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april 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton

Dear Friends, “That was the best day ever,” were the last words my son whispered half-asleep as his birthday came to a close. I could tell he was fighting it—for falling asleep meant his 8th birthday had to end. I kissed his cheek and sat for a few minutes thinking about what might be next for this growing-up baby of ours. It had been a successful day filled with love and thoughtfulness—he started his birthday with an early morning call from Granny and Papa, who won again for the first rendition of “Happy Birthday.” They have always been early birds and have yet to disappoint. His favorite breakfast, chocolate chip pancakes and a side


of strawberries, were prepared by his older sisters and greeted him first thing that

Emily Axelbaum, Jennifer Carroll,


Lindsey Chiles, Amanda Christensen,

We had a celebration with seven specially chosen friends and played games all themed around his favorite book at the time, Spiderwick Chronicles. The boys had a

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blast running around the yard chasing off imaginary trolls, making a bag of ooey


gooey “troll slime” to take home, solving riddles and eating cake and ice cream.

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After a lazy afternoon resting up from the party, his brother organized the family into an enthusiastic kickball tournament, and we played until the birthday boy said he was ready to go inside. It’s usually us adults who are bowing out well

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Elizabeth Vernon INTERNS Lindsey Chiles, Amanda Christensen DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

before he runs out of steam, so he was truly delighted to play for a really looooong time. The neighbors must surely wonder about all of the noise when they’re sitting on their porches, especially if they don’t have four children! Happy Spring!

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April 2017

Contents TABLE OF



News 6

New Mom 24 Grooming Galore

The Buzz Around Town 8 Do you save for your child’s college education?

Snapshot 10

Priya Mahadevan, Author, Chef & Entrepreneur


Mindful Parenting 26 Releasing Expectations

The ABC’s of Green Parenting 32 Easy Steps To An Eco-Conscious Home

Healthy Family 28 Growth Checks

Peace Squad 42

Our Schools 12

Blooming From Their Stems 50

Students Growing & Flourishing

Out & About Calendar 14

April Activities & Events for the Family

Daytrip Fun! 20

Animal Adventures & The Life of a Spy

Walker Upper Elementary School Students Work Together to End Bullying

Editor’s Pick!

Tech-Girls Using Empathy in Learning STEM

Yee-Ha, Let’s Party! 60

April is going to be a fun month with over 90 fun outing ideas, camps and spring events in this issue. Be sure to check out April activities & events (pg 14), daytrip fun ideas (pg 20) and our camp quicklist (pg 52).

Pony-Inspired Party Theme & Décor

Ahoy Matey! 64

DIY Pirate-Themed Party Tips

RESOURCES 2017 Green Home Guide 35

Tips & Trends 30 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Local Resources for Families

Summer Camp Quicklist 52

Find the Ideal Camp

2017 Party Planner 62


Plan the Perfect Party with Our Handy Reference

UNTIL NEXT TIME The Ultimate Chaperone 70 A Dad’s Humorous Tales

So Love This! “I am truly inspired after reading this issue. The students in “The Peace Squad” story on page 42 are great examples of the local youth who make it their mission to help each other.” — Barbara, graphic designer



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2017 Historic Garden Week

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Downtown Mall & Sprint Pavilion April 23

Albemarle County Tours April 23

Whitehead Road April 30

Community Contest Awards Students for Helping Others Local author, educator and entertainer Alex Zan created the “My Help List” Contest in 2015. It’s an opportunity for students from kindergarten through 12th grade to practice their writing skills while getting them to think about something that really matters. The contest asks students to write in 150 words or less why helping other people is important and to list five things they have done or can do to help other people. Winners are chosen from each grade category and will be announced at the Carver Recreation Center, where they will receive a $100 cash prize and have a reception held in their honor. All entries are to be turned in at the Carver Recreation Center located at 233 4th Street NW.


STAB Alumnae Reunite on the Field Two former standout St. Anne’s-Belfield (STAB) lacrosse players reunite as teammates once again, but this time on the collegiate field. Princeton University freshman and midfielder, Annie Cory, is a new addition to the Tiger’s women’s lacrosse team this year. She is joining former teammate, sophomore Julia Hanley, also a midfielder. The duo have been friends and teammates since third grade, making this reunion that much more special. Cory considers Hanley a lifelong mentor both on and off the field. Hanley has played an important role in making sure Cory is adjusting well to the team by explaining significant aspects like team dynamic and traditions. This mentorship has made Cory’s transition to the college life much easier. As for Hanley, she is excited to have her friend back on the field so both their talents can make a difference just as they did in high school.

Local Students Standout at Science In March, Albemarle County Public School students shined at the 36th Annual Piedmont Regional Science Fair, winning a total of 75 awards. For the first time in many years, two female students earned Grand Champion Awards. Western Albemarle junior Meg Richey earned the nod in Medicine & Health Sciences, while Mriganka Mandel, a sophomore from Albemarle High School, earned it in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Additionally, students from Albemarle County Public Schools earned 29 of the 36 first, second or third place awards on projects that focus on environmental, real life and lifestyle issues, with 12 of those students earning first place out of the 17 project categories.


April 2017

The Paramount Theater Screens Sensory-Friendly Films


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As part of a collaborative effort with UVA’s Autism Theatre Project, The Paramount Theater has been screening a series of Sensoryfriendly films. A first screening of “The Polar Express” was held during the holiday season, and after having been very well received, The Paramount will be continuing to hold these alternative screenings for children who have sensitivities to sensory elements in films. They have even officially decided to make it a part of their programming objectives at The Paramount Theater. “Sensory-friendly” means the films have sound-levels reduced, house lights are turned low, and earplugs and a quiet room are available if necessary. All are welcome to attend the next screening on Sunday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. of Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story.”

Choir Concert Supports Victims of Domestic Violence In the third annual concert event, female vocalists from across the community came together on February 25 to support victims of domestic abuse. Middle and high school vocalists represented eight schools from Albemarle and Orange counties, and Charlottesville City Schools. Acclaimed a cappella group, the Virginia Belles, represented UVA. This event focused on empowerment against relationship violence as they participated in various workshops throughout the day and performed in the evening. Participants gathered to close the event with an inspiring performance of Katy Perry’s elevating song Rise.

