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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

Dear Friends,


Recently, I was bustling kids out the door, heading to the orthodontist before

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dropping them at day camp. I was calling out rapid-fire directions as I packed


lunches amidst the flurry: “You need to wear your swimsuits,” “Someone please

feed the cats,” and “Boys, be sure you brush your teeth really, really, really extra good!” From behind me I heard “Well.” “Well, what, honey?” I replied. “Don’t you

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mean that they should brush their teeth well?” asked my oldest. “Ah, good


catch, Clever One!” The student became the teacher, and I was a somewhat


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chuckling. The goal, after all, is to raise competent chicks who can fly on their

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own when they leave the nest.

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embarrassed editor. Our kids are getting taller than me, becoming capable of many household tasks and apparently, they have better grammar, too. I soothed my ego by reminding myself that I had taught her well and went about my day

This coming school year, we will have 3 of our 4 children finishing significant stages in school—graduating from 5th, 8th and 12th grades. This will be their year to be the big kids, setting a positive example and preparing for their next steps—middle school, high school and in the case of our senior, a career path.


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These milestone years loom large. Their teachers prepped them in the Spring with advice on being more organized and being leaders. I’m so grateful that we’ve been blessed with inspiring teachers and curious kids, and I’m really excited for them to kick-off great school years full of big ideas and new friends. But, before we get back into dioramas and research projects, we’re planning to enjoy a few more days of swimsuits, s’mores around the fire pit and playing flashlight tag long after bedtime.

Happy Back-to-School,

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Contents TABLE OF



New Mom 30 Teething Tips

News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10  Do you let your kids play in public play areas when they’re sick?

Snapshot 12

Kathryn Baylor, Principal & Educator

Our Schools 14 “Reframing the Narrative”

Dear Bob 32 Parenting Questions Answered


Healthy Family 34 Sun Safety Tips & Trends 36 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Independent Learning 56

Editor’s Pick

July & August Festivals & Events for Families

We’re excited to unveil a NEW home section, marked with green-colored tabs beginning on page 38. Our goal is to provide families with more home resources and inspiration in every issue. We hope you enjoy it!

4th of July Fun! 26 Holiday Events, Safety Tips & A Berry-Delicious Recipe

RESOURCES Summer Home Guide 42

Your Family

Delicious Recipes 40 Chicken BBQ Pizza


Refacing Kitchen Cabinets 44 An Affordable Way to Update the

Into the Education Machine 78  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

“Some of my favorite things to

After-School Activities Guide 66 Sports, Arts & More

Ready... Set... Play! 38 Creating the Right Play Space for

do in July and August include all

Local Resources for Families

2019 Back-to-School Guide 52 Tips & Lists for a Great First Day


So Love This!

Finding the Right After-School Program for Your Child

Busy Hands, Busy Brains 72 Touch & Learn Daytrip Ideas to Engage Your Little One’s Brain


The Area’s Newest Learning Center Provides Local Students with One-of-a-Kind Community Experience

Skill Boosting Activities 64

Out & About Calendar 16


Busiest Room in Your House

Exterior Updates 46 Easy Touch Ups to Add Appeal

to Your Home’s Exterior

Cool Stuff 48 Seasonal Favorites

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This year’s BIG Event, an annual day dedicated to serving the Charlottesville community, drew more than 200 volunteers to 29 job sites, completing projects benefiting local schools and nonprofits. This one-day volunteer service event originally began at Texas A&M University in 1982 but is now held at more than 60 schools across the nation each year, including the University of Virginia. Marking the university’s fifth year of involvement, the event was sponsored by Madison House. The event provides students with the opportunity to come together to make a tangible difference in the community while building meaningful relationships and showing appreciation for the community’s support.

Jackson-Via’s Read With Us Program Although Jackson-Via Elementary School’s new program, Read With Us, is one of many programs the school has added to help promote reading beyond the classroom, this one has taken a new approach encouraging reading at home. In the 2018–2019 school year, teachers and staff started to film themselves reading short stories to then share on the school’s social media page at night for students to watch at home. The teachers try to keep the


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videos to a four- to five-minute limit, where a teacher is reading on the video so families can see the book’s pages and illustrations and read along. The videos also signify a way that students can take a piece of school home with them. More than 15 videos have been posted on Facebook thus far and continue to captivate students and their families each night and inspire them to read. To share or view the videos, visit

1st Supervisor of Equity & Inclusion for Schools In an exciting announcement, Charlottesville City Schools shared the news of the hiring of T. Denise Johnson as its first supervisor of equity and inclusion. The position was created in response to the growing educational inequalities among students in city schools. Johnson will work with division officials to address the needs of diverse students as well as to provide training and direction on cultural competency. Johnson’s personal experience as someone who grew up in the local community and graduated from Charlottesville City Schools, as well as her work in public education as the program director at City of Promise, make her the ideal candidate for the position. Johnson is determined and excited to work to effect change in the community and to spark conversations about educational equity issues that will have a positive impact on Charlottesville students.

Run Charlottesville Run Charlottesville set a record number this year at their spring event, totaling over 150 participants and 45 University of Virginia (UVA) student and student-athlete volunteers. Second-year UVA students Maddie Rennyson and Mary Blankemeier, who are members of the university’s track and field and cross-country teams, created the program last year to share their love of running and sports with local kids and to inspire them to be active. The nonprofit is free to everyone and hosts its six sessions each semester at Burley Middle School. Children ages 4 through middle school can play games and learn how to take care of their health at the sessions. For more information, visit

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TOWN Do you let your kids play in public play areas when they’re sick? 10% say “yes” “We have four kids, and it’s always inevitable that once one gets sick, the rest soon follow. We are guilty of sometimes allowing our children to play on swing sets, etc. when they are recovering from a minor sickness. We do make sure that no one has a runny nose or is coughing too much when we go out, but juggling all of the schedules while having a sick kid is difficult, so we have to take the other kids with us to games and practices. If they are too sick, then they have to stay home or in the car. But, we’ve seen how beneficial it can be to let your child sweat out their cold.” – Madison County Mom of four

90% say “no” “If my child is sick, I keep him home because I don’t want to infect other people. We go outside or find enough things at the house to keep us occupied for a few days.” – Charlottesville Mom of 3-year-old “No way! I always think of the parents with a young child or working parents who have a hard time taking off work. Please be considerate for the sake of the community.” – Scottsville Mother of two “If they have a runny nose, fever, vomiting, etc., they definitely should stay home. If just a mild cold, I sometimes still go out, especially if they don’t have a runny nose.” – Whitney, Keswick, Mom of four

“We all have a responsibility to each other. If my daughter isn’t cleared to go to school, then she’s not going to be spreading her germs anywhere else.” – SK, Charlottesville Mother of 9-year-old girl

“If your kid has a heavy cough and a snotty nose, please leave them at home.” – Kathy R., Ruckersville

“We keep sick germs at home. I don’t want others to share germs with us, so we don’t share ours.” – Heather Mom of two

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For mothers who give birth to children who are then placed in the neonatal intensive care unit, it’s difficult to remain positive and stress free. Studies have shown that an infant’s placement in the neonatal intensive care unit directly impacts a mother’s postpartum depression and stress. Susan Almarode, who is currently enrolled in the University of Virginia School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, noted the benefits of an infant hearing its mother’s voice and decided to study the flipside effects that reading sessions between mother and child could have on maternal depression. Almarode evaluated mothers’ and babies’ responses to regular readings, analyzing 13 mothers who read to their children for at least 30 minutes three times a week. She found that the readings reduced the mothers’ rates of postpartum depression and improved their ability to bond with their children. Although her findings require further research, they provide mothers suffering from postpartum depression a promising solution.



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Kathryn Baylor Principal & Educator

After 30 years of nurturing and educating our area’s children, Kathryn Baylor is set to retire this year. Prior to her position as Jack Jouett Middle School’s principal, Baylor served as the principal at Sutherland Middle School, assistant principal at Prospect Heights and Walton Middle Schools, as well as a seventh grade history teacher at Burley Middle School. With a bachelor of arts and a master’s of education, both from the University of Virginia, Baylor took it upon herself to serve our area’s families as best as she could so students would have the best opportunities possible. What inspired you to become an educator/principal? I was inspired to become an educator by my headmaster, Mr. Massie, who taught a ninth grade history class. He taught the entire course using an approach called Socratic Seminar [a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the leader asks open-ended questions]. I loved school growing up, and I wanted students who attended public school to have the same or better opportunities that I received in a private school. Who is one of your heroes? Oprah Winfrey is one of my heroes. While she was a talk-show host, she inspired me on a daily basis. And, she changed our reading world with her book clubs. What are the best and most challenging parts of your job? The best parts of my job are the students and our staff. Jack Jouett Middle School is a community of learners from our youngest sixthgrade student to our most veteran adults. We always strive to grow as learners. The most challenging part of my job is definitely students’ use of social media and games like Fortnite outside of school hours. Both result in loss of instructional time during the day to deal with the repercussions from social media, sleep deprivation,


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social/emotional damage to students and discipline concerns. What advice do you have for parents and their young who are aspiring to help others through a career? Find a career that challenges you and is so fulfilling that it sustains you through difficult times. What is something you have learned from your students? I have learned to listen more and that all of us can grow as human beings with the right support. What is one of your favorite childhood books? My favorite childhood book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love the following quotation: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Fortunately, Jack Jouett Middle School is wonderfully diverse, and we strive to learn as much as we can from each other. What is one practice you’ve put in place to get quality time with your family/friends? As a school principal, it is really difficult to have quality time with family and friends. I do not check any work-related emails from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. As a generalization, I go back to work in the evening from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., but I feel revived from the break. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your own career? They taught me to pave my own way and shared that I could do anything or be anybody that I wanted. They had high expectations for me and encouraged me to be fiercely independent.







