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volume 20 issue 7 november/december 2019 PUBLISHERS

Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

Dear Friends,


The holidays are a time for family, friends, dinners, parties and gifts, but

ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

they are also a time to reflect and give thanks. We had a lovely season last year.


Our college student was home and baked up a storm. Our dancer performed

beautifully in “The Nutcracker,” and our boys were young enough to still be amazed and delighted by everything. We watched a lot of classic films, played board games and peace reigned. The most celebrated gifts were the ones bought

Barbara A. Tompkins


MARKETING CONSULTANTS Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz

with arcade prize tickets or homemade, which we strongly encourage. We had


much to be thankful for as a family.


Rick Epstein, Kathryn Jewusiak,

Sally Kuzemchak, Sara J. Marchessault,

Jacqueline Moon, Megan Othersen

Gorman, Katharine Paljug, Mandy

nevertheless, I was prepared to share around the remaining bounty. Upon closer

Reynolds, Brette Sember, David Sparrow,

inspection, I read a carefully handwritten label on the tin titling it, “Innards

Angela Stokes, Bob Taibbi, Whitney

of Bouncy Ball.” Oh wow! It was getting interesting. Curious, I tore in to find

Woollerton Morrill, Denise Yearian

My personal favorite was a gift to me from our youngest son. I eagerly unwrapped a tin of Pirouline cookies, well known to be a favorite treat of mine. I did notice the seal had been broken and thought perhaps he’d sampled; but

wrapped in pink tissue a bouncy ball in pieces… I’d been given a science exhibit! It was awesome, and he was so very proud of himself. I was pretty proud of him, too. He’d stayed within his budget and found something he thought fascinating to share that he knew I’d be intrigued by as well. He mentioned it just the other


Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

INTERN Kathryn Jewusiak DISTRIBUTION Ray Whitson

day and lit up when I told him that I knew right where it was on my bedroom bookshelf. This year, there have been whispers about favorite colors, the appearance of a few mysterious terra cotta pots labeled “do not water please” under my grow light where I am nurturing salad greens, and the girls have been oddly quiet about what projects they’ve undertaken in their pottery classes. Most unusual, last week I spotted a can of WD-40, a pile of twigs and poster paints out on the project table. Signs are good for a fascinating season of gifting. Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season filled with fun surprises!

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Contents TABLE OF



New Mom 28 Comfort & Soothe

News 8

The Buzz Around Town 10 Do you let your child cry it out in public?

Snapshot 12

Josh & Anika Eagan, Writer & Illustrator Our Schools 14 Helping Those Students Who Are Ready to Fly


Dear Bob 30 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Table Manners for Kids 42

How to Coach Your Kids Through Table Etiquette

Healthy Family 32 Understanding Autism

Tips & Trends 34 Fabulous Finds and Fun

2019 CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Winners 52 Your Winning Picks for Family-Friendly Fun & Services

Prepped for Potty Time Toilet Training Basics

Out & About Calendar 16


Editor’s Pick

Holiday Events for Families

Trim that Tree 26 Local Farms Offer Petting Zoos, Cookies with Santa and More

We hope you are able to enjoy all this holiday season has to offer, from fun and festive outings (pg 18), to local tree farms (pg 28), local shops (pg 50) and handmade gifts your furry family members (pg 78).


Pet Projects 76 Heartfelt Gifts for Furry Friends


Buy Local Shopping Guide 48

Support Our Community

Give the Gift of Camp 66 Residential Camp is A Gift That Lasts A Lifetime

HOME & GARDEN Your Home Office 36 Creating a Child-Friendly Work Space

From Our Family to Yours 40 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes from the


Staff at CharlottesvilleFamily

Local Handmade & Vintage 49 Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas

Guide to Local Preschools Local Resources for Ages


Local Pet Guide 77 Caring for Your Precious Pets

UNTIL NEXT TIME Never Turn Your Back on A Christmas Tree 78 A Dad’s Humorous Tales

So Love This! “I love making treats and gifts for our four cats, so I can’t wait to try the Pet Projects (pg 76).” — Barbara, graphic designer



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local buzz

CharlottesvilleFamily proudly sponsors: Montpelier Hunt Races

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

James Madison’s Montpelier November 2

The Paramount Theater November 30

GardenFest of Lights

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Toy Lift

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden November 22–January 6, 2020

Four County Players November 22–December 15

Fashion Square Mall December 6

Grand Illumination

Paramount at the Movies: Elf

Santa Pancake Breakfast

Sprint Pavilion December 6

The Paramount Theater December 8

Virginia Discovery Museum December 8

Expanding Young Minds in New Building

Peabody School is welcoming a new facility and outdoor space to enhance its students’ hands-on learning. This new building will feature a STEM Maker Lab to stimulate math and science learning with a 3D printer, and laser cutting and sewing machines. A performing arts space includes special acoustics, soundproof practice rooms and recording technology. Peabody’s plans also unite the classroom and nature. A new outdoor court and amphitheater, pollinator and vegetable gardens, and an outdoor activity trail will integrate outdoor exploration in the school day. The pre-K through eighth grade independent school teaches gifted and academically advanced students in Charlottesville. The new building project is part of Peabody’s 25th anniversary and expects to be completed in June 2020.


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Testing the Best Quality education is a priority in Albemarle County, and it shows in the academic performances of high school seniors this past school year. In four public schools, seniors performed above their peers on the SAT test, averaging 603 points on the verbal test. This average is 39 points above the average for seniors throughout the rest of the state and 79 points above seniors across the country. Average scores of 589 on the math portion exceeded the state average by 33 points, as well as the national average by 66 points. Despite a nationwide decrease in SAT performance, Albemarle County seniors’ scores improved by 17 points. These results confirm the significance of programs aimed at reducing the achievement gap in area public high schools.

Naturally Playful

Nature spaces challenge kids to be creative and engage their senses, so St. Anne’s-Belfield School opened a natural playground. The outdoor space includes a mud kitchen, tree cookies, balance logs, gathering space and a sandbox. Traditional playgrounds have limited uses for each toy. While the design of these playgrounds encourages safe play, naturally adventurous kids want to push the limits of their play space. Nature offers more uses for the young curious mind. Science teacher Kayla Wilson has seized the outdoor space as part of her outdoor science curriculum for students in Grades K, 1 and 3. Additionally, nature playgrounds allow kids to dig and build, which helps develop motor skills. The sensory input from playing in nature prepares students for returning to the classroom with increased focus, and a larger empathy and understanding for the world around them.

Saving Goals and Saving Lives For 10-year-old soccer player Brady Krysiewicz, every goal he saves means more than just the outcome of the game. Inspired by compassion and his own family’s struggles with breast cancer, Brady wants to help other families who are fighting the disease. That’s why he started his Keeper for a Cure campaign. Throughout the month of October, Brady asks people to donate money to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation for every goal he saves. Originally, Brady hoped to raise $50 to support research efforts for a cure, but within two minutes of posting, he exceeded this goal. Brady will continue to save and block his way through October, while raising money for a cause that’s close to his heart in the process.




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Giving the Gift of a Good Story


TOWN Do you let your child cry it out in public? 25% say “yes” 75% say “no” “It’s healthy and normal to show feelings, just please don’t scream about it!” – Mother of two, Scottsville “It depends on where we are. If we are at a noisy amusement park, then yes. If we are in a restaurant where the crying could disturb the other patrons, we remove our children from the situation.” – Dad of three “We do when it is our infant and we are not in a particularly quiet space, as sometimes she can be easily soothed and the crying does not last long.” – Charlottesville mom of two “When it is an injury or pain, yes. When it is a fit, no.” – Mom of three, Crozet

“I do not give in to my child, but if they are crying/throwing a fit and won’t be quiet, I will take them outside or to the car so they don’t disturb others.” – Whitney, Charlottesville, Mom of four

“In opposition of ‘crying it out,’ I prefer to talk with my child to help calm them down or work through the situation. Sometimes they may continue to cry, but I don’t believe ignoring the crying helps alleviate the issue.” – B. Mills, Afton, Mama of a little boy

“We think it is important to teach our kids the consequences of their actions at an early age, including that tantrums are not a way to get what they want. When we remove them from the situation/location, that is both respectful of the other people around, and another way for us to signify to our child that their behavior is not appropriate.” – Barboursville Mom

Children love a good bedtime story. Due to the work of the Soho Center in New York City, kindergarteners at 19 local Title I schools, including those in Charlottesville City and Albemarle, Orange and Louisa Counties, were each able to take home and keep 10 books at the start of the school year. By donating thousands of books to schools with a high percentage of students from lower-income families, Jeanna Beker’s nonprofit aims to reduce the achievement gap in Central Virginia. The Soho Center donates 300,000 new childrens’ books every year across the state. The donation to Albemarle County alone is estimated at $67,000. While kids at Title I schools have books at school, these donations allow them to have books at home, too, providing the opportunity for reading practice and an enjoyable bonding activity for families. You can learn more about the Soho Center’s work at

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BIZ BITS OPENINGS/ RELOCATIONS Basketful Lifestyle & Gifts, 416 West Main Street Blue Moon Diner, 512 West Main Street Emerson House Learning, 308 East Market Street

CLOSINGS Little Planets Playroom at IX Art Park, 937 2nd Street SE

ANNOUNCEMENTS Albemarle County Public Schools now has guidelines for solutions to address anti-racism in the classroom. It lays out ways to address both individual and systemic racism through training, curriculum, and other methods. The Albemarle County School Board voted to rename Cale Elementary. Over the last few months, Cville Ice Park has raised $2,700,000 towards its fundraising campaign and needs only $500,000 more before they can break ground on the new rink. To pledge, visit 4P Foods has partnered with Local Food Hub to merge distribution operations. The UVA Children’s Hospital recently opened a new Explorer Playroom on the fourth floor of the Battle Building. This therapeutic, interactive playroom incorporates the Lewis and Clark theme that inspired some of the outdoor landscape.

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Josh & Anika Eagan Super (Hero) Team of Dad, Writer, & Daughter, Illustrator

They’re the perfect match. Josh Eagan, dad of two, had a great idea for a children’s book. His daughter Anika, who is 14, knew the best way to illustrate it. Together, they teamed up and created the recently released The Adventures of Ninja and Luche: The Great Piggy Rescue—a brand-new adventure/comedy for kids age 6–11. Josh and Anika live in Roanoke, and Josh is the president and publisher of Roanoke Valley Family Magazine.

this, I did it all in ProCreate instead of on paper. I wanted it to look silly and cute, so I drew the characters more simplistically than I normally would. I originally tried making it more complex, but it didn’t look right for these characters. JOSH: It’s been a long process. We’ve been talking about doing this for more than a year now. Ani would come up with lots of different styles until she honed in on this one. It’s fun, silly and colorful.

Okay, The Adventures of Ninja and Luche. What’s it about? JOSH: It’s about two kids named Monica and Stevie who take matters into their own hands to help people around town. They do little things that might not seem like typical “superhero” things, but to other kids, they’re definitely superheroes. They do it under the radar, and no one knows their true identities.

And then Stevie/Luche is distractable and a bit hyperactive. Would you say that describes your sister Evelyn? ANI: Yeah, she’s always running around the house, tackling things, running into things. JOSH: The idea always was that the alter-egos bring out the characteristics of the people behind the masks. The alter-egos magnify the character traits. That does kind of describe their personalities in general.