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Do you save for your child’s college education? TOWN 70% say “yes” 30% say “no” “We’ve worked hard to try to save via the Virginia 529 for all three of our children. We also recently made a decision to transition some funds for our oldest to the Prepaid plan, as she will be entering college in a year and a half. We are hoping our years of saving will pay off!” Graves, Parents of 2 girls, one boy

“We are on child number five in college (our last thank goodness), and over the years we have set aside some money to help them throughout their time in college. However, we use that money to pay for the interest of their loans. The cost of higher education is already outrageous, so we felt this at least would give them a jumpstart into adulthood. We wish we could do more.” Dad of 5

“Many of our relatives also contribute to the college fund for birthdays and holidays instead of gifts of toys.” Charlottesville Mom of baby boy “College or any type of higher education is worth skipping a meal at a restaurant once a month. Society is getting more competitive AND expensive!” Annie M., Louisa, Mother of 2

“We have been planning but haven’t put an account together.” Liz B. “I was told today that a first year student at UVA is having to pay roughly $30,000 for tuition, room, board, books, etc. I would love to save enough to fully pay for my children’s college, but the cost of it is astronomical!” Anonymous

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Priya Mahadevan Author, Chef and Entrepreneur

A devoted mother of three, Priya Mahadevan is an author, chef and entrepreneur who owns her own catering business, where she creates and sells her own chutneys and foods at the local farmers market. Her latest book, “Princesses Only Wear Putta-Puttas,” is a charming story woven around a bi-cultural little girl, Fey Fey, who visits India for a cousin’s wedding. Inspired from her youngest daughter, Shrey, the girl falls in love with the sights, sounds and traditional Indian costumes. The story brings the beauty of India to readers the world around and gives a peek into how immigrant families maintain their native cultures while assimilating to their adopted countries. What inspires you? I love the creative outlet of cooking, and by some stroke of good fortune, I am good at it. When I thought about my future, I always thought I would do something in writing. Both are so satisfying for me. Princesses Only Wear Putta-Puttas came from years of notes, little video clips and photographs while watching my youngest grow up. One day, I just started writing, and it turned into five manuscripts. The second book at the press right now. It was written when she was about 2 ½ years old and said “NO” to everything. This is the tale of how we got her to finally say “Yes.” The third book is called Fey Fey the Library Monster. My daughter would pull piles of books down around her and just sit and read them. What are your hopes for the future? Most of my hopes are that as my children grow up, they find successful and good health. At this point in my life, I am focused on my children doing well and chasing their hopes and dreams. I want them to be their own people as much as I want them to listen to everything I say.


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What do you do for balance? Yoga has taught me that multi-tasking is bogus and you need to be focused on the task at hand. To stay balanced, I exercise. When I discovered that I had Lyme’s disease, I switched to cross fit. I find myself very energized, and I focus on my own body and health. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? Both my husband and I talk problems and questions through with our children, but ultimately we make them solve their own problems. While we are happy to help them, we want them to figure it out on their own and to develop their own problem solving abilities. My father was the same way, so I am sure I learned it from him. My mother was also a very soft and loving parent. What would you do with an extra hour? I am trying to clone myself to see if I can be in two places at one time. I would be here as well as at the College of William & Mary with my daughter. What is your favorite time of day? I savor time with my children. I love to pick my daughter up from school. I am 100 percent hers after school. We listen to music, and I go with her to horseback riding and swimming.

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by Emily Axel

Students Growing & Flourishing Gardeners across the region are considering what plants they want to set out this year, but many school and community gardens in town will get a jumpstart from students at Buford Middle School. As part of the nonprofit City Schoolyard Garden, students at Buford are caring for more than 6,000 seedlings that they will share with

Spelling Bee Finds a Winner The 70th Annual News-Virginian/ Daily Progress annual regional spelling bee took place on March 4 in the Albemarle High School auditorium. It was an incredible display of talent, as 24 local students put their knowledge to the test. After 66 rounds, eighth grader, Riley Hamp, took first place with the final word, “toxicotious.” Hamp, representing Kat Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, won the last two regional spelling bees and will head to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. Here, she will compete for the top honors against students from across the country.

the community. From planting seeds, watering and thinning to potting up, labeling, hardening off and watering some more, the students have their hands full. The City Schoolyard Garden operates garden-classrooms and cross-curricular educational programs at Charlottesville City Schools. The flagship program is at Buford Middle School, which features a 4,500-square-foot organic garden, a rainwater harvesting system, a bicycle-powered water pump to propel rainwater to

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the beds and a solar-powered hoop house, which is home to the students’ seedlings. The Buford garden serves all the school’s seventh- and eighth-graders who might visit during a science or PE or ESOL class. Students can also take an elective to serve as a yearlong garden aide—the class that spearheads the seedling project. The annual Spring Seedling Project begins in the winter, when students plan their choices and start planting seeds for kale, lettuce, celery, onions, spinach, cucumbers, okra, peppers, tomatoes, herbs and flowers. Watering, thinning and transplanting the seedlings takes place all the way through April. Then, the students begin distributing the plants to nonprofits in town, including their sister City Schoolyard Gardens at the city elementary schools. This spring, Buford students will grow and donate $12,000 worth of plants to community organizations and gardens. Other nonprofits that will receive plants include City of Promise, The Haven Kitchen Garden, Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville and more. Some groups, such as the International Rescue Committee, in turn, pass the seedlings along to families in order to help them restart their gardening traditions in a new country. After they distribute plants to nonprofit organizations, students host a giveaway where the remaining plants go home with students, families and community members in Charlottesville. In exchange, last year, the students earned $850 in donations to contribute towards the cost of this year’s growing supplies. This is one project that participants are happy to see end since it means the plants have all found new homes in which to grow and flourish.

Emily is the youth engagement director and Buford garden educator for City Schoolyard Gardens.


April 2017

Local Charlottesville student Lucia Hoerr, was one of two student volunteers statewide chosen for the 2017 Prudential Student Community Awards. Founder of the local nonprofit Backpack Buddies, Hoerr has spent the past seven summers reaching out to the community for school supply donations and working with the Boys and Girls Club to determine students in need of a backpack full of supplies. These efforts have benefitted almost 1,500 students thus far. Hoerr will travel to Washington, D.C. in May where she and other honorees will be recognized nationally.



OPENINGS 1515, a new UVA student center, opened March 17 on The Corner. Common House social club and event space for the creative community will open in May Downtown. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson unveiled its new hotel on February 27, one mile from the University of Virginia campus at 1600 Emmet Street. Krispy Kreme will open at 5th Street Station. Orangetheory Fitness Studio is coming to Barracks Road Shopping Center this summer in the former Buffalo Wild Wings location.

Superfun Attractions with Cville Inflatables is now going by Cville Inflatables with Superfun Attractions.

Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry moved its office to Timberwood Blvd, Suite 100.

Integral Yoga Natural Foods celebrates 40 years of business serving the community since 1975.

Little Planets Playroom, a natureinspired indoor playspace, is now open on Water Street.

James Monroe Highland celebrates its 200-year anniversary.

The Bebedero Mexican restaurant has moved to a new location above the Whiskey Jar on the Downtown Mall.

Purple Cherry Architects welcomes Carla Edmonds to its team. Red Pump Kitchen, an Italian/ Mediterranean restaurant located Downtown now offers lunch and Sunday brunch.

The Carpe Café is now open in IX Art Park.


St. Anne’s-Belfield School appointed Shannon Montague as the next Head of the Learning Village.

Basil Mediterranean Restaurant will be opening a second location at 5th Street Station.

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as other activities for the family. 293-8000,

Cherry Blossom Festival

Wizarding Winery

Now–April 13 in Washington, D.C. Celebrate spring in the nation’s capital. Take a tour, stroll along the mall and enjoy the parade. 877-442-5666,

April 22, 12pm–14pm at Horton Vineyards Enjoy quidditch demonstrations, themed indoor and outdoor games, a wizards costume contest, make your own wand stations and more. 540-832-7440,

Green Valley Book Fair

Now–April 16 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Huge selection of children’s books at 60%-90% off retail prices. 800-385-0099,

Dogwood Festival

Now–April 23 at various locations, Charlottesville The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. 961-9824,

City Market

April–October, 7am–12pm at Second and Water Street parking lots Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts.

