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march 2018 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

reminiscing about some of the first classes our family took. Our oldest was the


beneficiary of much attention in her babyhood, being the only apple of our eye


at the time. I dutifully signed up for all of the “mommy and me” classes I could


find and play-dated my free time away. She remembers nothing, though I’m sure it was all building a very good foundation, and she is doing well in college now. However, her early class career was not without challenges. Most famous in Bryerton family lore is the preschool “mommy and me”

Susan Powell


Carath DeFrancia, Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz

movement class that included a little stretching and baby instruments with simple songs. Being very pregnant with our second child, I lumbered about

Danielle Burr, Barbara A. Tompkins



Rachel Beyer, Becky Calvert, Melanie Dick,

Rick Epstein, Beth Fornauf, Dionna Mann,

Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Sarah

sing in front of the mirrors instead of joining me in the circle of well-behaved

Pastorek, Amy Salvatore Reiss, Beth

mommies and toddlers. After three weeks of this, the instructor kindly pulled

Seliga, Madison Stanley, Elizabeth

me aside after class and suggested maybe it wasn’t the right time for our

Sweatman, Denise Morrison Yearian

while my graceful daughter became very hard to catch! She found the large echoing dance room delightful and was perpetually skipping away to wiggle and

darling girl to be in the class, and she was worried about me getting up and down so often to fetch her back. I was handed a refund check and encouraged to sign up again sometime in the future. After the initial embarrassment, I was able to admit the wisdom of that wonderful teacher and, instead, cherish the extra quiet mornings at home I had left with my baby girl who soon would have a sister to share me with. When our subsequent babies came along, they, too, were able to enjoy “mommy and me” classes—albeit fewer of them. We then travelled as a much larger family unit and play-dates were informal gatherings of younger siblings toted along to soccer practice and scouts. Both the structured and unstructured time of these classes and play-dates provided important lessons: how to listen and follow directions, sharing, taking turns and inventing games—all skill sets to be nurtured. As a now seasoned parent, I recommend that new mothers enjoy the wealth of wonderful classes and camps available, and also keep expectations realistic. Go easy on yourself and child … even if you get asked to leave the occasional “mommy and me” class. We all can learn when we listen to the caring wisdom of our teachers. Happy March!


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News 4

The Buzz Around Town 6  Are you okay with another parent reprimanding your child?

Snapshot 10


New Mom 26 Diaper Bag Checklist

Healthy Family 28 Healthy Tummy, Healthy Brain

Henley Classrooms Discover the Timeless Link Between 1843 & 2018

Editor’s Pick!

Pet Contest Winners & Homemade Pet Treat Recipes

7 Days, 7 Daytrips 46 Family Staycation Ideas for an Awesome Spring Break

My Dad, My Hero 50

From spring break daytrip ideas, family pet resources and our annual camp guide to local kids talking about their heroic dads, this issue is a perfect way to get a jump-start into spring.

March Festivals & Events for the Family

St. Patrick’s Day 24 Festive Kid-Friendly Crafts & Books

Out & About Calendar 14

Precious Pets 40

Our Schools 12

Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent & Educator


Local Kids Talk About Their Dads & How Their Jobs Help the Community

As Easy as 1, 2, 3 58 A Teacher’s Guide for How to Help Your Child Build Confidence in Math Camper Communication Why Less is More



Tips & Trends 30 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Local Pet Guide 44

Home & Garden 32 Early Spring Pruning

Food & Family 36 Better Dining Out Experiences

Caring for Your Precious Pets

19th Annual Camp Guide 66

Resources for Residential Camps, Day Camps & Summer Programs

UNTIL NEXT TIME Confessions of a Latchkey Child 80  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

32 So Love This! “I loved seeing all of the submissions for our Pet Contest, and I am looking forward to trying the homemade pet recipes for our furry family members.” — Madison, online & social media editor

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Ivy Publications proudly sponsors: Virginia Wine Expo Main Street Station, Richmond February 27–March 4

The Albemarle High School Jazz Band ‘Swing Into Spring’ Benefit Concert The Jefferson Theater March 11

Virginia Festival of the Book

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The Paramount Theater March 25

The Shops at Stonefield March 31

Peace Program Inspires Students

Albemarle Teens Team Up to Create New Technology St. Anne’s-Belfield School hosted its third annual SPARK! hackathon, which brings together Albemarle teens to create new technology in just 10 hours. During the event, 70 students broke into teams to create technology such as databases and apps with the common goal of changing the world through technology. One group, for instance, created a database that helps victims of cyber-bullying. At the end of the 10 hours, each group presented their creation to faculty, parents and community members.


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Students at the Jefferson School recently finished a semester-long program that focused on peace education and mentoring. This NewGen Peacebuilders Program provided over 20 students with scholarships to participate in the opportunity. Five projects centered on homelessness, one focused on English as a second language, another involved refugees in our community, while another included untold stories of the African-American community, among others. The program is designed to give students the skills they need to become leaders in their community, and will expand to other cities in Virginia.

Local Students Use Art to Help Hurricane Victims Charlottesville High School students in Jennifer Mildonian’s art class have taken on a special project to help children suffering from the aftermath of last year’s Hurricane Maria. In the class, students are using the 34 photos they’ve received of Puerto Rican children who have lost most of their belongings due to the hurricane to create portraits to send back to them. These portraits will serve as part of a larger memory project that includes a collection of photographs of children suffering from natural disasters around the world. Mildonian wanted her students to partake in this project not only to showcase their artistic ability but also to spread kindness and love. The portraits will be shown in March during the school’s Art Connection show, and then they will distribute the portraits to the children of Puerto Rico.

VADM Adds 3 New Exhibits

Third Graders Publish Book for Hurricane Victims Stone-Robinson Elementary School third graders are helping families in Puerto Rico who are still struggling in the wake of last year’s Hurricane Maria. They have decided to combine their reading and writing skills to create an alphabet book that they will sell to raise money for the families in Puerto Rico. This cause is close to the students’ and the school’s heart, as the assistant principal, Ms. Gonzalez, is from Puerto Rico, and has family still living there. The book can be purchased through the school’s PTO. Check out the link on the school’s webpage or email directly to Karen Heathcock at kheathcock@k12albemarle.org.

After over a month of renovations, the Back Gallery is set to reopen on March 17 with three brand new exhibit areas in Little C’ville—Discovery Farm, Discover Outdoors and Financial Fundamentals. The Discovery Farm exhibit will allow for an interactive, group-oriented experience where kids can learn to identify healthy food options, recognize natural resources and understand the living organisms that are part of an interdependent system. The Discover Outdoors exhibit will feature a ranger station climbing structure where children can explore and expand their gross motor skills. The third exhibit, Financial Fundamentals, will be a bank designed to facilitate imaginative play and build math skills while teaching basic concepts of personal finance.

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TOWN Are you okay with another parent reprimanding your child? 74% say “yes” 26% say “no” “If my child does something that needs reprimanding, I would absolutely want another parent to kindly correct my child. It takes a village to raise polite, respectful, well-mannered kids!” – Jenn, mother of four “I think it depends on who the parent is. I wouldn’t want a stranger reprimanding my child. But if I knew the parent and their intent, and my child is in the wrong, I definitely wouldn’t mind. I’d probably be thankful that they are helping me out. Sometimes my child will listen better to other adults.” – Sarah B., Fluvanna, mother of one girl “If I entrust my child to another mom’s care, then I trust their judgment when it comes to disciplining my child.” – Kristen P. “I think if there is a respectful boundary with the reprimandation it would be healthy for children to be reprimanded by others. If only the parent(s) reprimand(s) the child(ren), then they will not know how to handle it once they are faced with reprimandation whether it be in school or in other aspects of life.” – Mother of four

“Generally speaking, there needs to be a comfort level. I am okay with my close friends correcting my child. I’m not okay with a complete stranger reprimanding her. However, I have reprimanded a random child when I felt their behavior was putting my child in danger.” – Kari W., Lake Monticello, mother of a 4-year-old “If I am not around, I am okay with a parent redirecting or offering gentle guidance to my child. But it is never okay for another parent to discipline or reprimand another’s child. I always seek out the parents of the child and speak directly with them.” – Cindy, mom of a 5-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy “I would prefer the other parents to come to talk to me. It is my job to raise my kids.” – Sue B., Charlottesville, mother of two girls

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Light House Studio Receives Grant Each year, Dominion Energy ArtStars Awards recognizes art organizations around Virginia who show outstanding work in bringing together arts, education and the community. Celebrating the connections built by arts organizations and collaborations, these awards include organizations that serve Pre-K through twelfth grade Virginia students. At each annual ceremony, five outstanding nonprofit organizations are awarded the $10,000 grant. This year, Charlottesville’s very own Light House Studio is one of the five winners. Light House Studio, a local nonprofit filmmaking center, hosts 134 workshops for students in the Shenandoah area to help build their vision and hone their creative skills.

County Middle Schoolers Work to Enact Change Middle school students in Crozet have been working on projects for their new passion-based curriculum. The program prompts students to create a project they feel strongly about, and that will enact some sort of change. A few projects have included organizing a concert to benefit mental illness resources and collecting sports equipment to send to Haiti. Area schools are striving to foster and instill a sense of excitement and passion for the community and for their future careers choices. The students are displaying their projects to faculty, family and community members, encouraging them to donate to their chosen causes.

UVA School of Medicine Mentors Local Students The University of Virginia School of Medicine mentored Charlottesville High School biology students to help give them experience with cutting-edge medical research. Small groups of students teamed up and chose a disease to research; they also visited UVA’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library to search scientific journals. One project compared steroidal and nonsteroidal treatments for asthma, and identified ideal uses and side effects of bronchodilators. After sound research, the student groups designed posters to present to judges from UVA. The goal of the project is to encourage students to pursue careers in health care and medical research.

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Boy Uses His Birthday to Give to Others For 16-year-old Ashton Ryan, his birthday is always a time of giving instead of receiving. Six years ago Ryan decided to start a coat drive birthday party, and each year the event grows bigger. He and his mom plan the event, which took place at the Applebee’s on Pantops, and included live music, a balloon release, and booths for other community groups like 99.7WCYK radio and the Ronald McDonald House. The coats received during the drive, which had a total of 800 just last year, go to area schools where they are distributed to students who need them.

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Dr. Pamela R. Moran, the Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent since January 2006, has helped lead area schools to a brighter future. With four-plus decades of learners coming and going from classrooms and schools during her time as an educator, she emphasizes the value of “student-led research, project-based learning and contemporary learning spaces that promote collaboration, creativity, analytical problem-solving, critical thinking and communications competencies.” Investing in programs that close opportunity gaps and prepare all students for lifetime success should be a unifying purpose for every community. What are the best and most challenging parts about your job? I never have thought of being an educator as a job. It is a lifechanging experience for both teacher and student, and every day is filled with more challenges and opportunities. One of the most illustrative ways to sum up what an educator does is capsulized by the so-many times I will meet a former student who will tell me about a special time in their lives in which they learned something that still impacts them as an adult. It’s that ability to influence a person in such a positive way that is the best part of being a teacher. The first day of every new school year is a favorite time for me. Each new year brings a wonder to the lives and dreams of thousands and thousands of children. As for challenges, it’s the wide gap that exists among students who have unequal access to learning opportunities through no fault of their own. The key to balancing interests and resources is to focus on the role of schools as the great equalizer in terms of opportunity. How have you grown and changed over the years? The most impactful advice I ever received was that when someone comes to you with a new idea, never say “no” because they might never come to you again. Always find a way to engage staff, to


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encourage suggestions, and to keep lines of communication open and lively. I was young in my career when I received that advice, but it made a profound difference in my approach to management. What advice do you have for parents and their young who are aspiring to help others through their careers? Judging from my own life, I would say to never abandon your passions. As a young schoolgirl, I was always fascinated by the concept of discovery, sometimes manifested in unusual ways, such as my love of snakes outside our country home in the Low Country of South Carolina. That led to my interests in science and in education. My other passion was the many discussions I had with my grandfather, and always around how problems get solved by understanding people and a little common sense. I think those are sound principles for anyone at any time in any career— always keep your desire for discovery and your joy in uncovering new information, as high and energetic as possible. Our voices have the power to hurt or heal, and when we focus on finding common ground to solutions, we are more likely to walk away from our time together seeing the strengths of others, not their deficits. You should always respect and value interpersonal relationships. Always leave plenty of room for common sense in making decisions about the right path to follow. I’d add one more commitment and that’s to always build decisions on a strong foundation of integrity. This is so essential to the ability to collaborate with others, which is among the most valuable of life and leadership skills. I’ve also learned that it’s often the unintended opportunities that become the most influential learning experiences. Before switching to capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects, Beth was a sports photographer with her work appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. See her work at 3catsphoto.com.

