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April 26, Wednesday
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: "FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS"
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Hayley Tompkins.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 26, Wednesday
CHS SPRING CHOIR CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2410. 
 
April 12-26, Wednesdays
LIVING INDEPENDENTLY SERIES
JMRL - Northside Library/ UVA Credit Union.
Program series for high schoolers about to graduate and preparing to live independently. Registration required two weeks before program date. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 W. Rio Rd.  5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
April 26, Wednesday
PORTRAITS WITH BABY BUNNIES AT CHILES
Chiles Peach Orchard & Aaron Watson Photography.
Mini sessions just in time for Mother's Day. To make your portrait session even more fun there will be baby bunnies available to be a part of your family portrait. Limited availability so call or email today. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  4-6pm.  $99.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8031. 
 
April 27, Thursday
"NIGHT BIRD SONG"
JMRL- Central Library.
JMRL - Central Library.  7pm.  Contact: Krista Farrell.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 2-April 27, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger sibling. Registration begins at 1pm February 13. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 26-April 27, Fourth Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK DISCUSSION FOR SECOND GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided with registration. Limit 10 readers. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 27, Thursday
PAINT & SIP AT DELFOSSE
Delfosse Vineyards and Winery.
Paint a fun floral piece at Delfosse. All supplies will be provided. Delfosse Vineyards and Winery.  Directions: 500 Delfosse Winery Lane, Faber.  7-9pm.  $30.  Email: hello@artistchristinaball.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 374-1278. 
 
March 29-April 27, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 27, Thursday
SCOTT WAGNER CHIROPRACTIC GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine.
The business has moved and is having a Grand Opening Celebration in its new facility! Complimentary eats, beverages, office tours, chiropractic demo's and activities for kids, and an APPLE WATCH GIVEAWAY. Scott Wagner Chiropractic.  Directions: 2109 India Road.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kasey Patterson.  Email: prdrwagner@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-4888. 
 
March 2-April 27, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration begins at 1pm on February 13. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 27, Thursday
WORDPLAY
The Paramount Theater.
Wordplay is a team-based trivia competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature and showing off how smart they are. Teams are comprised of three people from local businesses and organizations. The audience is invited to play along and cheer for their favorite team! Wordplay is the annual fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle, which provides free one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $20.  Email: heather@literacyforall.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 28, Friday
24TH ANNUAL NORTH BRANCH GOLF TOURNAMENT
North Branch School.
A captain's choice tournament played on the beautiful Stoney Creek Golf Course at Wintergreen in Nellysford. All proceeds from this tournament go to the scholarship and tuition assistance programs at North Branch School. Stoney Creek Golf Course at Wintergreen.  12pm.  Contact: Bonnie Holliday.  Email: nbsgiving@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
January 27-April 28, Second & Fourth Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For all ages. Gordon Avenue Library.  2:30-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 28, Friday
GRAND CAVERNS SPLIT MEDAL 5K CHALLENGE
Grand Caverns Park.
This certified 5k race offers a "Virginia" flat and fast course in and around the park. Enjoy post-race prizes and munchies. Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes.  6:35pm.  $Free.  Email: mike@grandcaverns-5k.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 28, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-36 months. Registration requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 28, Friday
LUNCH WITH JAMES MONROE
In honor of James Monroe's 259th birthday, have lunch with Monroe reenactor Dennis Bigelow, who will share first-person accounts from his life and answer audience questions. Box lunches included with registration featuring a specialty sandwich plus bottled water, grapes, chips and fresh baked dessert. Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of James Monroe.  12-1pm.  $25.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
"INTO THE WINGS" CHILDREN'S BALLET EVENT
Charlottesville Ballet.
Following a performance of The Firebird, children ages 3-8 are invited on stage. Decorate a craft, learn a dance from The Firebird and take photos with characters from the ballet. An all-inclusive ticket gives your child access to the ballet and this event. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  1pm & 4pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592 . 
 