Heritage Day

April 1 at Graves’ Mountain Lodge Exhibits and activities for both adults and children. Craft vendors, food and more. 540-923-4231,

The Perfect Day: A Fun Family Festival April 1, 1–9pm at IX Art Park Join A.R.E. Camp for face painting, hula hooping, yoga, field games, arts and crafts, musical acts, food trucks and more.

Springfest! Cowboys & Crowns

April 8–15 at B&O Railroad Museum Kids can enjoy “Royal Adventure Days” April 8 & 9, “Wild West Day” April 10–13, and “Easter Bunny Hoppenings” April 14 & 15. 410-752-2490,

Rockfish Valley Kite Festival

April 9, 11am–3pm at Bold Rock Cider Field, 193 Glenthorne Loop, Nellysford Kite Flying Festival, demonstrations, parachute races, children’s magician, music and more. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 226-0446,


Earth Week Eco Fair Little Legs, Hidden Eggs

April 9, 3–5pm at Old Village Trail Children, toddlers through 5th grade, enjoy a kid-friendly race and egg hunt. All children receive a race bib and medal.

Community Picnic

April 10, 5–7:30pm at IX Art Park Share a meal with your Charlottesville neighbors. To kick-off the Festival, Tom Tom is hosting a giant potluck along the Downtown Mall.

April 23, 11am–5pm at Charlottesville Downtown Mall and Sprint Pavilion Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment and more. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor.


April 29 at Constitution Park, Waynesboro Stream safari, farmers market, canoe rides, stream electro-fishing, reptile shows, kids arts and crafts and more. 540-949-7738,

6th Annual “Eggstravaganza”

April 15, 10am–5pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Various age groups and times for each hunt. Other activities include: visits with the Easter Bunny, crafts, hayrides, face painting and more. 977-1833,

Easter Egg Hunt at DuCard

April 15, 12–5pm at DuCard Vineyards Live music by “2 Wishes” and treats both inside and out. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1pm. Bring the family for a day of fun. 540-923-4206,

STAGE & SCREEN Godspell, Jr.

April 8 at Location TBA Enjoy the youth adaptation of Godspell by DMR Adventures. 203-6314,

Movie in the Park

April 8, 8:30pm at McIntire Park Fun for the family at McIntire Park with a free movie. 218-5656,

Easter Sunday Winemaker’s Brunch April 16, 12:30pm at Veritas Vineyard & Winery This family-friendly event includes a wine-paired lunch followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. 540-456-8000,

Annual Highland Sheep Shearing

April 22, 11am–12pm at James Monroe Highland Discover the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event as well

Dogwood Festival

Now–April 23, Charlottesville See this page.

April 2017

Poetry on the Steps

April 20, 7pm at Central Library Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with open mic poetry night beneath the towering oaks on the library steps. Rain site: Children’s Room. 979-7151,



1660 APPIAN WAY • $474,800 New Granite Counters, Backsplash and fresh paint! One-owner home situated on corner lot with mountain views in community of “Fontana” with easy access to Downtown. Tall ceilings, home Office with built-ins, fabulous Rec Room. Excellent value - don’t miss out! Tommy Brannock (434) 981-1486. MLS# 557272

1311 HARROW ROAD • $795,000 Conveniently located home in the Venable Elementary district with architecturally designed addition on .62 acre level lot abutting wooded green space of Greenleaf Park. Stunning studio/bonus room. 4,000 sf, 4 beds, 3.5 baths, detached garage, patio w/ outdoor fireplace. Erin Garcia (434) 981-7245. MLS# 557743

Charlottesville Ballet Presents: “The Firebird”

April 20–21, Ages 5+ 4pm Thursday, Ages 2+ 11am Friday at Central Library Be transported into this Russian fairy tale combining all the elements of a great story. Registration requested. 979-7151,



April 3 at Central Library Feast on fabulous stories about food and families. No reservations required. 979-7151,

Homeschool Day at Montpelier

April 3, 9am–5pm at James Madison Montpelier Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails and additional programs. 540-672-2728,

Fun for the Young

April 5 at Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Arts-related story time by Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte. 243-2050,

Gathering for Games

April 6, 2–3pm at Crozet Library The library will provide games; you bring a friend. Registration requested. 823-4050,

3116 BEAU MONT FARM RD • $789,000

Meticulously maintained & updated brick home backing to 40 acres in conservation. Lovely level yard with a circular drive on a remarkable 2.2 acre lot in Beau Mont Farm. This 4,000 sq ft, 5-bed, 3 full, 2 half bath home has an expansive main level with huge master suite, formal living room fireplace, family room with French doors to deck, remodeled gourmet kitchen with maple-topped island and granite counters. 3-car garage. Many upgrades & improvements. Kristin Cummings Streed (434) 409-5619. MLS# 557752 PRICE REDUCED - NORTH DOWNTOWN


524 LEXINGTON AVENUE • $669,000 North Downtown home with 2-car detached garage & driveway for additional parking. Timeless kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. Spacious rooms include main level bedroom with attached full bath. Dedicated garden beds. Lisa Lyons (434) 987-1767. MLS# 556899

1947 OLD BALLARD FARM LANE • $1,095,000 Premier lot in “Old Ballard Farm.” Unique home offers fine architectural details, plus tasteful interior finishes. Top-notch recent improvements. Open layout, yet everyone has their own private spaces. Home Office w/ full Bath & Gym featuring Blue Ridge Mountain views. Tommy Brannock (434) 981-1486. MLS# 557002

Magnets on the Move

April 12, 3:30pm at Crozet Library Explore the science behind magnetism and create works of art using magnetic attraction. Registration requested. 823-4050,

Sing-Along Party

April 18, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Let loose and get stress out at a sing-along party featuring songs from favorite movies and musicals. 823-4050,

Gardening With Seed Balls

April 22, 2pm at Gordon Avenue Library Celebrate Earth Day by creating seed balls using a seed mixture of flowers that will attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Registration required. 296-5544,

Diversity in Action Celebration

April 29 at Central Library Grab a passport and explore the word with games and activities from different countries and cultures. Fun for the entire family. 979-7151,


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Three Days of Celebrating the Best of Central Virginia Wines

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3-DAY TICKET MontiCello Cup awards

Thursday, april 13Th the Jefferson theater

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SPORTS, OUTDOORS & ACTIVE FUN Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon/8K Road Race/Kids’ Mile

April 1, Times vary per race at Downtown Charlottesville There’s a race for every member of the family. Registration required. 218-0402,

Camp Holiday Trails 5K

April 1, 9am at Nameless Field UVA UVA medical students help raise money for Camp Holiday Trails, an organization that provides a camp for children with special medical needs.

