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Just Between Us… When I sat down to write this month’s letter, I was stuck. The only interesting things going on with our family lately are largely about the house we bought recently. We have new plumbing — whoo hoo! — and I’m very glad we don’t have to worry about pipes anymore, but it’s just not that interesting of a topic. We also just had our 10th Annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo — and that was exciting! We celebrated the 10th anniversary of Camp Expo in style, with more than 85 vendors and many of our original sponsors and camps who’ve been with us for all these years. There are many families and children that we recognize each year, too! It really has become a little like a family reunion every February. But while Camp Expo was so much fun, I decided to look up special days in March online and write about those instead. According to one holiday website, there are 62 special occasions to celebrate in March. (Sorry in advance to my scrapbooking friends!) There are the ones we know, such as International Earth Day (on the vernal equinox, around March 20) and St. Patrick’s Day, and others that seem a little familiar, like the Ides of March. (You probably learned in high school that Caesar was assassinated by Brutus on the Ides of March, or March 15.) Others are interesting — like Johnny Appleseed


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Day (March 11) and National Pi Day (March 14 or 3.14, get it?). Then there are the really obscure ones, like these nationally designated occasions: Pig Day (March 1), Chocolate Covered Raisin Day (March 24) and Bunsen Burner Day (March 31). I am not making these up. They’re online, so they have to be true, right? Regardless, I was rather entertained and I confess to marking National Waffle Day (March 25) on the family calendar. Seems like a good one to celebrate — we love to have breakfast for supper around here. It is oddly exciting to eat scrambled eggs at 6pm when just 12 hours earlier it was merely the least awful choice in the fridge. Oh, there was another day I thought we’d all want to celebrate too — Absolutely Incredible Kids Day (March 15), created by Campfire USA, which suggests writing your children each a letter to let them know how special they are. What a sweet idea. But, oh, I have to write four more letters! What will I write?! Happy Special Days,

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{Contents} TABLE OF



News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10 Do You Ask the Parents of Your

Child’s Friends Whether They Have Guns in Their House?

Our Schools 13

Walker Upper Elementary Recreates the Battle of Gettysburg

Bravo! 14 Jeannie Kim

Out & About Calendar 16

Dear Bob 24 Tips for Sweet Baby Slumber


Healthy Family 26 Safe Summer Camp What’s Cookin’? 28 Shamrock Petits Fours

Tips & Trends 30 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Home & Garden 32 Breathe New Life into Your

Garments and Linens

March Activities & Events for Families

RESOURCES Buy Local Pet Guide 52 Resources for Your Precious Pets 2014 Camp Guide 59 Residential Camps, Day Camps

and Summer Programs

Daytrip Fun! 18

Tulip Festival

Editor’s Pick!

Snapshot 20 Jennifer Elvgren

Get ready for the Festival of the Book! See page 21 for a list of family

So Love This!

UNTIL NEXT TIME Feng Shui and the Teenager 78 Learning How to Find

Harmony at Home

friendly events!

Jennifer Carroll’s petit four recipe (page 28) can be adapted for any celebration! Use whatever cookie cutters and icing colors match the occasion — pink and blue diamond-shaped mini cakes for a baby shower, pastel egg-shaped mini cakes for spring, or red, white and blue star-shaped mini cakes for the Fourth of July! — Robin, Co-Publisher

INSPIRATION The Game Isn’t Over Until Everybody Wins 36 Local Educator Puts Students in

Charge of Their Future with His World Peace Game

Special Dogs for Special Needs 44 Helping Local Children and Families

The Ten Things My Kids Learned At Camp 56 (Though They’d Never Admit to It!)




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­the local buzz

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New UVA Concussion Clinic Now Open

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The UVA Health System aims to provide easier

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concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)

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with the new Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Clinic. The clinic, which currently only operates on Friday mornings, brings together experts from various fields – including adult and pediatric

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Grand Opening of Mr. Madison’s Library If you haven’t been out to Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison, recently, now is a great time to take the kids and go! Over Presidents’ Day weekend, the estate held a grand-opening celebration for its refurnished library, home to over 4,000 volumes of books and pamphlets, including titles Madison personally purchased and those he received as gifts due to his position as a former president. The opening reflects the curators’ fiveyear effort to research and acquire materials for the library that best represent the Madisons’ life at Montpelier. The library also holds Madison’s personal papers and correspondence, including his comprehensive record of debates from the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Share the illustrated timeline of the president’s life — found at under “Student Resources” — with your children before you go!


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occupational therapists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and sleep medicine experts — to help patients see all necessary specialists in one visit. To be seen at the clinic, patients need a referral from their primary care doctor or a specialist. For more information, visit or call 800-552-3723.

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Bella Arte Gallery, a fine art gallery in Midlothian, is presenting “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” — a 75th anniversary celebration of the publication of “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” March 15–30. The exhibition includes items from author Theodore Geisel’s neverbefore-seen hat collection, which numbered in the hundreds and inspired his work. A series of works adapted from his original drawings, paintings and sculpture will also be on display and available for acquisition. Call Bella Arte at 804-794-1511 for more information.

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& r i a F FunCamp Exp2o014 All of us at CharlottesvilleFamily and Ivy Publications want to express our sincere appreciation for all the families and camps who attended our 10th Annual Fun Fair & Camp Expo and for the sponsors who made it happen! The 2,000 people who attended the expo were thrilled to be thinking about summer after having just experienced the biggest snow of the season. Kids and parents alike were eager to visit all the camp booths, with their cool displays, and to dream about the great options for their summer. Staffers from over 85 camps were happy to answer questions and be able to say what make their camp so special. And other vendors were there to offer their services to area families as well. The atmosphere was electric. All attendees were eligible to win several door prizes — including an iPod Nano and a pair of Dr. Dre Beats headphones. The younger attendees got to play in the bounce house, and everyone was treated to free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It was a rousing success, and we were again grateful to be able to provide this service to the wonderful families in our area. We heard from exhibitors and families that this is the best camp expo around, and we are so proud to offer it year after year.

See you next year!

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TOWN Do you ask the parents of your child’s friends whether they have guns in their house? 13% say “yes” 87% say “no”

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If [my kids] are introduced to a new home, it is on the top of my list of questions, though, and I’ve found most people in this area are open to answering it. There are too many accidents, and I’d rather be safe than sorry later.

Asking someone whether they have guns in their house is the same as asking about their financial investments or financial health or just as invasive personal questions. . . . It is ultimately my job as a parent to teach and train my child — and I don’t need to “screen” Mother of four, Crozet parents about their personal protection weapons before my child goes over for a playdate. We know which families of our children’s Crozet mom of 2 friends have guns in their homes without having to ask, but we have asked how those guns are secured. . . . It should not be an I’d like to put together a form letter to send offensive question — responsible gun owners out to all friends’ parents at once, but would should not be bothered by the question and some get upset, and would I not send my should understand the concern. daughter to their house if they say they have Judy, mother of two a gun there? But shouldn’t her safety be first? Yet another example of my decision fatigue. Charlottesville mom I have heard of way too many accidents with guns after kids curiously looking at them while playing. Every time I ask the parents I don’t think I ever thought about it that way each one seems grateful and appreciative of before. We teach our kids to stay away from my awareness. [guns], but I don’t think you can ever take it Michele, momma to a boy and girl for granted that they will never come across one while at someone else’s home. Beth, mom of two in C’ville For this month’s poll, we had 129 respondents. Visit to answer next month’s question and win giveaways!

