactive exhibit offers innovative experiences for guests of all ages. From kayaking to epic superhero battles, the renovated Centra Health Gallery is an exciting way to inspire healthy lifestyles. 845-1888,

Extreme Deep Exhibition

Now-Sept. 7 at The Mariners’ Museum Discover wonders at the bottom of the sea with this hands-on technological exhibition all about deep-sea exploration. Continued on page 21

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Farm and Barn History Day

Now-November, Saturdays, 2pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. 973-7772,

The Wonder of Butterflies

June 17, 1pm at Crozet Library Pop, wave, tut, freestyle and breakdance with the Charlottesville Performing Arts School. Ages 7-11. Registration required. 823-4050,

Family Fun Night at Amazement Square

Rhythm Works Drumming

Poetry Club

June 2 and every Wednesday, 4:00 pm Ages 5 & Up explore the magic of words through poetry.

Public Night at the Observatory

June 5 & 19, 9-11pm, at McCormick Observatory Three telescopes offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. 243-1885,

21st Annual Ice Cream Social

June 8, 6:30-8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Get started in the Summer Reading Program, eat ice cream, and get decorated by Expressions Face Painting. 296-5544,

Romp Art Day

June 10, 10:30-11:30am at Central Library Drop-in for a sampling of art projects. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. No registration required. 979-7151,

Let’s Dance: Hip Hop & Break Dance

June 13-20, Mon-Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 11am3pm at Hess’s Back Home on the Farm See hundreds of butterflies, like monarchs and giant swallowtails fluttering about in a beautiful butterfly garden. 540-434-5268

June 13, 4-7pm Family Fun Night is a once-monthly event when museum admission is reduced to $3 (from $9). Family Fun Night is open to the general public.

Parent Survival Night at The Little Gym June 13 and 27 It’s like Recess for Moms and Dads and kids ages 3-12. Enjoy some adult time while your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, and fun LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors building activities. 975-5437,

Woodworking Open House

June 14, 4-5pm, 1104 Forest Street Take a turn at hammering or drilling. Ages 5-14 welcome. See what projects are possible and check out if building projects out of wood is for your child. 979-1220

June 18, 3pm at Central Library Improvise music with West African instruments and musician John Visel. For rising 3rd grade and up. Registration required. 979-7151,

Juneteenth Celebration

June 18, 7pm at Central Library Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery. Join storyteller Page Hill for an evening of call and response, interactive participation and collaborative art celebrating freedom. No registration required. For families with children ages 5+. 979-7151,

Who Done It?

June 19, 6-7pm at Central Library Solve a mystery in an after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library. Best for children 5+. Teens can volunteer to be characters or help with the event. 979-7151,


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Full Moon to Bald Knob

Let’s Dance: Hawaiian Hula


June 20, 1-3pm at Northside Library Join children’s book authors Meg Medina and Gigi Amateau and the Junior League of Charlottesville for a celebration of girls, summer, and books. Book signings, sweet treats, and fun book-related activities. 973-7893,

June 24, 1pm at Crozet Library Put on your favorite luau attire and join the Charlottesville Performing Arts School for a hula lesson. Ages 7-11. Registration required. 823-4050,

Make It and Take It: Bell Bracelets

June 25, 3-5pm at Gordon Library Practice needle sewing with this colorful bracelet craft and wearable musical instrument. For all ages with adult help. No registration required. 296-5544,

Family Art Jam: What is a Line?

June 27, 1-3pm for 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm for 8-12 yr olds at Fralin Museum of Art Family tour of the museum’s exhibits plus arts and crafts projects. Reservations required. 243-2050,

July 1, 7pm at Cass Depot, West Virginia Take a trip to the top of West Virginia’s highest mountain at night. Weather permitting, get a great view of the stars. Trip includes a moon pie and RC Cola. 866-651-4296,

Carter Mountain Orchard Peaches

Mid-June-early September at Carter Mountain Orchard Pick your own yellow peaches mid-June through early September among scenic views. 977-1833,

City Market

Now-November, Saturdays, 7am-12pm at Second and Water Street parking lots.

Farmers in the Park

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

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

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2 Butterfly Garden at the Science

Museum of Western Virginia DISTANCE: 1 ½- 2 hours

Step inside the Butterfly Garden at the Science Museum of Western Virginia and you’ll be surrounded by a humid mist and as many as 600 butterflies flitting beneath a glass-domed roof. With all the flowering plants, orchids, fungi, and over 50 species of plants, it’s easy to imagine you’ve entered a tropical wetland, the same kind where many of these butterflies above you hail from. Perhaps a swallow tail, paper kite, rice paper butterfly, or a royal blue will land on you. Once you exit the Butterfly Garden, be sure to peer inside a large shadow-box type display that holds as many as 250 butterfly chrysalises inside. The chrysalises within it were made by caterpillars from the Philippines, Costa Rica, and (during MaySeptember) from the United States. Look closely. Do you see several adult butterflies emerging from their chrysalises? How about those who’ve emerged and are now hanging

upside down to allow gravity to pump fluid into their wings? After closing, all adult butterflies will find their permanent home in the Butterfly Garden. The Butterfly Garden isn’t the only place to see animals at this Science Museum. There are animal exhibits that include frogs, snakes, turtles, and an odd-looking axolotl. There’s a small Living River exhibit with catfish, trout, gar, and horseshoe crabs. And, through August, you can explore the wonderful worlds of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods within the Dinosaurs & Fossils exhibit. The Science Museum of Western Virginia is located in Roanoke’s historic downtown’s Center in the Square which also houses The Harrison Museum of African-American Culture, the History Museum of Western Virginia, a rooftop garden, and the Mill Mountain Theatre.