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Currently, our Albemarle County school division is engaged in a program called “Reframing the Narrative,” which is reviewing the history curriculum taught in all of our schools. The goal is to expand the historical record so it is more complete in describing the events that shaped our community’s development and values, such as those that took place in 1963. The emotions of that time found a home in Albemarle County, where a African American pastor who was also the head of the local NAACP was beaten during a sit-in at a local restaurant. He was later joined by other pastors, whose resolve was strengthened by such incidents that the wait for racial justice and equal opportunity had gone on too long. Nine years after Brown vs. The Board of Education—the Supreme Court ruling that made equal education opportunity the law of the land—Albemarle County schools began integrating their student population. That day was Tuesday, September 3, 1963. Newspaper headlines described growing tensions in the U.S. relationship with South Vietnam, a record number of Labor Day highway accidents and the appearance of state troopers at a school in Tuskegee, Alabama. It was then that Albemarle County Schools also welcomed 26 AfricanAmerican students, ranging from age 6 to 17, into previously all-white schools. One of those students, Vincent Kinney, said, “When my father told me we were going to desegregate schools, I volunteered. Being there was important. It was something that was needed to be

done when Virginia was dragging its feet on the issue.” The 26 students enrolled in three schools; 18 at Stone-Robinson Elementary; five at Albemarle High and three at Greenwood Elementary. Those

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AHS Rowing Team Wins First National Championship

2nd Annual “Play for Preemies”

The Albemarle High School rowing team added a new title to their record books. In May, the team won gold at the SRAA National Championship, marking the first

first few days and many thereafter were lonely experiences filled by anxiety and uncertainty. Fourteen of the students brought home stellar report cards but were held back, nonetheless, at the end of the year. An explanation to one parent was that the “teacher didn’t know how to teach black children.” Most of the 26 continued on and graduated from Albemarle High School. On Friday, May 17, 2019, the 65th anniversary of the Brown decision, Albemarle County Public Schools unveiled historical markers at the three school sites where the “Albemarle 26” brought equal education opportunity within the grasp of all county residents. One recent tourist visiting Jefferson’s Monticello heard about the markers and made a detour to Albemarle High. She described how the marker brought back her memory of that time as a white teacher in a black school in Louisiana, when she was directed to hold back her entire second grade class and never forgot the pain of that decision. Hopefully, the Albemarle 26 markers, which remind us of the courage, determination and commitment to equality of students some 56 years ago, will continue to educate us on the importance of unlocking the full potential of all we have to offer one another.

time in the program’s seven-year history. Presently, the team is comprised of 22 students, 10 of whom competed at this year’s National Championship. It wasn’t much of a surprise considering the team placed in all competitions leading up to nationals. The event features the best of high school rowers from all around the country, with this year’s competition being held in Dillon Lake, Ohio. All five boats the team took to the championship placed in the finals. The biggest win came from the women’s senior double, Bri Knight and Ryleigh Katstra, who won gold for their division. The women’s lightweight double, Olivia Hall and Dhara Liyanage, won silver for the day. The men’s junior double, Zach Arzouni and Charlie Butler, along with the men’s lightweight double, Zach Hall and Joe Angevine, and the women’s junior quad, Mia Liang, Charlotte Kaczka, Katya Benham and Rebecca Hasson all won bronze in their respective events. Since founding the team seven years ago, head coach Cathy Coffman continues to lead Albemarle High School’s rowing program to new heights.

Lorenzo is a Web and Social Media Specialist for Albemarle County Public Schools. He is also a Historian and filmmaker specializing in the evolution of public education in Albemarle County black communities throughout the 20th century.



Brownsville Students Create Mural Brownsville Elementary students recently completed a yearlong community project—an 11-by-50-foot mural—that represents the diversity in their school’s community. A group of fifth grade students spent the year learning about the rich history of Crozet and were inspired by Phil James’s book Secrets of the Blue Ridge. Fifth grade teacher, Susa Greenwood, led the students through the creation and design of the project. Local artist, Sam Gray, took ideas and drawings from the students and created a cohesive mural. Support and guidance for the mural came from Charlottesville Mural Project and Red Light Management, and the mural was presented to the public on the side wall of Parkway Pharmacy in downtown Crozet. On June 1 during a completion ceremony, each student from the class was given the chance to sign his or her name on the mural.

Henley Educates Students On Bullying Henley Middle School is taking new steps to protect and prevent their students from being bullied. Beth Costa, Henley’s principal, knows the detrimental effects that bullying can have on students and wanted to implement preventative practices into the school’s culture. So together, Henley teachers and staff are working to embody and encourage the key concepts of “empathy, kindness and community.” Specifically, the staff is adding more adults to its daily patrolling, such as in the hallway while students change classes. In addition, they are working to adopt a strategy that will better prepare their students with skill sets, language and strategies they would need should they witness another child being bullied or experience it personally. The hope is that both students and staff can continue to work together to stand up to bullies and prevent mistreatment.

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FESTIVALS & FAIRS Grand Carnivale

Now–July 7, 5pm at Kings Dominion From crafts and games, foods and drinks to live music and The Spectacle of Color interactive light parade, you’ll be able to celebrate sights, sounds, smells and tastes from cultures around the world like India, China, Italy, France and Germany. 804-876-5000,

Summer Celebration Series

Now–September 1, Saturdays, 7pm at Boar’s Head Inn Starting at dusk, see family-friendly movies on a giant, 12-foot inflatable screen while you relax on a blanket or lawn chair. 434-979-7105,

Orchard Jams

Now–September, Fridays, 5:30–9pm at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet A family-friendly event where you can relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard, play cornhole and other lawn games, and enjoy food, drinks and music. 434-823-1583, YOU CAN HELP!

BLM Bull & Rodeo

Now–September 14, Second Saturdays, 5:30pm at Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville A fun family-friendly atmosphere with live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing, benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. 540-222-1824


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

aerialists, demolition derby and more. 540-948-7073,

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Thursday Evening Sunset Series

Now–September 26, Thursdays, 5:30–8:30pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides and more. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. 434-977-1833,

Wintergreen Music Festival

July 7–August 4 at Wintergreen Resort & Neighboring Venues Enjoy classical, jazz, pop and Broadway music, along with cooking classes, seminars and concerts at neighboring locations. 434-325-8292,

3rd Annual Cville Family Jams

July 8 & 21, 4–8pm at Fry’s Spring Beach Club Enjoy FSBC’s pools, grounds and cafe with a poolside concert and jam out by various artists. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits. YOU 434-296-4181, CAN HELP!

Madison County Fair

July 17–20 at Madison County Fair Grounds Enjoy the carnival, home exhibits, animal shows, kids’ tent, contests, a magic show,

July 19–September 1 at Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs Enjoy one of the mid-Atlantic region’s longestrunning outdoor music events, with music by a stellar array of performers. 540-459-3396,

5th Annual SK8 Nelson Festival

YOU July 20, 4–9pm CAN at Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton HELP! A celebration of skateboarding culture with proceeds going to SK8 Nelson maintenance and liability expenses. Festival features MinPin Memorial Skate Jam, Games of Skate and Best Trick Contest, live music, and food and brews. 434-361-0100,

Monster Jam Thunder Alley

July 20–September 2 at Kings Dominion All ages can get up close, sit in and even ride in some of their favorite Monster Jam trucks. 804-876-5000,

Albemarle County Fair

July 25–27, 4–9pm Thursday, 10am–9pm Friday & Saturday at James Monroe’s Highland This three-day agricultural celebration includes farm animals, craft exhibits, music, games and activities, childrens’ rides, contests and programs. 434-293-8000,

Louisa County Agricultural Fair

July 26–27, 12–10pm Friday, 9am–10pm Saturday at Louisa Fireman Fairgrounds Enjoy barbeques, live bands, 4-H projects and more. 540-894-3275,

9th Annual Ol’ Fashioned Peach Festival July 27–28, 9am–7pm Saturday, 9am–6pm Sunday at Carter Mountain Orchard Come out for games, contests, hayrides, food and craft beverages, a pie eating contest with varying age categories. 434-977-1833,

Summer Fest

The Power of Rhythm & Rhyme with Marc Boston August 7, 1–2:30pm at Central Library. See page 22.


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July 28, 10am–3pm at Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset Enjoy flowers, sample melon varieties, watermelon seed spitting contest, tractorpowered ice cream machine, farm market, vendors and more. 434-882-6293,

Blackberry Harvest & Music Festival

August 3, 9am–6pm at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery An all-day event where you can pick your own blackberries, and enjoy food and live music, as well as shop for items from vendors. 434-361-1266,

Family Days: All Fun and Colonial Games August 3, 11am–3pm at Poplar Forest Explore the games colonial kids played. Join a game of trap ball, run a three-legged race or roll a colonial hoop. Try your hand at strategic games like checkers, mancala and dominos, and much more. 434-525-1806,

4th Annual Night Sky Festival

August 9–11 at Locations throughout Shenandoah National Park Enjoy presentations by astronomy experts, NPS Ranger Programs, constellation tours, solar scope and telescope viewings, Junior Ranger programs, presentations, hands-on activities and more. 877-847-1919,

36th Carytown Watermelon Festival

August 11 at 3126 West Cary St., Richmond Bands, jugglers and folk acts entertain on five outdoor stages with over 50 performances scheduled. Over 100 street vendors, too. 804-304-6870,

Rockingham County Fair

August 12–17 at 4808 S. Valley Pike, Harrisonburg Come enjoy live music, rodeo and demo derby shows, petting zoos, fair food and activities for the whole family. 540-434-0005,

Fluvanna County Fair

August 15–17, 6pm Thursday & Friday, 10am Saturday at Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra Enjoy live music and performances, a kids’ zone, contests, skill-a-thons and more. 434-842-3150,

Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival

August 17 & 18, 6am–8pm at Bealeton Hot Air Balloon launches/rides in the early mornings and late afternoon/evenings, open cockpit airplane rides, an air show and more. 540-439-8661,

Green Valley Book Fair

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Summer Fun! FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! JULY 6 - National Fried Chicken Day with Good Waffles Food Truck JULY 13 - Pig Roast + Live Music with Karen Jonas • Tickets Required! JULY 27 - Wine and Cheese Day featuring cheese makers on-site, selling and sharing their production process AUG 31 - National K-9 Day supporting local Town of Orange K-9 Unit who will be on site performing demonstrations

August 17–September 8, Times Vary at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Childrens’ books at 60–90 percent off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 800-385-0099,

Annual Splash For A Cure & 5K YOU CAN HELP!

August 24, 7am–12pm at ACAC Adventure Central The the Ishan Gala Foundation brings families a 5K race, water-park fun, entertainment, food and more, benefiting families impacted by childrens’ cancer. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-234-4644,

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August 31, 11am–6pm at Castle Hill Cider, Keswick Cideries sampling and selling, food trucks, music, kids’ activities and more. 434-964-7629,

Crozet Farmers Market

Now–October 26, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Crozet United Methodist Parking Lot 434-823-1092,

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

Now–October 29, Tuesdays, 4–7pm at Forest Lakes South 434-531-2733,


Scottsville Community Farmers Market

Albemarle Farmers Market

Now–September, Saturdays, 8:30am–1pm at Hollymead Town Center 434-531-2733,

City Market

Now–September 28, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at 100 Water St E 434-970-3371,

Farmers in the Park

Now–October, Wednesdays, 3–7pm at 300 Meade Park 434-970-3371,

Madison Farmers Market

Now–October 19, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Hoover Ridge Park, Madison 540-948-6881,

Now–November 16, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Scottsville Pavilion 434-286-9267,

STAGE & SCREEN Summer Movie Express

Now–July 31, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week. 434-244-3213,

19th Annual VSA Visual Arts Exhibit

Now–August 23 at Carver Recreation Center This show features works by dozens of area artists, promoting experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. YOU 434-953-6286, CAN

July, Select Dates at JMRL Library Branches This program explores the history of Taiko, the music of Japan, drum making using discarded barrels to make recycled Taiko drums and a modern drumming performance.

Charlottesville Municipal Band Summer Concerts July 2, 16 & 30, 7:30pm at The Paramount Theater & August 13, 7:30pm at Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center The program includes music from cartoons, movies and musicals, with guest artists. 434-295-9850,

2019 Free Family Film Series

July 3–August 7, Wednesdays, 11am at Violet Crown Cinema Grab the popcorn and enjoy the movie. Families can also enjoy half-price same-day admission to the Virginia Discovery Museum when they redeem their ticket stub at the museum. 434-529-3000,

Stage Combat & Theatre Games

July 9, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Professional actor and musician Koda Kerl will lead an acting workshop of theatre games, improv, stage combat and lots more. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,



Our 97th SeaSOn!