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{our town community} Sports ZONE

Strong Wins Among Area High School Swimmers

Worried that the Albemarle County School Board would cut the district’s swim and dive programs because of shortfalls in next year’s budget, WAHS star swimmer Remedy Rule, a YMCA Nationals medalist, rallied almost 2,000 signatures for a petition to keep the schools’ swim programs. The school board acknowledged the community response, but the final budget will not be set for several more weeks. In January, WAHS swimmers won both the boys’ and girls’ divisions at the Ben Hair Memorial Swim and Dive

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Meet. AHS’s Hanna Harper, headed to Penn State in the fall on a swimming scholarship, won the 100-meter butterfly. WAHS’s Storrs Lamb won the girls’ 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. In February, AHS’s girls won the Region 5A North meet, with individual wins from Corie Morton in the 500-free, Emma Lockman in the 100-back and Hannah Harper in the 100-butterfly. The AHS boys came in second place. At press time, the Patriots were headed to the 5A State meet. Also in February, both CHS teams won their Conference 23 swim meet. Cole McMahon-Gioeli won the 100-free for the Black Knights, Zach Greenhoe won the 200-free and 400free and Ben Veale swam to victory in the 200-IM and 400-free. Boys also won the 400-free relay and 200-medley relay

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with help from Liam McCarthy and Jonah Franke-Fuller. The Black Knights’ 400-free team beat their competition by more than 40 seconds. CHS’s Anna Perry won the girls’ 100-fly and 200free. The CHS girls’ 400-free relay team swam to victory as well.

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The Charlottesville High School Orchestra raised $6,127 last month in its annual online auction. Local experiences and gift certificates were up for bid, as were over a dozen hand-painted violins — instruments no longer suitable for student use — Family law • Personal injury • workers’ comP • Disability • criminal tucker GriFFin barnes P.c. charlottesville 434.973.7474 | lake monticello 434.589.3636 |

donated by local artists. The highest bid was for CHS senior Vail Pryor’s “Musica” violin, painted to resemble stained glass and


inspired by Vail’s recent trip to Westminster Abbey, which sold for $475. The money raised will go toward the

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trip to France this summer. The group has been invited to perform in Charlottesville’s sister city of Besançon, in Paris, France, and at the world famous Cathédral Notre-Dame de

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STAB & Miller Students Win Fine Arts Competitions Brielle Costello, a junior at St. Anne’s– Belfield, is headed to the National Shakespeare Competition, held next month at Lincoln Center in New York City, after winning February’s regional competition, hosted by the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. The student


who wins the national competition travels to London to attend a three-week intensive program in London at the


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Another local student, Marta Regn, a junior at the Miller School, won the regional Poetry Out Loud competition, held annually by the National Endowment


for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. She will perform in the state-level competition on March 13 at Richmond’s

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Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre. State winners advance to the national competition at George Washington University on D.C. in April.

Our Schools

An Epic Battle Where Everybody Wins Surrounded by Charlottesville’s rolling hills, the blue- and gray-clad soldiers stake out their positions,


by Beth Che

scout out the enemy and even die for their country. This is no professional performance at a historic site — these are sixth-graders at Walker Upper Elementary, which is surrounded by hills perfect for re-creating the Battle of Gettysburg. When it’s time to teach about the Civil War, history teachers Jason Bower, Alex Piedra and Erika Trent take to the hills. “At Gettysburg, the Union won by controlling the high ground,” explains sixthgrader Edie. “Re-creating the battle on the hills at our school made that very easy to see. And it was fun!”

On the day of the battle, students wear a gray or blue shirt from home or from the teachers’ collection. In addition, this year teachers were able to provide Union and Confederate hats for soldiers and full-blown costumes for Generals Robert E. Lee and George Meade. And when Abraham Lincoln stood before his classmates to read his famous Gettysburg address, he wore a long black jacket and top hat. In just five days, online donors had contributed funds to purchase the costumes. Sixth-grader R’Quis recalls, “I got so excited when Charlottesville City Schools

I saw how professional my Robert E. Lee uniform looked.” It would be difficult to re-enact a battle without weapons, so the teachers get administrators’ permission to let students use sticks for guns. Expectations are clear: Students may only use the sticks during the re-enactment — not while listening to instructions or learning about the battle. Eager to participate, the kids follow directions carefully. The teachers discuss the different days of the battle, explaining the events of each day. Then the action begins: Students re-enact what they have just learned. Teacher Alex Piedra wrote about the lesson for his blog: “Students love this activity for several reasons, but first and foremost, it’s a chance for them to just be kids! They get to play. Use their imaginations. Fake their deaths in Academy Award–winning ways. It’s pretty epic. Students remember the costumes. They remember the hill they ‘fought’ on. They remember the story of Jennie Wade. They remember the speech Lincoln gave. And most of all, they remember the joy they experienced.”

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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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Bravo! Teen Volunteer Brings Beauty and Enthusiasm to JMRL

For teens who love to read and like crafts, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s teen volunteer program offers opportunities to be around books and help create craft materials for the children’s programs. Jeannie Kim, a senior at Albemarle High School, has been a volunteer at the Central Library throughout her high school years. When Kim came to the U.S. in 2006, she did not speak

English. She spent hours in the library when she was younger, looking through the books and picking out words that she was learning. Later, when she learned she could volunteer there, she jumped at the chance.

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The children’s department at the Central branch has benefitted from Kim’s artistic abilities. She has designed signs and display decorations, but her most ambitious and popular creation is a

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create one for each letter of the alphabet. Kim volunteers year-round. According to Tim Carrier, the branch’s Young Adult Services Manager, many other teens volunteer during the library’s summer programs. Kim says that one of her

and older.

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About March 2014

FESTIVALS & FAIRS Healthy Birth, Healthy Baby Birth Expo

March 2, Saturday, 10am-2pm at The Herman Key Center Chat with representatives from all aspects of the Charlottesville birthing, parenting and family-health community. Charlottesville Family is proud to sponsor. 996-2002,

Family Movie Matinee: Babe

March 22 is the Annual StoryFest for Families at the Virginia Festival of the Book! See page 21 for info.


Fitness and Safety Extravaganza

March 8, Saturday, 10am-2pm at Carver Recreation Center Join us for games, physical fitness activities, CPR training, bike rodeo, fire and poison prevention, distracted driving booths for teens, yoga, karate, healthy food and more! 970-3053,

14th Annual Kids’ Carniball: Destination South Pacific

March 8, Saturday, 10am-4pm at Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central Special entertainment through the day. Includes hula performances and workshops, basket weaving demos, appearances by Pirate Captain Greybeard, Parrots of Paradise and more. 804-474-7000,

Art Connections 2014: CCS Showcase

March 10-19, open weekdays from 9am-3pm at Charlottesville High School in the Small Gym Check out the exemplary K-12 Fine Arts. Celebration on March 15 from 10am-2pm with fun hands-on activities for kids. Open House on March 19 from 4-8pm with student performances.

Piedmont Regional Science Fair


STAGE & SCREEN Northside Players Drama Club

March 3, Monday, 4-5:30pm at Northside Library Calling all actors, join us for a monthly theater workshop. Explore improv, story theater, and puppetry, play fun theater games, and much more! No experience necessary. Registration. Grades 3 and up. 973-7893

Richmond Ballet

March 5, Wednesday, 7:30pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College The State Ballet of Virginia returns to PVCC with a full-length program of athleticism and artistry from the company’s repertoire. 961-5376,

Great Sounds Abound!

