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Just Between Us… Dear Friends, It is especially fitting in this month of giving thanks that we all get to enjoy the story introducing us to Brodie and his amazing family. I really wanted to just turn my letter over to him. Just as Brodie brought pure joy into his family’s life, our children do the same, and couldn’t we all use a little pure joy that Brodie resembles? Yes, our children give us messy houses and stomach bugs, too. But, when we are open to it and mindful—really in the moment—there is nothing quite like being so completely loved and completely filled with love for a child. His mom, Pam, says, “If Brodie could talk, he would encourage everyone around him to splash in puddles, jump in the leaves, giggle uncontrollably, sing nursery rhymes in public, wave to strangers in public places, and give lots of hugs and kisses.” Although that may be too long for a bumper sticker, it would be pretty perfect if we all could take it to heart. After reading his story, I sang along to REM in the car, loudly, and totally embarrassing my teenaged passenger who no doubt would have been happy to walk the rest of the way. I smiled and waved at the guy who took my parking


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spot at the grocery store and called our dishwasher, “Thank Goodness” (a term of endearment I picked up from an aunt who called all of her favorite appliances by this name). It reminds me that while I may not love doing the laundry, boy am I grateful not to be using a wringer washer or hanging it all out on the line in the middle of winter. Wishing you all pure joy with your families this Thanksgiving,

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November 2016

Contents TABLE OF



New Mom 26 Snooze n’ Cruise

News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8 Do you feel timeouts are effective? Snapshot 10

Our Schools 12

Jeff Alt, Author & Speech Language Pathologist

Closing Student Achievement Gaps

38 new!

Dear Bob 28 Your Parenting Questions Answered

November Holiday Activities & Events for Family

From Our Family to Yours 38 Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes from the

Mindful Parenting 30 Manage Multi-tasking

Healthy Family 32 ADHD Basics

Trim that Tree! 24 Local Farms Offer Petting Zoos, Cookies with Santa and More

Staff at CharlottesvilleFamily

Our Little Angel 40

A Local Mom Shares Her Son’s Story

My Super Mom! 46

Kids Talk About Their Heroic Mothers Who Work to Serve & Protect Our Community

Out & About Calendar 14


Editor’s Pick! I was so touched to hear a local mom share her family’s story about their journey of finding out their son Brodie has Down syndrome. See page 40.

Daytrip Fun for Adventurous Kids 52

On-the-Go Learning for Preschool & Beyond

Thanksgiving Crafts 58 Paper Feathers, Headdresses and Swags


Tips & Trends 34 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Special Needs Guide 44

Home & Garden 36 Updating Furniture

Local Resources for Health & Learning

Guide to Local Preschools 55

Places to Play, Learn & Grow



What Not to Name the Baby 62 A Dad’s Humorous Reflections

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Virginia Farm to School Week Local Food Hub and City Schoolyard Garden partnered with Charlottesville City Schools to celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week. Lasting the week of October 3-7, the program focused on educating students on garden-based and food sourcing. Organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, this annual event coincides with National Farm to School Month and its goal of aiming to get students excited about agriculture while supporting local farming families. This year, Local Food Hub supplied fresh produce and meat for meals, while City Schoolyard Garden hosted farm-centered activities for schoolyard gardens.


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Students Partner with Rivanna River Co. This fall, the Rivanna River Company partnered with a group of seniors from St. Anne’s-Belfield School. The students are a part of a senior seminar, titled “Entrepreneurship and Problem Solving” and taught by science teacher Sarah Swain. This unique partnership supports the company’s goal of connecting the Charlottesville community with the beautiful Rivanna River. Students have the opportunity to help Rivanna River Co. research and develop marketing ideas as well as interview potential customers. Swain aims to help her students get hands-on professional experience so that they will be better prepared when entering the working world.

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Lemonade Stand Success Jin Pickering, an 11-year-old entrepreneur, has taken the humble lemonade stand to great heights. Always having a deep concern for the homeless community, Pickering decided to raise money by selling lemonade that he would then donate to a local shelter. With help from his mom, he contacted The Haven and set a goal to make as much money as it costs to serve breakfast at the shelter in one morning. Pickering followed through with his plans and ended up nearly tripling his goal of raising $137. On October 16, he used the proceeds to make breakfast for 50 homeless men and women.

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TOWN Do you feel timeouts are effective?

75% say “yes”

“To an extent. Timeouts worked for me but only until a certain age. There also needs to be a discussion about the incident to clarify just what happened versus what is supposed to occur.” Charlottesville Mother of one girl

“My Mommy timeouts are effective, too!” Jessica, Crozet, Mother of three

25% say “no”

“I haven’t used a timeout with my boys ever. We try to solve the problem by talking about it.” Minou, Mother of three boys

“We tried using timeouts with our firstborn, but we quickly realized it was more work for us to supervise timeouts than it was benefiting the situation.” Local Mother of five

“We use break times. Asking our children if they need to take break? It allows them to check in with themselves. My daughter’s teacher calls it chill-out time. That helps take the negative stigma off of timeout.” Shannon M., Mother of a girl, age 6, and son, age 4

“My parents utilized timeouts when I was younger. But my husband and I agree that our children’s personalities are unique, so we strive to handle each differently.” Parents of four

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Jeff Alt Author and Speech Language Pathologist After finishing graduate school, Jeff Alt embarked on a bucket list goal to

What advice would you give young people chasing their dreams?

walk the Appalachian Trail before beginning work in his career field—with

You can accomplish amazing things beyond your wildest

no intention of writing a book. His purpose for doing the hike was to raise

imagination by simply turning your dreams into your goals and then

funds for Sunshine, the home that cares for his brother who was born with

breaking it down into smaller obtainable steps. The Appalachian

Cerebral Palsy. His journey inspired the annual Sunshine 5k Walk, Run and

Trail is over 2,000 miles in distance, but when you break that down

Roll; and for the last 18 years, he has helped host the event, raising $450,000

to 12 miles a day, it doesn’t seem so out of reach.

to date. After his initial journey in 1998, he was asked to speak all over the country about his journey for Sunshine. While speaking to various groups

What is one practice you’ve put in place to make quality time

giving his “Life Lessons from the Trail” keynote address, he realized there

with your family/ friends?

was so much more to tell than he could ever accomplish during a 45-minute

I’ve made it my practice to involve my family with my books,

presentation. Writing a book about his adventure became his next big goal.

speaking and hiking adventures. We adventure together. When I

His Appalachian Trail memoir, “A Walk for Sunshine,” was first released in

walked the Appalachian Trail solo, my future wife met me along

2000, and it’s now in its fourth edition. It has won several awards, and he

the way and we spent a weekend in Charlottesville. I walked the

continues to provide keynotes and Appalachian Trail presentations. To date,

John Muir Trail across the Sierra in California with my wife, I carried

he has five books in print—three of which are adult non-fiction, and his

my 21-month-old daughter across Ireland accompanied by my wife

latest two books are part of his national park time travel children’s book

and extended family, and my son was on the Appalachian Trail in

series, “The Adventures of Bubba Jones.”

Shenandoah National Park at 6 weeks old.

What inspired you to write? How do you hope your books will

What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate

impact others?

into your parenting?

My overall goal with every book that I write is to inspire readers

My parents took us camping and introduced us to our National

to get outdoors. My goal with my adult non-fiction books, A Walk


for Sunshine (Appalachian Trail) and Four Boots One Journey (John Muir Trail), is to inspire readers to set huge goals and go after their biggest dreams. I’ve spent over a decade perfecting my ability as a school-based speech language pathologist to engage kids of all ages and grades to learn. What is really exciting for me is how I now combine my educational experience with my outdoor passion in writing a national park book series for children, The Adventures of Bubba Jones.


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Closing Student Achievement Gaps John E. Baker was a natural, tireless leader who believed every person was important and no problem was too small when it came to organizational excellence. He was diplomatic yet relentless in his commitment to opening doors for all. A career military officer and experienced teacher and community leader, his service to our local schools began in 1971. After being appointed to the Albemarle County School Board, Baker later was the first African American elected to the School Board and became its chair. Early in my career, Baker gave me the opportunity to become involved in our artist-in-residence program, and it was my privilege to work with the renowned civil rights leader, James Farmer. That experience had a profound impact on me, and ironically enough, my responsibilities today include that very program. It has

MONTICELLO MEALS Monticello High School senior Sydney Mincer began Monticello Meals in an effort to put food on the table for lower income elementary students. Every Friday for the past year, Mincer has been delivering bags of groceries to different county schools. Her first year, she served four kids at Stone Robinson; and this year, she assists seven at Stone-Robinson Elementary School and six at Woodbrook Elementary School. With it costing approximately $350 per student per year, Mincer has set up a GoFundMe page. Her younger sister Amanda will head the program when Mincer graduates next year.

become one of our most successful and popular classroom experiences. Local artists use music, dance, art and theater to engage students and expand their appreciation that learning comes in many forms, most of them unwritten. It was Baker who inspired the formation some 11 years ago of the African American Teaching Fellows to meet a significant challenge faced by both Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Public Schools. Research showed a ratio of one teacher for every 10 students, and only one of 10 teachers was an African American. In an age of increasing global diversity, the ratio of students to African American teachers is 122:1 in our school divisions. The African American Teaching Fellows is designed to close student achievement gaps by reducing racial disparities in the hiring and retention of teachers of color. The program supplements college expenses, connects Fellows to professional mentors and provides training beyond the college experience. In the words of the program’s executive director, Tamara Wilkerson, a Fellow herself, the program is about more than making someone a teacher; it’s about making someone a leader. Since its founding, 38 professionals have completed the program. Talent is so important to the future of any organization or community and for me, that’s why the work of the Teaching Fellows is so priceless. It introduces students to a diverse cadre of role models and brings so many rich cultural traditions and life experiences into the classroom. Each year in October, the program holds the John E. Baker Legacy Dinner to recognize two students from the Baker-Butler Elementary School. My favorite moment is when the two students are called up on stage to receive Baker Leadership Awards. I think that would have been Baker’s favorite moment as well. It is, after all, all about our young people and their future. Dr. Hairston is the Executive Director of Community Engagement for Albemarle County Public Schools. He was an associate principal at Western Albemarle High School, the first president of the African American Teaching Fellow and served as chair for the John E. Baker Legacy Dinner from 2011–2016.