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{our town calendar} 3 Wildlife Center of Virginia DISTANCE: ½ - ¾ hours

Meet Albus, an eastern ratsnake who found love after years of neglect. He’s a friendly fellow that lives inside the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Say howdy to Pignoli, a tiny, eastern screech owl that was hit by a car and lost an eye and could no longer hunt. Here’s Edie, an American kestrel, a small bluish and red falcon that humans “found” in a nest and then could not survive in the wild because it imprinted with humans instead of with its mother. She (or he) is not shy, not

in the least. And now, also outside is Buddy, an eagle who was born with avian pox and thus has a malformed beak. The life of all these educational animals were steadied by healing hands at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, an animal hospital for injured wildlife. It is here where injured wild animals are rehabilitated with the goal of being released into the wild. Thus, the tour begins with a quiet walk through the small medical clinic, exam room, and operating room. Amanda Nicholson, the center’s director of outreach, says: “Meeting the individual education animals and learning their stories usually deepens the connection to wildlife and understanding about how we all can make a difference!” “This is a very unique opportunity to see many different types of raptors–something that kids may not get a chance to see very often. We’re always delighted to provide that up-close and personal connection,” says Nicholson. Your family are welcome to register online to attend one of the center’s five open houses held each year with the next one scheduled for some time in July. Spots fill up quickly. To arrange for a private, paid tour, you may want to join other families as there is a minimum fee. Nicholson mentions this caveat: “It’s our recommendation that children ages five and older get the most out of their visit. Because we are a hospital, we do need guests to remain fairly quiet and attentive during the tours, so sometimes it can be a little long for the little ones.” Continued on page 27



Mountain Rail Family Adventures

Fathers Day Picnic June 21

Give Dad a break and let us do the grillin’! Live traditional music and a cookout at Spruce. Bring a blanket, rain gear and Dad! Departs Elkins Depot: 8:15am Departs Cheat Bridge: 11:25am Departs Cass Depot: 10:30am

Full Moon to Bald Knob July 1

Take a trip to the top of one of West Virginia’s highest mountains at night! Weather permitting, this is an awe-inspiring look at the nighttime heavens! Trip includes a moon pie and RC cola! Departs Cass 7 pm

Great WV Train Race July 19

Steam and Diesel vie for the position of “Most Powerful Mountain Climbing” train in West Virginia at Spruce! Picnic and music. Departs Elkins Depot: 8:15am Departs Cheat Bridge: 11:25am Departs Cass Depot: 10:30am

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Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and join us at Early Mountain for our second annual outdoor movie series, Sips & Cinema. On the last Thursday of each month March–October we will host movie nights on the big screen! Tickets are $6 for each movie and include a bag of popcorn! Movie snacks, wine, and food truck selections will be available for purchase. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door! Grease Thursday, March 26 @ 7:30pm

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Thursday, July 30 @ 8:30pm

Finding Nemo Thursday, April 30 @ 8:00pm

Night at the Museum Thursday, August 27 @ 8:00pm

Jurassic Park Thursday, May 28 @ 8:00pm

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Thursday, September 24 @ 7:00pm

Dirty Dancing Thursday, June 25 @ 8:30pm

Monsters Inc. Thursday, October 29 @ 6:30pm


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Teen Screen: Pitch Perfect

June 19, 2:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy popcorn and a free movie geared specifically toward teens. Grades 6-12. 296-5544,

Draw Your Own Manga

June 24, 2-4pm at Central Library Learn how to create your own manga in this introductory hands-on workshop. Grades 6-12. Registration required. 979-7151,

Local Talent

Missoula Theater presents Alladin!


June 27, 1pm and 3:30pm at The Paramount Theater See page 19

Dinner and Music at Grelen Nursery Crozet Farmers Market

Now-August, Thursdays, 6pm at The Market at Grelen The Market is open late with a buffet grill, cheese plates and live music on the patio. 540-672-7268,


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

Covenant School Annual Yard Sale

June 6, 8am-4pm at The Covenant School Lower Campus Furniture, jewelry, bikes, sports equipment, art, electronics, home items, toys, books and more. 220-7303,

Sunsets on Carter Mountain

Inedible Jewelry

June 17, 6:30-8:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Make ice cream cone jewelry with polymer clay. For grades 7-12. Registration


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4 Maymont Children’s Farm & Nature Center DISTANCE: 1 hour 804-358-7166

There are quite a few sweet rescue animals ready to greet you at Maymont. Little Bear and Big Bear, onetime orphaned black bears will give you a nod from their hang out on the rocks. Percy, the 17-year-old Sicilian donkey, will poke his nose over the farm fence and plead with you for a tasty morsel. (Poor Percy! He’s on a diet!) Don’t miss the river otters showing off their swim skills for visitors. In addition to a beautiful restored home and rose garden, Maymont’s Native Virginia Wildlife Exhibits meander through 40 acres of rolling hills, a bubbling creek and gardens. The open-air animal enclosures blend in with the natural surroundings and give you an up-close opportunity to meet many animals native to Virginia—brown bears, gray foxes, American plains bison, white-tailed and Sika deer, and a bobcat. Maymont’s Raptor Valley houses several Virginia owls, hawks, vultures, and bald eagles. Within their aviaries, these birds perch so close that you’ll be standing nearly eyeball to eyeball. You may pet and feed the farm animals

like chickens, roosters, rabbits, cows, and goats at Maymont’s Children Farm. For 25 cents, feeding machines will fill up a small hand. At the farm, kids will get to meet not only Percy, but also Ambassador and Deputy, Vietnamese potbellied pigs. Always a favorite are the sweet baby goats. You’ll hear the sound of water inside Maymont’s Nature Center where animals that make the James River and the Chesapeake Bay their home are found within 13 large aquariums. There’s an interactive aquatic display that interprets the James River’s floodwall in Richmond where you can almost touch turtles, seahorses, and fish like freshwater catfish. The newest inhabitants of the nature center are American alligators. Though not native to Virginia, these alligators have been found just 12 miles from Virginia’s border in the Great Dismal Swamp. Whatever your favorite — farm critters or native wildlife­— you’re sure to meet a new furry or feathered friend while strolling the beautiful grounds and gardens at Maymont. Continued on page 30