March 15, Saturday, 3pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy the music of our Municipal Band up close and personal. For ages 3 and up. 296-5544,

Singer-Songwriter Fundraiser for MRC

March 12, Wednesday, 8am-7pm at John Paul Jones Arena Hundreds of students grades 6-12 representing more than 30 different schools from over a dozen school divisions will participate. 227-9062,

March 16, Sunday, 1:30-5:30pm at Glass House Winery Singer/songwriter performances by David Tewksbury, Gina Sobel, Michael Clem, Thomas Gunn, and Aimee Moody. New Orleans style dishes from The Big Easy Food Truck. Donations. 979-5478,

VaHomeschoolers 2014 Conference and Resource Fair

CHS Presents “Sweeney Todd”

March 21-22, Friday-Saturday, 2-9pm Friday; 8:30am-5:30pm Saturday at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Featuring speakers Susan Wise Bauer and Julie Bogart, extensive sessions, vendor hall, used resource fair, and social and family events. 866-513-6173,

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March 31, Monday, 2pm at Central Library Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and fabulous films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. 979-7151,

March 21-23, Friday-Sunday, 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday; 3pm Sunday at Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center Sweeney Todd is a humorous musical about a barber by profession who returned to London to seek murderous revenge. Not appropriate for all ages. 245-2725,

PBS Kids Go! Writing Contest

Now through March 21 at The Community Idea Stations For kids in grades K-3 in central Virginia who want to write and illustrate their own stories.

Be the Dinosaur

Now through May 11 at Science Museum of Virginia Travel back more than 65 million years to discover a lost world filled with dinosaurs! Check out an animatronic dinosaur and a pterosaur reconstruction. 804-864-1400,

Giddy Up, Cowboys & Cowgirls

March 8, Saturday, 10:30am at Northside Library Drop in for 45 minutes of stories, songs, and activities the whole family will enjoy (also other branches and days). For all ages with an accompanying adult. 973-7893,

Magic Tree House Goes Wild West

March 12, Wednesday, 4pm at Gordon Avenue Library The tree house has dropped Jack and Annie in a ghost town in the 1880s Wild West right in the middle of a horse rustling ring. Be ready to saddle up and try your hands at some Western style fun. Registration. Ages 5 & up. 296-5544,

LEGO Mania

March 13, Thursday, 4pm at Central Library Come to JMRL’s construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required (also other branches and days). For ages 5 & up. 979-7151,

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505 ROSEMONT DRIVE $1,295,000 An exceptional offering minutes to UVA and historic Downtown and situated on 5.9 manicured acres. Custom built by Alexander Nicholson, few homes offer such unmatched quality details including extensive trim work, massive windows, 4 fireplaces, double porch and brick terrace. The rooms are grand in scale with a gracious entry flanked by formal living and dining room, a dramatic two story great room, chef ’s kitchen, light filled sunroom with slate floors and a spacious first floor master suite. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148. MLS# 516902 C LO S E TO U VA A N D M O V E I N R E A DY


3813 GRENVILLE DRIVE • $749,000 A large, immaculate, high quality custom home on 13 acres in the Murray School Disrict. 3 fireplaces, excellent light. Detached garage with walk-up storage, tennis court, circular drive, lovely landscaping and huge deck that wraps the house for wonderful outdoor living, entertaining. The flexible floor plan includes 1st floor master and 3 more bedrooms, 2 full baths upstairs. There are 2 more bedrooms and a bath on lower level. 10 minutes to Barracks Road. OFF GARTH ROAD, JUST MOMENTS FROM TOWN

2340 HIGHLAND AVENUE • $215,000

895 HEISKELL LANE • $1,795,000

1530 LONDON ROAD • $1,295,000

1950’s bungalow close to UVA and Downtown. Three bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room, dining room, family room with fireplace. Gleaming hardwood floors, new central air, roof three years old, lots of storage and large workshop area in the unfinished basement. Large, fenced yard. On City bus line. Less than 5 minutes to the Rotunda. Walk to Johnson Elementary. Elizabeth Feil Matthews (434) 284-2105. MLS# 516469

This sort of country property in the MeriwetherLewis school district is a rare commodity. Immaculate, expansive, light-drenched New England style farmhouse offers 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths as well a stunning kitchen renovation. Tom Elliott-constructed barn, chicken house and potting shed. 3 car attached garage with apartment above, sunroom with Mexican tile floors, 3 fireplaces, and fenced perimeter. Minutes to UVA.

This spacious home has the option of one level living with a bright open floor plan, large windows plenty of natural light. Only 5 minutes to Barracks Road Shopping Center and UVA on 3 park-like acres with stream and walking trails. Formal and informal spaces, five bedrooms, 4 full and 3 half baths, home office, family and exercise rooms. Oversize garage, plenty of storage. Elizabeth Feil Matthews (434) 284-2105.

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1018 HUNTWOOD LANE • $224,900 Spacious end-unit town home within walking distance of Barracks Road Shopping Center, on the CAT bus line. Freshly painted, new carpet & vinyl throughout. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, living room with fireplace, terrace level family room with 2nd fireplace. Reserved parking for owners and plenty of open spaces for guests. Rear patio and deck overlook small stream & wooded area. Amy Toomy (434) 996-0394. MLS# 516582

401 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Circa 1949, this 5 bedroom, 7 full, 2 half bath grand dame has been comprehensively renovated, including new bathrooms and kitchen. The remarkable double lot on one of Charlottesville’s quietest, most distinguished streets offers privacy, room to build a garage, a tennis court…and more. The home already overlooks a pool and vaulted pool house with outdoor fireplace. Period mouldings, arched doorways, extensive built-ins, antique mantels, marble bathrooms and additional period charms abound. The recently completed hardscaping, new parking court and landscaping are stunning.

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5th Annual Organic Tulip Festival This is every mom’s dream come true! Bring your kids up for the great photo opportunities and take home a bouquet of flowers for yourself. After this long winter and all the snow we’ve had, it will be a glorious change of scenery. The first flowers of spring will be a welcome sight this year. One of the best places to get your spring on is EcoTulips’ “Tulipmania”! Sixty thousand organic flower bulbs have been planted in beautiful Madison County to get ready for this year’s Organic Tulip Festival. Pack a picnic basket and plan to spend the day surrounded by fun and flowers. In addition to really fabulous photo opportunities and $1 you-pick stems, Jeroen and Keriann Koeman’s farm hosts a weekend of family fun every April. Mother Nature helps them decide which weekend is best. (The festival date had not yet been announced by press time.) Last year’s festival included arts and crafts for the kids, a guided nature walk to see the


neighboring alpacas, Dutch coffee and wine tasting for adults, tulip workshops with the Tulip Man and tulip-petal tasting with Keriann herself. Yes, tulip tasting! Organic bulbs are grown without the use of pesticides, which makes this a wonderful place for kids to enjoy. The owners recommend bringing a bucket for any flowers you pick for the drive home. (Tulip-picking tip: Simply grasp the stem as close to the ground as possible and pull straight up!) EcoTulips is open March 30–May 1, but check their online Bloom Report for festival and bloom schedules. Open rain or shine, but please leave the pets at home. Parking is $5 on the weekends.

