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April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2
TOTS & DOTS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa.
For children ages 6 months to 4 years. A brief tour of visual art and then time for multi-sensory structured play; drop-ins and crying babies are welcome! 400 Worrell Drive.  10:30am.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 4.  Contact: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
April through November, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April-November 23, Saturdays
FARM AND BARN HISTORY DAY
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. Newly repaired with displays donated to understand both the cultural history of the farm and the natural history of the natural area. Open every Saturday afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
April 12-October
HISTORIC COURT SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.
Various historical tours around Court Square, the Downtown Mall and local cemeteries. Directions: McIntire Building, 200 Second St NE across from Lee Park.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@albemarlehistory.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
April 15-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association and Piedmont Environmental Council.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Ashwood Blvd. at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tamerahammond@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 3-mid-October, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 823-1092. 
 
May-September, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Mead Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3371. 
 
June & July
HELPING PAWS: SERVICE DOGS HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
JMRL.
Learn about service dogs and what they do! Training demos from Service Dogs of Virginia. Doggie donations welcome! 3rd graders and up. Check your local library's schedule. JMRL Library Branches.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 2-October 12
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing as hundreds feed, flutter and fly around you. 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  9am-5pm.  $free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
July 1-August 12, Tuesdays
COME GROW WITH US!
Chiles Orchards.
Come Grow with Us sessions includes story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and small container for pick-your-own fruit, and a snack. Theres something new to do every week! The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome! Please arrive by 10:15AM to register. No drop offs. Cost: $7.00 per participating child (Punch cards are available: Participate in 3 sessions, get the 4th free!) Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am.  $7.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
July 6, 13, 27, Sundays
YAPPY HOURS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Warm weather and spring fever means the return of "Yappy Hours" at Keswick Vineyards! Every Sunday, you're invited to bring food, friends, and your furry loved ones to relax on the scenic lawn overlooking the vineyards with a refreshing, chilled bottle of wine. You can also visit with local shelters and their lovable animals, play bocce ball and soak in the sun. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  $Free.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
July 7, 14, 21, 28, Mondays
ALL-COMERS SUMMER TRACK MEET
Charlottesville Track Club.
A summer tradition since 1975 - the Charlottesville Track Club will host a series of races from 100 meters - 5,000 meters for all ages and all abilities. Special events for children as well as parent/child and sibling relays. Race day signup only. UVA Track at Lannigan Field.  6-8pm.  $2 (nonmember); $1 (ctc member).  All ages welcome.  Email: charlottesvilletrackclub@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 7-August 3
WINTERGREEN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL: AMAZONAS
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Choose from more than 200 events and performances highlighting South American music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, history, food and wine. Wintergreen Resort.  $Rates vary.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
July 24, Thursday
LET'S GO PAINT AND SKETCH
Monticello.
Flower gardener Debbie Donley will provide the tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grown-ups to discover their inner talents amid the natural woodland setting of the Saunders-Monticello Trail. All materials are provided for this family-friendly, morning-long workshop. Monticello Trail trailhead.  9:30-11:30am.  $24/adults, $8/youth, free for children under 5.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
July 24, Thursday
MICHIE TAVERN DOWNTOWN MILE AND HEALTHY LIVING EXPO
Notus Sports.
Composed of four different mile races, including the Team Relay, the Middle School Mile, the Family Non-Competitive Run, and the Elite Michie Tavern Mile, this event has a race for everyone! Benefits the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Yoga Expo will host a variety of vendors and post-race yoga at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Downtown Mall and nTelos Wireless Pavillion.  Packet Pick-Up: 5pm, Races: 6:30.  $50/Family of Four, $15 per extra person.  Contact: Savannah Bentley.  Email: sbentley@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-638-2472. 
 
July 24, Thursday
PETPOURRI: PET PALS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
No pet at home? Make the easiest pet around. Drop in and make a pet that "rocks." Ages 5 and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 24 & 31, Thursday
THE SECRET LIFE OF A VICTORIAN HOUSE
Maymont.
Explore Maymont Mansion and learn what it was like to live and work at the estate 100 years ago. The Dooleys' housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of this grand home. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  12:30-1:15pm.  $5 per person.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
July 25, Friday
BLINKING BLING: LIGHT-UP JEWELRY
JMRL - Central Library.
Make jewelry that lights up with conductive thread, circuits and batteries. Presented by Tech-Girls. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 25, Friday
GIVE A HOOT
JMRL - Central Library.
McGuffy artist Susan Northington shows you how to create an owl painting using old book pages and watercolors. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  2pm.  Recommended for ages 6 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 26, Saturday
AN AFTERNOON OF MURDER
JMRL - Northside Library.
Celebrate the end of the summer reading program with a murder mystery. Pizza and snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1-3pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 26, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
fleaVILLE features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. The market also hosts food trucks, music and kids' activities, like face painting. IX Project, entrance on the corner of Monticello Avenue and 2nd St. SE.  Directions: Across from the ACAC gym downtown -- enter the IX on 2nd St. SE and drive straight back.  11am-3pm.  $Free!.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
July 26 & 27, Saturday & Sunday
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS
Hamner Theater Summer Shakespeare.
Family-friendly outdoor productions of "Much Ado About Nothing". July 26, 7:30pm Carver Recreation Center. July 27, 5pm Lee Park. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets. Rain cancels. $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 26, Saturday
SUMMER RUNNIN' NIGHT TRAIL RUN
Too hot to run in the sun? Run the trails at Devils Backbone. Bring your headlamp and trail running shoes. Post-race grill out and live music. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  8pm Night Lite Kids Run, 9pm 5k/10k adult run.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1001. 
 
June 8-July 27, Sundays
FAMILY OPEN BASKETBALL
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Sundays in June & July from noon-2pm will be designated as Family Open Gym Basketball. There must be both youth and adult (18+) in each group in the gym. This is a great time for families to recreate together! From 2pm-6pm open basketball is available for any age group on Sundays. There is a $2 daily fee for Adults over 18. Youth 17 and under are free. Fees do not apply to Recreation Access Pass holders. Carver Recreation Center.  12-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
July 27, Sunday
SARAH MCLACHLAN - CHARLOTTESVILLE FREE CLINIC BENEFIT
nTelos Wireless Pavilion.
With over 25 years in the recording industry, Sarah McLachlan is a multi-platinum singer and songwriter best known for her intimate vocals and relatable lyrics. nTelos Wireless Pavilion.  6pm doors, 7pm show.  $39-$69.  Email: kathryn@cvillefreeclinic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-272-8849. 
 