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{our town calendar} 5 The Virginia Aquarium & Adventure Park DISTANCE: 2 ¾-3 ½ hours

Enter a diverse aquatic world of marine animals—the warm sands of Komodo dragons, the marshlands of tomistoma crocodiles, the ocean’s depths of sting rays, and island shores of loggerhead turtles—all at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. “The concept of the entire Virginia Aquarium,” says Joan Barns, public relations manager director, “is to authentically represent Virginia’s marine environment.” Adding: “Young children are always attracted to live animals, especially when our educators offer a program where guests can see one of our animal ambassadors up close and touch them. It seems that their favorite interactive exhibits are in the Restless Planet Science Shacks as well as the submersible research vessel near the Norfolk Canyon Aquarium exhibit which houses sharks and other large fish” The aquarium has hundreds of handson interactive exhibits and curiosity carts where your little ones can touch the bumpy skeletal remains of animals that once were and the slimy skin of animals that are now. You and yours can see what animals may

have walked throughout Virginia during prehistoric times, and those that roam free in Virginia’s marshes, swamps, rivers, islands and in the Chesapeake Bay today. You can hear the squeaks and squawks of native owls, ducks and birds who find their home in the aquarium’s aviary. Barns explains another one of the aquarium’s offerings: “We have behind the scene tours that are offered on a regular basis, depending on the season and day.” And with the beach just minutes away, you may want to sign up for one of the aquarium’s Sea Adventures where you’ll get to search for whales, dolphins and other wildlife. There’s a bonus for older children in your group—an outdoor Labyrinth for beginner rope-climbers and an Adventure Park for any older than 5 to sail through the trees on zip lines and climb upon aerial rope courses like above-water creatures. They may also enjoy taking in a show at the aquarium’s National Geographic 3D theater.

Dionna, a freelance writer from the Charlottesville area, is an animal lover who dreams of the day when caring for them is one of her primary occupation.


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Child Care 101: A Class for Parents

June 8, 6:30-7:30pm at Northside Library Learn about different types of child care, regulations that govern them, what to ask potential child care providers, how to identify high quality care, and resources to help families learn more. 296-4118

31st Annual Homeschool Convention & Educational Fair June 11-13 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center More than 140 workshops, speakers, used curriculum sale, hands-on science & technology demonstrations and exhibitors. 804-278-9200,

Motor Madness

Mid-Atlantic Power Festival June 9-13 in Ruckersville, VA See page 16

New Grandparents Class

June 13, 10am-12pm at University of Virginia Hospital A class for expectant grandparents and family members. Review basic safety tips and the latest in baby gear and discuss how to help the new family in the first year. 924-9920,

Movie Night at Sips & Cinema: Dirty Dancing June 25, 8:30pm at Early Mountain Vineyards

Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. Tickets include a bag of popcorn. Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. 540-948-9005,

Annual Pig Roast

June 27, 12-5pm at First Colony Winery Enjoy a traditional whole pig roast plus live entertainment, wine tasting, tractor hayrides,

and lawn games. 979-7105,

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June 27-Dec. 2015 at Bondoran Farms Tour the 2015 Southern Living Magazine Idea House for new home and garden ideas. 244-5600,

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Growing Pains Why My Child Might Get Them and What I Can Do

After a summer day of high-energy fun, don’t be surprised if your little guy or girl complains of leg pain come bedtime. Most likely, he or she is experiencing what most of us know as “growing pains.” “Growing pains actually have nothing to do with growth. Most times, they are completely normal in otherwise healthy children,” notes Aarat M. Patel, M.D., of UVA Children’s Hospital. “No one knows for sure what causes growing pains,” Dr. Patel adds, “but they are likely just muscle tenderness caused by overwork after a day of energetic play.” About 10 percent of children experience growing pains. Typically, the best remedies

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are a warm bath before bedtime and/or a gentle massage from Mom or Dad to help soothe muscles and ease aches. If your child is really uncomfortable or having trouble sleeping, a dose of children’s over-the-counter pain reliever may be helpful. In rare cases, pains in the legs or elsewhere can be a sign of something serious, according

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to Dr. Patel. As a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric rheumatologist, Dr. Patel is an expert in treating children who have arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. A call to your child’s healthcare provider is recommended if your child has any of the following symptoms: pain that is severe or long-lasting; swelling that doesn’t decrease or worsens after 24 hours; fever; persistent lump in a muscle; limp; reddening or an increase in the warmth of skin overlying a muscle or joint. Growing pains in the evening are nothing to worry about. But pain,


especially in the bones, lasting all day is cause for concern, as it could be a sign of cancer, Dr. Patel says. Joint swelling or difficulty walking that’s

Muscles in the feet and calves are prone to brief periods of painful spasms or cramps. These can occur during exercise or can awaken your child from sleep. Muscle cramps usually only last 1 to 15 minutes and go away by drinking a little extra water and consuming salt. Get more tips at

unrelated to an injury could be a sign of juvenile arthritis, he adds. Unlike with adults, arthritis sometimes doesn’t cause pain in children. About 294,000 American children under the age of 18 have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Several forms of arthritis exist that affect children, but the most common type is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (idiopathic means “from unknown causes”). Juvenile arthritis is usually an auto-immune disorder, stemming from when the immune system attacks some of the body’s healthy cells and tissues. Scientists don’t know why this attack happens or what causes

the disorder. Some think it’s a two-step process in children: something in a child’s genes (passed from parents to children) making the child more likely to get arthritis; and something like a virus then setting off the arthritis. While no known way to prevent arthritis or cancer in children is recognized, parents can help their child avoid growing pains. Make sure he or she takes breaks and does different activities throughout a busy day. By doing this, your child is less likely to overuse the same muscles. Children who have arthritis or other serious conditions can partake in physical activities, especially swimming, when their symptoms are under control. Kelly is a medical writer for the University of Virginia Health System. For more about healthy eating, visit