November 2016

Elementary Schools See Full-Time Nurses Up until recently, Albemarle elementary schools only employed part-time nurses for just six hours per school day, not including bus arrival and departures. However, nurses will now be full-time faculty members. This year, 11 of the 16 Albemarle elementary schools, containing about 84 percent of the division’s elementary student body, will employ full-time nurses who will work 7.25 hours each day. According to school board Chair Kate Acuff, hiring full-time nurses is, “a better use of resources than having principals bandaging knees.” Having professionals around also keeps students safe. During the 2014-2015 school year, Albemarle nurses summoned rescue squads 35 times and treated 75 major injuries.


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OPENINGS A newly remodeled kids zone at ACAC in Albemarle Square open. A.C. Moore will have its grand opening at its new 5th Street Station location on November 5. Opened as of September 24, Butcher on Main, next to Feast, is Timbercreek market’s newest addition. Flaherty and Sauls Dentistry will be opening in Ruckersville in November. HomeTown Learning Centers Charlottesville is now open on Zan Road. Lenoir Enterprises is now offering valet parking from a kiosk on Water Street. Wegmans 5th Street Station location is set for its grand opening on Sunday, November 6.


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Over the Moon Bookstore is relocating to the new Piedmont Place Market just down the street and will be reopened on November 1.

CLOSINGS Black Bear Composting will be closing its facility at the end of the year.

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Hogwarts Fall Festival

November 12, 10am–2pm at Amazement Square Warehouse, Lynchburg Celebrate all things Harry Potter including a Hogwarts costume contest, wand making, potion bar, house sorting, book set a raffle and much more. 845-1888,

Apple Dessert Sampling

November 19, 9am–5pm at Saunders Brothers Market Try apple dessert dishes made with different apples so you can decide which to use for your Thanksgiving pies. 277-5455,

Artisans Studio Tour

November 12–13, 10am–5pm at Charlottesville, Albemarle & Nearby Counties Tour Central Virginia this fall to see some of the area’s finest handmade craft professionals at work in their studios. See the work in process, and get a detailed look at the lives of these local artisans. 973-6846,

Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen

November 23–27 at Wintergreen Resort Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops, the Be Thankful 5K and more. 325-8180,

Blessing of the Hounds

November 24, 10am at Grace Episcopal Church Enjoy a brief blessing ceremony with bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses, donuts and the beginning of the hunt. No pets allowed on church grounds. 293-3549,

35th Annual Boar’s Head Turkey Trot

November 24, 9am at Boar’s Head Inn Run or walk the annual 5K course to raise money for the UVA Children’s Hospital. No pets. Early registration is recommended. 972-7454,

8th Annual Earlysville Turkey Trot 5K & Kids Half-Mile Run

November 24, 8:30am kid’s race, 9am 5K at 600 Earlysville Forest Drive, Earlysville Start off your holiday with a 5K run. Free halfmile race for kids and walkers are also welcome. Strollers welcome at the back of the pack. No dogs.

Chess Fun Day at Highland

November 7, 9am–4pm at James Monroe Highland Chess Fun Day, held in partnership with Playing ACES Chess, includes a living (aka human) chess game, casual chess, 4-way chess, blindfold chess and more. Rated and unrated events will take place. 293-8000,

InLight Richmond

Greek Fest

November 18, 10am–8pm at Greek Orthodox Hellenic Center Traditional Greek foods served for lunch and dinner with Greek desserts. Bake sale items available for purchase. Enter the raffle for prizes. 295-5337,

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

November 11, 7pm–midnight at Monroe Park and surrounding streets, Richmond Over a hundred local, national and international artists and artist collectives display light-based art and performances across some of Richmond’s most unique neighborhoods and sites. Begins with a community lantern parade.

November 19, 10:30am at JMRL - Crozet Library Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones of “Tell Us A Tale” brings his own brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. 823-4050,

Salute to Hometown Heroes

Friendship, Trade & Feast at Henricus

November 12 at Carter Mountain Orchard Join in a day of celebrating our own Hometown Heroes—fire, rescue, police and military. All hometown heroes (with ID) receive discounts all day long. 977-1833,


November 26, 10am–5pm at Henricus Historical Park, Chester Join English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters for the autumn harvest feasts, and immerse yourself in cooking, games, songs and dances common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. 804-748-1611,

Montpelier Hunt Races

November 5, 9am–6pm at Montpelier Experience world-class steeplechase horse races, enjoy the Jack Russell Terrier races, kids’ stick-horse races and vendors row. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 540-672-0014,

Special Night for Special Needs

November 6, 5:30–7:30pm at Children’s Museum of Chesterfield Children with special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum with adapted materials, special activities, a cooldown space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. Recommended for children ages 10 and under. 804-474-7012,


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520 TANAGER WOODS CT • $559,900 Beautiful home in mint condition on private corner lot on 2.13 acres. Natural light cascades through home. Gorgeous kitchen w/ rich cherry cabinets, granite counters & stainless appliances. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished basement. Large master w/ attached spa-like bath. Angela Dotson (434) 981-6302. MLS# 552425

11 LANGFORD PLACE • $569,000 This lovely property offers a welcoming front porch & large deck overlooking the fully fenced rear yard. Flexible floor plan w/ mix of formal & casual spaces. 2 master suites, open eat-in kitchen, 5 bedrooms, new hardwood throughout. Close to Downtown Cville, UVa Hosp & Grounds. Sally Neill (434) 531-9941. MLS# 552262

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 18–December 11, various dates and times at Four County Players Mainstage By Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, directed by Jane Gargett, musical direction by Jim Niederberger. 540-832-5355,

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

November 22–December 31, 12–5pm, tours every half-hour at Maymont, Richmond Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Closed Mondays. 804-358-7166,


Barracks Road Annual Holiday Parade

November 25, 9:30am at Barracks Road Shopping Center Enjoy this annual hometown parade with costumed characters, antique cars, live animals, colorful floats, local celebrities, marching bands and more. 977-9233,

Legendary Santa

November 25–December 24 at Children’s Museum of Richmond - Central Come visit Santa at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Sunrise, sunset and tea with Santa services go on sale November 1. 804-474-7000,

Santa & Sleigh

November 26 at The Market at Grelen, Somerset Come see Santa and sit in his sleigh. 540-672-5462,

LAFAYETTE • $2,795,000

Set in privacy & tranquility on 93 acres in picturesque Keswick horse country, this classically & comprehensively appointed residence showcases a modern floor plan enhanced by beautiful millwork, grand proportions & details like multiple piece cornices, paneled columns, herringbone stone fireplace, Honduran Mahogany coffered ceilings & cabinets. 1st & 2nd floor masters, stunning library. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865. MLS# 551980



2540 WILLISTON DRIVE • $649,000 Handsomely renovated brickColonial on private 1.7 acre lot. Traditional architectural appeal & an ideal balance of formal & informal living spaces. Light-filled kitchen w/ granite counters. Large family room with built-in bookshelves, wood-burning fireplace. Terrace with pergola. Annie Izard (434) 242-1240. MLS# 552259

1003 PARK STREET • $749,000 Charming brick house includes extensive renovation & 2,000 sq ft addition featuring gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings, stone fireplace, master suite, family room, and mudroom w/ built-in bookshelves. Huge deck overlooking level backyard with stone wall backdrop. Hunter Palmer (434) 981-0533. MLS# 552175

Deck the Halls

November 26–27, 11am–5pm at Early Mountain Vineyards Festive music, mulled wine, homemade chili, cookie decorating, photos with Santa, 30 local exhibitors and crafters and horse-drawn carriage rides around the vineyard. 540-948-9005,

Breakfast with Santa

November 26 & 27 & December 3 & 4, 11am– 3pm visit with Santa, 10am–12pm breakfast, 10am–3pm gingerbread house decorating at Carter Mountain Orchard Reservations strongly recommended. 977-1833,

Breakfast with Santa & Carriage Ride

November 26–December 17, Saturdays, 9–11am at The Boar’s Head Inn Enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. 972-2230,


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{our town calendar} Holiday Open House at Monticello

November 27, 9am–4:30pm at Monticello Visit Thomas Jefferson’s home decorated for the holidays. 984-9822,

Virginia Gingerbread House Submission November 27 for entry forms All gingerbread competition entry forms due to the Ronald McDonald House. Drop-offs of creations at the Omni on December 2–3. 295-1885,

Gingerbread Workshops

November 27–December 18, Sundays, 1–3pm at The Boar’s Head Inn Spend an afternoon at The Boar’s Head with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Boar’s Head pastry chef. All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. 972-2230,

Holiday Lights Celebration

November 27–January 1, 5–11pm at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton Enjoy a drive through the 214-acre park aglow with charming nighttime scenes, put on by local organizations. 540-886-8660,

Dominion GardenFest of Lights

November 29–January 9, 5–10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. 804-262-9887,