June 16-July 28, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME: MONDAYS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. Registration is required. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 29, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 5
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
It's Family Night! Songs from "The Lion King," "Star Wars," cartoons and more. Members of the band will host a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from 7:30-7:45pm at the foot of the stage. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
July 30, Wednesday
HUNGER GAMES PARTY
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy Hunger Games-themed activities and food before settling in to watch the latest movie based on the book series. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  1-4pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 23 & 30, Wednesdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Grab a blanket & meet up with family and friends on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the amphitheater, where good music comes naturally. This FREE music series is sure to have you shake, rattle n rolling. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Family Friendly. Rain or Shine. Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept..  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
July 30, Wednesday
SHARPIE TIE DYE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Create beautiful tie dyed items. Bring your own or design on a provided t-shirt. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  3-4pm.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 31, August 2, 3, 6, 8
ASH LAWN OPERA: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Ash Lawn Opera.
Fiddler on the Roof has been a hit since it opened on Broadway in 1964, winning nine Tony Awards, spawning four Broadway revivals, and inspiring a three-time Academy Award winning film adaptation in 1971. Set in Tsarist Russia, this timeless tale of the triumph of humor and love over hardship is an experience you will want to share with your entire family. The Paramount Theater.  $12-$65.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
July 31, Thursday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HARRY POTTER!
JMRL - Northside.
Test your knowledge with a trivia contest, scavenger hunt, and Hogwarts Express fun and games. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 31, Thursday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie, Shrek (rated PG). The lawn will be ready for you to pick the perfect spot at 7pm. Showtime 8:30pm. Tickets include a bag of popcorn! Food trucks, Early Mountain Vineyard wine, and movie snacks for sale. Early Mountain Vineyards, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  7-11pm.  $6, children 3 and under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
August 1, Friday
FAMILY FILM FRIDAYS - THE LEGO MOVIE
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Bring a beach towel or blanket and catch an afternoon movie. Popcorn provided. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring your family, picnic basket, lawn chairs, and a sense of historical adventure. Dine on the grounds, then take a walk down to the museum's historic farms to experience living history presentations. Frontier Culture Museum.  6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
August 1-3, Friday-Sunday
SALES TAX HOLIDAY: SCHOOL SUPPLIES & CLOTHING
Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 1-17, Fridays-Sundays
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS
Hamner Theater Summer Shakespeare.
Family-friendly outdoor productions of "Much Ado About Nothing". August 1-3 Tonsler Park. August 8-10 Belmont Park. August 15-17 Washington Park. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets. Rain cancels. 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 5pm Sundays.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 1, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Children's Museum of Richmond.
The Children's Museum of Richmond will open its doors for an evening especially for children 10 years old and younger who have special needs and their families. Enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities, and reduced number of visitors on this special night. Children's Museum of Richmond - Short Pump.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
August 2 & 3, Saturday & Sunday
25TH ANNUAL HOMEMADE PEACH ICE CREAM DAYS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come celebrate the Queen of Fruits with a special homemade treat! The Crozet Lions Club will be making and selling homemade peach ice cream, a local favorite! Chiles Peach Orchard .  Directions: 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  9am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
August 2, Saturday
BLACKBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HILL TOP BERRY FARM & WINERY
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.
Hill Top's Annual Blackberry Harvest and Music Festival is an all day event! Pick your own blackberries (or let the kids) while you enjoy a glass of your favorite Hill Top wine. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.  Directions: 2800 Berry Hill Road, Nellysford.  $10 per adult includes wine and food pairing.  Email: hilltop1@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1266. 
 
August 2, Saturday
DIVE-IN MOVIE
ACAC.
"Despicable Me 2". Includes movie on the inflatable screen, popcorn, glowsticks and extended evening hours at the waterpark. Movie begins at dusk. ACAC Waterpark.  $free for full members, $15 per family for fitness members, $20 per family for non-members.  Email: aubreyv@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
August 2, Saturday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SCOTT STADIUM: FROZEN
Virginia Athletics Department.
Guests of all ages are invited to join Virginia Athletics for a fun night out to view the Disney hit "Frozen" on the 'Hoo Vision scoreboard at Scott Stadium. Sit in the stands or bring blankets to sit on the field. Park and enter through west gate. Scott Stadium.  7pm, gates open at 6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 2, Saturday
TOY TRAIN SHOW
The Virginia Train Collectors.
Fun event for the entire family. Come see toy trains in action! Holiday Inn Monticello.  9am-3pm.  $5 for non-members.  Contact: Russell Youens.  Email: jryouens@verizon.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-342-6023. 
 
August 5 & 12, Tuesdays
HACK JAM 101: TEEN TECH TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn basic webmaker tools, create from scratch coding and other customized projects. Registration begins July 22. Grades 6-12. 1-2:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 6, Wednesday
BLINKING BLING: LIGHT-UP JEWELRY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Make jewelry that lights up with conductive thread, circuits and batteries. Presented by Tech-Girls. Grades 6-12. Registration begins July 23. 2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 10-August 6, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
Enjoy a choice of two family-friendly flicks every week! Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 & IMAX.  10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3213. 
 
August 5 & 6, Tuesday and Wednesday
SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS
Regal Stonefield Cinema.
"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and "Rio 2". 10am.  $1 (a portion going to the Will Rogers Motion Picture); children 2 and under are free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 7, Thursday
ANIMALS, ALIENS, MONSTERS: CREATING CHARACTERS THAT POP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join author Jennifer Elvgren in learning how to bring characters to life. Bring a book with your favorite character, notebook and colored pencils. Registration required and begins July 25. For rising 3rd graders & up. Northside Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 7, Thursday
LET'S GO COOK
Monticello.
Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare both sweet and savory recipes that were favorites of the Jefferson family. The reward will be to eat what's been made and take home the recipes. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $18/adults, $8/youth, free for children under 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 8, Friday
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; the library supplies the building blocks! For grades K and up. Registration is required. Northside Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 9, Saturday
EDIBLE FOOD FEST IN ORANGE
Orange Downtown Alliance.
Celebrate food from earth to table with local and artisan foods, tastings, local beer, cider and wine, chef demos, children's activities and music in downtown Orange! Downtown Orange.  10am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
August 9, Saturday
SUMMER BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL
Shenandoah Concerts.
A strong line-up of great Blues musicians, great local food, as well as many special release and limited-edition brews to enjoy. Frontier Culture Museum.  Email: info@shenandoahconcerts.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-324-3215. 
 
August 10, Sunday
CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL
3,000 watermelons, 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors, one of the largest kids' areas of any festival on the east coast, and all of the great Carytown style. 3126 West Cary Street, Richmond.  10am-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 304-6870. 
 
July 18-August 10
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Four County Players.
Your favorite story of Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Lord Farquaad and Gingy set to music. Mainstage at Four County Players.  Directions: 5256 Governor Barbour Street, Barboursville.  Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
August 10, Sunday
SUNDAY SUNDOWNS
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Join in an afternoon of fun, food, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park. Washington Park Pool.  Directions: 1001 Preston Avenue.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
August 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday
WILD WEST WEEKEND MOUNTAIN RAIL ADVENTURE
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Go on a railroad adventure with steam-driven Old #3 engine and a cast Western characters. Durbin Depot, West Virginia.  Departures at 10am and 2:30pm both days.  $35 ages 12-64, $32 seniors, $25 ages 4-11, free under 4.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 866-651-4296. 
 
August 12, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND SUMMER CONCERT NO. 6
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
Performers "Celebrate the Big Bands" at the final summer concert of the season. Lobby ensemble at 7:15pm and instrument petting zoo for kids 7:30-7:45pm. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-9850. 
 
