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Just Between Us… Dear Friends, My husband recently traveled to Beijing for work. In an effort at building some geography skills while the kids’ interests were piqued, I pulled out the map to chart Dad’s flight routes and put on the classic “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego” episodes. It is better than a lot of the TV out there, and they were certainly entertained by the globetrotting villain. And, true confessions, watching it gave me a little break. Four kids and a menagerie is a lot to manage solo. Later that week, we had NPR on the radio while driving to a playdate, and they were talking about the edge of the universe. I had totally tuned it out. Then, I heard a little voice pipe up from the back seat, “of course there is an edge to the universe” he chatted back at the NPR expert on the radio. Oh so confidently, he concluded, “It is the great wall of China” (insert surprise that this man didn’t know that!). Our newly minted second-grader was so sure of himself. I opened my mouth to explain a little further but then decided, why? It could wait a bit. He’d applied a couple of brand new big concepts. We’re talking about the edge of the universe and The Great Wall of China after all. Applying what he knows of the world and his first-grade education, he did pretty well, all things considered. It was actually kind of great.


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He’s heard me talking back at the radio for years, and while he probably thinks I make little to no sense, he did get a few ideas spot on. The world is a fascinating place filled with fascinating people. It is intriguing to think, to question and to apply new ideas. Learning is fun. I revel in our weekends and summers together, but I really love school-time, too. Each day our wonderful schools and dedicated teachers expand the world for our children in amazing ways, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Happy New School Year! P.s. My new favorite app is NPR One where we’ve discovered terrific kids programming, “Brain’s On!” and “But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids.” It’s led to some fascinating car conversations.

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September 2016

Contents TABLE OF



New Mom 28 Superfoods For Baby

News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8 Should you let your toddlers watch TV?

Snapshot 10

Shannon Tevendale, Director of Events at Boys & Girls Clubs

Our Schools 12

44 new!


Dear Bob 30 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Navigating Middle School 44 Encourage Memories, Not Mayhem From

Mindful Parenting 32 The Power of Positive

Healthy Family 34 Milestone Markers

Making Real-World Connections

Out & About Calendar 14

September Festivals & Family Events Daytrip Fun Hike It Up

Learn & Grow 52 Immigrant Families Find Their Places in Local Schools

Sassafras & Her Kindle 64

The Challenges & Rewards of Fostering Kittens

Editor’s Pick! ‘Tis the season of apple picking with our annual Pick-Your-Own Guide on page 26! We have so many local places to choose from, your family won’t be disappointed.


the Middle School Years

You & Your Little Yogi 68


2016 Family Health Guide 70

Getting Connected with Your Mind & Body, and Your Family

Local Resources for All Ages

2016 Pick-Your-Own 26

Tips & Trends 36 Fabulous Finds and Fun

Home & Garden 38 Native Landscaping


Guide to Picking Local Apples

The Messy Realm of Real Stuff 78 A Dad’s Humorous Tales

38 So Love This! “I love that yoga can keep expectant and new mothers active and healthy and that it offers us a community. I can’t think of a better time in your life to have such a grand mental and physical resource readily available.” — Madison, online editor



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Backpack Buddies Back in Action Backpack Buddies has provided over 475 backpacks to local students in the Charlottesville community who are in need of back-to-school assistance. Sixteen-year-old Lucia Hoerr of St. Anne’s-Belfield School founded the program when she was only nine years old, after recognizing that some students in our community did not have access to the school supplies they needed. With the help of local volunteers, Lucia and her supporters use summer fundraising money to buy supplies to fill backpacks for local distribution. This was Backpack Buddies’ seventh year aiding students in our community.

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September 2016

Albemarle Bus Cameras Dismissed Albemarle County’s plan to use stop-arm cameras on school buses this school year experienced a setback. County officials had hoped that the implementation of the bus cameras would make it easier to reprimand drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Having recorded the crime, the companies operating the buses’ cameras could then access Department of Motor Vehicle records so that a ticket could be mailed to the owner of the vehicle in violation. However, unclear legislation regarding the use of stop-arm cameras, specifically, will prevent the use of cameras on Albemarle County school buses for the time being.

Local Students Featured at the Smithsonian Both Buford and Sutherland Middle Schools recently sent student-representatives to present their work at the Smithsonian in celebration of the White House’s Week of Making. Upon receiving historic patents from the museum, the kids recreated inventions like the telegraph and electric motor using 3-D printing technology. In doing so, teachers say that the children got to experience a creative, hands-on approach to learning about applicable science. The 12 local students participated in a program created with the help of the University of Virginia Curry School of Education in association with the Smithsonian. Their projects will be displayed in the National Museum of American History.

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TOWN Should you let your toddlers watch TV?

83% say “yes”

17% say “no”

“Be selective and preview yourself, so you know what they’re watching. Also, talk about what they’ve seen in order to see what their perception is, and use it as a conversational piece where you can make judgments for whether the program meets your approval.” Joy “With a few conditions, at least for us. For instance, we waited until ours was a bit over 2 years old for TV to enter as something we invoked. Now at the age of 3, it’s still more as a special treat— family movie night or lying around horribly ill—rather than a part of our routine, and it’s certainly not a necessity.” Megan, Charlottesville, mother of two

“It made more work for my husband and I as parents, but our toddlers didn’t watch TV (and neither did we). However, now that they are teens, I wish I only had TV to worry about rather than distractions like cell phones, computers, etc.” Charlottesville Mom

“They learn so much more by doing. Sitting them in front of a TV is a wasted opportunity.” Mom of two, Charlottesville

“No, it’s probably best we don’t allow TV viewing. Yet, I do allow my little ones to watch educational shows for short periods of time. It’s fun to see what he understands!” Mom of five

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It was another successful Meet the Team Day at the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium this August. The UVA football team entered not to play football but to greet their loyal fans at the start of another exciting season to come. The team was met with a line of high-fives, a sea of orange and blue, and dozens of footballs and t-shirts to sign. Even the school’s mascot, Cavman, made an appearance on horseback. The first 500 lucky fans in grades 8 and below to arrive won a free a Nike “Rise With” V-Sabre t-shirt. Other free giveaways and raffle prizes were available to all who came out to support their team, and later in the week, the football team handdelivered season tickets to surprised fans. All are excited for the season, and don’t miss the first game on Saturday, September 3, at Scott Stadium at 3:30 p.m. as the Cavaliers take on the Richmond Spiders.

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Shannon Tevendale Director of Events & Donor Engagement, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia

If you stand anywhere near Shannon Tevendale on Wednesday afternoons

What advice do you have for kids aspiring to help others through

at the Boys & Girls Club, you will hear a cacophony of voices calling out

their careers? Do you have advice for their parents?

“Do we get to ride bikes this week?” Her passion is getting kids on bikes—

If you want to work in the non-profit sector, find a cause that

sometimes for the very first time. Each week the kids hone their skills, and

you’re unabashedly passionate about. The work is often hard and

kids who show a consistent interest are invited to participate in the Cycling

taxing both emotionally and physically, and you’ll need that extra

Challenge in September. Tevendale, who directs events and directs the

passion to get the job done when it gets tough. You won’t enjoy

cycling program for kids, is quick to point out that she is just a small part

every second of it, but you’ll be so much more successful doing

of a huge effort to make a positive impact on the kids. She also strives to

something you love and believe in. Oh! And surround yourself with

bring in more volunteers to help the kids with their studies, arts and crafts,

people who inspire you.

or sports activities. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate How did you come to be in this position?

into your parenting?

I started out volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club because it was

My parents really emphasized hard work and compassion. My

something I believed in and loved being part of. Through a few years

dad instilled in us the ethic of taking pride in what you do and not

of building relationships and experiences, things started to fall into

accepting something for what it is just because it already exists

place. I’m so grateful to the people who supported me along the

that way. If you feel like it’s wrong or it doesn’t make you happy, ask

way and believed that I could be successful at this.

questions, look further and figure out how to change it. My mom is super positive and able to really feel what someone else might be

What is the best part of your job?

going through, and she takes it upon herself to help when she can.

I don’t even know where to start! There are so many great things

I’m so thrilled as a mom when I see my kids instinctively being kind

about both of my roles but the program is definitely the most

to another person or gaining confidence by figuring out a problem

inspiring thing to me. In 2015, I taught over 30 kids how to ride a

on their own.

bike from scratch. That moment, when a child “gets it” for the first time and pedals on his own, there’s really nothing like it.


September 2016

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

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by Daphne Ke

Making Real-World Connections In August, students in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County returned for the new school year, and there was something quite different about one secondary school in particular. We opened the doors on two new academies, continuing our step forward in fulfilling our strategic plan. It’s a plan forged with the counsel of a wide variety of community partners, who identified specific skills that add value to our local economy. Our Medical and Health Sciences Academy serves more than 70 students interested in careers as Emergency Medical Technicians and in nursing, dentistry and pharmacology. Working in concert with medical professionals and Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), our curriculum allows students to earn college credits at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) or upon their high school graduation that will help them enter directly into the medical profession. Our second new academy also supports a high in-demand field—Information & Engineering Technology. We are participating in a CISCO credentialing program that, nationally, has led to more than 1.3 million new jobs for graduating students. The program helps students develop technical mastery in computer networking, including routing, switching and security. We plan to open two more academies in the near future. One will be around the building trades that will add landscaping to its portfolio through partnerships with McIntire Botanical Gardens and with our sister institution, J. Sargeant Reynolds, which offers an associate degree in Horticulture Technology. A second will focus on developing talent for management positions in the recreation, leisure and retail industries. There are some common principles that tie all of our academies together—they employ a strong, hands-on application emphasis that empowers students to expand their creative abilities and develop innovative solutions to community needs. They also value teamwork among students in class at our base high schools through such like-minded programs as Engineering Clubs and through connections to experts in the field who keep the curriculum relevant to workforce experiences. While our vision for CATEC has not changed, we will serve as part of a regional training ladder in partnership with PVCC and major employers. There will indeed be something new and exciting at CATEC for years to come.