Now through November, Saturdays, 7am– 12pm at Second and Water Street parking lots

Stonefield Farmer’s Market

Now through November, Saturdays, 9:30am– 2:30pm at The Shops at Stonefield

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

November 5–13, 10am–7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Jumpstart your holiday shopping by browsing books, CDs, DVDs, LPs, games, puzzles and ephemera of all types. A significant number of “valuable and attractive” books will also be on sale. 977-8467,

Poinsettia Open House

November 25-26 at Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro 540-943-8408,

Holiday Market

November 26–December 17, Saturdays, 8am–1pm at Second and Water Streets 970-3371,

Join us for three special events celebrating Christmas Memories! Gingerbread House Competition and Display Nov. 27: All Gingerbread Competition Entry forms due to the Ronald McDonald House Dec. 2 & 3: Drop off Gingerbread House creations at the Omni Dec. 4, 5, 6 & 7: Free Admission to view the Gingerbread House Village at the Omni

‘Tis the Season Pancake Breakfast

Dec. 10: Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn

Mrs. Claus Invites

Dec. 14: Enjoy an afternoon visit with Mrs. Claus and her friends being entertained, doing a craft or two, and decorating cupcakes. (Advance ticket purchase required)


November 2016

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STAGE & SCREEN Virginia Film Festival

November 3–6, various times & locations Experience the 29th Annual Virginia Film Festival, a four-day celebration of cinema and its unique power to inspire, enlighten and entertain. It features a wide variety of films and filmmakers from around the world in Virginia’s own thriving film scene at UVA. 924-3376,

Fireside Film Series at Bold Rock

November 4 & 25, Fridays, 8pm at Wintergreen Resort Park Guests are invited to gather around the fireplace and enjoy a family-friendly movie. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 361-1030,

Family Day at the Virginia Film Festival

November 5, various times at Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA, Culbreth Rd Free screening of Diney Short Films and a 20th anniversary celebration of “James and the Giant Peach.” Register in advance for free filminspired workshops including acting, music in movies, make-up application and more. Enjoy demonstrations, activities, music, performances, stunts and acrobatics of Moonlight Circus. 982-5277,

The Olate Dogs

Paramount Presents: Mike Super Magic & Illusion

November 9, 7pm at the Jefferson Theater The winners of Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, Richard Olate and his son Nicholas make up a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor. 245-4980,

S’mores for CHT

November 25, 7pm at The Paramount Theater Winner of NBC’s Phenomenon! and finalist on America’s Got Talent, Mike Super entertains and astonishes his audience while maintaining his down-to-earth style. 979-1333,

The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

TedX Charlottesville

November 11 at The Paramount Theater A wide array of speakers and performers, each with an idea and a story to share around this year’s theme, “The Power of One.”

5k Run/Walk for Shelter

November 29, 5pm at Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center Explore. Rescue. Protect! “Octonauts” announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. 800-514-3849,

10th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition November 12, 2:30pm doors, 3pm show at The Paramount Theater The Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition returns. Some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for one night only. 825-0650,

Sunday Fundays at DelFosse

Now through November 20, Sundays, 1–4pm at DelFosse Vineyards & Winery Bring your fishing poles and fish the stocked pond, enjoy new fun games each week, listen to wonderful musicians and enjoy the bistro menu. 263-6100,

November 18–20, 7–8:30pm at Tandem Friends School Come see Tandem Friends 8th grade as they entertain in a production of Grease. 296-1303,

November 5, 7–7:45am race registration, 8am race starts at Downtown Mall This annual run in downtown Charlottesville benefits the Shelter for Help in Emergency, which serves victims of domestic violence. 963-4676,



Grease the Musical

November 4, 5:30–8pm at Camp Holiday Trails This “campy” hour will feature a deluxe campfire with delicious gourmet s’mores, activities for the kids and a very special firedancing performance. Limited tickets available at the door. This event is held rain or shine. 977-3781,

November 5, 9am at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Bring the family for a fun and active event and meet Bumble while supporting a good cause. The two-mile walk/run will include special events for the kids and lots of prizes. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

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Jump-rope making | Leather stamping | Secret garden Puppet show | Candle dipping | Raffle Local artisans with handmade gifts for the Holidays


*Complimentary park-and-ride shuttle service from the Charlottesville Catholic School

120 Waldorf School Road [across from Pen Park] activity tickets are available for pre-sale at

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Apple Dessert Sampling at Saunders Brothers Market November 19, 9am–5pm. See page 14. Charlottesville Heart Walk

Girls’ Geek Days

Clark Buzz-by-Belmont 5k

Let’s Go Behind the Scenes with Archaeology

November 6, 1pm activities, 2pm walk at Boar’s Head Inn Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. One mile and 3K routes to choose from. 296-2181,

November 19, 8–9am at Clark Elementary School Join this family-friendly run/walk through the Belmont neighborhood. Proceeds benefit the Clark Educational Fund.

Turkey Trot

November 19, 8:30am at Crozet YMCA A family-friendly event celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday. 205-4380,




Book Buffet: Voting Day Version

November 8, 9am–5pm at JMRL - Central Library School’s out and the votes are coming in. Join the excitement as you vote for your favorite children’s author or illustrator. Kids sample favorite books and leave with an “I Voted” sticker of their own. 979-7151,

November 12 at Hollymead Elementary School Sparking girls’ interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Registration is required.

November 12, 10am–12pm at Monticello Kids are invited for a sneak peak at the Monticello Archaeology Lab. Working with authentic artifacts, find out how archaeologists puzzle together pieces of the past to learn about the people who lived at Monticello. 984-9800,

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

November 12, 2pm at Central Library Get creative exploring science, engineering and technology with hands-on activities. Try controlling an Ozobot and compete in construction challenges. Take apart tech equipment to see how it works. Activities geared toward elementary school-aged children. 979-7151,

10th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance & Step Competition November 12, 3pm. See page 17. 18

November 2016

Harry Potter’s Scavenger Hunt

November 14–30, Mondays at JMRL - Crozet Library Scour the library in search of magical species and discover if you have what it takes to find them. 823-4050,

is proud to support Toy Lift!

Northside Minecraft Club

November 15, 4:30–5:30pm at Northside Library Approved users can build and explore with fellow Minecrafters using a common spawnpoint. To play, stop by the children’s desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian’s signature is required. Players must have their own computer Minecraft account. Grades 3-12. 973-7893,

Block Party: LEGO Gathering

November 16, 3–4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things. No registration required. Grades K and up. 296-5544,

Family Art JAMs: Printing Narrative

November 19, 1–3pm for ages 5–7, 3–5pm for ages 8–12 at The Fralin Museum of Art Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Adult family members are encouraged to serve as models and collaborators. 243-2050,

STEAMpowered Workshop: We Do Robotics

November 19, 1–3pm at Amazement Square, Lynchburg This STEAMpowered workshop will focus on the parts of a circuit. Learn the mechanics of motors, switches, and other electronic devices and make your own. 845-1888,

Making and Printing 3D Objects

November 19, 2:30–4:45pm at Northside Library Curious about the library’s 3D printer? Join staff as they demonstrate how to create or select an object to print. Registration recommended. 973-7893,

It Only Takes

ONE to make a

difference this holiday season!

Construction Zone

November 22, 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy a construction storytime filled with building fun and activities. 296-5544,

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS Teen Movie Club: All the President’s Men

November 8, 7pm at Crozet Library Teens grades 6-12 are invited to eat popcorn and enjoy this academy-award winning 1976 thriller. Discussions follow the viewing. 823-4050,


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{our town calendar} Teen Pathfinder Gaming Group

Don’t miss our upcoming Family Programming at The Paramount! Mike Super - Magic & Illusion November 25 Friday after Thanksgiving Winner of NBC’s hit show PHENOMENON

Help Us Celebrate the Theater’s 85th Birthday! Send The Paramount a HAPPY BIRTHDAY card by Friday, November 18 and be entered to win a prize! We hope to receive 1,931 cards (in honor of our opening year!) from the community. See our website for more information!

Richmond Symphony Lollipops perform The Snowman and other holiday favorites Dec 11 The Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 18 (3 show times)

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November 9, 6:30pm at Northside Library A beginner’s group for playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Games). Materials and snacks provided, but bring dice if you have them. Grades 6-12. Registration required. 296-5544,

Society of Women Engineers at UVA High School Visitation

November 19, 11am–4pm at UVA The program is designed to give high school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demonstrations, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students.