And these superhero characters ... they actually come from characters you and your sister used to dress up as, right? ANI: Yeah, we happened to have a ninja mask when I was about 8 or 9, and I would run around wearing it. Evelyn, my sister, wanted a luche wrestler costume, so my mom made one. We’d sneak up on the foreign exchange student we were hosting and play tricks. JOSH: Right, that’s how it started. Then, Ninja and Luche would show up at random times and do random and crazy things. What kinds of random and crazy things? ANI: Well, there’s a scene in the book that has to do with shaving cream on a cake, and that’s actually a true story. We took a cereal box and put a balloon inside filled with shaving cream. Then you decorate it like a cake. When someone cuts into it, it explodes. Ani, how did the distinct style in your illustrations come to be? ANI: This is a different style than I usually use when I draw. For


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What’s your favorite part of the story? ANI: I think the funniest part is the one that’s the most random—a flying dog! It’s not necessarily my favorite part, but it’s the funniest. Do you have any favorite superheroes? ANI: Definitely Ant-Man. I watched Ant-Man and the Wasp on the plane back from Bolivia this summer, and I loved it. I also like checking out random comics from the library. JOSH: I never was a superhero person until the Marvel movies. We started watching them as a family, and, now, I like the whole Marvel Universe. *Find The Adventures of Ninja and Luche: The Great Piggy Rescue on Amazon or at your local bookstore!

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Helping Those Students Who Are Ready to Fly

Although they come from varied walks of life—a constitutional lawyer, a biochemist, a realtor, a few athletic coaches, some stay-at-home moms, a retiree and a recent college grad—they all signed up this year for one mission: to provide the support and guidance that will lead at-risk fifth graders to achieve sustained academic and personal growth. Although it’s a time-honored program that began several years ago at the University of Minnesota, Check & Connect was new to Albemarle County Public Schools, having just concluded its first year in May 2019. A total of 24 academic coaches engaged with 120 students, helping them prepare to complete one of the most difficult academic transitions—moving from elementary to middle school. Research shows the move to higher academic rigor and levels of personal responsibility for students entering middle school can be overwhelming. How well students handle this transition can have a lasting impact on their academic performance through high school and college. It can erode confidence and problem-solving skills. We know that not all students succeed in their transition to middle school, with the earliest signs of difficulty often present before the move. Check & Connect offers a blueprint for broadening their circle of support. By going to the community for coaches,

The check part links coach to 2nd Annual student on a weekly basis, where the coachfor aids Preemies” students with their “Play

students are matched with role models who have personal stories about overcoming obstacles in their own lives.

program theme is “helping students who are ready to fly to SOAR.”

preparation for school and study, such as with organizational skills, the completion of assignments and the identification of specific needs. They are dependable, personable and trustworthy advocates for the students, and were often a valuable advisory voice for each student’s teacher. The connect part struck deeper. Through encouragement, enthusiasm and support, coaches helped students build the belief “they want to, they value, they can” be a star in the classroom. The results were encouraging. Students in the program raised their hands more often in class. Additionally, they became more passionate about their work and were more eager to come to school each day. Coaches told us their experiences were close to the “best thing they have done with their life in a long time.” We also saw strong gains in the standards-of-learning (SOL) test scores of students in the program, including 15 students passing SOL tests for the first time in their academic experience. Another 58 students passed multiple tests, 40 students improved their attendance and 24 reached perfect attendance. While, another 33 students increased their rate of being on time. When asked if they would like to return this year, 100 percent of the coaches said “yes.” Our informal

Angela, the current assistant principal for Stone-Robinson Elementary School, led the Check & Connect Program in 2018–19 and discussed the program at the Virginia School Board Association’s annual education conference.


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Nationally SPORTS ZONE Ranked Basketball Team

Photo by Robert Deweess

There’s nothing like sports to bring a community together. The Charlottesville Cardinals, a local nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team, faced University of Virginia (UVA) athletes for a friendly game of hoops in September. The game, held at Charlottesville High School, had an attendance of about 400, all to support a good cause. The money raised by the game went to Bennett’s Village, a local organization whose mission is to build an inclusive playground for children with disabilities in Charlottesville. The Cardinals outplayed the Cavaliers on the court, even lending the Cavaliers their leading scorer in an attempt to even out the game. Even so, the Cardinals beat the UVA athletes 50 to 46. Through this fundraiser and other efforts, Bennett’s Village has raised over $100,000 towards Bennett’s Village’s $5 million goal to create a space where all children can play. To donate time or money, visit

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4th Graders Receive “Yes” to Their Concerns Fourth grade teacher Nancy Rickabaugh at Johnson Elementary School challenged her students to find a problem outside the classroom that they could propose a solution for that would also help make a difference in the community. In response, the students made a video, took pictures and wrote a letter to the City of Charlottesville about their concerns for

The Charlottesville High School Orchestra (CHSO) String Ensemble received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Lisbon International Youth Music Festival. The festival features youth interested in classical music, such as in choirs, orchestras and symphonic bands, with concerts in the best venues in Portugal. This is an exciting opportunity for a local string ensemble to travel to Europe for their music. The orchestra began its fundraising efforts at the end of September with a short public performance at Central Place on the Downtown Mall. The string ensemble is led by CHSO orchestra director Laura Thomas.

their classmates’ safety when playing on the nearby blacktop during recess. The students shared that the cracks were big enough for them to trip on when playing basketball and soccer. To the students’ surprise, the city responded with a resounding “yes” and has already patched the cracks. Through this experience, they learned that they, too, have a voice in their community, no matter their age, and are excited to help devise other solutions for problems that affect others.


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November 17 at Crozet YMCA Enjoy this special holiday event and active fun for the whole family. Check the website for more information. 434-205-4380, YOU CAN HELP!


11th Annual Earlysville Turkey Trot 5K & Kids’ Half-Mile Run

November 28, 8:30am kid’s race (12 & under), 9am 5K (6 & up) at 601 Earlysville Green, Earlysville Kids can participate in a free half-mile race. Benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

38th Annual Boar’s Head Turkey Trot

November 28, 9am at Boar’s Head Inn Run or walk the annual 5K to raise money for the UVA Children’s Hospital. No pets. Early registration is recommended. 434-972-2237,

Blessing of the Hounds

November 28, 10–11am at Grace Episcopal Church Enjoy a brief blessing ceremony with bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses, then cider and donuts and the beginning of the hunt. No pets allowed. 434-293-3549,

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NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2019 workshops, an apple pie contest and more. 434-979-1663,


November 2, 10:30am–5:30pm at IX Art Park Enjoy this annual festival with art, music, food and fun in a family-friendly environment. Donations support local charities.

25th Annual Artisans Studio Tour

SPECIAL EVENTS Pancake Breakfasts

Now–December 22, Saturday 9–11am; Sunday 10am–12pm at Chiles Peach Orchard Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with a fruit topping and a side of sausage and OJ/milk/ coffee. 434-823-1583,

Montpelier Hunt Races

November 2, 9am–6pm at James Madison’s Montpelier Experience world-class steeplechase horse races. Enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids’ stick-horse races and vendor row. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 540-672-0027,

19th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

November 2, 10am–5pm at Albemarle CiderWorks, North Garden Annual festival featuring local food and artisan craft vendors, hayrides, live music all day,

November 9 & 10, 10am–5pm at Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties You’ll see 46 artisans set up in 25 studios displaying their craft on this self-guided tour. 434-823-1882,

VETERANS DAY Veterans Day Weekend

November 8–11 at James Madison’s Montpelier Montpelier says “thank you” to all U.S. military veteran guests with a free House tour and Museum Shop discount. 540-672-2728,

Annual Salute to Hometown Heroes

November 9 at Carter Mountain Orchard See military and rescue vehicles, and visit booths honoring and providing services for those who serve and have served. Hometown heroes (with ID) receive discounts. 434-977-1833,

4th Annual Warrior Hike


November 10, 12–3pm CAN HELP! at The Market at Grelen, Somerset This annual event will benefit Warrior Expeditions. Hike the trails, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win raffle prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. 540-672-7268,


38th Annual Boar’s Head Turkey Trot

November 28, 9am at Boar’s Head Inn. See this page.


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November 16–January 5, 2020 at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg Enjoy over 10 million glittering lights, shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus and sip some hot chocolate. 757-229-4386,

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

November 22–January 5, Tuesdays–Sundays, 12–5pm at Maymont Mansion, Richmond Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. 804-358-7166,

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

November 22–January 6, 2020, 5–10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Features more than half-a-million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 804-262-9887,

Letters to Santa

November 29–December 20 at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville All are invited to stop by and write a letter to Santa, seal it up and place it in the Santa Letter Box to be mailed. 540-832-7440,

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Horton Vineyards! November 2

Fall Cellar Tasting

November 29 - December 20 Letters to Santa

Gingerbread House Competition YOU CAN HELP!


December 2–11 at the Ronald McDonald House & Omni Hotel This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” Entry forms are due by Dec. 2 at the Ronald McDonald House. Creations are due Dec. 6–7 at the Omni Hotel, and will then be on display from Dec. 8–11.

December 7

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2019 Toy Lift

December 6 It only takes one to make a difference this holiday. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination

December 8 & 15

Holiday Shopping Day

December 6, 4:30–9:30pm at Sprint Pavilion This holiday event is free for all ages and features live music, games and activities, kids’ crafts, food and beverages, and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the tree at City Hall Plaza. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-409-8226,



Christmas Wonderland

December 6–20, Saturdays, 5–9pm at Creative Works Farm Enjoy music performances, visits with Santa, a walk-through light display, cookies and hot chocolate, decorate gingerbread cookies, make ornaments and more. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT.

Santa Picture Event & Holiday Gift Drive

December 7, 1–4pm at Cardinal Point Winery Have a blast with Santa and help your neighbors in need at this holiday picture and gift drive event.

Enchanted Extravaganza IV

December 7 & 8, 9am–4pm at The Market at Grelen, Somerset Experience festive fare, gifts by local vendors, music, Christmas trees and greens, wreath workshops and more. Visit with Santa from 11am–2pm. 540-672-7268,

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December 8, 9am, 9:20am, 11:30am & 11:45am at Virginia Discovery Museum Enjoy a yummy breakfast and meet with Santa, too. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-977-1025,

Santa and Mrs. Claus at Pharsalia

Join us for a very special event that will create Holiday Memories for the entire family! Gingerbread House Competition There is a competition category for everyone—children, youth, adults, businesses, organizations, and professionals. And NEW this year we have a “virtual” category for those who live more than 75 miles away from Charlottesville. So, spread the word: this state, other states, other countries—everyone can enter! Our theme is “Christmas Around the World”. How perfect! We need to receive your entry form by December 2, 2019, but the actual creations (or videos for virtual entries) are not due until December 6-7. See our website for this year’s guidelines and entry form. All of the beautiful gingerbread creations will be open for viewing at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel (free of charge) during the following days/times: December 8 • 4pm-8pm December 9 & 10 • 10am-8pm December 11 • 10am-2pm

December 9, 1–5pm at Pharsalia, Tyro Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. 434-277-5231,

Let There Be Light: An Outdoor Art Exhibit For full details and updates visit:


Volunteer opportunities available for this event. Email to learn of available volunteer time slots.

Winners of each category will be announced the evening of December 10. There will be special visitors to join us along the way, too!