Dr. Keiser is CATEC’s new strategic planning officer and together with Carl Kiehn, the school’s new academic officer and the school’s staff and faculty, is leading implementation of the school’s 21st century strategic plan.


September 2016

Local Book Fairies This summer, teachers from Greer Elementary School delivered nearly 2,000 books to their students’ homes. Now in their second year, the Book Fairies are a group of nine special education and reading specialists who continue serving their students in the summer months. The group’s goal is to promote reading for fun, and to reinforce important literacy skills. Before the 2015-2016 school year ended, the Book Fairies helped students select their summer reads; and throughout the summer, they surprised the students with their selections. The Book Fairies are grateful for the generous outpouring of community support, which helps them acquire the reading materials.


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Jack’s Shop Kitchen has new extended hours starting September 1. A vacant lot known as Mechum’s Trestle, between Ivy and Crozet, is being renovated for a new restaurant. The former Riverside Center retail shopping center is being remade into the Riverside Medical Center, scheduled to be open for patients by early next summer. Rhett’s River Grill and Raw Bar will be the only preconstruction, non-medical tenant. Scarpa’s Barracks Road store has recently finished remodeling.

OPENINGS Burger Bach is open in the Shops at Stonefield. Gibson’s Grocery in Belmont has reopened as Keevil and Keevil Grocery and Kitchen. Purple Cherry Architects has opened a satellite office in Charlottesville.

CLOSINGS Doodlebugs Children’s Consignment, LLC is closed as of August 13. Hot Cakes new outdoor café in the Barracks Road Shopping Center is expected to be completed August 20. After seven years of service, Saint Peter’s Attic Consignments on Ivy Road will close in October.

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petting zoo, artisan booths, street performers, children’s activities and drawings for fun prizes. 540-885-3211,

Shenandoah County Fair

Now–September 3 at 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock Enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts and more. See website for complete schedule of events. 540-459-3867,

Fall Fruit Festival

September 17, 9am–5pm at Edible Landscaping, Afton Tours, music, food, lectures, door prizes, plants sale and more. Leashed pets are welcome. 361-9134,

Green Valley Book Fair

Now–September 5, 10am–5pm Monday– Thursday; 10am–6pm Friday & Saturday; 12–5pm Sunday at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Encourage your child to read by expanding his home library. Huge selection of children’s books at discounts on new, over-run or irregular books. 800-385-0099,

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Now–September 14 at Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs One of the mid-Atlantic region’s longestrunning outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. 540-459-3396,

Hess Corn Maze and Family Fun

Now–November 1, 3–6pm Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm Saturday, 12–6pm Sunday at Back Home on the Farm Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. 540-442-6493,

Pancake Breakfasts at the Orchard

Now–November, Second & Fourth Saturdays & Sundays of the Month, 9–11am Saturdays, 10am–12pm Sundays at Chiles Peach Orchard All you can eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping, plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/ OJ. 823-1583,

Orange Street Festival

September 3, 9am–4pm at Main Street, Orange Features over 150 vendors, kids fun zone, live music and beer garden in Taylor Park. Burnt Orange will play the final live performance from 4-6pm. 540-672-5216,

Taste of the Mountains Street Festival

September 3, 9am–4pm at Main Street Madison Come out for the 24th annual festival with live entertainment, shopping, wine tasting, food vendors, pony rides, antique cars and more. 540-948-4455,


September 2016

10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival September 9–11 at West Lawn of Monticello CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. More than 100 educational programs, hands-on workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, an organic, local food marketplace and kids’ activities and more. 984-9800,

Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party

September 9–11 at Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset The 40th Annual Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party features antique tractors, a tractor pull, flea markets, cloggers, arts & crafts, live bands, delicious food and more. 540-6723429,

Own Touch Juniors

September 10–October 10, Saturdays, 9–10am or 10:15–11:15am at Own Touch Cville, Ruckersville Kids can play on the indoor court or the turf. The program includes training and “game style” play and an Own Touch t-shirt. 939-9177,

Fall Festival Weekends at Hartland

September 10–October 30, Weekends, 10–6pm Saturday, 12–6 Sunday at Hartland Farm & Orchard Fun includes a corn maze, pig in the pig races, a hayride, a 60-foot tall slide and more. 540-364-2316,

5th Annual Charlottesville Pride Festival September 17, 11am–6pm at Lee Park Offers a kid-friendly, entertainment-packed celebration with a bouncy castle, face painting, balloons, a photo booth, arts/crafts, a book nook with readings and free ice cream.

6th Annual Misty Mtn Music Festival

September 23–25, 12pm at Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood Local food, brews, clothing, art and music—Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, Rock, Americana and more. 888-647-8900,

State Fair of Virginia

September 23–October 2, Days Vary at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell See Virginia animals, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. 804-994-2800,

20th Annual Vegetarian Festival September 24, 11am–5pm at Lee Park CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Include local musicians and entertainers, cooking demonstrations and information sessions, and some of the region’s best vegetarian and vegan food.

Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze

September 10–November 6 at Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset Get lost in Central Virginia’s largest corn maze of over 25-acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. 882-6293,

PAC’n the Streets Festival

September 10, 11am–6pm at East Beverley Street between Market and Central Includes food vendors, live entertainment,

National Grandparents’ Day

September 11 CharlottesvilleFamily wishes everyone a happy Grandparents’ Day!

19th International Festival

September 24, 12–6pm at Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg Celebrate the many cultures in the community with international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language opportunities and the World Bazaar featuring traditional folk art. 540-434-0059x5,



4068 GARTH ROAD • $1,945,000 This dramatic Jay Dagliesh-designed home features soaring ceiling, generous proportions and an ideal balance of open formal and casual living spaces sited in total privacy above the Moormons River. The property is enhanced by an early 1900’s barn in excellent condition and there are plenty of open fields for farm friends.

LAFAYETTE • $2,795,000 Set in total privacy & tranquility just 15 mins to town, Lafayette offers old world proportions within an open, flowing floor plan. Remarkable finishes in this 6 bedroom incl’ a massive outdoor fireplace of herringbone brick on the covered porch, au-pair/in-law quarters, soaring ceilings, home theater. Billie Magerfield (434) 962-8865.

Fall Into Fun Festival

September 24–25, 9am–6pm at Chiles Peach Orchard Watch apple butter being made the oldfashioned way, enjoy wagon rides, games and a scavenger hunt, paint a pumpkin, decorate a donut, pick your own apples and pumpkins, and more. 823-1583,

Virginia Clay Festival


September 24–25, 10am–5pm at Downtown Stanardsville / William Monroe Middle School Gym Art show of potters, sculptors and jewelers along with pottery demonstrations, children’s clay area, raku firing, music and more. 985-6500,

Belvedere’s Fall Harvest Festival

September 24–October 30, Weekends at Belvedere Plantation Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy a corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, ziplines, pumpkin cannon, trike train, pumpkin mountain slide and more. 540-373-4478,

Celebrate Fall at Round Hill Farm

September 24–October 31, 3–6pm Weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends at Round Hill Farm Admission includes a pumpkin patch hayride, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, moon bounces and more. More fun includes adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting. 540-308-8245,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Farmers in the Park

Now–September, Wednesdays, 3–7pm at Meade Park 970-3371,


Don’t miss this light, bright 6 bed/6.5 bath Georgian that backs to mountain, pastoral & pond views of Ragged Mountain Farm. Set dramatically against this beautiful backdrop, the all brick home features an open, lightdrenched floor plan showcasing remarkable finishes, including 10 ft ceilings, 4 fireplaces, Carrera marble at every turn, ultra-premium appliances, striking light fixtures and millwork. The current owners finished the basement (bedroom suite and large family room with fireplace) & added a wonderful rear terrace with pergola & stone walls from which to soak in the setting. Don’t miss the raised vegetable beds too! MLS# 550074



41 ENGLEWOOD DRIVE • $199,000 Updated inside and out, this house is move in ready with fresh interior and exterior paint, new flooring, new HVAC, new appliances, granite counter tops, refinished tubs and a landscaped front and back yard. Over-sized master suite is privately situated upstairs. Situated close to the Tufton Gate. Helen Ascoli (434) 996-2225. MLS# 549951

2377 HANEYTOWN ROAD • $275,000 This move in ready farmhouse built in 2004 is a perfect getaway for the nature lover. Home boasts large stone fireplace with wood stove. Generous porch for enjoying the landscape. Unfinished basement with bay door allows for ample storage and workshop space. Sydney Tenhundfeld, MLS# 550469

Crozet Farmers Market

Now–mid October, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Crozet United Methodist parking lot 823-1092

Scottsville Community Farmers Market Now–October 29, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Scottsville Pavilion, 125 Fleet Street 286-4994,


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Fridays After Five

City Market

UVA Marching Band Open Rehearsal

Now–October, Tuesdays, 4–7pm Forest Lakes South Pool and Tennis Center 531-2733, ForestLakesFarmersMarket

