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Dear Friends,

september 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

With school back in full swing, our house is settling into the new rhythms of sports practices and music lessons, homework time and lunch packing. A little more quiet and normalcy is welcomed after the tumult of recent events. These past weeks, we’ve all felt a lot of sadness and were stretched to try

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Bryerton TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Peter D. Bethke SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley CALENDAR EDITOR Caroline Hirst

and explain the hate and tragedy in our little town. However, as that shock and


grief has been turned into positive action, I have also felt hope and gratitude.

Our amazing JMRL librarians jumped in with book recommendations, positive discussion groups and scheduled programs for children celebrating diversity. Organizations and businesses all around town put up messages of love, raised

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funds and organized events and volunteer opportunities (see pg 6). For me, it was extremely uplifting to hear friends and neighbors express positive messages. Susan Bro, Heather’s mother who suffered the ultimate loss in losing her child, inspired me with her strength and grace. She is allowing the community to mourn with her at such a difficult time with the hope that it may help others. I was also reminded of something one of my kid’s favorite teachers had said, “In my Pre-K class, we stress tolerance. But more than that, we stress a celebration of diversity. Our mantra is ‘we are all alike, we are all different,’ and I spend the whole year teaching the kids that their differences are beautiful and what makes them special and unique. At the same time, we learn that we all

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feel things like joy and sadness.” Both Susan Bro’s example and our teacher’s message are perfect for us as parents. This month’s community calendar of events is packed with opportunities to learn more about people who are very much like you and who may be different, too. From large events like Staunton’s African-American Fest in the lovely Gypsy Hill Park and Charlottesville’s Pride Fest to smaller program’s like the library’s Chinese Dragon Dance demo, we as parents are given valuable opportunities for learning and celebrating diversity with our children in a world full of hope. In Love & Kindness!

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September 2017

Contents TABLE OF


News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Do you think cursive writing should still be taught in schools?

Snapshot 10

LIVING WELL New Mom 30 Her 1st Set of Wheels


Mindful Parenting 32 Set the Tone

Healthy Family 34 Sleep Walking & Talking

Immersing the Family in Nature’s Beauty

Make A Difference 56

A Busy Parent’s Guide to Volunteering at School

Kids & Concussions 64 What Parents Need to Know

Reaping Dividends from a New Merger: Classrooms + Community

Out & About Calendar 14

Adventurous Expeditions 48

Our Schools 12

Jessica Byrd, Mom & AVID Teacher


September Festivals & Events for Families

Editor’s Pick! This issue is packed with info that can be transferred into your home. From family health resources and understanding concussions to daytrip ideas and school volunteering tips, you’ll feel prepared for September.


2017 Pick Your Own Guide 26

Guide to Picking Local Apples

2017 Family Health Guide Local Resources for All Ages


UNTIL NEXT TIME Born Second, Born Free 74  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

Tips & Trends 36 Fabulous Finds and Fun Home & Garden 38 Lawn Games

Food & Family 44 Better Dining Out Experiences

38 So Love This! “I am so excited to add these adventurous daytrip excursions to my bucket list. (on pg 48). ” — Abby, marketing concierge



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Communities everywhere are coming together to “share the love” and support their neighbors in Charlottesville. Our local JMRL librarians have shared books that can help parents talk to their kids about the recent events. For the list of all eight recommendations, see Other local businesses/nonprofits who are providing supportive programs include: Computers4Kids; NAACP Albemarle-Charlottesville (Branch 7057); African American Teaching Fellows; Brody Jewish Center of the University of Virginia; IMPACT Charlottesville; and Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. In addition, Samantha Selig, a T-shirt creator, wanted to promote love and diversity in a way that would travel and shine around town. The shirts, sporting rainbow text will include phrases such as “Diversity is Beautiful” and “Kindness is Everything.” All the money raised will be donated to the local Pride and NAACP chapters.


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City Schools’ Literacy Program Brings Positive Results At a school board meeting in early August, Charlottesville City School personnel discussed the data from the Extending the Bridges of Literacy (EBL) program. The program, which was designed last September for teachers to recommend students to receive extra instruction in literacy after school, revealed promising and encouraging statistics from its first year. The results of the third grade students in the EBL program were one of many promising and encouraging statistics revealed. In 2016, only 35 percent passed a Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening test; whereas, at the conclusion of the school year in 2017, 53 percent of the EBL group passed. The board is excited to strengthen the original focus of the program—gaining long-term improvement in reading and writing.

TBD: Yancey School’s Future Shortly after the closing of Yancey Elementary School, the community held a meeting to discuss the building’s future purpose. Although a concrete plan has yet to be devised, a popular suggestion was to turn it into a food bank. When the school was still open, volunteers with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank would bring food in twice a week for students and families to take home. Those volunteers are strongly in favor of turning Yancey into a full-time food bank, where local families experiencing food insecurity could pick up what they need. The school board is hoping to have a decision on the building this month.

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TOWN Do you think cursive writing should still be taught in schools? 87% say “yes” 13% say “no” “So many historical documents are written in cursive. I want my children to be able to read and know about the rich history of our great nation.” – Heather, Stanardsville, mother of two girls

“I think students at a young age should be taught the letters in cursive writing and how to read it, but spending more time than just one lesson in their English class isn’t as worth it today.” – Crozet mom of two

“A signature requires cursive writing. We should work to preserve this art form and once common skill.” – Rachel D., Palmyra, mother to three littles

“No, it isn’t a necessary skill anymore. It needs to move to an art and calligraphy class. Writing and reading should be the focus. Most people who now write in cursive do it so badly that it is illegible.” – Liz B.

“I have read that research suggests students have increased comprehension and written expression score when they have written in script. My one son who is dyslexic actually struggles less with reading cursive writing than normal print.” – Charlottesville mom of three boys and one girl “Why not. It is part of the English language and history of our country. We should hold onto as many little things as we can, and ones that encourage writing rather than texting.” – Stacy, mom of one

“As much as I love writing in cursive to this day, I haven’t observed much use for it with my children. Other than learning how to sign your name, I have to agree with those who said no.” – Sam, Charlottesville, dad of three “We don’t feel the necessity for teaching it as in depth as when I was in school, but we do think it is something generations now and in the future should know how to use and read. We actually worked on it this summer at home a little bit.” – Mom & Dad of two boys

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Local Mom Creates Prende Pants In search of an alternative option to the traditional Bengkung belly binding, a local mom is creating Prende Pants, which will be available this winter. Bengkung belly binding is a Malaysian postpartum practice involving an intricate wrapping and knotting of cloth around the midsection. Having given birth to all three of her sons naturally, TQ Evans wore traditional belly binding around the home and her neighborhood that was made up of cloth 15 yards long and 10 inches thick, which would be wrapped around the lower hips in an upward direction to provide stability and healing for the muscles, skin and organs. However, it also prohibited movement and could be uncomfortable at times, so she was in search of a similar option that was lighter and less bulky to wear around town. When she came up empty-handed, she decided to make it herself. And thus came Prende Pants, a pregnancy recovery legging that combines Bengkung binding and the lifestyle of a mom on the go.

AHS Students Help Redesign UVA Lab This summer, a group of Albemarle High School students joined University of Virginia staff to help redesign learning spaces at the Curry School of Education. In conjunction with the Albemarle County Schools new “Project Pool” program, the students partnered with ReinventED Lab—a local nonprofit that focuses on creating a modern and innovative learning environment—to redesign a bland, underused teachers’ lab, transforming it into a space where teachers and students can collaborate

Book Fairies Deliver 650 Books This Summer For three years running, the Greer Elementary School “Book Fairies” have brought reading opportunities to their students. Prior to the last day of school each year, students who receive additional reading instruction throughout the year are invited to browse a “bookstore,” set up by the book fairies, for books they would like to read over summer break. Then, over the course of the summer, the book fairies make several trips, bringing those books to the students’ homes. They believe that reading for pleasure and having access to books at home is essential to succeeding in school. During their trip in late July, they delivered approximately 650 books to the homes of 127 students.

on projects or work independently. The “Project Pool” program provides students with the opportunity to intern with five local businesses, where they can get work experience in realworld scenarios and problem-solving situations. (See also pg 12.)