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Book Bugs Book Group: Jim Ugly

March 13, Thursday, 4pm at Northside Library Join us for a 45 minute session of chatting about Sid Fleischman’s “Jim Ugly” as well as snacks and fun games. Books will be provided! (Also other branches/dates) Registration. 973-7893,

Baby Romp

March 17, Monday, 10:30am at Central Library Sensory and interactive play for your little one, plus grown-up conversation for you. For ages 2 & under & their caregivers. 979-7151,

Goodnight Songs

March 17, Monday, 6:30pm at Crozet Library Previously unpublished poems of Margaret Wise Brown have been delightfully put to music by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary. Wear PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal or blanket. Registration. For ages 4 and up. 823-4050,

Book Buffet

March 19, Wednesday, 9am-5pm at Central Library Ravenous readers take a seat at the Central Library Book Tasting. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books. 979-7151,

For Goodness Snakes!

March 22, Saturday, 2pm at Scottsville Library The presentation, featuring live, nonreleasable members of The Virginia Wildlife Center team of animal education ambassadors, explores the unique adaptations of snakes. Ages 5 and up 286-3541,

Writer’s Eye Award Ceremony

March 30, Sunday, 2pm at UVA’s Newcomb Hall, Ballroom Winners of this year’s competition will receive awards and first-place winners will read their entries; judges of high school, University and adult entries will comment on their winners. The Writer’s Eye Anthology will be available. A reception in the University of Virginia Art Museum follows. 924-3592,

Homeschool Day at Montpelier

March 31, Monday, 9-5pm at Montpelier, Orange Montpelier opens its doors for a day designed specially for homeschooling families — or any family seeking a fun day out! Enjoy tours, constitution talks, colonial games, guided hikes, “hands-on archaeology” and more. 540-672-2728 x402,

ARTS & CRAFTS Lots of Dots

March 6, Thursday, 4pm at Northside Library It’s Youth Art Month. Join in for artistic fun and make a painting for the library’s display and one to take home Registration. For grades K and up. 973-7893,

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

March 12, Wednesday, 10am at UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art Start with a book and then go look! Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian visits The Fralin to share stories, music, and movement. Then, the docents invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. 243-2050,

St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating

March 16, Sunday, 2pm–3pm at Crozet Mudhouse Join Chef Margot Diaz at the Crozet Mudhouse for a wonderful afternoon of decorating lucky Shamrock cookies! Your family will leave with a bag full of delicious treasures! Registration. 823-2240,

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Jennifer Elvgren

by Lynn Pribus

Jen Fariello

“One of my earliest memories is of my dad taking me to the library and the excitement of choosing a book,” declares Jennifer Elvgren. Today, she is a children’s author. Her first children’s picture book, “Josias, Hold the Book,” about a boy in Haiti, won several prestigious awards. Her new picture book, “The Whispering Town” — which takes place during the Nazi terror of World War II — was published last month and is available at Over the Moon bookstore in Crozet. Jennifer loves participating at our local Festival of the Book. This year, she’ll be part of several sessions, including “First Page Panel for Teen Writers.” (Learn more at and on page 22.) She lives near Charlottesville with her husband, their three children, a quarter horse, two dogs and a cat. When not reading or writing, she enjoys swimming, horseback riding and playing the flute. For more about Jennifer and her writing, visit

What was your favorite book as a child?

Whom do you admire?

“The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss and “The Thanksgiving Treasure” by Gail Rock. I

Children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, winner of both the Laura

still have my original copies.

Ingalls Wilder Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrators. At

What are you reading today?

90, he exudes joy and leaves audiences spellbound.

“Operation Oleander” by Valerie Patterson, “The Piano Teacher” by Janice

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

Lee and “Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and

Be yourself. Be kind.

Times” by Cynthia Kierner.

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

Your books are more than just entertainment. Where do you find

I am not technically savvy. I find handwritten notes and the crinkly covers

your inspiration?

on picture books from the library thrilling.

From real people and events. “The Whispering Town” came from reading about the Holocaust in Denmark and a Jewish man trying to find the harbor at night to escape to neutral Sweden. Townspeople whispered directions. That image moved me so deeply, I wrote the picture book. What do you enjoy most about the Virginia Festival of the Book?

When I first started writing for children, several authors were generous

What would you title your memoirs?

“Girl Meets Word (And Never Looks Back)” If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation is very appealing, especially next year when I’ll have children in three different schools.

with their time and advice. For several years, I’ve enjoyed being on a

What do you like best about living here?

panel called “Off to a Good Start: Hooking an Editor on the First Page.” It’s

The history! When I was four, my family vacationed here. We visited

designed to encourage new writers, and I hope I’m “paying it forward” in

Monticello and, oh, was I hooked — The Great Clock, Patsy Jefferson, the

some small way.

smell of old boxwood mixed with humidity. I can’t believe I live here now!

How can parents teach children to love reading?

By example. I have books everywhere—the house, the car, my purse. My


husband and I read constantly, take our children to the library, read out

Lynn is an avid reader and always enjoys the

loud to them and give them books as presents.

Festival of the Book.

March 2014

Annual StoryFest for Families at the Virginia Festival of the Book Saturday, March 22, at various locations and times A free, day-long celebration of books and reading. Sponsored in part by Charlottesville Family. More info at

It’s March! Must be time for the Virginia Festival of the Book!

Play Partners Storytime 9:30am at C’ville Coffee Storytime and fun activity featuring “Jump Frog Jump” by Robert Kalan. Especially suited for families with preschoolers. Goodnight Moon — Buenas Noches Moon 10:30am, at the Omni Hotel, Ash-Lawn Highland Room English-Spanish storytime with members of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Gamma Alpha Chapter at UVA. 971-5500 Wild About Reading! 10:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Have some up-close encounters with Virginia’s wildlife! The first 100 children receive a free wild-themed book. 977-1025 19th Annual Kids Book Swap 11am–3pm at Oakley’s Gently Used Books Bring your gently used books and trade for new-to-you books. We start with 50 boxes of books. Free. 977-3313 Goodnight Cavaliers! 1:00pm, Alakazam Toys and Gifts Meet Traci Shirley Thompson and Catherine Jennings Davis, authors of “Goodnight Cavaliers.” Books available for purchase and signing. 971-1717 Book and Paper Making for Kids 2pm Carver Recreation Center Create a blank book! Learn simple bookbinding techniques, personalize your own cover and make handmade paper. Ages 8–12. 924-3296 Bringing Books to Life 3pm at Charlottesville Waldorf School Puppetry performance of “The Invisible Hunter,” a Native American folktale, followed by a simple craft. 924-3296 Go: A Kid’s Guide to Graphic Design 4pm at the Omni Hotel, Monroe Room Chip Kidd, book and graphic designer, talks about his own book. Open to readers and artists of all ages but best for middle school and up. 971-5500

Full Schedule at Includes StoryFest Events for the Young and Young at Heart Storytime, Crafts, and Books, and More Special thanks to Harris Teeter CharlottesvilleFamily City of Charlottesville Wonderful Festival Volunteers


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March 18, Tuesday at Central Library Drop in to see our model train rumble down the tracks in our small display case. Then gather around the craft table and make a train car for our Library Express train and a 4-car train to chug home. Drop in anytime between 10 & 11 am. 979-7151,

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Harlem Globetrotters

March 13, Thursday, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. 243-4960,

MJ8K Run & 4K Walk

March 15, Saturday, 8am start for 8K Run & 4K Walk at Downtown Charlottesville Thanks to your participation and support, proceeds from the event will assist Martha Jefferson Hospital’s community Lung Cancer Screening outreach program. 654-8258,

Shenandoah Caverns

has been thrilling visitors since 1922. Take a ride down the elevator to explore stunning natural wonders, incredible geology and rare crystalline formations. Then step back in time at Main Street of Yesteryear, a display of antique department store windows. American Celebration on Parade has 27 magnificent full size parade floats. Families will experience our American history in a new and exciting way. The Yellow Barn is an agricultural adventure! There are animals outside, and inside is a live beehive where visitors can see the bees making honey behind the glass.