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On-the-Go Packing My Stuff Solution, the “Basbagbowl”

What do newborn babies and warm weather both inspire? Road trips! Although relatives often hit the highway to meet their newest family member, new parents sometimes make the trek with baby to visit family, friends, and vacation spots. Whether your summer plans take you across the country to the beach or across town to the farmer’s market, having a new baby requires lugging around a lot of gear. First and foremost is a correctly installed rear-facing infant car-seat. Then comes great containers for everything else. For Mom: Remember the turducken craze –— a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey? Well, this triple

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fowl inspired my essential new mom car-kit: the Basbagbowl. It’s a bowl stuffed into a bag, stuffed into a basket. Here’s the scoop on each layer: 1. The Bowl. Why a bowl? The answer is simple: because for thousands of years, bowls have been getting the job done. And now new moms can use them on-the-go to: wash faces and hair; bathe newborns; launder clothes; store leaky bottles and breast pump equipment; and contain objects during car clean-ups, such as small electronic items your partner will get mad about if lost. Specs: Large, stainless steel, with rubber lid. Pack with: small bottles of baby-safe shampoo, liquid soap, laundry soap, and hand sanitizer; a washcloth; a hand towel; zip-up bags; nursing pads; feminine supplies; hair accessories; and makeup essentials. 2. The Bag holds the bowl, along with: a spit-up-back-up outfit; an umbrella

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for rain or shade while wearing baby (the AAP says no sunscreen for infants under six months); and sunglasses to replace the ones left at the rest stop. When the bowl is in use, dump its contents into the bag.


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In the trunk, next to your Basbagbowl, diaper bag and stash cache, toss in a collapsible stroller, a pack-n-play, and your suitcases. Now you’re off to see the people and places you love.

finish for easy cleaning. Bonus points for a zippered top. 3. The Basket contains your bag-bowl, plus: a novel; phone charger; energy bars; metal water bottle; garbage bags; paper towels, spraycleaner; and a bed sheet and clothes pins for making a changing room between car doors. Specs: Sturdy and big (13” W x 13” H x 17” L minimum); handles. For Baby’s Gear: 1. Diaper Bag: Don’t leave home without it! Pack: a changing pad; diapers;

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“I didn’t have anyone to go do things with,” Frances says, “so I just stayed home all the time.”

Local volunteer possibilities are nearly endless. Both

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kinds of ways. Jefferson Madison Regional Library’s Friends

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of the Library depends on volunteers for their biannual Book

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Sale. The local Meals on Wheels program and Habitat for

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power that seniors are often good at.

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In fact, nearly every organization around relies in one way

of opportunities for seniors to get out of the house and stay

or another on the donated services of those who just want


to help out. Finding these opportunities can be as easy as

Frances, for example, signed on with JABA’s Neighbor-toNeighbor program. Once a week she visits with an elderly

mentioning your interest to the person ahead of you in line at the grocery store, as Frances did.

woman who lives alone. Sometimes she helps with household

When she volunteers, Frances says she gets far more

tasks the client has trouble doing herself. Sometimes she is

than she gives. “I’m not nearly so gloomy anymore. And

simply there to sit and chat.

I like the idea that my grandchildren see me helping

When seeking a service opportunity, Showalter encourages

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I grew up having afternoon teas at my Irish grandparents’

shortbread from Allen’s ($1.99 and up – also at Happy Cook).

out in the garden. Taking the time to stop whatever you were

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doing to rest and nourish yourself was part of their routine

recipe. It is crumbly and buttery and a perfect pairing to

and three generations of us cherished that time to slow down

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hand cake stands or tiered tea trays as nostalgic additions to your table setting. Wee children can invite a cherished doll or stuffed animal

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Capture the essence of an early-June day with this jelly. And, if the jelly fails to set – use the syrup as you see fit as a sweetener for iced tea or in cocktails. If you can save a jar for winter, it can cut the gray of a February morning with a welcome dose of perfumed, summer sweetness.

Ingredients 4 packed cups honeysuckle flowers (without the leaves and stems) 5 cups cool water 1 package low-sugar pectin 3 cups sugar ½ tsp. unsalted butter 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions Sterilize a dozen 4-ounce jelly jars. Place the flowers in a nonreactive container (stainless steel or enamel-lined cast iron like Le Creuset), cover with cool water and weigh down with a plate. Allow it to steep overnight. In the morning, drain the mixture through a jelly bag or fine-mesh colander. You should be left with about 4½ cups of honeysuckle ‘tea’; you can compost the blooms. In a heavy-bottom pot, pour in the honeysuckle tea and add the package of pectin, along with ¼ cup of sugar. Over medium-high heat, stir until sugar and pectin are fully incorporated. Stirring often, add butter and bring the mixture to a high boil. When at a full boil, add the rest of the sugar all at once, plus the lemon juice. Stir until it returns to a high boil. Count off 60 seconds. Transfer the pot to heatproof surface and skim off any foam. Carefully pour hot jelly into prepared jars and finger-tighten the tops. Place jars in water canning bath and boil for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the jars settle for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove them and set on a heatproof surface where they can cool off and set.