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SNAPshot written & photographed by Beth Seliga

Jessica Byrd Mom & AVID Teacher

For Jessica Byrd, getting to know each of her students is her favorite part of the job. Byrd, who is an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) elective teacher of tenth and eleventh graders at Albemarle High School (AHS), strives to advance not only her students’ learning but also her own. Going on her second year at AHS and third year in the Albemarle County school system, she previously taught at Jack Jouett Middle School. To Byrd, being a teacher is not just about delivering content to your students; it’s about becoming fully invested in their success as individuals, just as you would with your own children. What is the best part of your job, and what is the most challenging part? The best part of my job is getting to know my students every year. You witness success and failure on a daily basis, but you have to continue to provide tools and skills when students are struggling. It is a difficult job, full of ups and downs—full of students who persevere but also students who do not reach their full potential. How have you grown and changed over the years? What are your hopes for the future? I like to think that I have become a better teacher over the years, that I have developed not only my teaching strategies but also continued my own education as an educator. For the future, I hope to continue to reflect and strive to better serve my students. What advice do you have for those who aspire to help others through their careers? It is easy to feel isolated in a classroom. Success is not always recognizable beyond your walls, and failures can sometimes feel so big. Teachers are amazing individuals with their students’ best wishes at heart, and I want young aspiring


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educators to know they make a difference in their students’ lives everyday. A teacher’s actions in the classroom, no matter how big or small, have an impact and are important. What routine or habit helps you keep on top of life and work obligations? I think daily routines are important in both my personal and professional life. I’m a big believer in a paper calendar and to-do lists. These habits ensure my responsibilities are met and nothing is overlooked. It is also very motivating to cross things off as they are accomplished, and I believe this helps to get more done and reduces stress! What is your favorite time of the week with your family/friends? I love going to the different sporting events my own children participate in. I have very fond memories at sports fields myself, and I love to watch how much my own kids enjoy being part of a team. It has also led to some wonderful friendships that I cherish. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? My parents were extremely supportive of my siblings and me. They allowed us to make our own choices and rejoiced in our success, but they also helped us learn from our mistakes. They didn’t bail us out when we were struggling, and as frustrating as that was growing up, I realize how much that benefited me in the long run.

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addock by Michael Cr

Reaping Dividends from a New Merger: Classrooms + Community One of the most important words in

We placed priorities on the four “Cs”—

public education today is “authenticity.”

creativity, critical thinking, collaboration

Across our nation, educators are





searching for the magic formula that

a fifth, community. We saw students

will ensure lifelong success. To truly be

being introduced to an approach that

relevant, the boundaries of instruction

emphasized design thinking, a systems-

need to expand outside the classroom.

based approach instead of one that was

The more the learning environment

task-based. We saw students’ active

resembles the real world, the more

listening capabilities mature to make

likely students will excel.

them fully integrated members of a team.

In Albemarle County Public Schools,

We’re in the process of debriefing

we tested this concept in a pilot program

participants in the “Project Pool” to learn

this summer, called “Project Pool.” We

how we can adjust the pilot program

identified five projects that would benefit

into one that fully functions year-round

from the perspective and imagination of

across all five of our high schools.

high school students—the design of an

Our objective is to be able to provide

elementary school’s summer program;

every student who is interested in an

a business’ marketing campaign; the

internship with an opportunity to add

remodeling of a UVA research lab; the

such a valuable credential to their high

redesign of a middle school’s creativity

school transcript.

classroom; and the planning of a maker camp for young children.

Programs in other parts of the country, such as “Iowa Big,” which was

The program had several important

a model for us, have demonstrated that

objectives. We wanted our partners to

innovation in the high-school experience

succeed in meeting their challenges

not only builds strong graduates but

and to recognize today’s high school

supports strong communities. Having

students are capable, thoughtful and,

a cadre of energetic, thoughtful and

bottom-line, focused. We did not want

service-oriented young men and women

students to be bystanders. We thought

helping to meet the needs of local



organizations and businesses is one of

from their experiences, especially in

the highest returns on investment that

acquiring the soft skills that so often

a school-community partnership can

define success in the workplace.





Michael is in his 15th year as an Albemarle County Public Schools educator. His current responsibilities include the division’s virtual learning program and its initiative to develop work-based learning opportunities in all secondary schools.


September 2017

Virginia’s New All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Joe Robertson, a 2017 graduate from St. Anne’s-Belfield School, now holds Virginia’s all-time leading goal scorer record for lacrosse. Recently recognized as a member of the inaugural All-LaxRecords Team, he joins other athletes who have broken a record on their school’s team, as well as at the state and national level throughout their high school athletic career. Finishing his high-school career with 222 career goals aids him in graduating as the most decorated player in the school’s history. In addition, Robertson ended his final season with 100 goals and is now part of the best-known season at St. Anne’s-Belfield in state history. Aside from him capturing other honors—VISAA Players of the Year, Prep League Player of the Year and Central Virginia Player of the Year—his #27 was retired at the conclusion of the season. Robertson plans to carry his talents over to Duke University this semester.


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FESTIVALS & FAIRS Shenandoah County Fair

Now–September 2 at 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock Enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts, a Monster Truck and more. 540-459-3867,

SEPTEMBER 2017 Rockfish Valley Foundation Opening Celebrations

September 3, 1–4pm at Natural History Center, Nellysford Celebrate the grand opening of the new Children’s Nature Trail with tours, a giant play pipe, swings and more. 361-0271,

Check out more festivals and apple picking on pg 26!

Somerset Steam & Gas Pasture Party

Hess Corn Maze and Family Fun

Now–October 31 at Back Home on the Farm Corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. 540-442-6493,

Pancake Breakfasts

Now–November 23, 9–11am Saturdays, 10am–12pm Sundays at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with a fresh fruit topping, a side of sausage and OJ/milk/ coffee. 823-1583,

Summer’s End Festival

September 1–4 at Wintergreen Resort Featuring top-level regional live music, arts & craft shows and much more. Bring the entire family for an end of the summer hurrah. 325-8180,

Taste of the Mountains Street Festival

September 2, 9am–4pm at Main Street, Madison Celebrate this 25th annual festival with live entertainment, shopping, food vendors, pony rides, antique cars and more. 540-948-4455,

9th Annual Baking Contest

September 2, 9–11:30am at Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River Professional judges will choose winners of prizes from various categories, including a category for ages 12 and under. Live music from 11am–3pm. 277-5455,

Freefall Music & Art Festival

September 2–October 28, Saturdays, 5–9pm at IX Art Park Freefall picks up where Fridays After Five ends with a unique and funky vibe. Enjoy live music, art, food and more.

September 8–10 at Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset This event features antique tractors, tractor pull, flea market, cloggers, arts & crafts, live bands, delicious food and more. 540-672-3429,

11th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival

September 9, 10am–5pm at West Lawn of Monticello Over 100 educational programs, workshops, garden tours, fruit and vegetable tastings, an organic, local food marketplace, kids’ activities and more. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 984-9800,

Quackin’ Down the James Duck Derby

September 9, 2:30pm at Public boat landing, Downtown Scottsville Buy a duck for $5 and watch it race down the James River. Cash prizes for first, second and last place. 831-2318

Orange Street Festival

September 9 at Main Street, Orange The event will feature over 150 vendors, a kids’ fun zone, live music and more in Taylor Park. 540-672-5216,

Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze

September 9–November 11 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 and games. 882-6293,

Last Blast of Summer

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Foxfield Family Day at the Races September 24, 10am–5pm at Foxfield. See pg 16.


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September 10, 4–7:30pm at Blue Mountain Pavilion at RVCC YOU CAN This fundraiser will feature live music by HELP! the Bobby Midnight Band, free Knockerball, food and beverages, a dunk tank and more. rockfishvalleycommunitycenter.memberlodge. com

8th Annual Fall Harvest Festival

September 15, 5–7pm at Buford Middle School An evening of fun, friends, family, music, food and activities with youth-led tours, an apple cider press, a delicious harvest meal and more.



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Fall Fruit Festival

September 16, 9am–5pm at Edible Landscaping, Afton Tours, music, food, lectures, door prizes, plants sale and more. Leashed pets are welcome. 361-9134,

Annual Charlottesville Pride Festival

September 16, 11am–7pm at Sprint Pavilion A kid-friendly, entertainment-packed celebration of diversity and inclusion for all with bouncy houses, food trucks, vendors and more.


Cville Sabroso Festival

September 16, 11am–9pm at IX Art Park Enjoy a day of Latin American music, culture, dance, food and art as part of Charlottesville Freefall Art & Music Festival. 924-0885,

Storming The Castle

September 16, 12–4pm at Horton Vineyards Enjoy a fencing demonstration and workshop, an archery station, games, a food truck and food cart, and more. 540-832-7440,

29th Annual African-American Heritage Festival September 16–17, 12–6pm Saturday, 10am– 6pm Sunday at Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton An annual celebration of black culture and history featuring live music, face painting, a cornhole tournament, crafts, kids’ activities, community resources and health screenings. 540-337-7041,

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Queen City Harry Potter Party

September 22–24 at Downtown Staunton Downtown Staunton transforms into the village of Hogsmeade from the famed Harry Potter series. Visit wizard shops, attend Hogwarts classes, drink butterbeer and meet magical creatures. 540-885-9988,

6th Annual Fall Into Fun Festival

September 23–24, 9am–6pm at Chiles Peach Orchard Watch apple butter made the old-fashioned way, enjoy hayrides, games, pumpkin painting, donut decorating and food. Join in the scavenger hunt, pick your own apples and pumpkins, and more. 823-1583,


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September 24, 10am–5pm at Foxfield In addition to the steeplechase races, enjoy a Jack Russell Terrier race, bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, the children and teen activities tents, and a performance by the Charlottesville Orchestra. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 293-9501,

Albemarle County Democratic BBQ

September 12

September 24, 3–6pm at Pen Park A family-friendly event with great food (vegetarian options available), live music and fun for the whole family. Hear from current candidates about the issues that matter to area families. 227-4518,

State Fair of Virginia

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September 29–October 8 at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell See Virginia’s finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. 804-994-2800,

Annual Charlottesville Vegan Roots Fest September 30, 12–7pm at Booker T. Washington Park This family- and dog-friendly festival will include music and entertainment from local artists, great food, talks about nutrition, menus and shopping. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor!