2019 Summer COnCertS Tuesday, July 2 | 7:30 pm | Paramount Theater Thursday, July 4 | 9:00 am | Monticello Tuesday, July 16 | 7:30 pm | Paramount Theater Tuesday, July 30 | 7:30 pm | Paramount Theater Tuesday, August 13 | 7:30 pm | MLKPAC

Stephen R. Layman Stephen R. Layman, Music Director Music Director

Ninety-Second Summer Season at the

Taiko Japanese Drumming

All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Seating is General Admission.

Soundtrack of the Community since 1922

Paramount Theater Tues. 6/3 8:00 p.m.

Tues. 6/17 8:00 p.m. 18 July/August 2019 Tues. 7/1 8:00 p.m.

Great American Composers Bernstein, Copland & Gershwin

Guest Artists: U.S Army Chorus from Washington D.C.

From the Classical World

Photo: Rob Garland

Pride & Prejudice

July 11–21 at Ruth Caplin Theatre An ensemble of eight actors pack this timeless tale with madcap hijinks and a farcical flair infused with energy, laughs and romance. 434-924-3376,


Sing! Morning Movie

July 12, 10:30am–12:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Sing out loud as you enjoy a morning at the movies with the melodic animals of Sing. Free popcorn and drinks. 434-296-5544,

Charlottesville Opera Presents Camelot July 14 & 21 at 2pm, & July 13, 17 & 19 at 7:30pm at The Paramount Theater It’s about a story of young King Author who hopes to establish a kingdom of dignity and honor. 434-979-1333,

Mini-Movie Drive-In

July 15, 7–8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Design a cardboard car to pull up to the big screen and enjoy picture books brought to film. Snacks provided. 434-296-5544,


July 20 & August 17, 7pm at Crozet YMCA Bring a float and watch a movie in the pool. July 20: Incredibles 2 & August 17: Aquaman. 434-205-4380,

Peaches are in! 6 weeks and they’re gone! • Fresh Picked at the Stand or • Pick Your Own (select varieties) • Don’t miss out on the best of our peaches, mid-June to mid-July • The Shed will open June 21st for U-Pick peaches and our June Transparent apples

Robin Hood

Ooey Gooey Puppetry

August, Select Dates at JMRL Library Branches Sometimes characters end up in sticky situations. This lively show presented by the Barefoot Puppet Theatre features timeless classics including “The Three Little Kittens” and “Little Miss Muffet.”


Hayrides • Fresh-pressed cider “U-Pick” Apples • Apple cider donuts

CHECK IT OUT! Ask about Henley’s Orchard Hard Cider — YES!! Order Your Grass-fed Beef from Henley 4G Livestock @The Shed



The Goonies

August 4, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, booby-traps and a longlost pirate ship full of golden doubloons. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333,

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July 28, 11am & 2pm at The Paramount Theater A magical nanny enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker’s two children in London in the early 1900s. The 11am show is a Sensory-Friendly Screening. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

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Disney’s Mary Poppins



July 25–28 & August 1–4, 7pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Enjoy a summer potluck at 5:45pm followed by Robin Hood at 7pm on July 25. Higher Voices will perform before the show, too, so bring the family for a night of food and a show.


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{our town calendar} The Incredibles Movie Series

August 6 & 13, 2–4pm at Central Library Relive the action of the superhero crime fighting family, who returns to adventuring after spending years living “normal” lives. For all ages. 434-979-7151,

Star Wars Series

August 23–25, Time Varies at The Paramount Theater Catch three Star Wars episodes in three days: Episode IV “A New Hope,” Episode V “The Empire Strikes Back” and Episode VI “Return of the Jedi.” 434-979-1333,

LEARNING FUN Rides on the Gypsy Express

Now–October 27, 1–3pm at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton Take a ride on the Gypsy Express around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. 540-332-3800,

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

July, Select Dates at JMRL Library Branches Learn the basics of stop motion animation and complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel by the end of the workshop. Ages 9–11.

Kids are Free

July 8–August 30 at James Madison’s Montpelier Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. 540-672-2728,


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July/August 2019

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July 23, 10–10:30am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Toddlers 12–24 months and an accompanying adult will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. 434-243-2050,

Let’s Go Dig with an Archaeologist

July 27, 10am–12pm at Monticello Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock outdoor excavation, and learn field techniques, including excavation, screening and identifying artifacts. 434-984-9800,

Reptiles Alive

August, Select Dates at JMRL Library Branches Learn snake secrets, laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales, and meet and learn about reptiles from all over the world.

Turtle Talk

August 5, 4–5pm at Central Library In this Wildrock program, kids will learn about several species of turtles, and have a meet and greet with Wildrock’s newest pet turtle, Levi. This will include an optional turtle shell building craft. Best for ages 6–10. 434-979-7151,

Let’s Go Cook

August 15, 9:30–11:30am at Monticello Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens, followed by preparing sweet and savory recipes that were favorites of the Jeffersons. 434-984-9800,

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants & Toddlers

August 16, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6–35 months. 434-823-4050,


Let’s Go Paint and Sketch

July 18, 9:30–11am at Monticello Flower gardener Debbie Donley provides tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grownups to paint among the Monticello flower gardens. All materials provided. 434-984-9800,

Night at the Museum

July 18 & August 15 at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy food, libations and music. This event also has a kids’ zone with Australian-themed childrens’ activities. 434-244-0234,

Face Painting Fun

Romp & Stomp

Now–July 25, Thursdays, 10:30am–11:15am & 1:30–2:15pm at Central Library Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2–5 year olds with a caregiver. 434-979-7151,

A Tie Dye Party in Flitwick Charmed Clothing Class

July 15, 6:30–7:30pm at Northside Library Tie dye shirts based on the Harry Potter houses. Supplies provided, but bring your own article of clothing to dye. 434-973-7893,

July 25, 2–3pm at Crozet Library Join Ginny Sieminski for a hands-on class that will teach you everything to create six of the most asked for face painting designs for boys and girls. 434-823-4050,

Learn to Knit

July 30 & August 27, 4:30–5:30pm at Crozet Library Bring along knitting needles and a basic yarn that you would like to turn into a simple scarf. Ages 8+. 434-823-4050,

Family Art Drop-In

August, Select Dates at JMRL Library Branches Head to the library to make non-edible

Face Painting Fun

July 25, 2–3pm at Crozet Library.

See this page. gingerbread houses. Come dressed ready to make great art. The library will provide glitter and glue. For children up to age 12.

Creating Comics Workshop

August 5–9, 1–4pm at Second Street Gallery Invent your own cartoon characters and stories as you learn about drawing methods and materials. 434-977-7284,

Tiny Terrarium Creation

August 6, 4–6pm at Central Library Build your own mini terrarium using stones, moss and soil. Supplies provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Ages 11–18. 434-979-7151,


120+ Jury-Selected Fine Art and Craft Exhibitors




{our town calendar} American Girl Tea with Elizabeth Monroe August 24, 10:30am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Bring your American Girl doll and a picnic blanket to enjoy craft activities, American Girl trivia, and tea and refreshments with Elizabeth Monroe. 434-293-8000,

STORYTIMES Night at the Library

July, Varies at JMRL Library Branches Impressions Theatre is back and characters are going missing from stories. It’s the perfect case for Inspector Clue. He’ll have to find the one responsible and use a little magic of his own to get things back in order. 434-979-7151,

Paws to Read

July–August, Varies at JMRL Library Branches Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from Green Dogs Unleashed.

Pictures & Pages with Glynis Welte

July 10, 10–10:45am at The Fralin Museum of Art, UVA Start with a book and then go visit the museum to share stories, music and movement. Ages 2–4. 434-243-2050,

Cuentos y Canciones Bilingual Storytime

3 2 N D

July 10 & August 14, 10:30–11am at Central Library Enjoy a storytime in both English and Spanish featuring stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. 434-979-7151,


sheep shearing spinning knitting skein & garment contest braiding rug hooking children’s corner felting tatting weaving basketry Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials 20 different breeds of sheep & goats delicious food booths craft vendors & artisans selling natural fiber clothing, yarns, blankets & socks Celtic Dancing group & Bagpiper DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Moon Mission Station

July 20 at Gordon Avenue Library It is the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Join in for a Moon-y storytime at 11am, or stop in any time to enjoy self-directed activities. 434-296-5544,

The Power of Rhythm & Rhyme with Marc Boston

August 7, 1–2:30pm at Central Library Celebrate the power of storytelling with local picture book author Marc Boston, in partnership with Virginia Humanities and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Enjoy poetry, hands-on storymaking activities and a presentation. 434-979-7151,

Camp In

Saturday, Oct. 5 10am-5pm Sunday, Oct. 6 10am-4pm


For more information, contact Michele Mangham at 434-822-2222 no pets allowed


July/August 2019

August 9, 7–8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Hike into the library’s children’s room woods after hours. Pitch a tent, make s’mores snacks and read away. 434-296-5544,


and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Ages 4+ with adult. 804-358-7168,

Twilight Hiking

Traveling Petting Zoo

Now–August, Select Saturdays, 7–9:30pm at Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.) Hike into the “Big Meadow” at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky. All hikes are led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. 877-847-1919,

July 28 & August 18, 12–3pm at Keswick Vineyards Enjoy some beautiful views, kid-friendly fare and sweet animals from Little Critters Traveline Petting Zoo. 434-244-3341,

Butterflies Live!

First Fridays Under the Stars

Now–October 14, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. 804-262-9887,

Cozy Campfire Tales

July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 4–4:45pm at Central Library Cozy up to the campfire for stories that spark your senses and fire your imagination. You’ll share rhymes, music, fun and gooey marshmallow treats. Ages 3–6. 434-979-7151,

Who’s Awake? A Family Night Hike

July 12 & August 9, 7:30–9:30pm at Maymont Nature Center Meet some of Maymont’s nighttime residents

August 2, 8–9:30pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. 434-973-7772,

Annual Splash For A Cure & 5K

August 24, 7am–12pm at ACAC Adventure Central.

See page 17.

SPORTS & ACTIVE FUN Polo at King Family Vineyards

Now–October, Every Sunday, 1pm at King Family Vineryards Weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of competition and family fun. 434-823-7800,

After Hours: Library Mini Golf

July 12, 6–7:30pm at Central Library Enjoy three rounds of golf on each floor ranging from easy to hard. Balls and clubs provided. 434-979-7151,

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{our town calendar} Be BOLD Trail 5K

August 10, 9am start at Bold Rock Cidery, Nellysford Walker and fido-friendly, and all-terrain strollers are welcome. Enjoy food and live music after.

Family Splash & Dash

August 11, 8–11am at Crozet YMCA Join in for a family splash and dash. Ages 3–6: 25-yard swim and 1 lap. Ages 7–10: 100-yard swim and 1 lap. Ages 11+: 200-yard swim and 2 laps. 434-205-4380,

MAD Run 4 Miler


CAN August 24, 7:30am at Hebron Lutheran HELP! Church, Madison Run for the UVA Breast Care Center & MESA. It includes a kid’s MAD Dash that’s free for all kids 10 and under, all of whom get a goodie bag.

Family Scavenger Hunt

August 24, 10am–12pm at Maymont, Richmond Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a familyfriendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels available. Ages 4+. 804-358-7168,

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Relief Printmaking Workshop

July 2, 6–8pm at Central Library Create relief prints by carving and printing your own block using easy-to-cut material, linoleum carving tools and water-based inks. Bring a simple design, or create one in class. All supplies provided. Grades 6–12. 434-979-7151,


July 10

Story time with Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte.