April 29, Saturday
23RD ANNUAL KIDS-ONLY TROUT FISHING DAY
Albemarle County Parks and Rec.
Fish will be stocked for the event in the two lakes at Mint Springs. All kids age 13 and under are invited. They may fish for free, and no license is required. Only one fishing rod per youngster is permitted. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  9am-3pm.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
April 29, Saturday
33RD ANNUAL HERBS GALORE & MORE FESTIVAL
Maymont.
Enjoy a gardening extravaganza. Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont's Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as plant, tree or vegetable and craft for this one-of-a-kind event. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: Marketplace on the Lawn.  8am-4pm.  $5 Marketplace, free for members, kids 16 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
April 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Experience arts and crafts outdoors at the home of the fifth president of the United States. Participate in a historic dance workshop, painting, nature photography and more. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the event. An Outdoor Art Creator or Outdoor Art Explorer badge is included with the program fee. Program is available to Brownies and Juniors. Girls MUST attend with an adult (over 18) who stays with them at the event. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10, free to adult chaperones.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration required by April 21  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL KICKIN' BACK FOR DOWN SYNDROME
Silent auction, casino games, live music by Route 64, dinner, craft beer and wine included! All proceeds go to the scholarship program for camps, educational support and other community activities. James River Cellars.  Directions: 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen.  6-10pm.  Recommended for ages 21 to 99.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: dsagrdirector@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-525-7731. 
 
April 22-29, Saturday-Saturday
84TH ANNUAL HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
Enjoy over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia's historic public gardens and landscapes and more. Albemarle County.  Contact: Compton Going.  Email: comptongoing@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 962-9936. 
 
April 29, Saturday
BAND ON THE RUN 5K RACE
CHS Band and X-Country.
Calling all students, staff, families and community members to support and participate in the inaugural Band on the Run 5K Run/Walk. Beginning and ending at the CHS Curtis E. Elder track, the Band on the Run 5K will take runners and walkers of all ages on a 3.1-mile course through the Foxbrook and Greenbrier residential neighborhoods. Proceeds from this family-friendly event will benefit the CHS Band and X-Country programs, which have partnered to launch the 5K and hope to make it a popular spring tradition. Charlottesville High School.  8am.  $20-$25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ben Ford.  Email: bford@rivarch.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
DIVERSITY IN ACTION CELEBRATION
JMRL - Central Library.
Grab a passport and explore the word with games and activities from different countries and cultures. Fun for the entire family. Central Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 29, Saturday
DOWNS WILDLIFE AND WINE FESTIVAL
A day at the Downs Wildlife and Wine Festival to benefit for the Wildlife Conservation Center featuring an evening performance by Bruce Hornsby at the Blue Ridge Bowl. All-day entertainment and wine tastings from Virginia wineries. Infinity Downs Farm.  Directions: 1500 Diggs Mountain Rd., Arrington.  12pm.  Email: info@infinitydowns.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-9000. 
 
April 29, Saturday
FOSTER WALK 2017
Foster Care Alumni of America.
The walk begins at CATEC and goes through the John Warner Parkway trail then loops around at the 1.6-mile mark to CATEC. Coffee, light breakfast refreshments available and a raffle takes place between 11:30am and 12:30pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. CATEC.  Directions: 1000 Rio Rd. E.  9:15-11am walk, 9-11am run, 7-9am check-in.  $Free (donations welcome).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah Groom.  Email: sgroom@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 218-3707. 
 
April 29, Saturday
GIRLS' GEEK DAYS
Sparking girls' interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Open to all ages, girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian too. Registration is required and space is limited! Crozet Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
HOOP DREAMS 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
A fundraiser for RVCC to support basketball court improvements. Basketball tournament will be 3 flights: Youth (under 18) in the morning, Adult (19-45) in the early afternoon and Geezer (46+) in mid-afternoon. Registration deadline April 23. Food and drinks and trophies to the winners of each flight. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  10am-4pm.  $100 per team.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
April 29, Saturday
JAIDA'S JOY 5K
Jaida's Joy.
Two laps around the school with awards for all kids ages 12 & under in the race and all participants who complete the race. All the proceeds fund schools supplies for less fortunate kids in the community. WMMS.  Directions: 148 Monroe Dr., Stanardsville.  7-8am, 8:30am race starts.  $25 in advance, $30 race day 12 & under, $30 advance, $35 on race day 13 & up.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 29, Saturday
KIDS NIGHT OUT AT ALBEMARLE SQUARE
ACAC.
ACAC Albemarle Square.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-3800. 
 
April 27 & 29, Thursday & Saturday
MADAGASCAR JR.
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Come see Charlottesville Catholic School's spring musical. Church of the Incarnation.  Directions: 1465 Incarnation Dr.  7pm Thursday & Saturday.  $10, $5 students/seniors.  Contact: Rich Barnett.  Email: r.barnett@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
April 29, Saturday
MONTALTO CHALLENGE 5K
Monticello.
An exhilarating 5K race from the base of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to the top of Montalto. The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Monticello Fund, which supports the maintenance of the Trail at Monticello. The Saunders-Monticello Trail.  7:30-10am.  $35-55.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
April 29, Saturday
PARK TO PARK HALF MARATHON
City of Waynesboro.
Experience the best views in the Shenandoah Valley on this 13.1 mile point to point course connecting Waynesboro's Ridgeview Park to Augusta County's Stuarts Draft Park. Gently rolling hills, mountain vistas and beautiful serene river crossings make this Park to Park course a must-do spring race. The race will be completely supported with fully stocked aid stations and a post-race party at the finish line. Portion of the proceeds from this year's race will be donated to Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. 700 Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro.  Directions: Ridgeview Park to Stuarts Draft Park.  7am.  $Varies.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6600. 
 
