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Just Between Us… Dear Friends,

volume 19 issue 4 PUBLISHERS

april 2018 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

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

I love April! It’s not only a great month for being in the garden but also a great month for celebrations. This month’s party guide is one of my favorite


editorial projects for the magazine. It is so much fun to reminisce about parties


our family has hosted. In our over 19 years of child rearing, we’ve hosted over 50


children’s birthday celebrations. We’ve done everything from simple cupcakes

with family to elaborate parties themes around favorite interests or books. All were a great time, but behind the scenes, there were also some pretty epic

Barbara A. Tompkins



challenges, ranging from midnight marauding imps on a cake quest the night

before to horribly itchy rashes all over mommy when she crafted the cutest, but


slightly toxic (because I’m allergic to cedar), tent for a Peter Pan bash.


Our oldest had perhaps the most talked about birthday when she was in preschool. We planned for a small party outside near the swing set with minimal fuss. However, we were greeted in the morning by sheets of rain,

Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz

Becky Calvert, Jennifer Carroll, Diane

DiCarlo, Rick Epstein, Doug Jenner,

Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Beth Seliga,

Kathy Sena, Madison Stanley, Krissy Vick

leading to cancellations of other activities for our invited guests and an

BOOKKEEPER Theresa Klopp

increase in attendance. It was such a blur of many little children, a fast-paced


tea with cupcakes followed by games in our basement playroom, that I barely

remember it all. What I do remember clearly, though, was the large inflated bunny (Alice in Wonderland theme) that was in imminent danger of reaching

Christine DeLellis-Wheatley


the same fate as the piñata as the children became overly excited. Our family loves to laugh and retell the story of that poor White Rabbit being mobbed by preschoolers. My husband’s memories of that rabbit revolve more around the embarrassment of how it came to life at the local gas station’s air pump after our lungs were unable to complete the task of blowing him up. So, yes, you were not hallucinating 15 years ago when you saw a tall man driving a small car with a larger-than-life bunny in the passenger seat. Despite the surprises and hiccups, every birthday has been a great success (no injuries were had or tears shed). The kids all had a great time, and some parties are just more memorable than others. My best tip is to plan extra activities—kids will always get through games faster than you think. Having a Hufflepuff versus Slytherin soccer match with undefined time limits can be a lifesaver. Most importantly invite friends and the parents of guests to stay and help so you can enjoy yourself and their company as well. These years really are magical, and seeing your little one with their friends having a good time is such a treat for everyone. Happy Springtime!

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April 2018

Contents TABLE OF



News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Do you let your elementary-age child watch late-night television with you?

Snapshot 10

New Mom 22 Importance of Childbirth Class

Daytrip Fun! 18 Lessons on History

Gifted Education 28

Tips & Trends 26 Fabulous Finds and Fun

One Dad’s On-Stage Experience

DIY Speckled Eggs 36 An Easy Easter Craft

An Artistic Celebration 38

Students Learn Through Minds in Motion Program

April Activities & Events for Families

Healthy Family 24 Growing Pains

Expert Art-Themed Party Tips from Maliha Creations

Perfectly Planned Camp 46 Tips & Advice for Selecting the Appropriate Camp for Your Child

Out & About Calendar 12


Our Schools 11

Fran Cannon, Mom, Children’s Author & Cancer Survivor


Editor’s Pick! As we lead into summer camp season, you won’t want to miss the summer camp quicklist (pg. 51) and tips and advice on selecting the perfect camp for your child (pg. 46)


2018 Party Planner 40

Plan the Perfect Party with Our Handy Reference

Summer Camp Quicklist 51

Find the Ideal Camp

UNTIL NEXT TIME Teenagers on the Job 58  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

26 So Love This! “I love any excuse to throw a party, so I cannot wait to see and try the tips from Maliha Creations.” — Madison, online editor


Cover Image: Aaron Watson Photography


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local buzz

Ivy Publications proudly sponsors: Library Series: House Plants 101 with Gather Home & Garden at Blenheim Vineyards April 15

Area’s First Walk for Diabetes This April, Albemarle High School is hosting Charlottesville’s first Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Community One Walk in an effort to garner support, raise money and spread awareness for those struggling with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Volunteers—many of whom are parents with children who have T1D—will lead the walk. The Charlottesville committee and teams are working towards a fundraising goal of $50,000, which will help JDRF’s mission, “to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.” The money raised during the walk will go to funding research for advances like glucose-responsive insulin, among other things. For more information on donating or walking, visit


April 2018

Historic Garden Week Various Locations April 21–28

Renaissance Students Attend Model UN Conference Students from the Renaissance School in Charlottesville had the unique opportunity to participate in a Model United Nations Conference in Norfolk earlier this year. The conference, which took place at Old Dominion University (ODU), included a three-day simulation event with over 1,200 high school delegates. ODU prides itself on taking experiential learning to a new level in order to provide students with unique knowledge of the politics of international affairs. Participants worked on areas of diplomacy, public speaking, cooperation and compromise as they role-played diplomats of the United Nations and other international conferences.

Students Awarded $10,000 for Community Service Projects At the first ever Project S.E.R.V.E pitch competition, eight teams of student from Charlottesville High School’s (CHS) AVID program received a combined $10,000 donation from the CFA Institute to use toward their community service project proposals. The AVID program, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college preparatory course that focuses on high school students who would be first-generation college students. Some of the project proposals included a mobile app called “My College Toolbox,” which would help high school students manage and track their progress on college applications. Another would be a community basketball tournament that would bring together a wide variety of Charlottesville residents. The inaugural Project S.E.R.V.E. competition was judged by Abigail Kayser, a doctoral student at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, Jeanne Murthy, director of curriculum development at CFA, and Jaelan Vallier, a tutor for the CHS AVID program.

VA Secretary of Education Visits Shining Star The Virginia Secretary of Education, Atif M. Qarni, recently paid a special visit to the Shining Star Preschool. Organized by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area (TJA), the visit included a meeting on mixed-delivery preschool programs in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Qarni also read to students from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the best-selling children’s book by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Shining Star Preschool was made possible by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s award of $250,000 dollars to the United Way-TJA. In 2016, the United Way-TJA was able to move 46 4-year olds on public preschool waitlists into private facilities like the Shining Star Preschool, operated by the Jefferson Area Board for Aging.