July 20

Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities.


July 9

Art conversation, with baby coos and cries encouraged.


July 24

Explore artwork through observation, play and projects.


July 23

Introduction to development theory. | | 434.243.2050


July/August 2019

Teen Game Night

July 13, 1–3pm at Crozet Library The library will provide tons of tabletop games, but feel free to bring games of your own, too. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,

Tween Movie Night: Back to the Future

July 15, 6:30–8:30pm at Crozet Library Seventeen-year-old Marty McFly is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean and must find a way to get back to the future. Grades 5–7. 434-823-4050,

Minute to Win It: Food Fights

July 23, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Battle your friends in these food-themed “Minute to Win It” challenges. Snacks provided. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,

National Teen Lock-In 2019

July 26, 6–8pm at Central Library Teens take over the library, after hours. Interact with teens from around the country while visiting with well known authors, enjoying contests, crafts, games, food and more. Ages 11–18. 434-979-7151,

Escape Room: Launch!

July 26, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a themed escape room and activities. Grades 7–12. 434-823-4050,

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

July 31, 4–5:30pm at Northside Library Witches, wizards, house elves and muggles are invited to celebrate the birthday of the boy who lived. Don’t forget to dress up in your wizardly garb. 434-973-7893,

End of Summer Retro Arcade Party

August 2, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Say goodbye to summer vacation with a gaming-themed party featuring activities like live-action video games, art projects and more. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,

Become a Community Responder: CERT Level 1 Training August 7, 5:45–8:45pm at Crozet Library Learn personal preparedness, how to respond to hazards, and an introduction into fire safety and medical operations. Taught by the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management. Ages 16+. 434-823-4050,

Creating a Zine – A Workshop for Teens August 7, 6–8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Explore your creative talents by learning how

to create a zine or mini magazine. Create your own or work with others. Ages 12–17. 434-296-5544,


How to Tidy with the Konmari Method

August 19, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Learn the basics of Marie Kondo’s popular book “The Life-Changing Magic Art of Tidying Up” and get resources and checklists to help you start on your decluttering journey. 434-823-4050,

First Day of School

English Conversation Circle

July–August, Select Dates at Central Library Join this casual drop-in group to discuss a variety of topics with other English Language Learners, staff and volunteers. Children welcome. 434-979-7151,

August 21 CharlottesvilleFamily wishes everyone a great first day of school!

Women’s Health & Empowerment Panel

August 7, 6–7:30pm at Northside Library The Women’s Initiative, UVA’s Women’s Center, Sentara Martha Jefferson, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Shelter for Help in Emergency will be on-hand to discuss current issues. 434-973-7893,

Kids Are Kids: Disability Inclusion

For Date Night ideas, be sure to check our Charlottesville Welcome Book online calendar for more grown-up outings.

August 17, 10:30–11:30am at Northside Library Diane Gibbs, Lead Special Education teacher at Woodbrook Elementary School, will guide a discussion for caregivers on talking with children about disabilities. Supervised, inclusive childcare will be provided for children ages 4–5th grade. 434-973-7893,

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{our town July 4th}

Picnics, sparklers, fresh juicy watermelon and Virginia bluegrass played live are just a few of the summer delights you may enjoy this 4th of July with your children. To make parenting a little bit easier, we’ve gathered here all the best 4th of July events, seasonal recipes and tips to make your summer holiday sizzle!


July/August 2019

Berry-licious Bread There’s nothing quite like picking fresh strawberries off the vine. With the berry season in full swing, you may find yourself with an

morning breakfast or afternoon tea, or even for your neighborhood Fourth of July party.

abundance of fruit and in search of all of the pie, cake and muffin

If you’re presenting the bread and jelly as a gift, allow the loaf

recipes you can get your hands on. If you’re in need of something

to cool and then wrap with a piece of parchment paper and tie with

different, this Strawberry Almond Bread is the perfect recipe. Paired

a decorative ribbon.

with Strawberry Almond Jelly, it’s ideal for a leisurely Sunday

by Jennifer Carroll

Strawberry Almond Bread • 3 ½ cups bread flour, sifted • 1 cup strawberries, chopped • 1/3 cup strawberry or other berry preserves • 8 ounces almond paste • ¾ cup milk • 1/3 cup warm water • 1 egg • 3 tablespoons butter • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 ½ teaspoons yeast

Dissolve yeast in warm water and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan (9- by 5- by 3-inches) with butter and dust with a little bit of the flour, set aside. Also, lightly grease a large bowl and grab a towel large enough to cover the bowl. Set these aside, too. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add almond paste, milk, water and strawberry preserves. Remember to scrape down sides of bowl if necessary. Next add an egg. Add flour, salt and dissolved yeast to this mixture. Gently knead to make a soft dough. Add more flour if needed. Place kneaded dough into greased bowl and cover allowing it to rise for about 1 1/2 hours. Once dough has risen, punch it down and place it in the greased loaf pan and allow to rise again for about an hour — then it’s time to bake, finally! Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is browned. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. This is important to prevent your loaf from becoming damp or sticky on the bottom.

Jennifer, a Southern gal with an unquenchable thirst for all things creative, wears many hats—a photographer, blogger, designer and home entertainer. From cooking to decorating, no matter what she is doing, she is committed to celebrating everyday life. Visit


{our town July 4th}

GRILL SAFELY Among all accidental injuries, fires/burns remain as one of the top causes of death for young children—in part because young children cannot recognize heat-related hazards quickly enough to react appropriately. A child will suffer a full-thickness burn (third-degree burn) after just three seconds of exposure to 140-degree water, and will need surgery and skin grafts. •K  eep children away from the grill area while preheating and cooking and as the grill is cooling. •K  eep matches, candles, gasoline, lighters and all other flammable materials locked away and out of children’s reach.

Fourth of July SAFETY TIPS From the UVA Safe Kids Program

Each year, thousands of children under the age of 19 are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries involving fireworks. “Don’t let kids play with fireworks, period,” says a Safe Kids UVA coordinator. “They’re intended for use by adults in open spaces, with plenty of active supervision for every child present.” Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns as well as blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. They advise to “Teach your children what to do if their clothing catches on fire—‘stop, drop and roll’—and how to call 911 in an emergency.” Where permitted by law, fireworks should be handled and used in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and all warning labels. In addition, Safe Kids UVA recommends these precautions for adults using fireworks: • L ight fireworks only on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from buildings, dry leaves, flammable materials and spectators. • Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction. • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or hold them close to your face. • Visit to make sure the pyrotechnic devices you are using are not subject to any safety recalls. Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks. • Keep a phone handy, and know first aid for burns. Also, keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it. Finally, keep all children under active supervision—in sight and in reach at all times, with your undivided attention focused on them. “The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch them at a community event where professionals handle them,” Safe Kids UVA recommends.


July/August 2019


July 4th Jubilee

July 4 at Wintergreen Resort Celebrate the red, white and blue with music, a block party, movie under the stars, chairlift rides, games, arts and crafts and, of course, fireworks. 434-325-2200,

Red, White & Blue Party

July 4 at Crozet YMCA Celebrate Independence Day at the YMCA. 434-205-4380,

4th of July Festival and Fireworks

July 4 at Stanardsville The town comes alive with a free, family-friendly community festival with a full day of fun and activities like a parade, musicians and entertainers, battle of the bands, a people’s choice car show, bounce house, games and more. 434-990-6511,

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4 at Carter Mountain Orchard Celebrate America’s Birthday with a day of food and drinks, familyfriendly games like Water Balloon Toss, 3-Legged Race, Sack Races and more. Enjoy hayrides and live music, and fireworks at 9pm. 434-977-1833,

36th Annual Kiwanis Independence Day 5K Race

July 4, 7:30–9:30am at Hollymead Elementary School A Charlottesville holiday tradition since 1983. 5K will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Blue Ridge. 434-971-2094,

July 4th at Monticello

July 4, 9am–12pm at Monticello Celebrate the birthday of our nation and experience the 57th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. The Charlottesville Municipal Band will be performing at 9am, with music from cartoons, movies and musicals, with guest artists. 434-984-9800,

Free Fourth of July

July 4, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Take advantage of free admission to the Garden and see Butterflies LIVE!, water stations, live music from the Happy Lucky Combo, a parade and more. 804-262-9887,

Old-Fashioned Fun Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 9am–5pm at Frontier Culture Museum Enjoy a traditional Independence Day celebration on the American exhibits featuring readings of the Declaration of Independence, food, music and contests. 540-332-7850,

Independence Day at Colonial Williamsburg

July 4, 9am–10pm at I-64E to exit 238. Follow signs. Celebrate our nation’s birth on historic Duke of Gloucester Street. Enjoy a full day of patriotic festivities, such as public readings of the Declaration of Independence, musical performances, hands-on kids’ activities and a fireworks display. 888-965-7254,

Nelson County’s Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 10am–12pm at Front Street, Lovingston Bring your church, organization, school, etc. and celebrate the birthday of our great nation on a float, with a marching group, in an antique car, plus more. Parade starts at 11am. 434-263-7130,

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 10am–4pm at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Enjoy colonial-style entertainment, artisans and craftsmen demonstrations, childrens’ activities, reading of the Declaration of Independence and more. 434-525-1806,

Fourth of July Family Festival July 4, 11am-3pm at Shadwells Restaurant Get your face painted, watch a balloon artist make animals, and enjoy food and craft beverages and live Bluegrass music. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-202-2568,

Reds, Whites and Bluegrass

July 4, 1–4pm at Keswick Vineyards Celebrate Independence Day with some Bluegrass music, food available for purchase and beverages. No cover charge, kid and petfriendly. 434-244-3341,

Independence Day Concert & Celebration

July 4, 2–4pm at James Monroe’s Highland Visitors can enjoy family games and activities from 11am–4pm, bring their own food to picnic, tour the grounds and more. 434-293-8000,

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 3–9pm at Red Hill, Patrick Henry National Memorial Celebrate the fourth with Patrick Henry. This event will feature historical interpretations and tours, kids’ games, art & craft vendors, live music, fireworks and more. 800-514-7463,

Celebrate Independence Day

July 4, 4–9pm at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria Celebrate with swimming, face painting, pony rides, live music, food and fireworks at dark. Donations benefit the Madison County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad. 540-923-4231,

Patriotism in The Park July 4, 5pm at McIntire Park Enjoy an evening of live music, activities for the kids, food contests and, of course, fireworks.