December 13, 6–9pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College An evening of light-centered art and performances illuminating the outdoors. The exhibition celebrates the approach of winter solstice. Rain date December 14. 434-961-5362,

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December 14 at Crozet YMCA Enjoy this holiday event. 434-205-4380,

NEW YEAR’S FUN Countdown to Happy Noon Year! December 31, 11am–12pm at Central Library Enjoy games, crafts, dancing and a balloon drop to ring in the new year at the stroke of 12pm, that is! Ages 11–18. 434-979-7151,

Noon Years Eve Family Dance Party

December 31, 11:15am–12pm at Northside Library Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the new year a little early with a fun family dance party. Music and snacks will be provided at this allages event. 434-973-7893,

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic

December 31, 2–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond Enjoy an afternoon of fun family activities. Stick around for the Dominion Energy GardenFest from 5–10pm. 804-262-9887,

38th Annual First Night Virginia

December 31, 4pm–12am at Downtown Mall Ring in the New Year at this community arts fest featuring performers, a bubble wrap stomp, a kids’ fun zone and more. 434-975-8269,

MARKETS & SHOPPING Scottsville Community Farmers Market Now–November 16, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Scottsville Pavilion 434-286-9267,


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26th Annual Martha’s Market

November 15–17 at Boar’s Head Resort, The Pavilion Over 40 boutiques will transform the pavilion into a marketplace with something for everyone. Martha’s Market benefits women’s healthcare. A Celebration of Hope Gala will be held on November 16. 434-654-8258,

The Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection December 5–8 at The Richmond Raceway Complex This annual holiday marketplace features over 475 exhibitors.

Rivanna Garden Club Christmas Market YOU CAN HELP!

December 7, 9:30am–12:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Find one-of-a-kind wreaths, fresh greens, delicious food, a large selection of crafts and other fabulous items. This fundraiser allows the club to support a variety of nonprofit organizations. 434-296-7143,

Village School Craft Fair YOU CAN HELP!


December 7, 10am–2pm at Village School This free event will feature jewelry, scarves, baked goods, homemade candy, soaps and much more. 20 percent of the proceeds go to charity. 434-984-4404,

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Holiday Shopping Days at Horton

December 8 & 15, 12–4pm at Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville Local vendors will fill the tasting room with gifts for every age. Each vendor will have items priced at $5 or less, so that children can also do their holiday shopping. 540-832-7440,

STAGE & SCREEN Popcorn at the Movies

November 2, 2–4pm at Scottsville Library Snuggle up and enjoy a movie based upon a classic children’s story. Feel free to bring a stuffed animal and a blanket. 434-286-3541,

Annie Kids

November 15–16 & 22–23 at Belmont Arts Collaborative DMR Adventures presents the culmination of the Fall Kids Broadway Adventure program. Annie KIDS, based on the comic strip and adapted from the musical, features everyone’s favorite orphan.

14th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition November 16, 3:30pm at The Paramount Theater See a fusion of dance and step teams when

some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region compete in a highly competitive event. 434-979-1333,

Peter and the Starcatcher

November 21–24 at Albemarle High School Albemarle High School Drama Department presents “Peter and the Starcatcher”—a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. 434-975-9300,

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

November 22–December 15 at Four County Players Mainstage, Barboursville Enjoy this holiday-themed production, based upon the Paramount Pictures Film. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 540-832-5355,

The Flying Karamazov Brothers – Live!

November 30, 7pm at The Paramount Theater See the four self-proclaimed eccentric lunatics spicing things up with a zany showcase filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, wild theatrics, arcane errata, and astonishing juggling feats. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333,

The Nutcracker Mini-Suite

December 2, 4:30–5:30pm at Crozet Library Studio for the Performing Arts presents excerpts of The Nutcracker, danced by students of Albemarle Ballet Theatre, and a reading of the story. Audience members will have the chance to learn steps from the ballet! Registration requested. 434-823-4050,

A Christmas Carol

December 4–29 at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton Experience the traditional tale with new twists, turns and surprises, and enjoy a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family. 540-885-5588,

97th Season Holiday Concert

December 15, 3:30–5pm at Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School The Municipal Band plays seasonal and YOU CAN traditional music at its annual holiday HELP! concert. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. 434-295-9850,

The Nutcracker

December 19–22 at Piedmont Virginia Community College Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet’s professional production of the classic holiday ballet class. 434-277-7592,


Picture Book Film Fest

December 6 & 7, 10:30–11am at Crozet Library Bring a blanket and pillow if you’d like to cozy up and watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration requested, but dropins are welcome. Recommended for ages 2–6. 434-823-4050,

Family Holiday Concerts

December 6 & 7, 8pm Friday, 3:30pm Saturday at Old Cabell Hall, UVA The Charlottesville Symphony at UVA and the University Singers join forces to present their annual concerts. Recommended for ages 6+. 434-924-3376,

Virginia Glee Club’s 79th Annual Christmas Concert

December 7, 8pm at Old Cabell Hall The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and family entertainment.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

December 7–January 1 at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics. 540-885-5588,

Paramount at the Movies Presents: Elf

December 8, 1pm at The Paramount Theater You don’t want to miss the big screen showing of the seasonal comedy classic. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333,

Vienna Boys Choir – Christmas in Vienna

December 14, 7pm at The Paramount Theater Showcases gifted musicians in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces and, of course, holiday favorites. 434-979-1333,

Moscow Ballet Presents: The Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15, 3pm & 7pm at The Paramount Theater Experience the artistry of world-class Russian dancers, the exuberant jig of playful puppets and the splendor of handcrafted sets and costumes. 434-979-1333,

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 23, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of wonderment. 434-243-4960,

Marvelous Morning Matinee

December 30, 10:30–11am at Central Library Enjoy the annual showing of “The Snowman,” based on the book by Raymond Briggs. All ages welcome. 434-979-7151,

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Charlottesville Heart Walk

November 3 at 415 Ray C Hunt Drive The Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. Choose from a 5K or 3.1-mile noncompetitive walk. 434-607-7719,

UVA Women’s Basketball Home Games November 5, 16 & 30 and December 1 at John Paul Jones Arena Cheer on the ‘Hoos at home. 800-542-8821,


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November 9, 23 & 29 at Scott Stadium Cheer on the ‘Hoos at home. 800-542-8821,

Park Hop with A Doc

November 10, 1–3pm at Washington Park Join local pediatricians from Pediatric Associates and Wildrock’s Pop-Up Play Crew for a day of play at the park. 434-987-0638,

UVA Men’s Basketball Home Games

November 10, 16, 19 & 27 and December 18, 22 & 29 at John Paul Jones Arena Cheer the ‘Hoos at home. 800-542-8821,

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{our town calendar} Monticello Holiday Classic 5K & Deck the Halls Kids’ Dash! December 7, 8:10am kids’ dash, 8:20am 5K at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello Enjoy a family-oriented 5K. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids’ Dash, a quarter-mile loop around the West Lawn. 434-984-9800,

ARTS & CRAFTS Kids Vote: Winnie the Pooh or Curious George?

November 5, 1–5pm at Scottsville Library Kids can cast a ballot on Election Day. After you vote, enjoy a craft. 434-286-3541,

Holidays at the Museum: Centerpiece Spectacular

November 26, 4:15–5:15pm at Virginia Discovery Museum It’s the season of giving thanks, so create your own autumnal centerpieces to take home. Ages 4+. 434-977-1025,

Turkey Cookie Decorating

November 26, 6–7:30pm at Central Library It’s almost turkey time, but we’re serving turkey cookies right now. Make yourself a special treat. Ages 12+. Registration required. 434-979-7151,

Holiday Craft Extravaganza

Santa Pancake

Breakfast Sunday, Dec. 8 | 524 E Main St, Charlottesville 9:00 & 9:20 a.m. | 11:30 & 11:45 a.m.


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December 4, 6:30–8:30pm at Northside Library Enjoy different stations with different crafts, as well as some holiday refreshments. Ages 14+. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Holiday on the Hill

December 7 & 14, 10am–5pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Enjoy family-friendly crafts and decorating activities, with samples, sales and Christmas music. Registration recommended. 434-977-1833,

Holiday Table and Mantle Centerpiece Workshop

December 12–15, 10–11:30am at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello In this workshop, led by expert floral designers, you will learn techniques for crafting your own centerpiece to adorn your table or mantle. All materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 14+. 434-984-9800,

Family Art Drop In: Paper Gingerbread Houses

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December 13, 3–4:30pm at Northside Library Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. Great art can be messy, so come dressed to create at the library. For children up to age 12. 434-973-7893,

Snowflake Symmetry

December 13, 4:15–5:15pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Create your own unique snowflakes as you learn about symmetric designs.

Holidays at the Museum

December 18, 19 & 20 at various times at Virginia Discovery Museum Enjoy seasonal crafts, including making Grinch Slime, holiday-inspired snow globes and holiday baked goods. 434-977-1025,


November 4, 10am–5pm at Central Library Fuzzy friends of all sizes and descriptions can visit the library for a checkup. Discover how your stuffed animal measures up at this drop-in STEAM session. 434-979-7151,

2019 Home Educator Day at Highland

November 6, 9am–3pm at James Monroe’s Highland Enjoy an exclusive walk-through of the presidential guest house and exhibit spaces, along with additional activities, including historic games and crafts. 434-293-8000,

2nd ANNUAL Meals on Wheels

Santa Picture Event & Holiday Gift Drive Saturday, December 7th • 1–4pm at Cardinal Point Winery with professional photography by Amy Smith

Find out more by visiting our website at or on Facebook & Instagram @cvillemeals


November 8, 4:15–5:15pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Calling all budding builders ... collaborate on engineering challenges as you design and build balloon-powered cars and more. 434-977-1025,

Imagination Story Station!

November 13, 10:30–11:30am at Northside Library Take a multi-sensory journey through a favorite children’s book. Creative drama, activities and play will help bring a story to life. Ages 4-7 with a caregiver. 434-973-7893,

Crazy Contraptions

November 16, 2–4pm at Crozet Library Build a Rube Goldberg machine that uses a complicated and elaborate chain reaction to do something. Though materials will be provided, you may bring some of your own. Grades 5–8. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

A Classical Christian School • Grades K-12

Motor to Success: Motor Skills Play

November 18, 9:30–11:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Explore fun hands-on activities that use motor skills. Ages 3–5 and an accompanying adult. 434-296-5544,


Tuesday, November 12th • 7:00 p.m. Join us at our Community Dinner Friday, November 8th • 6:30 p.m. • For Tickets:

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is proud to support Toy Lift!