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Henley Classrooms Discover the Timeless Link Between 1843 & 2018 The idea came to me while we were reading A Christmas Carol in my English class at Henley Middle School. As timeless as the story is, it is easy for students to get lost in the syntax of Dickens and lose his meaning altogether. I wondered how I could help students grasp Dickens’ theme of change, realizing that true change is possible not only in as unlikely a hero as Scrooge but also in all of us. Thus, the Change the World project was born. I asked students to think about a need in the world that they could meet and, in the process, change the lives of a human being. On the night of our Eighth Grade Expo, they presented their ideas to our community. One student is organizing a concert at the Southern Café and Music Hall to raise money for a mental health and suicide awareness organization; other students are collecting sports equipment to be sent to young boys and girls in Haiti and Guatemala; a third team

developed a social media campaign to prevent cyber-bullying; while another group is selling artwork to raise funds for the SPCA. The list gets longer. All of the students made presentations to hundreds of parents during the Expo, collecting donations and signing up volunteers. This project is a head start on the learning experience that the division’s High School 2022 is introducing to our curriculum. We initially developed our focus around the acquisition of skills associated with the “Four Cs,” creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. The state of Virginia added one more “C” that has to do with community service. As students conceived, developed and fine-tuned their projects, they employed all four of the original “Cs” to achieve the fifth one. They identified an issue about which they were passionate, set goals and determined the best way to measure success. The project’s real-world focus

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FESTIVALS & FAIRS 6th Annual ArtFest in the West

YOU CAN March 2, 6–9pm HELP! at Western Albemarle High School Stellar kids’ activities, worldly decorations, delicious food and silent auction items. Kids can take part in hands-on arts and crafts, enjoy a photo booth and see live music performances. 804-832-4493, artsinwesterned.org

Green Valley Book Fair

March 3–29 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Huge selection of children’s books at 60%–90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 800-385-0099, gobookfair.com

Piedmont Regional Science Fair

March 7 at John Paul Jones Arena About 300 students in grades 6–12 will represent more than 30 schools from over a dozen school divisions. Students interested in the science and engineering fields can earn

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Same Page Picture Book Films recognition and participate in an inspiring learning experience. 434-227-9062, vprsf.org

18th Annual VSA Visual Arts Exhibit

March 10–August 25, 6:30–8pm at Carver Recreation Center This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. The opening reception will take place March 10 from 6:30–8pm. 434-972-1730, charlottesville.org

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20–April 15 at Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in the nation’s capital, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

March 21–25 at Various Venues The festival brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy and literary. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! StoryFest day events can be seen on page 20. 434-924-6890, vabook.org

Dogwood Festival

March 24–May 5 throughout Charlottesville The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks and more. 434-218-5656, cvilledogwood.com

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March 8–11, 7pm Thursday–Saturday, 11am & 3pm Saturday & 1pm Sunday at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join Doctor Strange to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. 800-745-3000, richmondcoliseum.net

March 1, 8pm at The Paramount Theater Watch the UVA Men’s basketball team take on Louisville live on the big screen. Tickets are free, but online registration is encouraged. 434-979-1333, theparamount.net

March 10, 11am at Northside Library View films of picture book stories that focus on neighborhoods and cultural identity. A snack and juice box will be provided. YOU CAN 434-973-7893, jmrl.org HELP!

The Albemarle High School Jazz Band ‘Swing Into Spring’ Benefit Concert

March 11, 7–9:30pm at the Jefferson Theater The benefit will raise funds to travel to Savannah, GA, where the AHS Jazz Ensemble will be one of only 12 high schools in America chosen to participate in April’s Swing Central Jazz competition at the Savannah Music Festival. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 800-594-8499, jeffersontheater.com

A Fairy Tale Gathering

March 12, 4pm at Crozet Library Join Charlottesville Ballet as a professional ballerina reads classic fairy tales and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive storytime experience. Ages 3–11. Registration requested. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org

Kids’ Film Fest: From the Heart

March 14, 3:30pm at Crozet Library Enjoy several short films based on books about kids who have made a difference and then create a piece of art that reflects the passions in your own heart. Ages 6–11. Registration requested. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org

Charlottesville Ballet Presents: A Fairy Tale Gathering & Tea Party

March 24, 1pm & 4pm at PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building An interactive 45-minute performance for the whole family. Following each performance, kids and adults can also enjoy exclusive Fairy Tale Tea Parties where kids meet the dancers, do tea time crafts and take photos. 434-227-7592, charlottesvilleballet.org

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live™

March 25, 4pm at The Paramount Theater Meet life-like dinosaurs and other creatures in this theatrical performance. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333, theparamount.net

Seussical the Musical Theatre

March 28, 4:45–5:30pm at Central Library This workshop and performance features the Junior Stars of DMR Adventures. Hear how Seuss gets set to music, meet the Junior Stars, take in a short performance and dance with the musical’s stars. Ages 5–8. 434-979-7151, jmrl.org



411 N 1ST STREET • $1,695,000 Pristine renovation of a light drenched circa 1885 brick home with a spot-on modern, open floor plan. Coveted, quiet North 1st Street. Just a 3 block walk to the Downtown Mall. 2010 addition including sunroom, fabulous master bath, new powder room, basement storage. Private, level yard.

303 OLD LYNCHBURG ROAD • $349,900 Park-like setting just mins to UVA, Scott’s Stadium, Fry’s Springs Beach Club, Azalea Park, Rivanna Trail, & Downtown. Features incl’ fireplace, hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen w/ soapstone countertops, updated baths, and screened porch. One-car garage and shed. Inessa Telefus (434) 989-1559. MLS# 571081

All-City Choral Festival

March 28, 7-8pm, at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center Enjoy performances by choruses from each of the Charlottesville City Schools. 434-245-2971, charlottesvilleschools.org



Tour of 1850s American Farm Exhibit

March 1, 11:30am at Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Join several members of the Museum’s staff for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion of the Museum’s 1850s American Farm exhibit. 540-332-7850, facebook.com/pg/FrontierCultureMuseum/

James Madison’s Birthday Celebration

March 16, 1:30pm ceremony, 11am & 3pm in-depth tours at James Madison’s Montpelier Commemorate the 267th birthday of James Madison featuring the United States Marine Corps Band, Honor Guard, Color Guard and Firing detail, during the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery. 540-672-2728, montpelier.org

Homeschool Day at Montpelier

March 26, 9am–5pm at James Madison’s Montpelier Enjoy a day at Montpelier designed specially for homeschooling families, or any family seeking a fun day out. 540-672-2728, montpelier.org

4865 GILBERT STATION ROAD • $1,495,000

A privately set, 26 acre country property comprised of a 4,065 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom main house with attached 2-car garage, adjacent garage with an 884 sq ft in-law or guest apartment and a barn (could be finished to be 4-5 center-aisle stalls). Trails through the woods and a formal garden complete the picture. This potential horse property is within easy walking or riding distance of the miles of horse/bike/ pedestrian friendly trails of Preddy Creek. Moments to Baker-Butler and Hollymead conveniences. 3.4 OPEN ACRES WITH VIEWS


3115 DUNDEE ROAD • $425,000 Open acreage, mountain views, bucolic atmosphere all located 10 mins from Barracks Rd. Just under 3.5 acres of usable land in a quiet neighborhood, this house boasts 3500+ sq ft & oversized 2-car detached garage. Well-appointed kitchen with island & granite counters. Helen Ascoli (434) 996-2225. MLS# 570825

1230 GARDENWOOD LANE • $380,000 Charming 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, on 3 lush acres with pines & board-fenced pasture just 5 mins from CHO & Hollymead. Establish your own mini-farm with chickens, goats, horses. Covered front porch, rear hot tub deck & screened porch off the spacious, main-level master. Bunny French (434) 996-1029. MLS# 570811

Walk-Through Tour Days

March 30 & 31, 9am–5pm at Monticello Explore the house at your own pace with guides stationed in each room. Additional activities and tours available on the grounds. Great for families with children. 434-984-9800, monticello.org

LEARNING FUN Special Night for Special Needs

March 2, 5:30–7:30pm at CMoR Central Families with children who have special needs can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 10 and under. 804-474-7000, c-mor.org


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{our town calendar} Public Nightat McCormick Observatory

March 2 & 16 at McCormick Observatory Visitors can view celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes (weather permitting), tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. 434-243-1885, astronomy.as.virginia.edu


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


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

Me, Myself & I: A Saturday Storytime

March 3, 10:30am at Crozet Library Celebrate what makes you you, with fun stories and art. Registration requested. Ages 3–7. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org


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


museumoutreach@virginia.edu or 434.243.2050

Pictures & Pages With Glynis Welte

AldersgAte United Methodist ChUrCh Presents…


CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner

Consignment Sale


Gently Used Children’s Clothing, Toys, Baby Equipment and lots more!

“Choose YoUr ChAritY” Preview event! Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 10am-6pm • $5 entry Fee SALE DATES: March 17 - 24 (Closed Sunday) (Restocking dates are March 15 & 16 - sale closed.)

Consign with us and receive 65% of your sales! Easiest tagging process around! Volunteer with us and shop first! (You are not required to consign in order to volunteer.)

“...an extremely well-organized sale...the best run sale I know of!!” ~Helen S.

1500 East Rio Rd. Charlottesville

For sale hours, volunteer and SPONSORSHIP opportunities:


March 7 at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related storytimes incorporating movement, songs and puppets with a variety of exciting books. 434-243-2050, uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu

Girls’ Geek Days

March 10, TBA at Stone Robinson Elementary School Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Open to all ages, girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian, too. Registration is required and space is limited. tech-girls.org

LGBT+ Students: Know Your Rights

March 12, 5pm at Northside Library Join Side by Side for a community dialogue about LGBT and questioning students’ rights in K–12 public schools in Virginia. Registration is recommended. jmrl.org

Move & Groove

March 15, 4pm at Central Library Dance to music you create on a floor piano. Test your skills on an indoor obstacle course. Create a pancake pile-up. Silly fun for ages 5–9. 434-979-7151, jmrl.org


Yak & Snack

March 19 & 20 at 9:00 PM

March 17, 2–3:30pm at Crozet Library Reading: Ghost by Jason Reynolds. A gritty and triumphant sports story. Grade 5–8. Registration required. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org

Middle School Girls Engineering Day

March 18 at UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. virginiaswe.org

Fun For the Young

March 21, Wednesdays, 10–11am at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore artwork through observation, movement and hands-on projects. 434-243-2050, uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu


March 2018

Measure & Magnify March

March 23, 2:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Bring something you would like to measure and magnify, or use one of the library’s objects. JMRL will provide the instruments to do some scientific observation. Create your own science journal to record your findings. 434-296-5544, jmrl.org

ARTS & CRAFTS Kids’ Club Foam Easter Eggs

March 10, 10am–12pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Shop while kids do a craft that they can take home after. Supplies included. 434-971-1072, classes.michaels.com

Pi(e) Day Jewelry Workshop

March 14, 6–8pm at Central Library Miniatures artist Jessica Partain teaches basic techniques to turn polymer clay into foodthemed charms for necklaces and earrings. In celebration of Pi day, bake up tiny pie jewelry. Ages 12+. Registration required. 434-979-7151, jmrl.org

Family Art JAMs: Designing Your Dream School

March 17, Various times depending on age, at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. 434-243-2050, uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu


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Typography Art

March 27, 10am & 11am at Crozet Library Turn a name, quote or other text into a piece of art that looks elaborate but is easy to make. Grades 6–12. Required registration begins March 1. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org


Now–May, Saturdays, 6–9pm at Greenwood Community Center Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. 434-296-5844, albemarle.org

Sugar Hollow Bridges Run 5K & 10K March 3, 8am at 5275 Sugar Hollow Rd., White Hall Proceeds support the local community. After, stay for a pancake breakfast. runsignup.com/race/va/whitehall/ sugarhollowbridges5and10krun


Join us on April 14th, 2018 at 11:00 am at albemarle High School  donate or register:  walk.jdrf.org/Charlottesville  CharlottesvilleFamily.com


{our town calendar} UVA Men’s Basketball vs. Notre Dame March 3, 4pm at John Paul Jones Arena Cheer on our ‘Hoos at home against Notre Dame. 888-575-8497, virginiasports.com YOU CAN HELP!