Red, White, Blue ‘n Greene

July 4, 5pm–Dark at William Monroe High Football Field, Stanardsville Celebrate at Stanardsville’s annual celebration. Enjoy live music, childrens’ activities, food and the Capitol Sheds Community Fireworks Display. 540-290-8344,

7th Annual Playin’ in the Park Celebration

July 6, 5–9pm at Booster Park, Orange The Celebration features live music, a Touch-A-Truck, kids’ activities, fireworks and more. 540-672-5435,


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Teething Tips The Do’s & Don’ts with An Infant’s Teeth

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If teething were a book series, there’d be 20 volumes, because that’s how many pearly whites erupt from a baby’s gums in her first three years of life. And then, there are the prequels: the gumming, the drooling, and the sleep disruption. Teething can seem like a long process, but if we take the long view, it also marks a hopeful and exciting new chapter in baby’s life. As an infant’s teeth come in, he’s able to try more and more solid foods. It’s a small, but important, foray into the larger world with its many offerings of delicious and healthful foods. What’s more, trusted caregivers can now help feed baby—a bittersweet but ultimately welcome milestone for nursing mothers in particular. With the arrival of teeth also comes gum pain. So, dust off your newborn’s soothing tools to comfort her through the pain and sleep changes. For a quick course on teething, here are some quick facts and do’s/don’ts. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Dental Association (ADA): by Whitney Woollerton Morrill Baby teeth not only help infants eat solid foods, but also aid with speech and create room for adult teeth. The lower central front incisors erupt first, followed by the upper incisors, lateral incisors, canines and molars. Teeth are often “exfoliated” (lost) in the same order they erupted. Teething Do’s and Don’ts for Parents DO: • Offer safe, clean and cold chewables for your baby, such as chilled teething rings, wet washcloths and spoons. (FYI: Scientists recently debunked the 15-second rule; any contact with the floor = contact with bacteria.) • Gently rub your baby’s gums. • Brush their teeth twice per day once they emerge. • Use bibs to absorb drool and to prevent skin irritation from wet clothes. For more tips and advice on DON’T: caring for your little one’s • Conflate signs of illness such as fever, diarrhea, teeth, see the AAP and ADA coughing and vomiting with teething; they’re unrelated. websites. If your infant presents these symptoms, consult with your health care provider to determine cause and treatment. • Give topical analgesics such as teething gels containing benzocaine to babies under the age of 2. The AAP warns that benzocaine can have serious side effects in infants when dosed improperly, including seizures and the rare but serious blood disorder of methemoglobinemia. • Offer your baby amber teething necklaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control, they pose choking and strangulation dangers. • Pacify teething babies by letting them sleep with bottles. Tooth decay results from extended exposure to liquids containing sugar. If you’re nursing your baby and get chomped, kindly but firmly let her know that you’re not a teething toy. Then, consider wearing a BPA-free silicon teething necklace while you hold her so you can immediately offer an acceptable, in style, alternative. But, be sure to keep them on you at all times.


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How do I address the fact that I don’t want my kid hanging out with another child who is a bad influence? The old notion is true about parents forbidding their children to associate with each other only results in pushing them closer. If you are dealing with teens, this strong stance is likely to backfire, and even with younger children, they may resist because their friends are their friends, they don’t want to give them up, and can’t or don’t understand your concerns. That being said, your job is to know about your child’s world; and if you feel that this friend is bullying your child—or leading him into dangerous behaviors—you do want to put an end to the relationship. If, however, the situation is not as drastic, I’d suggest to have a conversation with your child about his or her friend, asking them what they like about them, how they feel around them, etc.? This gives you insight into why your child is attracted to them and what your child needs and feels about himself. Your child may lack other friend options or social skills to make other friends. If so, you want by Bob Taibbi to expose your child to other opportunities or help him with his social skills. You can also observe your child and his friend at your house. This will give you an opportunity to check out your concerns and shape the interaction between them. If concerned, try talking to the other parent. Oftentimes the other parent is not aware of how her child is acting and may be open to helping change the dynamics of their relationships. Finally, keep in mind that child and teen relationships can often change overnight and what seems like a concern now may quickly fade. We’re moving in a few months and aren’t sure how to address it with our two younger children. How can we bring up the topic and help them see the positives? My immediate thought to your question is, “Thank gosh they’re not teenagers. But, you’re right to be concerned, because any change in home-life for children” is difficult. There are several things you can do. One is to give them enough notice so they can get used to the idea. The key here is to talk about this when you know for sure what will happen; just talking about maybe moving without any details Email your parenting concerns just stirs up anxiety. If you are changing homes but staying in and queries to editor@ the area, they want to know what will change: Will they go to the same school, be able to see their friends, etc.? If they will be Yours might be included in changing schools, think about arranging playdates with old friends an upcoming issue! to help with the transition. Take them to see the new house, show them their new room, and let them know they can bring all their toys and choose a paint color for their room. Sound enthusiastic, but don’t expect much enthusiasm back. If you are moving further away, take a trip to show them their new town and things they may enjoy in the city, the playground near the new house, how close grandma’s will be. Introduce them to their new school (and give the school a head-up so they can be welcoming). Finally, realize that this is a loss for them (and you) and that they will be unsettled for a while, may regress behaviorally, and will need help and support with making new friends. Be patient, keep your routines and schedules the same as much as possible, spend more one-on-one time with them, and check in to see how things are going so you can nip problems in the bud sooner.


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Creating the Right Play Space for Your Family A designated play space for children of all ages can provide a safe and nurturing area for their creativity and imagination to thrive, and is a growing trend in homes across the country. When deciding what type of space may work for your family, it is best to take the child’s needs and wants into account first and foremost. A play space should be welcoming for 38

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your child’s growth, and creating the space together offers a great bonding opportunity for both child and parent. Just asking your child for help when designing the space will have them feeling included from the start and have them feeling comfortable knowing that their thoughts and ideas went into the area.

Another trending, and adorable, idea could be the addition of a teepee to a child’s bedroom, giving them a safe yet creative space for them to play pretend and go on adventures.

Location is the first major factor to

to keep an eye on at all times, and it will

consider any areas in your home that

consider when deciding on a play space

allow you some flexibility to work from

have a lack of use. Unused pantries,

for your child. The amount of space you

home while keeping a watchful eye.

closets and attics can be converted into

want to designate for your child(ren)

Another trending, and adorable, idea

a getaway that your child can call their

can then help you determine what can

could be the addition of a teepee to a

own, and this idea will also help keep

fit. While some families have devoted a

child’s bedroom, giving them a safe yet

their play items out of eyesight. Many

spare bedroom or basement to a child’s

creative space for them to play pretend

families have turned their spare crawl

play area, there are many families that

and go on adventures. Turning a window

spaces or closet under the stairs into

have gotten more creative with designing

seat into a fun reading nook for your

a secret clubhouse for easy clean-up

a smaller portion of the home to their

little one and their little stuffed friends


child’s play time. Some families have

can also create a relaxing and welcoming

In addition to deciding on location

created their child’s play space in the

environment for reading or other sit-

of a play space, many families have

same room as their home office. This is a

down activities. If you’re looking for a

been favoring an outdoor area for their

great idea for younger kids that you need

bigger space to designate to this idea,

child to explore during the warmer cont’d on pg 43


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Chicken BBQ Pizza An Easy & Delicious Gourmet-Style Pizza

The Chicken BBQ Pizza is a sweet and savory flavor, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you like barbecue you will probably love this just like I do! And, the goat cheese really adds an element of creaminess with a bit of tang that makes it the perfect balance. By the way, these measurements are meant to be a guide. Play with it and add more or less according to your taste. Ingredients • 1 pack pizza crust mix (I use Martha White – Thin & Crispy brand) • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning • ½ cup hot water • A drizzle of olive oil • 1 tablespoon flour • 1 cup barbecue sauce (I recommend a sweet sauce not a mustard or vinegar type. I use Sweet Baby Ray’s.) • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped red onion • ½ cup coarsely chopped plain rotisserie chicken • ¼ cup chopped cilantro • 3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese Instructions 1. First, preheat your oven to 475 degrees (450 degrees will work, too, but may take longer). 2. Next, start with the pizza crust mix. Yes, you could buy a pre-made crust, but this one is so much tastier and takes hardly any time at all. Take your crust packet and empty it into a medium/large bowl. Add in your Italian seasoning

and water. Stir until it’s all combined (it will look like a gooey blob of dough). Drizzle with a little olive oil and cover with a towel. Let this sit for at least 5 minutes. 3. While the dough is rising, chop up your toppings. 4. Once that’s done, you can sprinkle flour onto your pizza pan and scoop your dough on to the pan. Using your hands, spread the dough out until it’s a fairly even layer covering the pan. Pop this in to your preheated oven for about 15 minutes. 5. Take your pre-baked crust out of the oven—it won’t be totally done yet—and pile on the toppings! To begin, cover the dough with the barbecue sauce. Next, layer on the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top this with your onion, chicken, cilantro and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle a teeny bit more barbecue sauce on top and pop it all in the oven for approximately 10 minutes (oven temperatures vary, so watch it to be sure it doesn’t burn). 6. That’s all there is to it! Using some easy store-bought ingredients, you really can put together a gourmet-style pizza that doesn’t require any special gourmet skills! Bon appétit!

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times of the year. While tree houses are

Providing your child with sand and water

for. A raised playhouse outside can keep

always fun, they can be dangerous if the

toy projects can teach little ones building

your children away from outdoor critters

right precautions aren’t taken for safely

and technical skills while also allowing

and pesticides that may cover your

traveling up and down ladders or steps.

them to be a little messy and carefree.

lawn. Adding stairs or a slide gives the

Creating a space under a shady tree can

Messy sensory play gives children endless

playhouse even more of an interactive

act as protection from the sun and can

ways to develop their creative thinking

and adventurous feeling.

allow your young one to play for hours

and learn cooperatively. You can also add

Once you’ve decided on a location for

on end out in nature and away from tech

wind chimes and other noisemakers that

your child’s play space, the next step is



will be best suited for outdoor play. The

creating a reasonable budget. For some

sensory stations can be an inexpensive

actual physical structure of the outdoor

families, they found a small playhouse


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Refacing Kitchen Cabinets An Affordable Way to Update the Busiest Room in Your House ... Your Kitchen


The process of remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and time consuming. If you are in love with the layout of the kitchen but not the details or specific aspects, you could consider refacing your cabinets. Cabinet resurfacing is when the existing cabinet fronts are replaced by applying an adhesive material over the plywood. The knobs, hinges and molding are usually replaced during the process as well. It is important to evaluate your cabinets before refacing them since not every type of cabinet can be resurfaced. Cabinets should have a smooth surface for the veneer to adhere to, be in good condition, and have face frames of solid hardwood and internal hardware that operate properly. Refacing cabinets usually takes less

veneers, plastic laminates and RTF. Wood veneers are made out of thinly sliced pieces of wood that come in a variety of colors such as oak, cherry, walnut and birch. Whether you are looking to change the color of your wooden cabinets or to create a more realistic look, wood veneers are the perfect option to add a natural richness and depth to your kitchen. Plastic laminates are the most affordable resurfacing material, formed by fusing paper and plastic resin together. They come in a variety of colors and design choices that can be tailored to any space. The material can easily be cleaned if sticky fingers leave prints or in case of a food splatter. Unlike wood veneer, laminate does not appear authentic and is not as durable; however, its solid color

than a week to finish and costs much less than replacing your existing custom cabinets. The many styles and colors of materials available allow you to keep the flow of your kitchen while dramatically changing its overall feel. The three most commonly used materials are wood

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Exterior Updates Easy Touch Ups to Add Appeal to Your Home’s Exterior

If that’s the route you’re thinking, be sure to check up on the reviews and what other parents have said about the product. You may also decide to take on the challenge of creating your own play space. Other factors that can help you stay within a budget can be adding elements with interactive and multifunctional features, so kids will be kept busy and active for hours. Incorporating mobility into the play space is another idea that can allow for transporting it to any location around your home. One way to achieve this would be turning an old rolling kitchen cart into a play workbench, mini kitchen or mobile play shop for your child. Best of all, it is a

The transition of spring to summer

refreshing, welcoming appeal.

provides the optimal time to evaluate

The backyard is the center of

your house’s exterior and make the

summer entertainment and playtime.

necessary updates. Exterior remodeling

If you have not already, paving the

does not have to be overly complicated

patio will allow you to use the space

and can involve small projects that

to your liking, such as having a picnic,

have a major impact on the overall look

sunbathing or barbequing with family

and feel of your home. If you don’t know

and friends. It will also save you time

where to start, consider a project you’ve

with mowing the grass and watering the

been longing to accomplish or identify

lawn. Even if a paved patio is not high

what needs the most work. The process

on your to-do list, a well-landscaped

will seem a lot less daunting and may

yard should be. Trimming the shrubs or

even be fun if you first take the time to

adding new lush foliage will freshen up

set your priorities.

the yard and add texture to the space.