November 22, 4:15–5:15pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Mmm-mmm ... whip up your own homemade crusts and miniature pies as you learn some baking basics. 434-977-1025,

Winter Wonderland Art

December 2, 4–4:45pm at Central Library Listen to a frosty winter tale and then get cozy creating a soft and fuzzy winter scene. 434-979-7151,

Wildrock Nature Friends: Winter Warrens December 5, 10:30–11:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Create cozy homes in a sensory bin, learn about how creatures construct homes and go on a pretend woods adventure. For ages 2–5. Registration required. 434-296-5544,

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ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Money Smart Workshop: Building Your Financial Future

November 13, 7–8:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Create a plan to build a solid financial future. Learn types of assets, pros and cons of buying and leasing a car, tips for getting a car loan, and more. 434-296-5544,

Star Wars Countdown

November 19, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Count down the days until the release of Star Wars IX with snacks and themed activities. Cosplay welcome. Grades 7–12. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

Teen Escape Room: Lost in the Archives

November 30, 1–3pm at Central Library Central Library has once again partnered with Cville Escape Room. Work under a time limit to unravel the mystery. Ages 11–18. Reservations required. 434-979-7151,

Hot Cocoa PJ Party

December 3, 6–8pm at Crozet Library Make your hot cocoa as simple or as ridiculous as you like it, then relax in pajamas before exams with a movie. Grades 6–12. 434-823-4050,

Plushie Factory 2.0: Snowball Critters

December 9, 6:30–7:30pm at Northside Library Plushie Factory is back to show you how to make your own fun plushies. It is recommended that participants have basic hand-sewing skills. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Snowball Fight

December 28, 2–3pm at Central Library Make indoor-safe snowballs, and then face off against other teams in an exhilarating indoor snowball battle. Recommended for ages 11–18. 434-979-7151,


November 2, 16 & 30, December 7 & 14, 9–11am at Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad Non-certifying classes aimed towards new parents, families and caretakers in adult, child and infant CPR, and choking relief. 434-296-4825,

Affordable Housing Resource Fair

November 9, 10am–12pm at Central Library Meet with local organizations working towards providing affordable and quality housing in the community. 434-979-7151,

Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

November 9, 3:30–5pm at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center Discuss how to move from an other-disciplined model to a self-disciplining model. RSVP for childcare, which is $10 per child. 434-202-8639,



October 19 | Wondrous Weaving November 16 | Composition/Construction

These popular programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the museum’s exhibitions accessible to children. The introduction of new art materials and techniques challenges children to think in new ways, and interactive tours help them develop the confidence to talk about art. Registration required.


Tours Through November 15

Writer’s Eye is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Each year we select 8 works of art for Writer’s Eye, and interactive tours of the art selections are offered from September through November. Entries are judged by distinguished writers from central Virginia, and winners are honored at a ceremony in the spring, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning entries are published in the annual Writer’s Eye anthology. Visit our website for more information about tours.

Fall Open House

November 4, 8am–4pm at Renaissance School 434-984-1952, | | 434.243.2050

Admissions Info Sessions

November 5 & December 9, 9–10:30am at Tandem Friends School Call to RSVP. 434-951-9314,

Open House

November 12, 7pm at Regents School of Charlottesville 434-293-0633,

Poinsettia Open House

November 29 & 30 at Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro This annual holiday festival offers up homemade donuts and coffee, door prizes and poinsettias to get you feeling festive. Vendors will sell food, gifts and arts and crafts. 540-943-8408,

This Christmas, support a child fighting cancer and their siblings.

Holiday Open House at Montpelier

December 7, 9am–5pm at James Madison’s Montpelier Tour the home, decorated according to 19thcentury customs, and visit with the Madisons. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and food. 540-672-2728,

We provide a private germ-free holiday party for children with cancer and their families to experience Christmas at its best. Visit provide holiday cheer to local fighting families. The Ishan Gala Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.


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Vineyards at Adventure Farm

Beginning November 29, Thursdays– Sundays, 11am–5pm at Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm, Earlysville Choose from cut Frazer Fir trees from Southwest Virginia. Check website for holiday events and offerings. 434-971-8796,

Christmas Trees at The Market at Grelen Somerset 540-672-7268,

Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm Scottsville 434-286-3445, **Greene Meadows Farm Open the Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, Friday–Sunday, 10am–5pm at Greene Meadows Tree Farm, Stanardsville Choose and cut White Pine & Canaan Fir (limited) or choose a fresh pre-cut Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir or Canaan Fir. Fresh wreaths and garland will also be available. Visit with lambs in the petting zoo while you sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate. 434-990-1999,

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{living well new mom}

Comfort & Soothe How to Cope with Colic

New Mom

Come dusk, you don’t see many mothers of newborns out running errands. Because, as the day winds down, most newborns experience an “evening fussy period.” During this time, which can vary in duration from approximately 30 minutes to several hours, babies cry often with impressive zeal and volume. But for parents of colicky babies, the crying can be truly unnerving. The terms “colicky” and “fussy” are sometimes used interchangeably by the uninitiated. But, colic is a specific condition that pediatricians identify by asking parents about the frequency and duration of their baby’s crying. Doctors typically follow what’s known as “the rule of three” in babies that are healthy and eating well: • The crying lasts at least three hours; • The episodes occur at least three times per week; and • The crying pattern lasts for at least three weeks. What causes colic? Doctors believe colic is caused by painful spasms and/ by Whitney Woollerton Morrill or cramping in baby’s still-developing gastrointestinal tract. Certain foods in mom’s diet (if she’s nursing), may contribute to the discomfort. Pediatricians may advise mothers to avoid eating broccoli, onions, garlic and legumes, as these may increase gas in baby’s belly. Some mothers may also eliminate foods such as dairy or soy. How common is colic? According to the National Institute of Health, colic affects one in five infants. The vociferous crying typically starts at around 2–4 weeks of age and lasts until approximately 4 months old. Is there a cure? Although there’s no known cure for colic, it’s not a permanent condition. In the meantime, parents are encouraged to use the following coping strategies: Call in the troops. Do you have local family members or friends to lend a hand? Now’s the time to enlist their help to care for older children, clean the house or prepare meals so you can focus on soothing baby. Establish a routine. Colic can make you feel like your Find more information and life’s been turned upside-down. Take back some control advice on colicky babies at by implementing an action plan. What time does your baby usually start crying? A half-hour beforehand, get yourself ready. Clear a space on your bed and prop up some pillows, Gather supplies you need for nursing and diapering, and put them within arm’s reach. Get yourself a glass of water and a snack for the nightstand, and put your phone on mute. Dim the lights and close the blinds to create a calm, non-stimulating environment to help baby relax. Then, before baby starts crying, settle in with him and do what helps him most. You’re his greatest source of comfort, so hold him close. Stick with it. Switching from rocking and swaddling to walking and bouncing may overstimulate baby when he’s already overwrought. Choose one modality, and give it a chance to work before branching out. Colic isn’t your fault. It’s hard, but try to center yourself with deep breaths. Babies absorb maternal stress. If you can stay calm, it will help your newborn relax. Put baby is his crib for a few minutes if you’re hitting your limit. Sometimes taking care of baby means taking a few minutes to care for yourself.


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{living well dear bob}

Expert Advice

Your Parenting Questions Answered

Dear Bob

by Bob Taibbi

We’ve tried a variety of ways to discipline our 8-year-old son, but nothing seems to stop incidents from happening again. Do you have any suggestions on how we can see that these “punishments” are working? I can imagine how frustrating this must be for you both. If your child is misbehaving in certain ways, it’s natural to want to set limits and consequences to discourage his or her negative behavior. If it doesn’t seem to work, it’s also natural to increase or change those consequences with the hope they will finally understand it’s serious and he needs to change. But, if the consequences aren’t working, the problem is usually that the child is being “too punished.” He may not understand why this is a big deal, or perhaps he is micro-managed and feels he can’t do anything right or can never get out of the doghouse. When this sets in, he gets discouraged, gives up, and resists or doesn’t care. The way to break this cycle is to focus less on the “sticks” and more on the “carrots,” such as offering rewards for good behavior, and when he does act appropriately, making sure you notice it. The rule-of-thumb is to be firm but matter-of-fact about negative behavior, and make a big deal about positive behavior. The second part is having a conversation with your child about his troubling behaviors. Children often “act up” because they are frustrated or are struggling with some other emotional problem. You want to sit down with him when you both are calm, and talk about your “worry” rather than what you are angry about, letting him know the rules followed by getting his feedback. You want to try and find out what might be bothering him and what the underlying problem is. Listen and take what he says seriously, and see if there is a way of solving his problem. Finally, if you think you may be overreacting or micro-managing him, step back and decide on what you want to focus on most. And, to avoid his seeking only negative attention, provide some one-on-one quality time for the two of you. If after trying this for several weeks and you feel it isn’t working, it may be time for family or individual counseling.


How can we better balance our kids’ day? We fear we are planning their schedule too much and want to encourage their use of imagination as well as how to manage their own responsibilities. When my son was young, we found that keeping him filled with lots of outside activities seemed to work best in terms of his feeling happy and responsible and creative, while my daughter needed a slower pace and more downtime. She would be easily tired and irritable if too busy. My point is that you need to read each of your kids and see what works for them in terms of their overall mood and ability to do what they want and need to do. Are they generally in a good mood or tired and overwhelmed? Are they complaining that they’re feeling rushed all the time or that they have too much downtime and use video games as a default activity? Are they able to manage their day and keep up with home and school responsibilities? Check-in with them on a regular basis, especially when you see they are struggling or complaining. It’s too easy to go on autopilot and do what we always do. By having these conversations with them, though, you are not only solving problems as they arise but also teaching them how to best run their lives.

Email your parenting concerns and queries to editor@ Yours might be included in an upcoming issue!

Author of 11 books and more than 300 articles—including the regular “Ask Bob” column in this magazine—Bob has 44 years of experience in couple and family work and is in private practice in Charlottesville (


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CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2019

Shining Star Preschool

Compassionate, intelligent and up-to-date pediatric care at two convenient locations!

We offer intergenerational programming with older adults to provide your child with academic and social skills.

Charlottesville Office now Open 7 days a week!

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Village School Middle School for Girls

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Discover the Magic Village School is a warm and welcoming place for girls to discover their strengths, find their own voices, and grow into confident, self-reliant, and intellectually curious learners.

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Celebrating 25 years of Educating Girls 215 East High Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 434-984-4404


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Understanding Autism

Healthy Family

Showing Support & Friendship to Children with ASD Children with autism and their families can feel isolated, but you can help break that isolation. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) isn’t a single condition and affects as many as 1 out of every 59 children in the United States. “It’s a whole range of conditions and behaviors,” says Kara Reagon, the director of education at the Virginia Institute of Autism. “An individual [with autism] has a set of either behavior deficits or behavioral excesses. They might have challenges with social skills, difficulty communicating or some repetitive behaviors.” Children are usually diagnosed with ASD around age 2 or 3, or when they begin regular schooling at age 5. Some may need intensive, daily support, while others may live independently by the time they are adults. However, most children who have ASD struggle with communication. They may have delayed speech development, struggle to read social cues and body language, show repetitive verbal and non-verbal behaviors, or not know how to by Katharine Paljug have a conversational exchange. “Some of them may not have a functional way of communicating, and that impacts their behavior,” says Reagon. Tips for communicating. Children with ASD need help from the adults in their lives—including those who meet them on the playground—to learn how to interact with others and express their needs, thoughts and feelings. No matter your experience (or lack of experience!), there are strategies you can use to communicate with a child who has ASD. First, meet them where they are. If a child doesn’t use words, pay attention to their gestures. “If you see them reaching for a cup of juice, say ‘juice’ and hand it to them,” says Reagon. Second, watch the people around them. “Observe how they communicate with their siblings, with their peers or how their parents or teachers interact with them,” Reagon advises. Take your cue from them. If you’re going to be interacting regularly with a child who has ASD, such as with a neighbor, relative or classmate from your child’s school, ask their parent about tools for facilitating communication. Families may use sign language, apps like ProLoquo2Go or tools like the picture exchange To learn more about autism communication system ( and how you can make Helping your kids be kind. Teaching your own kids how an impact, visit to communicate with children who have autism doesn’t need to be complicated. Have your child say hello and introduce himself as he normally would, even if the other child responds in unexpected ways. Encourage your child to show an interest in what the other child is doing. “If they want to go down the slide at the playground over and over, your child can help them do that,” says Reagon. “Like you would with any other child, teach them to be kind and patient,” she adds. “Really try to be a friend. It might take a little longer, but it means a lot to those children and their families.” Above all, encourage your children to be open and friendly to every other child in their community, even if they communicate a little differently. “I really think that if you take the time to get to know children with autism, and get to know their families, it can change your life for the better,” Reagon shares.