August 12, Tuesday
OPEN PLAYTIME IN A WALDORF CLASSROOM
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Invitation to come play! Build forts, play in costume, roll trucks along beams and boards, cook in the play kitchen, and delve into the joy of imaginative play. Explore the sandbox, swing set, climbing trees, and enjoy a casual gathering with other families. 120 Waldorf School Rd.  Directions: Located on Rio Rd, turn left at the intersection for Pen Park Rd.  9-11am.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
August 12, Tuesday
SUMMER SHIMMY DANCE PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing. No registration required. For ages 5 & under. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 12, Tuesday
TWEEN MOVIE MATINEE
JMRL - Central Library.
"Shiloh" rated PG. Bring blanket or pillows to lounge on the floor. Free popcorn. Central Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 13 & 27, Wednesdays
CRAZY CRAFTERNOONS
JMRL - Central Library.
See what you can create from random items in the teen supply closet. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2-4pm on August 13, 4:30-6pm on August 27.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 13, Wednesday
GIRL POWER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
A one-day leadership conference for Girl Scouts ages 14-18 that focuses on leadership aspirations, business etiquette and includes lunch with local women business leaders. Holiday Inn University.  8am-3pm.  Contact: Hailey Hermosa.  Email: hhermosa@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-777-5117. 
 
August 6 & 13, Wednesdays
ROCK N' RIDGEVIEW
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Grab a blanket & meet up with family and friends on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the amphitheater, where good music comes naturally. This FREE music series is sure to have you shake, rattle n rolling. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Family Friendly. Rain or Shine. Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Ave., Waynesboro.  6-8pm.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Dept..  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
August 14, Thursday
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
La-La for LEGO's? Come to JMRL's construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required. For ages 5 & up. Central Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 15, Friday
DIVE-IN MOVIE: THE LITTLE MERMAID
Crozet Parc YMCA.
Picnic in the park followed by dive-in movie "The Little Mermaid" at the pool. Bring food, field games, and a float for the pool. Claudius Crozet Park & Pool.  Picnic 6:30-8:30pm, movie starts 8:30pm.  $Free for members, $3 youth/seniors, $5 adults, $15 max per family.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
August 1 & 15, Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  Directions: From Emmet Street (Route 29) near UVa and Ivy Road (Route 250) turn onto McCormick, follow signs up the hill.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
August 16, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Wintergreen Performing Arts will present the voices of the Blue Ridge through its 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest. This year the Fest features Nothin' Fancy, Sierra Hull, the Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase. Dunlop Pavilion, Wintergreen Resort.  12-7pm.  $25 adults, $10 ages 6-17, free under 6.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8292. 
 
August 17, Sunday
AN EVENING WITH OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW
Maymont.
Country/bluegrass favorites in concert on the Carriage House Lawn. Children 10 and under permitted with paying adult. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  5:30pm.  $32.50 advance, $39 door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
August 17, Sunday
MEET THE TEAM DAY: UVA FOOTBALL
Virginia Athletics Department.
Players and coaches will be available for photos and autographs. Meet Cavman, Sabre the horse and spirit teams. Free posters and magnets. The first 500 youth in attendance will receive a free Nike mini football. Door prizes include season tickets. John Paul Jones Arena.  1-2:30pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 17, Sunday
WORKSHOP & OPEN HOUSE - "WHAT IS MONTESSORI?"
Albemarle Montessori Children's Community.
Director Fred Catlin will be there to answer questions and discuss the benefits of Montessori education. 1554 Insurance Lane Charlottesville, VA 22911.  2-4pm.  $FREE.  Contact: Fred Catlin.  Email: info@albemarlemcc.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-671-9894. 
 
August 20, Wednesday
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville Public Schools.
CharlottesvilleFamily wishes everyone a great first day of school!
 
August 22, Friday
WHO'S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE
Maymont.
Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont's nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds. Owls, skunks and many other creatures of the dark will help shed some light onto their mysterious ways. Ages 4 & older; adult must accompany children 15 & under. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  7:30-9:30pm.  $8 per person/$6 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 333. 
 
August 23, Saturday
FLEAVILLE
fleaVILLE features a carefully-curated mix of vendors offering jewelry, art, crafts, vintage and contemporary clothing, handmade items, home goods and antique furniture. The market also hosts food trucks, music and kids' activities, like face painting. IX Project, entrance on the corner of Monticello Avenue and 2nd St. SE.  Directions: Across from the ACAC gym downtown -- enter the IX on 2nd St. SE and drive straight back.  11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: fleaVILLE.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 718-594-2891. 
 
August 23, Saturday
FOURTH ANNUAL CENTRAL VIRGINIA STAR PARTY
Dark Skies, Bright Kids and the Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
Bring your curiosity and view spectacular astronomical objects through telescopes and learn about the solar system, the night sky, galaxies, and the universe with fun hands-on activities. If it is cloudy or raining, the event will be on August 30. (To check if weather will permit the primary date, call 924-7238 after August 21.) Free glowstick for each child while supplies last. Albemarle CiderWorks.  6-10pm.  $Free.  Contact: Dark Skies, Bright Kids.  Email: dsbk@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-7494. 
 
June 14 - August 23, Saturdays
W4MTP: 21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S FOUR MILER TRAINING PROGRAM
Women's Four Miler Training Program.
Females 10 and up of all fitness levels invited to participate in training, support and talks. Girls ages 14 and under must train with an adult. UVA Track/Lannigan Field.  7am.  $20 registration fee ($30 for a mother/daughter team) includes training and women's fitness manual.  Recommended for ages 10 to 100.  Email: pam@w4mtp.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 7-September 1
MONTICELLO FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOURS
Monticello.
These special guided tours of Thomas Jefferson's house are designed especially for families with children ages 6 to 11. The 35-minute tours feature hands-on opportunities in every room and provide a glimpse of what life was like for the children who lived at Monticello in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Monticello.  10am-3pm, hourly.  $Regular day passes: $25 adults, $16 children 12-18, $8 children 5-11, free for children under 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 14, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Registration now open with discount until June 30. Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with lunch, drinks, and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July-November
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT THE ORCHARD
Chiles Orchards.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Join family and friends on the second weekend of each month for breakfast at the Orchard. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with a seasonal fruit topping plus a side of sausage and coffee/milk/oj. Chiles Peach Orchard 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet.  9-11am.  $6.99 per person ages 12+, $3.99 per person under 12.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
First Saturday of every month
INFANT AND CHILD CPR AND SAFETY COURSE
UVA Health System.
Learn methods to help save a child's life, and keep children safe in the home. Learn what to do if a child is choking, has stopped breathing, or if the heart has stopped beating. Also, safety issues and baby proofing the home are covered. University Hospital.  9am to 12:30pm.  $25.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
PARENTING NETWORK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE (PNOC)
Parenting Network of Charlottesville.
PNOC: Parenting Network of Charlottesville, serves parents with children of all ages in the greater Charlottesville area as a networking and discussion forum. PNOC is a place to exchange ideas and information, and to network about activities and resources. All topics related to parenting are open for discussion. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS NETWORK
Silvia Barrett.
Open to all homeschoolers (and those considering homeschooling) in Albemarle county and the surrounding area, regardless of whatever other groups they are involved with. The idea is to have one central list that would allow members to invite people to join them for park days and craft times, list local community activities, form play and study groups and announce VHEA (Virginia Home Education Association) seminars or other information important to homeschoolers. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays & Tuesdays
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The Women's Initiative.
Learn about Alexander Technique, an education in movement, posture and the use of one's body in daily life. Emphasis is on learning ease of movement to reduce stress. Please call to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street, Charlottesville.  10am-12pm; individual 45 minute sessions.  $First two sessions are free, sliding scale thereafter.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.872.0047. 
 