The front of the house makes a

You can also make a huge difference

statement of who you are to the outside

in the appearance of your lawn by

world. The exterior can easily be

simply clearing leaves and debris and

transformed with a fresh coat of paint

mulching the plant beds, as well as

or rejuvenated with a different color.

cutting down a bush or tree that has

The front door can also benefit from a

become overbearing and an eyesore.

color change. The door does not have to

Once the major updates are done,

be bold or bright to stand out. A switch

you can focus on the smaller details like

from black to navy blue can provide a

outdoor lighting, house numbers and

subtle addition of color without being

mailboxes. Updated porch light fixtures

distracting. Keeping the same general

will not only look nice but will provide

color but opting for a lighter or darker

the perfect atmosphere and lighting

shade can also provide an understated

that is needed to enjoy a dinner outside

yet needed change. The color of the

or to relax during the long summer

door should reflect not only the house’s

nights. If your house numbers look

aesthetic but also your personality,

faded or rusted, the house might benefit

so use color to your advantage and

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Back-toSCHOOL 5 Tips for School Success STAY ORGANIZED

Make mornings easier by stocking baskets, one for each family member, with those items you always seem to be scrambling for in the morning rush. That way, hats, umbrellas and other accessories are all right there waiting for you when you need them.


Even in today’s electronic world, keeping a family calendar of events on paper or maybe on an app is a great way to keep everyone on the same page. Make notes of sports, homework assignments and other activities to make sure everyone stays in the loop.


Getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can help boost kids’ energy and concentration. Encourage reading before bed instead of something like TV that’s stimulating and can inhibit them from falling asleep.


By eating a nutritious breakfast, students’ attendance and overall academic achievement drastically improves. Keep things simple with foods like smoothies, peanut butter toast and low-sugar cereals. Breakfasts including protein will keep them filled and attentive until lunchtime.


Make sure you have a permanent workspace away from distractions, and set aside ample time each night for completing assignments.


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PARENT PORTAL Stay connected throughout the school year by creating an account on the Parent Portal site, available for all Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Schools. There, you can check grades, attendance and more. See either or


Adjust bedtimes. A few weeks before school starts, get your kids back on the school-year schedule so their bodies have time to adjust.

Reinforce routines, such as chores, so that the idea of timely task completion is already in place when the homework starts.

Stimulate brain power. Puzzles and word and number games after dinner are a great way to stimulate your child’s mind before the school year begins.

Read together. Those quiet family reading times and shared bedtime books set the stage for school success.

Plan a back-to-school get-together. Have your child schedule an after-school visit or sleepover with a favorite school friend a week or two into the school year. This will help build happy anticipation about starting school, especially if the friend is one your child doesn’t often get to see during the summer.


Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent workspace in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions and promotes study.

Schedule ample time for homework.

Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time.

Supervise computer and Internet use.

Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for him/her.

Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.

If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren’t able to help him/her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first.


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Dr. Rosa S. Atkins

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Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, and Dr. Matthew Haas, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, are both looking forward to the new 2019–2020 school year.

Dr. Atkins says: “At Charlottesville City Schools, our mission is ‘Every learner. Every day. Everyone.’ As we look forward to welcoming our students back to school, our greatest desire is to ensure that all students have access and support to succeed in our strong programs in academics, the arts, athletics and more. So many learning opportunities await—whether it be our nationally recognized iSTEM and engineering programs or outdoor experiences with City Schoolyard Gardens and Wildrock. Additionally, a strong sense of community is at the heart of our division-wide framework for supporting students’ academic and behavioral needs, and we are proud to be at the forefront as we establish practices that teach socialemotional skills and deepen relationships.”

Dr. Haas says: “Our mission in Albemarle County Public Schools is to establish a community of learners and learning. In addition to having the best teachers in the nation and some of the most innovative programming and facilities, our families and neighbors are a vital part of our mission’s success. Their life experiences, enthusiasm for public service, and the counsel and support they offer students and teachers are extraordinary resources. I invite residents to visit our Community Connect page, listed under the Community tab on our home page, to find the most rewarding way in which they can help make the 2019–2020 school year the best in the history of the Albemarle County learning community.”

7 Tips for Getting to School Safely With Virginia’s Safe Routes to School program, the City of Charlottesville has been awarded funding to improve biking and walking safety for children traveling to school. For example, as part of the program, the City of Charlottesville improved three Clark Elementary school intersections. Below are some ideas every family could use.

For walkers/bikers

It’s a good idea for children to walk in groups and for a parent to supervise little ones. A walking school bus—a group of kids from the same neighborhood who pick up friends along the route to school—is a great


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way to assure that everyone gets there without mishap. Cyclists should ride on the righthand side of the street in the same direction as cars, never against traffic. Try to use bike lanes or designated bike routes. Use intersections with signals and pedestrian buttons whenever possible. The most important thing for a cyclist to remember is to always wear a helmet! If you’re ever in an accident, having a correctly fitted helmet can prevent a serious head injury.

For the bus

Always make eye contact and await the bus driver’s signal when crossing in front of the bus, not in back of it. Never pick up something under or near a bus! Always tell the bus driver if you’ve dropped something. Give a wave, and thank your bus driver and other drivers before and after you have crossed. This communication between you and other drivers promotes good citizenship and acknowledgement that you are safe.

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DATES TO REMEMBER Mark your calendar with these important dates for Charlottesville and Albemarle County Public Schools.

School Supply Drive The Salvation Army will be collecting school supplies for local students. Items needed include:

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Independent Learning

The Area’s Newest Learning Center Provides Students with One-of-a-Kind Community Experiences

In its first year, Center One, the latest learning center opened by Albemarle County Public Schools, has already displayed success with its unique approach on project-based learning. Opened on the premise that students can advance in a setting where the restraints of the normal school days are removed, Center One offers high school seniors a one-of-a-kind experience by giving them the opportunity to interact and learn about curriculums they have helped create.

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While all of the county schools still focus on traditional curriculum like math, history, science and language arts, the county schools infuse the 12 Lifelong Learning Standards






levels. Using the Lifelong Learning strands, students explore, create, build and engage in the curriculum in a variety of ways, with maker-based curriculums evident at each of the county schools. Research shows that students retain more information when they are able to interact with the material. Most of us can relate. When I was a student, I needed to use my hands more than my ears in order to learn effectively. When I was presented with material in lecture format, it often went in one ear and out the other. However, if we had a project tied into the lesson, I was all in. When my history teacher in sixth grade started lecturing on the Revolutionary War, I got bored with the countless dates, locations and battles we had to memorize. They held no significance to me, so my mind wandered. That all changed the day our teacher brought in a giant sheet of plywood with mountains and rivers already mapped out for all of us to see. In hindsight, I am sure it was just an old model train set he had converted for the lesson, but when he dumped a huge pile of metal die-cast soldiers on the board and asked us to recreate the Battle of Bunker Hill, I was totally engaged. For the rest of the year, we used those figures to recreate battles, find historic alternatives and document how strategy played into the various battles through our journals. Even now, three decades later, those lessons have stayed with me. Schools have changed a lot in those 30 years. As the research continues to support projectbased learning, systems have shifted their approach to allow students to have more hands-on experiences. Albemarle County has already started allowing students to cultivate their own personal interests in new and exciting ways. Each of the county’s high schools offers academies focusing on math and/or the sciences. The Lab School at Murray High has redefined the student experience, while the

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where they were able to learn more about alternative energy and the local job market. Rockbridge Guitars worked with one senior at their workshop, giving that student more knowledge about the process of building guitars. From there, the student used those skills to create his own guitars at Center One. Another student has been working on a hydroponic project at school after working at Babylon Farms for a few days to learn more about their own set up. Additionally, students at the center worked with Region 10 and CBS 19 to help produce a public service announcement

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For students at the center, giving back to the school system is an important aspect of their work. A fourth grade student from Stone-Robinson Elementary School came to Center One to work with one of the seniors on a song collaboration. Several





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students from Stone-Robinson visited the center to work on a bird project, while Murray High School students worked with the center’s Audio Production students in collaboration of music projects. Whether it is giving back to other schools, or working in partnership with other high school students, Center One students are applying their knowledge in real time, real world ways. The effect is already paying off for the center’s first group of seniors, where students




albums, created podcasts, and designed a virtual reality gaming studio and an art studio. For those preparing for college, they have used their portfolios to stand out from the rest of a college’s applicants. One used their portfolio to earn a scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth

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always my favorite, because I knew the material tied into my own personal interest of becoming the next Indiana Jones—part-time teacher/part-time world explorer. Part of this interest can be credited to Stephen Spielberg, but really, I owe a lot to that sixth grade teacher with the metal die-cast figures for sparking an early interest in the subject matter. Even

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Government and Technology courses have been added and will be taught by adjunct professors from Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), giving students the chance to earn up to 16 college credits. The hopes for Center One are to provide yet another avenue where students can develop their confidence, strengthen their academic skills and support an interest in lifelong learning.

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Finding the Right After-School Program for Your Child From basketball, soccer and ballet to martial arts, scouts, computer science or music, the options for your child’s after-school activities are endless. But, don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s all about choosing the most fun, safe and fruitful ways for your child to spend their after-school hours, ones that provide a variety of benefits. Perhaps you would like your son to gain more self-confidence, or your daughter to gain more experience working by Denise Yearian

with a team. Regardless of what your child needs in an after-school program, you want them to feel safe, be encouraged through failures or struggles and have the chance to make new friends. Their interests will most likely change each year, but that’s okay. Trying new things is good for kids and adults alike, so assure your child that he can change activities whenever his interests grow and change.