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Your Home Office

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Creating a Child-Friendly Work Space “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. – Gordon B. Hinckley

With high-speed Internet keeping us constantly connected and fast-paced careers that go beyond 9 a.m.–5 p.m., home offices are commonplace these days. Whether you’re working after hours to get a new venture off the ground or you’re trying to keep a deadline while tending to a newborn or a sick child, a home workspace can be a convenient (and maybe even necessary) addition to your house. One of the perks (and challenges!) of working from home is being close to your family. The home office workplace is bound to be visited frequently by your children. Childproofing kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms is a given, but home offices are often overlooked and may pose the greatest danger to children. Think of all the electrical wires, cords, outlets and pinching drawers that fill your home office. With some basic precautions and a little thought, you can not only make your office a place that is safe for all members of your family but welcoming to children. Cord Crazy. Start by dealing with all of those cords and wires that are snaking around your office. Tuck them all behind desks and cabinets by using cord gatherers and cord shorteners to secure them together or cord clips to run them along a baseboard to an outlet. Wind up any cords for window blinds and secure them out of reach to prevent strangling. Consider

purchasing cordless electronics to help reduce the wires you’ll need to hide away. Cordless phones, keyboards and other office equipment are widely available. Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Purchase covers for your computer monitor, keyboard, tower, fax and printer. Cover everything when you are done. Out of sight is out of mind for those with exploring fingers. Lift your keyboard up on top of your monitor or place your keyboard, mouse and other computer attachments in a drawer or somewhere else out of reach. Consider purchasing or building a desk with cubbies (and doors) for a computer tower, speakers and other equipment so they can easily be covered when not in use. You can also use safety straps that will secure your computer equipment to the tabletop so it cannot be pulled off. Get a desk with locking drawers or install childproof locking mechanisms on the drawers. Keep all pens, pencils, paper clips and staplers inside the desk or up on a shelf. If you are unable to secure your drawers, keep these items in small plastic containers with lids. Place all of your CDs, DVDs and storage drives in boxes out of reach. Keep all important papers in files in the file cabinet. An errant toddler with a pen can cause incredible injury. If you have a bulletin board, be sure it cannot be reached by cont’d on pg 38


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covers, too. Consider using a plastic container with a snap on lid as a garbage can if you routinely throw away staples, paper clips and other objects a child could swallow or be harmed by. Keep paper shredders in a closet or out of reach. Never leave them plugged in. Desks, file cabinets, side tables and small bookcases all have sharp edges and corners near eye level of a small child. Soft padding and corner covers will help prevent more serious injuries if your little one happens to bump into a piece of furniture. Create a Play Area. Designate a special area of your office as childfriendly. Place a basket of books and toys on the floor. Add a small child-size table

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While passed down recipes can be a wonderful way to preserve a family’s heritage, new traditions can be just as meaningful. This year, I’m celebrating having my now husband, Ben, join in all the family festivities and show off his amazing cooking skills for the first time in years; as he is a firefighter, and his schedule doesn’t usually allow for him to be able to travel for the holidays. May your holiday season be filled with meaningful traditions, both old and new, as well as those who matter the most. Stuffing • 13–15 cups dry bread cubes (A hearty bread is best – boule or baguette are good basic options.) • 1 cup chopped celery • 1 cup diced onion • 1 ½ cups butter • 2 ¼ teaspoons salt • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 ½ tablespoons poultry seasoning • 1 ½ cups chicken stock • 2 large eggs 1. If bread is not already stale, place cubes on two sheet pans in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees until dry but not overly crisp. 2. In a frying pan, sauté the onion and celery in the butter for 10–12 minutes, or until the onion and celery are tender. 3. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl. Pour the butter, onion and celery mixture over the breadcrumbs and mix. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. 4. Butter a two-quart casserole pan. Put the stuffing in the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30–35 minutes or until golden brown. If while baking, your stuffing appears too dry, add additional chicken stock in ¼ cup increments as needed.


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When my son developed an autoimmune disease (Type 1 Diabetes), mealtimes and snacking became a challenge to keep his blood sugar controlled even with insulin therapy. Some foods trigger a spike in blood sugar more than others, so it became my mission to find low carb recipes, especially during the holidays for family. After a lot of trials, he gave these muffins a thumbs up, which is quite an accomplishment—satisfying a growing teenage boy! Now every Thanksgiving, I can bring a delicious dessert that all will love while never knowing it’s low carb and a healthier version of a holiday favorite. Enjoy! Muffin • 5 eggs • ½ cup coconut oil melted or use liquid coconut oil • 2 tablespoons butter • 1 cup pumpkin puree • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice • 1 ½ cups Swerve Confectioners • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder Filling • 3 oz cream cheese, room temperature • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream • 1 ½ tablespoons Swerve Confectioners • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1. Melt coconut oil and butter. 2. Beat eggs, Swerve Confectioners, pumpkin puree, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until combined. 3. Add coconut oil and butter to the mixture and mix well. 4. Add coconut flour, salt and baking powder to other ingredients, then mix thoroughly and set aside. 5. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the filling and stir until combined. 6. Fill muffin liners with batter. 7. Spoon approximately ½ teaspoon of cream cheese filling mixture on top. With a toothpick, swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter. 8. Bake at 350 degrees for 18–22 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

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{living well food & family}

Table Manners

for Kids How to Coach Your Kids Through Table Etiquette

Some of the traits you love about your

“You should introduce no more than

child—her boundless energy, honesty, and

two or three concepts at a time,” Senning

hands-on approach—may be the very


things that drive you absolutely crazy

information for a young child to process.”

• Use your napkin frequently (instead

at mealtime. If you’re at the end of your

Explain that mealtime manners display

of sitting through the whole meal

rope with how she behaves at the table,

kindness and respect for other people at

with spaghetti sauce on your cheeks);

consider yourself in good company and

the table. Correct mistakes gently, and

• Ask to be excused before leaving the

take comfort in this: “You can teach any

praise him when he does something

5- or 6-year-old basic table manners in

right. Above all, practice what you preach.

a few weeks, but it takes repetition and

With constant reinforcement, good eating

practice,” says Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D.,

habits should become automatic.




• No conversation topics that may ruin someone’s appetite;

table; and • Clear your plate and utensils. “I always expect my toddler to come to the table and stay with us, even if she

great-granddaughter of manners guru

But in case they don’t, Post and other

is not hungry, “ says Natalia Stasenko,

Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post’s

manners experts suggest simple steps

M.S., R.D., co-author of 5 Steps to Raising a

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Happy Eater. “The basic manners that are

upon us there will be many parties and

once and for all.

required from her are coming to the table,

dinners for your children to show off their skills.



• Chew with your mouth closed;

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Table Etiquette. some of the beginner

sitting in her chair for a few minutes, and

dinner-table rules you may want to instill

spending some time with us. Even if she

in your kids include:

decides to skip the meal, like toddlers

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does—or when given the okay to start.

often do, she is learning to be a pleasant

child that “please” changes a demand into

4. Stay seated and sit up straight.

mealtime companion and being polite

a request and sounds nicer while “thank

enough to consider the meal options.”

you” shows someone that you care about

5. Keep elbows (and other body

Please and Thank You. You taught your child these words when she was 2 or 3, but maybe she uses them inconsistently

(or appreciate, if your child understands the word) what he’s done. To






or only with reminders from you. If your

automatic for your child, emphasize

kid tells you, “Oh, yeah,” when you ask if

and enforce them at every meal. Start

she’d like a drink or she snatches a roll

the day with, “Please come to the table

out of your hand without thanking you,

for breakfast.” When your child says he

help her understand why it’s important to

wants milk, don’t pour it until he says

be gracious.

“please,” and wait until he says “thank

Your child is trying to do things on

you” to hand him the glass.

her own, so don’t scold her. Instead, say

Table Manners at Restaurants. By the

something like, “I’d be glad to pass the

time kids are 5 or 6, they should be able

peas to you, honey. Just remember to ask

to sit at the table and remain relatively

next time.”

wiggle-free for at least 20 minutes, says

Senning suggests explaining to your

Lynn Rosen, author of Elements of the Table:

parts!) off the table while eating. 6. Chew with your mouth closed and don’t talk until you’ve swallowed. 7. Don’t make bad comments about the food. 8. Say “Please pass the…” instead of reaching. 9. Chat with everyone at the table. 10. Don’t make rude noises like burping or slurping. 11. Ask to be excused when finished. 12. Thank your host or whoever prepared the meal. 13. Offer to help clear the table.


{living well food & family} A Simple Guide for Hosts and Guests. Start by finding a comfy (yet appropriate) position for your child. Chances are you no longer use a booster seat at the table for her, but your chairs are designed for adults. A cushion might help, and you may find that using a stool from the bathroom as a leg rest also works wonders to keep her facing forward. At restaurants—when you know the meal is going to last at least an hour or so—take a planned trip to the bathroom right after ordering to give your kid time to stretch, suggests Rosen. Also talk to your child in advance about what to do if something goes wrong, like a crayon falls or she spills. “My husband and I taught our kids, ‘May I please have...’ and they all use this phrase to this day when we are out for meals,” says Jill Castle, M.S., RDN, childhood nutrition expert and creator of Nutrition Prep School. “We often hear about how polite our children are, which makes us both happy!” Forks Are Your Friends. Teach your child how to use a spoon by age 2 and

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a fork by age 3. Start with small plastic utensils that are easy to handle, and provide lots of encouragement: “This is how big boys do it.” Five- and 6-year-olds eat so many finger foods that they can legitimately be confused about what parts of their meal require utensils. “Let your child know that if he’s unsure, it’s best to ask you,” says Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents. And, be consistent about what you require. If, for instance, you don’t put a fork in your child’s lunch box to eat his mandarin oranges, he’ll think it’s fine to use his fingers to do it at Grandma’s house. Another way to get your kid more comfortable with utensils: Put him in charge of setting the table. You can say something like, “Now that you’re getting older, I think you’re ready for a grown-up job of getting the table ready for dinner. We’ll do it together the first few days, and then you can do it by yourself.” Talk to your child about what to expect at restaurants as well. “Let your kid know that it’s okay to wipe his mouth with the fancy cloth napkin in a restaurant,” adds Rosen. “Many kids this age think you’ll be upset with them if they get the napkin dirty.” Show


and “thank-yous”

All in






seem insignificant if your kid responds, “Eww, that looks gross,” when your best friend asks her if she’d like an eggsalad sandwich. Teach your child that if she doesn’t want to eat food offered at someone else’s house, she simply has to respond, “No, thank you.” You may be inclined to push—“Honey, why don’t you give it a try?”—but then you’re inviting a bigger manners no-no: What if she hates it and spits it out? “One expectation I have is that my children don’t speak negatively about what we’re eating,” says Jessica Levinson, M.S., RDN, CDN, culinary nutrition expert and healthy living blogger. “For example, words like ‘gross,’ ‘yucky’ and ‘disgusting’ are not permitted. I like to remind them it’s not nice to ‘yuck someone else’s yum.’ If they don’t like something, they simply can say ‘no thank you’ or put it to the side


{living well food & family} of their plate.” “It’s important for your child to taste new foods and work on picky-eating habits, but save it for your house,” says Rosen. Using this approach, it seems like it would be easy for a kid to “no thank-you” her way to never eating a green vegetable. But Rosen suggests that, at home, you follow your established rules for trying

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children know ahead of time what may happen if you are doing something out of your usual mealtime routine, such as a picnic with friends or guests for dinner can change up the rules. Share what you expect and talk together about what situations might come up and plan how to handle them. The planning is key and can help manage awkwardness that may otherwise be tricky. The most important rule of teaching your little one manners is that it’s OK to make mistakes. Learning and showing manners is something he’ll do over the course of his lifetime, so as long as you teach him the basic skills and work to improve on them, he’ll be confident in social situations as he gets older. Maybe one day he’ll even thank you! Laying the groundwork for good etiquette at the dinner table means your children will become pleasant dinner companions for family meals in the years to come.