20th International Festival

Crozet Farmers Market

Now–October 14, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Crozet United Methodist parking lot 823-1092

Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative

Now–October 28, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford 760-6655,

City Market

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

Forest Lakes Farmers Market Now–October, Tuesdays, 4–7pm at Forest Lakes South 531-2733, forestlakesfarmersmarket

Farmers in the Park

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

Stonefield Green Market

Now–October, 4–7pm Thursday, 8:30am– 12:30pm Saturday at The Shops at Stonefield

Scottsville Community Farmers Market Now–November 18, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Scottsville Pavilion 286-4994,

September 30, 12–6pm at Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg Zinc. Vintage Market Celebrate the many cultures of the community September 8–10, 10am–5pm Friday–Saturday, with international foods, creative folk art, music 11am–4pm Sunday and dance, and language and intercultural at Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood learning. 540-434-0059, Antiques, repurposed salvage, jewelry, live YOU CAN HELP! music, food trucks, a kids’ zone with a jump pad, face painting, glitter tattoos and more. Belvedere’s Fall Harvest Festival 540-456-6409, September 30–October 31, Weekends at Belvedere Plantation Craft Cville Pop-Up Market Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy the corn maze, September 9, 10am–3pm at IX Art Park wagon and pony rides, campfire, ziplines, The market also hosts food trucks, music and straw jump, pumpkin cannon, trike track, kids’ activities. flower cutting and more. 540-373-4478,

Here Wee Grow Again!

Greenfield Fall Festival


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

September 30–October 31, Weekends at Greenfield Enjoy hayrides, farm animals, the five-acre corn maze and take home a pumpkin. 985-7653,

Fall Back-to-School Bash & Yard Sale

MARKETS & BAZAARS Albemarle Farmers Market

September 23, 7am–12pm at CharlottesvilleYOU CAN Albemarle Technical Center (CATEC) HELP! Tour the facility, meet the instructors, learn

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


September 2017

September 13, 16–23 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church This semi-annual kids consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. 973-5806,

about different program offerings, observe student demonstrations, enjoy refreshments and shop.

Martha’s Market 2017

September 29–October 1, 9am–6pm Friday– Saturday, 11am–4pm Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena Shop at over 70 unique local and nationwide boutiques to support women’s healthcare. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 227-9111,

STAGE & SCREEN Open Mic Night

September 1, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Share music, poetry, comedy, stories, dance, art or any other creation. Registration requested for performers. 823-4050,


September 1, 7:30pm at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) International juggling champion Greg Kennedy, aerial dancers Rachel Lancaster and Christine Morano and video-projection artist Jeff Bethea combine their talents in a cutting-edge multimedia spectacle for a new era. 961-5376,

Beauty and the Beast Screening

September 3, 8:30–10:30pm at Boar’s Head Resort Open to the public, so bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show at dusk and on-site drinks and snacks.

UVA Cavalier Marching Band Rehearsal

September 8 & 15, 6:30pm at Carr’s Hill Field Bring a picnic and watch the UVA Cavalier Marching Band as they prepare for their halftime shows, weather permitting. 924-3052,

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Cville Jr. Idol 2017

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September 8 & 10, 7pm Friday, 3pm Sunday at Burnley-Moran Elementary School Featuring contestants from age 8 to 14. A chorus of children, teens and adults will also be singing to some of the most memorable songs of the last 30 years in celebration of Black Box Player’s 30th birthday.


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16th Annual Light House Youth Film Festival

September 15, 6pm at The Paramount Theater The 16th annual festival will include popcorn and mingling with Light House participants before the screening of the year’s best works. 293-6992,

Laughing Dragon Kung Fu

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Disney’s 101 Dalmatians

September 15, 4pm at Northside Library Laughing Dragon Kung Fu presents a traditional Chinese dragon dance followed by a traditional southern Chinese lion dance. 973-7893,



September 17, 2pm

at The Paramount Theater.

Media Sponsor

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

Sunday, October 22, 1 - 5 pm 440 Pinnacle Place, Charlottesville 22911

parent & child classes | preschool | elementary | middle school


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September 16, 3pm at Central Library The Blue Ridge Irish Music School gives a dance and music performance, and a short talk about their instruments. 979-7151, sheep shearing spinning knitting skein & garment contest braiding rug hooking children’s corner felting tatting weaving basketry Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials 20 different breeds of sheep & goats delicious food booths craft vendors & artisans selling natural fiber clothing, yarns, blankets & socks Celtic Dancing group & Bagpiper DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Disney’s 101 Dalmations

September 17, 2pm at The Paramount Theater See this classic animated Disney film about kidnapped dalmatian puppies. 979-1333,

The Best in Barboursville: A 45th Anniversary Musical Revue

September 22–24 at Four County Players, Barboursville See this on the Mainstage in celebration of Four County Players’ 45 years. 540-832-5355,

LEARNING FUN Saturday, Oct. 7 10am-5pm Sunday, Oct. 8 10am-4pm

Read-Aloud Crowd


September 6, 3:30–4pm at Gordon Avenue Library Visit the library after school to unwind, enjoy a story and share some fun. Grades K–1. Registration required. 296-5544,

For more information, contact Michele Mangham at 434-822-2222

Constitution Day Celebration

September 16, at James Madison’s Montpelier Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier. Learn, feast and play during this year’s celebration. 540-672-2728,

no pets allowed

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September 21, 7–8pm at Northside Library Learn about the origins of this art form from ancient India, witness the preparation of henna paste and create lovely henna tattoos. 973-7893,


50th Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Local Fencing Club: demonstrations & workshop Archery Station • Bavarian Chef food truck • Funnel Cake food cart (The chef is coming, too! Inconceivable!) Shopping vendors • Trivia Contest for all levels with prizes! Want to dress for the occasion in medival style? As you wish..!

September 22–24, 2–6pm Friday, 10am–6pm Saturday, 11am–5pm Sunday at Augusta Expo Experience the fascinating aspects of rocks and minerals from around the world—panning for gold demos, door prizes and a “treasure hunt” for the kids.

September 16, 2017 • 12noon - 4pm

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September 2017

Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

September 23 at Various Museums For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket.

(540) 832-7440


September 9, 11am storytime, all-day craft at Gordon Avenue Library Celebrate Teddy Bear Day by bringing your teddy (or other stuffed friend) to the drop-in storytime at 11am. Stay or come by to make a special teddy craft all day. 296-5544,

Queens Who Read

September 11, 6:30pm at Central Library Celebrate Charlottesville’s Pride Festival. Local drag artist Dreama Belle will share stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion at a special storytime. 979-7151,

Girl Scout Open Houses

September 12, 7–8pm at Jackson Via Elementary School Library; September 13, 7–8pm at Cale Elementary School; September 18, 7–8pm at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School; September 21, 7–8pm at Clark Elementary School Cafeteria Girls grades K–12 enjoy activities and more as parents learn about programs. (Parents/ guardians must attend.) 382-8013,

9th Annual Baking Contest September 2, 9–11:30am at Saunders Brothers Farm Market. See pg 14.

Come Play in the Hay!

Greenfield Fall Festival 2017 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.

Dairy Road (Rt 633) 2 miles north of Ruckersville off Rt 29 (434) 985-7653 •

Rese r Fun ve Your Fall Fi Trip TOD eld AY!

Open to the public - weekends from September 30 - October 31. Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5 Groups of 15 or More Welcome Anytime! Please call for an appointment during the week.


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4th Annual Pancake 5K

September 9, 8am race at Chiles Peach Orchard. See pg 21.

Imagine A Day Without Water School Art Contest

Family Art Jams

Dog Tales

September 12–October 16 An art contest open to all city and county public, private and home schoolers in grades 1–8. Prizes for the best artwork in each age category and for fan favorite.

September 16, 1–3pm for 5- to 7-year-olds, 3–5pm for 8- to 12-year-olds at The Fralin Museum of Art Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities. 243-2050,

More Than One Story

Goodlife Theater: Going Buggy!


September 16, 10:30–11:30am at Northside Library More Than One Story is an award-winning card game that builds bridges between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Registration required. 973-7893,

September 19, 10:30am Central Library Stories of favorite creepy-crawly critters from around the world feature puppets, masks, live music, dramatic play and lots of audience participation. 979-7151,


September 23, 11am at Crozet Library Listen to great stories about man’s best friend, and show off your best doggie tricks. Meet Rhonda’s dog Bailey. 823-4050,

UVA Home Football Games

September 2, 9 & 16 at Scott Stadium Cheer on the ‘Hoos at home. 800-542-8821,

September 17–21 & 24–28 at 8:00 p.m.