7th Annual Run for Home 8K/4K Walk

March 10, 8am–5pm at The Haven The race winds through historic and scenic downtown. All participants receive an official Haven running hat, and a healthy breakfast at The Haven after the race. 434-973-1234, thehaven.org

Ivy Talks: “Wings of Wonder: Birds of Prey”

March 11, 2–5pm at Ivy Creek Foundation Wendy and Ron Perrone of the Three Rivers Avian Center offer an award-winning program featuring live birds of prey including owls, falcons, hawks and Regis, the Bald Eagle. Come early as seating is limited; doors will close when capacity is reached. 434-973-7772, ivycreekfoundation.org YOU CAN HELP!

2018 Fix-a-Leak Family 5K

March 17, 10am at Pen Park Nature Trail Families are invited to come out for a trail race along the Rivanna River and learn how to fix water leaks in your home. Win prizes, enjoy music from the DJ, kids activities and conservation tips. 434-970-3877, charlottesville.org

Confidence for Kids

March 17, 1pm at Northside Library This class shows and teaches students how to have black belt confidence in their everyday life. Presented by UpLevel Martial Arts Charlottesville. Registration and adult accompaniment required. Ages 4–12. 434-973-7893, jmrl.org

2018 Charlottesville Ten Miler

March 24 This 10-mile run through Charlottesville raises money for local charities. cvilletenmiler.com

Free Union Farm Footrace 5K & 10K


March 31, 7am registration, 8am race at Intersection of Wesley Chapel and Fox Mountain Road Race on a unique route in Free Union with over 50% of it traversing a private farm. 434-244-0882, impact.blueridgebigs.org

Rustic Trail Hike

March 31, 9:15–11:30am at Route 53 parking area of the Saunders-Monticello Trail Take an informal ramble along one of the park’s many rustic woodland paths to learn about the natural history of the area and enjoy the season’s natural beauty. 434-984-9800, monticello.org

EASTER FUN Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza

March 25, 12–8pm at Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro Easter games for young and old alike, Easter food specials and even an Easter Bunny appearance. Fun for the family. facebook.com/events/147432452706982

Staunton’s Eggstravaganza

March 31, 9:30am–12pm, at Montgomery Hall Park Soccer Complex Bounce houses, old-fashioned egg coloring, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, face painting and surprise entertainers. 540-332-3945, facebook.com/ events/540028743038075


March 31, 11am–1pm at The Shops at Stonefield Join The Shops at Stonefield and Skyline Church and hunt for 25,000 eggs and enjoy music by Kim and Jimbo Cary, face painting and activities for the whole family. Adults can also join in the fun and hunt for golden eggs with gift cards in the shops. In CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! shopsatstonefield.com

Lean in Hop on in to Chocolatesville to get the best goodies for your basket this Easter or anytime!

. . stuff for Easter Cool baskets • toys • stuffed animals stickers • books • candy

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chocolatesville.com • (434) 249-5898


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Easter Egg Hunt & More at DuCard

March 31, 12–5pm at DuCard Vineyards What would Easter be without an Easter Egg hunt or maybe a visit by the Easter Bunny? Live music and treats inside and out. Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm. 540-923-4206, ducardvineyards.com

Peek-a-Bloom With Peter Rabbit

March 31 & April 1, 1–4pm, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs. Concert on Bloemendaal Lawn Saturday from 2–3pm. Activities in the Children’s Garden include drawing with sidewalk chalk, hula hooping and more. 804-262-9887, lewisginter.org

Easter Sunday Winemaker’s Brunch

April 1, 12:30pm at Veritas Vineyard & Winery Celebrate spring and Easter. This family-friendly event includes a wine-paired lunch followed by an Easter egg hunt for the kids on the lawn. 540-456-8000, veritaswines.com

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS The Mad Hatter’s Murder Mystery Escape Room

March 2, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library A crime has been committed and the Mad Hatter is the only one with the evidence. Teens

must look for clues and crack a series of locks in order to escape his tea party and report the solution. Grades 7–12. Registration Required. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org

Teens Who Code

March 6, 5:30–6:30pm at Central Library Explore coding together with other teens. Gain experience with different tools and platforms. Grades 6–12. Registration recommended. 434-979-7151, jmrl.org

I’m Not Racist ... Am I? Film & Discussion

March 6, 6pm at Northside Library Attend for a community discussion led by trained facilitators following a screening of the documentary about 12 NYC teens who spent a year talking and learning about racism. In partnership with Beloved community Cville. Ages 14+. 434-973-7893, jmrl.org

Cert Level 1 Training: Become a Community Responder

March 7, 5:45–8:45pm at Crozet Library Learn to prepare for disasters. In emergencies, CERT members assist others when professional responders are not immediately available. This class will cover personal preparedness, hazards and an intro to fire safety and medical operations. Ages 16+. Registration Requested. 434-823-4050, jmrl.org

The Era of Good Stitching

March 7, 6:30pm at Northside Library Join First Lady Elizabeth Monroe and James Monroe’s Highland as they teach how to create beautiful cross-stitched samplers and discuss this art form. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Registration Required. 434-973-7893, jmrl.org


Now–July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June, 9am–12pm at PVCC Main Building, Room M154 Receive help completing your free application for Federal Student Aid form. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. pvcc.edu/supersaturday

Journeys Bereavement Workshop

March 8, 5:30–7pm at Central Library This is a stand-alone bereavement workshop for children and families who have experienced a death. Evenings include dinner, seasonalthemed activities and exploration of thoughts and feelings of grief through creative expression. Children ages 3+. 434-817-6931, jmrl.org cont’d on page 22



{our town calendar} Annual StoryFest for Families at Virginia Festival of the Book Saturday, March 24, from 10am–5:30pm, families can enjoy StoryFest, a free celebration of books for kids and teens at various venues in Downtown Charlottesville. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor of this event. Find more details about the Virginia Festival of the Book at vabook.org.

Storytime Fun With the Play Partners Program of ReadyKids

March 24, 10–11am at C’ville Coffee This fun-filled storytime will introduce children to Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley. Enjoy reading, singing songs and a creating together. Engaging for toddlers and preschoolers.

African-American Heroes: Lives Told in Pictures

March 24, 10–11:30am at New Dominion Bookshop Lesa Cline-Ransome (Before She was Harriet), James Ransome (Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You), and Carole Boston Weatherford (Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library) read from and discuss their historical picture books for children.

Vs. the World: Young Adult Literature That Stands Up for Itself

March 24, 10–11:30am at The Village School Tami Charles (Like Vanessa), Brenda Rufener (Where I Live), and Ismée Williams (Water in May) discuss their young adult novels featuring strong female characters standing up to life’s challenges, from homelessness or pregnancy to racism.

The Junior League of Charlottesville Presents

23rd Annual Book Swap

March 24, 10am–12pm at Central Library Bring gently-used books and trade for new-toyou books. Free and fun for all ages.

Come enjoy a FREE event for kids of all ages! We promise a morning full of: Healthy activities the whole family can enjoy Delicious snacks Fun games

Saturday, March 17, 2018 9am - 1pm 1000 B Cherry Avenue Charlottesville


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March 24, 10:30–11:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum “Get wild” about reading with WHTJ/WVPT PBS and the Virginia Discovery Museum as they host some of Virginia’s feathered and furry friends with Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet wild animals who migrate, hibernate, or just tough it out, and learn how human activities can affect animals.

Making Sense of the World: Acclaimed Middle-Grade Fiction

March 24, 12–1:30pm at The Village School Kathryn Erskine (The Incredible Magic of Being), Alan Gratz (Refugee), and David Barclay Moore (The Stars Beneath Our Feet) discuss their acclaimed fiction from contemporary narrative and historical fiction to magical realism for middle-grade readers.

Storytime Marathon

March 24, 2–3:30pm at Central Library A selection of beloved children’s authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3–6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged.



Wild About Reading

FEST for kids & teens

Saturday, March 24 10:00 AM-5:30 PM Downtown Charlottesville

Telling True Stories: Nonfiction for Young Readers

March 24, 2–3:30pm at The Village School Deborah Heiligman (Vincent and Theo) and Ray Anthony Shepard (Now or Never) discuss their nonfiction books for young readers featuring historical figures.

Voices Sin Fronteras: Latinx Youth Speak Their Truth

March 24, 4–5:30pm at The Village School Teen writers Alejandro, J.J., Lisa, and Selena join teaching artists Juan Pacheco and Jason Rodriguez to discuss the creative process and their personal stories involved in the creation of this graphic memoir collection (Voces sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth) by Latinx youth in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.

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A program of

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Full schedule and details at VaBook.org #VaBook2018

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{our town calendar} DATE NIGHT Virginia Wine Expo

Now–March 4 at various venues in Richmond At Virginia’s premier wine event, taste and purchase a wide variety of exclusively Virginia wines and enjoy special events such as luncheons, seminars and more. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor of this event! 804-349-6909, virginiawineexpo.com.