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

Stonefield Farmer’s Market Now–November, Saturdays, 9:30am–2:30pm at The Shops at Stonefield

Nelson Farmer’s Market Cooperative

Now–November 19, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford 760-6655,


September 10, Saturday, 10am–3pm at IX Art Park A mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. It also hosts food trucks, music and kids’ activities like face painting. 718-594-2891,

STAGE & SCREEN Thursday Evening Sunset Series

Now-September, Thursdays, 6-9pm at Carter Mountain Orchard Pick your own fruit when it’s cooler, shop in the Country Store for donuts, cider and lite fare. Listen to live music on the deck and catch the sunset. 977-1833,

Outdoor Movie Night

September 1, 8–10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Celebrate the end of summer with an outdoor movie. Kick back on the Terrace Lawn to “The LEGO Movie.” 804-262-9887,

September 2 & 9, Fridays, 5:30–8:30pm at Sprint Pavilion, Downtown Mall Live music, local food trucks and more. 245-4910,

September 2 & 23, 6:30pm at Carr’s Hill Field Watch the UVA Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows. Parking: Culbreth Road Parking Garage, Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage, Central Grounds Parking Garage. 924-3052,

at Ivy Creek Natural Area Newly repaired barn open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. 973-7772,

Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour

September 5, 10am–4pm at 11 Farms in Central Virginia Visit 11 local farms in the 8th annual Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour. Features food trucks, farm animals and demos—fun for the whole family. 401-374-0019,

Here Wee Grow Again! Free Movie Friday, “Finding Dory”

September 16, 7:30pm at V. Earl Dickinson Building, PVCC In this animated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” lovable, amnesiac blue tang fish Dory decides to search of her long-lost parents. 961-5376,

TedxCharlottesville Open Mic Night

September 26, 6pm Doors Open at the Jefferson Theater Participants will present, and the audience will vote for their favorite. TEDxCharlottesville’s 2016 theme, ‘The Power of One.’ The winner will earn a space at the 4th Annual TEDxCharlottesville event on November 11 at The Paramount Theater.

LEARNING FUN Meet the Chief

Now–September 26, 7pm Meet Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz. August 16 at Crozet Library, August 18 at Yancey Elementary School, August 29 at the Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center, September 12 at Northside Library, and September 26 at Monticello High School.

Farm and Barn History Days

Now–November, Saturdays, 2pm

September 14 & 17–24, 9am–3pm Saturdays, 10am-6pm Weekdays at Aldersgate Church This semi-annual kids consignment sale, offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. $5 “Choose Your Charity Event” September 14. 973-5806,

Family Art JAMs: Pop Art Portraits

September 17, 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. 243-2050,

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! September 24 at Participating Museums For one day only, participating museums across the U.S. will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. 212-918-2044,

Edible Native Nuts & Fruits

September 24, 9:30–11:30am at Monticello Explore the Saunders-Monticello Trail Fruit and Nut Room and ask questions about which berries, nuts and other fruits are edible and native locally. 984-9800,

Donuts With Dad

September 24, 10:30am at JMRL - Central Library Stories for dads and heir little dumplins with donuts, coffee and juice served with storytime fun. 979-7151,

Home Educators’ Day at Monticello September 28, 10am–4pm at Monticello Explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics with hands-on activity stations, a special guided tour of Monticello, games on the West Lawn, hiking the trails and more. 984-9880,

STORYTIMES, ARTS & CRAFTS It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play

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September 25, 10am. See page 24.

September 16, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Captivate your little scientist with child-led play. Ages 6-36 months. Registration required. 823-4050,


Foxfield Races

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th Gates Open at 10:00 am • Gates Close at 5:00 pm • Benefiting • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia

Events include Doody Calls Jack Russell Terrier Races, Stick Pony Races, Children’s Tent, Graduate Charlottesville Pony Rides, Crutchfield Tween Tent and Bounce Play N Create ALL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION • CHILDREN 8 AND UNDER ARE FREE Sharon Donovan Realtor

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{our town calendar} Story Explorers - Dinosaurs Big & Small September 24, 10am at JMRL - Crozet Library Great stories and fun activities about our prehistoric friends. Ages 2-5. Registration begins September 6. 823-4050,

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Ch’ville”


Sept 16

September 29, 4pm at JMRL- Northside Library Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. Suggested for ages 3-6. 973-7893,

5 After Five

with Peter Bjorn And John

Now–September 9, Fridays, 5–8pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Friday hours admission is $5 per person. Explore the hands-on STEM Lab, the Construction Zone, the interactive Sound & Music Studio and more. 977-1025,

Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 17, 10am–12:30pm at Outside Amazement Square, Lynchburg Pirate-themed crafts and activities on each floor and a treasure hunt. Museum admission required. Come dressed like a pirate for a little treasure. 845-1888,

LEGO at the Library

September 26, 2–3pm at JMRL - Crozet Library Join master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs. Ages 6-11. Registration is requested. 823-4050,

Fairy Houses

September 27, 6:30pm at JMRL - Northside Library Use mosses, sticks, acorns and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required. 973-7893,

Cookie Decorating Class


September 6, 6:30–8:30pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Make treats at Michael’s. Cost of supplies up to $12. 971-1072,


Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

50 Nifty United States

September 13, 6–8:30pm at JMRL - Crozet Library Create your own character and learn to play tabletop roleplaying games. Grades 6-12. Registration required. 823-4050,

2nd Annual Art Contest

Sept 20

All entires accepted from September 16-October 14 ”Imagine a Day without Water” student art contest is open to all city and county students grades 1-8. Prizes for the best artwork in each age category and fan favorite.

Ongoing, Fridays, 4–4:30pm at Virginia Discovery Museum Join in exploring what makes each state unique through fun facts and activities about its history, landscape and culture. 977-1025,

Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday

September 17–18 at Carter Mountain Orchard Sing Johnny Appleseed Happy Birthday and enjoy an apple cider donut. Learn how to plant trees, visit Johnny’s camp site and more. 823-1583,


ALL SHOWS ON SALE NOW TICKETS:, Downtown Visitor Center, 877-CPAV-TIX

Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello 18

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September 10. See page 21.

Constitution Day Celebration September 17 at James Madison’s Montpelier Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Enjoy mansion tours, live music, children’s games and fireworks. 540-672-2728,


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NATURE & OUTDOORS Little Naturalists

Ongoing, Second Monday & Last Thursday of the month, 10am at Ivy Creek Natural Area Introduce your 3- to 5-year-old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Starts in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. 973-7772,

Genworth Free Community Day

September 5, 9am–5pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit and the award-winning Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit. 804-262-9887,

Saturday, Oct. 8 Featuring…

Innsbrook Pavilion in Richmond

• NEW! Fun Mile Advocacy Walk/Kid’s Run @ 10AM • Competitive 5K Run @ 8:30AM • Live Music by Route 64 • Lots of FREE Family Entertainment • Sponsor & Exhibitor Displays • Fashion Show & Superstars Celebration • International Musician Sujeet Desai All promoting awareness & acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome!

run/walk/volunteer • Sp onsored by:

Coyner Springs Kite Fly

September 24, 10am–3pm at Coyner Springs Park Kite-flying performances, old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin and kite decorating and more. 540-942-6735,


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UVA Home Football Games September 3 & 24 at Scott Stadium Cheer on our ‘Hoos at home. September 3 vs. Richmond, and September 24 vs. Central Michigan. 924-8821,

Mike Super - Magic & Illusion November 25 Friday after Thanksgiving As seen on NBC’s hit show PHENOMENON

Hoofing with the Herd 5K

September 3, 8:30am packet pickup, 10am race at the Scottsville Sanctuary Hoof with the wild horse herd. Courses include 5K, 1 mile and a Pony Path. Afterevent party with music, food and hay ride to meet the mustangs.

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

3rd Annual Pancake 5k September 10, 8am at Chile’s Peach Orchard A fundraiser for the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, this race course is a scenic out-and-back down Jarman Gap Road. Pancake breakfast to follow. 823-1583,

Special Olympics 10K Run & 2 Mile Walk

September 17, 8am at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

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{our town calendar} This 6.2-mile run features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age group prizes and grab bags. 295-2391,

Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge

September 18, 8am start at the Boys & Girls Club Bike 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, after-party festivities and more.

Amazing Mile Children’s Run

September 23, 6pm at Outside Amazement Square, Lynchburg Encourage ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. 845-1888,

Foxfield Family Day September 25, 10am Gates Open at Foxfield Join in a day of fun with kids’ activities, a Bouncen-Play, a Jack Russell Terrier race, stick pony races and more. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 293-9501,

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


September 17 | October 15 | November 19

4-H Babysitter Training

September 3, 8am–3pm at Albemarle County Office Building Learn about the basics and safety skills of babysitting through a day-long certification course. 872-4580, or 434.243.2050

AldersgAte United Methodist ChUrCh Presents…


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

“Choose YoUr ChAritY” Preview event!

Cville Jr. Idol

September 9, 7pm Friday at Burnley-Moran Elementary School Cville Jr. Idol competition features 18 contestants ranging in age from 8 to 14.

Wednesday, September 14, 2015 • 11am-7pm • $5 entry Fee SALE DATES: SEPTEMBER 17 - 24 (Restock Sept. 15 & 16, with upwards of 15,000 new items on the 17th) Consign with us and receive 65% of your sales! Easiest tagging process around! Volunteer with us and shop first! (You are not required to consign in order to volunteer.)