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September 2017

Adults $7, Kids Free Rain or Shine Free On-Site Parking

“I Am Brave” Frontier 5K Race & Fun Run and Family Fun Day

September 9 at Frontier Culture Museum A Family Fun Day with live music, games, face painting, food and more. 540-332-7850,

4th Annual Pancake 5K

September 9, 8am race at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet This annual community event is a scenic out-and-back run down Jarman Gap Road. Following the race, enjoy a pancake breakfast. 823-1583,

Area 3 Special Olympics 10K Run & 2-Mile Walk

September 16, 8am YOU CAN at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School HELP! This gently rolling 6.2-mile course features prizes for the best male and female overall, as well as age-group prizes and grab bags. 295-2391,

Over the Edge for Girl Scouts

September 16 at Omni Charlottesville Hotel Participants rappel down a high-rise building to raise money for girl leadership in Virginia. 540-777-5106,

Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge

September 17, 8am start at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, then enjoy catered food, drinks, awards, a swimming pool, live music and more.

8th Annual Ten Miler Family Festival

September 22, 4:30–7:30pm at Amazement Square, Lynchburg Following the Amazing Mile Children’s Run, the public is invited to enjoy the family-friendly and free festival. 845-1888,

4th Annual Hoos Heal 5K

September 30 Behind Scott Stadium, UVA Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia that benefits UVA’s School of Nursing. 531-5421, VA/Charlottesville/HoosHeal5K

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS 3rd Annual LGBTQ Youth Pride Picnic

September 9, 3–7pm at Washington Park Join teens from throughout Central Virginia for free food, resources and games.

City Market and Farmers Markets See pg 16.

2017 Albemarle Democratic BBQ

Please join us for our 29th Annual Democratic BBQ— a family friendly event with the great food, live music, and fun for the whole family! Hear from current candidates about the issues that matter to Albemarle families.

Sunday, Sept 24, 3pm-6pm Pen Park, 1400 Pen Park Road, Charlottesville Kids 16 and under eat free. Adult tickets are $25. Vegetarian options available.

Sponsorships available!

Visit: for more info and to buy tickets.


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Rain, snow, or shine! Sunday, December 3 11:00 AM Start Downtown Mall Course: 1 mile

Be a6Claus forStart a Cause! Sunday, December I 11:00 AM I Downtown Mall I Course: 1 mile Register online: Put a team together or fund-raise individually and run/walk a mile as

Santa to help The Arc of the Piedmont provide and serve people with

Star Wars Reads Day Event Planning Team

September 22, 1–3pm at Central Library Join the Central Teen Advisory Board in planning and preparing for Star Wars Reads Day. 979-7151,

OmegaCon: Charlottesville’s Gaming and Anime Convention

September 29–October 1 at IX Art Park Visit the annual convention for live music, a variety of fun and diverse musical and industryrelated guests, game developers and vendors.

Santa costume for adults and elf hat for kids included with registration. intellectual and developmental disabilities.

All proceeds from this event go to support the programs and services The Arc of the Piedmont provides for people in Charlottesville and the surrounding community living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thank you for supporting our mission! Event Day Registrants will receive their costumes (Santa suit for adults and elf ears for children). 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 and turn Awards will be presented in any donations if necessary. No paper tickets to the top corporate team are necessary. and family team for raising money for the Arc of the Piedmont mission!

Enjoy breakfast provided by Whole Foods at 9:30 a.m. to fuel up before your run/walk!

Register online: Call 434-977-4002

ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS Silhouette Artist Erik Johnson

September 8, 3–6pm at Rock Paper Scissors Third-generation silhouette artist Erik Johnson, who learned the craft from his father, hand cuts each silhouette by just looking at the subject’s profile.

National Grandparents Day

September 10 Whether it’s taking them on a daytrip, spending time at home or mailing them a homemade gift, be sure to show your grandparents how much they mean to you. For more ideas, see pg 29.

College Financial Planning Workshop

September 12, 6:30pm at Crozet Library Parents of high-school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to this 90-minute presentation on financial planning options for college. 823-4050,

Program Open House

Fall Festival Food, Wine/Beer Tasting, Music, Kids Activities and MORE!

Donations accepted for All Blessings Flow, a local non-profit organization that collects medical equipment for those in need in Charlottesville, Albemarle and surrounding counties.

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 14 • 11am - 2pm FREE AnD OpEn TO ThE puBliC! 751 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville • 434.973.1155 •


September 2017

September 16, 10am–12pm at Brooks Family YMCA Learn about fall programs including healthy cooking classes, the youth basketball league, the warrior program and more. 974-9622,

Mind Math With Beads

September 18, 4pm at Northside Library Ashwati Nayar of ALOHA Mind Math Charlottesville will teach how to calculate faster and better with the abacus. A workshop for caregivers and children grades K–5 together. Registration required, beginning September 5. 973-7893,

53rd Annual Parade of Homes

September 30 & October 1, 7 & 8, 12–5pm throughout Charlottesville Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. 973-8652,

Castle Hill Cider, a place to celebrate.

Come visit. Drink our award-winning ciders. Wander the gorgeous grounds. We trust you’ll enjoy our rich history, and perhaps even create some of your own. We have daily tasting hours of 11-5, and host special events like weddings, corporate parties, and small gatherings—all sure to create beautiful memories.

2017 Annual CiderFest September 3• 11am-6pm

434.296.0047 • • 6065 Turkey Sag Road, Keswick






Sat, Oct. 14 Acca Shrine Center

September 3, 11am–6pm at Castle Hill Cider Enjoy music, cider and drinks from six cideries, food trucks, live music and shopping from local vendors. 964-7629,

Truffle Workshop: Chocolates Inspired by Monticello September 8, 3:30–4:30pm at Monticello Visitor Center, Classroom 5 Part of the Heritage Harvest Festival, Tim Gearhart of Gearhart Fine Chocolates leads a chocolate truffle demo inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

(1712 Bellevue Ave., Richmond)

Rain or Shine

Fe a t u r i n g International Model

Madeline Stuart

From Brisbane, Australia

Shakespeare Under the Stars

September 9, 6:30pm at DuCard Vineyards Indulge yourself in a performance of As You Like It by Bard Unbound on the beautiful grounds of DuCard Vineyards. Reservations required, either online or by calling. 540-923-4206,

Proudly serving Charlottesville, Williamsburg & all of Central Virginia

Register to run/walk/volunteer at

Young the Giant – Home of the Strange Tour

Pr e s e nte d by :

September 19 at Sprint Pavilion Los Angeles-based indie rockers Young the Giant come to Charlottesville. 877-272-8849,

A l s o S p o n s o r e d by :

UPS Freight


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

6th Annual Tomtoberfest

September 22–23 at Emancipation Park This massive fall block party is two days of free 12:15 PM concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs, music and art in Charlottesville’s downtown. This year, enjoy a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. 336-0022,

Scotty McCreery

September 23, 8pm at The Paramount Theater The American Idol winner and country music star comes to Charlottesville. 979-1333,

September 16 | October 14 | November 11 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! Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 10am-6pm • $5 entry Fee SALE DATES: September 16 - 23 (Closed Sunday) (Restocking dates are September 14 & 15)

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.)


September 2017

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

1500 East Rio Rd. Charlottesville

For sale hours, volunteer and SPONSORSHIP opportunities:

Flip to pg 48 for adventurous daytrips!


Foxfield Races

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th Gates Open at 10:00 am • Gates Close at 5:00 pm • Benefiting • International Neighbors Charlottesville

Events include Doody Calls Jack Russell Terrier Races, Ask Landis Stick Pony Races, Virginia Tent Rental 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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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. 6th Annual “Fall Into Fun” Festival

Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

September 23–24 in Crozet

October 7–8, 14–15 & 21–22, 10am–4:30pm

Kick off autumn by helping cook old-

in Syria

fashioned apple butter (Sat.), playing

In celebration of 48 years, savor good

games, savoring great food, taking wagon

food and homemade apple butter at this

rides—and, of


annual fest with bluegrass music, crafts

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

fair, hay maze, hayrides and horseback

enjoy paint-a-pumpkin and decorate-a-

rides, rain or shine. Kids can climb the

donut activities.

hay mountain, visit the animals and pick



course, picking

540-923-4231, Apple Festivals at Drumheller’s Orchard September 30–October 1 & October 21–22,

Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals at Silver

9am–5pm in Lovingston

Creek & Seamans’ Orchards

Take the family on a hayride and enjoy

October 7 & 21, 10am–4:30pm in Tyro

a wide selection of apples and cider,

Watch apple butter being made the old-

country music, inflatables, crafts and

fashioned way! Enjoy live music while kids

food. Kids can try their luck with the old-

pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts,

fashioned apple slingshot!

explore the corn maze and visit with the


clown. A cider pressing demonstration will happen at 11am.

