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 Classes, Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
April 10, 17, & 24, May 1, 8 & 15, Mondays
SPRING PARENT-CHILD CLASSES AT WALDORF
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Explore and engage in the wonders of early childhood within a supportive community. For children ages 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free play, circe games and songs, a nutritious snack prepared and eaten together. Parents engage in quiet handcrafts and meal prep while children play nearby but are encouraged to ask questions and bring up topics for discussion. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: Early Childhood Campus, 120 Waldorf School Rd.  9-11am.  $130 per 6-week session.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946 x102. 
 
May 15, Tuesday
WHAT NEW PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
UVa Women's Health Services.
Learn how to take care of your baby. Class covers sleeping and eating patterns, importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. Reviews of baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing and when to call the doctor. Battle Building, West Main St.  6:30-8:30pm.  $free.  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. 
 
April 14, 21, & 28, May 5, 12 & 19, Fridays
SPRING PARENT-CHILD CLASSES AT WALDORF
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Explore and engage in the wonders of early childhood within a supportive community. For children ages 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free play, circe games and songs, a nutritious snack prepared and eaten together. Parents engage in quiet handcrafts and meal prep while children play nearby but are encouraged to ask questions and bring up topics for discussion. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: Early Childhood Campus, 120 Waldorf School Rd.  9-11am.  $130 per 6-week session.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946 x102. 
 
Now-July 18, Third Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A new program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 18.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Every Wednesday unless other posted
BABIES TOGETHER CLASSES
The Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs.
Babies Together is a 6 week class for parents and caregivers who have precrawling babies. Includes: Reading your baby's cues, facilitated movement, baby massage and lullabies, Songs, interactive play, lullabies, playing with the senses, attachment and the science of parenting, The importance of tummy time, Why activation and rest cycles are important and how to observe them in your baby, also known as the birth sequence and the cycle of satisfaction. 1710 Allied St. Suite 20B.  11:30am.  $Fee: $10 drop in, Purchase a card of 6 classes for $45.  Contact: Kate White.  Email: katercst@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-2002. 
 
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. 
 
NURSING MOTHER'S SUPPORT GROUP
Meet with a lactation consultant, get questions answered, weigh your baby, and get support from other moms. Bend Yoga.  12:30-1:30pm Fridays.  $free.  Email: mybbblc@gmail.com.
 
Fridays, see description for dates
PARENT-INFANT COMMUNITY AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
For children birth 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. Offered each fall and spring The Spring 2017 session runs from March 10 until May 12 (with no class on March 31 and April 7). 8:30-9:45am & 10:00-11:15am sessions available. Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops.  Directions: Just west of the I64 Shadwell/250 exit.  8:30-9:45am & 10-11:15am.  $175 for 8 week session or $25 per class drop-in fee (space permitting).  Contact: Therese Benzinger.  Email: tbenzinger@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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 Classes, ExerciseGo to top of List
 
May 7, Sunday
BALANCE + BREWS: YOGA AT PRO RE NATA
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery.
Relax with yoga at the brewery hosted by Maggie Robertson Fitness. Limited to 40 registrants. Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery.  Directions: 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet.  11am-12pm.  $15 (includes class and $5 voucher to brewery).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4878. 
 
May 11, Thursday
YOGA AT BOLD ROCK
Balance/ Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Enjoy a 75-minute Vinyasa Flow Yoga class taught by Maggie Robertson. Suitable for beginners and experienced Yogis followed by a complimentary cider. Bring your own mat. Bold Rock Hard Cider.  Directions: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  6-8pm.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Email: maggierobertsonfitness@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
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. 
 