2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA.  5-8pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Area 3 Special Olympics offers sports activities throughout the calendar year, including basketball, soccer, bowling, swimming, skiing, gymnastics, track and field, tennis, volleyball and golf. Their goal is to provide children and adults with special needs an opportunity to participate, train, and compete in sports events in order to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy that comes with involvement in community sports. Contact: Rose Ann Gamma.  Email: sovaarea3@yahoo.com . For more info call: 960-9331. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
1st and 3rd Sundays
BABY AND ME: A CLASS FOR BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  3-4pm.  $free.  Email: info@mjh.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Saturday of every month
BASICS IN BABY CARE
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Being comfortable with the details of caring for a baby can give you an extra measure of confidence. This class is designed to prepare you for the care of your newborn. It includes bathing, feeding, infant stimulation and safety. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  9-10am.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
BELMONT HOUSE OF LIVING CULTURE HOMESCHOOLING CO-OP
Belmont House of Living Culture.
Families with children between 5 and 6 years of age are invited to to come and check out a Homeschooling co-op!  Heading into its third year, the Belmont House of Living Culture currently has 3 spots open for any families interested in joining next year. For 2013/14, the co-op is planned for Monday/ Tuesday or Tuesday/Wednesday mornings from 8:30am-12:30 pm. The lead teacher Shell Stern will lead children through the rituals of the day and co-op parents switch off assisting (or leading depending on the activity) every three weeks. Some of the activities so far are building with cob, gardening, music, art, language exploration, science and nature activities, cooking and field trips. For a review of what the co-op has been up to over the past two years check out the blog - note that much has changed since the blog was created.  Belmont House of Living Culture.  8:30am-12:30pm on Monday/Tuesday OR Tuesday/Wednesday.  Contact: Estela Knott.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6361. 
 
4th Monday of every month
BIRTH CIRCLE COMMUNITY NIGHT
Birth Circle.
New and expectant parents gather for an informal discussion of pregnancy, birth, and all aspects of parenthood. Community Night provides a welcoming space for partners, spouses, friends, and relatives to enjoy the community that Birth Circle regularly creates and nurtures among moms and moms-to-be. Sugar Snap Consignment.  Directions: 480 Shoppers World Court - six doors down from Whole Foods in the corner of the shopping center.  7pm.  $FREE.  Contact: Sugar Snap.  Email: sugarsnap@me.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-0736. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fourth Saturday of every month
BREASTFEEDING BASICS
UVA Health System.
A Lactation Consultant will help you prepare for a good start and provide support and information for a great breastfeeding experience. Fee includes a book to take home: "Breastfeeding 101." University Hospital.  Directions: 8th Floor/Women's Place Classroom, 8410.  10am to 12pm.  $15.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
BRIGHT STARS FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Provides early learning experiences and comprehensive social supports for students and families that address risk factors that can lead to early academic failure. The schools hosting a Bright Stars Program are Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, Scottsville and Stone-Robinson. For more info call: 972-4140. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month ongoing
BUMBLEBEES AND BUTTERFLIES PLAYGROUP
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
A time for children ages 0-Pre-K to play, have story time, crafts and music in a Christian environment while moms have time to gather and share. some field trips and moms' nights out included at various times. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: 29 north, turn left on 33. Turn right on 33 buisness and turn left onto Ford avenue. Church is located on Court street..  10 am unless otherwise noted.  $free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jan2e@virginia.edu. For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
C.H.A.N.C.E. (CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS AIMING TO NURTURE CHARACTER & EXCELLENCE)
A homeschool co-op in Louisa County offering K-12 classes. The group is modeled after a successful co-op in Pennsylvania, and the focus of the group will be what the name implies: mothers coming together to aid one another in character and academic excellence for their children. Contact: Denise Dovel.  Email: denisedovel@softhome.net.
 
Second Friday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group and Blue Ridge Connection Care for Children.
Monthly meetings open to parents and family members of children with special needs in a relaxed, supportive environment with other parents. Flexible - come late or leave early if you need to. Drinks and light refreshments provided. Park in lot across the street from the church side doors, on Fendall Ave Enter through double side doors on Fendall. Parlor is first room on the right. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street. Entrance at back of the parking lot, near the extended portico. Senior High room, first door on right.  12:30-2:30pm.  $Free.  Email: CRAAG1@gmail.com. For more info call: 466-7511. 
 
Second Wednesday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE REGION AUTISM ACTION GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group.
Commonwealth Autism Service has recently partnered with local agencies, schools and family members in the Charlottesville Region to initiate the Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG). Developed to help maximize "value added" autism services by bringing together local stakeholders, Autism Action Groups consist of members from local communities who have a desire to actively and collaboratively work toward providing quality services and resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The CRAAG supports all communities served by the Region 10 Community Services Board. Group participants include self-advocates, family members, educators, private and public service providers, and other concerned individuals. Region Ten Conference Room.  Directions: 504 Old Lynchburg Road.  10am-12pm.  Email: craag1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-736-9040. 
 
CHARLOTTESVILLE SEPARATION AND DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Offers social support for individuals going through separation or divorce. For details, please click this link. 
 
CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Do you have a child with Asperger's in Elementary school? If so, come join a support group to meet other parents of children that have Asperger's and are elementary aged in the public school system. Call for dates and location. Contact: Heather.  Email: hlbayers@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-5652. 
 
CHILDREN'S CLUBS AND GROUPS
Belonging to a group is important. Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation Guide to find comprehensive listings of organizations offering clubs for local children. For details, please click this link. 
 
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Offers a one-time TransParenting class about helping children adjust to the changes associated with family transitions and tools for parents to work together for the child's well-being. 1000 East High Street, Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
Saturdays
CLOTH DIAPER GROUP
This is a group for those that use cloth diapers, want to use cloth diapers and want to learn more about cloth diapers. Meet friendly local moms and dads to talk about your kids in cloth and have fun! This event is free and a chance to meet other local parents going through the same thing! Sugar Snap Consignment.  10-12am.  $Free.  Contact: Monique Bragg.  Email: mamamomoe@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 960-8854. 
 
COMMISSION ON CHILDREN & FAMILIES
CCF is a 22-member planning and advisory body to the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle. Citizen, community agency, local government, education, and university leaders work to improve outcomes for local children and families. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3550. 
 
Ongoing
COMPUTERS4KIDS MENTORS NEEDED
Computers4Kids.
Want to bring positive, permanent change to a child in only one hour per week? Computers4Kids seeks volunteer mentors to explore computers with youths in grades 7 to 12. Computers4Kids, 945 Second St. SE.  Contact: Michaela Tighe.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-1121. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
CVILLE WORKING MOMS
Cville Working Moms is a group for Charlottesville area women who are juggling the art of parenting with the work of earning a paycheck. Gatherings include a monthly lunch on a weekday, a playdate with children and partners/spouses (if applicable) on a Saturday each month, and we'll plan some evening Mom's Nights Out. For details, please click this link. 
 
Friday evenings
DATE NIGHT DROP-OFF
Virginia Discovery Museum.
A night out for you and your kids! This pre-registration drop-off program includes a craft, and lots of games, pizza, a beverage and free time to play in the Museum! Pre-registration required/Space is limited to 12 children per week and will not run without a minimum of 4 children. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  5:30-8pm.  $25 per child for non-members; $20 per child for members.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
EARLY LEARNING PLAYGROUPS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
Early learning playgroups for children 0-6 from low-income families with their parents or caregiver: Come Play! Each week explore all of the many toys the Parenting Mobile has to offer: baby toys galore, shape sorters, puzzles, blocks, trains, scooters and more! Parks Edge, Southwood, Westhaven neighborhoods.  Times vary; call for information.  $free.  Contact: Hilary Nagel.  Email: hnagel@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 238. 
 