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I C N N G U . O .. N N A s for Family-Friendly Fun and Servic k c i P g n i es inn W r u o Y

Favorite Awards 2019


FAMILY FUN FAMILY DAYTRIP (WITHIN 3 HOURS) 1. Washington, D.C. 2. Massanutten Resort 3. Colonial Williamsburg 3. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

HISTORIC ATTRACTION (WITHIN 1 HOUR) 1. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 2. Frontier Culture Museum 3. James Madison’s Montpelier

FESTIVAL 1. Lockn’ Festival 2. Dogwood Festival 3. Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 1. Virginia Discovery Museum (pg 22) 2. Amazement Square 3. Children’s Museum of Richmond

HIKE 1. Humpback Rock 2. Sugar Hollow 2. Saunders-Monticello Trail 3. Crabtree Falls 3. Shenandoah National Park

LOCAL RESORT/SPA 1. Boar’s Head Resort 2. The Greenbrier Resort 3. Keswick Hall

November/December 2019

SPORTS RESORT 1. Wintergreen Resort 2. Massanutten Resort 3. Snowshoe Mountain Resort

We asked and you answered! Nearly 1,000 of you shared your favorite places to eat, shop and play in the eighth annual CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Awards. Discover the top vote winners here!

MOVIE THEATER 1. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 2. Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX 3. Violet Crown Cinema MUSIC VENUE 1. UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena 1. Jefferson Theater 2. The Paramount Theater (pg 22) 3. Sprint Pavilion CITY PARK/PLAYGROUND 1. Greenleaf Park – Charlottesville Parks & Rec (pg 4) 2. Pen Park – Charlottesville Parks & Rec (pg 4) 3. Tonsler Park – Charlottesville Parks & Rec (pg 4)

COUNTY PARK/PLAYGROUND 1. Pen Park – Charlottesville Parks & Rec (pg 4) 2. Mint Springs Valley Park – Albemarle County Parks & Rec 3. Wildrock PICK-YOUR-OWN FARM 1. Carter Mountain Orchard 2. Chiles Peach Orchard 3. Bellair Farm PRIVATE POOL 1. ACAC Adventure Central (pg 35) 2. Fry’s Spring Beach Club 3. Boar’s Head Resort 3. YMCA (pg 33) PUBLIC POOL 1. Onesty Family Aquatic Center 2. Crozet YMCA (pg 33) 3. Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center RAINY DAY OUTING 1. Bounce, Play-n-Create 2. Jump Trampoline Park 3. Virginia Discovery Museum (pg 22) STUDIOS FOR CRAFTING 1. Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place 2. Muse Paintbar 3. Crozet Arts THEATRE GROUP 1. American Shakespeare Center 1. Live Arts 2. Black Box Players 3. Four County Players

CELEBRATE YOUR SMILE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! with Hamer & Glassick Orthodontics We offer a variety of treatment options for patients of all ages. Call (434) 296-0188 to schedule a FREE exam or visit for a VIRTUAL SMILE CONSULT.

THEME PARK 1. Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2. Kings Dominion 3. Massanutten Water Park 3. Great Wolf Lodge Water Park UVA SPORTS TEAM 1. Basketball 2. Soccer 2. Football 3. Baseball


{inspiration family favorites} ZOO 1. Smithsonian Zoo 2. Metro Richmond Zoo 2. Virginia Safari Park 3. Natural Bridge Zoo

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2019

PARTIES & PORTRAITS LOCAL BAKERY 1. Chandler’s Bakery 2. Albemarle Baking Co. 3. The Pie Chest

Congratulations to CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite teacher!

KATRIEN VANCE North Branch middle school teacher

“I love to introduce students to new ideas and then see where they take those ideas. The delight that lights up a student’s face when he or she wrestles with a complicated historical quandary, reads a gorgeous poem, or untangles a math puzzle is my greatest reward.” ——Katrien Vance Preschool – 8th Grade • Rooted in a Love of Learning

540-456-8450 • North Branch School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color or income & actively seeks minority

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PARTY ENTERTAINMENT 1. Bounce, Play-n-Create 2. Wes Iseli – Magician 3. Cville Inflatables with Superfun Attractions PARTY LOCATION 1. The Little Gym (pg 59) 2. Jump Trampoline Park 2. Wildrock 3. Bounce, Play-n-Create LOCAL PARTY SUPPLIES 1. The Party Starts Here 2. Rock Paper Scissors 3. Caspari PHOTOGRAPHER 1. Sarah Cramer Shields 1. 3 Cats Photo 2. Jen Fariello Photography 3. Rob Garland Photography

SHOPPING BABY GEAR & CLOTHING – LOCAL 1. Here WEE Grow Again 2. Whimsies 3. Green Bean Baby Boutique BABY GEAR & CLOTHING – NATIONAL 1. Target 2. Old Navy 3. Baby Gap BIKE SHOP 1. Blue Ridge Cyclery 2. Blue Wheel Bicycle 3. Crozet Bicycle Shop

BOOKSTORE FOR KID’S TITLES – LOCAL 1. New Dominion Bookshop 2. Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery 3. Shenanigans Toys BOOKSTORE FOR KID’S TITLES – NATIONAL 1. Barnes & Noble 2. Amazon CHILDREN’S CLOTHING – LOCAL 1. Here Wee Grow Again 2. Green Bean Baby Boutique 3. Whimsies CHILDREN’S CLOTHING – NATIONAL 1. Target 2. Old Navy 3. Gap Kids LOCAL CUSTOM FRAME SHOP 1. The Great Frame Up 2. Creative Framing & The Art Box 3. Fast Frame

FARMERS MARKET LOCATION 1. Charlottesville City Market 2. Forest Lakes Farmers Market 3. Crozet Farmers Market

KITCHEN GEAR & SUPPLIES – LOCAL 1. The Happy Cook 2. Found Market KITCHEN GEAR & SUPPLIES – NATIONAL 1. Bed Bath & Beyond 2. HomeGoods 3. Williams-Sonoma

GROCERY STORE – LOCAL 1. Foods of All Nations 1. Rebecca’s Natural Foods (pg 56) 2. Reid Super-Save Market 3. Feast! (pg 45) 3. Crozet Great Valu

MATERNITY CLOTHING – LOCAL 1. Green Bean Baby Boutique

GROCERY STORE – NATIONAL 1. Wegmans 2. Trader Joe’s 3. Whole Foods

MATERNITY CLOTHING – NATIONAL 1. Motherhood Maternity 2. Target 3. Old Navy

HOBBY SHOP 1. Michael’s Arts & Crafts 2. A.C. Moore 3. JO-ANN Fabrics & Crafts

MUSIC STORE 1. Stacy’s Music Shop 2. Music & Arts Center 3. Plan 9 Music

JEWELRY BOUTIQUE 1. Schwarzschild Keller & George Jewelers 1. Penelope (pg 48) 2. Andrew Minton Jewelers 3. Tuel Jewelers

PET SUPPLIES – LOCAL 1. Pet Supplies Plus 2. Pet Food Discounters 3. Crate & Marrow

Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology,LTD

Sue A. Woodson, CNM, MSN Christy O. Wamhoff, MD Brooke S. Kilfoil, MD Matthew T. Montgomery, MD Robert R. Heider, MD Kelly A. Owens, MD Michael L. Arnold, MD James M. Culver, MD Emily B. Huffstetler, M.D. Rachelle Keng, M.D.

Caring for Women through all stages of life

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{inspiration family favorites} PET SUPPLIES – NATIONAL 1. PetSmart 2. Petco 3. Tractor Supply PLACE TO BUY GREEN 1. Whole Foods 2. Rebecca’s Natural Foods (pg 56) 3. Integral Yoga Natural Foods 3. Charlottesville City Market PLACE TO BUY JEANS 1. Old Navy 2. American Eagle 3. Jean Theory RESALE/CONSIGNMENT FOR KIDS – LOCAL 1. Here WEE Grow Again 2. Schoolhouse Thrift Shop 3. Natalie Dressed RESALE/CONSIGNMENT FOR KIDS – NATIONAL 1. Kid to Kid Charlottesville 2. Plato’s Closet RESALE/CONSIGNMENT FOR WOMEN 1. Twice as Nice 2. Natalie Dressed 3. ReThreads SPORTING GOODS – LOCAL 1. Ragged Mountain Running Shop 2. Freestyle 3. Crozet Running Shop

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November/December 2019

SPORTING GOODS – NATIONAL 1. Dick’s Sporting Goods 2. L.L. Bean 3. Play It Again Sports TOY SHOP – LOCAL 1. Alakazam Toys & Gifts (pg 51) 2. Shenanigans Toys 3. End Game Center (pg 49) TOY SHOP – NATIONAL 1. Target 2. Walmart

WOMEN’S CLOTHING SHOP – LOCAL 1. Boutique Boutique 2. Bittersweet Clothing & Accessories 3. Darling Boutique 3. Natalie Dressed WOMEN’S CLOTHING – NATIONAL 1. Ann Taylor Loft 2. Lululemon 3. Talbots

HEALTH & WELLNESS ALTERNATIVE CARE PROVIDER 1. Downtown Family Health Care 2. Family Medicine of Albemarle (pg 58) 3. M Clinic CHIROPRACTOR 1. Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine 2. Heppner Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center (pg 65) 3. Cox Chiropractic Clinic COUNSELING SERVICE 1. New City Counseling 3. The Women’s Initiative 3. Virginia Center for Family Relations Services (pg 60) DENTIST, FAMILY PRACTICE 1. Sapon & Swisher Dental, PLLC 2. Crozet Family Dental (pg 61) 2. DJ Bickers 2. Aesthetic Dentistry of Charlottesville 3. Swett Dentistry (pg 60) DENTIST, PEDIATRIC SPECIALTY 1. Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry (pg 57) 2. Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry 3. Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch (pg 60) 3. Crozet Pediatric Dentistry DERMATOLOGIST 1. Albemarle Dermatology Associates 2. UVA Dermatology Clinic 3. Charlottesville Dermatology