Apple Harvest at Carter Mountain




September 2017

September–November, Weekends

17th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at

in Charlottesville

Albemarle CiderWorks

Join the Chiles family for food, hayrides,

November 4, 10am–5pm in North Garden

wine tastings, apple picking and all

Go on a hayride, look at crafts, taste

things apple — including apple butter,

apples, watch old-fashioned apple butter

apple cider, apple cider donuts and apple

and Brunswick stew cooking along with

pie! Pumpkins will come in mid to late

cider pressing, partake in an apple pie

September, and on September 16–17,

contest, listen to live music, tour the

a reenactment of Johnny Appleseed’s

cidery and learn about growing your own

history with apples will take place.




Pick-Your-Own Apples — Now Through October We’re lucky to have fresh fruit available at local farms from spring through fall. Always call ahead for times and harvest availability. Many orchards have pumpkin patches later in the fall, so you may want to return in a few weeks! Carter Mountain Orchard

Dickie Bros. Orchard

The Market at Grelen







Look for hayrides and pumpkins in the

This Nelson County orchard has been

This beautiful market, located on the

fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot



beautiful Grelen nursery offers pick-your-

apple cider donuts—a mouth-watering

family for more than 267 years, ever

own apples in the fall, along with a café,

local tradition—year-round. This is also

since King George issued their land

garden shop, and plenty of workshops

a great place to bring visitors, since the

grant! The orchard—home to 14 apple

that teach varied planting techniques!

panoramic view of Charlottesville and the

varieties—is located near the scenic

There are also scenic trails where a pre-

Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. See pg

George Washington National Forest and

ordered lunch from the café or a Grelen

26 to learn about Carter Mountain’s Apple

Wintergreen Resort, and many families

Picnic Basket can be enjoyed at a picnic

Harvest Celebrations.

include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in

table at the Nursery Overlooks.





the area. *Critzer Family Farm Henley’s Orchard

Afton 540-456-4772, Stemming




Crozet of


farmers, Crizter Family Farm offers a

Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley’s

variety of fruits and vegetables throughout

grows more than 25 varieties of apples

the year, with apples and blackberries this

with a low-spray method — including the

fall. Open Monday–Saturday, and closed

regional darling: Albemarle Pippin.

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on Sundays. (see this page).

It’s Fall Harvest Time! Pick Your Own Apples Weekend September 16, Saturday 9am - 4pm September 17, Sunday 11am - 4pm

Varieties available to pick: Red and Golden Delicious, Empire, JonaGold, Early Fuji 1/2 bu bags provided

at Critzer Family Farm In afton

Pick your own! Apples And BlAckBerries MOnDay-SaTuRDay 8aM-6PM


From Cville and Lovingston: Take 29 S to 56 W, go 1 mile, turn right onto Roseland Road. Watch for signs.

OCTOBER FIELD TRIPS! Call the Berry Line at

540-241-3305 for daily picking info or visit

For more information, call 434-277-5824 |


{our town calendar} *Saunders Brothers Farm Market Piney River 277-5455 x37, 2717 Tye Brook Hwy. Piney River, VA 22964 Founded by five brothers in 1915, Saunders Brothers is now owned by its third generation of siblings, along with their father. This family-owned orchard offers a variety of specialty apples to be picked by visitors. A farm market with fresh fruits and vegetables for sale is also available,

Bushels of Tips for Picking Apples

along with events on each Saturday until the end of the season in December (see this page). *Seamans’ Orchard Roseland 277-8130,

• Always call ahead for conditions, supplies and prices. • Get directions from the orchard’s website or when you call, since

Pick-your-own apples are only available one weekend a year, rain or shine— Saturday, Sept. 16, 9am–4pm, and Sunday, Sept. 17, 11am–4pm—and are sold by the half-bushel. Like Dickie Bros., Seamans’

• • •

is near Crabtree Falls (easy-to-moderate Exp. 9.30.17

hike for families) and the Blue Ridge

Parkway. Families are encouraged to picnic on the property while visiting (see

page 27). • Silver Creek Orchard Tyro

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Although the packing shed (farm stand) is open daily in September., this orchard’s PYO dates are limited to two weekends,

rain or shine: Sept. 9–10 & Oct. 14–15 (Sat. 9am–4pm and Sun. 11am–4pm). Plan to peruse the local goodies at the packing shed after you pick your basketful. Retail shop is closed on weekends with limited hours throughout the week. Together with Seamans’ Orchard, Silver Creek hosts Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals.

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mapping programs like Google are not always accurate. 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. Ask about discounted pre-picked seconds or blemished apples, which are fine for baking and cooking. Check for worms. Have cash on hand, since not all orchards will take credit or 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.

Make New

Memories National Grandparents Day September 10, 2017

With Grandparents Day approaching on September 10, it’s a good time to reflect on the importance of involving your parents and in-laws in your children’s everyday lives. Fostering those relationships can take some time, and some creativity, but the benefits are oh so worth it. Life is full of moments and opportunities to make new memories, but at our current pace, we often miss them. It is the moments in our lives that help us learn, make connections and strengthen our relationships. Don’t wait for another moment to pass. Make the effort to restore the

with your children. Get to Know Each Other Better: Make a list of questions and write it down in a journal. Try asking each person to share a memory from a common time in their lives. Shake Up Your Family Tree: Have the grandparents recalls the names of their parents, grandparents and siblings. Find out what part of the world your family comes from. Your Family in Pictures: Dig to the back of the closet and dust off the photo albums. Your kids will love to see the house you grew up in and your childhood pets. Teach Them a Thing or Two

lost the art of just spending time together. Here are some ideas for activities to help your children understand and appreciate their grandparents’ wealth of knowledge about the world and your family’s history. Pass Down a Tradition: Have your children’s grandparents share something about their childhood

About Your Interests: Have your kids share something they enjoy doing with their grandparents. Perhaps, time hasn’t changed as much as we thought. Take Silly Pictures: Preserve today’s memories by framing those pictures and displaying them in a special spot in your home.

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Selecting your first stroller is a lot like buying a new car: It’s an important and very personal decision with no one-size-fits-all solution—and choosing can be completely overwhelming. But don’t worry! With the help of other “mom experts,” I have simplified the process by offering these eight questions to consider when purchasing a stroller. 1. Where do you live and what is your lifestyle? Are you in a rural environment with gravel roads or in a city with sidewalks? Are you an avid runner? The key to a proper match is determining where you will use your stroller the most. 2. What is your budget? While luxury models often come with a smoother ride or more features, some of the affordable options are also among the most popular. Look for sales on your favorite new models, and don’t forget about Craigslist and yard sales—but be sure to check recall lists for older models at by Blair Lonergan 3. How big is your car? Be sure to select a stroller that fits easily into your trunk or one that folds up to travel. 4. Can your newborn go for a ride? Since very young babies are not able to sit up, make sure that you have an option for those first few months. Travel systems are popular, but so are reclining strollers, strollers with a bassinet attachment and even adapter bars that can be temporarily installed to accommodate an infant car seat. 5. How easy is it to collapse the stroller? This is when it is probably worth your time to actually visit a store. Many of the moms that I heard from raved about the ease with which they could collapse their stroller with one hand. You’ll need to get it in and out of your car when you’re also weighed down with babies, diaper bags and cups of coffee! 6. How well does the stroller handle? While you are testMost stores have strollers already packaged. Don't be driving your stroller to see how it collapses, assess the ease afraid to ask to test drive it with which it maneuvers. before purchasing. Otherwise, 7. How large is the storage basket underneath? The be sure to check the return bigger, the better! policy. 8. What color is best? While black may seem most practical, many parents complained about the heat. Instead, consider other gender-neutral options in case baby one turns into baby two, and even baby three. And, finally, here are some popular options to consider: Baby Jogger City Mini GT Travel Systems: complete travel system, maneuvers well, reclines, compact, multi-position canopy. BOB Revolution Pro or BOB Revolution Flex: both handle well on all terrain, have front wheel swivels, two-step folding, large canopy, multi-position seat. Baby Trend Millennium Jogger System: multi-position seat, adjustable canopy, front wheel swivels, lightweight.