Spring Oyster Festival

March 10–11 at Early Mountain Vineyards Enjoy oysters, live music, Virginia wine and great food. 540-948-9005, earlymountain.com

2018 Fix-A-Leak 5K March 17. See page 18.

2018 Spring Velo Swap

March 10–11 at Blue Ridge Cyclery Downtown If you need to upgrade your equipment, are looking for a gently used kid’s bike or have a bike to sell or extra wheels, check out Blue Ridge Cyclery’s 2018 Spring Velo Swap. 434-529-6514, blueridgecyclery.com

Here WEE Grow Again

March 14 & 17–24 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church This semi-annual kids’ consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church’s outreach efforts. The “Choose Your Charity” preview event is March 14. 434-973-5806, hereweegrowagain.com

Life After High School Transition & Resource Fair

March 17 at PVCC Main Building This event for parents of children with disabilities/special needs features presentations, a resource fair with exhibitors, door prizes, food and refreshments. Registration is requested. 434-975-9400, prepivycreek.com

VaHomeschoolers 2018 Conference & Resource Fair

March 23–24, 1–9pm Friday, 8am–6pm Saturday at The Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen This conference is designed to meet the needs of prospective, new and long-term homeschoolers with a comprehensive session lineup. Bring the family for the talent show and frozen yogurt social as well as numerous family programming opportunities. 866-513-6173, conference.vahomeschoolers.org

Portraits with Baby Chicks with Aaron Watson Photography

March 24 & 25, Saturday 8–11am & Sunday 3–5:30pm at King Family Vineyards Mini sessions just in time for Easter. To make your portrait session even more fun, there will be baby chicks on-site available to be a part of your family portrait! Limited availability. Reservations are required. 434-202-8031, facebook.com/events/326384004549077

Dogwood Tree Sale

March 29–31, 4–7pm Thursday, 7am–7pm Friday, TBA Saturday at Barracks Road Shopping Center Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. White, pink and red dogwoods available while supplies last—most years sell out by noon. 434-961-9824, cvilledogwood.com

OPEN HOUSES Caromont Farm Open House & Snuggle Sessions

Saturdays in March, 11am–4pm, at Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont Enjoy a casual day sharing in the beauty of the farm and in the company of the baby goats. 434-831-1393, caromontcheese.com

Covenant School Coffee with Head of Upper School & Tours March 5, 8:30am at Covenant School (Upper School) 434-220-7309, covenantschool.org

Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community Open House March 20, 11am–1pm at Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community 540-671-9894, albemarlemcc.com


March 2018

New Chicago Brass Recital

March 17, 8pm at Old Cabell Hall, UVA The New Chicago Brass will perform a free recital as part of the University of Virginia BrassFest 2018. New Chicago Brass represents the cutting-edge generation of high-quality brass performance in Chicago. 434-924-3376, virginia.edu

Terroir: Exploring French Wines & Cheeses

March 21, 6:30–8pm at Tilman’s Cheese & Wine Bar Sample a variety of French wines and cheeses in this guided tasting session. Brandon Hamlett of Republic National Distributing will show some favorite French wines with French cheeses to pair. tilmanscheeseandwine.com

Matt & Kim

March 24, 8:30pm at the Jefferson Theater The indie duo come to Charlottesville along with CRUISR & Twin Kids. 800-594-8499, jeffersontheater.com

Cooking Class With Terre Sisson

March 25, 11am–2pm at First Colony Winery Learn to prepare a delicious meal with professional Chef Terre Sisson of Charlottesville Wine & Culinary. Prepare and enjoy a threecourse meal paired with First Colony wines. 434-979-7105, firstcolonywinery.com

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band

March 31, 8pm at John Paul Jones Arena Local parrotheads are invited to flock to JPJ this March for Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band. 888-575-8497, johnpauljonesarena.com


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one of the most rewarding—and

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the world.

sometimes challenging—jobs in the world. Once again, we

Being a mother is perhaps one of the most rewarding—and

want to celebrate Mother’s Day by hosting our third annual

Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville We want to once again celebrate PLC Sponsored by

Mother’s Day by hosting our

Mother’s Day Essay Contest! The winning essay(s) will be published in the May issue of CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine and will receive a $100 gift card. In your essay, written in first person, please describe to

third annual Mother’s Day

us your most memorable mother moments or what you

Pediatric Essay Contest! Associates of CharlottesvillePLC We look forward to reading

love most about being a mother. Entries can be funny or

your submissions!

heartwarming—it’s up to you! Essays must be 500 words and submitted by email to our Senior Editor by Friday, April 6, at midnight.

Go to CharlottesvilleFamily.com for contest rules and guidelines!

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{our town calendar} by Denise Morrison Yearian

St. Patty’s Day Fun Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday steeped in shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold. You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate this fun event. Just grab some green garb and put on a festive spirit! As you do, here are a few activities to get your celebration started.


POT O’ GOLD • Styrofoam bowl • Acrylic paint (green) • Paintbrush • Chenille sticks (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) • Scissors • Gold-wrapped chocolate coins 1. Paint bowl with green paint. Let dry. 2. Repeat step 1 for a second coat. Let dry.


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3. To make a handle, gather chenille sticks and push them through one portion of the upper edge of the bowl. 4. Twist the chenille stick ends you pushed through to create a knot and secure in place. 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 directly across from it, forming the chenille sticks into an arc shape that creates a handle. 6. Fill the bowl with chocolate coins.

• Carnations, daisies or other white flowers • Glass with water • Green food coloring • Green ribbon 1. Place five drops of food coloring into the glass of water. 2. Cut flower stem ends at an angle and place in colored water. 3. Wait 24 hours. Water will travel through the stalk and turn the white flowers green. 4. Gather into a bouquet, tie a green ribbon around the stems and give as a gift.

TASTY RAINBOW FINGERPAINT • Six Ziploc sandwich bags • Cool Whip whipped topping or vanilla pudding • Food coloring • Scissors • Cookie Sheet 1. Place ½ cup of whipped topping into each of the six bags. 2. To get the colors of the rainbow, place the following drops of food coloring into each bag: Red bag = 3 drops red; orange bag = 2 drops red & 3 drops yellow; yellow bag = 3 drops yellow; green bag = 3 drops yellow & 1 drop blue; blue bag = 3 drops blue; violet bag = 5 drops red & 1 drop blue. 3. Remove excess air from each bag before zipping closed. 4. Mix food coloring with the whipped cream in each bag by pressing it with your fingers until the colors blend. 5. Use scissors to snip off the bottom corner of each bag. 6. Squirt whipped cream onto a cookie sheet and use your fingers to draw a picture. Take a snapshot to remember your masterpiece then gobble up your creation.

IRISH TALES Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola

The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick by Sheila Macgill-Callahan

Shamrocks, Harps, and Shillelaghs: The Story of the St. Patrick’s Day Symbols by Edna Barth

That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

Denise is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.



{living well new mom}

Diaper Bag Checklist Packing for Baby, Toddler and Mom, All-in-One

New Mom

The digital age has unburdened us from the physical heft of books, stereos and cameras. But for new moms, there is no clever device or app to replace the diaper bag, so far. Until Elon Musk figures that out, consider your diaper bag to be your parenting comrade-in-arms. Think Gary Walsh’s “Leviathan” briefcase in “Veep”: a vessel amply-stocked with supplies for every contingency. Start by thinking about who you’re packing for: 1) your baby, 2) your toddler (if applicable), and 3) yourself. For Baby – The number-one priority is to gather all essentials for diapering. These include: diapers, wipes, diaper cream, a changing pad, a couple of back-up outfits, extra socks, a receiving blanket, a cloth diaper or towel (to absorb babyboy’s mid-change accidents), antibacterial gel, and a plastic bag to contain dirty diapers and wipes. Other baby necessities include: a nursing cover; clean empty bottles and formula packets; bottled water; pacifier; sunhat; ID for baby with health/ by Whitney Woollerton Morrill physician/family information; medicines; lotions; sunscreen (for babies over 12 months); small toys/lovey; and a board book. For Toddler – If you also have a toddler in diapers, pack enough supplies for her, too—including different size diapers and back-up clothes. Include favorite, non-perishable snacks like squeeze applesauce packs and crackers. Pack medicines, including appropriate pain relievers; and, if there’s room, include a book or two, and a surprise toy or treat to stave off a tantrum in public. For Mom – You never know what surprises might come your way, so pack a back-up outfit and flats, hand sanitizer, hair ties, a comb, lip balm, lipstick, bottled water, headache medicine, feminine supplies, a small first aid kit, a phone charger, change for parking meters and a notebook. You might be wondering at this point if all of it will fit into one bag. Yes, so long as it’s Leviathan-like, with plenty of room and cozy compartments. But if the assemblage of For more diaper bag supplies, family essentials proves too cumbersome, limit the diaper see the Shopping section at bag’s contents to gear for baby (and sibling). Mom’s items CharlottesvilleFamily.com. can reside in a duffel in the trunk. How to carry the diaper bag is another thing to consider. It will need to work with your baby-carrier of choice (since babies need to be held or worn for much of their first year). If you prefer a front-baby carrier like the Baby Bjorn or a sling, then opt for a tote or backpack diaper bag. Just make sure the baby carrier goes on first, so the straps won’t conflict. Backpacks are also a good choice if you mostly use a stroller when you’re out and about. Totes and shoulder bags work well if baby likes to ride in a back-carrier. Here are a few bags to check out: The Gap’s Railroad Stripe diaper bag, $81, which can be carried as a tote or a shoulder bag, gap.com; The Muji Paraglider Cloth Carry-on Tote Bag, $69, and Paraglider Cloth Backpack, $69, made of wipeable nylon, muji.us/store; and the Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag, $64.99, with its 10 compartments and understated grey stylings, target.com. Be prepared, and be undaunted! Happy outings with your baby.


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UVA® CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & KOHL’S CARES. WORKING TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN HEALTHY Nationally close to 32% of school aged children are overweight or obese. UVA® Children’s Hospital would like to thank Kohl’s Cares for generously sponsoring Kohl’s Hoo’s Fit – a program designed by UVA® Children’s Fitness Clinic to promote healthy eating and active living among area children and parents. You can help by looking for special Kohl’s Cares merchandise like books and plush toys, throughout the year. 100% of the net profits for these items support health and educational opportunities like Kohl’s Hoo’s Fit. The partnership between Kohl’s and UVA® Children’s Hospital is creating a healthier future for area children.

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Healthy Tummy, Healthy Brain

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Connection Between Stomach Health & Emotional Well-Being Your stomach has a mind of its own. The gastrointestinal (GI) system houses millions of neurons that carry messages back and forth from the brain. This communication is a two-way street; your brain talks to your gut, and vice versa. When your gut health is compromised, you can experience gas, bloating, acid reflux, diarrhea and constipation, as well as mood swings and emotional distress. The Second Brain. The complex network of neurons in the stomach is part of the enteric nervous system (ENS), which has several important jobs. In fact, the ENS is so important that health experts often call it the “second brain.” The ENS lets us know when we’re hungry and when we’re full; it makes sure our food is by Melanie Dick digested; it helps regulate immune function; and much more. “We tend to take our gastrointestinal health for granted,” says Lisa Goehler, PhD, a University of Virginia School of Nursing lecturer and an expert in the gut-brain connection. “Abnormal gut function can cause alterations in behavior, attention span and even memory capacity.” It can also make us feel emotionally unstable. Sadness, depression, anxiety and other feelings that fall under the umbrella of stress can, in many cases, be attributed to an imbalance in the gut.” Goehler says there are many potential culprits, including: (1) A diet high in processed, refined carbohydrates and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); (2) Not having effective systems in place to cope with stress; (3) Repeated use of antibiotics; and (4) Pesticides and chemical toxins in the food supply. Recipe for Gut Health. To unlock the mood-boosting power of a healthy GI system, Goehler recommends the following: Eat colorful, fresh foods. “Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties, and the substances that give certain foods their bright color are also very good for the gut,” she says. Look for colorful fruits and vegetables and highly pigmented spices like turmeric—an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Eat mindfully. “One of the best things we can do for our To learn more about health is to slow down when we’re eating,” Goehler explains. mindful eating, visit “When we eat slowly in a relaxed manner, it gives us time to thecenterformindfuleating.org. feel full before we overeat.” Take care of your stomach bugs with probiotics. More than 100 trillion bacteria (the good kind) live in the stomach. If these microbes become disordered, inflammation and anxiety can result. Probiotics can help balance out your friendly bacteria and restore your stomach to its natural state. Probiotics can be found in powder, liquid or capsule form. They also occur naturally in dairy foods like yogurt and kefir, as well as fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso and tempeh. Manage stress with mind-body therapies. “The autonomic nerves that target the stomach can exert powerful anti-inflammatory effects,” Goehler says. Effective mind-body therapies include restorative yoga, massage and rewarding social interaction like volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends. “The gut is the largest immune system organ,” Goehler says. “Keep it healthy, and you’ll be better equipped to fight off germs—and mood swings.”


Melanie is a freelance writer currently living near Pittsburgh, PA. The original article can be seen in UVA Health System’s Vim & Vigor magazine.


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{living well tips & trends} Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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TRENDS by Madison Stanley

Prepping Your Spring Wardrobe After spring-cleaning your wardrobe, look for a few transitional accessories that make you excited and prepared for warmer months! Here are some suggestions: 1. White Sneakers. Perfect for walking around town, a chic pair of white sneakers can pair well with jeans, shorts, and even dresses and skirts. 2. Transparent Bag. These are not only helpful to have for any UVA event due to the new security measures but also super trendy and great for the warmer months.