{inspiration family favorites} FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE 1. Sentara Healthcare 1. Family Medicine of Albemarle (pg 58) 2. Downtown Family Health Care 3. Charlottesville Family Medicine 3. Albemarle Center for Family Medicine (pg 29) HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH 1. UVA Children’s Hospital 2. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital 3. Augusta Health HOSPITALITY FOR MATERNITY CARE 1. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital 2. UVA Health System 3. Augusta Health OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY 1. Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology (pg 55) 2. Edward T. Wolanski, M.D., PC Gynecology Service (pg 13) 3. UVA Northridge 3. Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates

OPTOMETRIST 1. Blue Ridge Ophthalmology 2. MyEyeDr. 3. Primary Eyecare

VETERINARIAN 1. Georgetown Veterinary Hospital (pg 76) 2. Autumn Trails Veterinary Clinic 3. Monticello Animal Hospital

ORTHODONTIST 1. Charlottesville Orthodontics (pg 3) 2. Hamer & Glassick Orthodontics (pg 53) 3. Dr. Suzanne M. Dennis Orthodontics

EDUCATION NANNY/SITTER SERVICE 1. ASAP Sitters 2. HooSitting 3. Local Nanny Network

PEDIATRICIAN 1. Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville (back cover) 2. Piedmont Pediatrics (pg 31) 3. Northridge Pediatrics at UVA PHYSICAL THERAPY 1. ACAC (pg 35) 2. Spectrum Physical Therapy 3. Atlantic Sports & Rehabilitation Services 3. Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

DAYCARE – FULL-TIME INFANT CARE 1. Foundations Child Development Center 1. Westminster Child Care Center 2. Bright Beginnings Preschool (pg 71) ART CLASSES 1. Crozet Arts 2. McGuffey Art Center 3. The Glass Palette 3. The Hive

PLASTIC SURGEON 1. The Center for Plastic Surgery at Sentara Martha Jefferson 2. UVA Plastic Surgery Clinic

Comprehensive Family Medicine including Obstetrics Ray Marotta MD Stephanie Gillan FNP-C Maggie Wilson FNP-C Krystyna Portell FNP-BC Allison Robey PA-C Florie Fournier PA-C

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EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT/TUTORING PROGRAM/LEARNING PROGRAM 1. Clayborne Learning 1. LearningRx 2. Aloha Mind Math, Reading, Writing 3. Wahoo Tutors 3. Connections Achievement & Therapy Center EDUCATIONAL RECREATION 1. Bounce, Play-n-Create 2. Alliance Française of Charlottesville 2. The First Tee of the Virginia Blue Ridge 3. The Han Studio 3. Ivy Creek Nature Program LIBRARY BRANCH 1. Northside Library 2. Central Library 3. Crozet Library SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION 1. Peabody School 2. Oakland School (pg 62) 3. Little Keswick School 3. Virginia Institute of Autism PRESCHOOL 1. North Branch School (pg 54) 2. Charlottesville Catholic School 3. First Presbyterian Church Preschool (pg 72) 3. International School of Charlottesville (pg 56) 3. St. Mark Lutheran Preschool (pg 70)

Give HER a leg up, even before SHE can walk

PRIVATE SCHOOL – ELEMENTARY 1. St. Anne’s-Belfield School (pg 64) 2. The Covenant School (pg 9) 2. North Branch School (pg 54) 3. Regents School of Charlottesville (pg 23) 3. Charlottesville Catholic School PRIVATE SCHOOL – MIDDLE SCHOOL 1. Tandem Friends School (pg 65) 1. North Branch School (pg 54) 2. Charlottesville Catholic School 3. The Covenant School (pg 9) 3. St. Anne’s-Belfield School (pg 64)

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SWETT DENTISTRY CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2019

PRIVATE SCHOOL – HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE PREP 1. Tandem Friends School (pg 65) 2. St. Anne’s-Belfield School (pg 64) 3. The Covenant School (pg 9) 3. Woodberry Forest School SPEECH-LANGUAGE PROGRAM 1. UVA’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center 1. Alliance Française of Charlottesville 2. Speak! Language Center 3. Small Talk Speech & Therapy Center, LLC

Dr. David Swett

Dr. Rebecca Swett

N N N N N I have complete faith in the excellent quality ... — D. S.

I have complete faith in the excellent quality of care and complete trust in this dental practice. I don’t know if it’s possible to find better care anywhere. I enthusiastically recommend them without reservations. N N N N N Polished, Professional & Positive — D W. Unlike most people who dread going to the dentist, I love being treated by David & Rebecca and their polished, professional, positive crew! They are tops in my book because I know my family and I will receive the utmost in dental care.

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CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2019

Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch® Laughing gas, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia Kathryn A. Cook,D.D.S. Jacqueline Carney,D.D.S.

Board Certified Pediatric Specialist

Board Certified Pediatric Specialist, Dental Anesthesiologist

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TEACHER 1. Katrien Vance – North Branch School (pg 54) 2. Jody Taylor – Sutherland Middle School 3. Christopher Cantone – Albemarle High School

DINING OUT BREAKFAST SPOT – LOCAL 1. Tip Top Restaurant 2. MarieBette Café & Bakery 3. Bodo’s Bagels 3. Bluegrass Grill & Bakery BREAKFAST SPOT – NATIONAL 1. International House of Pancakes 2. Panera Bread 3. First Watch BUFFET RESTAURANT – LOCAL 1. Milan Indian Cuisine (pg 44) 2. Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 3. Himalayan Fusion BUFFET RESTAURANT – NATIONAL 1. Wood Grill Buffet 2. Sushi King COFFEE SHOP – LOCAL 1. Greenberry’s Coffee Co. 2. Grit Coffee 3. Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters 3. Mudhouse Coffee Roasters COFFEE SHOP – NATIONAL 1. Starbucks 2. Panera Bread 3. Dunkin’ Donuts

DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT – LOCAL 1. Mas Tapas 2. The Local 3. Vivace 3. Tavola

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DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT – NATIONAL 1. Burtons Grill 2. Bonefish Grill 3. The Melting Pot FROZEN DESSERT PLACE – LOCAL 1. Splendora’s Gelato 2. Daily Grind Coffee & Creamery 3. Crozet Creamery FROZEN DESSERT PLACE – NATIONAL 1. SweetFrog, Barracks Road Shopping Center 2. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (pg 18) 3. Kilwins (pg 26) 3. Coldstone Stone Creamery

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FAMILY RESTAURANT – LOCAL 1. Tip Top Restaurant 2. Guadalajara (pg 62) 3. Michael’s Diner & Restaurant FAMILY RESTAURANT – NATIONAL 1. Burtons Grill 2. Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar 3. Outback Steakhouse

Before school & evening appointments Gentle professional care Free Invisalign Consultations Featuring Itero Element 3D Modeling & Digital Scanning

FAST FOOD – LOCAL 1. Riverside Lunch 2. Bodo’s Bagels 3. Sticks Kebob Shop

HAMBURGER RESTAURANT – LOCAL 1. Citizen Burger Bar 2. Riverside Lunch 3. Martin’s Grill HAMBURGER RESTAURANT – NATIONAL 1. Burtons Grill 2. Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar 3. Five Guys

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{inspiration family favorites} INTERNATIONAL FOOD – CHINESE 1. Peter Chang’s China Grill 2. Taste of China 3. The Red Lantern INTERNATIONAL FOOD – INDIAN 1. Milan Indian Cuisine (pg 44) 2. Maharaja 3. Taste of India INTERNATIONAL FOOD – ITALIAN/ MEDITERRANEAN 1. Bella’s 1. Vivace 2. Tavola 3. Sal’s Pizza INTERNATIONAL FOOD – SOUTH OF THE BORDER 1. Guadalajara (pg 62) 2. Al Carbon Chicken 3. El Jaripeo INTERNATIONAL FOOD – TAPAS 1. Mas Tapas 2. Bang! 3. Al Carbon Chicken

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INTERNATIONAL FOOD – THAI 1. Monsoon Siam (pg 47) 2. Thai ’99 II (pg 44) 2. Lime Leaf Thai 3. Tara Thai LOCAL KID’S MENU 1. Michael’s Diner & Restaurant 2. The Brick Oven 3. Tip Top Restaurant NATIONAL KID’S MENU 1. Burtons Grill 2. Chick-fil-A 3. Outback Steakhouse PIZZA – LOCAL 1. Christian’s Pizza 2. Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria 2. Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie 3. The Brick Oven PIZZA – NATIONAL 1. Domino’s Pizza (pg 39) 2. MidiCi 3. Mellow Mushroom


November/December 2019

SALAD BAR 1. Jason’s Deli (pg 46) 2. Whole Foods 3. The Brick Oven SANDWICH – LOCAL 1. Bodo’s Bagels 2. Take It Away Sandwich Shop 3. Feast! (pg 45) 3. Ivy Provisions SANDWICH – NATIONAL 1. Panera Bread 2. Jersey Mike’s 3. Whole Foods 3. Jason’s Deli (pg 46) SWEETS & TREATS – LOCAL 1. MarieBette Café & Bakery 2. Chandler’s Bakery 3. Paradox Pastry SWEETS & TREATS – NATIONAL 1. Whole Foods 2. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (pg 18) 3. Kilwins (pg 26)

KID’S ACTIVITIES BABY/TODDLER PROGRAM 1. The Little Gym (pg 59) 2. YMCA (pg 33) 3. Charlottesville Waldorf School (pg 75) 3. Bend Yoga DANCE SCHOOL 1. Charlottesville Ballet Academy (pg 19) 2. Albemarle Ballet Theatre 2. Wilson School of Dance 3. Charlottesville Performing Arts School GOLF COURSE 1. Birdwood Golf Course 2. Greene Hills Club 3. Meadowcreek Golf 3. Kandi Comer Golf at Old Trail Golf Course GYMNASTICS PROGRAM 1. The Little Gym (pg 59) 2. Classic Gymnastics Center 3. Friendship Gymnastics Center

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS 1. Camp Friendship (pg 67) 2. The Barracks Farm 3. Millington Stables 3. The Pony Academy (pg 67) MARTIAL ARTS 1. Laughing Dragon Kung Fu 2. Mountain Kim Martial Arts 3. UpLevel Martial Arts 3. MMA Institute of Charlottesville MUSIC TEACHER/SCHOOL 1. Blue Ridge Music Together (pg 56) 2. Music Education Center 2. The Front Porch (pg 63) 3. Stacy’s Music Shop TEAM SPORTS PROGRAM 1. SOCA (pg 54) 2. YMCA (pg 33) 3. VABA TENNIS LESSONS 1. Boar’s Head Resort 2. ACAC (pg 35) 3. Matilda Blue Tennis


A place for all ages to learn bluegrass, old time, gospel and the blues from master musicians CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award who love to teach as much as they love to play. Winner 2019



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Children (Ages 3-12) Tuesdays Now through Dec 3 • 3:30-5:30pm Thursdays Now through Dec 5 • 3:30-5:30pm

(Thanksgiving week off)

SUMMER DAY CAMP 1. The Little Gym (pg 59) 2. ACAC (pg 35) 2. Triple C Camp 3. Living Earth School Camp 3. Steam Discovery Academy (pg 67) SUMMER RESIDENTIAL CAMP 1. Living Earth School Camp 2. Camp Friendship (pg 67) 3. Camp Motorsport 3. Camp Horizons

(Thanksgiving week off)

Adults and Teens Mondays Now through Dec 2 • 6-9pm Wednesdays Now through Dec 4 • 10am-1pm

THEATRE PROGRAM 1. Live Arts 2. Black Box Players 3. Four County Players

Watercolor, sand tray work, graphite and making art with nature.