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Set the Tone 5 Ways to Use Music in Your Home

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Have you ever entered a doctor’s office waiting room and felt overwhelmed with the loud chatter, cartoons blasting, phones beeping and handheld games being played? Even those who are used to noise and chaos can feel over stimulated in such environments. Now, take a moment and consider how your young ones might feel in that situation. Sounds and noise most often times lead to feeling more stressed. Even in your home, the loudness can be overbearing. To curve it’s impact into one that puts off a soothing and calming effect, we must look at the intent of the sound. By intentionally using music as a tool, you can set or reset the tone of your home. Here are five times to influence the mood of your family and their appreciation of positive sounds. Homework Time. Playing some soothing tunes in the background while deciphering Math problems is not only soothing but aids in brain stimulation. Known as the Mozart effect, listening to music not only increases cognitive function in general but also aids in performing mathematical computations, such as spatial-temporal reasoning. by Danielle Sullivan Clean Up. Looking to find a fun way to clean up before or after dinner? Try a musical cue. By putting on a song that the kids enjoy, you will help get little hands in the mood to pitch in. If you play the same song each day but specifically for clean up time only, you soon won’t even need to tell the kids that it’s time to tidy up. Once they hear the first few notes of the song, they will spring into action. Explore Topics. What older kids listen to might reflect what they are thinking or feeling, but it also might just be a song that they really enjoy. A good conversation starter can be asking about their interests. Talking about lyrics is an awesome way to broach subjects, as well as a way to encourage writing and expressing their feelings in a healthy way. This will show you’re interested in what they like and will allow you to monitor their music without it appearing as overbearing. And don’t be afraid to introduce them to the songs and music you like, and explain what you like about it. Some of the best For a kid-friendly website and times with my kids have been deciphering the lyrics of a song. app for kids to listen to tunes, Get Moving. Who says you need to do a formal and boring check out KIDJAM! Radio at exercise routine every day? Try turning up the tunes and just dancing. Show the kids your fun side and get them moving at the same time. It’s not only incredible fun, it’s an activity that helps release the day’s stress and reinvigorates you and your kids for the rest of the day. No More Television. It can become a habit to instantly turn on the television when you come home, whether it’s for background noise or for some mindless relaxation. However, the noise from a blaring television can quickly become grating and does not usher in tranquility. On the contrary, get in the habit of turning on some music when you walk in the door. It will carry over a good mood or curve a sour one. Just as J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone wrote, “Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!”


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Sleep Walking & Talking

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A parent told me recently about being frightened when she wasn’t able to find her child in her bed in the morning. Where she did find her was in the living room, asleep on the couch. Her daughter had no idea how she got there during the night. Sleepwalking, a strange quirk of sleep, is not that uncommon. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 15 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 16 sleepwalk. Interestingly enough, sleepwalking tends to run in families. When looking at the time of the night that sleepwalking happens most, research has noticed it usually happens during the first few hours after by Bob Taibbi falling asleep, and the child doesn’t remember having walked. The venture can last for a few minutes, and as long as 20 minutes. Children may sit up, or walk around their rooms or the house, may mumble, even yell or scream, or urinate in an inappropriate place. While it doesn’t mean that your child has emotional or psychological problems, it can be an indicator of stress, being overtired or ill, or triggered from having a full bladder. What should you do if you discover your child is sleepwalking? Don’t try to wake the child up. The child may have her eyes open and be mumbling, but she will not be able to see you or understand what you are saying. Instead just guide her back to bed. The most important thing to do, of course, is to make sure your child is safe. You want to change out any bunk beds, lock the doors, clear the floors of clutter and put barriers across stairs. Some parents tie a bell to the child’s door to let them know if the child opens it at night. Finally, let your child know that it is not a sign of any problems; help him not feel embarrassed or worried. If it persists, check in with your physician. Small doses of medication may help or she can refer you to a sleep specialist to rule out any underlying problems. For more tips and advice on In contrast to sleepwalking, sleep talking is so common health for kids of all ages— that it tends to be thought of as normal. This too runs in from baby to young adult— families, and unlike sleepwalking, it affects adults as well as visit children. The typical pattern includes a person being deeply asleep and lying still for about an hour or so before he suddenly moves around in the bed restlessly, says some words, often related to a past or present daytime experience, and then dozes back into a deep sleep. What is said may be clear or mumbled, and the person may even sit up and appear to look around before going back to sleep. Sleep talking usually occurs during partial wakening, not during dreaming, and is similar to sleepwalking in that the person doesn’t remember it. Unlike sleepwalking, there is no worry of physical harm and generally no treatment is needed. If your child is sharing a room with a sibling, the sleep talking may, however, disturb the other child. In that case, consider separating the children, or using a white noise machine to help reduce the sound of chatter.


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Lawn Games “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” – Winnie the Pooh

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September is Charlottesville’s last gasp of summer, and what better way to hold on tight than getting outdoors and playing games with your children and friends. The kids have just returned to school, so getting outdoors is all the better this time of the year. Here are a few things you can do outdoors … after the homework is done, of course. Denny Weston, a local game designer, entrepreneur and educator, and his wife spent the last few years creating Kingdom’s Lawn Game. Combining elements of fantasy with a new variant of bowling, players attempt to conquer one another by knocking down each others blocks (known as castles) by throwing the balls (known as armies) behind a designated line (known as the battle line). The last player with the castles standing is declared the victor. This game will develop hand-eye coordination in conjunction with imaginative team play and strategy. The game, which has just recently become available to the community, has a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, as well as with the Charlottesville Gaming Group and others! More information can be found at


September 2017 Other terrific and simple lawn games for all ages include beanbag toss or cornhole, ladder ball and Frisbee dunk. If you’ve got the room, set up a court and play games like Newcomb ball (goes great in a town with Newcomb Hall), volleyball or badminton. To burn off a little more energy and engage a larger audience, don’t forget good old-fashioned fun such as Red Rover, land-based Marco Polo, egg tosses or clue! If finding flat lawn space to play is a challenge, games like bocce ball adapt particularly well to three-dimensional challenges. If late summer swelter hits, build a steeplechase course with sprinklers and other obstacles, get out a timer and whistle, and you’ll have the kids out shrieking and running laps for as long as you want.

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“There is something profoundly satisfying about sharing a meal. Eating together, breaking bread together, is one of the oldest and most fundamentally unifying of human experiences.” – Barbara Coloroso

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In 2002, Kate Collier and her husband, Eric Gertner, opened Feast! in Charlottesville’s Main Street Market, offering artisan cheeses, cured meats, wines, local produce and seasonally inspired lunches. Fast forward to 2009, when Kate and Marisa Vrooman founded the Local Food Hub, a non-profit organization operating an educational farm in Scottsville and a warehouse in Ivy, which distributes food from local farmers. “Our goal,” says Collier, “is to keep our community’s food dollars here to stimulate our local economy and support family-run farms while getting healthier, local food to our schools, hospitals, adult care facilities and food banks.” Collier also serves on the board of the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville. What are your current projects? Working with the Local Food Hub, getting to know our five new farm apprentices and organizing our first Annual Organic Plant Sale to support our services and programs. Everyone is invited. Go to to learn more. What is your favorite cookie? Chocolate chip with hard toffee crumbles and toasted pecans. What was your favorite book as a child? Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Alexander is my younger brother’s name.)

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the age of 6 and enjoy climbing rocks, they might like the mile-long Bearfence Mountain Trail hike. For lunch, you can head to a picnic area, such as Elkwallow Picnic Area, which has restrooms and picnic tables available. You may also see some of the wildlife that live in the park, such as white-tailed deer and some of the 200 species of birds. On a day with chances of rainfall, make sure to avoid hikes that involve climbing over rocks that can become slippery and hazardous. And don’t forget to check online for the days each year that the park offers free admission. For instance, free admission is available on National Public Lands Day on September 30 as well as on Veterans Day weekend, November 11–12, in addition to National Park Week in April. 540-999-3500, nps. gov/shen

Natural Bridge State Park

Located just over an hour outside

of Charlottesville lies Natural Bridge, one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.” It’s not every day you see a 215-foot-tall gorge that is thousands,

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Finding healthy snacks for your wee ones doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are some tips that will encourage healthy eating and that aren’t so difficult to pack and transfer. Also, buying in bulk and using reusable Tupperware are the cheapest and most conscientious ways to keep the planet clean. Just like for school, have them help you pre-pack their own lunch box with similar snacks the night before. This will avoid any late departures and sharing arguments while also managing their intake. Once you have brought out perishable food, you can safely leave it out for an hour if the temperature is 90 degrees or more. For cooler weather, two hours is safe.

Sandwich Bouquets / Pita Pouches


Pick up some turkey and cheese, cream

Making your own water bottles and freezing

cheese and veggies and peanut butter, and

the night before will have them staying

make an assortment of options. Shaping them

chilled all day long. A batch of homemade

with cookie cutters is a cute and enticing way

unsweetened tea can be another treat for the

to get the kids to help.

whole family while eliminating the sick bellies and bugs.

Melon Skewers and watermelon into pieces or shapes and let

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Veggies & Dip Snap green beans, carrots, cherry tomatoes and other small veggies are easy to grab at the store and separate rather than cut with a knife. Cupcake liners make great holders and are easy to pack for ranch dressing dip on the go.

Berry Blend Fruits such as grapes, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are easy for little fingers to separate and mix together, too.

Cheese & Crackers String cheese is the easiest to transport and keep fresh. Pack some crackers with them and you have something savory.