Every first Sunday of the month
ELA NA PAIXOUME! THE GREEK READING AND PLAYGROUP
This group meets every first Sunday of the month. Parents take turns reading books in modern Greek, and play traditional games and hang out! Prior exposure to Greek language helpful (there is no language instruction). The current group focuses on ages 3-7. 3-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 7.  Contact: N Hild.  Email: n@hild.org. Reservations are required.  For more info call: N/A. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
Ongoing, Thursdays
EMPOWERING FAMILIES PARENTING EDUCATION GROUP
Dr. Daniel Price, Psy.D., P.C.
A parenting education group consisting of eight sessions covering communication skills, discipline, structure, sibling relationships and parental burn-out. You can join the group at any time and still complete all eight sessions. Empowering Families.  Directions: 2400 Bennington Road.  6-8:30pm.  $10/session for single parent $15/session for a couple.  Contact: Dr. Price.  For more info call: 971-8454. 
 
EXERCISE CLASSES
Great health clubs and exercise classes abound, from yoga to water aerobics. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive listings of health clubs for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
EXPECTANT MAMAS CAFE
Month 10 Postpartum Doulas.
Pregnant? New parent or caregiver? Have questions about your growing family? Want to connect with other new parents? If so, come meet with the postpartum doulas from Month 10. They will answer any questions, listen to stories and be a part of your growing family's support system. The postpartum doulas are able to help with such topics as newborn care, mother care, sibling/father transition, infant feeding, calming and comforting your baby, sleep and more. Cville Coffee.  Directions: 1301 Harris St.  12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Month 10 Doulas.  Email: month10doulas@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 910-322-4169. 
 
Ongoing
EXPLORING HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP
Child Development Laboratories at UVA.
Studies how children come to understand the world around them. They are looking for children from ages birth to 7 years old to participate in quick, fun studies. Your child might read a story or play a game, and you can be with your child at all times. Consider volunteering your child for a study. Recommended for ages 0 to 7.  Email: info@childdevelopmentlabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-5234. 
 
FAMILIES UNITED THROUGH ADOPTION
Offering a full range of information and support for families interested in adoption. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
FLUVANNA MOTHER'S GROUP
Fluvanna Mother's Group is an organization that offers an open playgroup for children up to age 6 and their caregivers - moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. It provides an indoor play area for the children and an opportunity for caregivers to socialize. A variety of toys, including tumbling mats, tricycles, train sets, and blocks are available. Special events occur throughout the season, including an Easter egg hunt and an end-of-the year cookout. Carysbrook Gym.  Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 east to exit 136, make a right off the exit onto James Madison Hwy. Located approximately 15 miles on the left near softball fields.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Bridgett Respess.  Email: vakidgroup@yahoo.com. For more info call: 804-375-3356. 
 
First Tuesday of the month
FOSTERING ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Adoptive Family Preservation.
A monthly adoption support group that is an opportunity for adoptive parents to share their stories, seek advice, resources, support and laughs with a been-there-done-that group. On-site childcare is offered with RSVP. Aldersgate United Methodist Church .  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  6-8pm.  Contact: Maureen Oswald, Adoptive Parent Liaison.  Email: luvadopt@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 973-2981. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
FREE PARENT SEMINAR FOR DRIVER EDUCATION
Albemarle County Public Schools.
The seminar is a requirement for families with students pursuing a driver's license. Any student registering for behind-the-wheel training must provide the certificate of attendance for the Parent Seminar to participate. Register online at http://www.opendoors1.org/ Albemarle, Western, and Monticello High Schools.  7-9pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9450. 
 
Saturdays
FREE SHOWS AT THE JOHN C. WELLS PLANETARIUM AT JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU Planetarium.
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Our full-dome planetarium shows are perfect for families with children both young and old! Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Come learn more about your Universe! Miller Hall, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  2:30pm & 3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Shanil Virani.  Email: viranisn@jmu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5405684071. 
 
Ongoing
FREE SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM FOR CITY RESIDENTS
City of Charlottesville.
The Free Smoke Detector Program provides free smoke detector(s) for City of Charlottesville VA residents ONLY. This includes the smoke detector and the installation - all free of charge. Call the Fire Department's Neighborhood Safety Hotline 970-3245 or use the online email form. $FREE.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3245. 
 
Every Friday
FRIDAY REFRESH!
The Women's Initiative.
Ladies, join us for a warm welcome and companionship while enjoying a refreshing stroll outdoors. Call to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street, Charlottesville.  9-10:30am.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Lane .  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.872.0047. 
 
Weekly
GAME TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES
Weekly leagues and tournaments for Warhammer 40 K, Magic The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and X-Box games. The End Game Center.  $5 for tournaments.  Contact: Sam.  For more info call: 973-2205. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
GERMAN PLAYGROUP
Instructor is a native speaker with extensive experience teaching young children. The kids learn through fun activities such as games, crafts, and songs. Call for location and times.  $free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Monique VanLandingham or Wendi Rushmann.  Email: moniquevanl@hotmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 295-4027. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
H.O.M.E. MOMS GROUP
H.O.M.E. Moms Group.
We are a group of moms in Fluvanna County, Western Louisa County VA. and surrounding areas (formerly Moms Club of Troy) that meet to share ideas and support one another in the art of motherhood. We offer at home mothers friendship and support through lots of fun activities like playgroups, arts and crafts, monthly meetings, service projects,book club and MOMS night out. Children are ALWAYS welcome at all of our activities!! Call for location and times.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Jones.  Email: home.club@yahoo.com.
 
meets monthly
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YOUTH UNITED PROGRAM
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Youth United (YU) is a national Habitat for Humanity program that brings volunteers ages 5-25 together to educate, advocate, and fundraise for affordable housing. Participating youth are leaders, planners, fundraisers, communicators, and, if old enough, builders (ages 16-25). If you're dedicated; age 5-25 who would like to get involved, please contact us. Youth United is not only a wonderful way to empower our local youth, but it also stresses community and team work among local schools. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville office.  Directions: 919 West Main St..  Recommended for ages 5 to 25.  Email: youthunited@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9066. 
 
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
HOSPITAL TOUR FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
For those considering or planning to deliver at Martha Jefferson Hospital, this tour will help prepare you for the hospital experience by introducing you to the Family Centered Maternity Care Unit, which includes the birthing area, nursery and postpartum rooms. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  6pm & 7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Ongoing
INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT-YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Arc of the Piedmont.
Learn how to encourage your child's development and growth through play. For children with developmental delays or risk of developing delays. $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Contact: Infant development project.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4003. 
 