3. Hats. Statement caps and straw hats are trending and a fashionable way to protect your skin, whether you are running errands, watching a soccer game or attending a party.

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Brightening Your Smile After all the hot tea and coffee I had this winter, I want to look into brightening my smile. Are there benefits to having your teeth professionally whitened instead of using over-the-counter products? “The bleaching agents that you can buy over the counter are very weakly concentrated, and take many applications to see minimal results. We use a higher concentration in our office that can provide dramatic results in just 40 minutes,” says Dr. Amanda Magid of Crozet Family Dentistry. “There is no pain or discomfort during the procedure. Patients spend about one hour in the dental chair,” she adds.

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"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." – Lewis Grizzard

Early Spring Pruning by Becky Calvert

Many gardeners are eagerly looking forward to getting back outside to tend their plots in early spring. A perfect gardening task for this time of year is pruning, and particularly before plants have leafed out and started their growth spurt for the season. Pruning during the cool weather of early spring reduces stress on the plant, although you will want to wait until the danger of hard frost (under 25 degrees) has passed. Pruning cuts are like open wounds on plants, so pruning at the end of the dormant winter season—when the natural shape of the plant stands out—means plants will heal quickly during the rapid growth spurt of the spring, also leaving plenty of time for the plant to recover during the growing season. Of course, spring is not the ideal time to prune some plants, so you may be wondering how to tell which ones are safe to prune? Generally speaking, the timing of pruning is determined by when the plant blooms. Anything that


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blooms in late summer and fall prefers an early spring pruning, while plants that bloom in winter, spring and early summer prefer to be pruned just after blooming. Many spring bloomers, such as azaleas, lilacs and forsythia, begin setting their blooms for the next year just after this year’s blooms fade, so prune them as close as possible to that time for best results. If a plant has been neglected, it may need a hardy pruning to rejuvenate, regardless of when it blooms. You may lose a season of blossoms when you do this, but a healthier plant will make it worthwhile. Keep in mind that one should never prune more than 30 percent of a plant at once. But even plants that don’t bloom prefer an early spring pruning, since the process encourages a flush of new growth. It’s a good excuse to wander around your garden, taking stock.

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{living well home & garden} Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round by Barbara Pleasant

Picking up where seed catalogs leave off, Homegrown Pantry gives in depth profiles of popular crops— squash, tomatoes, beans and more—giving instruction on how much to plant for a year’s worth of eating as well as which storage methods work best. Perfect for the home gardener who wants to start taking their garden to the next level of production. Available for $22.95 at Storey.com.

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Food Spiralizer Cuisinart’s Food Spiralizer offers three cutting options— thin or thick, julienne or ribbon slice—and is perfect for making zoodles, onion straws, potato chips and more. The design eliminates the need to touch or handle the sharp blade, and it’s dishwasher safe. Available for $29.95 at The Happy Cook.

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Don’t be shy in combining patterns. Anything goes when it comes to pattern mixing—stripes, plaids, lattices, ikats, paisleys or florals. These patterns combined with other florals can work together wonderfully. Be careful however, using two patterns of the same scale, as it can give the appearance that you ran out of fabric and made a poor substitution. And remember, a little bit does goes a long way.

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Try using a strong pattern in limited amounts, and consider it an anchor for the rest of room, letting the scale of the pattern set the tone. An outsized print in a small room can open up a space, while smaller prints give the same room a more intimate feel. A large print on a wing chair becomes a statement piece, adding drama and interest without overwhelming the room. Framing a portion of the pattern on something small, such as a throw pillow or chair seat, can add an element of surprise, drawing out a detail that may have attracted you to the fabric in the first place.

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich


Mike & Sarah Keenan Share How What You Eat Impacts Your Long-Term Health

JUICE LAUNDRY Owners of The Juice Laundry (TJL), Mike Keenan, and wife, Sarah, believe what you feed your body has a long-term impact on overall health. That is why their juices are fresh and clean, and made from raw, organic fruits and vegetables, cold-pressed through a method that extracts more nutrients. The couple loves experimenting in the kitchen with their family to prepare plant-based foods, yet they steer clear of processed foods, gluten, animal products and non-organic ingredients. Aside from working with other locals and initiatives, they are working on completing a scuba diving certification program so they can eventually work with others on restoration of coral. What are your favorite recipes to make? While a typical dinner at home consists of sautéed or steamed veggies, avocado and rice, we’re always getting creative in the kitchen. We can’t say we really follow any recipes, but rather go by taste and mood. Mostly, we start with a handful of vegetables and see where they take us! And we always choose making it at home versus buying it in plastic packaging. What current projects are you working on? Aside from our monthly health and environmental initiatives at TJL (Fish-Free December, Go Bagless January, Sugar-Detox February, Straw-Free March), we’re currently working with UVA professor Jeff Boichuk and Foodwaze founder Michael Reilly on an initiative to encourage other local food establishments to pursue more environmentally-


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and health-friendly business practices like composting, and choosing organic and regenerative-grown produce. We’re also working on creating a nonprofit apparel line using 100% organic and sustainably grown cotton with positive plant-based and environmental messaging. What was your favorite book as a child? Mike: Roald Dahl’s Everything Sarah: Julie Andrews Edwards’ The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles What technology could you not live without? Unfortunately, it would have to be our phones, which allow us to stay in close contact with our managers at each location, handle scheduling, contact customers, etc. We’re hoping to become less phone-dependent in 2018 though! Although, if it was up to Sarah, they would be long gone. Whom do you admire? We admire all of the people who are out there making a big difference in the lives of others and for our planet. Michael Reilly and Jeff Boichuk (mentioned previously) are two Charlottesville residents with big visions and ambitions for changing the world. Chris Long—one of our favorite longtime customers—is doing very inspiring work with his Waterboys Foundation, building wells for underserved, water-scarce regions in Africa. cont’d on pg 38

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Mini Logix Battleship Game

Like the classic board game, only portable, the Mini Logix Battleship game is a great way to keep school-aged kids happy while waiting for meals to arrive. If you are unfamiliar with this classic, each player takes turns trying to locate the other’s ships by calling out locations on the grid. The first one to sink all of the other player’s ships is the winner. Available for $8.00 at Whimsies.



{living well food & family} parents were there to support me 100 percent as I set out traveling to find whatever it was I was looking for. What is your favorite go-to snack? Raw veggies and cashew cream, or a juice! Can you share a kid-friendly, quick and easy recipe to make with kids? Smoothies are always fun for kids to make and enjoy. A couple handfuls of frozen fruit, almond or cashew milk (even water will do), and some greens make a yummy and healthy snack. Or, see the chickpea cookie dough recipe at the end of this article. What traits do you find admirable in others? Understanding of and concern for the bigger picture, specifically, our planet and the fate of future generations, not just humans but all beings everywhere. What is the best advise your parents have ever given you? Mike: “Go for it.” When I decided to

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quit practicing law to open The Juice Laundry, my parents were incredibly supportive. Without that support, I might not have had the courage to take such a dramatic leap, and I’m very thankful for it. Sarah: “Follow your heart.” When I decided a typical 9-to-5 job was not what I wanted and simultaneously had no clue what I actually did want, my

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last a long time, and perhaps an entire lifetime! Learning the importance of eating healthy is such an incredible gift that all parents can give to their children. Eating healthy has the ability to change lives substantially; teaching healthy eating habits teaches the future generations how to thrive, not just survive. What advice do you have for parents when eating out with kids? It’s a bit of cliché by now, but eating the rainbow is a great place to start. So many

meals served at typical restaurants are just various shades of tan and yellow, so lead by example. Make sure to include lots of fresh vegetables on your plate and demonstrate that these lifegiving meals can be consumed with joy. Most importantly, choose to eat out at restaurants that are thoughtfully and carefully sourcing their ingredients, ideally fresh and organic.

What you’ll need is: • 1 Can of organic, rinsed chickpeas • 1/3 Cup organic nut butter • 2 Teaspoons organic vanilla extract • 2 ½ Teaspoons organic maple syrup • ½ Teaspoon organic cinnamon • 1 Tablespoon organic chia • 2 Tablespoons organic olive oil Blend all together (above) and then add ½ cup cacao nibs.

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pet treats Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Crunchy Homemade Tuna Cat Treats

Ingredients • 1 ½ Cups flour • ½ Cup natural crunchy peanut butter (*Make sure peanut butter isn’t made with the artificial sweetener Xylitol, as it can be deadly.) • ½ Cup natural applesauce or pumpkin purée

Recipe originally appeared on adventures-inmaking.com.

by Sarah Pastorek

by Rachel Beyer

Ingredients • 1 (5 oz) Can tuna in water, drained • ½ Cup oat flour* • ½ Cup whole-wheat flour • 1 Egg • 1 Tablespoon olive oil • 1 Heaping tablespoon catnip

Instructions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Instructions • Mix together all ingredients. • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line • Roll out the dough onto a lightly a baking sheet with parchment paper, floured surface and pick a favorite then set aside. cookie cutter. • Combine all ingredients in a food • Bake for approximately 5–7 minutes. processer with the blade attachment.

Blend until mixture is smooth. • Roll into small ½ teaspoon-size balls and place onto the parchment. Press a finger into each ball to flatten slightly. • Bake for 10–12 minutes until they are slightly browned. • Cool completely before surprising your kitty with a treat made just for them! *Tip: To make your own oat flour, simply grind old-fashioned oats in a clean coffee grinder until transformed into a light powder.

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This K-9 2.5K supports the animals and lifesaving programs of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The walk kicks off at IX Art Park and winds through Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall before returning to IX Art Park for a post-walk festival, featuring human and doggie entertainment, canine competition, treats for pups and animal-friendly sponsors.



{our town daytrips}

7 Days,

! n u F aytrip


by Sarah Pastorek

Family Staycation Ideas for an Awesome Spring Break Spring Break is upon us! Do you have your week of fun planned out for the family? If not, we are here to help you come up with activities and places you and the kids can venture to this year. These tried-and-true selections are only a few of our countless favorites. We’ve also provided you with some helpful tips on planning your outing with ease. Don’t fret over forgetting to check this and check that; we’ve given you everything you need. As always, be sure to call ahead and check their times for that day.


March 2018

7 Daytrips Massanutten Resort & Water Park (McGaheysville) 1–2 hour drive

International Spy Museum

The Little Gym

(Washington D.C.) 2–3 hour drive

(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive


Specializing in educational classes for

Snow sports in the winter, including skiing,


only museum in the U.S. focused entirely



kids ages 4 months to 12 years old, you’re

snowboarding, tubing and a special Slope



sure to find a class your child enjoys.

Sliders instructional program for children,



Parent-child classes help promote early

are great outings at Massanutten. But

artifacts on public display. With hands-

development, pre-K gymnastics classes

there are so many other fun activities,



allow kids to channel their abundance

from golf to Swedish massage, from go-

interactives and more, the museum offers

of energy in a constructive environment,

carts, a skate park and a brand new bike

visitors a closer look at the men and women

and dance classes let children explore

park to festivals and cooking classes. The

behind some of the world’s most infamous

new ways to express themselves. Sports

resort’s newest addition is a bike park

spy missions. “Operation Spy” is a must

Skills classes offer a solid grounding in

located adjacent to the newly renovated

for kids who want to live the spy life for

the rules, strategies and fun of team

ski lodge and Base Camp umbrella bar. The

themselves. The one-hour mission allows

sports, while Karate classes introduce the

indoor water park is open year-round and

visitors to complete their own operation

fundamentals of karate blocks, punches

includes a multi-story interactive water

in the fictional country of Khandar,

and kicks in this ancient martial art. A

fortress called the Massanutten Meltdown,

complete with secret audio conversations,

visit to The Little Gym is an experience

with water cannons, five slides and a giant

an escape from a high-security compound

where kids can be kids, and parents can

tipping bucket sure to douse everyone. You


can also try out Diamond Jim’s Arcade,


with tournaments and prizes on weekends.

content is best suited for ages 7 and up.)