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sure to check their calendar. To see the bridge, follow the Cedar Creek Trail, which begins at the Cascade Falls, passes under the Natural Bridge, and follows the creek to Lace Falls. The trail is about a mile long and is mostly flat, making it a very family-friendly walk. The Caverns, just a short drive up the road from the Rockbridge Center, allow you to travel 34 stories deep underground for more of nature’s marvels. A tour guide will direct you through the cave’s passages and educate you on the fun facts and interesting creatures that live amidst the cool temperatures. Remember to bring a sweater or a jacket, as the cave always remains 54 degrees no matter what the outside temperature is above. Also located near Natural Bridge is the Native American Village. The Monacan Indians are Woodland Indians, who lived and depended on the forest, and their village is one of the few remaining villages across the country. During each season, they showcase different activities and skills the Indians needed for that particular season, from tool-making, hide tanning, shelter construction, rope making, weaving, canoe building and more. For more outdoor adventures, you





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Located in Newport News, the Virginia Living Museum offers the best of both worlds as it includes both indoor and outdoor experiences. The outdoor exhibits include an elevated boardwalk, Dinosaur Discovery Trail and Coastal Plain Aviary. The ¾-mile boardwalk crosses over a lake and travels through the woods and a wetlands area. Along the way, you can marvel at North American wildlife, including bald eagles, wild turkeys, red fox, and coyote, and learn about the importance of wetlands. The Dinosaur Discovery Trail is a popular new feature at the museum that shows realisticlooking dinosaurs that once walked the


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a professional animal keeper or aquarist gives a presentation, which allows you to

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get the inside scoop about the animals on

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A Busy Parent’s Guide to Volunteering at School

by Lisa Martin

The form arrives in the parent folder or in an email blast from school, and that familiar tugof-war begins—it’s the annual volunteer request. Opportunities abound, but constraints on your schedule—a full-time job, other children at home, elderly parents to care for may make finding the time for volunteering a challenge. You’d like to help both the school and your child while not overextending yourself, but the array of choices on the Sign-up Genius can be bewildering.


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I’d suggest three key questions to ask

from parent volunteers. Research shows

yourself before committing to a volunteer

a strong link between involved parents


and their kids’ educational outcomes,

give; (2) What is my goal relative to my

especially in the early grades. And

child; and (3) How much of a challenge

there are plenty of pros to volunteering,

do I want to undertake? The answers to

including the direct benefits to your own

these questions will help you focus your

child’s school environment, no matter

efforts and talents productively, so you

whether you assist in the classroom,

can make a difference without going

office, PTO or in a fundraising role. Just


with teachers and administrators, the up-close view of your child’s classmates and friends, the chance to become acquainted with other parents, and the early scoop on upcoming events or changes at the school. Amid the constraints and benefits, how do you take control of school volunteering to make it work for you, your child and your school? The key to a satisfying volunteer experience is knowing your limitations before committing. After serving in a wide variety of volunteer capacities at my sons’ independent school from

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(1) How much time do I have to

HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO GIVE? Carving time out of an alreadypacked schedule is often the biggest obstacle a parent faces when asked to take on a volunteer duty at school. Before saying ‘yes,’ you should have a handle on the amount of time you can reasonably allocate to school-related tasks, not only in terms of number of hours per week or month, but where those hours fall in the day. Is your free time distributed across weekdays, or is it all bunched on weekends and evenings? Can you do

things on the spur of the moment, or do you need plenty of advance notice? Most

importantly, know


your time allocation can be increased on the fly, in case your event experiences a hold-up or last-minute glitch. If you have a babysitter on the hook or a work meeting to get to, the answer may simply be no. How much time a job will take may be dictated by the size of your school (are you prepping a craft for six second-grade classes or just two), but it’s important to fairly evaluate the time commitment (low to high) you will be making when you accept an assignment. Some examples include: Low: Caring for the fish in the school

once a week, share a hobby, or serve as a

president, where you need to do that

PTO class representative.

and bring the energy. Prioritize quality

aquarium, preparing a dish for a cultural

High: Be a room parent (in charge

over quantity. If you can only swing a

fair, reading to the class once a month or

of coordinating other class parents for

one-time event, such as hosting a class

assisting with picture day. One mom, the

all activities), serve as PTO president

party at your house, make the most of

year a new baby joined their family, used

or serve as a chair of a major school

it—do it well and call it good. In the case

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the counselors office for kids who came

between serving as a PTO class rep,

or menu item and send it in. If you are

to school hungry.

where you must attend the monthly

filling a gap, you are helping!

Medium: Tending the school garden,

meetings but you don’t have to come

serving as a helper in art or music class

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learn more about her interests or how she interacts with friends? Are you curious about how the teacher structures the day and manages the classroom, or perhaps how the administration runs the school? Are you trying to bring about large-scale change to the whole system, or are you just volunteering because you feel obligated? If you have a particular goal in mind, understand that volunteer jobs vary by how close to (or far from) your student that job will take you. Consider the relationship between you and your child—would he want you there in his classroom during an activity or would he prefer you help out elsewhere in the school? Most young kids think it’s a fun novelty to see their parent for a brief interval, but as they get older, they may regard you as “spying” or butting in to their life. I once corrected my then sixth-grader on a field trip in front of his friends and never heard the end of it. If you are volunteering for the express purpose of seeing more of your student in action, think about the proximity (near vs. far) of you to your child in various jobs:

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event coordinator, or a school board member. *Hint: A strange but fairly consistent rule of thumb kicks in here: In general, the more “involved” you are with your child’s school, the less you actually see your child. Greater involvement usually means filling bigger roles where parent input or effort is sorely needed. For me, serving on my school’s accreditation committee meant attending lots of meetings over many months, and it culminated in a great boon for the school, but I never saw my sons unless we passed in the hall.

HOW MUCH OF A CHALLENGE DO I WANT TO UNDERTAKE? The third question asks what you are game for during your volunteer hours. Do you like a thorny problem to solve

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A job could be small in scope but tricky, such as trying to secure a zoning ordinance exception for the installation of a school sign. Conversely, a large task might be relatively straightforward, like coordinating a Game Night that has been done the same way for the past 10 years. It’s also a matter of your tolerance for chaos. Helping the students line up for picture day is a much more orderly task than supervising the water events during Field Day. A popular field trip at our school each year was a visit to the Virginia Safari Park—the kids had a blast feeding the animals through the car windows, but the five intrepid volunteer drivers always returned with | 434-973-4946 x102

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overextended, and learn how to politely decline some requests. Finally, be sure you are volunteering at your child’s school for the right reasons. The more you simply work hard and blend in, the more your help will be appreciated and your presence welcomed in the future. And don’t volunteer grudgingly or out of a sense of guilt. A parent helper who is distracted or has a bad attitude can be more trouble than he or she is worth to a busy teacher. No matter whether you volunteer a lot or just a little, try to make things easier on yourself. When you feel good about the time and effort you’re able to give, your school volunteer experience will be a job well done.

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Concussions 64

September 2017

What Parents Need to Know by Eric Wallace

With school back in session, our minds are filled with school buses, backpacks, fall sports and outdoor play. With the constant advancement in sports-related concussion research, doctors, athletic trainers, teachers and school personnel are continuously learning about the protocol for prevention, detection and care. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA), a concussion “is a type of traumatic brain injury which results in a temporary or in some cases lasting disruption of normal brain function.” Concussions occur, “when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull, typically from a blow to the head or body.”


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their brains. This data was assessed to gain

concussions have become an increasingly

a better understanding of the cumulative

hot topic for parents. Even with recent

effects of subconcussive forces on the

nation-wide legislation, keeping student-

human brain.” The researchers are now

athletes with concussions benched, and

working to see what correlation may exist

new rules instituting mandatory recovery

between the data gleaned from MRI and

times, the advancement and attention

the sensors.

to the research remain at the forefront.

For the concerned parents of student

UVA’s Health System has jumped on

athletes, the shift is welcome. According

board with advancing the cause through

to the Journal of Athletic Training, the

establishing the Brain Injury and Sports

younger the athlete, the more susceptible

Concussion Institute (BISC) in 2002 and

to brain trauma and injury they are.

the BISC Clinic in 2014.

Meanwhile, it’s estimated that collectively,

In a UVA BISC Institute research


MD, PhD, is overseeing a study he hopes

traumatic brain injuries annually, with

could lead to tools for avoiding traumatic

concussions constituting an estimated 8.9

brain injury (TBI) among athletes in the

percent of all high school athletic injuries

first place. For his research, “Druzgal

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and 5.8 percent of all collegiate injuries.

enlisted the help of UVA college athletes

Doctors will tell you that concussions

in football, soccer and lacrosse who wore

aren’t just happening on the sports fields,

adhesive mastoid patch accelerometers

courts and in the rink though. Everyday

that measured the force, direction and

activities such as biking, skiing and

frequency of head impacts during practice

snowboarding, and even running around

and games. The athletes also underwent

with friends leave kids susceptible to

MRIs before and after the season to

getting injured.

measure the changes these forces had on

Be an InsIder

U.S. high school and collegiate athletes

program, Neuroradiologist Jason Druzgal,

To help you navigate these frightening

140,000 concussions each year. While


waters, we’ve compiled a Parent’s Guide

injuries occur most frequently in football,

impact, or forgetting what happened


ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling,

just prior to the injury, those signs

biking and basketball aren’t far behind.

point to a concussion, and tell us we




you need to know to keep your child safe while he or she is active.