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analyzing your child’s needs—physically,

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Consider His Interest

want to limit your growing child from

First watch him play. Observe his

trying something new, so try and keep

interests. What things does he like to

the list balanced with activities he might

do? Is there a particular activity he is

have participated in before and really

naturally drawn to? Also, take note of

enjoyed, ones that focus on new interests

his strengths and weaknesses. What is

of his and ones you think he might like to

he good at, jumping, running, climbing?

consider. It all comes down to wanting to

Does he have good balance? Does he enjoy

provide your child with the opportunity to

working with other children or prefer

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being independent? Are there any areas

build their self-esteem. We’ve compiled

of weakness that would improve with

instruction? Next, ask your child what

is that they are designed to help kids feel

programs where your child can try out

he would like to try. Point out the things

they belong, which in turn can improve

and be a part of a group.

you have observed, then work together to


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narrow down on what types of activities

can carry over into academia. They can

Once you have decided on one or

he might enjoy participating in, such as a

also give your child the opportunity to

two activities, find a program that meets

sport, the arts, music, science, etc.

socialize, learn new skills and interact

your child’s needs. Start by calling family

with others from varying backgrounds.

and friends whose children are already

For instance, if you want your child to

involved in a particular activity. Ask

Don’t shy away from making a list of

get experience in a team setting, keep an

questions such as “Is your child happy

what you want your child to get out of

open mind to other activities aside from

in the program?” “What do (and don’t)

his or her after school activities. This will

sports, but those types of programs do

you like about it?” “What are the time

help you stay focused when narrowing

have additional benefits when it comes

commitments?” “How often are lessons

down your list and ultimately choosing

to physical health and building good

or practices?” “How do the instructors

which one your child will benefit from the

habits. Volunteer programs, the marching

interact with the children?” “Is there any

most. A big part of after-school programs

band and school clubs are other types of

one-on-one training?” “Is competitiveness

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BASKETBALL Charlottesville Parks & Rec 434-970-3260 See ad page 2

Piedmont Family YMCA 434-974-9622 See ad page 67

Piedmont Family YMCA 434-974-9622 See ad page 67

ACAC, 434-978-3800 (Alb. Square) Alb. Co. Community Education, 434-975-9451 Albemarle County Parks & Rec, 434-296-5844 Ch’ville Therapeutic Rec, 434-970-3264 Special Olympics, 800-932-4653 UVA Intramural – Recreation Sports, 434-924-3791

Scottsville Dixie Youth Basketball, 434-286-3612 Virginia Basketball Academy, 434-242-7729

ARTS & CREATIVITY Virginia Discovery Museum 434-977-1025 See ad page 77 Watercolor with Lee Alter 434-760-9658 See ad page 68 Albemarle Artful Kids, 434-806-6734 Amazement Square, 434-845-1888 Crozet Arts, 434-964-6770 Glass Palette, The, 434-977-9009 Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place, 434-295-7801 Light House Film Making Studio, 434-293-6992 McGuffey Art Center, 434-295-7973 Studio Baboo, 434-244-2905 Very Special Arts, 434-970-3464 Woodworking with Children, 434-979-1220

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL American Legion Baseball, 434-977-1050 Albemarle Redbirds Softball, 540-649-1234 Cove Creek Baseball & Girls’ Softball, 434-970-2255 Jefferson Area Girls Softball, 434-242-8923 Lane Babe Ruth Baseball, 434-878-0712 McIntire Little League, 434-817-5100 Monticello Little League, 434-296-1251 Northside Cal Ripken League, 434-980-1256 Peachtree Baseball League, 434-823-7183


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CLUBS Boy Scouts of America 800-630-0620 See ad page 79 Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council 800-542-5905 See ad page 79 4-H, 434-872-4580 Blue Ridge Young Birders, 540-363-5035 Boys & Girls Club, 434-977-3514 Cavman’s Crew, 434-982-5600 Junior Achievement, 804-217-8855 Poetry Club (at VADM), 434-977-1025 Science Club, 434-977-1025 Table Tennis Club (at Music Emporium), 434-973-2931 Wednesday Music Club, Young Life, 434-964-1867

DANCE & MOVEMENT The Little Gym 434-975-5437 See ad page 74 Wilson School of Dance 434-973-5678 See ad page 69 Albemarle Ballet Theatre, 434-823-8888 Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville, 434-531-5441 Balletschool, 434-975-3533 Barre Tots (at Barre[d] Fitness Studio), 434-973-2030 Bend Yoga, 434-296-2363 Blue Ridge Irish Music School, 434-409-9631

Charlottesville Ballet Academy, 434-973-2555 Charlottesville Royalettes Baton Class, 804-306-7629 Flydog Yoga, 434-964-1964 FootNotes Studio, 434-242-0605 Jazzercise, 434-974-6221

ETIQUETTE Jefferson Cotillion, 434-242-0153 The Civility School, 434-242-0153 The Etiquette School of the Commonwealth, 434-996-4903

FOOTBALL Piedmont Family YMCA Flag Football 434-974-9622 See ad page 67 Pop Warner Football, Thomas Jefferson Youth Football,

GYMNASTICS & CHEERLEADING The Little Gym 434-975-5437 See ad page 74 AIM Cheer/Pom Program, 800-323-3755 Classics Gymnastics, 434-978-4720 Friendship Gymnastics, 434-589-5867 Pop Warner Cheerleading,

HORSEBACK RIDING Camp Friendship 800-873-3223 See ad page 9 Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy 434-823-1178 See ad page 79 Carriage Hill Farm, 434-296-2672 Graves Mountain Lodge, 540-923-4231 Grayson Farm, 434-286-4130 Hidden Creek Farm, 434-985-4309 Hoof & Woof 4-H Club, 434-872-4580 Horse as Healers, 434-882-3610 Infinity Acres Ranch, 276-358-2378 Mechums View Farm, 434-823-5419

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LANGUAGE Han Studio Chinese Classes, 434-327-9573 La Alliance Francaise, 434-260-0640 Speak Language Center, 434-245-8255

LEARNING The Hunt Course 866-425-7656 See ad page 79 Mindworks, 434-989-1481

MARTIAL ARTS The Little Gym 434-975-5437 See ad page 74

7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido, 434-296-9933 AIM Self-Defense, 434-979-0282 Aldridge Karate Institute, 434-985-2049 Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center, 877-880-2479 Ch’ville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 434-825-6202 Ch’ville Judo Academy, 434-975-4482 International Black Belt Center, 434-973-8885 L M Karate Academy, 434-589-5282 Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, 434-973-0318 MMA Institute, 434-975-6624 Mountain Kim Martial Arts, 434-245-0202 Ssal Shin Jo Judo, 434-531-2951 Superior Martial Arts, 434-973-3000 UpLevel Martial Arts, 434-973-0855

MENTORING Big Brothers Big Sisters, 434-244-0882 Big Siblings (Madison House), 434-977-7051 Computers 4 Kids, 434-817-1121 Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA, 434-982-2361 Young Women Leaders Program, 434-924-9732




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MUSIC Blue Ridge Music Together 434-293-6361 See ad page 68 The Front Porch 434-242-7012 See ad page 75 B# Music, 434-806-3515 Bailey Lessons, 434-242-9743 Blue Ridge Irish Music School, 434-409-9631 Brooke Dezio Piano Studio, 434-244-0533 Charlottesville Municipal Band Youth Ensemble, 434-295-9850 Charlottesville Performing Arts School, 434-293-2727 Children’s Choir of Central Virginia, 434-260-1180 Fingerdance Studio, 434-466-1024 FootNotes Studio, 434-242-0605 Lisa Luria Piano Studio, 434-987-5637 Music Education Center, 434-973-1032 Music Resource Center, 434-979-5478 Music Teachers Association, Richardson Guitar Studio, 434-293-4017 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature, 434-286-2806 Specialty Guitars Plus, 434-979-3800

stressed?” “What are the costs?” “Are uniforms




“What comments have you heard from other parents whose children are in the program?” Try to get information from more than one source. This will broaden your options and help narrow your search down to a few programs. Finally call the organizations you are interested in to get concrete information.

Class Size In gathering information, ask about class size and what specific classes there are to choose from. Some experts believe there should be no more than 12 children per teacher. Others think the ratio depends on the age, skill level and activity the child is participating in. For example, in most martial arts programs, classes are broken down by age and belt level. This is to accommodate the various developmental

stages. Kids



older and more advanced can be taught in larger groups, but beginners and early

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elementary-school children need more attention.

It is best to have trained professionals for





important, though, is that the instructor understands




physiology of young children. He should be creating a safe and positive learning environment, emotionally as well as physically. A good instructor is one who can teach the principles to his students so they understand them clearly. He must also have a good rapport with children. Instructors should be able to work well with each student, and in addition, be able to maintain control between students so they work together with an attitude of cooperation versus one of adversarial competition.

Lesson Length & Time Another factor to consider when choosing a program is frequency and duration of lessons. Age is again the primary factor. A good rule of thumb is the younger the child, the shorter the

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{resources after-school} Stacy’s Music, 434-974-1555 The Music Emporium, 434-973-2931 VA Consort Youth Chorale Program, Youth Orchestra of Ch’ville-Albemarle, 434-974-7776

MORE SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Bounce Play-n-Create 434-973-1111 See ad page 69 Albemarle Girls Field Hockey and Lacrosse League, Cavalier Wrestling Club, 540-649-2015 Highlands Golf Park, 434-985-2765 Jump Trampoline Park, 434-284-8248 Kegler’s Youth Bowling League, 434-978-3999 Main Street Skating Arena, 434-817-2400 Meadowcreek Golf, 434-977-0615 Rocky Top Climbing Gym, 434-981-3306 Seminole Boys/Girls Lacrosse, University Dive and Hobby Center, 434-296-6306

SOCCER Piedmont Family YMCA 434-974-9622 See ad page 67

THEATRE The Paramount Theater 434-979-1333 See ad page 20

SOCA 434-975-5025 See ad page 67

Black Box Players, 434-970-7600 DMR Adventures, 434-203-6314 Four County Players, 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions, 434-547-7986 Jefferson Youth Theatre, 434-249-2803 Light House Filmmaking Studio, 434-293-6992 Live Arts, 434-977-4177

Monticello United Soccer Club, 434-974-4625 Scottsville Org. for Kids’ Sports, 434-960-0223 SWIMMING YEAR-ROUND Charlottesville Parks & Rec 434-970-3260 See ad page 2 ACAC, 434-978-3800 (Alb. Square) Ch’ville YMCA Aquatics Club, 434-974-9622 Virginia Gators, TENNIS Fairview Swim and Tennis, 434-973-7946 Quickstart Tennis,

TUTORING Georgetown Learning Centers, 434-296-5111 Madison Learning Center, 540-738-2617 Tutor Doctor, 434-422-3595 Parents! Please Note: The information listed here is a general guideline. Some sports have height/weight and skill requirements. Please talk with the program leader to find the right program for your child. It is our goal at CharlottesvilleFamily to present families with a springboard to find programs that best suit their needs. CharlottesvilleFamily does not in any way represent or endorse any of these programs and, as always, we urge families to visit and interview businesses to make certain they are safe, qualified, and a good fit for your family.

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otherwise be for childcare. Even then,

Finally when inquiring about a school,

let your child take the lead. If it looks

be sure to ask the following: Are there

Visiting the facility is a good start, but

like he’s operating on overload, lighten

specific standards and programs for each

the most effective way to find a program

up on his schedule and provide plenty

age group? Is there a way for your child to

that suits your child is to let him try it

of down time. Family time is another

excel and advance? How do they measure

out. Many programs offer introductory

important part of the equation. Children

the level of proficiency for each child? If

classes with no commitment. This allows

need time with their family as much

a child has a fear, how is it addressed? In

the child to become familiar with the

as they do developing their mind, body

addition, check on costs and uniforms or

program. It further serves as a screening

and emotional mindset in more formal

other equipment that may be required.

process to see if the instructor is running


Knowing the answers to these questions

the program at the child’s level.

will help you decide if this is the right

Curriculum & Philosophy

place for your child.