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spymuseum.org • (202) 393-7798

espionage—possesses of












have piece of mind knowing their little



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{our town daytrips}

Virginia Safari Park

Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

(Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive

Children’s Museum of Richmond

Get ready to roll down the windows and

(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive

(Richmond) 1–2 hour drive

take a wild ride of discovery through 180

Located in Charlottesville’s Darden Towe

Try on eagle’s wings, wiggle through a

amazing acres of critters. Remember

Park, the Exploratory Center is open to

digestive tract, dig for dinosaur fossils

the in-park speed limit is 5 miles per

the public with free admission Monday

or create your own art. Complete with

hour, but the main traffic jams are four-

through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Kids can

a Virginia limestone cave, a kid-sized

legged, not four-wheeled. You can feed

explore full-size replicas of the different

grocery store and a toddler-sized museum

and pet more than 400 different animals

types of Lewis and Clark’s boats. Red

within the museum, it’s no surprise that

that roam freely over three miles of road;

signs are placed in different areas to

CMoR is one of the nation’s top-ranked

just don’t feed the zebras (they don’t



children’s museums. With 42,000 square

share particularly well) or Watusi cattle

stations are set up, such as the Science

feet, it offers several interactive exhibit

(the horns are self-explanatory). For an

Station for bird learning and water

areas, a museum shop and more to

additional fee, you can even ride in the

studies, and the Carpentry Corner for nail

keep the whole family entertained for

hay wagon to feed the bison. A petting

art and bird houses. Nature journaling,

hours. Next door, the Science Museum’s

zoo is at the entrance. Kangaroos and

scavenger hunting, painting and oar

multi-ton granite kugel sculptures of

giraffes are enclosed separately in the

smoothing are only a few of the activities

the Earth and the moon draw kids who

10-acre walk-through zoo, along with

kids can enjoy. lewisandclarkvirginia.org •

are amazed at their ability to move

cheetahs, tigers, flamingos and more.


these hefty spheres with a slight touch.



virginiasafaripark.com • (540) 291-3205

c-mor.org • (804) 474-2667

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Belle Isle

Even if you’re not ready to tackle seven

(Richmond) 1–2 hour drive

daytrips in seven days, we hope these trip

Fascinating history, coupled with the

ideas have given you more of your own!

island’s high cliff walls, rushing rapids

You don’t have to head to some far off

and stone ruins, make Belle Isle a popular

destination to enjoy Spring Break. A great

destination for outdoor enthusiasts. One

way to save money and catch up on some

of seven sections in the 550-acre James

local attractions (that many forget about

River Park System in Richmond, Belle Isle is a 54-acre island that was once the site of a Civil War prison camp for Union soldiers. Here visitors can walk the trails,

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because they’re so close!) is to stay in town and explore. Besides, the most important thing is spending time together!

enjoy mountain biking, watch birds, climb rocks, explore old and ruined buildings, kayak, fish, sunbathe or swim. Located under the Lee Bridge across from the Richmond Riverfront, it is accessible from the north side via the pedestrian bridge suspended under the Lee Bridge. jamesriverpark.org • (804) 646-8911

In Steven K. Smith’s Virginia Mysteries Book 3, Ghosts of Belle Isle, kids can read more about the history of Belle Isle and join in the adventures.

Sarah, our senior editor, loves experiencing the many local attractions with her nephews and niece as often as possible.




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My Dad, My Hero

Local Kids Talk About Their Dads & How Their Jobs Help the Community Community heroes go beyond what is expected; they strive to have a positive impact on people’s lives, and they display a selfless desire to do good in their community. Three local kids share what they believe makes their dads community heroes.

words by Dionna L. Mann photos by Beth Seliga


March 2018

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Superhero Dad: Chester Hull Superhero Power: Professional Search

My sister, Kaylin, age 8, thinks

& Rescue Team Member with the All-

our dad is a hero, too. She loved the

Volunteer Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue

time Dad showed her how to use his


special ropes and hooks to rappel off a

My name is Bryant, and I’m 10

mountain. She could imagine rescuing

years old. My dad rescues people who

people stuck in the wilderness, like our

are lost. He’s on call 24/7, 365 days a

dad does when he uses the same type

year, which means he can get a mission

of gear.

while I’m sleeping, during supper or

Once he’s on-site, Dad and his

even while he’s working. His team gets

team are like detectives, searching

deployed, off to search for someone

for clues, trying to figure out where

lost! My brothers, Kolby and Cooper—

the person might be. They use math,

they’re 6 and 12—are excited when we

grids, compasses and GPS. They talk to

see our dad grab his gear for a mission.

people, and they try to think like the

My mom, Heidi, thinks my dad’s

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lost person.

great not only because he wants to

One time, I pretended to be the lost

help but also because he’s trained to.

person. Dad’s team had to find me! It

Sometimes Mom goes with him. (She’s

was a training exercise. Along the way

also trained.) But usually she stays

up a mountain with my dad’s team

with us and runs the team’s dispatch

instructor, I left behind clues. I dropped

from our house. It’s exciting when she

a fake ax and a machete. I stuck a

does dispatch, because I get to hear

piece of torn clothing on a tree. Then,

what’s happening in the field!

the instructor left. I sat down on the

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mountain and waited. I wasn’t scared. I knew my dad’s team would search for me and rescue me. (Besides, the instructor knew exactly where I was.) After what seemed like two hours, I saw my dad and his team climbing up the mountain. They’d found me! I then pretended I couldn’t walk off the mountain. Dad’s team strapped me into the litter—a special stretcher, like a metal basket with sides. They used ropes, pulleys and anchors to lower me

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down off the mountain. Dad and his team had found me and rescued me! It was awesome! My dad always says if it were anyone in our family missing for real, he’d want everyone to be searching! That’s why he does what he does. He gets to be THAT person for other families. Sometimes Dad’s missions go well. One time, his team found a person with autism who had been missing for two days. The person was cold, hungry and pretty far from home. Thankfully, he was okay. Those are happy times! Sometimes the missions have sad endings. One time, they found someone who had died from being outside too long. That was a very sad time. But my dad told me that now the person’s family could have closure. That part of the story made me glad and proud of my dad.

“My dad always says if it were anyone in our family missing for real, he’d want everyone to be searching! That’s why he does what he does. He gets to be THAT person for other families.” CharlottesvilleFamily.com


Superhero Power:

he does for others has a huge positive

Prosthetist, Orthotist and


Director of Prosthetics & Orthotics at UVA

Superhero Dad: Kevin King






Annabear, tore a ligament in her knee,

Hi! My name is Cohen.

and we asked Dad if he could make her a

I’m 15, and I think my dad

brace. My dad did some research—that’s

is pretty cool because he

what he always does for his patients—

can pretty much design

and he decided we could make Annabear

and build just about any

a brace, right in our basement! That was

kind of mechanical limb


or any kind of brace for

Before my dad started college, he had

someone who needs it.

a knee injury and had to have surgery.

With a prosthesis, they

The surgeon said he’d have to wear a

might be able to walk,

brace if he wanted to play soccer, which

work or do what they

my dad loved playing. When my dad met

used to do, despite the

the orthotist who was going to make

fact they may have had

his knee brace, he knew what major he

an amputation. Not too

wanted to take up in college. My dad says

many superheroes can do

he feels a sense of satisfaction when he


sees how a device he’s crafted helps

Dad changes the lives of the disabled

someone, like his brace helped him.

in a positive way, helping them fit into

One time, my little sister, Maura,

society. He repairs life-changing injuries

who is 8, my brother, Camden, who is

and helps people get back as close to

12, and I went to Dad’s office. We were

normal as he can. It makes me feel

all intrigued when she saw all the tools

good to know that he’s really changing

my dad uses to make artificial limbs

people’s lives for the better, that what

and braces. Camden and I thought the

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they are. Dad



with Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. He teaches skiing and snowboarding to people with artificial limbs and other disabilities. Dad has taken us, too. It’s cool to see

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an amputee rip and shred powder! Pretty soon, I hope to volunteer on the slopes 3D CAD scanning machine was sweet!

with Dad.

Maura was amazed at the idea that Dad

My mom, Melissa, says Dad helps

makes body parts for people, designed

people have a better outlook, even if

just for them. She even got to be a guinea

they’re going through a difficult time.

pig for the 3D machine and saw a model

Camden says Dad helps people not

of herself on the computer screen. She

because he has to, but because he wants

thought that was pretty interesting and

to. And I agree with both of them.

exciting. So did I! Seeing what my dad does helps me understand that I should not bring attention to people’s differences—that all types of people can be in my circle of friends. I know there are a few kids at my school who use prosthetic and orthotic devices. And I know their devices are a

“It makes me feel good to know that he’s really changing people’s lives for the better, that what he does for others has a huge positive impact.”

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Superhero Dad: Paul Johnston Superhero Power: Mid-week Volunteer

Dad says he feels wonderful when he

Building Crew Member with Habitat for

volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

Humanity of Greater Charlottesville

He says at the end of the day he feels like

Hi, I’m Giada and I am 8. My dad volunteers to build houses for people

he’s made a super-big, positive difference in someone’s life.

who really need them. He gets to play all

Dad takes pictures of the houses

day with real tools when he’s not working

he’s building, before-and-after pictures,

as a life coach for students. I think it’s

that show how hard Dad and his crew

nice of him to build houses for people.

worked. I like to hear Dad answer Liam’s

Liam, my brother who’s 10, likes to build

questions about how he built this or that.

things, too. He likes how Dad goes out

Liam asks very good questions.

of his way to help people in need. Liam

My mom says Dad inspires her. She

thinks Dad has a superpower because he

says he’s giving others the gift of his time

can turn a pile of nails and lumber into

and skill. She says she likes to see Dad

a house. “Super Dad!”—that sounds good

“come home with a smile on his face and

to me.

a spring in his step” because he spent

When my dad goes out to build a

his day doing something he loves. That

house, it makes me know that my dad is

makes Mommy smile. Mommy says that

nice. It makes me feel good knowing that

dad and his crew are all community

my dad is making life better for those

heroes. I say that he’s my hero.

who don’t have what we have. Whenever Dad goes out building, I like to sneak a little note in his lunch box. That makes me feel good. I like when Dad tells us at breakfast what he will be doing that day and what

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tools he’ll be using. Liam and I ask Dad a lot of questions about his tools. Dad says we’re inquisitive.

“My mom says Dad inspires her. She says he’s giving others the gift of his time and skill.”

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Superhero Dad: Greg Buppert Superhero Power: Environmental Lawyer

destroying what is beautiful and good

with the Southern Environmental Law

about the earth.


My mom, Sydney, says that Dad

My name’s Hayes, and I’m 9. My dad

fights for the things that matter every

is what you’d call a defender of wildlife,

single day. She says he’s a shouting voice

a protector of rivers, a guy who fights for

for those things that don’t have a voice,

the environment. As an environmental

like mountains and streams. She says

lawyer, he gets to use the law to find

Dad fights for my future and my kids’

solutions to tricky problems. He goes to

future. My kids! Mom, really?

court to protect clean air, clean water and natural places.

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She likes White Oak Canyon because

My dad told me about his very first

the waterfalls and water are clean. She

case. He was working at a firm, trying to

likes camping because there aren’t a

get these people to clean up a junkyard

lot of houses and people. Emory says it

on the banks of the Cumberland River.

feels really nice to play at the beach or

It took a long time, but they finally won

in the grass. Emory likes to see the pretty

the case! Dad showed me a note from

mountains and forests. She likes to hike

his clients. They were thanking him for

in them and swim in them. She says it is

all his hard work. They wrote it 10 years

cool that Dad is fighting for good clean

after he won the case! That made me

air and water and lakes.

feel really good about what my dad does.