“Of course, every athlete is technically





need to conduct an assessment,” says

at risk,” says Albemarle High School


Athletic Director Deb Tyson. “However,

injuries, patients frequently exhibit no

As we’ve mentioned, a concussion

those competing in sports like swimming,

immediate symptoms.”

“is a type of traumatic brain injury

tennis or golfing rarely, if ever, suffer these

which results in a temporary or in some

types of injuries.”


cases lasting disruption of normal brain function.” And they occur, “when the




When dealing with athletes, that makes things tricky. Here’s an example. If your daughter takes an elbow to the face


and gets knocked out while challenging a

brain is violently rocked back and forth or

Unlike many other physical injuries,

header during a soccer game, it’s obvious

twisted inside the skull, typically from a

what makes concussions so dangerous

she needs medical attention. However, if

blow to the head or body.”

is they were long dismissed as harmless

16-year-old Jimmy heads the ball after

and can easily go overlooked. According

a long punt, whips his head wrong, and

to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

subsequently suffers a minor concussion,

Neurologist Dr. Melanie Winningham,

diagnosis becomes much harder.

WHO’S AT RISK? There are a variety of factors, such as type of sport or activity and an athlete’s position and style of play, that increase a child’s risk of a concussion. Yet, all activities offer some sort of risk factor, whether it’s biking and skateboarding or climbing a tree in the backyard. At the high school level, according to NFSHSA statistics, athletes suffer around

while sometimes there are cuts or bruises

“Our coaches and referees are trained

on the head or face, there are often little

to watch for and immediately identify

to no visible signs of injury. Furthermore,

incidents that may have resulted in a

being more of a functional issue than a

head trauma,” says Andy Wilson, program

clear structural injury, minor concussions

director of Soccer Organization of the

are invisible to standard medical imaging

Charlottesville Area (SOCA). “If two players

devices like CT and MRI scans.

butt heads and one goes down, that’s






pretty easy to spot. But if there wasn’t

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football games. During play, if a coach

down, and a player doesn’t tell someone

process for students suffering from a

or official spots an action that may have

that something feels off, we have no way

concussion. “It’s important that school

resulted in a head injury, play is stopped,

of knowing an injury has occurred.”

personnel know how to identify a possible

and the player is temporarily removed


concussion and also how to help students

from the game for a sideline evaluation.

show up immediately, or can be relatively

during the healing process,” says Tyson.

After the trainer takes a look, if the player

mild, both parents and players need to

“While we do everything we can to catch

is deemed healthy, he or she returns to

know what to look for. For this and other

these issues on the field, should a student

the game. If not, they’re sidelined.

reasons, education has been a major

slip through the cracks, teachers are on

“If the trainer identifies or even just

component of the national campaign to

the lookout in the classroom and can help

thinks there’s a good chance the player

prevent and properly treat concussions.

identify symptoms there.”

has suffered a concussion, before they




EDUCATION & PREVENTION “The big concern for all of us is the safety of our children, and a major component of keeping them safe is increasing says













overhaul of concussion safety protocols in middle and high school sports. On the school-side of things, in Albemarle County, coaches and teachers are now required to attend annual training seminars and pass a test proving they





symptoms, effects


Additionally, players and parents are

can return to play, that player has to

given information about head injuries,

see a doctor and go through a series of

and players must undergo an assessment

checkpoints, including passing a post-

within 10 days of the season’s opening.

concussion assessment,” says Tyson.

“We work with a company of trained

SOCA has made changes as well. “We

medical professionals that come in and

no longer allow players under 10 years of

evaluate the players before the season

age to head the ball,” says Wilson. “While

begins,” explains Tyson. “That way, should

there isn’t yet any real evidence saying

a head-injury occur at some point during

the practice is dangerous, we’d rather err

the season, we can use the results as a

on the side of safety.”

baseline for comparison, and find out if


anything is wrong.” On the field, certified trainers are on






stand-by at all sporting events, with UVA

symptoms of a concussion and get it


diagnosed, the better. “The brain is much




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imperative to protect the child from further traumas during the recovery period.” Here’s a list of signs and symptoms Jackson says can help you identify if your child has suffered a concussion. Observed by You: Cognitive: Seems stunned, dazed or confused; forgets instructions or has trouble remembering events before or after the incident; is unsure about what happened at the game, the final score or the opposing team; has a slow response to questions; is more emotional than normal; or exhibits marked changes in personality, mood, or behavior. Physical: Altered coordination, such as balance problems or clumsy movement; loss of consciousness; lethargic; or lacking energy.

Experienced by the Athlete: Cognitive: Has problems concentrating or remembering; feels foggy or hazy; is overly emotional; or complains of feeling ‘off’ or ‘down.’ Physical: Experiences dizziness and/or vertigo; nauseated and/or vomiting; has blurred or doubled vision; has persistent headaches and/or pressure in the head; is sensitive to noise and/or light; is feeling fatigued, sluggish or groggy; or has numbness or tingling in the extremities. Sleep problems: Has difficulty falling or remaining asleep; or is sleeping less or more than usual.

IMMEDIATE TREATMENT What should happen immediately following a head injury depends on its severity. For instance, a case where a player has been knocked unconscious for 10 minutes calls for different action than one where consciousness was retained. “If a player has lost consciousness for more than a few minutes, the blow was likely severe, and they should be transported





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the time of the injury,” says Winningham. Combined with an assessment of the player’s current condition, the information will help determine a treatment plan. In either case, a player should not reenter the game, and should see a doctor as soon as possible, preferably within the next day or two.

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injuries, which can result in lifelong issues. But look on the bright side: “The good news is, with proper treatment—” i.e., adequate time for healing— “the majority of concussions have no real lasting impact,” says Winningham.

Eric is a freelance writer based out of Staunton, VA. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler, lover of zen, mountains, rivers, sunsets and literature, literature, literature.


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{until next time humorous reflections} Born Second, Born Free

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When our first child Marie was born, she instantly became the center of our universe. Three years later when Sally came along, she found a much easier job. At 20 months of age, Sally’s life was a carefree whirl. She sang. She danced. She would put a colander on her head and wear it like a helmet. At mealtime, she’d shout, “Done!” and fling a plate of food to the floor. She’d tear up books. She’d scribble on the walls. She’d claim her name was “Jessica” (a cousin) and laugh happily at her joke. Years ago, working for a newspaper, I went to photograph Colleen, a teenager who had won a beauty contest. At her family’s home, her Mom was fussing over Colleen, getting her ready for the photo while the kid sister sulked conspicuously nearby. “I guess I’ll never get my picture in the paper,” she said. “Now Bonnie,” her mom said soothingly while brushing the big sister’s bangs into formation, “Colleen does well in these pageants, but you have special talents… like the way you play the flute so nicely.” “Mom!” Bonnie yelled in anguish. “Colleen plays the flute; I play the clarinet.” She ran to her room and demonstrated a flair for percussion, too, with a good, resonant slam of her bedroom door. Many firstborns are great achievers. And sometimes their achievements come from the pressure of parental expectation. Second borns are free. I would know, being a second born myself. For one thing, my parents were tired and distracted; and thus, they weren’t stimulating my brain every waking moment. So, to offset the inability to think great thoughts and do calculus, second borns tend to

While young, we roam a little more freely, splash through creeks and ride our bikes like Sioux warriors.

exaggerated sense of caution that firstborns have. While young, we roam a little more freely, splash through creeks and ride our bikes like Sioux warriors. At age 7, while my big brother was reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in his room, I fell out of a tree onto my head. My mom didn’t rush me to the hospital for X-rays, like she would have if her firstborn had been knocked senseless. She took me to Mr. Angelotti. He was only a middle-school biology teacher, but a darn good one. “How many fingers am I holding up?” he asked, and pronounced me fit. They didn’t do a lot of unnecessary medical testing back then either, so that was it. But even prompt repair of my head injury wouldn’t have made me as smart as my big brother. All grown up, he works for the State Department, assigned to bring peace to the Middle East. It’s the price he pays for all that extra parenting. No one expects much from me. It’s enough that I hold a job, do some laundry and leave the house fully dressed. Less parental stress on second borns allows a kid more room in which to operate. Which bring us back to Sally, who is now 20 years old and studying a semester abroad. Is she in Europe studying its culture and dutifully visiting art museums and ancient cathedrals like her big sister did? No, Sally has hung her hammock at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. She scuba dives by day, and evening finds her doing easy homework by the festive light of tiki torches. The photos she posts on her Facebook page are all palm beaches, blue water, tanned bodies and big smiles. The Fiji interlude is her biggest coup since she talked her way out of doing eighth grade. Two highlights of a great life. How does she do it? I give her no credit; I say it’s an accident of birth.

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Volume 18 Issue 9

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM September 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 9