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Let Dad Be Dad

A Touching Appreciation of Our Differences by Lara Krupicka

It’s our second time attending a gathering at the home of a family in our new church. Adults stand in clusters in the kitchen chatting and eating. Occasionally a few kids charge past. I’m in the middle of a conversation about school sports with another mom, when I hear a familiar twotoned sound. It’s my husband’s signature whistle. I hunch my shoulders toward my ears, shooting him the did-youreally-have-to-do-that look. But it is getting late. We do need to round up our kids. Sure enough, footsteps come quickly thudding from several directions. Pretty soon, our three girls are gathered around my husband, getting their departure instructions. He gives a knowing grin over their heads. I shrug back at him. Truth is, as much as I don’t care for his Captain Von Trapp impression, it works. Before we had our first child twelve years ago, my husband offered to yield all the parenting to me. “After all, you were the babysitter. I know nothing about babies,” he claimed. Yet something remarkable happened in that hospital room. While I was bedridden, recovering from childbirth, he figured out how to care for our daughter. By the time we got home with our new little one, he was teaching me how to swaddle her, scolding me for leaving the jumbled blanket too loose. When I couldn’t coax a burp, he’d coach me on a hold he’d perfected for doing the job. Before long he was interjecting other ideas of his own, learning to assert himself as her father. And by the time our second child arrived, he truly was an old pro. Watching him grow into that role made me swell with pride. I loved his knack for calming our girls when they were fussy. He’d put his brawn to work gently swinging our heavy car seat carrier, baby and all, until they settled. And I loved how he’d sing tenderly off-key as he deposited them in their beds for the night. There were other moments though, where I chafed at the differences between his parenting ways and mine. He’d wrestle and roll on the floor with our girls, eliciting shrieks and giggles. I worried. Worried he’d be too rough, that someone would get hurt. He’d brush off my over-cautiousness. “Loosen up,” he’d say. “We’re having fun.” Or he’d lead our family on hikes through the woods of a campground, urging us to forge our own path. I’d call out often from the rear of our pack, “Are you sure this is the right way? These branches are getting awfully thorny. How are we going to get across this stream here?” Again he’d ignore my fears and cross that stream with his characteristic


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dogs? True to his engineering nature, he rattled off a reasoned response I found hard to refute - something about efficiency and pitch. He remained insistent that the whistle worked. I relented. As with many of the other ways he parents differently from me, I’ve found his whistle is an improvement over the alternative (say, yelling). Just as I learned that wrestling with dad can be safe and fun, the wild can be a great place to conquer your fears and explore new things, and young girls can be warm enough in just a light jacket on chilly days, I’ve learned that a whistle summons has its place in our family life (we won’t talk about those macaroni and cheese and Spam dinners). In all this, I’m glad my girls have their father to parent them too. They need his adventurous spirit and light-hearted nature to balance their straight-laced mom. And I need his differences too. I’ve grown through parenting with him. I’ve learned to let go more. I’ve learned to risk more. And I’ve found my way doesn’t have

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to be the only way. Because of his role as a father, I’ve become a better mother. At last we’ve gotten together our kids, said our goodbyes and headed out the door of our new friends’ house. As our girls scamper down the walk ahead of us, I reach out and squeeze my husband’s hand. I give him a quick smile. In return he lets out another whistle, low and under his breath. It’s a quiet catcall. It’s directed at me. And it lets me know, in his own way, he appreciates our differences too.

Lara a freelance writer and mom to three girls. She likes that her husband, Mike, is the one that her daughters go to for pulling splinters.


MAKE IT YOURS! Once we had all the materials out, my children wanted to make more versions of this craft. One painted her fabric completely blue and created an under-the-sea scene, using a variety of buttons as fish and drawing fins with the marker. The other turned her fabric upside down, making the blue section into the surface of the ocean and using buttons to create a Viking ship.

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A Gift to Celebrate Dad By Krissy Millar

What you need

Picture frame with cardboard insert (no glass needed) Piece of white fabric larger than frame Blue watercolor paint

How to create it 1. Wash and iron your fabric. Cut fabric so your piece is 1-inch larger than your frame. For instance, I used an 8-by-10 frame, so my fabric was 11 by 9 inches. 2. Place a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric so the paint doesn’t seep into your work surface.

Paintbrush Dish or (if worried about staining) coated paper plate or bowl

3. Mix your blue watercolor paint on a plate. Use a paintbrush to create the sky on the top third of the fabric. Experiment with brush strokes and gently press the paint into the fabric.

Buttons in rainbow colors Fine-tip permanent marker White embroidery floss

4. Once the paint is dry, determine the arch of the rainbow using a dessert plate or bowl as a guide. Place your collection of buttons in rainbow order around the perimeter of the plate. Adjust the curve to your liking. Use a fine-tip marker to place a dot within the center hole of each button.

Blue embroidery floss Sewing needle Masking tape


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This is a great way to use picture frames that are missing their glass as well as random buttons from your sewing kit, laundry room and junk drawer. Not up for sewing? Use paper instead of fabric and glue instead of thread.

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SMILES A Busy Dad’s Guide to Childhood Dental Care By Brian Mellot I have been a work-at-home dad for almost nine years. That means that, over that time, I have dealt with every scraped knee, busted lip, and cracked head for three incredible and active kids. That also means that I have been to almost every appointment with the doctor and dentist. After nearly 50 visits to dentists and orthodontists, I would like to think that I have learned a thing or two about taking care of my kids’ teeth. Still, my kids’ teeth are not the healthiest around. Even though they brush twice each day and watch their intake of sugary drinks, we’ve had The benefits of starting in of your mouth,chronic including milestones, addressing six cavities between them! early I was surprised to learn that tooth decay is theonone the child’s most common conditions in children and that oral it is My wife and I started taking our kids to the dentist when habits, and ways to prevent accidents that might damage your completely preventable if you take the right steps. they turned 3. We figured that there was no reason to take them

child’s face or teeth. After that first visit, they should go every

to the dentist until they had all of their teeth in. Makes sense,

6 months to get their teeth cleaned and to monitor for any


potential cavities or other issues that you may need to address.

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Even before that first visit, though, there are steps that you

Pediatric Dentistry, we may have started a little late. He suggests

can take to ensure a healthy start. Rubbing your infant’s gums

taking your child to the dentist before his or her first birthday.

with a wet washcloth during bath time can help clean out some

Why so early? He says that, “this first visit is mostly about

of that illness causing bacteria and can make for an easier

parental education to help prevent cavities from forming and to

transition to a toothbrush once those first teeth start to push

build kids’ confidence and rapport with the dental team.”