Free Children’s Training Clinic for Discovery Dash

April 8, 8:30am at the Cage, near UVA’s Lannigan Field Preparing for the 27th Annual Discovery Dash? Start training with the UVA Track & Field/Cross Country team in this free Dash Training Clinic. 977-1025,

4th Annual bow-WOW-walk

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April 8, 8:30am–12:30pm at Lee Park A walk to support the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and a post-walk festival featuring entertainment, a canine competition and more. 973-5959,

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April 2017

April 8, 11am–3pm at Western Albemarle High School This event shows individuals with disabilities and/or visual impairments how sports and an active lifestyle can have a positive impact. 804-340-2995, events/1650951611866431

Paint the Playground – A Color Run

April 15, 8am at Burnley-Moran Elementary School Enjoy color powder stations on this accessible one-mile loop. Celebrate with a dance party, refreshments and raffle. Rain date April 22. 245-2413,

Run for Autism 5K

April 22, 7:30am kids race, 8am 5K at Charlottesville High School Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a fun morning of running and walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome. 923-8252,

Fee Free Days

April 22–23 at Shenandoah National Park Enjoy the park without having to pay an entrance fee in observance of National Park Week. 540-999-3500,

4th Annual Hoos Heal 5K

April 30, 10–11:30am at Behind Scott Stadium, UVA Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia that benefits the School of Nursing at UVA. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 531-5421, VA/Charlottesville/HoosHeal5K


When: April 30, 2017 at 10am Where: Whitehead Road Benefiting: The University of Virginia School of Nursing Register:

Family Fitness Fair

April 30, 1–3:30pm at Panorama Farms, Earlysville A fun, family-friendly event including kids’ dashes, cross-country races for kindergarteners through adults, and fun and games for everyone. 817-2371,

ARTS & CRAFTS Fairy Houses

April 4, 6:30pm at Northside Library Using mosses, sticks, acorns and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. 973-7893,

Sticky Table Art

April 5 at Central Library Join in April foolishness and help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table. 979-7151,

Cupcake Contest

April 7, 3pm at Northside Library Decorate (and eat) book-inspired cupcakes. Cupcakes and a sugar rush will be provided. Grades 6–12. Registration required. 973-7893,

3D Printing Workshop

April 12, 6:30pm at Central Library Learn how to create a simple design and print it with staff assistance. Ages 14 and up. Registration required for those wanting to design and print. 979-7151,



Family Art JAMs: Charting Change

April 15, 1–3pm for 5- to 7-year-olds with adult, 3–5pm for 8- to 12-year-olds with adult at Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Age-appropriate, interactive tours with handson art activities. 243-2050,

An All-Access Pass to YOUR KIDS’ Favorite Trucks!

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS High School Girls’ Engineering Day

April 1 at UVA The Society of Women Engineers at UVA presents a program designed to give high school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demonstrations, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students.



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APRIL 22, 2017 GLENMORE COUNTRY CLUB 1750 Piper Wiper Way, Keswick, VA

Time: 6pm – 10pm, Cost: $125 For ticket information and more details:

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April 5, 4pm at Northside Library Who will conquer the Wii and be crowned Northside’s Smash Bros. Champion? Two brave winners will receive a mystery prize. First 20 teens to show up will enter the tournament. Grades 6–12. Registration recommended. 973-7893,

Living Independently Series

April 12–26, Wednesdays, 5pm at Northside Library Program series for high schoolers about to graduate and preparing to live independently. Registration required two weeks before program date. 973-7893,

2nd Annual Youth Summit

April 13, 9am–3:30pm at The Paramount Theater A student-planned and student-led experience convening high school students, educators and civic leaders from across Virginia at the 2017 Tom Tom Founders Festival.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Cohousing: Yesterday’s neighborhood today A pedestrian-friendly village of private homes where neighbors interact.

Annual Dogwood Deals Rummage Sale

April 8–9, 6am–2pm at Albemarle Square, next to Fresh Market The Junior League of Charlottesville will host a sale featuring new and gently used clothing and goods.

WVPT Auction



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April 1–9, 10am–7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Fundraiser for the public library system. Highquality books and other media at great prices. 979-7151,

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April 13–15, 6am–2pm online Participate in WVPT Public Media’s biggest fund raiser of the year. Bidding starts April 13. 540-434-5391,

OPEN HOUSES Oakland School Open House

April 10, 10am at Oakland School RSVP by email. 293-9059,

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Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities— an enriching experience for the whole family!

FUN FOR THE YOUNG: Apr. 5 and May 3

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April 2017

UVA Recreation Youth Swim & Tennis Open House April 15, 2–5pm at UVA’s Aquatic & Fitness Center 243-5539,

Kindergarten Registration Open House for Charlottesville City Schools April 20, 3:30–6pm at all Charlottesville City Schools 245-2400,

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Enjoy these daytrip ideas with the family this Spring Break. From animal adventures to being a spy, there’s fun for all ages!


Animal Adventures Make new friends at Leesburg Animal Park & Kid Junction, approximately two hours from Charlottesville. You and your family can find a variety of animals waiting to be visited, making the day both adventurous and memorable. In the Contact Area, farm animals roam freely for visitors to feed and pet. This hands-on area is home to gentle animals, such as goats, sheep and llamas. Other animals guests can feed and pet include cows, bunnies, ducks, donkeys, lambs and pigs. Meeting these familiar animals will leave the youngest family members “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” as they interact with their new friends in this part of the park. Walk on the wild side and discover the exotic animals living in the park, too! Giant aldabra tortoises, ring-tailed lemurs, African serval cats and grants zebras, and more are waiting to meet visitors.

Those originating from other lands include white-handed gibbons, camels and African-crested porcupines. Two of the more obscure animals you’ll find in the park are coatimundi, a member of the raccoon family, and patagonian cavy, an animal that resembles a jackrabbit. Take a break from walking around and watch live animal shows at various times throughout the day. Check out the toddler play space and discovery room for arts & crafts, toys and some creative fun. Pony rides and, on some weekends, camel rides can be enjoyed by the most captivated animal lovers. Many enjoy celebrating a special occasion with the animals in one of the birthday party rooms, or you can bring the petting zoo to your event with Zoo-toYou. 703-433-0002,

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The Life of A Spy Go incognito this spring break and immerse into the world of spies with your friends and family. Ever wonder what motivates a spy, or why a spy needs an alternate identity? The International Spy Museum, approximately 2 ½ hours away, can teach you those things and more with its unique exhibits. Visitors can explore over 200 spy gadgets, weapons and cameras, plus the stories behind them. Interactive stations allow you to put your skills to the test and see if you have what it takes to observe, analyze, survey and disguise yourself as a spy. You might know the history behind some of the most famous spies, but what about the famous historical figures that lived above suspicion and doubled as spies? You’d be surprised by the acts of Harriet Tubman and George Washington, who used intelligence to be effective leaders. Museumgoers will learn how we got to technology this day in age, and the earliest codes and the individuals who broke them. Older spies can enjoy Operation Spy. Children 12 years and older can take part in this Critical Mission Intel. This tour will immerse participants into the world of espionage. In a make believe city, visitors will go through physical and mental challenges while pretending to be a real spy. Take it another step and explore the city as a spy outside of the museum. Walk the streets of Washington, D.C. with a GPS tracking device as your companion. Clues, codes, audio messages and any materials you might need to complete your message will be sent to the device for your benefit. 202-393-7798,


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MAY 13&14 Claudius Crozet Park 1075 Park Rd, Crozet VA

Adults $7, Kids Free Rain or Shine No Pets, Please

O v er 120 Artist Exhibitors MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND!

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Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live! LIVE ON STAGE!

Saturday, May 6 • 4:00PM $24.50, $34.50, $54.50

DATE NIGHT Faulkner: Life & Works

Now–July 7 at Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, UVA An exhibition surveying one of the great archives of American literature: UVA’s William Faulkner collections.