Murder Mystery Night

November 21, 6:30pm at Crozet Library Grades 6-12 analyze a crime scene, interview witnesses, discover motives and alibis and bring the killer to justice. Those interested in taking on a character role should email. Registration recommended. 823-4050,

Teen Chopped Cooking Challenge: Two-Snack Edition

November 30, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Cook under the pressure of time and crazy ingredients in a professional kitchen provided by the Charlottesville Cooking School. Teens will team up to cook afterschool snacks. 296-5544,



November 1, 6:30pm at Greenway Rise Auditorium, St. Anne’s-Belfield School Psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Madeline Levine sheds light on our sometimes detrimental definitions of success when it comes to today’s children. Levine’s presentation will include a book signing. Space is limited. RSVP. 296-5106,

Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities—an enriching experience for the whole family! Save the Date! November 19

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say or 434.243.2050

November 12, 8:30–10am & 12:30–2pm at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center Look at why children might ignore us when we tell them what we want them to do. Learn and review the conscious discipline skills needed to greatly increase children’s cooperation with directions. 202-8639,

Thanksgiving November 24

Anne of Green Gables

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Kids Night Out at Adventure Central

November 12, 5:30–9pm at ACAC The kids will have a lot of fun while parents enjoy a night out. 978-7529,


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OPEN HOUSES Renaissance School Open House

November 4, 9am–4pm at Renaissance School 984-1952,

St. Anne’s-Belfield School Open House

November 7–9, 9–10:30am; 8:30–10am for Grades 5-8 at St. Anne’s-Belfield School Visit Days are Nov. 7 & 8 for kindergarten through grade 12. Open Houses are Nov. 8 for grades 5-8 and Nov. 9 for preschool through grade 4. Parents should call ahead. 296-5106,

Field School Open House

November 8, 9–11am at Field School of Charlottesville 923-3435,

MESA Open House

November 9, 5–7pm at Albemarle High School MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Academy) at Albemarle High School. 975-9300,


E. C. Glass Civic Auditorium

CHARLOTTESVILLE Piedmont VA Community College

Saturday, December 17 Sunday, December 18 Thursday, December 22

Saturday, December 3 4:00pm

Village School Open House

November 12, 10am–2pm at Village School 984-4404,

Tandem Friends School “Come See Us in Action” Admissions Event November 15, 9–10:30am at Tandem Friends School 951-9314,

Regents School Open House

November 15, 7pm at Regents School of Charlottesville For grades Kindergarten-12, and high school opportunities. 293-0633, • 434.227.7592

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Rain, snow,

Sunday, 6 11:00 AMArc Start Downtown Run as a December Santa to benefit The of the PiedmontMall Course: 1 mile or shine! on December 4th. Registrants will receive their Register online: cvillesantarun.eventbrite.comSunday, costumes (Santa suit for adults and elf ears for December 4 children) they check inelfon morning Santawhen costume for adults and hatthe for kids included with registration. 11:00 AM Start of the event. Please arrive to the check-in location at the Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to receive your costume. No paper tickets are necessary. Awards will be presented to the top corporate team and family team for raising money for the Arc of the Piedmont mission!

Downtown Mall Course: 1 mile

The run/walk begins at 11:00 a.m. Spectators are welcome along the Mall and along the 1-mile route.

Register online: Call 434-977-4002

Dueling Dinner at Pharsalia

November 12, 5–10pm at Pharsalia Two competing chefs will take guests through the seasons with apple dishes in four courses that are reflective of winter, spring, summer and fall. Vote for your favorite and see who wins. 277-5231,

6th Annual United Nations of Comedy Tour

November 12, 8pm at The Paramount Theater National comedians as seen on Comedy Central, NBC, CBS, movies and more. 979-1333,

Stocks, Sauces & Steak Cooking Class November 13, 5-6:30pm at The Happy Cook Just in time for winter, learn how to make perfectly cooked meat (no grill required) and bases for wonderful winter soups and stews. Matt Greene will also demonstrate how to make two sauces: an egg-based hollandaise and a roux-based sauce. 977-2665,

John Hiatt November 17, 8pm at The Paramount Theater Grammy-nominated John Hiatt remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters of our time. Forty years into his recording career, he has released his 22nd studio album, Terms of My Surrender, described as “blues in the knotty backwoods sense, as if sprung from the Delta loam.” 979-1333,

Turkey Strut Square Dance


Live at The Jefferson Theate

supporting the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA


November 2016

November 18, 7:30–10pm at Rockfish Valley Community Center Live square dance caller and refreshments. Alternating plus and mainstream, experienced square dancers are welcome. 361-2470,

“A Night in Old Verona” Dinner

November 19, 6pm at Lake Monacan Clubhouse, Wintergreen A four-course, themed Italian dinner with wine pairings. Dinner will be interspersed with light arias sung by Erin Freeman. 325-2200,

For more holiday festivals, events and fun, go to

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Favorite Awards 2016

Your Favorite Places to Eat, Shop & Play! Winners Announced in the December issue of CharlottesvilleFamily!

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Trim that Tree! Adventure Farm

Bramblewood Tree Farm

Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm

Earlysville 971-8796,

Orange 540-236-8081

Scottsville 286-3445,

Bees & Trees Farm

Claybrooke Tree Farm

Gladden Fields Farm

Elkwood 540-423-9020,

Mineral 540-872-3817,

North Garden 987-1166

Belmont Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Trees at The Market at Grelen

**Greene Meadows Tree Farm

Spotsylvania 540-854-6757,

Somerset 540-672-7268,

November 25–December 24, Friday–Sunday, 10am–5pm at Greene Meadows Tree Farm, Stanardsville Choose from White Pine, Leyland Cypress and White Spruce, or pre-cut Fraser Fir and Concolor Fir. Fresh wreaths, centerpieces, swags and garland. Visit with lambs and calves in the petting zoo while you sip a complimentary cup of cider or hot chocolate. 990-1999,

Davis Creek Tree Farm Braehead Farm Fredericksburg 540-899-9848,

Lovingston 263-8762

Local farms offer petting zoo, hot cider or cocoa, cookies with Santa & more!


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10% discount to

active firefighters, police, and military

A Traditional Christmas Experience

Grouse Ridge Christmas Tree Farm Raphine 540-348-1491

Less than 30 minutes from Charlottesville!

Hoosier Nut Tree Farm Unionville 540-854-6329

Long Meadow Tree Farm Waynesboro 540-649-4307,

Oak Shade Farm Rixeyville 540-937-5062,

**Saunders Brothers Farm Market November 25–December 17, Tree Farm open Fridays 1–4pm, Saturdays 10am–5pm, Farm Market has regular hours at Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River Choose and cut Canaan Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, White Pine and Scotch Pine. Other products and fruits and vegetables available across the street at the Farm Market. Open Monday–Saturday 9am–5pm. Closed Sundays. Tying trees on cars and tree baling at no extra cost. 277-5455,


& cut:

White Pine White Spruce Canaan Fir (limited) fresh pre-cut

Frazer Fir Concolor Fir

plus wreaths • swags garland •centerpieces

Open the Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve

Visit the Christmas Shop to help outfit your perfect tree. Visit the lambs & calves in our Petting Zoo while enjoying a complimentary cup of hot cocoa or cider, a candy cane and coloring book.

Fri., Sat., Sun. 10 am - 5 pm


Spruce Rock Farm is a “Choose & Cut” Christmas tree farm located just north of Charlottesville in Brightwood, VA. Pick your family’s favorite from our selection of Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, or White Pine. We also offer pre-cut Fraser Firs! While you are here, check out our Christmas Shop with wreaths, honey, ironwork crafts and handmade soaps, plus free hot chocolate or cider! 419 Lester Utz Lane, Brightwood, Virginia Open Friday, Nov. 25 and every weekend after until Dec. 24th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Tim Williams at 540.543.2309 for weekday appointments.

Poinsettia Open House Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26

**Spruce Rock Farm November 25–December 24, 10am–4pm Saturday & Sunday, by appointment Monday– Friday at Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood Cut your own Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, White Pine and Douglas Firs, or select from pre-cut Fraser firs. Free tree shaking, baling, hot cider and chocolate. Browse around in our Christmas shop stocked with wreaths, Christmas tree items, ornaments, stockings, miniature village houses and more. 540-543-2309,

Come on out and select a Christmas tree the old-fashioned way!

Open 8:00 - 5:30 MOn - Fri 8:00 - 5:00 Sat

located on rt 340 about 3.5 miles south of i-64.

Vendors free homemade donuts door prizes & more! Visit for the latest updates on specials and details for the open house.

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Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm Leon 540-547-2576,


{living well new mom}

Snooze n’ Cruise Letting Baby Nap While Enjoying Nature

New Mom

Who’s ready for some peace and quiet, and maybe mountain views? Then it’s time to take your baby on the road. Famous sleep experts Marc Weissbluth and Richard Ferber want babies in their cribs at naptime—because there, on their backs, is the safest place for sleep. While this is the default nap plan, there are days when a new mom a) can’t be home at naptime because of schedule logistics, b) has tried everything else to settle her fussy baby, or c) will go loco if she doesn’t get outside of the same four walls. The hammer-wielding workers replacing your roof might also inspire you to hit the road so your baby can sleep. They sure motivated me when my son was an infant. I’d pause the shower of asphalt shingles raining down in the yard, buckle by Whitney Woollerton Morrill my son into his car seat and hop onto I-64. By the time we reached Boyd Tavern, my baby was sawing wood, and I was bathed in luxurious silence. A person could start a luxury snooze cruise line in Charlottesville. With the beautiful scenery, all you need for your baby’s occasional cruising nap is a safe, rear-facing infant car seat and these data points: Who: You and your baby. What: Nap on the go. When: Baby’s naptime—especially as her sleep starts to organize into one morning and one afternoon nap. Where: Ahhhhh, Albemarle. Drive out Garth Road and take in the Blue Ridge views, or venture east to the Keswick Estate and pretend you’re going inside for high tea and a swim. For a beauty blast, head to the Ivy Nursery on Route 250 and park in front until your baby wakes. Watch the fern fronds blow. Many of the area parks have Then go inside with baby and bask in the magical landscape trails or paved walkways where of specimen plants. If you find yourself on 29 South, wind you can get some exercise along the scenic curves of Plank Road. Need to stay closer while your little one naps in the to town? Ascend Carter’s Mountain for breathtaking views of stroller. See charlottesvillefamily. com/ak_parks_and_playgrounds. central Virginia—and excellent people watching (bonus: cider htm doughnuts). Why: To remember that the zoomed-in newborn months are temporary. The long postpartum days and nights take a lot out of you, and something needs to go back in. Getting out with your baby reminds you who you are and what you want to share with him as he grows. This zoomed-out perspective will relax you, which in turn will relax him. And that just may lead to a better night’s sleep for everyone.