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TOWN Do you let your elementary-age child watch late-night television with you? 12% say “yes” 88% say “no” “We don’t have cable, so all shows are streamed on-demand. This way we can watch late-night shows together anytime. I enjoy the time spent together watching shows that we both enjoy—a favorite is any cooking competition show involving kids!” – Amy W., Mom of three

“Getting enough sleep takes priority over most everything else in our house. The television usually gets turned on for a brain break after they get home from school...but then it’s promptly homework, dinner, books and bed!” – MB Miller, Orange, Mother of first-grade twins and a toddler

“We occasionally let our fifth grader watch late-night television with us as a treat. We are careful to make sure we are in the same room/watching as well, to monitor for anything inappropriate.” – M, Barboursville Mom of two

“My kids are in bed by 9 p.m. because they need their rest for school. On weekends, they may stay up a little later to watch a family movie, but not cable shows.” – Audrey Lynn Cason, Mom of three girls & one boy

“Our daughter is super into theater, and we like to sometimes let her see her favorite stars when they are interviewed. We do not do it often because we obviously think sleep schedule is important, as well. Most of those shows, despite knowing they have primarily adult audiences, are careful to be appropriate.” – Ben, Ruckersville Dad

“The content tends to be too mature for elementary aged kids to be able to watch. My middle schooler, sometimes, but not my younger kids. I want my kids to grow up carefree and not scared of life.” – Mom of five “If we watch anything late, it is typically something on demand or a DVD we own.” – Samantha

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April 2018

Charlottesville’s Own SemiProfessional Soccer Team C-Ville FC, Charlottesville’s first semi-professional soccer team, began their inaugural season with a win against the southeastern conference opponent the Savannah Clovers. This season, the team will have a total of 16 games, eight of which will be held at Charlottesville High School. C-Ville FC started in order to give local talented players the chance to showcase their skills and compete professionally. In order to build ties with the community, C-Ville FC hopes to implement a series of camps, clinics and possibly even a kids’ league. With a 5-to-2 win under their belt, C-Ville FC is looking forward to a good first season. To learn more, visit

Youth Writing Contest Focuses on Helping Others Students in Albemarle County and its surrounding areas have the opportunity to participate in the “My Help List” writing contest. The competition is part of Charlottesville native, author and songwriter Charles Alexander’s “Yes-You Matter” initiative, which focuses on character, responsibility and helping others. In order to enter, students in grades K–12 (public, private and home-schooled) must write in 150 words or less why it is important to help people. Entrants must also list five things that they have done to help someone or five ways you can help someone. A winner from each grade category will receive a $100 cash prize and have a reception held in their honor. Entries may be mailed to or dropped off at the Carver Recreation Center by April 20.

Middle School Mathletes Take Home Titles Several students from The Covenant School won outstanding awards at this year’s MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition in Weyers Cave. Eighth graders Wilson Chen and Betty Yu, along with seventh graders Carter Brown and Nathan Klintworth, took home the third-place team trophy. Chen placed fourth in the individual competition, qualifying him for the State competition as well. MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment program for middleschool-aged kids, including students from Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Highland, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Rockingham counties.

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Fran Cannon Mom, Children’s Author & Cancer Survivor

Fran Cannon’s first novel began when she started writing in earnest during her daughter’s nap times as a toddler. Now, after surviving a round of brain cancer, her writing is her chance to speak from the heart on matters or topics she holds close. Whether she is spending time with her family or spending time writing, she tries to stick to her mantra of “being present to the purpose, place and people I am with in that particular moment.” What are the best and most challenging parts about your job? My first novel, When the Whistle Blows, took me two-and-a-half years of sustained effort. My recent picture book, Snowball Moon, took a much shorter time to write, initially, but the revisions took place over the course of several years. So even though it had many fewer words than my novel, the amount of time before it was ready to shop around for publication was much longer. The best part of writing books is that something from very deep inside my mind and heart gradually comes into focus, takes shape and then actually becomes a tangible object—a book! I love that I get to be creative in my work, and that I get to think, philosophize and hopefully become a little bit of a better person than I was before the process began. Whereas, for me, the most challenging part of writing is staying on task. I can be very easily distracted, especially when I write at home. How have you grown and changed over the years? What are your hopes for the future? When I wrote When the Whistle Blows, I wrote simply for the love of writing, and believed that enjoying the creative process was the most important thing I could do. When I tried to write my second novel, I became afraid. My first novel was so well received, and I wasn’t sure I could write another novel that would ever be as good. After I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016 and underwent a craniotomy while awake, writing didn’t seem scary at all anymore!


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In fact, writing was exactly what I needed to help me figure my way through the difficult challenge of having cancer. When Snowball Moon was purchased for publication just six months after my diagnosis, it felt like a real personal triumph. I now live with the knowledge that my cancer has a good chance of coming back, so I try to make the most of every day. There is more urgency to my work, but also more perspective. I have come full circle, back to relishing the joy of the creative process. What advice do you have for young aspiring to help others through their careers? For kids who are interested in writing, I have four suggestions: 1) read, 2) read aloud, 3) write, and 4) read your writing aloud. Read the kinds of books you love, and read a million of them, because the more you read, the more you will internalize the grammar, syntax, pacing and structure of great stories. This will seep into your writing without you ever having to think about it. Also, read really excellent writing (that’s not your own) aloud. Don’t just read it, present it. I am convinced that one reason I am a writer is because I’ve been a lector at church from the time I was in second grade. I used to read each passage aloud over and over again, because I wanted it to sound good and I didn’t want to stumble over the words when I read it to the whole church. The unintended side effect was developing a great ear for effective and beautiful language. After you’ve practiced reading other people’s writing aloud, do the same with your own. It’s a great way to catch grammatical errors and see where your word choices might trip up a reader.

Before switching to capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects, Beth was a sports photographer with her work appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. See her work at

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by Krissy Vick

OPENINGS High Tor Gear Exchange, 1717 Allied Street Peloton Station, 114-116 10th Street Northwest

CLOSINGS Duo is transitioning to an online-only shop and closing the Elliewood Avenue location. Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us, 590 Branchlands Blvd.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Charlottesville Sport & Social Club merged with FXA Sports, which has been providing adult sports in Northern Virginia. C-Ville FC, Charlottesville’s first semiprofessional soccer club had its first home game in March, kicking off the spring season. New Dominion Bookshop will be having a weekly Storytime again on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Albemarle County School Board announced Megan Wood would be Sutherland Middle School’s new principal and Doug Granger would be the new principal of Agnor-Hurt Elementary. Wood is set to start July 1 and Granger’s position was affective immediately. The Charlottesville Dress Company, a local company with handmade and made-to-order fashion launched online.