Just as your pediatrician can help you understand your

Once all of those teeth are in (usually between age 2 and

child’s developmental milestones (i.e. smiling, crawling, talking),

3), you’ll want to start flossing if for no other reason than to

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develop those good habits early. Study after study shows that


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sure that they are brushing at all and to check their brushing

1. Create a tooth brushing chart: Kids love a challenge. Even more so, they love seeing how close they are to completing a

technique every couple of days so that we all know that they are doing the job right.

challenge. You can find plenty of tooth brushing charts online,

5. Make it a family affair: Nothing will make a child more

you could get one from your dentist, or you could create one

likely to grow up brushing and flossing their teeth than having

yourself. Get some stickers that they can use to fill in the chart

a parent who brushes and flosses. A couple of times each week,

to make it even more fun! The key is to make sure that they

get the whole family together to brush and floss. You can even

get a reward once they fill in the chart. Maybe they can take an

make it a silly dance time. Sometimes you just have to lead by

extra trip to the splash park or rent that movie that they’ve been


asking for. If the reward is good enough, you might find them brushing 3 or 4 times a day just to fill in the chart!

Last but not least, be honest with your dentist. They already know how the brushing and flossing efforts are going. What

2. Get the timing right: Proper tooth brushing should last

they need to hear from you is why things are going that way. Dr.

at least 2 minutes. You can accomplish this a number of ways.

Stump says that “honesty helps us to identify and discuss areas

Dr. Stump suggests singing the ABC Song twice. You can also

of improvement from visit to visit and to tailor an oral hygiene

purchase a musical toothbrush or a timer (my kids love the

regimen for your family’s needs.”

2-minute sand timers). For tech-savvy children, there are even tooth brushing timer apps available!

At the end of the day, the key to good dental care is to start early. Developing good habits early can help minimize a

3. Make it easy for them: Buying packages of disposable

number of frustrating (and costly) issues down the road. If you

flossers can save you hours of shoving your fingers into your

do encounter those problems, partner with your dentist and/

8-year-old’s mouth. Remember, this is about healthy teeth, but

or orthodontist to come up with a treatment plan that fits

it’s also about developing healthy habits. The more you fight

your family and lifestyle and that helps your child to keep that

with them over this, the more it becomes a chore and not a

perfect smile!

lifestyle. If your child is fighting the taste of toothpaste, let them brush without it. If they “need” to have a particular kind of toothpaste or a certain character on their toothbrush, get it! 4. Spot check their efforts: While I may not have time to brush each child’s teeth every night, I can make it a point to be

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If you find yourself on the Downtown Mall this summer, you are likely to see children involved in a very different type of summer camp. Instead of soccer balls and water bottles, they’ll be carrying high-definition video cameras and shotgun microphones. And instead of working on their dribbling or shooting, they’ll be writing scripts, filming actors and editing movies. These children are campers at Light House Studio, Virginia’s only nonprofit youth film organization. Light House was founded in 1999 by a group of local filmmakers, artists and educators who began with a small pilot workshop, “Video Diary”. Shannon Worrell, local musician and one of Light House’s founders, says, “We wanted to put video cameras in the hands of local teens to tell their stories and document the community from their point of view. We also wanted them to learn the pervasive language of moving pictures so they could ‘speak’ it themselves rather than being passive consumers.” The idea that movies and other forms of “moving images” would have an increasingly large role in children’s lives seems obvious now, when even toddlers can watch “Thomas the Tank Engine” on mom’s phone. But 17 years ago, when most people didn’t have a mobile phone – and the phones that were around were decidedly “dumb”– that prediction was less self-evident. Worrell says, “Fast forward to the age of YouTube and smart phones and instant video gratification everywhere. It’s more important than ever for kids to use the creative tools at Light House to tell their own stories with real craft, thoughtfulness and intention.” For almost two decades, that’s exactly what Light House has done. Each year hundreds of students attend Light House’s award-winning workshops. In a typical workshop students as young as eight years old collaborate on plot ideas and write a screenplay. Then they storyboard their ideas and cast their actors. Next comes shooting, including


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these social skills and how to work together on a ton of different

direct actors. At the very end, students head inside to edit their

stuff.” Music to a parent’s ears!

work into a finished product. The culmination of camp, and

Light House has also been known to change the course of

a highlight for students, is the screening of the final product,

individual lives. One such teen is Marco Duran. When Marco

when excited students get to show their loved ones the product

was a sophomore at Albemarle High School living in the

of all their hard work. “I see proud faces when I look at students

Greenfield trailer park, he had no interest in film. An English

viewing their films with family and friends,” says Deanna

teacher encouraged him to take a class anyway, and he found

Gould, executive director of Light House. “Our filmmakers have

that he loved it. “I didn’t know anything about filmmaking,”

to express themselves, tell stories, collaborate with others and

says Marco, “but I found that I really liked it.” When the class

learn essential camera and editing skills. Most importantly, I see

was over, he wasn’t ready to give up on his newfound interest.

our students gain self-respect and leadership skills that help

So his teacher pointed him to Light House. There he found a

further their education.”

community of other kids who loved film. He worked on several

A common theme among both students and their parents is

films including “Teddy,” winner of the Golden Cine Eagle and

that Light House teaches more than filming and editing skills.

a World Gold Medal at the New York Festivals International

Students also learn to collaborate and work toward a common

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goal. “My 17 year-old son has attended several classes and

between really creative kids makes Light House a great place. I

workshops at Lighthouse. Each one was exciting and inspiring,

learned a lot from teenage kids that are involved at Light House,

lead by talented artists,” says mom Sandy. “Under Light House

and of course all of the mentors. I feel like all of the people

mentorship my son transitioned from, ‘I want to learn about

involved are really creative and they all have something to

that art form,’ to, ‘I am that artist!’ His confidence in his

express to others.” Marco’s experience led to a career in film. He

creativity has grown by leaps and bounds. He is now considering

now works with local filmmaker Brian Wimer at Amoeba Films,

studying film in college. As a parent, I feel very confident

creating work for clients like Charlottesville’s TomTom Founders

that the learning environment at Light House is positive and

Festival. Marco continues to mentor Light House students in his

nurturing. It’s just one of the best educational resources in

spare time.