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

1500 East Rio Rd. Charlottesville

College Test Prep Series

September 24, 10:30am–2:30pm at JMRL - Gordon Ave Library Princeton Review representative will conduct a test and present strategies for the SAT. Grades 6-12. Registration required. 296-5544,

For sale hours, volunteer and SPONSORSHIP opportunities:

Star Wars Reads Day Event Team

September 26, 1pm at JMRL - Central Library Join the Central Teen Advisory Board in planning and preparing for Star Wars Reads Day. Registration required. 979-7151,

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Conscious Discipline Workshop

The Choice 2016 Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00 p.m.


September 2016

September 10, 8:30–10am at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center Explore the difference between consequences and punishment. We will look at how and when to effectively deliver consequences. 202-8639,

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Martha’s Market 2016

A Collection of Unique Boutiques Proceeds benefit Breast Health Programs and Women’s Healthcare at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

OCTOBER 14-16 Fri 9:30 am - 7 pm Sat 10 am - 6 pm Sun 10 am - 4 pm PREVIEW PARTY Thurs, Oct 13 6:30 - 9:30 pm For Preview Party Information & Tickets 434-654-8258



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2016 Keynote Speaker: Chef Patrick O’Connell

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SMG SNOW’S Garden Center The Village at Gordon House Z95.1 and WINA

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Hike It Up! Love the outdoors? Plan a family outing, immersed in the natural beauty of your own backyard or try one of the many local hiking spots. For those in the family less interested in “hiking,” try phrasing it as “adventuring” and get the kids involved in the preparation process. Have them help you look it up on a map, help you pack snacks and water bottles, and select the best clothing. Take advantage of this opportunity with learning the different types of tress or plants you might see, or make a game of it—the first to identify five different plants gets to pick a post hiking snack. Even the less adventurous or experienced ones will enjoy it.

Saunders-Monticello Trail (Charlottesville) Get some exercise after visiting Jefferson’s countryside. This four-mile (up and back) shady trail winds around the side of Carter Mountain, past historic Michie Tavern, ending at the bridge to Monticello. All trees and plants are labeled for the garden enthusiasts.

Ragged Mountain (Charlottesville) This 5.9-mile trail promises an exhilarating hike with scenic views. Dogs are allowed, so you can bring man’s best friend out for some exercise.

RAte InfoRmAtIon: weekday: $42 weekend: $47





Location: 5 minutes from downtown located in Pen Park on Rio Rd. Quality course conditions at affordable prices. PGA Professionals available for group and private instruction.

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Ivy Creek Natural Area (Charlottesville)

Rivanna Trail (Charlottesville)

Crabtree Falls (Tyro)

Located six miles north of Charlottesville, the natural area is home to open fields, streams and seven miles of walking trails. The trails range from easy to difficult, so you can choose the right one for your skill set.

A handicap-accessible trail that starts at Riverview Park and ends 2.3 miles north after a tranquil walk along the riverfront. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on marked portions of the trail.

One of Virginia’s best waterfall hikes, this 3.4-mile hike offers a beautiful view of Tye River Valley as well as chance to experience Virginia’s magnificent waterfalls.

Riprap Trail (East Luray)

Old Rag

A 9.5-mile circuit hike in the southern part of the Shenandoah National Park. Take in great views from Chimney Rock and from Rocks Mountain. The trail will even go over a 20ft waterfall.

This 9.1-mile hike is one of the most popular in the mid-Atlantic region due to its many panoramic views. Featuring a rock scramble, this hike is difficult and for the older bunch, but it is worth the extra effort.

First discovered in 1878, Luray Caverns is now one of the most visited cave networks in the eastern United States. Visit this breathtaking attraction and enjoy all the caves have to offer including massive stone columns and crystal clear pools.

Walnut Creek (North Garden)

Pen Park Natural Trail (Charlottesville)

Sherando Lake (Lyndhurst)

With various trails to choose from ranging from .5 miles to 3.9 miles, Walnut Creek has plenty of rugged terrain to travel. Most trails wrap around the 45-acre lake where you can canoe, kayak or swim.

Located in Pen Park, this two-mile trail winds along the banks of the Rivanna River and offers an excellent opportunity to observe the local wildlife.

This family campground provides the ideal camping destination with its beautiful lake and the many hiking trails surrounding it. Located in George Washington National forest, this lake is the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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A 2-miler run/walk community event on November 5 celebrating the OB career and impact of Dr. Ed Wolanski and benefiting the Family Birthing Center and Special Care Nursery at Sentara Martha Jefferson. For more information and to participate, please visit: Edward T. Wolanski, MD PC

Offering Individualized Gynecological Care | 434-293-9800


{our town calendar} Connections Achievement & Therapy Center Presents Dr. Brice Jackson

September 13, 5–7pm at Northside Library Dr. Brice Jackson’s presentation will discuss ways to improve your child’s sensory experience. RSVP by phone or email. 529-6248,

1st Annual BBQ on the Bend Competition

September 17, 11am–5pm at James River Reeling and Rafting Proceeds benefit Dixie Youth Baseball League. A $500 prize will go to the grand champion and $250 for 2nd place. Live local music, drinks and raffle items. 286-4386,

Fall is for

planting! Fall Vegetables and Garden mums coming soon. Go to for updated specials and availability. early august - Vegetables late august - Garden mums early september - pansies & bulbs late september - pumpkin patch

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

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

(540) 943-8408 phone e-mail web site

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Rain, snow, Sunday, December 6 I 11:00 AM Start I Downtown Mall I Course: 1 mile

Run as a Santa to benefit The Arc of the Piedmont or shine! on December 4th. Registrants will receive their Register online: Sunday, costumes (Santa suit for adults and elf ears for December 4 Santawhen costume for adults and hatthe for kids included with registration. children) they check inelfon morning 11:00 AM Start of the event. Downtown Mall 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!

Course: 1 mile

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

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September 2016

DATE NIGHT Major & the Monbacks: Hoopla Pre-Party September 1, 9pm, Doors Open at 7pm at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall From garage rock and blue-eyed soul to country funk and Beatlesque pop, the band calls it Rock n’ Roll. 800-594-8499,

Shakespeare Under the Stars September 10, 6:30pm at DuCard Vineyards Join in indulging in Much Ado About Nothing performed live by Bard Unbound. Being back in time, watch the deceptions, romance and antics of another era. Reservations required. 540-923-4206,

Sip and Paint September 11, 3pm at CrossKeys Vineyards Join in an afternoon of painting and drinking wine. Professionally trained art teachers will walk you through the steps of each painting. 540-234-0505,

Italian Harvest Feast September 17, 1pm at Barboursville Vineyards Enjoy a traditional five-course feast paired with Barboursville wines. Reservations are required. 540-832-7848,

Tins for Tunes Food Drive September

September 17, 5–9pm at Cardinal Point Winery & Vineyards Charlottesville’s premiere boogie-woogie, up beat, rhythm and blues dance band. 540-456-8400,


September 20, 7pm, Doors open at 6pm at Sprint Pavilion 877-272-8849,

Seasonal Crafts, Games, Pony Rides, Local Food & Beer, Gently-Used Book Sale, Music and More!

Sunday, October 23, 1 - 5 pm 440 Pinnacle Place, Charlottesville 22911

parent & child classes | preschool | elementary | middle school

Baby Bump Studio Come Play in the Hay! Greenfield Fall Festival 2016 “A Smile from Within”

Capture all of the important milestones in your life!

Greenfield is a great educational activity for people of all ages. Take home a pumpkin, enjoy hayrides, farm animals and try the giant slide! And of course play in the 5 acre corn maze. There is also a play area for toddlers.

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Specializing in elective 3D/4D Ultrasound imaging Maternity and Newborn Photography Gorgeous studio space to host your Baby Shower, Gender Reveal Party & One Year Old Cake Smash Celebration • 434-971-1270 320 Winding River Lane, Ste 105 Charlottesville

Dairy Road (Rt 633)

2 miles north of Ruckersville off Rt 29

(434) 985-7653 •

Open to the public - weekends from October 1 - 31, Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5 Groups of 15 or More Welcome Anytime! Please call for an appointment during the week.


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Apple Picking Fun! Picking apples is a favorite autumn tradition. Bring a basket and select the best of the bunch at our local orchards — check out the harvest festivals, too! Read more about the orchards on the next page.

Fifth Annual “Fall Into Fun” Festival

Apple Harvest Celebration at Carter

Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals at Silver

September 24–25 in Crozet

Mountain Orchard

Creek & Seamans’ Orchards

Kick off autumn by helping cook old-

October 1–2, 8–9 & 15–16, 8am–7pm

October 1 & 15, 10am–4:30pm in Tyro

fashioned apple butter (Sat.), playing

in Charlottesville

Watch apple butter being made the old-

games, savoring great food, taking wagon

Join the Chiles family for music, food,

fashioned way! Enjoy live music while

rides — and, of course, picking some

hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple

kids pick pumpkins, play games, create

apples! You don’t have to be an artist to

picking and all things apple — including

crafts, explore the corn maze and visit

enjoy paint-a-pumpkin and decorate-a-

apple butter, apple cider, apple cider

with the clown.

donut activities.

donuts and apple pie!