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2nd Through Annual Students Learn “PlayProgram for Preemies” Minds in Motion For nearly 1,500 students in Virginia, dancing with expert teachers and piano accompanists from the Richmond Ballet is a normal part of their weekly school experience. “Watch me dance! Clap. Clap. Dance!” says Minds in Motion teaching artist Heather Rhea O’Connor as she instructs an eager ensemble of fourth graders at Burnley-Moran Elementary School. Through a unique partnership with the Richmond Ballet and Charlottesville City Schools, Minds in Motion (MIM) is a year-long inclusive program that combines dance instruction with storytelling, academic lessons and a large-scale year-end performance. Charlottesville City Schools Fine Arts Coordinator Aaron Eichorst says the opportunity for kids to express themselves through movement at school can be transformational for some children, especially those who may not otherwise have access. “We have seen very shy students, who at the beginning of the year are hesitant to move, transform into confident and empowered students who can express themselves,” says Eichorst. According to the latest survey by MIM, 98 percent of classroom teachers found that MIM classes challenged their students to achieve more than

they thought they could, and 94 percent reported seeing a significant improvement in self-confidence in those who participated. There are also two other local MIM groups, MIM XL and MIM XXL. These are audition-based dance troupes open to Charlottesville students in grades four through eight that meet after school to practice and then participate in local performances, including the Charlottesville TedX event at The Paramount Theater earlier this year. The year culminates with a final performance that gives participants an opportunity to learn about live performance, theater and stage direction. “Jamestown: A New World in Motion” will be presented May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School and is open to the public. Until then, students are busy mapping Jamestown history with movement by learning six-count dance choreography to chants like, “We are cold and hungry,” and “John Smith has gone away.” “This helps students remember the sequences as well as learn the history,” says O’Connor. “At the performance, it is beautiful to see them drop the words and tell the story exclusively through motion and music.”

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EASTER FUN Easter Celebration

March 30–April 1 at Wintergreen Resort An entire weekend of festivities, with a traditional Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. 434-325-2200,

APRIL 2018 Annual Highland Sheep Shearing

Check out our online calendar for more local family events and fun!

April 7, 11am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Tom Stanley will demonstrate the New Zealand sheep-shearing method. There will also be traditional wool carding and spinning demonstrations for the family following the shearing. 434-293-8000,

4th Annual Day Soiree 2018

Easter Traditions

April 1, 9am–5pm at The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Learn about Easter traditions from England, Germany and early America. Activities include decorating traditional Easter Eggs, egg hunts, Easter cooking and games. 540-332-9989,

Easter Winemaker’s Brunch

April 1, 12:30pm at Veritas Vineyard & Winery This family-friendly event includes a winepaired lunch followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the kids on the lawn. 540-456-8000,

Peek-a-Bloom With Peter Rabbit

April 1, 1–4pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photos. Activities in the Children’s Garden include drawing with sidewalk chalk, hula hooping and making garden hats. 804-262-9887,

FESTIVALS & FAIRS National Cherry Blossom Festival

Now–April 15 at Washington, D.C. Celebrate spring in the nation’s capital. Take a tour, stroll along the mall, ride a Tidal Basin paddle boat and see the parade on April 16.

69th Annual Dogwood Festival


HELP! Now–May 5 at Various locations The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. 434-961-9824,

Heritage Day

April 7 at Graves’ Mountain Lodge Exhibits and activities for both adults and children. Craft vendors, food and drink available for purchase on-site. 540-923-4231,

April 7, 11am–3pm at Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Families are invited to a kid-powered and family-friendly outdoor fest. This event is free and open to the public. 434-260-8722,

4th Annual Pow Wow

April 7, 12–5pm at 11am at South Lawn, UVA An event open to the public celebrating Indigenous culture, music, dancing and art with an added celebration of the UVA’s bicentennial.

Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival

April 8, 11am–3pm at Rockfish Valley Foundation Natural History Center Free kites to first 400 kids, music, magician, parachute races and a duck race. Kite store, food vendors and kids nature tent also available. Free admission. No rain date. 434-226-0446,

Community Potluck

April 9, 5–7:30pm at IX Art Park This community potluck will assemble civic groups, nonprofits, student organizations, businesses and families to celebrate the start of spring and a week-long set of festivities.

Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration

April 13, 9:45–11am at Monticello Monticello will mark the 275th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth with a celebration and ceremony on the West Lawn. 434-984-9800,

We Are Here Diversity Festival

April 14, 10am–3pm at IX Art Park Enjoy a day of art, food and community engagement in IX Art Park.

5th Annual Bow-WOW-Walk

April 7, 8:30am–12:30pm at IX Art Park. See page 14.


April 2018

Apple Blossom Festival

April 14, 2–5pm at Albemarle CiderWorks Live music from 2:30–4:30pm by Ragged Mountain String Band, cider tastings, lawn games, crafts, picnicking and hopefully nice weather during this family-friendly afternoon. 434-297-2326,



985 GORDON HILL LANE • $639,000 Close to town with privacy. Mountain views in living, dining, great rooms & master. Custom kitchen with quartz counters. Fantastic outdoor spaces incl’ large screen porch, 2 decks, & 2 patios. Landscaped yard. Punkie Feil (434) 962-5222 or Elizabeth Feil Matthews (434) 284-2105. MLS# 572014

1947 OLD BALLARD FARM LN • $1,095,000 Fantastic location on premier lot in “Old Ballard Farm”. Unique home offers fine architectural details & tasteful interior finishes. Home Office with full Bath & Gym featuring Blue Ridge Mountain views. All Bedrooms have private Baths en suite. Custom finished 3rd floor. Tommy Brannock (434) 981-1486. MLS# 572211

Charlottesville Earth Week EcoFair

April 22 at IX Art Park Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment and more.


April 28, 10am–4:30pm at Constitution Park, Waynesboro Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts and more. No pets allowed. 540-949-7738,


Ramps and Rails

April 28, 11am, 1pm & 3pm at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Enjoy local arts, crafts and live music at this unique festival and take a popular one-hour train ride. Trains depart Elkins. 877-686-7245,

Wizarding Winery at Horton

April 28, 12–4pm at Horton Vineyards Event complete with quidditch demonstrations and themed outdoor and indoor games. Shop among the different vendors, make your own wand stations and much more. 540-832-7440,


ROUND HILL FARM • $5,900,000

With its centerpiece a stately, c. 1940 brick residence shaded by massive hardwoods & sited magnificently to enjoy 280˚ Blue Ridge views, Round Hill is truly a rare opportunity: A manicured, 120 acre country property with extensive frontage on the Rivanna Reservoir only 5 mins to all conveniences & under 10 to UVA & Downtown. Ideal balance of formal rooms & casual spaces open to the kitchen. Pool overlooking the views, gardens, greenhouses & barns. 7 fireplaces including 1 outdoors on covered porch overlooking the views. MLS# 572196 CUSTOM-BUILT 30 ACRE RETREAT