The Kids Dash

March 29, Saturday, 7:30am at UVA Track/Lannigan Field Kids can run a 1/4, 1/2 or full mile. T-shirt included in price. All proceeds benefit Children, Youth and Family Services. Arrive before 7:05am (roads to U-Hall will close at that time). 296-4118 ext. 230,

JUST FOR TEENS Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT)

March 5, Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm at Central March 5, Wednesday, 4pm at Gordon Avenue March 11, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm at Crozet March 12, Wednesday, 5-6pm at Northside Plan teen programs and events at the Library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided. Members receive volunteer hours for participation. Grades 6-12. 296-5544,

10th Grade Career Day

March 6 & 7, Thursday & Friday 9:40am-1:25pm at PVCC Students will hear from two different speakers in career areas of interest for 45 minutes each.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

2 minutes from I-81 EXIT 269


March 2014

March 11, Tuesday, 4pm at Central Library Join Ms. Karen in snacking and chatting about a different book each month. Take home a

copy of the book for keeps! Registration. 979-7151,

Create It @ The Library

March 12, Wednesday, 4-5:30pm at Central Library Monthly pop-up MakerSpace for teens. Upcoming activities include building Duct Tape creations, paper roller coasters, altering T-shirts, and building marshmallow launchers. Grades 6-12. 979-7151 x4,

Game Night

March 17, Monday, 6:30-8:30pm at Northside Library Wii, PS2, board games, and prizes! Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. 973-7893,

GSTS — Graphically Speaking and Then Some

March 19, Wednesday, 4:30-5:30pm at Central Library Free copies of the books provided. Refreshments. Check the blog at gstscentral for the current reading selection. Content and reading level of the books discussed will be geared toward ages 13 and up. 979-7151,

First Page Panel for Aspiring Teen Writers

March 22, Saturday, 10:00am at Village School Are you a teen (13–18) who likes to write? Teen writers each submit one page to receive anonymous feedback from authors Tommy Hays, Andrew Auseon, Carrie Brown, and Susann Cokal. Submit one page to by March 14 or bring one page with you.

Publishing Day: Q&A for Teen Writers

March 22, Saturday, 12:00pm at Village School Writers, creative writing teachers and editors answer questions about writing, how to get better, where to study writing, what a writing career could look like and more. For teen writers. 984-4404,

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Six Easy Steps Parenting Class

September-May, Tuesday, 6-7:30pm at Children, Youth & Family Services A six-week parenting class for parents of children 2-12 years old. Nationally recognized curriculum called “STEP” includes: ages and stages, respectful communication, setting limits and giving choices. Register. 296-4118 x224,

Pre-school Registration for Charlottesville City Schools

March 3, Monday Register for 3- and 4-year-old classes this fall! 245-2813,

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

Beautiful Smiles

They’re Our Specialty!

March 12, Wednesday, 6pm at Albemarle County Office Building, Lane Auditorium Budget/tax rate public hearing. If you can’t attend this meeting please share your views at 296-5843,

Parenting Power

March 15, Saturday, 8:30am-1:30pm at Burley Middle School Resource fair, keynote speech on the critical nature of strong attachments by Wanda Seagrove, “Ages and Stages of Development”, breakout sessions for parents of elementaryhigh school students and small group discussions on various parenting topics. Continental breakfast, free child care and lunch included. Registration required for lunch & childcare. Charlottesville Family is a proud sponsor! 872-4568,

SHOP FOR A CAUSE First Annual Dogwood Deals Rummage Sale

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7am-3pm at Portico Church: 981 2nd St SE in the IX Building The sale features new and gently used clothing, accessories, books, games, furniture, and home decor, raffles, food trucks & proceeds support local non-profits like CYFS. 803-322-3699,

Here Wee Grow Again!

March 1-8, 9am-5pm Saturdays; 10am-6pm Monday-Friday (Closed Sunday) at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Semi-annual kids’ consignment sale of gently used clothes, toys and gear. Benefits local families in need. “Choose Your Charity” event is February 27. The $5 admission cost on that day goes to the charity of your choice 973-5806,

Rummage Sale To Benefit Boy Scout Troop #241

March 8, Saturday, 8am-2pm at East Rivanna Fire Station 882-0880

Lollipop Shop

March 15-23, Saturday-Sunday, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 1-6pm at 220 Zan Road (former Office Depot Store) Semi-annual event in Charlottesville since 2000, offering great deals on high-quality new & gently-used children’s clothing, toys & books, baby equipment & furnishings, maternity and much more! 296-5740,

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Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered Although my 8-year-old son has seemed to final settle down and sleep through the night on his own, we had a really difficult time with him and sleep. He went through periods where he was either afraid of something and couldn’t get to sleep, or he wanted us to lay down with him, or he would wake up in the middle of night and wanted to come into our bed. We now have a 2-month-

Dear Bob

old daughter and I’d like to avoid these same problems. Any suggestions? — Anonymous Mom

by Bob Taibbi

I can appreciate your worry. This is frustrating

age, particularly for 3-year-olds, nightmares

and truly exhausting for many parents. Part

can arise, as can a fear of monsters. If your

of what determines a child’s relationship

toddler wakes up from a nightmare, hold

with sleep is biology and temperament. My

your child, have her talk about the dream,

son, for example, was essentially sleeping

and calm her down, but put her back to bed.

through the night at 3 months old, while my

Find out what is worrying her by

daughter took about two years. But there are

having a daytime conversation about it. Ask a

things you can do.

lot of questions to identify possible stressors.

Even though children’s sleep patterns

Think of it as a game of 20 Questions: “Are

and needs differ, the keys to good sleep are

you worried about Daddy?” “Do you like your

that they learn to calm themselves and be

new teacher at preschool?” Try to address the

able to put themselves back to sleep at an

issue underlying the sleep problem.

early age. According to the National Sleep

If the problem is persistent — if

Council, children begin to do this around 3

she has fallen into a pattern of constantly

months old. You want to put your baby down

wanting a drink or of waking up and not

when she is drowsy, not asleep. If she wakes

being able to settle herself down — you want

up during the night in her first six months

to acknowledge her anxiety but help relieve it

she is probably hungry or needs to

on your terms rather than hers. For example,

be changed. Address this with

if your daughter gets tucked in and then 10

as little extra stimulation as

minutes later is calls you because she gets

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anxious about something, doing what she

After six months and

asks will only reinforce to her that crying out

a switch to solid foods, she

works — and it does, in that she calms down.

will probably sleep longer, but


The best thing, then, is to take


preventative action. Put her to bed and tell her

may kick in, causing her

you are going to check on her in five minutes.

to wake up at times. Try

But check on her in three minutes — before

not to pick her up, turn on

she has a chance to get anxious. Knowing that

lights, or feed her. Leave her

you are “on duty” will help her settle. Then

in her crib, rub her back, and

you can begin to stretch out that time until

sing to help her settle herself down.

she is asleep before you come back in.