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SWIM PROGRAM 1. ACAC (pg 35) 2. Charlottesville Parks & Rec (pg 4) 3. YMCA (pg 33)

Painting & Drawing | Clay & Collage | @McGuffey Art Center in Studio 6 (in the basement on the park side)




FITNESS & BEAUTY BEAUTY SALON 1. Anew Salon 1. Moxie Hair & Body Lounge 2. Bristles 3. Alternative Hair Solutions (pg 34) 3. Thairapy BARBER SHOP 1. Barber House Barber Shop 2. Chung’s Barber Shop 3. His Barber Shop EXERCISE CLASS – MOMMY & ME 1. The Little Gym (pg 59) 2. Bend Yoga 3. ACAC (pg 35) EXERCISE CLASS – WOMEN 1. YMCA (pg 33) 1. Anytime Fitness (pg 58) 2. ACAC (pg 35) 3. Tread Happy

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November/December 2019

FAMILY HEALTH CLUB/GYM 1. ACAC (pg 35) 2. YMCA (pg 33) 3. Anytime Fitness (pg 58)

Engaged Inspired Purposeful

KID’S HAIRCUTS 1. Barber House Barber Shop 2. Hair Cuttery 3. Bubbles Salons MANICURE/PEDICURE 1. Nail Design 2. Holly’s Nails Salon 3. Glamour Nails & Spa MIND/BODY CLASSES 1. ACAC (pg 35) 2. Anytime Fitness (pg 58) 3. FlyDog Yoga 3. The Elements Studio PLACE FOR A MASSAGE 1. Spa at Massanutten Resort 2. ACAC (pg 35) 3. Massage Envy SPA 1. Signature Medical Spa 2. Spa at Massanutten Resort 3. ACAC (pg 35) 3. Silver Lining Day Spa YOGA STUDIO 1. FlyDog Yoga 2. Hot Yoga Charlottesville 3. ACAC (pg 35)


Tandem Friends School

Nov 5 & Dec 9 9-10:30 am

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Maternity Care • Pediatric Services Low Back/Neck Pain • Massage Therapy Sports Injury, Prevention & Treatment

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CharlottesvilleFamily’s 2019 Home Category Winners will be announced in the January/February issue!

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This holiday season, consider the gift of camp! Now is the perfect time to begin exploring the variety of summer camp opportunities, and consider gift giving especially from grandparents! According to the American Camp Association, this is one gift that lasts the whole year, helping your camper grow in many ways!

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November/December 2019

Prepped for

POTTY TIME by Sara J. Marchessault

Toilet Training Basics

As you start to plan for preschool, potty training is bound to come up. While not all schools require children to be potty trained to attend, it’s something that’s generally encouraged. And, after years of changing diapers, you’re probably eager to make the transition, too.

But when it’s finally time to potty

child around this age doesn’t need to be

train, many parents learn the hard way

changed as often, which shows they have

that it’s not nearly as cute as when their

some control over their bladder. Potty

toddler takes a step, not as endearing

training as early as 18 months can be

as the first time they hear “Mama” and

successful, although Reynolds suggests

nowhere near as adorable as the first

that parents only potty train between 18–


24 months if the child is “very interested.”

It can be messy, exhausting and

Most kids will be ready between their

downright hard to keep your cool when

second and third birthdays, which also

it’s time to start the potty training

happens to be a very trying time for

process. Why is potty training so difficult

parents of toddlers. At this stage, it’s all

sometimes? The answer may lie in when

about doing everything on their own and

we choose to potty train our children.

wanting to be in charge.

Dr. David Reynolds, who recently

“This often carries over into eating

retired from Pediatric Associates, says

and potty training because kids realize,

that a child’s readiness for potty training

‘I’m in charge of this, and you can’t make

is based on multiple factors.

me do it,’” explains Reynolds.

Children first gain the neurological

If your child is going through a stage

ability to “hold” and “let go” around 12–18

where “no” is the response to everything,

months, and by 18 months, most children

it may be best to hold off. It’s important

will show signs before they have to go—

to remember not to force the idea too

such as wiggling around and clutching

much, he adds.

their hands. You may also notice that a

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them is by pushing too hard,” explains the doctor. “Sometimes, you have to back off and act like you don’t care.” It’s also a good idea to spend some time preparing your child for the potty before you start any training. “You should be talking about it and reading about it before you start doing it,” he says. “Coach them to get interested and excited about it so they think that this is a neat thing to do.” It’s up to us as parents to prepare our child for potty training by providing a calm, safe experience. It doesn’t pay for us to get too excited before potty time or to put too much pressure on our child to perform. To help create the right atmosphere, consider staging an activity that takes place at potty time. The activity can be the focus, and it just so happens that while this activity is taking place, your child is sitting on the potty. The more often your child sits on the potty, the more comfortable they will become with the idea, and the greater the chance that one of those times they will successfully go to the bathroom.

it. This gives them a sense of ownership

HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS TO TRY: Easy Art with Recycled Paper. Hang a page from a large drawing pad on the bathroom wall near the potty. Provide stickers, crayons or markers, and see what your trainer can create while sitting on the potty. Other options are handheld chalkboards, window crayons on a mirror or window, or even an Etch A Sketch. Of course, stay close by so none of your supplies end up in the potty. Use a Timer. Provide your child with a basic kitchen timer and let them decorate it with stickers or even paint

for their special “toilet timer.” Choose a pre-set length of time to spend in the bathroom and explain that when the timer goes off, it will be time to get up from the potty. Fill that time with songs or a word game. When the timer goes off, if the deed isn’t done, get up and try again in a few minutes. Be sure to set the timer to remind you when to head back to the potty. Parents need reminders too, right? “I Spy.” This is an oldie but goodie. Choose an object in the room, such as


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PET PROJECTS Heartfelt Gifts for Furry Friends

If you have faithful feline or canine friends, this is the perfect time to give them the love and appreciation they deserve. Your pet will think these special gifts are purrfect‌ and your kids will love to help you make them.

by Denise Yearian

Curly Catnip Toy

and tie curling ribbon around it to close it off. Sprinkle catnip through the open end

Materials: empty toilet paper roll,

into the roll, then gather the overlapping

colored tissue paper, tape, curling ribbon,

paper on this end and tie curling ribbon

scissors, catnip, dowel rod or long stick.

around it to close it off. Attach a long strand of curling ribbon to one of the

Cut an empty toilet paper roll in half

tied-off ends. Attach the other end of

to make two cylinder shapes. Wrap one

the curling ribbon strand to a dowel rod

of the cylinders with colored tissue paper,

so it resembles a fishing rod. Dangle the

leaving an additional two inches of paper

catnip toy in front of your cat and let

on each end. Secure the paper to the roll

him bat at it! Store in a zipper seal bag to

with tape. On one end, gather the paper

maintain freshness.

Paw Print Treat Tub Materials: empty oatmeal box or coffee can, large piece of white paper, ink pad, small potato, newspaper, tape, plastic toy dog or cat, glue. Measure and cut a piece of white paper to fit around a clean, empty oatmeal box or coffee can. Lay the white paper on top



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of the newspaper. Open the ink pad and lay it on the newspaper next to the paper. Slice one end off the potato to create a flat, round surface. Press the cut end of the potato onto the ink pad and then the paper to make a paw print shape. Set the potato aside. Press your index, middle and ring fingers together onto the ink pad and then onto the paper just above the circle to complete your paw print. Repeat these steps until the paper is covered in paw prints. Wrap paw print paper around the can and secure with tape. To make the lid, glue a small plastic dog or cat to the can lid and let it dry. Fill the jar with treats for your favorite pet.

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{until next time humorous reflections}

Never Turn Your Back On a Christmas Tree

A Dad’s Humorous Tales by Rick Epstein

If my father had made a list of his top 10 fears, it would probably consist mostly of ways in which I might embarrass or disappoint him. But, nestled in there at about number 5 would be the fear of Christmas-tree fires. Dad would always buy a living tree—roots, dirt and all—partly so he could plant it in the back yard later on, but mostly to reduce its flammability. He would make sure it was watered well, and he’d unplug the lights if the tree was unsupervised for even a few minutes. Back then, very few things lit up, except for light bulbs or actual fire. So, against a relatively dim background, a Christmas tree in full twinkle and glow must’ve seemed alarmingly bright. And, what is an electric light except a teeny bit of fire under glass? The fact that Dad endured the Christmas-tree menace one season after another was a powerful testimony of his love for my mother. Mom was You see, the moment I of Scandinavian Lutheran became a father, I also descent, and she had to have a tree at Christmas. became MY father, Dad would have walked inheriting his imagination through fire for her, when it comes to things and fully expected that that might crash, fall, someday he’d have to. When she looked at explode, cause a rash or each year’s tree—with burst into flames. its colored lights glowing, tinsel glittering and ornaments gleaming—she’d get a dreamy, peaceful feeling that started back in the ancestral homeland of Norway and flowed through her own childhood and on forward to that particular spectacular tree. But, for all the joy it gave him, Dad would just as soon wrap festive electric lights around a vat of oily rags. Dad had been brought up Jewish, a tradition in which beautifully decorated evergreens do not figure. But, he was familiar with the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. After New Year’s, Dad would sigh with relief and plant the tree in the back yard. Years later, the accumulation of tall, droopy evergreens huddles together, and looks like a habitat for Hansel and Gretel.


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It’s spooky. So, my wife and I don’t bring in live firs or spruces, but I always make sure that the cut trees have plenty of water. You see, the moment I became a father, I also became MY father, inheriting his imagination when it comes to things that might crash, fall, explode, cause a rash or burst into flames. And, it’s lucky, because all my daughters seem to dash through life, as reckless as if they are competing in the Running With Scissors 5K. At home, they leave the mayonnaise out to fester and put slippery magazines on the stairs. On the road, they tailgate and speed. Out shopping, they leave pocketbooks unattended and never save their receipts. So, now, we approach the Christmas season with Sally, our 21-year-old, working in one of the world’s danger-spots—Denmark. Seriously, it’s a place where they put real burning candles on their Christmas trees and laugh at the possibilities. But, that’s nothing compared to the pyromania at the core of the Feast of St. Lucia. On December 13, there are processions all through Scandinavia—queues of little girls in white gowns brandishing candles. A slightly bigger girl, who wears a wreath of lighted candles on her head, then leads those little girls! Wikipedia says that’s how St. Lucia achieved handsfree illumination as she carried supplies to Christians who were hiding in caves. But, Wikipedia does not mention what a bad idea this is. What if the girl looks up and the fiery crown tumbles down her back? What if she bends over to tie her shoe? What if the kid behind her gets too close? What if, in the festive confusion, she tries to put on her gown after her candles have been ignited? Is there at least adult supervision? And by “adult,” I mean “parental.” Because, safety is up to us parents. Although I’ve been kidding around about obsessive fears, there really are a lot of house fires at this time of year, and a bit of caution is called for in our holiday observances. If you have a loved one in Scandinavia, advise her to leave the wearing of flaming crowns to specially trained children. Rick can be reached at



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