3 session class held every other month, Thursday evenings
INFANT MASSAGE CLASS
UVA Parenting Education.
This 3 session class, taught by a certified infant massage therapist, is designed for parents to learn and practice basic massage techniques on their babies. Infant massage is easy to learn and includes gentle stroking, pressing, squeezing and movement of the limbs. Register by calling 434.982.3678 The Cottage, 1023 Millmont, University of Virginia.  Directions: Behind Barracks Rd. Shopping center.  6-7pm.  $50 per family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For more info call: 924.9920. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
Tuesdays, early September through October
IVY CREEK GUIDE TRAINING
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to be a basic naturalist. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds, and the history of River View Farm. This training class is offered each year, starting in early September, and requires attendance Tuesday morning (9:30 am until around 11:15 am) each week for 8 weeks, plus some observation training. Contact the Ivy Creek Foundation for this year's class dates. Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Center.  9:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 88.  Contact: Bruce Gatling-Austin.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
JABA'S FISH (FRIENDS IN SCHOOLS HELPING) PROGRAM
JABA.
JABA is now recruiting FISH volunteers to help in local elementary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. All that is needed is patience, a caring attitude and a desire to make a difference. Potential volunteers can choose from many different time slots. Volunteers need to be able to commit to an hour per week for the school year. Openings are available in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa. Email: FISH@jabacares.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-5289. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
Every Saturday
KIDS CLUB
Michaels.
Kids craft while you shop for your favorite Michaels crafts! All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour. Michaels.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  10am-12pm.  $2.  Contact: Cathy.  Email: Michaels8807@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
KIDS LAUNCH PLAY GROUP
Kids Launch Play Group is a play group geared towards children between 8-12 years old and on the autism spectrum. Contact: Maureen.  Email: mogiphel@gmail.com. For more info call: 249-7985. 
 
KIDS WITH DOWN SYNDROME
A Yahoo Group for local parents of kids with Down syndrome to connect. Go to yahoogroups.com, then search on dspconnect.
 
KIDSITTING
Need some time off to catch up on some errands or go out to dinner? Do you have a plan for when the kids are off from school? A few businesses around town offer extra special child care/recreation programs for just such occasions. All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
KINDERMUSIK VILLAGE CLASS
For babies from birth to 18 months old; under six months old attend tuition-free. Crozet United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1156 Crozet Avenue, Crozet.  11:15am.  Email: kmusikwithpam@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2387. 
 
Tuesdays
KNIT NOW - LEARN HOW
The Women's Initiative.
Join our knitting circle. We welcome new and experienced knitter to our group. Let us chat, work quietly, or listen to music while creating something fun and beautiful! The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street.  5-7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
First Monday & Second Wednesday of the month
LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
La Leche League of Charlottesville offers mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be. LLL holds FREE monthly breastfeeding support meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. and the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The atmosphere is casual, moms bring their babies or come on their own, there are toys for toddlers to play with at the morning meeting, and you will be able to tend to your baby or child's needs. http://lllcville.blogspot.com/ Bend Yoga on Mondays; Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays.  7pm Monday; 10-11am Wednesday.  $free.  Contact: Sarah Bedford.  Email: sarahebedford@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-1863. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit - these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
LOUISA AREA CHRIST-CENTERED HOME EDUCATORS
For more info call: (540)894-5225. 
 
LOUISA HOME SCHOOL FRIENDS
For more info call: (540)894-0647. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
MEDIATION CENTER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Offers formal mediation to help disputing parties resolve their conflict and a Co-Parenting Class for parents raising children in separate households. For details, please click this link. 
 
1st and 3rd Fridays
MOM & BABY MORNINGS
Spend the morning with other new moms & their babies in this informal group. Dads welcome too! We'll talk about feeding, sleeping, playing and much more. Some sessions will have set topics & speakers. Parking is free. Northridge Allergy Clinic Waiting Room - 4th Floor.  Directions: 2955 Ivy Road.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Third Wednesday of every month
MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Mom's Night Out for mothers of kids with special needs. Come on by to chat with other moms while we have dinner, coffee or dessert, or just to escape bath/bedtime duty for one night. If it's your first time joining us, look for the table with a little vase of flowers on it. Panera at Barracks Road.  6:45pm.  Contact: Jenny.  Email: jnnyrd@yahoo.com.
 
Ongoing
MOMS CLUB OF CHARLOTTESVILLE - NORTH
The MOMS Club of Charlottesville-North is a nonprofit group that offers activities and support to stay-at-home moms and moms with a flexible work schedule. Please contact one of the membership people for a calendar of daily activities, including monthly meetings, speakers, playgroups, park days, crafts, outings, MOM's nights out, service projects to benefit children in need, and much more. All moms are welcome! Meets weekly, contact for day and time.  Email: cvillemoms4you@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS & LESSONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many fabulous organizations and talented individuals offering music classes and performance opportunities for kids to participate in - even a youth orchestra! Visit our comprehensive CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to learn more. Also, if you'd like to attend a performance, visit our CF guide to Family Fun Year-Round to discover venues and performing groups.
 
Mondays
MUSICAL MONDAYS WITH MS. PAM
Stanardsville UMC.
A place for children Pre-K through 2nd grade to come and explore music and rhythm. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:30-4:15pm.  $5/per week.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
First Tuesday of every month except September
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Ongoing
NATURE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Serve as a nature guide, trail monitor, grant writer or one of many other needed roles for the Ivy Creek Foundation. Recommended for ages 18 to 100.  Email: icf@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Thursday of every Month
NEWBORN CARE BASICS
UVA Ob/Gyn.
Learn how to take care of your little one in this two hour class. We will cover the world of newborns- their sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. We will also review baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing, and when to call the doctor. This fun and interactive class will give you lots of confidence to bring your baby home. University of Virginia Hospital .  6:30-8:30pm.  $15 (includes take home materials).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
OPEN GYM
Albemarle Therapy Center .
During the chilly winter days, little ones ages 0-4 are invited to join in Albemarle Therapy Center's Open Gym! Drop in on Tuesday mornings for some indoor exercise time. Parents must monitor their children. Albemarle Therapy Center .  Directions: 200 West 12th Street, A1-100, Waynesboro.  9:30-11am.  $3 per child, accompanying adults free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 4.  Contact: Danielle Fuentes Johnson.  Email: ATC-W@lumos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-941-5501. 
 
Ongoing
OPEN STUDIO AT THE VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week the Museum supplies directions, materials and samples to help make a unique, creative project to take home. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of Charlottesville Downtown Mall (near amphitheatre).  during regular hours.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Ongoing
ORGANIZATION OF VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOLERS
Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
A listing of homeschooling groups and networks in Virginia. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
Serves families of children in special education in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson Counties. The PRC operates on the philosophy that parents are a valuable resource in planning the education of their special child. Consulting, groups, classes, lending library, and more. 225 Lambs Lane.  Email: sblech@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9400. 
 