Apple Festivals at Drumheller’s Orchard

Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

Albemarle CiderWorks

September 24–25 & October 15–16,

October 1–2, 8–9 & 15–16, 10am–4:30pm

November 5, 10am–5pm

9am–5pm in Lovingston

in Syria

in North Garden

Take the family on a hayride and enjoy

Savor good food and homemade apple

Go on a hayride, look at crafts, taste

a wide selection of apples and cider,

butter at this annual fest with bluegrass

apples, watch old-fashioned apple butter

country music, inflatables, crafts and

music, crafts fair, hay maze, hayrides

and Brunswick stew cooking and cider

food. Kids can try their luck with the old-

and horseback rides. Kids can climb the

pressing, tour the cidery and learn about

fashioned apple slingshot!

hay mountain, visit the animals and pick

growing your own fruit.


apples! 540-923-4231,


16th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at


September 2016

Pick-Your-Own Apples Now Through October

Henley’s Orchard

Seamans’ Orchard

We’re lucky to have fresh fruit available



at local farms from spring through fall.



Always call ahead for times and harvest

Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley’s

Pick-your-own apples are only available

availability. Many orchards have pumpkin

grows more than 25 varieties of apples

one weekend a year — Saturday, Sept. 17,

patches later in the fall, so you may want

with a low-spray method — including the

9am-4pm, and Sunday, Sept. 18, 11am-

to return in a few weeks!

regional darling: Albemarle Pippin.

4pm — and are sold by the half-bushel.

Carter Mountain Orchard

The Market at Grelen

Crabtree Falls (easy-to-moderate hike



for families) and the Blue Ridge Parkway.



Families are encouraged to picnic on the

Look for hayrides and pumpkins in the

This beautiful market, located on the

property while visiting.

fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot

beautiful Grelen nursery offers pick-your-

apple cider donuts — a mouth-watering

own apples in the fall, along with a café,

Silver Creek Orchard

local tradition — year-round. This is also

garden shop, and plenty of workshops


a great place to bring visitors, since the

that teach varied planting techniques!

277-5824, silvercreekseamansorchards.

panoramic view of Charlottesville and

There are also scenic trails where a pre-


the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic.

ordered lunch from the café or a Grelen

Although the packing shed (farm stand)

See the facing page to learn about Carter

Picnic Basket can be enjoyed at a picnic

is open daily in Sept., this orchard’s PYO

Mountain’s Apple Harvest Celebrations.

table at the Nursery Overlooks.

dates are limited to two weekends: Sept.

Dickie Bros. Orchard

*Saunders Brothers

11am-4pm). Plan to peruse the local


Piney River

goodies at the packing shed after you pick



your basketful. Together with Seamans’

This Nelson County orchard has been

Founded by five brothers in 1915,

Orchard, Silver Creek hosts Apple Butter

owned and operated by the same

Saunders Brothers is now owned by its

Makin’ Festivals (see facing page).

family for more than 250 years, ever

third generation of siblings, along with

since King George issued their land

their father. This family-owned orchard

grant! The orchard — home to 15 apple

offers a variety of specialty apples to be

varieties — is located near the scenic

picked by visitors. A farm market with

George Washington National Forest and

fresh fruits and vegetables for sale is

Wintergreen Resort, and many families

also available, along with events on each

include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in

Saturday until the end of the season in

the area.

December. See ad page 24

Like Dickie Bros., Seamans’ is near

10-11 & Oct. 8-9 (Sat. 9am-4pm and Sun.

Bushels of Tips for Picking Apples • Always call ahead for conditions, supplies and prices. • Get directions from the orchard’s website or when you

• Ask about discounted pre-picked seconds or blemished apples, which are fine for baking and cooking.

call, since mapping programs like Google are not always

• Check for worms.


• Have cash on hand, since not all orchards will take credit or

• Pack a picnic and a picnic blanket. • Don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen. • Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. • Carry canvas shopping bags, which won’t rip when full of heavy fruit. • Bring a little wagon along to carry apples — or tired pickers.

debit cards. • Visit the website to check which varieties are PYO and which are pre-picked. • Time your visit carefully if you’re looking to pick a lot, because you may be joined by school groups on weekdays and festival-goers on weekends.


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Superfoods for Baby Transition Gradually with New Foods & Textures

New Mom

As you browse the greeting card section of any drug store, you’ll find it—a photo of a baby’s grinning face slathered with food. It’s impossible not to smile. The mess that accompanies an infant’s transition to solid food bears lessons for young and old. It screams: Try new things! Life is good! Live in the present! Forget how you look! Healthy babies typically start solid foods when they reach 6 months old. To set them up for success, parents need equal measures of preparedness and improvisation. Babies should maintain their regular diet of breast milk or formula—the most nutritious food for infants—while new foods are introduced one at a time, and in small amounts. The goal is not to transition baby to solids right away, bur rather to gradually expose him to new foods and textures. Fringe benefits for parents include bonding during mealtime, baby giggles and faces, and plenty of photo ops. How do you know when your baby’s ready to begin solid foods? Consult with by Whitney Woollerton Morrill your healthcare provider, and share your observations of your baby’s behavior. Can she sit up with support and grasp objects? Is she taking a keen interest in your food? If so, she may be ready to branch out. First, foods should be mild-flavored and unlikely to cause allergies. Many babies start with iron-fortified, single-grain infant cereal made from rice or barley. The Mayo Clinic website recommends offering a few spoonfuls of cereal thinned with breast milk or formula after a regular feeding. And AskDrSears. com suggests starting with foods that taste somewhat familiar, “If your baby is used to the sweet taste of human milk, start with mashed bananas. If baby is used to the more bland flavor of formula, progress to avocado.” The same observation skills you’ve honed to identify your baby’s different cries will help you interpret his eating cues. If he spits food out, he may dislike the taste or texture. Or he may just be learning to swallow. If he turns away from a Find food mills and other food, it may mean “yuck,” or “I’m full.” Trial and error will baby cooking gear at The guide the process. Happy Cook, Williams In The Baby and Toddler Cookbook (Weldon Owen, 2010), Sonoma, Target and Bed, authors Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira catalog superfoods for Bath & Beyond. babies ages 7 months and older. “Right now, baby’s tiny tummy can’t hold a lot of food,” they advise, “so every bite he takes counts.” Ansel and Ferreira’s baby superfood list includes: Meat/Poultry: beef; chicken; lamb; turkey Beans/Legumes: red, white, pinto and garbanzo beans; lentils; split peas Grains: barley; brown rice; millet; quinoa Vegetables: asparagus; pumpkins; spinach; sweet potatoes Fruits: apricots; avocados; bananas; blueberries; plums Whatever you’re dishing up for baby, be sure to serve yourself, too. Chances are you’re hungry, and there’s no better role model for healthy eating than you.


Whitney is an architect who designs and writes for families. Her blog is


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Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered

Dear Bob

by Bob Taibbi

My toddler seems to have a hard time expressing himself with words. What can I do to help him? Actually, there’s a lot you can do to help increase your toddler’s wordage. Some tips: Talk and listen. Most parenting articles stress the power of talking to your child—naming objects, talking about what you are doing. But research has been showing that it’s important you also listen—giving your child time to say what he is trying to say rather than chiming in and responding instantly. Encourage your child to use his words. Rather than handing your child the cookie after he grunts and points to the cookie, encourage him to speak. For instance, “Can you say, I want a cookie?” Follow your child’s lead. Talk about what his interests include rather than your own interests. If your are at a park, for example, and you see a dog, but your child seems fascinated with the stick that he just picked up, talk about his stick, rather than the dog. Talk parentese. Lots of experts discourage parents from using baby talk with their child. Even if your child calls a bottle a Ba, you should refer to it as a bottle. That said, research shows that the sing-songy, changes in tone that parents easily do with the kids actually helps them learn language better. Read, read, read. Reading increases vocabulary, and increasing vocabulary is important not only for speaking but also thinking. The more words a child has, the more he is able to think and process his world, which is great for overall mental health. Make reading interactive; ask questions, such as “how do you think the dog feels,” or “what color is the man’s shirt?” And don’t limit reading together just at bedtime. If your child isn’t babbling or talking, if he can’t string together two words by age 2, or if you can’t understand what he is saying by age 3, it could be a sign of a speech development issue. Seek out a professional to share your concerns.


How can I get my child to understand that “NO” means “NO?” Kids are pretty good at knowing just how far they can push you. If your child seems to ignore what you say and/or are constantly pushing back, the problem is that he’s learned to not take what you say seriously. They have learned that you’ll eventually give in, or they simply like the attention from you, even if it is negative attention. The antidote is to take action. Decide in advance what their consequence will be if they don’t listen to you. You want decisive action with no conversation or scolding. Planning it out will help you not have to try and think on your feet when you’re frustrated. Next, have a conversation with your child when you both are not upset, letting him know you are not going to keep repeating yourself. When you say something, they are expected to listen. Expect his pushing back or ignoring you the first couple of times; again, take action, no scolding. After things have cooled off, go back and talk about the situation. Finally, make sure you give him tons of positive feedback for complying.

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I slump down on my couch and robotically turn on the television. The topics that are considered top news nowadays is so nonsensical. On the contrary, my husband still has not finished the bedroom, and we have been sleeping in our makeshift bed/dining room downstairs for months. This makes it incredibly difficult to work in my home office, which doubles as the dining room. My kids are home, and they are constantly either looking for something to do or something to eat. I have piles of laundry that need attention and a never empty sinkful of dishes waiting for me. Who’s being nonsensical now? It’s not the unfinished room, the dirty dishes, the undone laundry or even the lack of workspace that is responsible for my dismal mood. No, it is me.