April 29, Saturday
PEEPAPALOOZA!
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, with awards for dioramas, snacks and good company. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 1-29
PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION GARDEN
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels will be "planted" in the Children's Garden, each representing a child served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia's Healthy Families program. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 29, Saturday
RIVERFEST
Riverfest Waynesboro.
Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer's market, canoe rides, kids arts & crafts, stream electro-fishing and the Great South River Duck Race! Rain or shine. No pets allowed. Constitution Park, Main St. downtown Waynesboro at the South River.  Directions: Exit 99 off Interstate 64. Take US 250W to Main St., Waynesboro.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: riverfest@ntelos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7738. 
 
April 29, Saturday
SPRING 3D CANVAS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
You shop while they craft. Supplied included. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
April 29, Saturday
SPRING RACES AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit International Neighbors Charlottesville. Popular with college students and other revelers last year's race drew over 25,000 guests. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open, 1:30 first race, 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
April 29, Saturday
THE FIREBIRD BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet.
The Firebird is a classic Russian fairy tale that combines all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and magical creatures. After the performance join the dancers for "Into the Wings," a performance perfect for boys and girls ages 3-8. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  1pm and 4pm.  $Varies.  Email: tickets@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
April 29, Saturday
VENABLE ALL-STARS FUN RUN FUNDRAISER
Venable Elementary School.
The 1-mile run/walk starts across from Culbreth Parking garage and end at the Lower Garden of Pavilion X. Water and snacks provided at the finish. Venable Elementary School.  Directions: 406 14th St NW. Close to UVA..  10am.  All ages welcome.  Email: emily@charlottesvillemultisports.com. For more info call: 242-0048. 
 
April 29, Saturday
WALK FOR LIFE
The Pregnancy Centers of Central VA.
Walk for Life and support The Pregnancy Centers of Central VA at the annual 2-mile walk. Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy the free family fun: bounce house, continental breakfast, face painting, and more. First Baptist Church, 735 Park St.  9am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: stroller and wheelchair friendly  Contact: Kathy Brown.  Email: Kathy@virginiapregnancy.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-4516. 
 
April 29, Saturday
WOODBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FUN FAIR
Woodbrook PTO.
Everybody is welcome at the annual Woodbrook Elementary School Fun Fair. Games, raffle, silent auction, prizes, food, fun. Food and treats available for purchase. Rain or shine. Woodbrook Elementary School.  4-6:30pm.  $Free, ticket prices for games 4/$1, raffle tickets $1.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Meg Holub.  Email: holubfamilycville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 465-5389. 
 
April 26-29, Wednesday-Saturday
WOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Learn about wool and flax processing, from shearing to weaving, on the museum's historic farms. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: take I-64 toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  9am-5pm.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
April 30, Sunday
4TH ANNUAL HOOS HEAL 5K
Notus Sports.
Family-friendly 5K on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. 4th Annual event that benefits the School of Nursing at UVA. Runners and walkers are welcome. Behind Scott Stadium, University of Virginia.  10-11:30am.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Glen Slosson.  Email: gslosson@notussports.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 531-5421. 
 
April 29-30, Saturday-Sunday
5TH ANNUAL PLANT/YARD/BAKE SALE
White Hall Ruritan Club.
In addition to baked goods, the White Hall Ruritan Club will be selling flowering plants, shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, berries and herbs. Yard sale items range from jewelry to kitchen items to furniture. Proceeds will fund local scholarships and improvements to White Hall's century-old Community Building. White Hall Community Building.  Directions: 2904 Brown's Gap Turnpike, White Hall.  All ages welcome. 
 
April 26-30, Wednesday-Sunday
ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS"
Albemarle High School Players.
Albemarle High School Players presents Mary Poppins beginning with a "Pay What You Will" on April 26 at the Final Dress Rehearsal at 8pm. Opening Preview on the 27th, Opening Night the 28th, Dinner Theater April 29 and Final Performance the 30th. Prices vary depending on which performance you attend. Albemarle High School.  8pm.  $Varies according to performance.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Phil Giaramita.  Email: pgiaramita@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-4049. 
 