4090 BROCKS LANE • $599,900 Solid brick home situated on 30 private acres with open space for a future barn, garage & livestock ring in Albemarle Co. One level living with 1st floor master suite w/ gas fireplace, large family room w/ wood burning fireplace, beautiful pool surrounded by lush landscape. Lindsay Milby (434) 962-9148. MLS# 572265

2455 DUNMORE ROAD • $669,900 5 bedroom Colonial on 4+ acres in popular Waverly in the Meriwether school district. Level lawn, surrounding woods for privacy, & fabulous entertaining zone. Formal living & dining room, private office, beautifully updated kitchen open to family room w/ vaulted ceilings. Kristin Cummings Streed (434) 409-5619. MLS# 572056

Rockstar Magic

April 3, 10am at Central Library Carolina’s most popular magicians will astonish the audience with their stunning illusions and passion for the dramatic. 434-979-7151,

Pictures & Pages with Glynis Welte

April 4, 10am at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related storytimes incorporating movement, songs and puppets. Reservations required. 434-243-2050,

LEGO at the Library

April 4, 2pm at Crozet Library The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination. Ages 6–13. Registration requested. 434-823-4050, 401 PARK STREET • CHARLOT TESVILLE, VA

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April 4, 4pm at Central Library Bust out your building moves and get your designs to spring up into structures. 434-979-7151,

Fun for the Young


April 18, 10am at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, movement, play and simple hands-on projects. 434-243-2050,

Green Thumbs Up

April 18, 3:30pm at Crozet Library In celebration of Earth Day, learn about the amazing ways plants can divide and spread. Pot up a few plants of your own. Registration requested. 434-823-4050,

Intro to Coding


April 25, 4:30pm at Crozet Library Learn coding basics and gain experience with help from library staff. Bring your laptop or use one of the library’s. Required registration begins April 4. Grades 5–8. 434-823-4050,


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April 2018

Photo Scavenger Hunt

April 26, 6–7pm at Central Library Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by hunting for poetry-related clues and taking photos of them. Participants who find the most clues win a prize. Grades 6–12. 434-979-7151,

Poetry on the Steps

April 26, 7pm at Central Library Open mic poetry night beneath the towering oaks on the library steps. Read originals or old favorites, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children’s Room. 434-979-7151,

SPORTS, OUTDOORS & ACTIVE FUN Spring Break on the Mountain

April 3 & 5, 10am–2pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Drop-in activities each day with crafts, hayrides, snacks and petting animals. Parents or sitters must be with the children the entire time. 434-977-1833,

Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon/Marathon Relay/8K Road Race/Kids’ Mile

April 7, Times vary per race at Downtown Charlottesville From a marathon on one of the most scenic courses in the East to a Kids’ Mile, there’s a race for every member of the family. Registration required. 434-218-0402,

Kids Track and Field Clinic

April 7, 8:30am at UVA track Preparing for the Discovery Dash? Real UVA athletes will teach the long jump, high jump, shot put hurdles and distance running so you can finish strong in the big race. 434-977-1025, YOU CAN HELP!

5th Annual Bow-WOW-Walk

April 7, 8:30am–12:30pm at IX Art Park A K-9 2.5K to support the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle SPCA. Return to IX Art Park for a post-walk festival. 434-973-5959,

Open House & Snuggle Sessions

April 8–29, Saturdays & Sundays, 11am–4pm at Caromont Farm, Esmont Enjoy a “Snuggle Session” and Open House with a pop-up shop on certain Saturdays and Sundays in April. Reserve slots for all of those in your party and try to carpool if possible. 434-831-1393,

Run for Autism 5K


April 14, 7:30am kids race, 8am 5K HELP! at Charlottesville High School Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a morning of running/walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome. 434-923-8252,

Earth Day 5K and Family Fun Run

April 14, 8:30am 5K, 9:30am fun run at Rockfish River Elementary School The run/walk, described as moderate, is open to kids ages 8 and up and the 1-mile fun run/ walk is open to all ages. Post-race festivities include music and refreshments.

Inaugural JDRF Community One Walk

April 14, 11am–1:30pm at Albemarle High School YOU CAN HELP! Activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family to enjoy followed by a 2-mile walk around the track to raise money and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

2nd Annual Paint the Playground

April 14, 2:30–4pm at Burnley-Moran Elementary School The race will feature color powder stations throughout the accessible 1-mile loop. Celebrate with a dance party, refreshments and raffle. 434-245-2413,

Blossoms and Bees–Children’s Session

April 14, 15, 17 & 20, 10:30am & 3:30pm at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet This drop-in program includes strawberry blossom and honey bee education, a wagon ride around the strawberry patch and more. An adult must be present and pay $3 for the wagon ride. Groups are asked to email in advance. 434-823-1583,

Bicentennial Volkswalk 2018

April 15, 9am–12pm start window, 3pm finish at The Rotunda at UVA Everyone is invited to participate in this noncompetitive fitness walking event. Choose from a 5K or 10K route. Neither trail is wheelchair accessible but they are suitable for strollers. Leashed pets welcome. 434-924-3791,

Family Corn Hole Tournament

April 15, 2–5pm at ACAC Adventure Central Families will enjoy an afternoon of family fun while competing against other families to win the ultimate title as the ACAC Family Corn Hole Champions. Food, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. 434-984-7529,

National Junior Ranger Park Day

April 21, 9am–5pm at Shenandoah National Park A full day of fun activities to celebrate the NPS and get kids of all ages connected to their national park. Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted. 540-999-3500,

Grand Caverns Signature 5K


HELP! April 27, 6:30–8:30pm at Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes A certified 5K course, it is “Virginia flat” and fast. All runners (and walkers) welcome. Even your supporters will have fun (and food). All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new playground at the Grand Caverns Park. 540-249-5705,

ARTS & CRAFTS Cupcake Quest

April 6, 3pm at Northside Library Come create the most delicious, beauteous or original confection with cupcakes provided by the library. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

STEAMpowered Workshop: Upcycled Birdhouses

April 7, 1–2:30pm at Amazement Square, Lynchburg STEAMpowered workshops provide a space to make something unique while learning skills. Use upcyled everyday items to create birdhouses with edible decorations for our flying friends. 434-845-1888,

Family Art Jams

April 21 at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum’s exhibitions accessible to children. 434-243-2050,


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Mythic Creature Engineering

April 25, 4pm at Central Library Dare to design a dragon or face a ferocious hydra in this mythological workshop. Learn about mythical beasts and pick who would win in a battle. Then use the library’s supplies to figure out how to create them. Ages 8–12. 434-979-7151,

HEALTH & FAMILY Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Drop-In Wellness Tuesdays