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Your Parenting Questions Answered My son never has friends over and only wants to spend times at other friend’s houses. I wonder if he is hiding something from me or feels embarrassed to bring friends over for some reason? My son used to do this a lot when he was in elementary school, and it bothered me as well. What turned out to be the reason was that his friends had more interesting toys to play with, and their parents were a bit more laid back than I was at the time. Good to know. Start by having a conversation with your son about it. In a calm and casual way, ask how come he doesn’t invite his friends over, and what he likes about going to his friend’s house. For some kids, it is just about being in a different environment or getting a break from you. Ask what he does with his friend, try asking 10 questions to encourage the conversation: “do you get bored here,” “do you worry that you have to think of things to entertain them,” “maybe your friend could come over and bring his toys with him,” “do you feel embarrassed about something—how our house looks, etc.” What you’re trying to uncover is if not having friends over is the solution, what’s the problem? See what you can by Bob Taibbi uncover and come up with a plan to fix it. You also may want to talk to his friend’s parents just to get their take on your son being there. Thank them for being so accommodating, explain your concern, ask about what the boys do together and what your son seems to enjoy most. This, too, may give you clues about what seems to be working, and as parents, you both can do a unified front in encouraging the friends to spend a playdate at your house. If they do, keep it shorter and successful, give them snacks and make them feel welcomed. My 6-year-old is the ultimate fussy eater. He refuses to eat many foods, and some nights doesn’t eat anything at all. My husband thinks we should make him sit at the table until he has tried things or eats most of his meals, but I don’t agree. What do you suggest? The good news here is that most kids become less fussy as they get older. The research shows that forcing a child to eat certain foods almost guarantees that they won’t eat it as an adult and Email your parenting that kids need to be exposed to a new food 10-15 times before concerns and queries to they will accept it. It also shows that by making mealtimes more tense then need be only gives children a wrong perception of food Yours might be included in and misses the point, because the takeaway for them is all about an upcoming issue! the power struggle. So making your child stay at the table until done is not a good idea. Kids need to be encouraged to try—lick, taste small bits of new foods and be praised for their efforts. Make mealtimes as relaxed as possible. Talk about each other’s day and fun stuff, rather than making food the focus. Help children prepare the food, making a salad for example and giving choices of vegetables that must be included in it. Or do make-your-own taco nights with a range of food choices. Put small amounts of new foods on the plate next to foods that they like. Be creative—call Brussels sprout baby cabbages, broccoli trees and carrots super x-ray carrots. The theme here is to move away from power and punishment and steer towards encouragement, exploration and praise.


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Manage Multi-tasking Steps on How Not To Do It All

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I have always been a conscientious mom. I would prepare for everything and anything my kids might need, beginning all the way back when they were babies. No matter what they needed—a drink, fresh diaper, a toy to keep them occupied, some new clothes, etc.—you could find it in my diaper bag. For me, you might find a few headache pills, every credit card and medical card I own, a to-do list for when I got back home and a bottle of water. To be honest though…I almost never used any of these back-up objects. Preparing for an outing along with the other daily preparations inside the home—scheduling doctor visits, paying the bills, taking the dogs to the vet, manning the laundry, dishes and so much more—would make for quite a day. I tried to do everything all at the same time—not let anything slip through the cracks, and control it all. I ended up feeling stressed, exhausted and resentful. This recognition of how it was making me feel went a long way. I slowly learned how to not do it all, and you can, too. by Danielle Sullivan Recognize what you should stop doing. It might be as simple as checking your child’s backpack or searching for your husband’s keys. If the family member, child or adult, is fully capable of doing an age-appropriate task him or herself, it is not your responsibility to do it for them. Kids have to learn consequences (and so do spouses!). Say no. How many times can we discuss that we need to stop saying no and then continue to say yes? It can be very easy once we make up our mind to do so. No, we can’t run that bake sale or iron that shirt last minute. No, we can’t stay late at work to take on a new task. Don’t justify it with a “well, I actually can if I juggle this and that and stay up late.” Yes, perhaps technically we can get the request done, but what cost will it have on another area of our lives and on us individually? More Mindful Remember that no detailed explanation is needed. A simple, “No, I’m sorry. I can’t do that,” is sufficient. We don’t need to Advice explain ourselves away. That short phrase is simple, respectful The Child Mind Institute and to the point. strives towards taking Set aside time to recharge. Busy moms need to stress and anxiety out of schedule relaxation time the same way you would a doctor’s raising kids. See appointment. Without regular leisure and downtime, you will run out of steam, and fast. How well will you be able to take care for more tips. of your family then? Make your weekly commitments a group effort. Spouses and children alike need to participate in the functioning of the family unit, so not all household tasks fall on mom. Create a weekly schedule together to help keep family members on point. Remember that you have your own personal needs. Taking time for yourself is an act of self-love (and makes you a wonderful role model for your kids). Besides, only when you care for yourself can you fully care for the other people in your life.

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


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Is My Child Just Fidgety or Showing Signs? By nature, youngsters like to be busy exploring their world. As any parent waiting in a doctor’s office has experienced, it’s not unusual for a child to have trouble sitting still. A fidgety child is typically not a cause for concern but can be one of several telltale signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is one of the most common disorders in children, affecting up to 12 percent, according to some estimates. Most cases of ADHD are identified in a child’s early- to mid-elementary years. “But new clinical practice guidelines allow us to make a diagnosis as young as age 4, says Kenneth Norwood, Jr., MD, a developmental pediatrician at UVA Children’s Hospital. by Kelly Casey He adds, “It’s important to diagnose ADHD early, if possible, because children with ADHD often are falling behind academically, even as early as kindergarten.” If you answer “yes” to these questions, it’s important to talk with your child’s primary care provider about an evaluation for ADHD. • As an infant, was your child unusually irritable, did she have a prolonged period of colic, or did she have trouble establishing a good sleep/wake cycle? • Did your 2- or 3-year-old have trouble sitting when being read to or during a meal? Did she bounce from toy to toy? In public, did he race off as if you weren’t there? • Does your preschooler or older child struggle with making friends or get reprimanded often for acting out? Has your child’s teacher shared concerns with you? • Do other family members, especially a parent or sibling, have ADHD? Two misconceptions Norwood often hears from parents are: What’s in a Name? that their child can play video games for hours on end so must Although “hyperactivity” not have a short attention span, or their child is distracted is part of the name, ADHD and disruptive at school because he’s bored. It’s more likely, doesn’t always mean a child Norwood says, that these behaviors are the result of a smart with it will be hyperactive. brain that has an underactive section. ADHD medications Learn more facts about stimulate this part of the brain, so they are highly effective at ADHD at blog.uvahealth. helping a child better meet the demands of school. com/2016/03/25/adhd. A thorough evaluation is key, Norwood says, because other disorders can mimic ADHD. “Kids with a learning disability, for example, have problems processing information so their attention is going to wander. Another big factor is anxiety. Our kids are really anxious in this day and age. And if you’re nervous and worried, you’re going to be fidgety and distracted.” Studies show, too, that up to one-third of children with ADHD has anxiety. On a positive note, Norwood says, both conditions are highly treatable by your child’s primary care provider. Parents play an important role in treatment and can easily find classes in the Charlottesville area to learn how best to manage home life for a child with ADHD.

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Quick & Easy Changes For A Fresh Décor

by David Lerman

Every evolution of fashion’s revolving door is an opportunity to create something unforgettable. You don’t have to drool over the HGTV’s West End Salvage; quick and easy furniture makeovers simply require a willingness to experiment. Upcycling doesn’t mean pedaling uphill until you get all sweaty; it means converting aged materials into something useful and beautiful. There are many great used furniture stores in town where you can find good quality pieces, looking beyond surface cosmetics. Circa, Goodwill and The Habitat Store are a few of my regular haunts. Once you’ve got your piece(s) home, put on some comfy clothes and try some out of these design ideas. Paint. The easiest trick in terms of bang for your buck is almost always a new coat of paint. This is where you can showcase your imaginative flair or more sedately match the piece to your existing furniture. Techniques such as ragging, sponging or trompe l’oeil help you range from sophisticated to casual. Take a gander online for thousands of ideas. Pigment, Piedmont Paint & Finish’s design shop, Blue Ridge Paint & Decorating, and other local shops are great resources.


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Change the hardware. Substituting drawer pulls, knobs or handles can dramatically alter the look of a piece. Use a little wood putty, sandpaper and paint to erase existing holes to fit new hardware. Voila! Online vendors such as Anthropologie won’t disappoint, or seek and be amazed at local hardware shops like The Habitat Store or Blue Ridge Lumber. Try your hand at upholstery! Exchange that tired, torn or dirty fabric for something chic. Les Fabriques offers not only great fabrics but also cozy sewing classes. Or try local favorite The Second Yard for the largest local selection of decorative fabrics, not to mention thrifty home furnishings! Don’t want to do the sewing yourself? A selection of local upholstery shops will be happy to do it for you.

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From Our Family to Yours

Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes from the Staff at CharlottesvilleFamily

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A 1 lb. box of your favorite noodles 2 Smaller blocks of cheese, your choice (gouda, feta, parmesan, mozzarella, white or sharp cheddar, or your favorite cheese) 3/4 Cup milk Salt & pepper to taste **For a cheesier dish, add more of your choice of grated cheese. 1. Cook noodles according to box directions. 2. Grate cheese of your choice. 3. Spray casserole dish. Add one layer of macaroni noodles, then a layer with cheese, and repeat until almost to the top of dish. 4. Layer top with cheese. 5. Pour milk in 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 375 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.