Overall, the very best program is one that provides a safe, stimulating

When inquiring about curriculum, find out how it is structured. Look for


environment while keeping the student’s

Visiting & Introductory Classes

age and developmental level in mind. In

schools that use alternative ways to

Once you have narrowed your search,

essence, it should aid in a child’s physical,

present the same material. This keeps

stop by for a visit. Sit in on the program

mental and emotional development. All

it fun and caters to the various learning

and observe a class in session. How does

of that being said, the question is, “Which

styles of children. Because competition is

the instructor interact with the students?

activity is best for your child?”

part of every activity, address this issue

Is he encouraging them in what they

before signing your child up for classes.

are doing? Is he patient, respecting any

Some programs are more competitive

given fears? Is he consistent? Does he use

than others. The focus of any program

positive reinforcement? Are the students

should be on doing one’s best, not on

listening and attentive? Do they seem

outdoing another. It is important for your

happy? Is the program geared for the skill

kids to have fun and enjoy the activity.

and developmental level and age of the

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BUSY HANDS BUSY BRAINS Touch & Learn Daytrip Ideas to Engage Your Little One’s Brain

No matter a person’s age, touch and movement are essential to everyday life and learning. Children first learn to explore and understand their environment by touching and feeling with their hands during their developmental years. Tactile learning is developed through activities like building, coloring and painting, creating a foundation of skills that later translate into more complex abilities, including reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking. This all supports the idea that “busy hands lead to busy brains,” and research has shown that when a person, especially

a child, is combining activities that require movement, talking and listening, he is activating multiple areas of the brain. Whereas, when a person is just listening, he or she is activating only one part of their brain. With this in mind, here is a collection of daytrips to provide opportunities for your kids to develop skills through hands-on learning and physical activity. Whether it be molding clay, dancing to music or exploring nature, the kids are sure to have a blast getting their hands dirty while also learning about the world around them.

by Olivia Jackson


{resources daytrips}

photo courtesy: CMoR

Children’s Museum of Richmond (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Play the day away at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, CMoR, where playing is learning. Complete with a Virginia





grocery store and a toddler-sized museum, it’s no surprise that CMoR is one of the nation’s top-ranked children’s museums. Children can engage their creativity and exploration in a variety of hands-on exhibits where they can report the news, milk a cow, dig for dinosaur fossils or create their own art. With 44,000 square feet, it offers several interactive exhibit areas, a museum shop and more to keep the whole family entertained for hours. The kids will love using their hands and stimulating their minds while engaging in the exhibits. CMoR is next door to the Science Museum of Virginia, too. *Tip: W











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photo courtesy: Merck Science Lab/Explore More Discovery Museum

Please call for Fountain Cave Adventure tour information!

Explore More Discovery Museum (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive This




museum understands that children are naturally curious and learn by exploring their surroundings. Their appreciation

for a child’s broad spectrum of learning

a musical instrument is not only fun, it

inspires their visual, auditory and tactile

can also improve hand-eye coordination,

exhibits with which little ones can engage

memorization and creativity. Visit their

their minds and bodies. The multisensory

website to see a schedule of the classes

exhibits, such as construction and toy

and workshops as well as the family

building, a garage service center and a

performances they offer. All instructors

farm and farmers market, open children

are professional musicians and love

to a variety of stimuli that teach them

to share their knowledge and passion

how to problem solve and think critically.

for music with students of all ages and

Exhibits also allow children to be creative

skill levels. Whether you want to learn

by participating in a TV studio exhibit, an

the guitar, fiddle, banjo, ukulele or

art center, a science area where kids can

harmonica, learn about songwriting or

use the microscope and a theater. This

simply jam out, the Front Porch is the

museum packs a lot of learning and fun

place to be.

into its cozy confines, and admission is

Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place

The Front Porch

(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive

free on the first Friday of each month.

(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour

photo courtesy: The Front Porch

Spend an afternoon exercising your

What better way to stimulate the

creativity at Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The

mind and body than through music? Pick

Pottery Paintin’ Place. Let your inner

up a musical instrument and get playing

artist shine as you make a special mug,

at The Front Porch. This non-profit

plate or bowl in clay, or paint your own

music school is a great place to start

beautiful pottery piece. With an open

learning a new instrument or to continue

studio and several levels of classes,

mastering your musical skills. Learning

from beginner to advance, Lazy Daisy


A place for all ages to learn bluegrass, old time, gospel and the blues from master musicians who love to teach as much as they love to play. THE FRONT PORCH | WWW.FRONTPORCHCVILLE.ORG 221 EAST WATER STREET | 434-242-7012


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growth. A variety of educational classes

hone their craft, starting from simple




are offered for children ages 4 months

bowls and cups, and then graduating

to 12 years old that Little Gym Members

to more complicated designs such as a

can book online and ensure families

model planet or intricate flower. Open

will find a class for their child to enjoy.

to kids and adults, the clay workshops

Parent-child classes help promote early

are all year long, every Saturday at

development, while pre-K gymnastics

11:30 a.m., while painting classes are

classes allow kids to channel their

offered everyday the studio is open.

abundance of energy in a constructive

environment, and dance classes let

photo courtesy: Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Art and history come together at

the center is open to the public with free

(Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive

admission Tuesdays through Thursdays

There is no better place to see

and Fridays and Saturdays, select times.

wildlife up close than at the Virginia

Kids can explore full-size replicas of the

Safari Park. The park provides the

different types of Lewis and Clark’s boats,

perfect opportunity for kids to learn

as well as different hands-on stations

about wildlife and connect with nature.

that allow participants to explore and

The park contains 180 acres where 400

learn, such as the Science Station for

different animals roam freely over three

bird learning and water studies, the

miles of road. Drive along the Safari

Carpentry Corner for nail art and bird

Drive-Thru path (remember the in-park

houses, or Art in Action for mask making.

speed limit is 5 miles per hour) and get

Nature journaling, scavenger hunting,

up close and personal with the animals.

painting and oar smoothing are only a

Buckets of animal feed are available

few of the activities kids can enjoy. Older

for purchase at the time of admission

children can make their own Keelboat

or in the gift shop, and kids will love

or launch pirogues in a supervised

interacting with the furry creatures

workshop and kayak in the nearby

and watching them frolic around. A 10-

Rivanna River.

acre walk-thru area provides visitors the chance to see kangaroos, giraffes, tigers and penguins. Kids can also

(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive

to c



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enjoy a petting area where they can

The Little Gym understands the

feed and pet goats, pigs, chickens and

importance of early learning. Physical

llamas. To see baby animals, plan your


trip for either spring or early summer.





stressed for children to explore their environment


having fun.

Virginia Safari Park

The Little Gym


open your child to a world of play while

in Charlottesville’s Darden Towe Park,

activities for everyone to enjoy. Located


themselves. A visit to The Little Gym will learning valuable lessons and, of course,

the Exploratory Center with hands-on

rock y: Wild courtes

children explore new ways to express





Wildrock (Crozet) 0–1 hour drive Wildrock provides kids the opportunity to explore and play in nature. Admission is paid by donation only and allows access to the discovery center, located on 28 acres, where kids can play freely and interact with their environment. Follow the trails through the forest, enjoy the streams and run freely in the three-acre enclosed playscape. The kids’ imaginations can run wild while exploring the 12 play zones that include a wading stream and a hobbit house and pretending to care for a nature friend at the play Wildlife Rescue Station. Children can also don a pair of butterfly wings or a fox’s tail and perform on the Creation Stage, as well as mix up a “delicious” recipe of stone soup at the Nature Kitchen. The Discovery Barn offers families the chance to escape the heat and learn about the environment by decorating a fairy house, constructing a






YMCA (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive The





learning and wellness activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Crozet Park location




as well as daily passes and is equipped with two pools, two basketball courts, exercise studios and a family fun zone. The Brooks Family YMCA at McIntire Park has plans for a softball field and a new playground. Enjoy the pools, walking tracks and group exercise, and take part in the intergenerational and teen centers for






conversation. children


kindergarten to fifth grade are offered in the summer to help kids stay active and learn through physical and imaginative play, and include exploring caverns and conquering a rope course. The many

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{until next time humorous reflections}

Into the Education Machine

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

School is like the Grand Canyon: For some it is an eyeopening place of beauty and inspiration; while for others, it’s a deep pit populated with scary adults and unknown classmates. It depends on your attitude. And, on one long-ago September morning, our daughter Marie had the right attitude. With bright eyes and an eager little smile, she took our hands and we walked her to school for her first day of kindergarten. We were the apprehensive ones. All along, school had seemed like a good idea in the abstract, but on that day, the building itself loomed ahead, inappropriately large, harsh and businesslike—not the kind of place to send a dear, little child. P.M. kindergarten had a noon start time, so the only people in front of the school at 11:55 a.m. were the new kindergartners and their parents. Although some of the parents had been through this before with older siblings, everyone was nervously excited. I took pictures of Marie in her new clothes. She had on an adorable shorts-and-shirt set showing a picture— With bright eyes and an in pastel rainbow eager little smile, she took colors—of a bear flying our hands and we walked a kite. Very juvenile, but it worked for her. her to school for her first Underneath, in keeping day of kindergarten. with the educational tone of the day, she had on the proper days-of-theweek underpants. “Wednesday,” if memory serves. Up until then, she’d worn them at random, but now it was time to stop fooling around. Marie had learned her letters in three years of preschool, and she was already writing a little. Marie had made up a menu while playing Restaurant that included “sreailril” (cereal) and “igz” (eggs). My wife and I were charmed by her free-ranging ingenuity and let Marie know it. We would leave it to the teacher to tell our little genius that there’s no “Q” in “thank you.” They say school days are happy days, and many of them are. But, I could remember the anxiety of incomplete homework, the embarrassment of being picked last for a


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baseball team, and the shame of sucker-punching a class pariah just to show off. I cringed to think of my little girl entering a place where failure is possible, heartache is likely and the ignoble deed is commonplace. Marie knew how to tie her shoes, count to 50 and read a pair of underpants, but she didn’t know how to react to cruelty, rejection or injustice. The slightest frustration would make her cry. And to her, a mild rebuke was like the stroke of a bullwhip. Maybe kids need to go to school to learn the things their parents don’t want to teach them. Besides drinking at the fountain of knowledge, eating paste and making new friends, kids in school are in line for all those painful-yet-broadening experiences that don’t come muscling their way into the hothouse environment of nursery school or into that carefully guarded sanctuary we call home. So, we inserted eager little Marie into the Education Machine that day, and we cried a little after the door clanged shut behind her. Walking home, my wife lamented, “What are they doing to my baby?” During the next 17 years, Marie did some homework, found friends, lost friends, won the coveted Blanche I. Oliphant Award for Language Arts, made a backpack entirely out of duct tape, laughed, cried, won an election, lost an election, had a few boyfriends, acted in a couple of plays, played some hooky, went to a prom, picked a college, read some books and wrote some papers. Then she marched out of the Education Machine smiling and waving a diploma. A photocopy of that document is taped to our refrigerator. Her spelling has improved so greatly that some people actually pay her to write for them. And now, she has her own apartment and is paying her own rent. So here’s a thought for any child who is about begin a new school year: Even if you don’t see school as a place of wonder, you can still appreciate an education because it’s like learning to ride a two-wheeler. If you apply yourself and stay with it, you’ll finally be able to go somewhere without your parents running along holding onto your seat. Have a great year!

Rick can be reached at

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