Farmhouse Cheese Workshop: The “Work Horses” of Flavor

April 8, 11am–4pm at Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont Join cheesemaker Gail Hobbs-Page for a day of making and cooking with traditional farmhouse cheeses. 973-7893,

Charlottesville Catholic School 20th Annual Gala Auction

April 8, 6pm at Early Mountain Vineyards A combination of both silent and live auctions, raffles, a seated dinner and live entertainment. 964-0400,

6th Annual Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival

April 13–15 at the Sprint Pavilion Enjoy various events, including the Monticello Cup Awards, winemaker dinners and a wine tasting event.

UpFront – Dance Drink Splendor

April 22, 12–6pm, 1pm & 4pm performances at CB Studio Theatre A celebration of spring with dance, wine and hors d’oeuvres and in-studio shopping from favorite local boutiques and artists. 227-7592,

Casino Royale Spring Arc Gala April 22, 6–10pm at Glenmore Country Club This elegant evening gala featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and table gaming, will benefit The Arc of Piedmont. 977-4002,

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84th Annual Historic Garden Week Tours

April 23 in Albemarle County Over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks will be viewed from April 22–24. Albemarle County tickets are $45. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 962-9936,

Disney’s The Princess Diaries [PG] Sunday, April 9 • 2:00PM $5.00 Youth (12 & Under) $7.00 Adult

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Grooming Galore Baby Nails, Diaper Rash, Eczema and More

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Any new mom can tell you that her personal grooming is inversely proportional to her newborn’s grooming. That’s because there’s only so much time in the day, and new babies require constant care to stay clean and healthy. For this reason, it helps to have these grooming tips for the newborn months and beyond: Mani/Pedi. It takes a while for babies to learn how to steer their arms and legs. Keeping baby’s nails trimmed protects him from scratching himself while he tries to kick, reach and grasp. Newborn nails are translucent, wafer-thin and sharp. Trim and file nails carefully while baby sleeps so you can work precisely, safely and calmly. Diaper Rash. Wet skin can lead to a red, painful rash on baby’s bottom. Change wet and soiled diapers promptly to keep her comfortable and healthy. Diaper rash can arise from a myriad of causes, including skin irritants, by Whitney Woollerton Morrill psoriasis, friction, allergies and even some rare diseases. Once the skin’s barrier is compromised, it’s susceptible to rash-worsening yeast and bacteria. If the affected area hasn’t improved after three days of gentle washing, air-drying and applying diaper cream, be sure to consult with your pediatrician. Eczema. Skin dryness and allergies can lead to eczema in babies. The condition may manifest as overall rough skin, areas of scaly skin, or “flare ups” of red, weeping patches. ( reports that 10 percent of infants and children experience eczema and that it can appear in babies as young as two months.) Heredity plays a part. The treatment for eczema is ample daily moisture, and irritant avoidance. While the former is fairly straightforward, the latter, often, is not. Parents deserve medical and peer-to-peer support as they sift through potential allergens in baby’s diet and environment. If their baby has an eczema flare up, parents should make an appointment with Look for local shops who their pediatrician. The patches of red, oozing skin could have everything for baby at indicate impetigo, a bacterial skin infection that’s not an emergency, but does require treatment. under the Family Shopping Belly Button Stump. When a baby is born, the doctor or section. midwife cuts the umbilical cord and clamps the stump. About two weeks later, it dries out and falls off. In the interim, it is recommended to give baby sponge baths to avoid submerging the stump, and blotting it dry afterwards with a clean cloth. To encourage air circulation or drying, expose the stump by tucking down baby’s diaper and dressing him in a t-shirt as opposed to a onesie. Monitor for signs of infection, such as redness or pus. Avoid pulling out the stump early as the drying process will allow baby’s belly button to heal properly. No matter what it is with baby, moms (and dads) have a great deal to manage.


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Releasing Expectations Allowing Your Children to Be Themselves

Mindful Parenting

We all have that friend who systematically plasters her child’s achievements all over her online pages. Even before social media, parents did the same on the telephone, playground and schoolyards. In doing so, parents have made their child’s achievements more important than their child. Perhaps not intentionally, but many moms and dads trade in their child’s own uniqueness, innate goodness and essence of what they are for awards, trophies and what he or she accomplishes. Unfortunately, this has the exact opposite effect of what was likely intended. The child quickly begins to wonder who he or she is without said certificates and honors, hindering self-esteem rather than boosting it. And what’s behind all of it has nothing to do with the child. Whether purposely or not, a parent’s need to feel important through a child’s accomplishments is what often fuels this behavior. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Shefali Tsabary, also a conscious parenting expert and author of the New York Times bestseller The Conscious Parent, writes that by Danielle Sullivan many parents live through their child. She questions it, saying, “Why is there such a need for us—parents especially—to raise ‘extraordinary’ children? Is our sense of self so compromised that we need our children to wear bells and whistles just so we can feel good about ourselves?” Parenting is about teaching your child to be the best he or she can be, confident and secure enough to adjust to life’s challenges, and helpful and productive in the world around them. When we let go of rigid expectancies on our children and start to see them as the beautiful, perfect and imperfect people they are, we see them in a whole new light. “We begin to notice the nuanced qualities of their character and are amazed by all that unfolds before us. Instead of certificates being the qualifiers of merit, we begin to pay attention to the joy in their FOR MORE eyes and the quickness of their smiles.” MINDFUL ADVICE Dr. Shefali continues, “The insight slowly dawns that our children are indeed extraordinary—in their very from Dr. Shefali Tsabary, ordinariness—and that we can end the quest for them to be check out her website at anything ‘extra’ or ‘special,’ for they already possess all that they need to in this present moment.” It’s quite unsettling to realize this. In addition, “I counter that not only is it liberating for us to stop the quest of fixing and producing our children but also is ultimately empowering for our children. Can you imagine the release of pressure a child must feel knowing that who it is they are, at this present moment, is worthy of their parent’s praise?” I think about how many adults still feel inadequate from their own parents’ expectations, never feeling as though they lived up to what they could have been. Imagine a world where every adult felt good enough. We all want what is best for our children, and sometimes the best solution is the most simple. Let our kids be who they are, and as they grow, let them become who they are, not who we want them to be.

Danielle, a mom of three, is a parenting writer and editor, specializing in health, lifestyle and pets. She loves to find new ways to bring more Zen and mindfulness into her daily (hectic) life.