 Classes, ParentingGo to top of List
 
March 10-May 12, Select Fridays
PARENT-INFANT CLASS AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
This weekly program is for parents and their infants (up to 18 months). Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. In this carefully designed space, children experience the joy of mastering new tasks. Led by Alissa McKown, a Montessori guide for children from birth through age 3. Alissa has worked with infants, toddlers, and their parents for many years. Mountaintop Montessori.  Directions: On Pantops, across from Giant Shopping Center.  8:30am & 10am sessions.  $175 for 8-week session, or $25/class.  Recommended for ages 3 to 18.  Contact: Therese Benzinger.  Email: tbenzinger@mountaintopmontessori.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
May 25, Tuesday
WHAT NEW PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
UVA Women's Health Services.
Learn how to take care of your baby. Class covers sleeping and eating patterns, importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. Reviews of baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing and when to call the doctor. 6:30-8:30pm.  $free.  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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Last Thursday of every Month
NEWBORN CARE BASICS
UVA Ob/Gyn.
Learn how to take care of your little one. Learn sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. Baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing, and when to call the doctor reviewed as well. November class will occur on Nov. 17 due to Thanksgiving. University of Virginia Hospital.  6:30-8:30pm.  $15 (includes take home materials).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: prenatal classes@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Third Thursdays
NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Anyone interested in getting practice with non-violent communication can join Our Neighborhood's "Non-violent Communication (NVC) Practice" sessions. A facilitated session that supports the developing skills through practice exercises and exploration of personal communication challenges is offered free of charge.. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Road.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: support@ourneighborhood.community. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesday of every month EXCEPT June, July, August and December
TUNE IN: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD
HiYH and Coaching Cville.
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. Fontana Neighborhood Clubhouse.  Directions: Fontana Court.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Classes, PregnancyGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
Third Mondays
BIRTH CIRCLE
Birth Matters Virginia.
Monthly gathering for women. Share birth stories and discuss questions and concerns surrounding pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Bend Yoga.  7:15-9:15pm.  $Free.  Contact: April Wang.  Email: bmva.charlottesville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-2499. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 Family Support Clubs & GroupsGo to top of List
 
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 SPECIAL-NEEDS-KIDS PARENTS' GROUP
A Brownsville parent has created a forum for parents/caregivers of special-needs students in ACPS, in order to share resources, support each other, keep informed about county initiatives, and to work together to better advocate for special-needs children. Please email for an invitation. Contact: Cherie Salerno.  Email: cheriesalerno@yahoo.com. For more info call: 243-2219. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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 facebook.com, then search on SpecialNeedsKidsOfCharlottesville.
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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.
 
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. 
 
REMEMBERANCE THURSDAYS- PERINATAL AND INFANT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
UVA Health System.
We welcome you to join us for rememberance and support ongoing- every 1st Thursday of the month light refreshments and free parking provided UVA Children's Hospital Battle Building- 1204 West Main St. 3rd floor ,UVA Children's Hospital Battle Building- 1204 West Main St. 3rd floor .  7- 8:30 p.m..  $free.  Contact: Joy Miller.  Email: jrg7c@virginia.edu. For more info call: 434-243-2617. 
 
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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. 
 
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. 
 
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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. 
 
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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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
University Baptist Church.
Parents of kids 5 and under are welcome to this free playgroup that features playtime, art, music and snack. During the school year, the group also features a free "Parent's Morning Out" on the second Thursday of every month. University Baptist Church.  Directions: 1223 West Main Street.  9:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Contact: Will Brown.  Email: wbrown@universitybaptist.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5106. 
 
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.
 
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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. 
 
April 27, Thursday
MUSIC, FOOD AND COMEDY FOR TWO VILLAGES
Random Row.
This free event is open to the public and dedicated to "Two Villages" supported by Carpenters Kids group. Enjoy special Tanzanian (and Virginian) food and brew offerings. Entertainment begins with acoustic guitar, bluegrass then Comedy Improv, and then Rusty Speidel, Michael Clem and Chris Holden starting around 7:30. Kendall Street Company plays late night. Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Ave.  Email: kevin@randomrow.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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
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
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 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
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
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 29-30, 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. 
 
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. 
 