Toddlers can really love stable bedtime

With children as young as 3 or 4 years

routines. Establish these routines early.

old, talk with them in the daytime to come up

Make them the same every night and avoid

with a bedtime plan to help them deal their

anything complicated. Use a simple winding-

anxiety. The message here is that it’s you and

down activity such as a bath, reading a book

them against their anxiety — their worries

or playing a music CD. Be careful of too much

and fears — and you want to help them be

stimulation from computers and television.

“big” and calm themselves. Challenge and






periodically affect their sleep patterns. At this

reward them for staying in bed or for listening to music rather than crying out.

Author of five books and more than 300 articles — including the regular “Ask Bob” column in this magazine — Bob has 39 years of experience in couple and family work and is in private practice in Charlottesville (


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It’s no wonder that parents have been sending children to summer camp for more than 150 years. Attending camp offers kids an unforgettable experience while building their self-esteem and independence. And you have plenty of choices—there are camps just out of town and camps at the other end of the state, camps for girls who love horses and camps for kids looking for adventure in the mountains. There’s no need for children with medical conditions to be left behind. You’ll find camps that cater to children with autism or medical conditions such as diabetes. And with up to 20 percent of children having food allergies or asthma, many overnight camps have on-site doctors or nurses and are well equipped to handle specific health needs, says Peter Hermann, MD, a University of Virginia Children’s Hospital allergy specialist. Thinkstock

To best prepare your child for her camp experience — and to alleviate your own anxiety about her time away — address her psychological and medical needs with your pediatrician at a pre-camp health evaluation and discuss your child’s needs with the camp’s health provider

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Homesickness. The distress of being homesick is common among campers. And although it isn’t a medical condition, the American Academy of Pediatrics still has recommendations for preventing it: (1) Involve your child in choosing and preparing for camp. Be sure you consider your child’s interests, skills and overall well-being to make sure he can effectively participate in a particular camp environment. (2) Talk positively and openly about the upcoming experience. Be sure to discuss the possibility of homesickness. (3) Arrange practice trips or sleepovers away from home with friends or relatives. But definitely do not make pre-arranged, just-in-case “pick-up” plans, for this can cause your child to question his or her independence. Asthma. If your child has asthma, it’s important to pack inhalers for daily or as-needed use as well as an epinephrine injector (such as EpiPen or Audi-Q) for emergency treatment during a severe allergic reaction. Coordinate with the camp to provide allergy-proof covers for the mattress and pillow if your child is allergic to dust mites.

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“Summer is a good time for overnight camps because this isn’t a highallergy season,” Dr. Hermann says. “However, some camps have cabins with mattresses that can be fairly old and be a good reservoir for dust mites, which is the most common allergy for asthmatic kids in most of the United States during the humid months.” If summer is the worst season for your child’s asthma, check with her doctor about increasing her medication or putting her on a controller medication while at camp, Dr. Hermann adds. Food allergies. “We have plenty of kids with severe food allergies who attend camps that are a week or two weeks long,” says UVA Children’s Hospital allergist Scott Commins, MD, PhD. “Parents send them when they are old enough to self-carry an epinephrine injector,” Dr. Commins notes. “The kids

relying on the school nurse are not usually ready to attend overnight camp.” Special Needs. Camp Holiday Trails here in Charlottesville is one of many camps nationwide that serves kids who have special health needs. Each summer, over 50 medical students and volunteers help provide round-the-clock care so even kids with medical conditions can safely discover a new kind of family, away from home. With these great tips and advice, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your camper — and keep him healthy and having fun all summer long.

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How can you solve global warming in one week? Ask a bunch of fourth-graders to figure it out. What about creating world peace? John Hunter’s students do that every year. They’re so good at it, in fact, that the Pentagon has hosted them to get ideas for solving problems that have hamstrung the adult diplomatic community for generations.

How do a bunch of fourth-graders come to know anything about world peace and issues like global warming? They learn by playing Hunter’s very special World Peace Game. Hunter, an Interdisciplinary Specialist at Albemarle County’s Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, has been playing some version of this game with students ever since his earliest teaching days in the late 1970s. Still, he says, “Every time is a thrill and a scary roller coaster ride. Every time they may fail. They may not save the world.” But, so far, they have saved the world — every time, every year, for decades.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN The game began in Hunter’s classroom in Richmond Community High School in 1978 and involved a four- by five-foot piece of plywood on the classroom floor. He purchased other items from a hobby store and appropriated game pieces from existing board games. For that first year and few years afterward, the problems the students solved were specific, real-world problems. But somewhere along the line, the students began to “get


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{inspiration education} stuck thinking the way their parents were thinking” about current events, Hunter says, hampering their ability to think originally. So Hunter replaced the real countries in the game with fictional ones. The “mothership” game


designed by Hunter’s father, a mechanical engineer — now involves four stories of four-foot plexiglass squares representing space, the atmosphere, the surface of the earth, and undersea. The Martin Institute of Excellence, Hunter’s educational partner in Memphis, Tenn., has commissioned a second, travel-ready board, so that Hunter and his colleagues can share the game all over the world. Beyond that, there are 10 or 15 more homemade boards Hunter knows of, made by people inspired by his 2011 TED Talk, by the documentary “World Peace . . . and Other 4th-Grade Achievements,” or by his book of the same name.

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{inspiration education} work. Now and then, he and some of his fourth-graders travel to the Pentagon to share a little of what Hunter refers to as the spontaneous “collective wisdom” of his students — the magic that this game seems to conjure and that Hunter hopes one day “may save us all.”

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{inspiration education} would almost never dream of saying. He says ‘I’m sorry.’” Engaging the students on this level, appealing to them in a spirit of equality and openness, elicits some amazing results—“the likes of which I haven’t seen before,” says Steven Clacher, a sixth-grade teacher at Kingston International School in Hong Kong who has been experimenting with his school’s own version of the World Peace Game.

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“It’s a beautiful thing,” Hunter says, “to see them discover the power they have.” Hunter credits his own teachers for his success. “A lot of what you see in the game,” he insists, “is my teachers coming through me.” One teacher who helped


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Helping Local Children and Families Within the span of a year, the founder of Service Dogs of Virginia, Peggy Law, found herself thrust in the midst of daunting challenges: Her job of 15 years in the wine industry was gone, her marriage had ended in divorce and her health was poor following a horse’s kick to her face. This chapter of trials left her wondering about the meaning of her life. It left her with a yearning to start afresh in a way that would bring her deep satisfaction at the end of the day. What would she do? Law recalled the joy she had known when she had worked with animals, both at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and in a veterinarian’s hospital. She remembered experiencing the warmth that exists between an animal and its handler. And so Law decided she would change the direction of her life by embarking on a career of running a service dog program. In 2000, she picked herself up, moved with her daughter to Charlottesville and began training service dogs to assist individuals with physical disabilities and with families with autistic members — a worthwhile and meaningful endeavor that has grown to include other trainers (such as Lauren Shaw, above).


