Events This Week

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April 28-Mary 26, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories! Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required and begins April 5 for the spring session. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
May 22, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SWANS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING WATER SHOW
Charlottesville Swans.
Did you know Charlottesville has a competitive synchronized swimming team for girls ages 6 through high school? Come out to see the award winning local team perform in a water show celebrating generations of music. Fairview Swim & Tennis Club.  Directions: 707 Belvedere Blvd, Charlottesville.  6:30pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: samanthaelhart@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 249-1236. 
 
May 27-30, Friday-Monday
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BLUES, BREWS & BBQ
Wintergreen Resort.
Welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains including micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts & craft fair, block party and more. Wintergreen Resort.  Directions: Route 664, Wintergreen.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-8180. 
 
May 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
ART IN THE PARK
Staunton Augusta Art Center.
A two-day festival of quality artwork, live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children's art activity area. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  10am-5pm Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 885-2028. 
 
May 28, Saturday
KESWICK HUNT CLUB 5K
Keswick Hunt Club.
Run or walk a beautiful and challenging 5K trail course in the heart of Keswick. Kids 12 & under run free in the Kids’ Mile or Kids’ Scramble if registered before May 21st. A complimentary “Hunt Breakfast” featuring a wine tasting by Barboursville Vineyards follows the races. Castalia Farm, Keswick.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-9405. 
 
May 28, Saturday
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD
Barnes and Noble.
To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this special Storytime explores Our Great Big Backyard. #1 New York Times bestselling authors' former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
May 28, Saturday
RAMBLIN' RABBIT 5K
Blue Ridge Rotary Club.
The Rotary Ramblin' Rabbit 5K is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club which has been serving our local, national, and international community since 1983. Rotarians are your friends, neighbors and associates who have made a commitment to service above self in their personal and professional lives. Proceeds will benefit The Ben Hair Just Swim For Life Program at the new Brooks Family YMCA and the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club Foundation! PVCC.  7:30am, registration at 6am.  $30 for adults, $15 for 2-12 years old.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
RICHMOND ROSE SOCIETY SHOW
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Displays of specimen roses and advice from consulting experts. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Opening Hours.  $Regular Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 262-9887. 
 
May 28, Saturday
STRAWBERRY FEST
Liberty Mills Farm.
Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes, to chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry salsa and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun contests including a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest, Hat Contest and Berry Recipe and Baking Contests. Strawberry picking while supply lasts! Liberty Mills Farm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-6293. 
 
May 28, Saturday
THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA 5K RUN/WALK
Autism Society of Virginia.
This family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid's Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is one of the Autism Society Central Virginia's primary sources of income, raising over $94,000 in 2015. Innsbrook Pavilion, Richmond.  8am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 257-0192. 
 
May 28, Saturday
WINE & ROSES OPEN HOUSE
Piedmont Master Gardeners.
The featured speaker will be Kaye Moomaw of Lynchburg's Irvington Spring Farm, who will present "Old Roses for Modern Gardeners: How to Accept and Hide Imperfections," and Gabriele Rausse will be back to host his ever-popular wine tasting. Center for Historic Plants, Monticello.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
May 29, Sunday
MOVIE NIGHT AT SIPS & CINEMA: THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Break out your picnic blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor movie. 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 . 
 
May 29, Sunday
PATRICK HENRY'S 277TH BIRTHDAY
Red Hill.
Celebrate Patrick Henry's birthday by visiting his home and eating complimentary cake! Red Hill - Patrick Henry National Memorial.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 376-2044. 
 
May 30, Sunday
FIRST POLO MATCH OF THE YEAR
King Family Vineyards/Roseland Polo Club.
The Roseland Polo Club kicks off the 2016 polo season! King Family Vineyards.  Directions: 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
June-August
OWN TOUCH SOCCER CAMPS
Own Touch Cville.
We are Charlottesville areas premier indoor facility designed specifically to train, mentor and develop the individual performance of youth soccer players. Summer camps range from Freestyle & Finishing Camp to our Premier Soccer & Speed camp, plus more. 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9am-12pm.  $150-$200.  Recommended for ages 6 to 18.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
Now-early November
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT AT HARTLAND ORCHARD
Hartland Orchard.
Pick sweet and sour cherries (late June), blueberries (all of July) and peaches (early July-early September). Visit the pumpkin patch September-November 1! Hartland Orchard.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-364-2316. 
 
June 1, Wednesday
SAVVY FINANCIAL TRAVEL TIPS
UVA Community Credit Union.
Do you know how to be a savvy traveler when it comes to your money? Do you know the best payment methods to use when traveling domestically or internationally, what information you should provide your financial institution before you go, how to protect your finances when you are away and what to do if your wallet is lost or stolen? We will discuss how you can protect yourself, family members, and friends from common travel scams. Tips on creating a budget and saving money while on vacation will also be provided. Register today. Seating is limited. Berkmar Branch - UVA Community Credit Union.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvaccu.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-2001. 
 