Fridays, see description for dates
PARENT-INFANT COMMUNITY AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
For six month to 18 month olds and their parents. Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. Babies follow their interests with appropriate objects to manipulate and other babies to watch and imitate. In this carefully designed space, they experience the joy of mastering new tasks. The winter session runs from January 11-March 8 (with no class on March 1) and the Spring session runs from March 29 until May 31 (with no class on April 5 and May 10). Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops.  Directions: Just west of the I64 Shadwell/250 exit.  8:30-9:45am.  $175 for 8 week session or $25 per class drop-in fee (space permitting).  Recommended for ages 6 to 18.  Contact: Becky Harris.  Email: bharris@mountaintopmontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
Ongoing session, proration available
PARENT/CHILD CLASS FOR BABIES AGES 4 - 10 MONTHS!
The Little Gym, Charlottesville.
Come try one of our "Bugs" classes and start working on all of the tools that they need to grow and be successful! Stretch and play in a safe, warm, nurturing environment, while giving your baby the opportunity to play with mom/dad/nanny/grandparents and the adults get to hang out with like-minded new friends! The Little Gym, 907 Gardens Blvd Charlottesville,VA 22901.  Directions: Behind Pier 1 Imports Rt. 29 North.  Tuesdays, 5:30pm or Thursdays, 11:30am.  $prorated.  Special Needs Accommodation: please call to reserve vist spot  Contact: The Little Gym.  Email: tlgchva@earthlink.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
PARENT/CHILD CLASSES AT THE LITTLE GYM
Fun aerobics, stretching, tumbling, games, bubbles and more for ages infant-3 years. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
PARENTCARE E-MAIL SERVICE
UVA Women's Place.
ParentCare e-mail service offers weekly e-mails that follow the months through pregnancy and the first year of baby's life. Fun, free and full of great information. $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN
Provides families of children 0-6 with information about healthy development, family life, and available community resources. It is a partnership of many community organizations invested in making Charlottesville/Albemarle a healthy community for all families with young children. CYFS, 1000 East High Street.  For more info call: 220-5437 ext. 240. 
 
Ongoing
PEDIATRIC & INFANT CPR
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
This course consists of lectures and practice on mannequins which offers the opportunity to become trained in Infant & Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The course will include pediatric safety, foreign body airway obstruction and causes of pulmonary and cardiac arrest in children. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  $call for fee and times.  Email: info@mjh.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
1st and 3rd Mondays
PFLAG BLUE RIDGE GROUP MEETINGS
PFLAG Blue Ridge.
Join us as we create a safe space to share experiences, joys, concerns, and resources in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. The 1st Monday of the month is our Gender Group with topics specific to parents and families of transgender youth. The 3rd Monday is our LGBTQ parents, family, friends, allies, and members Group. Most meetings are held in the Jefferson or McIntire Room Charlottesville - please check www.pflagblueridge.org to confirm location. JMRL Central Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Karen Barker.  Email: karenmeandering@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-3453. 
 
PIEDMONT REGIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (PREP)
The Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) is a public regional organization designed to meet the needs of special education students. PREP now provides special education programming and related services to nine school districts under an umbrella of a regional program. The districts served are: Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Rappahannock County School Districts. PREP also supports a Parent Resource Center which provides information for parents of students with special needs. 225 Lambs Lane.  Contact: Dr. Mary McManus, Executive Director.  Email: mmcmanus@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9400. 
 
PLAY PARTNERS AND MENTORS NEEDED
Children Youth & Family Services.
Children Youth & Family Services has volunteer opportunities available from Play Partners, who help promote reading in children's early years, to youth companions, young adults who serve as mentors for teens at risk. Contact: Jennifer Kane.  Email: jkane@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118, ext.248. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing, Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join this award-winning group of young poets! Learn fun ways to get your creative juices flowing, write your own original poems, and publish them in the poetry anthology of the VADM, Museum Muses. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: east end of the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall .  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
First and Third Thursdays of every month (except holidays)
POST-PARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
Join us in creating a supportive circle for moms. Call or email to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High St. .  6:30-8pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
Ongoing
PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Prepare yourself and your support person for the birth of your baby. This series of classes includes the following topics: understanding and managing the different stages of labor through relaxation, labor positions and breathing techniques; medication options; and Caesarean birth. Class space is limited, register early in your pregnancy! Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  6 week series includes Baby Basics and tour. Call to schedule..  $120/6 wk. series.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Saturday of every month
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH QUICK CLASS
UVA Health System.
This one day class will help you understand stages of labor,and discuss relaxation techniques and other coping skills. Includes information about interventions and postpartum care. A tour of labor and delivery is included. University Hospital.  9am-4pm.  $50.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
Tuesdays
PREPARING FOR BIRTH AND BABY
UVA Health System.
This five part series will cover all you need to know about the labor process, relaxation techniques, options for pain relief and hospital policies. We will also discuss how to work with your health care team to make the best birth experience for you. Basics in baby care and typical newborn behavior is covered in the third class of the series by a Nursery nurse. It is a comprehensive class that will help you gain confidence for the birth of your baby and starting out your new family. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  $60.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
Sundays
RADIO TALK SHOW - EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH - ON WVAX 1450AM
Holistic Pediatrics & Prax Chiropractic.
Join Doctors Brian and Jennifer Prax along with Dr. Eric Rydland on Sundays at 8:30am for "Exploring Options for Children's Health." Each week a new topic relating to Children's Health will be discussed. Local Radio on WVAX 1450 AM.  8:30 to 9am.  $free.  Contact: Jennifer Prax.  Email: info@chiroprax.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5433. 
 
REACH HOMESCHOOL GROUP
A large group that offers many educational, fun, and meaningful fieldtrips, workshops, seminars, meetings, and recreational events for students of all ages. Provides many opportunities for the homeschoolers in the community. Serves the areas of Fredericksburg, Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and surrounding areas. Contact: Wanda.  Email: sloper4@adelphia.net.
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: DAY ACTIVITY SERVICES
Meadowcreek is a center-based, community integration program that provides training, support and supervision to adults with intellectual disabilities. The program aims to help participants acquire, retain and/or improve their self-help, social and adaptive skills through person-centered planning, behavioral support and assistive technologies. Access to Meadowcreek Center typically come from case management. Referrals are accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. Meadowcreek Center.  Directions: 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: Pam Fisher.  Email: pamf1@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
Region Ten offers three levels of residential services for individuals 18 or older who have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability: congregate, sponsored living and sponsored placement. Access to residential programs typically come from case management. Referrals accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: JoAnn Murphy-Osborne.  Email: joannm@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday of every month
REMEMBERING OUR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
If you are a parent or family member who has experienced the death of a child, we invite you to join us for education about grief and loss, support and healing. Hospice of the Piedmont.  5:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
Second Saturday of Every Month
RIVANNA TRAILS FOUNDATION SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
Rivana Trails Foundation.
Volunteer to come out to help with trail maintenance. Great for older kids or the whole family. Tools provided, but bring shears or clippers if you have them. Large groups please call in advance. .  Directions: Meet at the RTF equipment shed on Earheart St.  9am-noon.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeff Wilbur.  Email: klondike4@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7524. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year- fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCIENCE & NATURE ORGANIZATIONS
Explore the outdoors with the many terrific organizations listed in our comprehensive AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round who offer special prgrams geared to children and families in our community. For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing, Thursdays
SCIENCE CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Discover the mysteries of science through hands-on activities, demonstrations and special guests. Ages 5 & up. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vadm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Last Tuesday of each month
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP
Navigating the world of sensory processing disorder can be a challenge but joining us for a monthly support group meeting is a great way to share your story, gain perspectives from others, and tap into resources. Recognizing that sensory processing disorder comes in many shapes and sizes and often co-exists with other diagnoses, this support group is open to all adults. We ask that you leave your children at home so that we can discuss our thoughts and ideas openly and freely. Explorations Play Studio.  Directions: 1919 Commonwealth Drive.  7pm.  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: sheila.chrobak@gmail.com. For more info call: 327-7121. 
 
monthly, see schedule for details
SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Albemarle County School District.
Provides advice concerning unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent may attend committee meetings. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room 320, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.  7-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarleseac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-6442. 
 