{inspiration community} THE FIRST LITTER After Law completed training in California, her determination was solidified. “I met people from all walks of life with difficult disabilities and recent accidents,” she says. “I saw how much a service dog could help them. I saw kids with short life spans ahead of them and saw how badly they wanted their service dog during the time they had left. It’s easy to be inspired by these people.” Law began Service Dogs of Virginia (SDV) by purchasing four Labradors for her program. Her home in Charlottesville became her training facility. Her income became, well, none. She began using up her savings and learning the ropes of fundraising. She recalls, “It was six years before I got a paycheck!” Still, she emphasizes, it was worth it. Smart Dog University

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were when the wait was over! As Mike recalls, “The arrival of Glory quickly changed all of our lives. Although Labradors are known for being rather laid back, Service Dogs of Virginia had trained Glory to extend that natural behavior in a very productive way, for Glory had learned to remain calm at nearly all times, no matter what Jack did to her. For instance, Jack would get directly in Glory’s face, lay roughly on her, pull her fur, et cetera, but Glory would remain in place, friendly, relaxed and attentive.” Mike and Pam especially appreciated Glory’s training to use her weight as an anchor to resist Jack’s movements when they were away from home. Before venturing out, Jack puts on a lightweight, vest-like harness, which is tethered to Glory, who, in turn, is leashed to Jack’s adult handler — namely, his mom or dad. Now when the family is on the move, there are no worries about Jack’s bolting off. When the adult stops walking, Glory instantly lies down, becoming dead weight attached to a ready-to-run Jack.


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Lily and her autism service dog, Woody (shown here and on page 54), will take part in the SDV’s graduation ceremonies in April. For more information, see the sidebar on page 48. This brought great relief to their everyday routine. “Relying on Glory’s seemingly simple anchoring skill, we could venture out securely, knowing that Jack wasn’t going to escape, whether stealthily or in a wild dash,” Mike explains. “The change in our lives was dramatic, immediate and very welcome.” He adds, “Glory walked perfectly alongside us, keeping Jack continuously close and safe. Over time, Jack began learning to walk calmly beside us, making life a bit easier in the relatively rare situations when we needed to take Jack somewhere without Glory.” Pam recalls those first days of having Jack and Glory tethered together, saying, “I have to admit I was concerned when Jack and Glory embarked on their very first tethering experience. Jack was unfazed, but Glory seemed a little apprehensive, probably because of Jack’s unfamiliar movements and vocalizations. They simply were a bit beyond her training. As we practiced walking around the neighborhood, Glory totally relaxed and her calm nature and strong skills came shining through. And ever since, Jack and Glory have had a wonderful working relationship!” What is life like now, four years later, with an SDV companion? “Glory’s arrival was truly life changing,” Pam says. “Previously, I was not able to take Jack into public places without fear that he would bolt in front of a car or run off when I turned away for a moment. . . . I remember how emotional it was the first time that I was able to shop at the grocery store and not have to keep a death grip on Jack’s wrist or need to chase Jack down, which was a regular occurrence before Glory! We have almost arrived at the point where Jack has learned to walk and remain alongside Glory without them being tethered together.”


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IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE Besides that, Mike says, “Glory also has given Jack companionship, which is truly a precious gift. Glory attracts other kids to Jack, giving him an opportunity to improve his social skills and us an opportunity to introduce them and their caregivers to autism service dogs, and [show] how the two” — dog and child — “can beneficially mesh.” “Jack loves to rub his face against Glory to feel her soft fur. This makes him giggle and helps him to relax,” Pam notes when thinking about the other ways Glory helps Jack. “Also, if Jack is involved in ‘stimming’ [self-stimulatory behavior] for extended periods of time, I will sometimes have Glory interrupt the behavior with a ‘Go push’ cue, via which she gently noses Jack until he is paying attention to her.” Another benefit Glory’s company provides? If Jack is ever upset about something, Glory will approach Jack, wiggle around him and nudge him for a belly rub or an ear-scratch. This helps Jack to focus not on unsettling thoughts but on something very positive — on Glory, his canine companion and friend. This all started with Peggy Law’s career change. Successes like these make her feel that it has all been worthwhile. Dionna, a freelance writer from the Charlottesville area, knows firsthand how much comfort and help a canine companion can bring to an unsettled child.


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camp cabin is like one giant slumber party. Until Jenny leaves her wet towel on top of your pillow. And Charlie won’t stop singing the Oscar Meyer Wiener song at lights out. Lots of kids share a bedroom with a sibling, but I’m guessing few of them will ever share it with seven kids their same age. Camp, like family, is a shared life, and it works best when everyone learns how to do that — how to share. The concepts of teamwork, sacrifice and conflict resolution are unavoidable when they spend a week (or two, or four) with their fellow campers. Kids learn that even people they really like, not just their siblings, can be annoying. And with a good camp counselor, they learn that it’s okay to talk to them about it.




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HOW TO EAT MYSTERY MEAT. And vegetables. And a whole bunch of other foods that I might never serve and they might never be hungry enough to eat. When the camp kitchen is closed, it’s closed, so you might as well eat what’s in front of you when you can. Don’t worry, there’s always enough variety that your child won’t starve. They just can’t be as picky as they might usually be. Mine also learned how to handle a platter of food without dropping it, how to offer to the left and pass to the right (or is it the other way around?) and how to make sure gets more. One of them might also have learned how to get someone to think a stick of butter is a piece of cheesecake, but that’s for another list.

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Traditional day camp offering swimming, off-site field trips & more. 205-4380

*Crozet Speech and Learning Center See ad page 70

PK– G 12

Day camps for developing fine motor skills, French, Spanish, SAT prep & more.

crozetspeechandlearning, 298.4599

*Daylily Preschool See ad page 79


Themed weeks incorporate play with phonics, reading, math, science and art. 996-8397

*First Presbyterian Church Preschool See ad page 46


Themed day camps in a nurturing Christian environment. 296-1447

*FootNotes Studio See ad page 48

All ages

Classes all summer in Kindermusik, piano, percussion & dance for all ages. 242-0605

*Foundations Child Development Center See ad page 40


Individualized curriculum with small class sizes & natural area for outdoor learning. 973-9218

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Traditional all-girls’ camp activities in Roanoke, Bedford and Albemarle counties. R 540-777-5100

*Grymes Memorial School See ad page 43

G P–8

Summer day camp offers learning about art through a variety of Hispanic cultures. 540-672-1010


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Create video games, make movies, program robots, code apps & more. R 888-709-8324

*International School Summer Program See ad page 40


Learn French or Spanish by immersion using games, songs, art & play. 984-2174

*Ivy School House See ad page 12


Spanish-immersion day camp with nature walks, math games, art, yoga & more. 446-3346

*Joanne Boyle Basketball Camp See ad page 79


Instruction from UVa women’s basketball coach and staff. R option. 982-5800

*The Little Gym Summer Camps See ad page 77


Loads of active fun and games with a theme each week. Flexible schedule. 975-5437

*Massanutten Academy See ad page 66

G 7–12

Summer School: Junior ROTC, STEM, academics, ESL. Adventure Camp. Co-ed. R 540-459-2167 x1

*Millstone of Ivy Summer Camp See ad page 62


Swimming, arts & crafts, cooking projects, outdoor adventures, special guests & more. 979-2111

*Montpelier Mud Camp See ad page 70

G 3–6

Outdoor camp exploring forests, fields & streams; also games, crafts, & local ecology. 540-672-2728 x402

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Garden-to-table & ecology day camps offer gardening, cooking & fun local trips. 979-8886