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Up until my kids moved out of the house and out on their own, everyone always gathered at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Now that the kids are grown, I seem to be the main preparer of the Thanksgiving meal. It's a combined effort to gather the ingredients for all the dishes, but I now get up at the crack of dawn to put the turkey in the oven. I have a 1 ½-year-old granddaughter who is the highlight of any holiday meal, and any other time for that matter. It is really a great thing that all the kids, sisters, mothers, etc., can gather and be together at Thanksgiving. We always have the same meal consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni n’ cheese, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and rolls. And, of course, the meal wouldn't be complete without the traditional pumpkin pie with whipped cream, or my favorite, apple pie. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday enjoyed with family and friends.

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1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Butter a glass 12”x10”-inch baking dish and set aside. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs. Using a spoon, stir in sweet corn, creamed corn, milk, cream, flour, baking powder and salt. 4. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish. 5. Cook for 1 hour until it is golden brown and slightly puffed on top. **Best served warm, and delicious with turkey and Virginia ham.

Thanksgiving has been one of my family’s most important traditions for years. My Granny Holland always fed 15-20 people and served special favorites for most family members. She spent days preparing the food and was so proud of the meal being her special tradition. Granny’s table was always beautifully set with lovely linens, china, crystal and silver. A special table in the parlor beside the dining room was set for the children, and we felt very grown up eating off the same plates and silver as the adults. A traditional dish that was the children’s favorite was her famous Corn Pudding. Made with eggs, sugar and sweet corn, we all devoured it and never had to be told twice to eat our vegetables! It is a dish my children have come to appreciate, and it keeps my Grandmother’s memory alive in all of us.

Granny's Baked Apples

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7 Large apples fuji or red delicious apples ¼ Cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar ½ Tablespoon margarine Cinnamon, nutmeg **More sugar can be added if sweeter taste is desired. 1. Wash, peel and core apples. Cut each apple in half. 2. Place apples in 13”x9”-inch baking dish, and dot each half with margarine. 3. Pour sugar over apples, sprinkle with cinnamon and dash of nutmeg. 4. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

Sweet Potatoes 4 fresh sweet potatoes/yams (peeled and cut into small chunks) 1 Small can of chicken broth ½ Cup brown sugar 1 Cup of miniature marshmallows Salt & pepper 2 Tablespoons of butter 1. In a quart-sized casserole dish, put the peeled and cut sweet potatoes/yams, add in the broth. 2. Add butter, brown sugar, salt & pepper and marshmallows on top. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for ffor 1 hour.

My “Granny,” as all my friends and family call her, started using this recipe because my grandfather, “Gramps,” loves cooked apples. My brother and I LOVE them just as much. Granny has been using this recipe for 17 years, and for every Thanksgiving and Christmas I can remember. She also always seemed to have them on-hand whenever my brother and I would visit growing up. These delicious apples could probably be served as a dessert, but I personally prefer that they are used as a sweet side dish. This way, we can still have Granny's cake for dessert.

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Growing up, Thanksgiving was my Grandma’s favorite holiday. Everyone would gather at my grandparent's house for a day of eating and spending time with loved ones. With my Mom being one of 10 kids, you can imagine the amount of food that went into family gatherings to feed all of my aunts, uncles and cousins. That didn’t stop my Grandma from making everything homemade and fresh. They would get the biggest turkey they could from the local turkey farm in Pennsylvania, and make the traditional sides and pies from scratch. She believed in putting love into the food she was feeding those she cared about most. Her sweet potatoe dish was one of her traditional sides. I remember racing to the table on Thanksgiving to make sure my Pap Pap didn’t eat all of them. I like to think I picked up the taste for them at a young age from him. This simple yet delicious recipe continues on, as my mom makes them every Thanksgiving (and other holidays if I can convince her).


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Our Little Angel A Local Mom Shares Her Son’s Story

words by Pam Stover-Mejias photos by Jennifer Coon

On October 12, 2013, shortly after our second son, Brodie, was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. As a mother, it was one of the hardest days of my life. All at once, I was upset, worried and afraid. But now, looking back on this moment, I realize that this was just the start of many perfectly blessed days. At the time, I thought that my life would never return to normal, assuming I would never be able to return to work because my son would always need me. I feared how this diagnosis would affect my 3-year-old son as the two boys grew up together. In Brodie’s first few weeks of life, there were many medical concerns that quickly became our focus. We learned that most of these medical issues—low oxygen saturation levels, heart defects and neutropenia—were typically associated with Down syndrome. So, we brought Brodie home from the hospital with a pulse oximeter machine and multiple oxygen tanks. Due to his low muscle tone and sleep apnea, he needed oxygen while he was sleeping. Each week, we had numerous doctor appointments, but no matter what, Brodie handled them with strength and a smiling face. Even when we learned of the medical issues that he could experience later in life, along with developmental, speech and motor delays, Brodie was a ray of sunshine. During our first few weeks at home, we were connected with early intervention services. At one month old, Brodie began therapy with a dynamic physical therapist who has been an integral part of his success these first few years. She has pushed us all, especially Brodie, to reach many important early milestones. At the same time, his speech therapist has taught him how to properly use his mouth muscles for eating and drinking, while also helping him learn how to communicate with sign language.


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The support and assistance that we have hasn’t gone unrecognized. Brodie’s




incorporates some of his therapies into their daily play, which in turn gives me more opportunities to enjoy time with him as a mom, focusing less on therapies during the few hours we have together each day. And it’s an exciting time now—we are adding in spoken words. Friendships




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gives to those in need. Last October, our family participated together in DSAGR’s Step Up for Down Syndrome

If I had to describe Brodie in only a couple of words, they would be “pure joy.”

5K and Family Fun Festival, and was reminded of the many great support systems our local community offers. After those first few months when we found ourselves focusing on his many medical concerns, we began to revitalize our outlook. We decided that we would provide him with any resources he needed to be able to reach his goals in life and would constantly push him to be his very best. Our doctors have been wonderful to work with; they keep us informed of his progression in



his stay in the NICU, our extended

comparison to his developing peers, so

community was to our family. Brodie




family members and close friends

that we can stay on track with developing

received all of the essential care he

helped tremendously by caring for

goals for each stage of his development.

needed during his first few weeks of

our toddler at home and preparing

Looking back, we see how important

life thanks to countless people. During

nourishing meals for our family. We also

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Brodie expresses happiness so freely, and he truly takes the time to slow down and smell the flowers.

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what the future will bring his older

encouragement from our church family.

brother. Isn’t that just part of parenting?

Both my husband’s and my colleagues

Brodie is continuously teaching my

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supportive of our need for additional

and changing life for the better. If I had

time away from work for hospital stays

to describe Brodie in only a couple of

and surgeries. We continue to feel

words, they would be “pure joy.” Now

fortunate that we live in Charlottesville

don’t get me wrong…he is 2.5 years old

with all of the support and care from

and definitely exhibits typical toddler

some of the best pediatric specialty

behavior. He is just like other children

doctors at UVA along with our very

his age—he rolls around on the floor

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with his brother, makes a lot of noise,

Those early days held many scary

throws his food and constantly tells

moments. Today though, I am able to

me, “No.” If you happen to sit near our

focus on all of the happy moments…

family at a restaurant around town, I

and there are many of those! I better

can assure you that Brodie will greet

understand that, while it does have its

you with smiles and waves throughout

challenges, Down syndrome isn’t scary.

the meal, but don’t let that blind you

I have returned to a job that I love and

from the typical temper tantrums and

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received a large amount of prayer and

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help me care for Brodie on the days I

This little miracle has also taught

am in the office. Therapy appointments

me to be more patient. Yes, we have

have become a regular activity for our

had to wait longer for him to meet

family and have provided a mechanism

his developmental milestones, such as

for us to measure progress, obtain new

rolling over, sitting up, climbing stairs,

activities and plan for future milestones.

walking, communicating with signs,

We always wonder what the future will

drinking through a straw and eating on

bring for Brodie, but we also wonder

his own. And although it is difficult to

not compare him to his developing peers,

reminds me that the most important

with the help of wonderful therapists

thing in life is family. In the midst of

and lots of hard work, we have seen

all of these ups and downs, our family

Brodie meet each of our goals in his

has become stronger; we have joined

own time. We definitely celebrate each

together to support Brodie and to tackle

accomplishment, no matter how small,

unique challenges. With his expressive

and we have learned that good things do

happiness leading the way, our family

come to those who wait.

has developed a culture of joy. In our

It isn’t worth worrying about the little

house, we smile A LOT, and we know

things in life, but rather focusing on the

that we are incredibly blessed to have

things in life that truly matter. I used to

him in our family. Close family members

waste a lot of time worrying about things

sometimes refer to our house as the

that might not ever happen. Now I deal

crazy house, but we wouldn’t want it

with life’s events as they happen. I often

any other way. The loud laughter and

tell friends who seem stressed about

messy toy piles are simply signs that we

small things that they just need to spend

are having fun and enjoying all that we

a little more time around Brodie. I know

have in life.

that if he could talk, he would encourage

As a mother and an individual, I have

everyone around him to splash in

developed an inner strength that I never

puddles, jump in the leaves, giggle

knew existed. I used to jokingly describe

uncontrollably, sing nursery rhymes in

myself as “super mom” because I seemed

public, wave to strangers everywhere

to have everything in my life completely

you go, and give lots of hugs and kisses.

under control. I now realize that those





things didn’t make me “super.” It is the

freely, and he truly takes the time to

constant giving of myself to help meet

slow down and smell the flowers. Life

the needs of my son and my entire family

can be so busy, but Brodie constantly

that makes me a super mom.