Now–May 29, Tuesdays at Jefferson School City Center No appointment is necessary. Sentara Starr Hill Health Center will provide blood pressure checks, A1C testing, weight checks, quick wellness & nutrition advice and referrals. The Women’s Initiative will provide a walk-in clinic and Common Ground Healing Arts will provide rotating mind body offerings, acupuncture, massage and mindfulness training. 434-984-6220, events/766470846880635

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April 14, 11am–2pm at Forest Hills Park Jefferson area CHiP is hosting an event for families living in downtown Charlottesville to heighten awareness about CHiP services, strengthen ties with community partners and promote family well being in downtown neighborhoods. This will be a family-friendly event including outdoor activities, live music, safety workshops and healthy food. 434-964-4700, events/357003178137716

Healthy Kids Day and Open House

April 21, 10am–12pm at Brooks Family YMCA Looking for ways to awaken a child’s imagination and inspire healthy choices in time for summer? Attend Healthy Kids Day for a day of movement, activity and healthy eating. Fun for the whole family. 434-974-9622,

Becoming a Working Mom

April 28, 9:30am–12pm at ReadyKids This class will help expectant moms learn about quality childcare, and discuss breastfeeding and returning to work. This is an interactive class, so bring your questions. Free and open to the community. 434-924-9920,

OPEN HOUSES McGuffey Open House

April 14, 10am–4pm at McGuffey Art Center Throughout the day, McGuffey will be hosting workshops, demos, en plein air painting and yoga on the lawn.


April 2018

Kindergarten Registration Open House for Charlottesville City Schools April 18, 3:30–6pm at All Charlottesville City Schools A child must be 5 years old on or before September 30 of the upcoming school year to enroll in kindergarten. 434-245-2400,

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Gathering for Games

April 5, 2pm at Crozet Library Meet up with your friends for gaming fun. The library provides the games, you bring a friend. If you have a favorite, bring it along to teach and share. Ages 6–13. Requested begins March 19. 434-823-4050,

Smash Bros. Tournament

April 6, 4pm at Northside Library Grab some friends and prepare for an epic show-down. Who will conquer the Wii and be crowned Northside’s Smash Bros. Champion? The winner will receive a mystery prize. Registration recommended beginning two weeks prior to event. 434-973-7893,

Teen Movie: Wonder Woman [PG-13]

April 7, 2–4:30pm at Crozet Library Teens grades 6–12 are invited to eat popcorn and enjoy this recent blockbuster. 434-823-4050,



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3rd Annual Youth Summit

April 12 at The Paramount Theater Students, educators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders from across Virginia assemble for this high-energy, student-planned, student-led experiential program. Youth Summit activates and engages high school students to think entrepreneurially.

I Just Really Love Space, Okay?

April 17, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library In honor of Global Astronomy Month, teens will make space-themed crafts, scream about their favorite space-related fandoms and watch a sci-fi movie or anime. Grades 6–12. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

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High School Girls Engineering Day

April 21 at UVA The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia 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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Spring on the Farm In Staunton at the Frontier Culture Museum, history and animal lovers can take a trip back through time to explore what it was like to live in 16th and 17th century America and the “Old World.” Visitors will be able to venture around the farmlands to visit baby animals, see springtime gardens, learn how immigrants lived in their home country as well as how their cultures molded our country. At each exhibit, there are examples of traditional activities such as blacksmithing, flax spinning and wool processing,

woodworking and cheese making, so guests can learn how colonists made a living and ran their households during this time period. The museum also hosts a number of art workshops and special events, from music to guided tours and holiday specials like the upcoming Easter Traditions Festival. Activities at the festival will include decorating traditional Easter eggs, egg hunts, Easter cooking and games. 540-332-7850,

In honor of Father’s Day and all of our irreplaceable dads, we are hosting Bumble’s Dad & Me “Having Fun” Contest. Whether you are doing a craft, going fishing, watching a sporting event, going to a father-daughter dance or learning something, we want to see it. Submit a photo of you and your dad just having fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

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April 28, 9am–12pm at PVCC Main Building, Room M154 Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should visit and create a FSA ID.

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Citizenship Info Session

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April 4, 6:30pm at Northside Library Presented by the International Rescue Committee, this session teaches about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen. 434-973-7893,

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18th Annual VSA Visual Arts Exhibit


Now–August 25 at Carver Recreation Center This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. 434-972-1730,

Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, play and hands-on projects. or 434.243.2050


Riverfest • April 28

Waynesboro, VA • Downtown, Constitution Park • 10am-4:30pm Canoe Rides • Reptile World Show • Face Painting • Stream Safari & Electro Fishing Fish n’ Fun Rodeo • Wildlife Center of Virginia • South River Duck Race More Presentations, as well as Food, Games, & Exhibits • FREE ADMISSION!

April 2018

Junior League Rummage Sales

April 16, 8am at Omni Hotel, Charlottesville The Community Breakfast increases awareness of the needs of children and families in our community by bringing together over 200 guests from local government, school boards, leaders of other nonprofits, workers from city and county agencies, and the community at large. 434-296-4118,


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



April 21 & 22, 7am–1pm at 674 Hillsdale Dr. The Junior League of Charlottesville will host rummage sales featuring new and gently used clothing and goods donated by members and friends of the League.

Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte shares stories that engage our youngest art patrons.

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23rd Annual ReadyKids Community Breakfast

L.Y.A.O. Comedy With Rory Scovel

April 2, 8pm at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian and an actor. He is currently starring on the TBS sitcom “Ground Floor.” 434-977-5590,

Styx & REO Speedwagon

April 4, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena See Styx & REO Speedwagon perform with special guest Don Felder. 800-745-3000,

Spring Tom Tom Founders Festival

April 9–15 at Downtown Mall Talks, workshops, panels, installations, concerts and parties on the converging disciplines of music, art, design, business, science and technology.

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Library Series: House Plants 101

April 15, 3–5pm at Blenheim Vineyards Learn how to choose the right plant for your home and keep it alive with the proper amount of light, water, feeding and pest management tips, and pot your own house plant to take home. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 434-293-5366,



Spring Oyster Festival at DuCard

April 21, 12–5pm at DuCard Vineyards Nomini Bay Oyster Farm will be providing the freshest and most delicious oysters from the Northern Neck. Enjoy the country, bluegrass, oldies, and rock & roll of the Bennie Dodd Band and some beautiful views. 540-923-4206,

UpFront–Spring Fling

April 21, 3pm, 4:30pm & 7pm 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. 434-227-7592,

85th Annual Historic Garden Week

April 21–28 throughout Virginia This eight-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Albemarle and Orange counties will be featured April 21–23. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 804-644-7776,

Old Crow Medicine Show

April 26, 7pm at the Sprint Pavilion Enjoy music by this Americana string band. 434-245-4910,

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  at Monticello High School Lace up for Virginia’s oldest kids’ track race! Join the Virginia Discovery Museum for a morning of family fun, fitness, and races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a school relay; and even a toddler scramble for the littlest ones.