Mindful Parenting

by Danielle Sullivan

The truth is that most of the time, there are many things I could do differently in order to feel more balanced, less stressed and generally content. I could choose to not stew every time I pass by our still undone bedroom and ruminate internally about how incredibly long this project is taking. I could choose to focus on how hard my husband is working on his days off to get it done. The dirty dishes? Well, I could assign each of my kids to do dishes on specific days and then actually leave them in the sink long enough until they do them. I have already given them each the task of doing their own laundry, so that is checked off of my list. On the work front, I could go out every day and work in the local Starbucks or library instead of my home office. But on this day, I chose to focus on the negative. Happiness is an inside job. We all know it, but we all forget it sometimes. Life will throw everyone curve balls, and whether we let them annoy us, destroy us or empower us, it is up to us. But how do we get there? Here are some actionable tips:

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Keep it positive. When we find ourselves heading down the negative trail, change course. Remember that words matter. What we say to ourselves creates our reality, so try to keep your thoughts and words positive. Sleep. Yes, sleep. It is incredibly easier to look at the world along with all of its challenges in a better light when we feel sufficiently rested. Being recharged also enables us to tackle problems more efficiently.

Delegate. We don’t have to fix everything ourselves. In fact, by offsetting tasks to our partners, coworkers and children, we are helping them feel included. In the case of our kids, we are teaching them responsibility and the values of hard work, along with the idea that mom does not have to do it all alone. Check your health. Sometimes moodiness, restlessness and depression can signal you might have a thyroid problem, hormonal imbalance or other medical issue. If you find you are feeling unlike yourself for several weeks, get a thorough check-up.

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Native Landscaping Encourage a Healthy Ecosystem

by David Lerman

With late summer heat, get your garden work done early or late, and preferably with a cold drink nearby! Think efficiency—purchase native plants. By planting natives you are re-creating the local habitat necessary for a healthy ecosystem. It also means that once established in their proper site, these plants will thrive, allowing you to relax and take credit. Looking out, I see blooming Butterfly Bush, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Lyre-leaf Sage and Wild Bergamot (bee balm). A few things to consider when selecting plants: Style. Do you prefer the formal or informal look? A profusion of colors or a more restrained palette? Unity is a key component of landscape design, as are repetition and balance. Plant in groups of three or more for a natural look. Joe Pye Weed or Butterfly Weed naturalize readily and are great for pollinators. Shape (form). Imagine the mature height, and place taller plants towards the back. Pick beauty spots to enhance the overall


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oil into skillet and sauté the onion. Beat

1 onion, chopped

eggs, then add the milk, herbs, green

2 Tbsp olive oil

stuff, hot sauce and cheese. Add to the

2 cups of any or all of the following: spinach, chard, bok choy, kale, greens (collard, radish, turnip, etc.)

onions once they’re translucent, mix

1 cup herbs (dill, parsley, fennel, basil, oregano, thyme, bee balm, lovage, borage, garlic, turmeric, etc.)

Cook for approximately 30 minutes or

5 eggs

cool, and serve!

everything well, and then pour into your pie crust or favorite nine-inch pie pan. until the top is golden brown and set. Let

¾ cup milk A few shakes of your favorite hot sauce Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups shredded cheese—your choice Pie crust is optional. Often, we’ll double this recipe and bake one of each.

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Middle School Encourage Memories, Not Mayhem From The Middle School Years

by Christina Katz

Any parent who has survived the middle school years will assure you that you can navigate them, too. Although the honeymoon period of elementary school is over and middle school comes with ample trials and tribulations for most kids, try not to expect the worst. Parents who welcome the challenges of middle school as opportunities for growth will still be smiling by the time they attend the eighth grade ceremony. It is expected that your child will face and overcome hurdles in middle school. This “learning” time is supposed to be about making mistakes and bouncing back from disappointments. Kids who navigate turbulence with spunk will mature in middle school. Kids who struggle with selfawareness and assertiveness are going to need extra support to develop skills they will need in high school. If you want your kids to thrive in middle school, be sure to remain an active supporter and pillar each and every day. Don’t leave them to their own devices at an age that challenges their identity and morals. Supervision is also a key component during these years. This is middle school, the preparation for high school, which is the preparation for college, which is preparation for adulthood. Middle-schoolers are embarking on a two- or three-year journey, and they will come out the other end of the process transformed. Whether or not they are changed for the better is largely up to you, parents. Here is a list of some of the challenges middle school kids face and how tuned-in parents can help them navigate successfully. Expressing Individuality. Sit down with your child and make a list of words that describe who he is. Do this every year at the start of school to remind your student that he


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performing poorly on the test days or

have plenty of shining moments, where

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days. How you respond to some twist

your child isn’t having enough moments

on this trope is important. Kids need to

like these, call a family meeting, put

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your heads together and look for new

bounce back and do the right thing.

opportunities where he is more likely

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there. And more importantly, really

Relationships. Some kids will dive right

listen and talk with them. We are

into relationships in middle school.

sometimes guilty of talking at them

Others will stay on the sidelines so they

when we need to be talking with them.

can spectate and speculate. Others may

Be cautious when doing so, because you

not seem interested at all. This is the

need to show them that you appreciate

beginning of practicing affection, so

them while encouraging their decisions.

be sure to have lots of conversations

When they need it, help them prioritize

with your child about the differences

what and who really matter and


applaud their progress. Tough topics




romantic relationships.

are best tackled together, and strive to

Prioritizing Needs. Kids have needs

always be approachable, no matter the

and those needs matter even when life

topic. You want to celebrate the good

is hectic. Maybe your daughter needs a

moments together and hug them often.

jog bra for gym class. Maybe she needs

Sometimes actions will speak what

a new notebook for algebra. Maybe she

words can sometimes misconstrue.

needs you to sign a field trip form and write a check. Have a regular planthe-week meeting on the weekend to discuss what your child is going to need from you and avoid last-minute crunches that create needless stress and bickering. Learning About The World. There is a whole wide world out there, and now your child is old enough to start learning about all of its complexities. What a great time to teach your child about respecting diversity, tolerating differences and envisioning a more peaceful world. They can practice all of these principles right in middle school. Remembering To Rest. Taking nice long baths with soft music and candles. Pulling out the black-out curtains for a three-hour afternoon nap. A sixepisode, BBC Pride And Prejudice bingewatching sessions to recover from the sniffles. Growing kids need to unwind sometimes, but they may have trouble recognizing this. When this happens, give them a nudge in a decompressing

to stumble, fall and maybe even face-

Author, journalist and writing coach, Christina is actually a bit sad that the middle school adventures are over. But she’s looking forward to the challenges

plant in middle school. But he will still

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Learn & Grow Immigrant Families Find Their Place in Local Schools

by Dionna Mann

In Charlottesville, diversity blooms vibrantly; numerous families have moved here from various countries, bringing with them a spectrum of cultures, religions and languages. Some have come from Russia, Albania, Mexico, El Salvador, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Kenya, Liberia, England and Ireland, and the list goes on. All of these families now call the Charlottesville and Albemarle County home. 50

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Nobel Peace Prize Recipient John Hume once said, “Difference is an accident of birth, and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.”

Korpo’s Family Fourteen years ago, in Liberia, Korpo’s life began. Her parents supported their small family by having a little shop where they sold goods outside their home. He loved his home in West Africa. He loved the traditions, the culture, the land and having his family nearby. But then the devastation of a civil war ravaged his village. Korpo’s father, Beyan, was forced to flee with his family to the neighboring country of Sierra Leone, where the family began a new chapter—one within the confines of the Sierra Leone Gondama refugee camp. While inside the camp on 2003, Korpo’s sister, Massa, was born; and for seven long years, Korpo, her sister, her parents, her grandmother and other family members remained refugees. Finally, one day in 2007, they received word from the United Nations that they were approved to enter the United States as refugees and for medical resettlement for Korpo’s grandmother. Korpo’s mother, Mamie, remembers the day she got the news. “Everybody was crying. They were saying, ‘God Bless you.’ Some people gave me scarves. Some people gave me clothes.” And though farewell-tears flowed, Mamie anticipated good things for her family in America. “I was happy,” she says. Perhaps now they’d find a good, stable life free from war. Korpo’s father, Beyan, explains, “I didn’t dream of coming to America, but when I got that opportunity, it was a life-changing situation for me. In Liberia, we had to struggle … we were in Sierra Leone for about seven years in a refugee camp, and I had my wife, two kids, my mom, brothers and sister. My mom was really sick. She was one of those women abused by the war.” Thus, you can image his excitement about coming to America. “I was happy. We were going to have a good life.” And Beyan truly believes his life worked out for the better.

“I really had to struggle to take care of the family there. But here, it is much better,” he says. Today, Beyan works at a University of Virginia research lab, and he operates his own cleaning company. His hard work and determination has paid off, and he was able to purchase a home on a quiet street of Charlottesville. Korpo, now a high-school freshman, loves playing soccer, while Massa, a middle-school student, loves hanging out with her friends. Both Massa and Korpo enjoy cooking traditional African dishes. Mario, Korpo’s 7-year-old brother, loves playing outdoors in his neighborhood with his friend, Caleb, and likes math, soccer and reading. “It’s good. It’s nice. I have a lot of friends.” Another favorite past time of Mario’s is to enjoy listening to his father’s African music, getting dressed up in traditional African garb and doing Liberian dancing. The youngest addition to the family, Thomas, age 4, wears a huge grin and obviously enjoys his family very much. In remembering her move to Virgina, Korpo says, “When I saw Charlottesville for the first time, I was shocked about how amazing it looked. I was also amazed about how the food tasted, and how many religious beliefs there were. I was surprised to see black and white together. I was happy that the weather changes to different seasons and that it’s not hot all the time.”