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Growth Checks

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Important Steps in Your Child’s Development

When you have a baby, it seems as though you are spending a lot of time at the pediatrician’s office. Within the first two years of your child’s life, there are many necessary visits and still more, at least annually, beyond the age of two. Many important elements pertain to these “well child visits,” from vaccines and physical exams to safety checks. One of the most important pieces of these visits, though, is the growth check. “My How You’ve Grown!” Among the many measurements taken at a “well child visit” in the first two years are your child’s weight, height and head circumference. After the age of two, your physician will look at your child’s weight, height and body mass index. “We check a child’s head circumference in their first two years because by Diane DiCarlo a significant change could indicate a problem,” says Kathy Smyth, MD, pediatrician at Sentara Palmyra Medical Associates. If a problem may be indicated, a pediatrician may order a CT or ultrasound, or may even choose to wait and check again at the next appointment. The overall growth of the child is also examined closely, according to Smyth. “We like to see that a baby is gaining in length and is at a healthy weight at each appointment,” she adds. “If the child is following a certain percentile on the growth curve and then suddenly drops or goes up dramatically, we want to take a second look. We definitely don’t want to see someone falling off or increasing up the curve more than a couple of percentiles with each visit.” If the child is too far off the growth curve, he could be due for a major growth spurt. But if the concern persists, they will start to look for other signs of concern. “For example, if the child suddenly loses a lot of weight during the year, and has a high heart rate, we could be looking at a case of hyperthyroidism,” notes Smyth. “Or in the youngest age groups, the child may not be receiving adequate nutrition Dr. Kathy Smyth, MD, (through no fault of the parents). We might have them simply pediatrician, recommends adapt their diet and come back for a recheck.” as a Growth Concerns in School-Aged Children good resource for additional As children get older, growth checks still remain a part of growth check information. their annual wellness checks. Weight in particular is a concern in this age group. One of the most prevalent issues seen in this age group is obesity. However, as serious as the obesity epidemic is in the U.S., another more serious issue for children (especially over the age of 9) is anorexia. “We want to be sure that our kids are not at either extreme,” says Smyth. “When we see a child who is overweight, we can help by educating the child and parents about healthy eating and exercise. Sometimes we will refer them to a nutritionist. If a child is anorexic, this may be a more complicated and acutely dangerous issue, and we will offer resources to help the child and family heal.” Smyth recommends coming prepared with all questions on hand. “The most important thing is that we are here for parents and children to ask questions and have their concerns addressed,” Smyth shares. Diane is a mother of two as well as a writer and marketing specialist for Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.


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Easy Steps Towards An Eco-Conscious Home by Lindsey Chiles


April 2017

It isn’t always easy to know what practices and lifestyle choices are most beneficial to your family. However, being a role model in making healthy and natural decisions can be extremely beneficial. Focus on: what goes into your family’s mouths; what affects their overall health; the air they breathe; what choices support the environment and what practices can save your family money.



safe. In fact, you should look for plastics

chemicals. Among the many items that

want to be on the lookout

labeled “1,” “2,” “4” and “5,” and be sure to

can be used as household cleaners but

for pet foods without added

avoid drinking warm or hot liquids out of

are also environmentally friendly are

drugs or hormones. The

plastics labeled “1” and “2.”

baking soda, soap, lemon, white vinegar,


cornstarch and borax. “We make our own



best way is to find those foods labeled


hand soap and cleaners using essential

is a natural process that

oils,” says Kaye, a local mother of three.

involves decomposition and

Oils like lavender, lemon and tea tree



are antibacterial, and not only are they

rich soil. Feeding your garden with

healthier cleaning options but also leave

tips, such as: adopt

compost reduces landfill waste and

your house smelling great.

from a shelter, spray

is a natural alternative to chemical-

or neuter your pet,

based fertilizers. The best part is

scoop up their poop

that compost is easy to make with

with biodegradable

discarded kitchen and yard waste,

bags, and look for

and its free! Take left over fruit and

biodegradable kitty

vegetable scraps and add them to the


litter that can be

leaves you rake in the yard to compile

habits. A Charlottesville mom shares that


a compost pile at your home to use in

they “grow organic vegetables together.”

your garden next season.

Your family can also enjoy produce from

with “certified organic,” “FDA-certified,” “raised sustainably” and “observed with natural substances.” Reduce your pets’ carbon paw prints without emptying your wallet with simple



you want to make it a habit with your


family to check for “BPA-free” plastics

From laundry soap to air fresheners,

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or soaker hoses. These methods cut water

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emptying water trays in air conditioners

take less energy to produce and are


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different points on the body. For example,


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in patients undergoing chemotherapy,

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only be environmentally friendly but

and acupuncture can be used to help

family project. Grow your own vegetables

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is something a unique and trendy.

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long-term stability. In many ways, this


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is a great learning tool for your kids, as

promote healing.

it involves multiple steps and processes


combined together.



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peace SQUAD

by K.T. Sancken

Walker Upper Elementary School Students Work Together to End Bullying A few years ago, while most parents were busy loading the

and reduce bullying in the school.

dishwasher, earning a living and attending parent-teacher

“As adults, we have a good pulse on what’s going on, but the

conferences, the youth world was looking to music icons to

kids are even better because they see the kids even when adults

lead them into the ever-evolving world of trendy vernacular. If

aren’t around,” says Geddy. “At this age level, sometimes the cool

you are like me, you don’t remember those moments at all. In

kid is the one with the best put downs, but I wanted a way to

fact, you scratch your head wondering why it’s suddenly cool to

show that it’s cool to be kind, not cool to be cruel.”

reference a tool (Ratchet!) that helps you tighten a bolt. But for

Geddy knew that the key to making the Peace Squad

today’s youth, the word means something completely different.

successful would be the coolness factor. She got a donor to pay

“Someone might say, ‘your hair is ratchet’,” says Saba, a sixth

for fun field trips, t-shirts, magnets and parade gear for Peace

grader at Walker Upper Elementary School in Charlottesville. “It

Squad members and came up with a curriculum that would be

means, like, your hair is like an old grandma.”

easy for kids to implement and remember when faced with a

Ratchet is an insult to those still living within the world of


trendy vernacular. Who knew? When talking with kids from

“My hope is that the kids will safely and comfortably step up

Walker, the school counselor Charlotte Geddy heard from several

when they see someone being unkind, and that it will spread,”

that the school needed a “secret spy squad” that would tell

Geddy says.

adults what was going on with the kids. It was this suggestion

Fifth-grade students are chosen for the Peace Squad by a

that led Geddy to come up with an innovative solution to school

peer nomination process to identify those who are always kind,

bullying. In 2010, she created the Peace Squad, a select group of

responsible and willing to do the right thing.

fifth and sixth graders who are chosen by their peers to monitor

“Being well liked is an important factor,” says Geddy. “Both


{inspiration enrichment} The Peace Squad’s Approaches To Bullying 1. Too Cool for This

everyone’s mind off of the bullying bystander

situation and onto anything else. While

witnesses the bullying and makes it

the bullying is taking place, quickly

clear that they do not approve by looking

pop in and point out something funny,

bothered and walking away. This should

cool or shocking. Try to distract them

be used in bullying situations in which

to do or talk about something else. This

you feel very afraid to help out, but want

gets everyone’s mind (including other

to do something. This helps because the

bystanders) onto something else instead

bystander is not looking interested and

of the bullying behavior. It gives the

is not giving the bully the attention that

target an opportunity to escape without

their peers and the teachers respect and

they want.

being obvious to everyone.

trust these kids.”

2. The Tow Truck

5. The Superhero

upped the coolness factor Geddy had

While the bully is harming the target,

In this approach, the bystander magically

hoped for.

step in and get the target out of there.

transforms into an upstander. They step

“Some of the fifth graders are jealous

Step in, don’t say anything to the bully,

in and tell the bully to blast off (in a polite

of the Peace Squad,” says Saba, who is a

and either physically or verbally remove

way, of course). To do this, step into the

Peace Squad member. “Once you’re in it,

the target. You can do this by saying

bullying situation and casually address

you’re in it for life.”