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Childbirth 101

The Importance of Taking a Childbirth Class

New Mom

Before I took a childbirth class, movies and sitcoms were my reference for what labor and delivery would be like. Thank goodness childbirth classes exist to debunk any myths that exist and to better prepare parents for the real adventure ahead. Although childbirth classes are not mandatory for pregnant women, they’re an important part of preparing for labor and delivery. Learning what to expect during childbirth empowers mothers and partners to make informed decisions that lead to a better experience. In Charlottesville, expectant mothers have many choices for learning about childbirth. Both major hospitals—the University of Virginia (UVA) Health Center and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital (MJH)—offer childbirth classes. In addition, Bend Yoga and the Birth Centre of Charlottesville also teach mothersto-be relaxation methods, visualization techniques, and exercises to help by Whitney Woollerton Morrill navigate labor. In addition, Sisters Keeper Doula Collective pairs “Birth Sisters” with expectant mothers to provide education, support and companionship both during pregnancy and throughout labor and delivery. Local childbirth classes vary in length, methodology and format. For example, the UVA Health Center offers both condensed and extended classes to prepare expectant parents for childbirth and newborn care. Those for whom a virtual class is a better fit, can even take an online course through Sentara MJH’s website. Diane Sampson, the Education Coordinator with UVA’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, explains, “The classes at both hospitals are taught by certified childbirth educators, who have training through either Lamaze International or ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association). These organizations train educators to provide evidence-based information, help parents navigate birth preferences, and teach in a way that For more local professionals, is meaningful and practical to a wide variety of students.” see the Family Health Wherever expectant parents choose to pursue childbirth Services section on classes, a good time to schedule them in your pregnancy is for the third trimester. “Taking the class closer to your due date helps keep the information fresh in your mind, and is relevant to the prenatal care of late pregnancy and decisions you will be making about your birth,” Sampson says. Charlottesville’s many resources for childbirth classes make it easy to find support and information at such an important time in life. Sampson says, “We have come a long way from ‘doing the breathing’ and watching birth videos. Childbirth education is preparing for birth—learning about your team, contemplating the strengths you bring to this challenge and the help you may need, as well as developing preferences for your birth. I also introduce some parenting and postpartum information, because the first two months are a part of the birth experience.”


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Growing Pains

Healthy Family

Tips on Understanding, Identifying and Treating Discomfort

As adults, we are not unfamiliar with sore muscles and joints that come with getting older. But adults aren’t the only ones who may experience musculoskeletal pain. Any pediatrician can tell you that pain in the bones, joints and muscles is one of the most common childhood complaints they hear. “No one really knows the cause of ‘growing pains,’” says Dr. Kathy Smyth, pediatrician at Sentara Palmyra Family Medicine. “It is basically a term for nighttime leg pain in kids who are in preschool or early grade school, and the presence of growing pains doesn’t necessarily mean the child is growing at that time.” Dr. Smyth added that growing pains, which usually occur at night or late in the day, is in both legs and can come on suddenly and be severe. Often rubbing their legs or giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help. by Diane DiCarlo “The vast majority of growing pains are benign, but if your child is experiencing pain that lasts all day, causes limping or if the pain is in just one leg, you should contact your child’s physician.” “Most physicians will suggest that we watch the child to make sure the pain does not change or progress,” adds Dr. Smyth. “Occasionally we may take an x-ray as an extra precaution.” Pain can also be a symptom of underlying problems, though, so it is important for parents to keep an eye out. “Children with an underlying illness may have other symptoms and unusual physical exam findings as well,” notes Dr. Smyth. “They may be losing weight or fall off their growth chart in height and weight, for example. Or they may experience fever and fatigue. Additionally, these children are more likely to limp or show more trouble with moving their joints.” Your physician may recommend routine lab testing to help identify the cause of your child’s pain, but a physical exam will be the best way to tell if there is a problem. Other causes of pain could include Osgood-Schlatter Disease (OSD), which is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage and/ or tendon at the top of the shinbone, where the tendon from For more helpful information the kneecap attaches. OSD is not really a disease, but more of on growing pains, visit an overuse injury. Although OSD can be quite painful, it will usually go away within one to two years. It usually affects just one knee, but can affect both. “Osgood-Schlatter disease usually hits teens around the beginning of their growth spurts,” says Dr. Smyth. “Adolescents increase their risk if they play sports that involve running, twisting and jumping, which includes most of the major sports that kids enjoy playing.” The key to pain relief with OSD is rest, experts say. In mild cases, a short break may do the trick; but for more severe cases, kids may need a total break from sports and physical activities. The good news is that OSD usually goes away when the bones stop growing, generally between the ages of 14 and 18. “True growing pains are generally benign and usually stop appearing by middle school,” says Dr. Smyth. “Parents should always feel comfortable with reaching out to their child’s doctor if they have any concerns.”


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gifted education One Dad’s On-Stage Experience When your child’s school gets in touch to let you know that your little one has officially been classified as “gifted,” you may feel a sudden impulse to jump up and down, punch the air and do a celebratory war dance around the kitchen. It is, after all, a proud moment. Your child’s talents have been recognized and acknowledged. That’s great, but in reality you probably haven’t been told anything that you don’t already know. What a moment like this may do, however, is prompt you to ask just what have you been doing up until now to help nurture and develop your child’s special talents.

“Gifted and talented” is a term that has arisen from the different way that we view ‘intelligence’ these days. It wasn’t so long ago that society would put children into either of two categories: “smart” or “not so smart.” Schools would educate accordingly; “bright” children were given lots of academic opportunities while the “less able” were offered the more practical activities. Most educators these days agree that there are different kinds of intelligence, and their ideas are generally based on the theories of Howard Gardner, an educational psychologist. His 1983 book Frames of Mind put forward the idea that it was possible for kids to be intelligent in any of seven different areas. Besides the traditional intelligences of Linguistic and Mathematical, there are Musical, Spatial, Bodily Kinesthetic,


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intelligences. Students who are found to be especially able in one or more of these areas can be called “gifted.” (Gardner later added another intelligence—Naturalist. People






artifacts like Charles Darwin are high in this intelligence.) The Virginia Plan for the Gifted sets out four categories to help identify gifted students; firstly, there is general intellectual aptitude, secondly specific academic attitude, thirdly aptitude in technical and practical andprogram the fourth Learn about ourarts new This plan also gives this list of things to look for when trying to identify students who are intellectually gifted: • Advanced vocabulary and language development; • Excellent memory;

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program is called “Quest: and its aim is to make sure that children who have been identified as “gifted” are given classroom experiences that will extend and challenge them. There is also a program for students gifted in the visual arts, called Artquest. The Albemarle County Public Schools Plan for the Education of the Gifted says that there are challenges for parents as well as teachers, and that “Active involvement of parents … is essential in

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Dad,” he comforts, “we can listen to it

them or me. On reflection, I realize that it

again when we go downstairs.”

was probably me.