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“School here is better, because there is more opportunity and you get to choose to finish school or not. If you do, there is a way better chance of

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like my neighbors. I like my house; it’s

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the future.” What does Korpo think of her home? “My neighborhood is great. I big and has enough space.” Sometimes, though, just like most teenagers, Korpo wonders if she’ll ever get her own room. While it’s true that Korpo misses her family and friends who are still in Liberia, she desires to make the U.S. her permanent home. She hopes to earn a college degree, obtain a good job and begin her own family here. Her sister, Massa, would like to have two weddings when she gets married, a traditional West African one and a traditional American one. The family’s transition has required quite the number of adjustments. “I worried if I’d be able to get adjusted to the American system,” Korpo’s dad says. He worried his accent would hinder his ability to communicate in English. “I had to keep repeating myself over and over again. People would say, ‘Come again?’ So, I’ve learned to speak slowly.” Korpo’s mom remembers when they first moved to the states. “When

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because we didn’t know if we were going to find some of the food here,” but before long, she was able to find some of her West African staples locally. The family travels regularly food markets to obtain ingredients like cassava leaves, potato greens, palm butter and the ingredients for Jollof rice and other recipes. They also located a farm in Philadelphia where they can

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pick vegetables—the same kind grown in West Africa. Mario’s favorite dish has stuck—beans!

Beh Meh’s Family speak to most students, but she talked

and imagine together on the playground,”

to me and the teacher in a whisper. Now

she says. Their favorite playground

she mostly talks out loud to people, but

game? American Ninja Warrior!

she is still very quiet when she speaks in a crowd.” Beh

Georgia met Beh Meh their first day of kindergarten on the playground at recess. “She didn’t have anyone to play with and neither did I, so we started playing





probably was the one who came up to her to play, but I don’t quite remember. She was very quiet back then, and spoke in a whisper all the time. She wouldn’t


Beh Meh’s teacher also taught her older sister, Pray Meh, and has enjoyed


learning from them in return. “Beh Meh

become a part of the local fabric here

and Pray Meh are a pure joy. They are

in Charlottesville after migrating from

hardworking, conscientious and kind

Burma (now called Myanmar). Adjusting

students,” she says cheerfully. “They



both strive to do their best each day and

isn’t only for the new families in our

put so much effort into their assignments

community. All those who get to know

and projects. They work well with their

these new families are also exposed to a

peers, and their cooperative and calm

new culture. For Georgia, it was as simple

manner has contributed a lot to the

as trying some of Beh Meh’s traditional

classroom community. They come from

food. “It was pretty good,” she says. “They

a strong support system at home, and

asked my mom to stay and eat, too. Lots

it’s very evident that their education is

of Burmese friends showed up with kids









and babies.”

Beh Meh’s parents, Giovanni Hsaw

Beh Meh’s teacher observes on a daily

Reh and Cecelia Po Meh, came to the

basis the benefits of Beh Meh having

United States about seven years ago with

a friend like Georgia. “I’ve seen them

their two daughters. They were seeking

work together on an assignment, learn

security and freedom. Hsaw Reh says,

together when solving a math problem

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from different backgrounds and ethnicities and learning how

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they see the world from their point of view. It’s wonderful

• Receiving a furnished home, obtaining health care and having a supply of nutritious food, • Helping adults enroll in English language classes and obtain a job,

seeing them again after a year or two, as they begin to flourish in their life here in Charlottesville.” Laura Schaaf, a teacher at Johnson Elementary, has had numerous students from a wide range of countries, ethnicities,

• Ensuring children receive a proper education, and

cultures and religious backgrounds, and she loves seeing how

• Helping families maintain legal residency and permanent

respectful the students are of their peers from different


cultures. “One of their favorite events at Johnson is our International Day. Our students from all over the globe display

Harriet Kuhr, the executive director of the IRC in Charlottesville

and celebrate their cultures. They create posters, make food

since 2010, says, “We consider refugee resettlement to be a

for other students to try and wear traditional dress.” For

life-saving effort since we are providing safety and protection

Schaaf and other area teachers, there’s nothing that brings

to those with no other home or security. The first days can

more joy than watching students learn and grow. “It is such

be challenging for our families, adjusting to a completely

a rewarding experience,” she says. “Working in a community

different way of life and a new language.” Kuhr finds her work

with different backgrounds brings a lot of richness and variety

to be extremely fulfilling, saying, “I love being around people

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good. There was war.” In his home country, he found it very difficult to provide enough food and suitable shelter for his family. Now, as a sushi chef, he makes enough money so his wife can stay home with their 2-year-old son, George William Kuh Reh. Beh Meh’s mother admits she misses some aspects about Myanmar. She misses the quiet village life with days of sunshine on lush trees, the stark darkness of country nights and her family and friends. But she does not miss having to hunt for firewood for cooking, and she definitely doesn’t miss the unrest of war. Pray Meh, now 11, was only 5 years old when she arrived in Charlottesville, but she vividly remembers the day. “I was scared because I did not know what anyone was saying. There were a lot of houses built of bricks and there were a lot of cars and people running.” Still, she knew, even at her age, that living in Charlottesville would be a better than her life in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand, where her parents had fled to, met and married. Recalling her first days in school,


Pray Meh says, “I was afraid that I would never learn English. Now I can understand





interprets for her parents, though both can get along okay with communicating in English. Her parents do hope their children will not forget their native

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The Challenges and Rewards of Fostering Kittens


September 2016

When I arrived at the door, Kelly Kienzle and her daughters, Chloe and Katelyn, welcomed me into their home and introduced me to the sweetest kindle (kittens from the same mama) of nearly 8-week-old kittens. It goes without saying that any opportunity to photograph baby animals is a welcome one in my book, and baby kittens are no exception. Serving as a foster family through the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, Kelly and her family are marking their fourth time of taking in kittens. This time, they are providing a much needed home to mama Sassafras and her two-week old babies—Doc, Grumpy and Happy. The kittens remain with them until they are two pounds and 8 weeks old. While I talk with the girls about life with kittens, the little bundles of joy are bouncing over, around and under each other. It was impossible to not periodically scoop one up and snuggle it. Doc looks just like his mama, Sassafras, a grey tiger with white socks and white patches around her nose. Grumpy and Happy are a perfect shade of bluegray, and Happy has a little white patch on her chest. Without the foster program, this feline family would have to remain crated at the shelter, limiting their development socially and their ability to explore the world as kittens. It also gives the kittens time to learn valuable cat survival and hygiene skills from their mama and, just as important, time to play and interact with humans. This time in their development stage is key to their training and behavior, and it makes them more able to adapt to a new home. “We started fostering because all four of us love cats, but three of us are allergic, so we can’t have them permanently,” Kelly

explains. “Fostering



because we can have them for a short period of time, two to four weeks, before we have to send them back, allowing us to then get back to normal with our allergies.” When the kittens arrived at the Kienzle’s house, they were the size of our hand, couldn’t walk and their eyes were closed and ears were down. Kittens, like children, bring about happy moments that give us a break from the stresses of life and our crazy schedules. Countless doctors and scholars have pointed out the benefits of pet ownership from reduction in stress, helping children develop better social skills and empathy. “They are cute to look at!” Katelyn exclaims.


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According to Kelly, “Sometimes it is

little; and they love milk bottle twisty

just babies who need to be bottle-fed

things,” Katelyn explains. “But, they love

because they are on their own. Sometimes

their mama! All of a sudden they will

they don’t have a mama, and other times

come and just start attacking her tail; it’s

they are with mama.”

Chloe agrees,

their favorite thing to do,” she says with

“They are so much fun!”


As you watch the little bundles of joy play with each other, it is easy to

Kelly continues, explaining that the

I got the sense that it could feel like

see they are each unique and how they

kittens are great post-work therapy, “It is

quite a change to suddenly add four

are developing their own personalities.

great therapy after work to just see them

cats to your home, but rest assured, I’ve

Grumpy is a little less frisky than his

playing and sleeping, and remember that

learned that the mama cat is a very active

litter mates because of being ill recently,

this is what life can be like.”

participant in the kittens’ care and play.

resulting in a visit to the vet. He wanders

After spending the morning with

“My misconception was that it would be

over to his crate and falls asleep in a little

this joyous group, it was easy to see why

more work with more cats,” says Kelly,

ball, while Happy and Doc continue to

they are such a welcome addition to the

“But, if you have the mama cat, she

wrestle, tumble and chase a string that

household. The little two-pound tots

“Nothing takes the place of a cat getting a break in a home!” wrestled and fought like mountain lions,

teaches them to use the cat box, cleans

which is really quite comical given their

them and soothes them. And she cares

“Happy is the most playful, which is

small stature.

for them during the day when you are at

why we call her Happy. Grumpy, ever since

Chloe drags on the floor.