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Life is starting to seem more “normal” now for our family. I have learned, and continue to learn, so much from my sweet, energetic toddler who just happens to have an extra chromosome. My life is even more perfect, even more patient, even more crazy joyful than I ever imagined it could be, and I hope one day that our Brodie waves and smiles your way. Pam is a local dentist and mother of two amazing boys.

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MY SUPER MOM! Kids Talk About Their Heroic Mothers Who Work to Serve and Protect Our Community words by Emma, age 8; Lynn, age 12; Morgan, age 11 edited by Dionna L. Mann photos by Beth Seliga, 3 Cats Photo


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These amazing women are emergency responders who fearlessly run toward danger in order to save lives. They scour crime scenes for clues and rush to those seriously injured to provide medical assistance. They are the definition of bravery, selflessness and caring. But these three women are not only public servants. They are mothers, and their children want to share how they see their moms through their own eyes.


and get to see them leave the station in

Sometimes I see pictures tacked to my

their cars with the blue lights and sirens

mom’s wall, but I don’t look at those

on. I also see the other police my mom

because it scares me.

works with at their computers or walking

When I was younger, I was always

You can call me Lynn. I am 12,

around the police station. Her coworkers

afraid that my mom would get hurt or not

and my mom is a Charlottesville City

are very kind and are always trying to

come home. Sometimes I would cry when

police detective. She is so smart and

make me laugh. There is one guy at the

she would have to leave at night to go to

amazing, and she uses her smarts to find

station that calls me Little Voice; I love

work to be a detective. She would always

clues to help find the bad guy. She really

visiting the police station and seeing

kiss me when she would get back home

cares about keeping people safe and

everyone there.

from work to let me know she was home

teaches us how to always be safe.

In my mom’s office, there are some of

safe; that always made me feel better. I

One time, a girl that was the same age

her favorite things—Walking Dead toys

always pray that she and my dad, who is

as my sister, who is now 25, was killed. It

on display, because my mom loves that

also a police officer, are safe at work.

was sad, and it made my mom sad, too.

show, and a fish bowl with two goldfish.

My friends think it’s awesome that

My mom worked very hard on this case,

Now there’s only one because her partner

my mom is a detective. They always ask

and that made me feel proud of her. I even

killed one of them by feeding it too much.

her questions about her job, and she tells

saw my mom on TV when it happened.

My mom said she was going to arrest him

them that it’s hard. One of my friends

for killing her fish. She is pretty funny.

gets excited every time he sees her car;

Sometimes I get to go to work with her. At the station, I hear the police talking


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AWWWE-SOME! It’s funny how he thinks our mom looks really big when she is dressed up as a firefighter, because she isn’t very big. She is small. I think my mom looks like a builder with suspenders on when she wears her firefighter gear. I remember one time when my mom saved a kitty from a house that was on fire. The kitty was hiding in the bathtub. She had to give it some oxygen from a mask, but she saved him! That made me really happy, because I want to be a vet when I grow up. Tommy loves to talk about mom’s firetruck. He really likes save people, and that’s very important.

look big enough to kick down doors, but

the emergency lights and the

But I know firefighters do a lot more, too.

my mom is strong. She is so strong she

sirens, but he has to wear headphones

They save people from car accidents, use

can pick up a heavy cat. And sometimes

because it is kind of loud. We both think

their hoses filled with water from fire

my mom uses ropes and ladders to get

the extra big steering wheel and gadgets

hydrants to put out fires, and sometimes

people out of burning buildings.

are cool, too. It’s so much fun to see

have to break down doors with axes or

Tommy thinks it’s awesome our mom

mom at her fire station in Charlottesville.

kick them down. I know my mom doesn’t

is a firefighter. I like the way he says

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sleeps. She has a lot of pictures of us

an emergency room nurse, only she gets

coworkers do to be as safe as possible, and

there, and her locker holds her firefighter

to help her patients on the University

I know the pilots look very closely at the

jacket, hat and boots. I don’t like that she

of Virginia Pegasus. The Pegasus is like

helicopter before and during their shift to

has to sleep at the station, but she calls to

an ambulance and a helicopter built all

check that nothing is wrong before they

say goodnight.

together. The helicopter can get injured

fly again.

One time, my Girl Scout troop took a field trip to my mom’s fire station. We got

and sick people to a hospital a lot faster than a regular ambulance.

a coloring book about firefighters, a doggy

I’ve gotten to sit inside the helicopter,

know it is good that my mom is going up

bag and a puppy pin. My mom taught us

wear my mom’s helmet and even sit

in the Pegasus. I am happy that she can

that girls can be firefighters just like she

in the pilot’s seat. I have gotten to try

help people almost every day, and it is

is. We also got to eat dinner at the station,

on my mom’s flight suit and boots. It is

cool that she gets to fly on a helicopter

and the brownies and fruit kabobs were

comfortable in the helicopter, and I feel

while doing it.

delicious. My mom came to my school

safe in there. I have also been able to see

These three women are the definition

another time to talk about fire prevention.

all of the equipment and supplies that

of bravery, selflessness and caring. It isn’t

My friends think it’s pretty awesome that

my mom and her medical team uses to

often enough that we get to know some

my mom is a firefighter.

take care of people while in the helicopter.

of our local heroes who protect us each

When she is not being a firefighter, I

There’s a special bed, a stretcher, for the

and every day. We thank them for all of

like to go to the library with her. I also love

patient who might be really hurt and who

their time and dedication to making and

it when we watch movies together. Our

needs to get to the hospital right away,

keeping our Charlottesville community

favorite movie is “Firehouse Dog.” We’ve

machines, computers and monitors.


watched it probably like a hundred times.


The people my mom works with are all funny and nice, and they talk a lot, especially about work. But I can tell by the way they talk that they love the job they do. I get to intubate the mannequin— put a breathing tube in—to practice. I’m getting pretty good at that, but I really want to be a bioengineer when I grow up. I get nervous about my mom flying in


Even though the helicopter is really big and loud—very loud when it takes off—I

I’m Morgan, 11 years old, and my

a helicopter, but she and I talk about it.

mom is a flight nurse. She’s kind of like

My mom has told me what she and her

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November 2016


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children’s Museum Richmond (CMoR) has 22

The beloved


interactive exhibits. From the multilevel living tree house to the well-known limestone cave, CMoR offers plenty of opportunities for your preschooler to explore! Special exhibits geared towards toddlers, such as the farm area with an enclosed crawler patch, ensures that children can connect with and learn




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from their environment. Tots can “cook” vegetables they picked themselves in the farmhouse kitchen, slide down from the silo and practice their colors at the Farmer’s Market. Children travel back in time with the Silver Diner, or practice car repair at the CarMax service station. Aspiring paleontologists explore the Dino Dig Pit—a fun sandpit filled with hidden dinosaur fossils. Your future doctor can experience the museum’s ambulance with all its buttons, levers and steering wheel! Watch your preschooler care for patients in their doctor’s office, exploring

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LOCAL, 964-0400 See ad page 57 Charlottesville Waldorf School Emphasizes imaginative play as the foundation for nurturing the senses and understanding the sciences. Age 3–Grade 8, 973-4946 See ad page 61 Chestnut Grove Preschool Christian-based curriculum, providing creative, stimulating and age-appropriate activities. Ages 3-4, 978-3819 See ad page 42 Covenant School Providing a traditional, Christian liberal arts and sciences education. Pre-K–Grade 12, 220-7330 See ad page 55 First Presbyterian Church Preschool Creating a foundation for continuous growth


and development in a Christian environment. Ages 20 months–5 years, 296-1447 See ad page 56 Four Seasons Learning Center A safe and stimulating learning environment with lessons inspired by the seasons and focused on each class’s developmental level. Ages 6 weeks–12 years, 975-4455 See ad page 63 Frost Montessori School Multi-age classrooms offer art, music, Spanish and outdoors enrichment. Ages 21 months–6 years, 979-5223 See ad page 61 Hillsboro Christian Preschool Focuses on school preparation with crafts and games in a Christian environment. Ages 2½–5 years, 823-5342 See ad page 60


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Amazement Square.

may experience at their own visit with

story, hands-on museum is sure to spark

a pediatrician. Explore, create, draw

imagination, creativity and curiosity

and paint in the art studio; its many

with so many places for your preschooler

diverse materials make it a fun stop for

to learn firsthand. The XOXO exhibit

all ages! For the older kids, be sure to

gives your young ones the chance to

visit the News Studio. Report the day’s

work on their social skills. In this new

news in front of the camera and learn

exhibit, they can record a video of their

about media. CMoR also offers special

facial expressions and create a gift to

programming throughout the year, such

learn about love. It’s so rewarding to

as storytimes that allow you and your

watch your preschooler learn and grow

preschooler a pause from exploring.

in just one day. Allow them to scramble

Admission for the museum is good for

up and down Amazement Tower, one

the entire day, so your family can explore

of the tallest climbing structures in the

Richmond over lunch, or perhaps visit

nation, filled with slides, ladders, tunnels

This four-

the neighboring

Science Museum

of Richmond.

The CMoR shop offers

into a unique glass-wall paint box and

an array of educational toys, projects,

fulfill their dream of painting on the

books, musical instruments and more to

walls. Learn about livestock at the Big

take home for continuing their learning.