Protecting the environment is a very

Sometimes big corporations threaten

important job. Besides, my dad is kind

our environment. Sometimes if they

to people, has a good sense of humor, a

got their way, beautiful things would go

good amount of patience and knows how

away. White Oak Canyon, Sherando Lake,

to have fun. No matter what I decide to

Stony Man Point, Kiptopeke—all of it is

do for a job when I grow up, I hope I will

so beautiful, and places like that could

always be kind like my dad, and will

disappear. My dad and his coworkers are

always love the earth like he does.

not afraid of those big guys. They will

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use the law to try to keep them from

“My mom, Sydney, says that Dad fights for the things that matter every single day. She says he’s a shouting voice for those things that don’t have a voice, like mountains and streams.”

Dionna, a freelance writer from the Charlottesville area, greatly appreciates these dads (and others like them) who selflessly serve the interests of others. And she truly appreciates the sacrifices their families make, allowing them to continue in their role as community heroes.

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As Easy as 1,2,3 A Teacher’s Guide for How to Help Your Child Build Confidence in Math While many kids are able to coast through certain subjects, others battle anxiety and a lack of confidence from the start. Unfortunately for many students, the cause of these feelings is related to one subject: math. by Beth Fornauf


March 2018

You’ve heard the claims before: “I can’t do math” or “Oh, I’m just not a math person” or even, “Ugh! I hate math!” Most often, it’s adults sharing these thoughts, but as a teacher I frequently heard these cries creeping into my classroom. And nothing kills motivation like negative, can’t-do attitudes. Math anxiety is a real condition, defined as an apprehension or fear of math that interferes with one’s performance. Researchers have been looking closely at its roots and impact since the early 1980s. Causes vary greatly, and are largely environmental. For children who lack confidence in math, or suffer from anxiety, simply

Encourage deliberation. In math, struggling is a good thing. It means you’re working hard and trying different approaches—not giving up.

seeing a subtraction sign is enough to send them into a panic. If this sounds like your child, read on to find out what you can do to help them overcome their fear of factors (and multiples), and begin building confidence in math.

Step 1: Identify a comfort level. As a teacher, it’s important to have a sense of how students see themselves as learners. As a parent, and your child’s most important (and influential) teacher, you need to have the same sense. So ask them: “on a scale of one to five, with five being the most confident, how confident are you in math?” Accept the answer your child gives you, even if it seems way off. Your job isn’t to convince her she’s wrong, it’s to help her feel intrinsically confident. So if she says she’s a two, talk about why. Brainstorm what a three-confidence level would feel like, and jot down ideas about what she could learn to get there.



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Teacher Strategies (straight from the classroom!) That Can Work at Home Step 1: Create a K-W-L chart for new concepts. Make a chart with three columns, a “K,” a “W” and an “L.” Step 2: Under the “K,” write what your child knows, and under the “W” write what he wants to know. Step 3: When he masters the concept, reflect by listing what he has learned under “L.”

Tips *Use authentic math models, such as organizing your grocery lists into quadrants for produce, meat, etc.; make a table of family chores; use tally marks to keep track of behaviors. Be creative! *Talk the talk and use math language whenever possible. Point out shapes like rectangles or circles in nature, and in the house. Use terms like area and perimeter when cleaning or reorganizing rooms. You may find it helpful, too! *Create a word wall, where you use Post-It Notes and a marker to stick up math vocabulary words in your kitchen or your child’s bedroom. If your child is artistic, have her illustrate each word’s meaning.

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*Take a motor break. For instance, if your homework hour is hitting a wall, take a break and move around. Often a simple change in position or environment can refresh a tired mind.

Setting small, measurable goals achieves two purposes: Students feel ownership in what they want to accomplish, and success when they master it.

Step 2: Set measurable, achievable goals.

Step 3: Eliminate your own negatives.

Too often, kids who struggle in math






feel that “not being good at it” is a life

published in March 2014 concluded that

sentence. That’s the end of the road;

math anxiety is not purely environmental.

they’ll never get it, so why try? Allowing

The research indicates that genetics can

that attitude to prevail is a slippery slope

actually have a role as well. Now this

(algebra pun not intended).

doesn’t mean that if a mom struggled in



math, her kids are doomed. But it does


mean (for your child’s sake) you should

feel ownership in what they want to

eliminate your negative associations—or

accomplish, and

at least keep them to yourself.


small, two

measurable purposes: success



master it. The key is to make the goals

If you go around saying you don’t

specific. Instead of saying “I want to

like math, or you shudder when your

understand subtraction” or “I want to be

daughter brings home a fractions sheet,

good at algebra” start with something

you’re sending a message that math is

manageable, such as, “In two weeks, I will

scary. And if your child is predisposed to

know how to subtract using regrouping

have some difficulty in math, adding fear

(borrowing).” This way you and your child

into the mix won’t help.

can map out the steps you need to take,

You can’t expect your child to feel

and there will be no confusion once the

good about math if they know that you

goal is met.

don’t see value in it. Stay positive, and model the learning process. If your child needs help with something and you don’t



{resources education} to feel like they are being heard. Honor their feelings. Don’t try to change their minds or convince them that math isn’t so bad, because to them it is. Accept and acknowledge the way they feel, and give them time to move past that.

Step 5: Let them teach. Once your child thinks he has learned a skill, let him practice by “teaching” a younger sibling. Even toddlers can learn strategies like sorting shapes or drawing pictures that solve problems. In addition to boosting your math-anxious child’s have a clue what to do, show her some steps she can take to get going. Check online for ideas or similar problems. Email the teacher and ask

Step 4: Allow affect.

confidence, these skills are useful math tools that are great to introduce to young kids. But don’t let the lessons stop there.

It’s hard to see your child upset.

for examples. Maybe even have her call

Parents of my former students were often

Parental instinct dictates that kids need

a friend to see if she can spark a clue.

puzzled about the “new math” and how

support, encouragement and affirmation.

Let her know that being stuck is not an

solving problems isn’t like it used to be.

And they do; but they also need to feel

excuse to give up, and that struggling is

Okay, so learn. Let your kid teach you


how to divide using the partial quotients

part of the process.

Students who just genuinely lack confidence in, or even fear math, need

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One of the biggest issues kids have with math is a problem that is not quick or easy to figure out. As kids advance in elementary and middle school, problem solving evolves into a multi-step process, and there are different ways to figure things out. Encourage




struggling is a good thing. It means you’re working hard and trying different approaches—not




through that process will help kids learn perseverance as they continue in math, and in life.

Step 7: Celebrate success. Remember those goals your child set? Achieving them is cause for celebration, especially in the beginning. No, you don’t need to throw a party when your child masters place value, but you do need to acknowledge when a goal has been met. So slip your student some stickers (even older kids like them!) or let them stay up a little later that night. Celebrating small victories will help maintain momentum as math becomes more challenging and also let your child feel good about an area that previously caused them stress. Building confidence won’t happen overnight, but with consistent support at home, it will happen. You may even end up sharpening your own skills. So fight the math fear from the start and help your child go back to school with confidence.

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“Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Here I am at Camp Granada ...”

This familiar ditty by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch, released in 1963, was based on letters of complaint that Sherman’s son wrote from camp. The song told wild tales about outdoor life—lakes filled with alligators, bouts of food poisoning, a case of malaria. Fifty years ago, parents’ notions about their child’s overnight summer experiences were based on the occasional camper letter sent home. Fast forward to now, and camp communication is vastly different. So different, in fact, that parents can pull up photographs of the lake their youngster may claim is filled with wretched reptiles on their phone or computer in an instance. Today’s technology, whether websites, emails or other social media, allows parents a window to unobtrusively check in on their child, all while the child benefits from the experience of being on his or her own for the first time. .

by Amy Salvatore Reiss



{resources camp guide} BEFORE CAMPERS LEAVE For both child and parent, the camp experience begins long before the bags are packed. Technology plays a key role leading up to your child’s first days away. Most




websites with video clips, photos of kids in action and even testimonials of past campers, which are good places to begin. Check out photo galleries and videos from past summers to get an idea of what your youngster can expect, and show your camper-to-be so he or she feels comfortable. Many camps also send out tweets and update posts throughout the year, so families can “experience” camp life beforehand, from home. In addition, most websites include links to apply, make payments and view financial information. Before





12, began attending camp in Black Mountain three summers ago, Laura had the usual parental concerns. Would he be homesick? Get enough to eat?

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Internet & Phone

*ACAC Summer Camps See ad page 11

Age 3 –G 8

Waterpark, tennis, arts, sports, field trips & more.

acac.com 434-978-7529

*AstroCamp See ad page 75


Science, adventure and traditional camp fun. Teaches 21st century skills.

astrocampsummerva.org 888-836-1212

*Boar’s Head Sports Club See ad page 67


Members-only themed camps, child-care, tennis; IM-Rec/guest squash; public golf.

boarsheadresort.com 434-972-6031

*Camp Alleghany for Girls See ad page 75


Traditional outdoors camp for girls with sports, dance & drama. R, ACA.

campalleghanyforgirls.com 304-645-1316

*Camp Friendship See ad page 70


Programs include swimming, equestrian, field trips, sports, arts & more. R, ACA.

campfriendship.com 800-873-3223

*Camp Hidden Meadows See ad page 76


Outdoor adventures, horseback riding, arts & crafts, organic farm & more. R, ACA.

camphiddenmeadows.com 800-600-4752

*Camp Holiday Trails See ad inside back cover

All Ages

Camp for kids with special needs, family camps and more. R. ACA.

campholidaytrails.org 434-977-3781

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She had most of her answers long before Will left for his session. Through posts online and emails, the camp addressed the typical questions, posting videos of what to pack and how to discuss dealing with homesickness beforehand.

WHEN THEY’RE GONE In the age of smartphones, texts and






barely imagine going more than a few hours




their child, let alone a few weeks. Most camps, however, do not allow children to communicate with their parents beyond writing letters home. “In this day and age, it’s a beautiful thing to send a child to camp and have him have success away from Mom and Dad,” says Dan Singletary, a former director of Camp Timberlake, a boys’ residential camp in Black Mountain, NC. “But that benefit doesn’t come from talking with them every night.” Campers are encouraged to write letters home often, giving parents a reason to dash to their mailbox each afternoon. “Will did send letters to us, which diminished in both quantity and detail over the years he was there,” Laura says. “My husband and I laughed when this past year, we got only one letter, which basically did not contain a single sentence, but was a list of his activities and what he ate that day.” Laura knew the lack of letters only indicated that Will was having too much fun to sit down and write. On the flipside, families are usually allowed to email campers. These emails are printed and delivered each day. Traditional “snail mail” is also encouraged, so campers can receive cards and letters from family members.

ONE-WAY VIEWS Camps like Timberlake use technology to show families exactly how their kids are thriving—even without having it come from the boys’ mouths. Timberlake uses CampMinder, a customizable, Web-based camp-management program. Through a secure online parent portal, parents can type in their username and password to access one-way email, authorize point-ofsale purchases and view photo galleries. cont’d on pg 70



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Internet & Phone

*Camp Horizons See ad page 77


Outdoor adventures include horses, water, arts, sports, science & more fun. R, ACA.

camphorizonsva.com/ charlottesville 540-896-7600

*Camp Motorsport See ad page 79


Go-Karts & dirt buggies, swimming and more. Trained staff. R. ACA.

campmotorsport.org 888-836-1212

*Camp Strawderman See ad page 72


Riding, swimming, tennis, archery, dramatics, dancing, music and more.

campstrawderman.com 301-868-1905

*Camp Yogaville See ad page 76


Daily yoga, vegetarian meals, sanskirt singing, crafts and more.

yogaville.org/camp 800-858-9642

*Carriage Hill Farm See ad inside back cover


Summer pony camp includes riding, gardening, hiking, picnics, art & more.

charlottesvillehorses.com 434-296-2672

*Charlottesville Ballet Academy See ad page 16


Dance camps aiming to elevate the art through wellness, performance & education.

charlottesvilleballet.org/summer 434-973-2555

*Charlottesville Catholic School See ad page 60


Writing, STEM and more for elementary-age cvillecatholic.org students. 434-964-0400

*Charlottesville Day School See ad page 73

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Enrichment, theater and basketball camps, and more.