“The exchange of experiences

Charlottesville!” At the end of a recent camp, 10-year-old Phillip

Like Marco, other alumni return as mentors. Light House

commented, “You get to make friends and you can choose what

executive director Deanna Gould says, “One of my favorite

you want to do. You get to be very creative. You also learn all

things about Light House is that our alumni, many of whom

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hundreds of community members pack the Jefferson Theater for Light House’s annual Youth Film Festival. Up to a dozen of the best films of the year are shown to this large audience before they’re screened at national festivals. Students representing more than 50 schools all over Virginia attend Light House workshops. But Light House also goes out to kids in Charlottesville who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to learn about film. Their signature Keep it REEL program teaches kids in lowincome and public housing neighborhoods around the city. Harold Foley, a Westhaven parent says, “If Keep it REEL and Light House were not involved at Westhaven, the children would not have a creative way of getting ideas out. The opportunity that Light House gives the kids gives them a constructive way to be productive and keeps them out of trouble.” One way the children were able to express themselves was by creating the short documentary “Food Deliveries to Westhaven,” which

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{resources summer fun} COOL PUBLIC POOLS Be sure to bring sunscreen, towels, and swim diapers for the little ones. Call ahead for schedule changes for Wednesday night swim meets and for thunder and lightning delays! Also, check websites for season pass information. CROZET Crozet Park Aquatics & Recreation Center 205-4380 At this 8-lane outdoor pool, enjoy zerodepth entry, mushroom waterfall, baby pool, umbrella-shaded picnic tables, snack bar, bathhouse and swim lessons. Cost: $10 Day Pass. CHARLOTTESVILLE The City of Charlottesville offers both indoor and outdoor facilities for gallons of water fun! All pools have a lifeguard on duty, but for safety, children under 8 must be supervised in the water by an adult. Pool hours are subject to change. Call 970-3260 for more information on pool hours, swim lessons and the city swim team. Onesty Family Aquatic Center 295-7532 This facility at Meade Park offers spray features throughout the pool, a slide, diving board, lazy river and a zero-depth entry area with play structure for younger kids. Cost: 3 and under free; city residents $4-$6; nonresidents $8-$11.

Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center 970-3072 This 27,000+ sq. ft. indoor facility features a lap pool, diving board, two water slides, zerodepth entry, in-water play structure and lazy river. Cost: 3 and under free; city residents $4.50-$8; nonresidents $6-$11.

Chris Greene Lake 296-5844 Fifty-three water acres and two beach acres, lifeguard, changing rooms, canoe rentals. Fishing and limited boating also allowed. Hours: 11am-7pm. Cost: county residents $2-$3; nonresidents $3-$4.50.

Washington Park Pool 977-2607 Lap lane, toddler area, mushroom fountain, spiral slide and bathhouse. Cost: 3 and under free; city residents $4-$6; nonresidents $8-$11.

Mint Springs Valley Park 823-4921 Eight water acres and one beach acre for swimming, limited boating and fishing. Lifeguard, restrooms. Hours: 11am-7pm. Cost: county residents $2-$3; nonresidents $3-$4.50.

LOCAL LAKES & SWIMMIN’ HOLES These three parks — Chris Greene, Mint Springs and Walnut Creek — have sand beaches for freshwater swimming during the summer months (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) with lifeguard protection. Season passes are available. There will be no swimming on days that Albemarle County Schools are in session. Our area also offers two fun swimming holes — Riprap Hollow and Sugar Hollow — alongside popular hiking trails for an old-fashioned dip. (No lifeguards.)

Riprap Hollow A clear, deep-blue swimming hole is your reward for hiking 1.7 miles from the lower trailhead, off Route 612 near Crimora. Refreshingly shaded, this spot offers glimpses of crayfish and salamanders in the shallows. Part of the Shenandoah National Park system. Hours: Dawn to dusk. Cost: Free. Sugar Hollow A short drive out of town near White Hall, this cool river swimming hole offers a refreshing break from the Sugar Hollow trail, with clear water and gentle rapids. Swimming in the reservoir is not allowed. Hours: Dawn to dusk. Cost: Free.


{resources summer fun} Walnut Creek Park 296-5844 Forty-five water acres and two beach acres, lifeguard, shelter, restrooms, canoe rentals. Fishing & limited boating allowed. Hours: 11am-7pm. Cost: county residents $2-$3; nonresidents $3-$4.50.

Fry’s Spring Beach Club 296-4181 Shallow play pool, family pool and 50-meter lap pool; swim team and café. Also volleyball, tennis courts and shady areas. New Swim S’cool offers swim lessons for members and non-members.


Hollymead 540-751-1888 Diving well, lap lanes, baby pool. Membership open to Hollymead residents, families with children on the Hollymead Swim team and limited non-resident community members.

ACAC Adventure Central 978-7529 Water slides, Olympic-sized pool and kids’ pool, water play features, lap lane, swim lessons and swim team.

Key West Club 977-7665 Twenty-five-meter pool with lap lanes, diving well, toddler pool, snack bar, swim team and lessons. Tennis courts also available.

Blue Ridge Swim Club 242-6894 This unique pool in Ivy is fed by a spring and freshwater stream for lake-like swimming. Roped-off shallow end, diving board, poolside beach umbrellas. Swimming lessons with lifeguards.

Old Trail Swim Club 823-1670 Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Old Trail Golf course plus zero-depth entry, 25-meter lap swimming, 12-foot diving well, Jacuzzi bench, wading pool with fountains and enclosed area for little ones.