Red Barn by helping milk a life-sized cow,

To avoid crowds, visit CMoR midweek,

collecting different crops and greeting an

remembering the drive is about an hour.

array of animals, perfect for the youngest


museum goers. These fun exhibits allow

and even a zip-line. Or they can step

children to learn more about their region. The “Flights of Fancy” exhibit is great for

Charlottesville, Lynchburg is an easy

older kids to learn about bird habitats,

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The International School of Charlottesville Encouraging learning through Spanish or French language immersion programs. Ages 2–K, 984-2174 See ad page 59 Ivy School House Preschool Engages students intellectually through activity, play and daily Spanish integration. Ages 2–6 years, 823-4060 See ad page 54 Kingswood Christian Preschool A program that focuses on emotional, spiritual, social and academic growth. Weekly music classes and after-preschool enrichment programming. Ages 2½–5 years, 823-1258 See ad page 60 Montessori School of Charlottesville A Montessori experience with international and ecological consciousness celebrating 40 years. Ages 21 months–6 years, 295-0029 See ad page 54 Mountaintop Montessori Montessori-based curriculum including outdoor learning and art. Ages 18 months–Grade 8, 979-8886 See ad page 54 Olivet Preschool at Olivet Presbyterian Church Provides a Christian preschool opportunity for community families. Three-day class for 3-year-olds and four-day class for 4-year-olds. Ages 3–4, 295-1367 See ad page 63

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A Classical Christian School • Grades K-12 of birds. The museum also offers multiple

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the 11 outdoor exhibits at this popular

day. Be awed by distinctive buildings

golden columns, your family has never

from Early America, England, Ireland,

seen a natural phenomenon quite like

West Africa, Germany and Virginia.

this. You will feel dwarf-size standing

Spark your preschooler’s and older

next to Giant’s Hall, a 47-foot column of

children’s curiosity as they see costumed

pure white calcite. These underground

interpreters from a different time,

caverns are the largest eastern U.S.

creating food and working with unique

caverns as well as a National Landmark.

aged tools. Register for Toddler and

After exploring the depths of the caverns,

Preschooler Frontier Time on Saturdays,

head back above ground to see the Garden

and enjoy storytime, age appropriate

Maze—8-foot tall hedges that will spin

hands-on activities, crafts and more.

you and your preschooler into a tizzy of

From corn necklace making to meeting

enjoyment. There’s no peaking through

farm animals or making corn pudding on

these 4-foot thick walls of greenery while

the English Farm, your preschooler can

searching for the enchanted fountain.

imagine how life was different when they

Enjoy the popular Gem Sluice attraction,

see frontier cooking and compare to your

where you can try the mining station and

kitchen at home. Be sure to keep an eye

feel like pioneers. Let your preschooler

activities that will stimulate preschool-

out for The Frontier Culture Museum’s

roll up their sleeves and get their hands

aged children to think, learn and play

special events throughout the year. The

wet searching for gems. At the Rope

in diverse environments. From problem

drive to this historic daytrip is about 45

Adventure Park, your little explorer can

solving to creative thinking, kids are sure


try The Little Adventurer course. Don’t

to walk away with more than just fun


worry though, as this course is close







to the ground and gives your child a

Luray Caverns

remains as awe-

different type of experience. The low and

inspiring as it was when discovered in

high ropes courses are perfect for your

1878. With cathedral-sized rooms that

older children!

range up to 10-stories high adorned with


Madison, our online editor, has loved adventuring around our area’s diverse offerings.

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{until next time humorous reflections} What Not to Name the Baby

by Rick Epstein

A long time ago, two guys thought they could make some money helping people name their babies, boats, estates, stores and companies. “But what’ll we call our consulting business?” one of them asked. “I don’t know,” the other one said. And that was that. I was one of those guys. I forget which one. But since then, I’ve been instrumental in successfully naming

it in Norwegian, and Americans can’t catch it. So they are missing a basic tool for getting to know you.” She was here to mingle with the populace, so she took my advice and started saying her name like a gringo. My point is that a person’s name is the handle by which the world will pick her or him up—and I mean that in a good way. So you might not want to bestow a name

three babies, two cats and a half-pound of tropical fish. So I think I have the credentials to wave a few red flags at expectant parents who are in the process of naming their babies. 1. DON’T PERPETUATE A BAD NAME. Sure Aunt Agatha was a great gal, but that doesn’t make Agatha a wonderful name. Chances are that Aunt Agatha would have been even more wonderful if considerate parents had given her a different name. 2. DON’T REJECT A GOOD NAME. A good name is a good name, and if someone objectionable had it before, so what? Your child will breathe his or her own magic into that name. 3. MAKE IT EASY TO PRONOUNCE. The U.S. is largely a nation of immigrants. But if you are considering an ethnic name for your baby, you may have to choose between sentiment and practicality. Do you celebrate the land of your ancestors or give your child a name that works well here? Years ago, a young Norwegian cousin of mine came to live with us for a year. Her name was Elisabeth Matheson, and when anyone asked her name, she’d say it the way she would back in Norway—really fast and like it was a question: EeLEESaBETmataySOHN? To the American ear, her name was as beautiful and incomprehensible as a measure of birdsong. Early in her visit, pronouncing her name in the American way, I said, “Elisabeth, have you noticed that no one seems to understand your name? You are saying

that will be alien and hard to say and remember. Also, don’t give your children names that require accent marks or typography not normally available on American keyboards. Elisabeth’s sister is named Gorlin, only there’s a diagonal line through the Ø. Try and get satisfaction on THAT at the state Motor Vehicles office! One final note on ethnicity and the American melting pot: Whatever you do, never forget the recipes of your homeland. People fight over religion, politics and language, but eating delicious food is a celebration of diversity that can be embraced by all. 4. THINK TWICE BEFORE NAMING A BOY AFTER HIS DAD. Here’s why: • It would make for continuous mix-ups of mail and phone calls. You end up with a family wasting its time indignantly pointing to a “Jr.” or a “Sr.” or different middle initials. I think the time to avoid mix-ups is now—at naming time. • Most Juniors insist on the “Jr.” at the end of their name, not because they like it, but because it’s the only part of their name they can call their own. • Once there’s a Junior in the house, he is often called by a silly, juvenile name to differentiate him from Dad. So a boy grows up being called Skippy, Chip, Rusty, Jojo, Butch, Buddy or Buster. These are good names for dogs, but bad names for humans. So there’s my advice, offered for what it’s worth. Feel free to ignore it. Many have, and with good results.

My point is that a person’s name is the handle by which the world will pick her or him up—and I mean that in a good way.


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September 2016

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MCLEAN FAULCONER INC. Farm, Estate and Residential Brokers

KEARSARGE CIRCLE Charming 4-BR, 3-BA home, move-in ready. Wonderful Ivy neighborhood conveniently loWALNUT MEADOW cated just in Murray Elementary School District! Charming and well maintained log home on 20 tranquil acres Tastefully renovated & improved. MLS#550288 in the heart of Free Union, 12 minutes from Barracks Road. $479,900 Will Faulconer 434.987.9455 Expanded, renovated, and completely modernized, the original home dates from 1750 while a newer log addition was added in the 1990’s. Features include: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, stone fireplaces, heart pine floors, exposed beams, fenced paddocks, guest cottage and barn in a serene setting! MLS#550905 $1,375,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

RUGBY Mountain views, walk to UVA Rotunda. Exceptional quality in this c. 2012, 5BR home including gourmet kitchen/family room, first level master, sunroom. MLS#542537 $1,799,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

MOUNTAINTOP HOME 15± private acres showcasing a solid-brick home, just 10 minutes from UVA. Walnut study, soapstone kitchen counters, high ceilings, 3 fireplaces, finished terrace level. MLS#546300 $1,345,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

DOWNTOWN LIVING Beautifully updated end-unit townhouse. 3 BR, 3.5 BA, living room with fireplace, and new kitchen, two off-street parking spaces. Four blocks off N. Downtown Mall. MLS#552031 $799,000 Tim Michel 434.960.1124

WEST LEIGH Quality-built, brick home on 2.5± acres. Easy living with numerous improvements/renovations. 4 BR, 2.5 BA, lovely trim and moldings, 3 fireplaces, bluestone patio and pergola. $789,000 MLS#553310 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

THE PINES Immaculate, three-level, brick residence with 5 BR, 4.5 BA, and many upgrades on 7 acres offers comfortable living in a super, convenient location. MLS#530376 $775,000 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250

IVY Magnificent estate property on 22 acres, private but only 10 miles from town. Exceptional and quality materials and construction techniques in European-style manor home of 6,500 square feet. The homesite is elevated with panoramic pastoral and Blue Ridge views! Spacious guest home with conference room, 3-bay, detached garage with upstairs office and bath, 2-acre pond, river frontage, many recreational opportunities. MLS#541887 $1,995,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

CEDAR SPRING 35-acre NW Albemarle estate with privacy, Blue Ridge views, and a stunning residence built with highest quality materials and craftsmanship using heart pine, stone, reclaimed beams, abundant glass doors and windows. Over 7,000 finished sq. ft. with beautiful eat-in kitchen, 2 master suites, attached guest quarters. Property includes creek, river, pool, spa, pastures, woods, trails, and 1840s log cabin. MLS#529384 $2,479,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076.

HEART OF FREE UNION 5,500+/- square foot home on 5+ private acres in Free Union. Bright, open floor plan offers comfortable living on three levels. Beautiful, tranquil setting only 15 min. from town. MLS#518256 $795,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

FREE UNION Built c. 1987, one level, excellent condition. “Great room” has vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace, large windows, decks, great kitchen. 9.77 private acres with 2-acre lake. MLS#547519 $729,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076