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Often photos can be purchased and printed. Many camps upload hundreds of pictures to their websites every day. Laura and her husband scrolled through the galleries each day, searching for pictures of Will and what he was doing. “I had a ‘code’ for Will, asking him to give me a thumbsup to let me know that he was having fun,” Laura says. “I got tears in my eyes and



felt immediate relief and joy when I saw the first picture of him online with both thumbs up! Seeing pictures of him is very reassuring and gives us a lot of comfort.” Camp Ton-A-Wandah, a girls’ camp in Hendersonville, NC, is coming up with new ways to communicate using technology. “We want to communicate with campers the way they would at home, and technology allows us to do that,” says former Director Garrett Graham. One way is a newsletter emailed to families each night. Counselors write about the days’ activities, menu, awards and adventures, whether it’s singing or learning to kayak. Parents can also follow Ton-A-Wandah on


Facebook, giving them real-time insight into their kids’ days. Ton-A-Wandah also posts pictures on

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to make families feel comfortable and when they are far away. “All these things offer parents opportunities to watch from afar,” Graham says. Be sure to check with the camp staff


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Internet & Phone

*Charlottesville Waldorf School See ad page 60


Day camp with creative movement, music, crafts, storytelling, outdoor play & more.

cwaldorf.org/summer.html 434-973-4946

*The Covenant School See ad page 55

G PreK –12

Specialty camps for G K–8 & sports camps for G 1–12.

covenantschool.org 434-220-7330

*First Presbyterian Church Preschool See ad page 54

20 mo –5

Themed day camps in a nurturing Christian environment.


*Frost Montessori School See ad page 56

21 mo –6

A rich cirriculum promoting a knowledge of the world and a development of skills.

frostmontessori.com 434-979-5223

*Grymes Memorial School See ad page 53


Arts & craft sessions, literacy and more. Morning, afternoon or full-day options.

grymesschool.org/summer 540-672-1010

*The Han Studio See ad inside back cover

All Ages

Mandarin-English immersion with bilingual discussions, culture exploration and more.

thehanstudio.com 434-202-5889

*iD Tech Camp See ad page 71


Code apps, design video games, minecraft, engineer robots and more. ACA.

idtechcamps.com 844-788-1858

*KidsCollege@PVCC Summer Academies See ad page 75

G 3–10

Hands-on, project-based learning, with over 115 STEM & Arts academies available.

pvcc.edu/kidscollege 434-961-5354


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privacy settings for the sites that require a password.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITY Even though not being able to talk to your child for a few weeks can be difficult, when the summer ends and campers return home, parents understand why it’s such an important policy. “It was tough to let Will go, him being our only child,” Laura says. “We were left at home without him for the first time, and it was a big realization that he was no longer a baby, and this experience was the first of many milestones to come when he’ll leave us again. But, we know he is having a wonderful, positive growing experience while he is there.” Timberlake’s Singletary agrees that being “on their own” is what makes the camp experience so rich for youngsters. “At the end of the summer, parents see that they’ve given their child the ability to

Camp Strawderman Est. 1929 In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Girls 6-17. Real mountain camping in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Riding, Swimming, Tennis, Archery, Hiking, Crafts, Dramatics, Nature Study, Indian Lore, Dancing and Music. Experienced Leaders. Cabins. 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks. For brochure, write or phone: Margaret H. Gouldman, 10902 Brookwood Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 www.campstrawderman.com

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conquer their fears, learn to make friends, grow and mature,” he says. “Camp is an investment in the growth of a child. And there’s something about a camp kid that just makes him unique.”

Amy is a freelance writer who lives in Davidson and is the mother of two young girls, one of whom hopes to attend sleep-away camp for the first time next summer.




Internet & Phone

*Lee Alter Watercolor Painting See ad page 74

All Ages

Watercolor painting, capturing nature of an object, person or feeling.

leealterartist.com 434-963-0540

lewisandclarkvirginia.org *Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center Arts, carpentry, history, trails and river walks, All Ages lewisandclark@ See ad inside back cover games and more. lewisandclarkvirginia.org *Living Earth School See ad page 76


Day & overnight nature camps. Adult & family programs, too.

livingearthva.com 540-456-7339

*Mountaintop Montessori’s Seed Summer Camp See ad page 72

3 yrs– G6

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

mountaintopseedproject.org 434-979-8886

*Nike Tennis Camps at UVA See ad page 76


Players of all abilities build tennis skills with UVA’s head coach. R option.

ussportscamps.com 800-645-3226

*The Paramount Theater See ad page 20

All Ages

Try out for parts in local productions, and experience stage life first-hand.

theparamount.net 434-979-1333

*Piedmont Family YMCA See ad page 79


Adventurous field trips, swimming, crafts and guest speakers. Weekly themes.

piedmontymca.org 434-974-9622

SUMMER AT CDS Enrichment Camps, Theater Camps, Basketball Camps and more for Preschool through Middle School

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Internet & Phone

*Science Camp Watonka See ad page 74


Boys’ camp offering hands-on programs in all of the sciences & more. R, ACA.

watonka.com 570-857-1401

*SOCA Summer Soccer Camps See ad page 74


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

socaspot.org 434-975-5025

*SPCA See ad page 45

G 3–6

Hands-on learning, animal interactions, arts & crafts and more.

caspca.org 434-973-5959

*Spectrum Summer Programs at Tandem Friends School See ad page 70

G 1–8

An array of creative offerings in the arts, adventure, cooking, drumming & more.

tandemfs.org 434-760-3097

*St. Margaret’s School See ad page 57


Traditional day camp environment for boys and girls. R camp option for girls.

sms.org/camp 804-443-3357

*STEAM Discovery Academy See ad page 62

G K–12

Science, technology, engineering, art and math.

steamdiscoveryacademy.com 434-987-3918

*Triple C Camp See ad page 69

G K–11

Offers horseback riding, swimming & ropes course. Transportation included. R, ACA.

tripleccamp.com 434-293-2529

*UVA Field Hockey Camp See ad inside back cover


Improve techniques, learn to train smarter, develop self-confidence and reach potential.

virginiafieldhockeycamp.net 434-249-0520

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because none of the children she played with were disabled, the competition wasn’t always equal. “Attending a special needs’ camp allowed Tiffany to compete on more even ground, because all the other kids were playing with some kind of




Internet & Phone

*The Village School See ad page 68

G 1–9

Explore music, culture, arts and mathematics at several themed camps.

villageschool.us/summerprograms/ 434-984-4404

*Virginia Discovery Museum See ad page 63


Weeklong half-day camps with different themes.

vadm.org/summer-camps 434-977-1025

*Wilson School of Dance See ad page 68


Offers Princess ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary & intensives.

wilsonschoolofdance.com 434-973-5678

*Woodberry Forest Camps See ad inside front cover


Sports camps for boys, including football, basketball & lacrosse. R.

woodberry.org 540-672-6044

*Woodworking with Children See ad inside back cover


A woodworking experience using hand tools, for beginners & intermediate levels.

kidsoutandabout.com/ woodworking.html 434-979-1220

*World Peace Game Camp See ad page 77


Intensive structure with system thinking, critical & creative, problem solving & more.

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Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville offers a camp experience for families and their children with medical needs. See campholidaytrails.org for more.

disability,” reports her mother, Linda.

While some see summer camp as an

friends. And for children with special

The result? “Tiffany saw that she could

outlet for fun and recreation, others use it

needs, it’s especially important. They

actually win and come out on top.”

to continue education and therapy goals,

find out they are not alone, that there

and teach life skills. This is accomplished

are others with similar disabilities,” says

one-step at a time.


One of the beauties of a special needs’ camp is that the kids can learn and experience new things with others who

Developing new skills isn’t the only

When camp is over, the children take

have similar disabilities, says Cameron.

thing kids glean at a special needs’ camp.

away many things. For some, it’s new

“It’s like a camaraderie. It gives them the

They learn about friendships, too. Last

skills. For others, it’s new friends. And

confidence they need to try new things

year when Tiffany went to camp, there

for many more, a fond memory of having

they might not have otherwise tried.”

was a girl in her cabin with a more severe

had a break from their normal routine is

This was the case with Kim. When

case of cerebral palsy than Tiffany had.

the best part.

she first went to camp, Kim was afraid of

Because Tiffany had spent her whole life

the water. “She cried just getting her face

with people helping her, she naturally

wet,” reports her mother, Ruth. Through

wanted a chance to help others. “When

the encouragement of the trained staff,

we went to the dance, I got to push my

Kim slowly edged her way into the water.

new friend around in her chair,” says

“By summer’s end, she was jumping

Tiffany. “I also got to help her eat.”

in the deep end and had received her









first American Red Cross swimming

said about camp—any camp—is the


opportunity for the children to make

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Denise is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren.

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{until next time humorous reflections} Confessions of a Latchkey Child

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

You don’t hear much about “latchkey” children any more, but in the ‘80s and ‘90s, we heard that term a lot. The idea was that when Mom and Dad were working, Junior would come home from school and let himself into the house and engage in some improving activity until adult supervision arrived. Calling them latchkey children made them sound

firecrackers inside them and then torch ‘em. We didn’t have much in the way of electronics in those days, so entertainment involved creativity. When Jim wasn’t being dragged into our escapades, he would make crank phone calls. Finding a Mr. Green in the phone book, he’d call him up and call him “Mr. Brown” and say, “Sorry, I’m

sort of brave and self-sufficient like the doughty lads and lasses of Colonial days. But I knew better, because I could remember my own days as a latchkey boy, or more accurately: a Happy-Hour Child. That’s a kid who comes home to a house that is empty of grown ups, but full of possibilities. *** “I think he’s up there,” I told my big brother Steve, gesturing toward the stairs with my plastic dart gun. I was 12 years old, and Steve was 14. Our quarry was age 9—our little brother Jim—and hunting him was our favorite after-school activity. Steve, similarly armed, led the way to Jim’s closed door. It burst open and he ran past us, dart gun in hand. Sproing! Our rubber-tipped darts got him painlessly in the back as we pursued him down the stairs. When I hit the living room I took another shot. Wheeling to hit me, he caught my dart full in the open eye. Ouch … Another tragic hunting accident. But there were plenty of other things to do during that golden, unsupervised interlude. Sometimes, pretending I was Quasimodo capering amid the spires of Notre Dame, I’d throw water balloons off the garage roof at the neighbor children. Or in a more 20th-century mode, Jim and I would break apart strawberry boxes and use the wood to build little houses in the garden. We’d hide

colorblind.” I’d listen on the extension, the stifled laughter exploding inside me. But a child cannot live on excitement alone. Hot buttered toast was a daily part of our after-school revels. We would butter the bread and then put it into the toaster. It was dangerous and messy, but the result was sublime, especially with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. When Dad would come home, his shoes would crunch on the invisible grains of sugar that covered the kitchen floor. “What am I walking on?” he’d ask every time, although it was the same stuff he’d walked on the day before. Eyeing our schoolbooks on the living-room floor, the debris in the kitchen and the rest of the household litter and damage, he’d say, “You kids better not become criminals. You leave too many clues. I can tell what you’ve been up to every minute since you got home.” It was true. Our parents usually could figure out what we’d done, but they couldn’t keep us from doing it again the next afternoon. So is it any wonder that years later when my own lively, inventive kids were released from school that we would have a neighbor lady conduct them to a pottery or piano or ballet lesson, or we’d have a seventh-grade girl go home with them? I was afraid that if this cordon of supervision ever failed we’d come home to find a smoking pile of blackened timbers where our house had been and our daughters capering around it wearing the skins of the neighbors’ cats.

We didn’t have much in the way of electronics in those days, so entertainment involved creativity.


March 2018

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