First Friday of every month
SPECIAL NEEDS GAME NIGHT
Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Game Night is for teens and adults with special needs. Play games, fellowship, socialize, participate in fun activities, share devotions and EAT! Everyone who comes should bring a favorite treat. It meets every month except July. Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Route 29 North to 2620 Frays Mill Road.  6:30-9pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to yahoogroups.com, then search on SpecialNeedsKidsOfCharlottesville.
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: AN INTER-GENERATIONAL HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  Directions: 5791 Three Notched Road, Crozet.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Tuesdays
STORYTIME TUESDAYS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Come each week for a seasonal or exhibit related story on the front porch of the Cabin. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
STORYTIMES
There are lots of storytimes around town each week. Look to "Storytimes" below to find regularly scheduled readings. For details, please click this link. 
 
Fourth Tuesday of every month
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Strength in Numbers is open to anyone touched by someone with special needs. Our group meets to discuss and explore a variety of topics and issues related to families and special needs. Dover Foxcroft - 5690 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Suzanne McDonald .  Email: strengthnnumbers1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
Students With Children.
Network with other parents who are also attending the University of Virginia. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Call for location and times. Call for location and times.  Email: studentswithchildren@virginia.edu.
 
First Saturday of the month, October-May
TAKE A BREAK: RESPITE CARE PROGRAM
Registration is required each month, but application forms need to be filled out only one time (unless basic information changes). Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Frays Mill in the Missions Hall, second floor.  4-7pm.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
THE ARC OF THE PIEDMONT
Arc of the Piedmont improves the quality of life of infants, children and adults with, or at risk of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the lives of their families. They serve the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson since 1954. The Arc of the Piedmont provides service, advocacy and education to families, infants, children and adults with a wide range of support needs due to intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Their services include an Infant Development Project, Adult Activity Centers and Community Living Programs. 509 Park Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4002. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
fourth Tuesday of the month
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Piedmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
A voluntary self-help support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. Meetings include sharing as well as guest speakers. Not affiliated with any particular religion or political organization. The Church of Our Saviour.  Directions: 1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville.  7pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ginny Smith.  Email: ginnysmith1@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8844. 
 
THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 
Therapeutic Recreation Program
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up, with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. Contact: Mildred Spicer.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3764. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing
THOMAS JEFFERSON AREA FOOD BANK
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Thomas Jefferson branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has a continuing need for donated non-perishable food products. They can use any non-perishable food items with some of the most needed items being rice, dried beans, canned meats, and cereal. Thomas Jefferson Area Food Bank, 1207B Harris Street.  8am to 4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-3663. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Toddlers can join in the fun of a workshop where each child can create a different craft each week. Ages 6 & under with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
First Monday of Every Month
TRANSPARENTING
Children Youth & Family Services.
This is a one-time, four-hour monthly class held for separated or divorced parents who are both involved in parenting their children but are having some difficulty working together. Class is held on the first Monday of every month, plus: Saturday, January 5; Saturday, February 23; and Saturday, March 23. CYFS, 1000 East High Street.  4-8pm.  $50 fee/sliding scale.  Contact: Debbie Baber.  Email: dbaber@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 0. 
 
Second Tuesday of every month
TUNE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Tune in Charlottesville.
A new parent-run support group is forming for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. This is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with people who understand and have been there. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Tuesday of every month EXCEPT June, July, August and December
TUNE IN: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD
Tune In is a parent-run support group for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. Meetings alternate between an open discussion format and presentations/forums with local professionals in the field. Topics may include parenting strategies, summer planning ideas, classroom accommodations, managing transitions and other challenges, peer relationships, family dynamics, etc. Join our Yahoo group email list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TuneInCville or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/315942275135484. Fontana Neighborhood Clubhouse.  Directions: Fontana Court.  7pm. 
 
UNITED WAY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTER
United Way provides free, confidential information and referrals to over 2000 local health and human service programs, including resources on child care, children's health insurance, food, health care, housing, support groups and other organizations. 806 East High St.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1703. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
Ongoing
VAHOMESCHOOLERS/AMAZON FUNDRAISER
VaHomeschoolers.
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers--VaHomeschoolers/Amazon.com. Shop Amazon through the VaHomeschoolers Bookstore and let your purchases help support VaHomeschoolers at no cost to you! Just go to http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/bookstore.html. Pass this link to friends and family so their purchases can also support your member- directed, all volunteer and fully inclusive state homeschool association. VaHomeschoolers is neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics; homeschooling is our only agenda. All ages welcome.  Email: secretary@vhea.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-866-513-6173. 
 
VALLEY HOMESCHOOLERS
Valley Homeschoolers is open to all homeschoolers and unschoolers in Waynesboro, Staunton, Crozet, Afton and the surrounding area. Make new friends, join or form playgroups, game days, or study groups, and have questions about homeschooling in Virginia answered. Join online! To subscribe, send a message to: valleyhomeschoolers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF AUTISM
The VIA, located in Charlottesville, accommodates up to 40 students. The Institute includes outdoor activities as well as facilities for life-skills training. It now hosts several interns and practicum students per year, as well as supporting multiple research studies annually.VIA's outreach work also continues to expand through its intensive home- and community-based intervention services as well as school consultation services. 1414 Westwood Road.  Email: information@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8252. 
 
Tuesdays
WALDORF INSPIRED SCHOOLING AT HOME (WISH)
WISH.
A group of families from Charlottesville and nearby counties interested in Waldorf-inspired school at home. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Share the ups and downs of this challenging time. Plan to bring your baby and relax with new friends who understand what being a new mother is really all about. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  10:30am to 12pm.  $free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Come hear a story, do an activity and get excited about books! This drop-in program, led by special guest instructors, is perfect for fans of storytelling and reading. For all ages with an adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  10:30am.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Mondays
ZERO TO ONE DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP
Bend Yoga, The Women's Initiative.
This new drop-in support group is for parents who would like to connect with other parents at the same stage of life. Receive professional guidance and support, and learn ways to get in tune with yourself and your baby through mindfulness and interactive play. Bend Yoga.  11am-12pm.  $10, coupons available based on financial need through The Women's Initiative (call 872-0047).  Email: kelly@bendyoga.com.
 
First Saturday of every month
HOME SCHOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Special programs for homeschoolers, in groups or family units. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd, Staunton, VA 24401 Off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  9am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Larry Sabourin.  Email: larry.sabourin@fcmv.virginia.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
Fourth Thursday of every month
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Piedmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
A voluntary self-help support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. Meetings include sharing as well as guest speakers. Not affiliated with any particular religion or political organization. The Church of Our Saviour.  Directions: 1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA.  7pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ginnysmith1@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8844. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
September-May, Wednesdays
SURVIVING THE TEEN YEARS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
This is a six-week class designed for parents with their youth ages 10-18 that uses videos, simple reading assignments, class discussions, group problem solving and other class exercises. Based on an established national parenting curriculum. Children, Youth & Family Services.  Directions: 1000 East High Street. 250 bypass to Locust Ave turn left onto East High and CYFS is immediately on the right side of the street before you hit 11th street.  6-7:30pm.  $130 per family, $100 per couple or $80 per individual.  Contact: Jack Gallagher.  Email: jgallagher@cyfs.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ex 257. 
 
February 12, Tuesday
SIBLING CLASS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Directions: 500 Martha Jefferson Drive.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 

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