“Come on, let’s get out of here,” and gently

the bully by saying something that tells

putting your arm around the target and

him/her to knock it off. Examples:





The peer nomination process has






members agree to always encourage

moving them away from the scene. Avoid

• “Hey, why don’t you leave him

kindness, help the victims of bullying,

any verbal confrontation with the bully



by not saying anything to them at all.

• “Come on, it’s not really funny.”

bullying situations and try to include

This helps because the target gets away

• “Hey, you wouldn’t like it if they did

kids who are by themselves. After school,

from the bully’s harmful behavior with

that to you.”

over the course of several weeks, Geddy




your assistance. They also feel protected

In doing this, the target feels a sense

leads the fifth graders in an anti-bullying

and cared for.

of security and comfort that someone

curriculum. They learn to identify the

is willing to help them. The bully is

difference between bullying and friend

3. The Teddy Bear

surprised that someone has the guts

conflicts, and why targets of bullying need

In this approach, the bystander comforts

to say something and may potentially


the target after the bullying situation

realize that they’re being a big ole’ bully.

“Sometimes when people are sitting



Caution: Don’t say mean things to the

alone or upset, I go comfort them,” says

inspiration. To do this, approach the

bully, don’t be threatening and use this

Lowell, a sixth-grade member of the Peace

target as soon as it’s safe after the

approach with caution. It may help to do

Squad. “That’s called the Teddy Bear.”

bullying incident. Say things like:

with an adult around.




• “I’m really sorry he was acting that

Lowell is referring to one of the six approaches



through Geddy’s curriculum.





6. The Whistleblower Approach

• “You don’t deserve that.”

In this approach, you can help by

• “She does that to everyone. Don’t

reporting information about a bullying

“So, the victim, you take them by

listen to her.”

situation to any adult that can help.

the arm and bring them away from the

• “You can sit with us from now on.”

Give the adult all of the information that

situation,” says Lowell of the Tow Truck.

This helps the target feel a sense of

you can remember about the situation.

Other approaches include the “Too Cool

security and comfort that someone is

You decide whether you want the target

for This.”

willing to help them. The bully doesn’t

to know or not. You can even just lead

“That’s when you just ignore them, you

even have to know about it.

them or go with them to make a report

don’t even care what they say,” says Robell,

to an adult. At Walker School, making a

a sixth grader in the Peace Squad. “You act

4. The Flashing Lights Jingle Bell Sparkle

report can be done verbally, with a note

like what they are saying is not cool.”

In this approach, the bystander distracts

or online at

both the bully and the victim by getting

to a counselor, teacher or administrator,

other favorite technique is the Tow Truck.




approach of the kids in the Peace Squad is what they call the “Flashing Light Jingle Bell Sparkle.” In this approach, the


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From Their STEMS Tech-Girls Use Empathy in Learning STEM by K.T. Sancken

The education world is abuzz with how to get more kids interested in the growing and demanding fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and with good reason. The U.S. Department of Education projects that the STEM-based job sector will grow faster than any other over the next decade. Since 2010, the White House has hosted a yearly science fair to highlight the importance of teaching this generation how to be innovative. However, about half of the population is less likely to get involved in STEM than the other half. “Girls are five times less likely than boys to chose a career in technology, which is a problem because technology is our future,” says Kim Wilkens, the founder of a Charlottesville-based non-profit called Tech-Girls. Tech-Girls is all about empowering girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world.


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“We wanted to help fix the pipeline

When it came to programming for

problem, and funnel more women into

high school girls, Wilkens was a little

the field. The goal is to start at a young

stumped. “We were having trouble finding a

age.” outreach

way to plug in with high school kids

portion of Women in Tech—serves

because they’re so busy,” says Wilkens.

over 350 Charlottesville area girls in

“But every time I meet someone in

collaborative and hands-on ways.

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“For me, I always knew I was good

STEM field, I ask them what they can

at math and science, but I didn’t know

do to help Tech-Girls. When I met David

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think creatively.” Through trial and error, Tech-Girls

David Chen is the Director of the Coulter Program at UVA and a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering.

has come up with compelling STEM

“Having a week long summer camp

curriculum for girls of all ages. For

[at UVA] in early August is perfect.

elementary school girls, Tech-Girls hosts

Students aren’t back yet, so the facilities

a Girls Geek Day once a month at a local

are available, and we love it as a way to

area school.

plug into the community,” says Chen.

“One of the things they do at Girls

“Our students get to be instructors, and

Geek Day is create a fashion challenge

guiding and encouraging others has been

using conductive thread that lights up,”

good for them.”

Krepkovich says. “It gets girls tinkering,

According to the U.S. Department

but they also learn how circuit boards

of Education, over the next decade

work. That would have been really fun

biomedical engineering jobs are projected

for me as a kid.”

to grow by 64 percent, more than any

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Christina Stiebris, a second year, opened a class with brainteasers that encouraged students to think outside of the box. Afterwards, Kate Donovan and Taisiya Novopachennaia gave a mini lecture of prototyping. “We’re teaching them a humancentered design process called IDEO,” says Donovan. “It’s the same process that researchers use at Stanford, only condensed into a week.” The steps of IDEO are: empathize; identify




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and identify the problem, the high school girls met with a pediatrician, an occupational therapist and an adaptive sports therapist to learn about cerebral palsy. They were also given an “empathy assignment” where they were required to wear a brace on their knee or ankle to simulate the tight muscles of spastic cerebral palsy and do basic daily tasks like put on socks and walk up stairs. “I’d never considered empathizing [as part of technology] before, but it makes sense. It helped everyone realize how

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exhausting [cerebral palsy] was and get

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not being afraid to fail,” says

on a Thursday, all 13 girls were busy


working on a prototype—a chair for


Tommy so that he could sit comfortably

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in his classroom despite the tightness

at Western Albemarle High

in his legs caused by cerebral palsy.

School who participated in

You could hear the girls working—pens

the camp. “These are key

sketching, exacto knives carving, the

skills no matter what field my

distinctive screeching of duct tape being

daughter goes into.”

unrolled. “Is this too tall for the legs?” “How would Tommy adjust the chair? I want him to be able to do it himself.” “I have extra cardboard if you need it.” “Brakes are a good idea, for safety.”





“I was on my school robotics team.







throughout the week of biotech camp is confidence. “I’ve seen some of the shiest girls over

“We don’t want his chair to be too

the course of this program become so

different from what everyone else has.

poised and animated,” Wilkens says. “It’s

We don’t want him to feel self-conscious.”

a relief for many of them to see other

This is the kind of inventive thinking

girls interested in what they are.”

and collaborating that more and more

Sarah Meng, a twelfth grader at

educators are saying is why STEM

Western Albemarle High School, echoed

education matters, regardless of what

this relief as one of the side bonuses of

jobs these girls hold in the future.

the Tech-Girls camp.