Exhibition Open Through Spring 2017
ART AND COUNTRY EXHIBITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with "country," their homeland. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
April 23-30
BOYD TINSLEY TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Boar's Head Inn.
Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic returns to Boar's Head for the 16th year. Boar's Head Inn.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 30, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
A fun, family-friendly event including kids' dashes, cross-country races for kindergarteners through adults, and fun and games for everyone. Held at Panorama Farms, which is home to UVA's Cross Country Course. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  1-3:30pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
April 30, Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: MOZART'S MASS IN C MINOR
Jefferson Choral Society.
The Jefferson Choral Society perform's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass in C Minor. Heritage United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  4pm.  $20 adult, $15 students, Free age 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 528-5700. 
 
April 30, Sunday
PVCC CHORUS SPRING CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Audiences of all ages will enjoy the repertoire of this annual event. The concert is a gift from the College to music lovers in Central Virginia. PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3pm.  $Free; no tickets required.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
April 30, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents Pianist John Mayhood. Directed by Kelly Sulick, the programs offer a wide range of works that are sure to entertain, educate and enthrall. Old Cabell Hall, UVa.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
April 30, Sunday
WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Films that tell stories about the planet, the wild lands, the people of the communities who love them, play in them and defend them. Remarkable places that inspire wonder, highlight issues and provide solutions. Visulite Cinema.  Directions: 12 N. Augusta St., Staunton.  7pm.  $10-20.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 7-May 2, First Tuesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Central Library needs you! Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Central Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. No meetings in February or April. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
April 11-May 2, Tuesdays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The Alliance Francaise comes to the museum for language learning and play with native French instructor French teacher Sophie. You and your 2-year-old can learn French together through songs, stories, games and fun. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  $75 for 4 sessions.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
January 3-May 2, First Tuesdays
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 7-12. Registration recommended. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 4-May 3, First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $fFree.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 12-May 3, Wednesdays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join native Canadian teacher Stephanie at the Museum as your 3-5 year old explores French through songs, stories, traditions and fun. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  11:30am-12:15pm.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 4, Thursday
5TH ANNUAL BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
This Star Wars-themed fundraising event supports mentoring kids in the Charlottesville area. Form a team of six adults, eat, drink, win prizes, bid on auction items, meet celebrity guests, visit the photo booth, partake in three hours of unlimited bowling and help a great cause. AMF Kegler's Lanes.  6:30-9:30pm.  Contact: Chelsea.  Email: cbhimji@blueridgebigs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0882 x100. 
 
May 4, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Charlottesville School District.
Come listen to the discussions, debates and decisions of the city school board. Charlottesville High School.  Directions: Booker T. Reaves Media Center.  5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2400. 
 
January-May, First Thursdays
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 5-May 4, First Thursdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL - Central Library.
Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3-5pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 5-May 4
WEEKLY DANCE PRACTICE
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
Come and practice with fellow dance students. No partner needed. All skill levels welcome. Murray High School.  Directions: 12000 Forest Street.  7:30-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 5, Friday
DEF LEPPARD
John Paul Jones Arena.
Def Leppard performs with Poison and Tesla. 295 Massie Road.  7pm.  $27.50-$123.  Contact: JPJ.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
May 5, Friday
EVENING OF PRAISE FEATURING DANCE AMBASSADORS IDANCE MINISTRY
The public is invited to enjoy song and dance at this event. Additional guests include Ella Marrs, The Men of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church Choir, Matthew 25 Band and more. Covenant Church.  Directions: 1025 Rio Road East.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Maria Daniel.  Email: idanceministry@gmail.com. For more info call: 409-7764. 
 
May 5, Friday
HOPE GROWS CELEBRATION
A fun, family-friendly evening featuring a Camp Holiday Trails Camp Family as guest speaker. King Family Vineyards, Crozet.  5pm.  $85 adult, kids 5 and above $10, under 4 free.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3781. 
 
May 1-5
NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Recognize and celebrate your favorite teachers!
 