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to. Choosing that was the easy bit; getting

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into his sister’s, he screams: “Ruby! We’ve

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got to learn the song! We’re performing

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it tomorrow night!” He’s mirroring my

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of our song. Kit warbles his line back

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Light On.” Tim’s 10-year-old daughter was

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With a script in his hand, Kit had turned

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Speckled eggs

April 2018

I wanted to share an easy tutorial for making your own DIY Speckled Eggs this spring. These are obviously great for Easter décor, but honestly, I’m planning to keep them out all spring … and maybe even longer! They are simple and inexpensive to make, and they look darling.

Here’s what I used: • DIY Easter eggs

much paint, or your spots might get a little too big (ahem).

• Waverly chalk paint in “Pool” and the “Antique Wax”

I decided to give it a try with the wax

• Brushes

since I did like the color, so I mixed a bit

• Paper towels

of antique wax (which is pretty liquidy)

• Paper to protect your work surface

with a little bit of water in a small glass jar. I put it on a brush and flicked it on a

When I say easy, I mean e-a-s-y. These

paper towel a few times to get the color

eggs take mere minutes. No boiling,

I wanted (and to practice the flicking).

or any of that nonsense. And, because

Step 3

they’re fake, they’ll last forever!

Step 1

Once you’re comfortable with the flick, start flicking the dark paint onto your

Paint the egg the blue base color. (By the

eggs. You’ll need to wait a few minutes

time I painted the next egg, the first one

between rotations to allow the drops to

was almost dry and ready for touchups.)

dry before you turn your egg. I turned

Step 2

mine three times to cover the whole egg.

Lightly brush paint over any fingerprint

as you like. (Some folks recommend a

areas, and let the eggs dry completely.

toothbrush for this part, you just flick

These only take a couple of minutes if

the brush with your fingers to “spray” it

you are light-handed with the paint.

onto the eggs.)

You can add as many or as few speckles

Obviously, if you put on heavier coats your dry time will increase.

They are perfectly imperfect, and I’m quite delighted with the finished

The secret to the “speckle” effect is to put your paint on your brush and lightly flick it over your eggs. Be careful to not


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April 2018

Expert Art-Themed Party Tips from Maliha Creations

words and photos by Beth Seliga

In addition to running her own business, Maliha Creations, Anita Gupta is a busy mom. But, she knows the importance of

control over the ingredients, knowing that everything is fresh and natural without preservatives or artificial ingredients.

taking the time to make her kids feel special. Gupta’s idea of

No party is complete without photo-worthy decorations.

the perfect party includes simple but delicious treats, colorful

Gupta’s paper fan backdrop is easy to assemble, and instructions

decorations, and fun arts and crafts. Her dessert of choice is

can be found on the adjoining pages.

European butter cream cupcakes with edible candy toppers,

“As far as décor, I like big impact, low cost as well as reusable.

using her tried and true “Busy Mom Cupcake Recipe” shown on

We use this paper fan backdrop for birthdays, school events and

the next page. The toppers can cater to any type of party; just

other fun parties! It is a great investment and easy to store.”

change the colors to fit the theme like this “Little Artist” party.

For a fun craft idea that helps kids to get into the artistic

She says this homemade butter cream icing is “worth it to

spirit, have each party guest decorate their own painter’s smock.

learn, because European butter cream is so much tastier.” She’s

Put down some newspaper, paint trays and washable paint, and

included some tips and tricks in her recipe to help even the

let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they create unique designs

most novice baker make these deliciously frosted cupcakes.

on an artist smock they can take home and use for future

Another great reason to make your own cupcakes is to have

crafting endeavors.


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wet ingredients. Mix it part way with the beater, and then finish by hand. The key is to not overmix! Because they are “busy mom” cupcakes, they don’t require butter. The heavy cream provides the moisture, but will dry out if overmixed. Finally, grease two cupcake pans or place paper liners in the cupcake pans. Fill the cups 2/3 of the way full, or use an ice cream scooper to fill the cupcake liners with batter. Then bake at 375 degrees for 13–15 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when you touch them.

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While the cupcakes are baking, gather

the ingredients for the buttercream frosting. Ingredients: • 10 eggs (separated, use whites only) • 2 ½ cups of sugar • 2/3 cup of water • 2 tsp of vanilla or other flavoring • 6 sticks of butter Using the mixer again, whip egg whites until they are fluffy and not clear. In a separate pot, boil sugar and water

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until it reads 250 degrees Fahrenheit on

Next, add the butter, vanilla and a

• Black & Grey: Star Wars

a candy thermometer. *Tips: If wasting

pinch of salt. Let it mix for 4–5 minutes

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ingredients bothers you, you can save

after you add the butter. If it looks

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the yolks to make a chocolate mousse or

soupy or curdled, do not worry, just keep

Keep a close eye on the candy melts

a tasty treat for your dog. Also, be very

whipping until it comes together. *Tip: Do

and leave them in for a minute or two

careful boiling sugar, as it gets extremely

not add the butter until the mixer feels

while they melt. Once the time is up, pull


cool to the touch or it will all melt.

them out and change the oven to 375

Get the mixer up to full speed and slowly add the sugar water to it. It will get big and fluffy. Mix until it gets cool to

degrees Fahrenheit. Using a paddle knife

Cupcake Toppers

to slowly spread each melted candy into

Put candy melts on parchment paper

a fan is the easiest way. Then, place them

the touch. (Gupta shares that they used a

on a cookie sheet, and place in oven at

into the refrigerator to chill. *Tips: To

stand mixer and let it go the entire time

200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can choose

keep colors from blending, do all of one

they are working on the backdrop.)

candies that match any theme. For

color first. The bottom should be a little


bit thicker like a fan.

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I still remember the Excel spreadsheet my husband created when our son was in grade school. We were trying to patch together multiple summer day camp options that would be fun and enriching for him and that also would, frankly, help us out with childcare while we both worked. We talked with friends, read everything we could get our hands on, poured over websites … and cobbled together a plan. What we didn’t have was great advice, like the tips from the experts following on how to go about the whole process. With this advice, you’ll know where to start looking, what questions to ask and you’ll even nab a few tips on what to do once you’ve chosen the right camp(s) for your child.