“They love to run under the bed sheets

work.” But, if you still doubt your ability to

he first meowed, has this really irritated

we put on the furniture to protect it.

take on a whole family, foster parents are

tone in his voice, which is really funny,”

They made a little burrow in the water

needed for shorter time periods for either

Chloe says. “It’s the longest, saddest meow

bottle case; they like the sounds of the

adult cats or for smaller groups of kittens.

even if his mom is only two feet away! Doc

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just did everything first—opened his eyes

they should have been weaned at 3 or 4,

how to use the litter box yet, especially if

first, walked first, played first, fought first.

she still lets them nurse because she is

you don’t have a mama around to teach

But Mama, she is so good with them, and

such a sweetie,” Kelly says.

them. You should be ok with having your

so patient. Even when they attack her and

As a mom to several kitties myself, I

furniture clawed or have bed sheets to

are play fighting, she just starts licking

can’t imagine letting these cuties go. In

protect your furniture, and you have

them to calm them down.”

fact, my husband made me promise not

to be careful around them. They like to

According to Kelly, “The adult cats

to bring any new family members home

sleep on chairs and curl up on furniture;

need a break from being there. They

with me. But Kelly and her girls assure

be prepared for some work. You should

are in their crates, which are clean and

me that while sending them home is

have a room where you can keep them

well kept, but it is still a crate.” What’s

definitely the most difficult part, they

safe when you aren’t watching over them;

important is that they get attention and

are comforted by the good that they have

when they are tiny they can get lost in

love. “The volunteers do a great job of

done and the increased likelihood that

your home.”

giving the cats attention on a regular

each will find homes more easily.

basis,” she says, “but nothing takes the place of a cat getting a break in a home!”

But it’s clear the rewards are definitely

“Packing them up is hard. It is

worth the work. Volunteers are always

definitely the emotional part,” says Kelly.

needed and fostering can be very flexible,

With the kittens nearly 8 weeks old

“The way we look at it is then we get to

from a few days to a few weeks, so we

and at two pounds, they will return

foster more and the primary purpose of

hope your family considers making a

to their shelter to await their forever

fostering is to socialize the kittens so they

difference in some helpless animals’ lives.

families. The kittens are generally not

become comfortable around humans and

placed in the same family, and most

can become more adoptable, and make

kittens are adopted in a day or two. But,

other people happy.”

adult cats don’t find homes as quickly.

Kelly and the girls wanted me to

In Sassafras’s case though, the person

share a few words of advice for families

who found her is interested in adopting

interested in fostering cats and their

her once the kittens are weaned. “Even

kittens: “There is definitely work involved

though her babies are 8 weeks old, and

because they are babies. They don’t know

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You Your Getting Connected With Your Mind and Body, And Your Family by Catherine Malone

There are few absolute truths in life, but as a parent, I feel I can say one of them is that Charlottesville’s a great place to raise children. With the constant streaming of young families, this area boasts a huge number of resources and services that cater to caregivers and children. There’s story hour, playgroups galore and almost as many playgrounds and afternoons at the Virginia Discovery Museum. There are art classes, language classes and exercise classes—the list is endless.


One activity that deserves special consideration, whether

well as tummy time. As babies become walkers, they and

doing it at home or partaking in a local class, is caregiver

their caregivers graduate to a different class, where Bend’s

and baby yoga. It doesn’t matter whether or not you were a

instructors introduce toddlers to the idea of moving their

practicing yogi before parenthood; there are a multitude of

bodies, mostly through acting like animals.

physical and mental benefits to spending some time practicing

In Cox’s favorite pose, the yoga standard of Downward

yoga alongside your baby and/or child. It also gives you an

Facing Dog (Adhomukha Svanasana) is dog with a child

opportunity to develop greater intimacy and a connection with

beneath their caregiver and renamed “spider” for the eight

your young child.

limbs that stretch out. “Octopus” takes the classic Boat Pose

In 2010, Kelly Cox and Merrill Woodriff opened Bend Yoga

(Navasana) where the yogi balances on their sitz bones and lifts

Studio on the Downtown Mall, looking to create an atmosphere

their arms and legs in the air, and adds the child to the adult’s

that “holds space for families in profound ways,” Cox says. A

lap. Bend classes also use feathers, pom poms and other fun

former social worker and birth doula, she felt that teaching

props to encourage breathwork, helping children learn from an

pre- and post-natal yoga was her calling.

early age how to control and alter their breathing. “And always,”

Yoga asanas use the physical body to get at deeper issues.

Cox says, “always savasana.” This traditional ending to a hatha

“I’m adamantly opposed to talking about getting into shape

yoga class involves lying on your back, eyes closed and body

or bouncing back,” Cox comments. “I want to help women

relaxed: a final bit of rest before returning to a busy toddler day.

feel strong.” Bend’s classes welcome children from 6 weeks

A client and instructor at Bend, McKinley Lee is also a

old and on, and in addition to utilizing babies as free weights

physical therapist who works at the University of Virginia

for caregivers, babies get infant stretching and massage, as

Hospital. Mother to a two-and-a-half-year-old boy and a one-

September 2016

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families who have been taking classes at

Ethan, who just turned two, attend the

mothers bond in prenatal yoga, have

Bend since her opening (and who say that

toddler class every week. Ku was so

their babies and transition to postnatal

her animal impersonations have greatly

eager to return to Bend that she asked,

yoga, and form a supportive community

improved over the past six years).

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Debbie Ku began taking classes through



four weeks after Ethan was born, and

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August 2014. Now she and her son

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toddler class she and Ethan now attend, the caretakers do less yoga, but Ku and the other adults are still providing an example for the children (and, Cox points out, allowing the children to bond with other adults). While Ethan is usually running around the room during class— what Ku describes as “bouncing off the walls” when they do their nightly yoga routine—it’s clear he’s absorbing what

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favorite pose, Downward Facing Dog, a gentle inversion to calm the brain. Of course, Ethan also loves what Kelly Cox calls “pig pose,” where he lies on his back and bends his legs in the air so that his knees try to meet his hips (other yogis may recognize this pose as “happy baby).” Ethan loves to pretend he’s a pig rolling around in mud, and Ku loves the community that Bend fosters for families. Classes help set a foundation for a more consistent yoga routine. This should happen organically, with an eye to fun and an appreciation for the silly. If you’re a recent post-partum parent, ease and comfort are the order of the day. Try for a five- to ten-minute yoga ritual, possibly tagging on to the postbath time, or any other time when your baby is fed and not over-tired. A few gentle cat and cow poses, then pressing up to downward facing dog pose, while


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{until next time humorous reflections} The Messy Realm of Real Stuff

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The sharp reek of nail polish emanated from Wendy’s room, and I looked in to find my 11-year-old sitting on her new carpet painting on a jewelry box with purple sparkle nail polish. She looked up and smiled. I wanted to say, “Don’t do that on the carpet! And get some ventilation in here before you get brain damage!” But what could toxic fumes do to her mind that isn’t

made three items: the step stool; a window box; and a 4-foot-long aircraft carrier. Apparently I wasn’t the only one intrigued by the ship. The paint was barely dry when two 10-year-old pirates—Georgie Wood and one of the Harrison boys— stole it right out of our back yard. (I’m using their real names; let the whole world know of their villainy.) To

already being done by massive overdoses of television and computer games? Wendy is one of those kids whose every leisure moment is powered by electricity. When she’s not looking at a video screen, she’s jabbering on the phone or listening to her iPod – sometimes doing all three at once. (I never said she’s lazy.) So I smiled at her messy interaction with Real Stuff and went downstairs to interact with the mountain of laundry that was frightening the mice in the cellar. A few minutes later she joined me down there to ask, “Dad, do we have any paint? Mom says I can paint my bookcase.” “You can paint SOMETHING, but not that bookcase. It’s a valuable antique. It was made out of old packing cases a hundred years ago,” I said. “Really?” asked Wendy. “Well, that’s what the guy said when he sold it to me. I like to believe it,” I said. “Mom doesn’t have a proper appreciation for it. Hey, why don’t you paint the little wooden step stool that’s in the pantry?” She liked the idea, and I pulled some old pint cans of oil paint off a shelf. Wendy selected forest green and found a brush. Not wanting her to get discouraged by the details, I spread newspapers on the kitchen floor while she went up and changed out of clothes she’d stolen from her sisters. I gave her one of my old shirts for a smock. The step stool in question is the last surviving relic of my dad’s short-lived woodworking spree. Original Ted Epstein pieces are more rare than the bookcase. He only

disguise their prize, these criminal geniuses repainted the ship white. I don’t remember if we ever got it back. But I do know that the ship was the last thing Dad ever made because it inspired us to take up woodworking, and it only took us a couple of weeks to lose most of his tools. Maybe it’s just as well that Dad didn’t make any more step stools. The one he did make has a design flaw that causes it to flip over if you step anywhere on it except in the exact center. Every time it throws me, I think, “That’s what I get for losing Dad’s tools.” My wife calls the stool “Grandpa’s Revenge.” I left Wendy stirring the paint with a chopstick and went back to washing and folding clothes. An hour later, Wendy called out, “Dad! What’s with this paint?” Her hands were forest green to the wrist; the kitchen sink was splotched with paint, as were all the dishes and utensils that the family had used in the past five hours. “It’s oil paint,” I said, “and water won’t wash it off. C’mon outside and we’ll use gasoline on it.” So she got a little science lesson about what is soluble in what. The step stool gleamed on the green-spotted newspaper and I praised the painter. “Wendy, Grandpa’s Revenge hasn’t looked this good since the day it claimed its first victim more than 40 years ago.” Pleased with her achievement and smelling faintly of gasoline, she went off to Skype her friends about her low-tech adventure. I collected the paint-smeared dishes and flatware and took them outside for a good gasoline cleaning. I should’ve made Wendy do it, but I didn’t want to discourage her from someday making another visit to the realm of stuff that doesn’t run on electricity.

I looked in to find my 11-year-old sitting on her new carpet painting on a jewelry box with purple sparkle nail polish.


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