May 6, Saturday
27TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
On your mark, get set ... go! Enjoy a morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a scramble for the littlest ones! Each runner receives a Dash T-shirt. Monticello High School.  7:45-10am.  $15.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 6, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL JUNIOR STEP & DANCE COMPETITION
Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition.
The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage competing. Non-stop, high-energy fun. V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $10 in advance, $13 at the door.  Email: daneandstep@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0650. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3D PRINTING 101
JMRL - Northside Library.
Curious about the library's 3D printer? Join staff as they demonstrate how to create or select an object to print. Registration recommended. Northside Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL LOUISA COMIC CON
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with fun workshops, special guests, artwork on display, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts, a photo booth, prizes and more. Enter the Comic Book Hero Art Contest for all school-aged children. All ages welcome. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  10:30am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL MSC TRUCK TOUCH
Montessori School of Charlottesville/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
This event provides children with the unique opportunity to explore vehicles of all types-public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and more-all in one place. Those young and those young at heart will have a chance to touch, climb on, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. There will also be food trucks and other kid-friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Charlottesville Scholarship Fund. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. IX Art Park.  10am-2pm.  Email: trucktouchcville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BATESVILLE 10K
A challenging, uphill course that occurs as part of the 42nd annual Batesville Day. 7am registration, 8am race, 9:30am awards.  Email: events@batesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BATESVILLE DAY 2017
Batesville Community Service Club (Ruritans).
42nd annual celebration featuring a 10K race, the biggest little parade, a village fair, the Albemarle Morris Men, games and fun. Food provided by The Batesville Market, which will celebrate its grand reopening as well. Central Virginia Blues Society provides the music. See website for schedule of events. Batesville.  8am race, 11am parade, 12pm fair.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: organizer.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 120 W. High St.  3pm.  $5 suggested minimum donation.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Charles Winkler.  Email: skripka87@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5139. 
 
May 6, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE SOAP BOX CLASSIC
Blue Ridge Soap Box Classic.
Each year, young competitors in the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby race down Main Street in hopes of winning this exciting race. Main Street and Church Street, Downtown Waynesboro.  7:30am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anthony Marshall.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-1507. 
 
May 6, Saturday
CHOO CHOO SOUL
Busch Gardens.
All Aboard! Genevieve Goings and Constantine "DC" Abramsonm stars of CHOO CHOO SOUL perform. These ten-year Disney Channel veterans and Parents Choice award-winning duo will deliver a soulful spin for both children and parents to enjoy. Busch Gardens.  Directions: Williamsburg.  $Free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
May 6, Saturday
FLUVANNA COUNTY OLD FARM DAY
Fluvanna County.
Displays of historic farm equipment, demonstrations by heritage craftsmen, crafts, hayrides, contests and music, plus great food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Fluvanna Historical Society and a fund to create a permanent Farm Heritage Museum. Pleasant Grove Park.  Directions: 1731 Thomas Jefferson Hwy, Palmyra.  9am-4pm.  $5, kids free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldfarmday.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-9405. 
 
May 6, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- All Branches.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 6, Saturday
HEART OF VIRGINIA FESTIVAL
Town of Farmville.
This annual family-oriented event includes arts, crafts, food, 10k run and 5k walk. The festival offers live music, antique car show, face painting, magic shows, artisans and more. Downtown Farmville.  Directions: Main and High Streets, Farmville.  9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@heartofvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 395-2744. 
 
May 6, Saturday
INAUGURAL HOW-TO FESTIVAL
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in to any 15-30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics from how to raise chickens in the city or brew a perfect cup of coffee to how to prepare for a zombie invasion or learn computer coding. See the 3D printer in action and pick up a free comic book as well. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 6, Saturday
JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD LIVE
The Paramount Theater.
Jungle Jack introduces you to some of the world's most spectacular animals. The Paramount Theater.  4pm.  $24.50, $34.50, $54.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
May 6, Saturday
ROCK THE RIDGE AT VALLEY ROAD VINEYARDS
Valley Road Vineyards.
Will Overman Band headlines this benefit for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Three other local acts to play in this event made up of seven hours of live, local music with food and wine available for purchase. Picnic lunches, lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. Valley Road Vineyards.  Directions: 9264 Critters Shop Road, Afton.  10:30am-7pm.  $15 suggested donation.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-6350. 
 
February 4-May 6, First Saturdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 5-6, Friday-Saturday
SPRING PLANTFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden's plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Presented by Garden volunteers with alll proceeds benefitting the Garden's educational mission. Rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 6, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not so far away, children can enjoy Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  $5 plus admission.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
May 6, Saturday
UMS RESERVOIR 5K & KIDS RUN
This scenic out-and-back course travels down beautiful Reservoir Road. The mixed pavement, hard packed dirt course is hilly, but the serene setting makes for a low-stress, enjoyable run! The 5k is open to participants 12 and older. The kids' race is meant to be fun and manageable for children 11 and under. It is a half-mile out and back course on Reservoir Road. The proceeds from this event benefit University Montessori's Financial Aid fund. 1034 Reservoir Road.  8am 5k, 9am kids race.  Contact: Megan Donovan.  Email: ums@universitymontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-0583. 
 

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