June 2-July 21, Thursdays
FREE FRENCH CLASSES
Alliance Française de Charlottesville.
This summer, the AFC is offering dynamic classes about french culture and pronunciation. Whether you are a member or not, you can register for any class for FREE and enjoy listening to French. Not fully proficient? Don't worry, explanations and presentations will be in both French and English! Alliance Française de Charlottesville.  5-6:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Camille Verez.  Email: markteting@afcville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 2-4, Thursday-Saturday
GRAVES MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Picking, grinning and family fun. Graves Mountain Lodge.  Directions: Syria, VA.  Various showtimes.  $35-$105.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
June 2, Thursday
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; we supply the building blocks! No registration required, but space is limited. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 3-4, Friday-Saturday
ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE AND PACKING 101 CLASS
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
This is one of our biggest sales of the year with discounts up to 75% off luggage, bags, and travel accessories! In conjunction with our Sidewalk Sale, join us on Saturday, June 4th at 11 am for a fun and informational packing demo hosted by a special guest, Rodney Tomlin, from Victorinox. Delve into basic tips and tricks on keeping your luggage organized and packed most efficiently. This class will also highlight packing in a hardsided suitcase. RSVP for the packing demo. Call us any time to schedule a private packing demo catered to your specific needs. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ellen Alford.  Email: ellen@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
June 3, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: THE LEGO MOVIE
Virginia Film Festival.
The Lego Movie had record-breaking box office success and quickly became a family-movie favorite when it hit theaters in 2014. Set in the Lego universe, this computer animated adventure stars the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, and many more. Emmet, an "everyman," must help stop the evil tyrant Lord Business, with the help of his friends, in this film for all ages. Come early to enjoy a spectacular mountainside sunset, food from the Carter Mountain Grill, adult beverages available for purchase from the Bold Rock Hard Cider Cellar, and a live DJ from WTJU. Carter Mountain Orchard.  8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
June 3-5, Thursday-Saturday
VIRGINIA SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE: "OTHELLO"
Poplar Forest.
Bring your friends out to the plantation for an evening of theatre under the stars on Jefferson's south lawn. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is partnering with the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative in a statewide celebration of William Shakespeare's work in observance of the 400th anniversary of his death. Bring a picnic dinner, sample a selection of local libations and experience the magic of Shakespeare's verse. Poplar Forest.  7pm.  $15 adults, $12 students, $5 ages 5 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
June 4, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL BIKE PARADE
Books on Bikes.
Children gather to decorate their bikes with pinwheels, beads, and streamers, then parade to the JMRL Central Branch . Clark Elementary School.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4, Saturday
4 THE WOUNDED 5K & KIDS FUN RUN
University of Virginia Foundation/Charlottesville Track Club.
Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Free Kids Fun Run. This is an all-terrain course with an alternate, paved route for handicapped runners. University of Virginia Research Park.  $30. Kids races are Free..  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-4850. 
 
June 4, Saturday
ANTIQUE AND GARDEN FIELD AND MARKET DAY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Calling all lovers of shabby chic, architectural wares, and garden accessories - this day is for you! We'll have vendors set up all day with great vintage goods. No admission fee! Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
June 4, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE SUMMER READING KICK-OFF CEREMONY
Barnes and Noble.
the 20th Anniversary of our annual summer reading program challenges kids in Grades 1-6 to read 8 books over the Summer, complete the summer reading journal and earn a free book. this years theme will be a take on the Summer Olympics-A Summer Reading Triathlon Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
June 4-5, Saturday-Sunday
BIKE MS: COLONIAL CROSSROADS
National MS Society - Blue Ridge Chapter.
The fun-filled event will feature non-stop music, an engaging program and catered meals. Through national efforts and our nationwide network of chapters, Bike MS rides attract a range of new and seasoned cyclists who share a love of cycling and helping others. Each Bike MS ride raises critical funds to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. Starts and ends at Pollak Vineyards.  Email: deirdre.kelly@nmss.org . For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4, Saturday
BUTTERFLY WALKS
McIntire Botanical Garden.
Led once again by Master Naturalist Dr. Nancy Weiss, the walks will introduce you to a variety of common butterlies native to the Piedmont region, such as Cabbage Whites, Summer Azures, Orange Sulphurs and Skippers. Along the way, experience the parkland's varied topography and plants. You'll become more butterfly-savvy and derive a sense of possibilities for the acreage that will be developed into the McIntire Botanical Garden in the future. McIntire Botancial Garden.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7831. 
 
June 4, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY PRESENTS: POPS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
he Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia presents Pops at the Paramount! Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra performs a program of hits from the worlds of film, Broadway and television. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $25-$95.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 4, Saturday
CLEAN THE BAY DAY
Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Volunteer and register to help clean up Meadow Creek, Pollock's Branch, Riverview Park and other sites, all parts of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Be a part of this annual state-wide effort to clean our bay! Charlottesville/Rivanna Watershed.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4, Saturday
THE TRAIL AT MONTICELLO COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Monticello.
Come join our celebration of the Saunders-Monticello Trail on National Trails Day. There will be a variety of activities for all ages, including a hike, food, music, presentations and more! We will also be dedicating a trail in memory of former Trail Manager Jason Stevens. Registration is recommended. Monticello.  9am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
June 4, Saturday
TWILIGHT HIKE
Shenandoah National Park Lodging.
Hike into the "Big Meadow" at dusk through the dramatic changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the incredible spread of the night sky with its multitude of stars. At 3,500 feet, you are high above the haze and light pollution of the mid-Atlantic, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Led by the Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Distance covered is less than 2 miles. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited and often fills quickly. Big Meadows Lodge Lobby.  7-10pm.  $10 adults, $8 12 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
June 5, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET ACADEMY SPRING PERFORMANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Charlottesville Ballet Academy presents "Once Upon a Time." Performances by ballet students of all ages. PVCC's Dickinson Building, 501 College Drive.  1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm.  $10 adults, $5 kids age 12 and under, under 2 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
June 5, Sunday
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (PG)
The Paramount Theater.
(1981) 115 minutes Steven Spielberg's riotously thrilling and entertaining adventure film returns to The Paramount! Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) takes on a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. The film co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana's nemesis, French archaeologist René Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick, Sallah; Ronald Lacey as Gestapo agent Arnold Toht; and Denholm Elliott as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4.50 youth 12 and under, $6.50 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 

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