Fairview Swim & Tennis Club 973-7946 Open membership for this 25-meter pool in the Belvedere subdivision; diving well, lap lanes, toddler pool, wading pool, slide, snack bar, swim lessons, swim team. Also tennis, basketball & volleyball.

YEAR-ROUND MEMBERSHIP POOLS ACAC Albemarle Square: 978-7529 Downtown: 984-3800 Indoor 25-meter pools, lap lanes, warm-water pools, hot tubs, swim lessons, group classes and physical therapy. Downtown location has outdoor rooftop oasis. Boar’s Head Inn 972-6067 Three outdoor pools, including a heated 25-meter pool and toddler pool; water aerobics and swim team. Farmington Country Club 296-5661 Heated 25-meter lap pool with zero-depth entry area, diving well and toddler pool and swim team. Glenmore Country Club 977-0701 Seasonally heated 25-meter pool with diving area, lap lanes, children’s pool and swim team.

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Greene Hills Club 985-7328 Olympic-sized pool with view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, swimming lessons and swim team. UVA Intramural Rec Sports 924-3791 Two indoor centers including lap swim in 25-meter and 50-meter pools, warm-water leisure pool, swimming classes, family swim, co-ed sauna and poolside café. AFC and new North Grounds location.

SPRAY GROUNDS If swimming isn’t your thing, cool down at the spray ground! Charlottesville Parks & Rec offers a fun complement to its pools with three city spray grounds, open daily through October 12. Picnic shelters and playgrounds nearby! Belmont Park Spray Ground 970-3260 Enjoy the spray during park hours, 10am-8pm Free. Greenleaf Park Spray Ground 970-3260 Play during park hours, 10am-8pm. Free. Forest Hills Spray Ground 970-3260 Play during park hours, 10am-8pm. Free.

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SWIM TEAMS CYAC/Piedmont Family YMCA 974-9622 City and county residents ages 6-18 are welcome to participate in this program and compete in USA Swimming and YMCA Swimming meets. Jefferson Swim League Seventeen local teams compete in the Jefferson Swim League. Visit for details about these teams, programs and membership requirements. Virginia Gators 218-2487 A collection of teams located in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and Roanoke. Athletes on the teams participate in USA Swimming sanctioned competition.


{until next time humorous reflections}

HEY, I’M NO ZOMBIE! A Humorous Essay from a Dad’s Point of View by Rick Epstein

My 10-year-old self wandered idly into the dining room

My Dad made the prospect of inevitable manhood seem

and opened my favorite cabinet – the one that no one but

really uninviting. I’d heard that other grown men hunted,

me ever opened. It contained dozens of phonograph records

fished, gambled, boated, rode spirited horses, smoked

(show tunes, classical, big bands) and lots of liquor bottles.

Cuban cigars, went to ballgames, drove powerful cars and

But I had never seen my parents play a record or take a

drank expensive champagne out of the slippers of women

drink. The cabinet was a time capsule from more exuberant

half their age. But there was precious little of that going on


in OUR house.

Mom had a playful side, but Routine is what seemed to

I promised myself a livelier future. And while I was never

keep my dad going. He never missed a day of work. Every

a sportsman, playboy or bon vivant, I did a lot of traveling,

evening he’d come home at 5:30 for dinner at 6. Anything

camping and theater-going before the babies started to

burned would wind up on Dad’s plate. I never knew whether

arrive and that type of fun tapered off.

he liked his chow well-done or he was just frugally willing

I was reminded of my father the other day when my

to eat burned food. Afterward, he would spend the whole

14-year-old daughter Sally asked, “So Dad, what is your idea

evening in his armchair with a newspaper.

of fun? You don’t really seem to ever have any.”

I peered into the cabinet at halfempty




I had just put in a peaceful and productive Saturday


at the office, all my bills were paid, the laundry was under

preferred beverage of cowboys)

control, and I was feeling pretty good. “Well, I like the feeling

and rum (what pirates drank),

“So Dad, what is your idea of fun? You don’t really seem to ever have any.”

I get when I meet my obligations.”

and tried unsuccessfully to

“Oh,” she said flatly and I immediately regretted my

imagine my dad firing a

answer. Who wants his daughter thinking he’s a joyless

six-shooter into a saloon

husk whose big thrill is returning his library books on time?

ceiling or capering on the

I dug a little deeper and added, “But you want to know

deck of schooner with a

about FUN? My fun mostly consists of kidding around with

bottle in one hand and

people – you kids, your mom, the people at work, and most


of all, my baby brother. Teasing Jim has been my special joy



daughter in the other.

for 48 years. Also, I like to pretend things. At the office, when

I closed the little door and

I give someone a routine job to do, I pretend that person

went off to watch a succession

has been chosen for a dangerous mission. And you know

of hilarious TV sitcoms. I didn’t

that easy turn into the high school‘s driveway that I always

understand how my dad could resist

kind of zoom into? I’m pretending I’m bringing a fighter-jet

them. But he only watched the news. What DID he enjoy? Cinema? He’d worked his way through college as an

down onto an aircraft carrier. Come in too slow and WHAM!” I smacked my hands together. Sally laughed and said, “You’re weird, Dad.”

usher, had seen hundreds of movies 30 times each and

My ways of having fun seem odd and silly even to me,

was sick of the entire medium. Golf? No. Politics? He was a

but being a grown-up IS a chore sometimes, and I think a

moderate Democrat, but didn’t like to talk about it. Books?

child is heartened to know that Fun doesn’t necessarily die

He seemed to have already read them all already. Friends?

of middle age.

No one fun. Hobbies? Every couple of years he would plant a tree in the yard. His only pleasure seemed to be a small, nightly dish of chocolate ice cream. (To a fat little whale like myself, his

When not orchestrating the comings and

moderation seemed to show a lack of commitment.)

goings of his children, Rick works for a chain of newspapers.


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