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Know your child.

“The age and

interests of the child help to determine which type of camp experience will fit,” says Howard Batterman, a camp leader and an owner and director of a camp and travel program. “With very young children ages 4–5, the length of the day and the week is a consideration. Most day camps offer mini or full days with extended hours for working families before and after the regular camp-day hours,” adds Batterman. “With older children, you will be looking into either a traditionally-based program (which often includes swimming, sports,




activities and instruction) or short-term specialty programs with an emphasis on a particular sport, theatre, dance or magic— or even something like robotics or culinary arts,” he says.

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Batterman. Parents from your child’s school, neighbors and relatives are often happy to share their experiences with day camps. It’s even helpful to ask a favorite babysitter if they went to day camp or perhaps worked at one. Be sure to ask, “What did you like about the camp? What did you dislike? Would your child want to return to the same camp again in the future?” Some parents also ask their Facebook friends for recommendations when looking for camps. As you ask around, start creating a short list of camps that you want to consider.

Schedule a visit, and bring your questions. Schedule a time to visit, along with your child, and tour the facilities with the director to ask questions. “Are lunch and snacks provided or do kids bring food from home? Is there care taken for children with food allergies? Is there a nurse on staff? Is transportation provided to and from your home? If so, how is that done? What is the staff-to-camper ratio?” This varies based on the age of the campers. For the younger


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Ask about visitation policies. Most parents look for a camp with an open-visitation policy. “This is important because it tells the parents that the camp has nothing to hide,” he says. “Parents should be able to stop by camp at

Be sure to ask, “What did you like about the camp? What did you dislike? Would your child want to return to the same camp again in the future?”

their leisure to visit their child.” (Always be sure to check in upon your arrival, as the camp will need to keep track of all visitors for security reasons.)

Check on accreditation. Is the camp accredited with the American Camp Association (ACA), for example? Camps that become members of the ACA meet hundreds of accreditation standards, and value quality and safety in all aspects of their operations. Once you decide on a camp, you’ll want to make sure your child has a great experience. These suggestions from Donna Schwartz, previous associate executive director of a day camp for children and teens, has these suggestions: cont’d on pg 57


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Pack wisely. You will likely receive

(assuming they are even allowed at the

a “what to bring to camp” list from the

camp), your child will be more isolated

camp before your child’s first day. Will

and focused on playing electronic games

your child be carrying their stuff around

instead of enjoying camp activities. Plus,

with them all day at camp? If so, pack

electronics have a way of getting lost at

minimally required items, and consider


having your child use a small backpack.

Keep food safe. Will your child’s



Your child

inevitably will lose something. You are

lunch be refrigerated? If yes, pack it in

more likely to get an item back if it has

a brown paper bag labeled with their

their name on it.

name and group name. If no, pack it in an

Happy summer-camping!

insulated lunch box (also labeled) with an ice pack.

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Do not send along toys or electronics. Camp is about

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{until next time humorous reflections} Teenagers on the Job

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

“I’m giving notice at work today,” said my 17-yearold daughter Marie after working a month as a waitress. “Are you sure you should?” I asked. “I mean, you’ve barely learned how to refill the ketchup bottles, and now you’re quitting. Is that fair to your boss?” “Dad, don’t worry about Zeke. No one can take advantage of him; I’m sick of working there. Now that

shelves, but at the end of each day my sides ached from laughing,” he continued to say. I said, “Remember when we set up the Art Department shelves (was it the 700s?) too close together and old Mrs. Gilmore went in there for a book and got stuck?” Steve said, “Yep. Instead of helping her, we ran into the stairwell so she wouldn’t hear us laughing.”

I have experience, I can find a nicer restaurant closer to home.” As a supervisor, I’ve had plenty of youngsters absorb my best lessons and then slip their shackles to flee to a better job. Zeke had my sympathy. His beanery was merely Marie’s academy. “Hey Rick, your daughter’s been late to work twice this week,” said Howard, the owner of a gift shop in our little town. Sally, at age 15, works the counter and helps unpack stock. Howard, an amiable acquaintance of mine for years, continued saying, “She does good work, but I can’t have her just wander in when she feels like it.” “That’s gotta be between you and Sally,” I said. “Give her a tune-up, and if she doesn’t perform, fire her. It’ll teach her a lesson.” Sally had better watch out. Her friends are minding babies, flipping burgers or shoveling manure. They would love to land a nice, clean, easy job like her’s. That night, I was chatting on the phone with my big brother, Steve. “I’m discovering a new area of frustration,” I told him. “My kids are a little too casual about their job responsibilities. It’s embarrassing.” He laughed. “You’ve got a short memory. Remember the summer we worked for Dad?” Our father was the director of a college library, and the summer I was 16 years old and Steve was 18, he’d put us on the payroll. I couldn’t help smiling. “I don’t remember what was so funny about carrying boxes of books and rearranging those big

“No sense in humiliating the poor lady,” I said. “Remember when you spilled a cartload of books while you were flirting with the Strumski sisters in Processing?” he said. “You were something. Half of the time you were horsing around, and the rest of the time you worked SO slowly.” “Do you think that’s why he fired us?” I asked. “He fired YOU; I had to quit early to leave for college,” Steve said. Actually, Steve only saw me in action on one job. My early work record was characterized by nonperformance punctuated by scandal. When I was a 17-year-old dog catcher, I established a feral dog pack in a neighboring municipality. (I couldn’t bear to see the strays euthanized.) At age 18, when I was a janitor in police headquarters, a tear-gas bomb emptied the building and I was blamed. (It was an unavoidable accident.) At my first real job out of college, co-workers coined the expression, “as slow as Rick Epstein,” and nicknamed me Lightnin’. I should be ashamed to relate all this, but I guess I’ve forgiven myself. (If nostalgia were a crime, I’d be on Death Row.) It wasn’t until age 26 that I started earning my pay. You find the right kind of work, you grow up a little, you take on a few responsibilities, and the next thing you know you’re a 51-year-old manager telling a young employee, “I’m not saying you have to wear a tuxedo, but at least clean up to where you look as though you sleep indoors.” It’s easy to forget, but encouraging to remember. Compared to me, my daughters are superstars. But I’m not going to let them read this particular memoir nor am I going to soften my austere attitude. Hypocrisy? That’s such an ugly name for my best friend.

“I’m discovering a new area of frustration,” I told my brother. “My kids are a little too casual about their job responsibilities. It’s embarrassing.”


April 2018

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Charlottesvillefamily's BLOOM April 2018  

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Volume 19 Issue 4