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Camp Watonka Boys 8 - 16 In the Poconos at Hawley, PA Offering qualified instruction and laboratory work in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, electronics, geology, physics, photography, robotics and rocketry. The sciences are incorporated into a fun filled, camper selected program that also includes archery, arts and crafts, climbing, mini-bike riding, riflery, sailing, swimming, tennis, trips, windsurfing, woodworking, ropes, etc. Private Lake. American Camp Association accredited. 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. • • Phone: (570) 857-1401 For catalog write: D. Wacker, PO Box 127 Hawley, PA 18428

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Internet & Phone

*Nike Tennis Camp at UVA See ad page 74


Players of all abilities build tennis skills with Brian Boland, UVA head coach. R option 1-800-645-3226

*Oakland School Summer Camp See ad page 64


Academic & traditional camp classes for children with learning disabilities. R option 293-9059

*Piedmont YMCA Camp See ad page 74


Arts, nature exploration, games, theme weeks, sports, swimming, field trips & more. 974-9622

*The Pony Academy See ad page 79

5 & up

Day camp in two-week sessions (5–15). Lessons offered year-round (6 & up). 823-6929

*Science Camp Watonka See ad page 72


Boys’ camp offering robotics, astronomy, computer science & more. R, ACA 570-857-1401

*SOCA Summer Soccer Camps See ad page 72


Basic & advanced skills training, position training, mini-tournaments & more. R option 975-5025

*St. Anne’s-Belfield School See ad page 63

G P–12

Offering several academic workshops & diverse array of sports camps. 296-5106

*Tandem Friends School Spectrum Summer Programs G 1–8 See ad page 60

An array of creative offerings in the arts, adventure, basketball, drumming & yoga. 760-3097

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Offerings include horses, swimming & ropes course. Transportation provided. 293-2529

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Summer Career Academies 2014 at Piedmont Virginia Community College

For Rising 3rd-9th Graders • June 16-Aug. 15, 2014 8:45-11:45 a.m. or 12:30-3:30p.m. Learn about Architecture, Computers, Engineering, Fashion Design, Forensics, Graphic Design, Neuroscience, Robotics, Acting and more! • Enjoy hands-on, project-based learning! • Learn from PVCC faculty, Science, Technology & Engineering (SciTE) scholars and professionals. • Black Rocket classes in Lego Animation, Game Apps and Video Games! • Discover college, careers and more! • Pack a lunch and stay all day. Lunchtime supervision provided. Visit our Web site to view our brochure wth class descriptions: Need-based scholarships are available. Download the scholarship application at our Web site! 76

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HOW TO APPRECIATE HOME. The hugs and smiles we get on Closing Day are priceless. These children are never so happy to see you, even though they are already tearing up at having to leave this place they’ve grown to love. Absence has made the heart grow fonder. And having a college-aged counselor tell them to “quiet down,” “clean that up” and “stop and think before you do that” has made them realize that maybe Mom’s not so crazy after all. See, I told you they’d never admit to it.

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Internet & Phone

*UVA Youth Recreation Intramural Recreational Sports See ad page 68

18 mo. & up

Learn lifetime aquatic & tennis skills at “Swimming’s Cool” & summer tennis. 924-3791

*UVA Women’s Soccer See ad page 75

G 1–12

Soccer camp with Steve Swanson, head coach of UVA women’s soccer. R option 775-313-4050

*Westminster Child Care Center See ad page 79

6 wks – 5 yrs

Hands-on experiences and developmentally appropriate activities & lessons year-round. 977-3322

*Wilson School of Dance See ad page 70


Offers Princess/Tangled/fairyland ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet & intensives. 973-5678

*Woodberry Forest Camps See ad page 3


Sports camps for boys, including football, basketball & lacrosse and co-ed squash. R, F 540-672-6044

*Woodworking with Children See ad page 79


A woodworking experience using hand tools, for beginners & intermediate levels. /woodworking, 979-1220

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At the time of publication, many of the businesses and organizations planning summer camps this year had not yet firmed up the details for their programs. Please use the information we’ve gathered here as a “spring board” for your research into finding the right summer program for your family. We urge all parents to visit and interview each camp to make certain that it is safe, there are qualified staff and it is a good programming fit for your family. We do not in any way represent the businesses and organizations presented herein. The information presented here is for informational purposes only, and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein.

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Feng Shui and the Teenager Learning How to Find Harmony at Home by Rick Epstein

I’ve been reading about feng shui for the family — a

slacker son, and his passage through my room was like a

Chinese system for bringing harmony into a building —

bitter wind of vexation and unspoken criticism.

and it has shed new light on the ups and downs of my

Some classic feng shui “cures” are bells, live plants

55-year-long life. (I’m 56 if you figure age in the Chinese

and anything red or green either in a bad part of the room

way, by including a year for womb time. Because those

or in a sector of the room that corresponds to particular

months were spent nauseating and kicking my dear

aspects of your life.

mother, I prefer not to count them. But otherwise, I am totally on board with Chinese philosophy.)

Although unschooled in feng shui, I had made up my own “cure.” I hung up huge, colorful movie posters that

The basic premise of feng shui is that if you build

I’d gotten from a friend who worked at a drive-in theater.

your house right and arrange your furniture right, positive

But all too often I’d find my stepmother standing in the

energy (chi) will flow around you and your loved ones and

doorway, smoking a Camel and frowning at the posters.

you’ll be as happy as a trout in a sparkling brook. There

She emitted disapproval and second-hand smoke. The sha

are diagrams and hundreds of do’s and don’ts.

floated in so voluminously that I wanted to crawl along

Giving our house the once-over, I’m finding a few things aren’t up to code.

the floor to breathe. Aquariums are proven cures, and I had one on my

First, the staircase is in a

desk. But it was a negative presence (despite its green

direct line with the front door.

color) because it contained two pale, blind cave fish that

This is like rolling out the red

someone had given to me. They were ugly and creepy, and

First, the staircase is in a direct line with the front door. This is like rolling out the red carpet for evil spirits.

carpet for evil spirits.

I soon tired of cleaning their tank and feeding them. They

Second, the door to daughter


had to find their own sustenance in water that got thicker


each year. I think the stagnant fish tank was parked in

swings in and tangles with

the sector of the room governing academic achievement.

a closet door that won’t

Although my room lacked chi and my relationship

stay shut. These are called

with my parents wasn’t very good, my love life was

“arguing doors” and they are

showing signs of potential. The right way to nurture it

not harmonious.

would’ve been to place a potted fern in the southwest

Third, the master bed­

corner of the room. But my approach was more direct.

room is decorated with mementos

One memorable Saturday afternoon I brought my

of world travel and college pranks — such as an African spear and my mom’s old sorority paddle. More disharmony.

girlfriend up to my room. But a knock on the door soon after she arrived and my dad’s angry voice told me I’d failed again to steal a

Fourth, daughter Wendy says her room is haunted. (It’s at the top of the stairs.)

kiss. Even then, I knew you don’t get anywhere in life by offending your ancestors, especially when one of them

But the room I occupied as a teenager was worse,

is threatening to break your door down. The real cure

according to feng shui principles. That’s because my dad

turned out to be moving out, growing up, and learning

had to walk through it to use the bathroom, which meant

common courtesy.

a flow of negative energy (sha) at least twice a day. Dad was a hard worker who was justifiably disappointed in his

Sadly, no culture will let you compute your age by leaving out the teenage years.

When not orchestrating the comings and goings of his children, Rick Epstein works for a chain of newspapers.


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