There were only about five girls total out of thirty people,” says Meng. “It’s really great to see this many girls who have the same interests as me.” For some of the girls at the biotech camp, this was the first time they had been exposed to biomedical concepts and technology. “It’s





something I previously thought was difficult is actually simple,” says Victoria Hanna, a tenth grader at Albemarle High School, speaking about a robot kit called


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a Hummingbird. By the end of the week the six teams of girls had come up with a variety of original solutions to help Tommy integrate into his extracurricular activities of basketball and theater. “I was really impressed with all of the

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crutches when he’s in the school play. Yet another group amended a wheel chair to be a director’s chair that had a motion sensor and would vibrate the seat if it got too close to anything. “These girls inspire me,” says Wilkens. “We have pushed them out of their comfort zones and they just keep showing up, with enthusiasm.” Wilkens went on to describe how older girls in the program will come back and mentor elementary school kids at Girls


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Yee-Ha! Let’s Party Share a birthday with this adorable pony-inspired theme and décor!

When my little one turned 2 years old, we had her pony-themed birthday party at my in-laws house. The “centerpiece” of the party (other than my little one, of course!) was this amazing pink pony cake made by my friend Marion. She was so kind to lend her amazing talents to our pony-themed décor!


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I had recently become obsessed with ruffled cake decorations and asked my friend Marion if she could do something similar on this cake. She outdid it and added tiny horseshoes with the “stitching.” A little pony sitting on top of the cake was adorable, and it even had a tiny pink flower in its mane! I made a homemade banner with some burlap and some scraps of fabric that I had in my stash. They were very simple and cute. I ordered 60 balloons, which is about the simplest party decoration available. Another DIY that I did were the chocolate pony party pops using a horse head pop candy mold. Since it was 30 degrees outside at the time, there was no way we were going to have real pony rides, so I ordered these stick horses online. They were fantastic, and each child got to take home the horse of their choice—pink, brown or black. I made little tags for each child to mark their pony, and I didn’t realize this when I ordered them, but you can press a button on the ear and it makes a “clippityclop” sound and whinnies. For me, I loved seeing my daughter run around with her pony saying “yee-ha.” Using clipart allowed me to make one more party favor for the kids to take home—the




coloring books. I picked up packs of crayons to complete this set. My sweet mother-in-law made tons of tasty treats for us to munch on, including a “make-your-own-chocolate strawberry” dipping station, delicious olive & cream cheese and hummus dips, and salsa and queso dip. But it was the giant bowl of popcorn that most delighted my daughter. She steadily munched on it all afternoon. It was a sweet party for a sweet girl filled with laughter and love. Just what I had hoped for!

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Celebrate the big day with this pirate-themed party!

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Every party needs an invitation. We bordered ours with pirate sayings such as “yo-ho!” and a dotted line reminiscent of a treasure map to style it in a classic way, making it perfect for pirates of all ages. We made these at home; selected what wording we wanted and formatted the PDF file and printed them. To set a table worthy of the Pirate’s of the Caribbean, look for all things shiny! Pirates love sparkly treasure. I used dozens of strands of Christmas beaded gold garland and colored Mardi Gras beads, then I added in shells, costume jewelry, faux gold coins and lots of sand. To anchor each setting, I used gold chargers piled high with lots of “treasure” then folded black cardstock into paper boats and floated these atop the treasure piles. At each seat, placecards along with gold plastic flatware was tied with twine and set on black napkins for added touches. I love setting up a creative food display and had lots of fun with this party. A pirate ship and a “Happy Birthday” banner strung from wooden dowels stuck in small galvanized buckets filled with sand create a dramatic backdrop for this buffet. To personalize the buffet, I designed custom drink wrappers, food signs, bag designs and cupcake circles. I recommend not using buttered popcorn if you are filling bags with popcorn; the grease made lots of spots on my bags. I also used 10 oz Hawaiian Punch Polar Blast bottles for the drinks. I loved that pop of aqua color. The cupcakes were nestled in a bed of sand (actually light brown sugar)! I wasn’t comfortable putting “real” sand that close to the food. The plain cupcakes were dressed up with a bit of yellow sprinkles (like Gold dust!) and personalized cupcake circles. The cute sandwiches were actually tuna fish sandwiches on bread. And what’s a pirate party without buried





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{until next time humorous reflections} The Ultimate Chaperone A Dad’s Humorous Reflections “Can we talk a minute?” I asked. I was standing in the foyer of a big house wanting a few words with Mr. Smith. He’s the father of my daughter’s boyfriend, Romeo. (His parents didn’t name him; I did.) Mr. Smith said, “Sure,” as Wendy and Romeo, both 15, disappeared into the Smiths’ cozily finished basement, which is exactly what I wanted to talk about with the dad. He was mystified as we sat down on opposing couches. “When Wendy is visiting here,” I said, “I wonder if you could keep them out of the basement.” His eyes narrowed and I stumbled on, “The basement is too private. I just don’t want them getting too comfortable down in that love nest.” He frowned and said noncommittally, “I’ll see what I can do.” He had the air of someone who does not think his son will purposely choose where he entertains his young ladies. Nor did he want the awkward and unpleasant chore I was giving him. Probably the whole idea of finishing the cellar and furnishing it with a couch and a TV set was to get the kids out of the way. So what had been an asset is now a liability. I felt strange making the request because I remember my own teenage years, wishing my girlfriend’s family would quit parading through the room. I relate more readily to my furtively ardent 16-year-old self than to my responsible killjoy 55-year-old self. But a look into the mirror reminds me which one I am. I’ve been looking like Moses lately. Wendy later reported that the Smiths had kept the lovebirds upstairs and chatted with them the whole evening. She said it was weird. That level of adult effort proved unsustainable, and the next time I came to pick Wendy up, I had to wait for her to climb up from the Love Cave. I gave Mr. Smith a bruising look, but said nothing. I haven’t let Wendy go over there since. So Romeo comes to our house. Our basement has no couch and TV. It has rusty mousetraps

Our strategy: hospitality mixed with obstacles, resistance and interruptions.


April 2017

by Rick Epstein

and hopping bugs. So the kids go out on the town (population 1,600). There’s a pizzeria, a coffee shop, a convenience store and a playground that’s supposed to be off-limits after dark. A quarter-mile bridge across the river to the next state makes for delightful strolling. Many years ago, it was an old-fashioned covered bridge. An old lady once confided to me, “When I was young, that bridge was a dandy place for smooching. No one in town could see you, and there wasn’t much traffic. When an automobile or wagon would rumble onto the planks, it sounded like thunder. That gave you time to compose yourself and start walking like you were headed somewhere. If headlights shined on you, you’d just give ‘em an innocent smile, like butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth. My father told me to stay out of there, but I never listened. It was a sad day when the flood of ’33 washed that bridge away.” When Wendy and Romeo return to the house, my wife and I surrender the living room and the TV to them and read books in our room, finding a reason to come noisily down the stairs every 45 minutes. It’s unpleasant, but that’s OK. We are committed to encouraging young love, but discouraging “other” activities. Our strategy: hospitality mixed with obstacles, resistance and interruptions. Yesterday, Wendy asked, “Can you take me over to Romeo’s on Saturday?” “No way,” I said. “His parents won’t keep you two out of the Love Cave.” Wendy said, “Dad, the basement is trashed. Remember when it rained for a week? The basement got two feet of water and everything is soaked with mud and fuel oil. Even the walls came down.” “Hallelujah!” I said. “Mr. Smith says it’ll take him a year to get it fixed up nice again,” Wendy said. Maybe the next time I give Mr. Smith an assignment, he will tremble and obey.

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