May 4, Thursday
TRUNK SHOW AT HARRIS FINE ART
Harris Fine Art.
Come shop for Mother's Day gifts at the Trunk Show at Harris Fine Art featuring art, Kaftans and clothing by Amanda Talley and jewelry, hardware and home pieces by Addison Weeks. Harris Fine Art.  Directions: 109 1st St. South.  5-10pm.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: bryce@harrisfineart.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 404-964-9651. 
 
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
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 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
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. 
 
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 7, Sunday
BALANCE + BREWS: YOGA AT PRO RE NATA
Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery.
Relax with yoga at the brewery hosted by Maggie Robertson Fitness. Limited to 40 registrants. Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery.  Directions: 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet.  11am-12pm.  $15 (includes class and $5 voucher to brewery).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4878. 
 
May 7, Sunday
RAGGED MOUNTAIN STRING BAND AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Adventure Farm, Tasting Room.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysville.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
May 12, Friday
KODA KERL AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Koda Kerl from Chamomile & Whiskey and food truck on-site. Adventure Farm, Tasting Room.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysville.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
May 13, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL CROZET RUNNING TRAIL 5K
Crozet Running.
Enjoy the beauty of Mint Springs Park in this 5k race, which is the first of a 4-race Summer Trail Running series in the Charlottesville area. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  8am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Saturday
BE BOLD ORCHARD 5K
Corkscrew Racing.
The newest race in the Bold Rock BE BOLD Challenge features panoramic mountain views, post-race party with cider samplings, live music, awards ceremony and food for purchase from Carter Mountain. Carter Mountain Orchard.  9am-12pm.  $30 early bird, $40 after April 27.  Email: info@corkscrewracing.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1833. 
 
May 13, Saturday
KNOW GOOD BEER FESTIVAL
Three Notch'd Brewing Company & Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Enjoy unlimited 4oz samples from over 50 beers and ciders. No tiny plastic mugs here. Drink from a real glass! Live music, plenty of local food trucks, beer related vendors, and a gaming area. IX Art Park.  2-6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Saturday
MEET ROLY-POLY
Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery.
Meet the rescue dog for the 2016 Dudley Nose Rosé -- Roly-Poly. Label dogs from previous vintages will be making guest appearances as well. The Nelson SPCA will bring adoptable dogs and cats to pet and coo over. Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery.  Directions: 3340 Sutherland Rd., North Garden.  12-3pm.  Email: info@lovingcupwine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0774. 
 
May 13, Saturday
MUSIC IN THE TASTING ROOM
Democracy Vineyards.
Jim and Renee Oliphant of Ragtop return to the tasting room to share song from their new album Rt. 460. Democracy Vineyards.  Directions: 585 Mountain Cove Rd., Lovingston.  2-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-8463. 
 
May 14, Sunday
CHEERS TO MOM
First Colony Winery.
Treat the mothers in your life with a glass of wine on this special day. A gift will be given to the first 24 moms through the door. Spend the day with your family enjoying the weather on the patio with a picnic or learn about the winemaking process with a tour. Free admission. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 14, Saturday
MOTHER'S DAY AT BLENHEIM
Blenheim Vineyards.
Live music, food trucks and fun for Mom. Blenheim Vineyards.  12-5pm.  Email: info@blenheimvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5366. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY AT OLD HOUSE
Old House Vineyards.
Bring Mom and a picnic and enjoy a day in the country with live music, wine and spirit tastings with wood oven pizzas to boot. Mom receives a complimentary wine tasting, wine glass and rose. Old House Vineyards.  Directions: 18351 Corkys Lane, Culpeper.  12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@oldhousevineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-1320. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Make Mom feel special by treating her to a fried chicken lunch in her honor at Graves Mountain Lodge, nestled deep in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  12-2:30pm.  $21.95 adult, $10.98 for 17 and under, $1 per year for toddlers.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY WINE BRUNCH
DuCard Vineyards.
Treat Mom to a pampered and relaxing Sunday Brunch catered by l'Etoile Catering and featuring the lovely violin music of Greg Childress. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains serve as your scenic backdrop for this elegant outing. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison).  11:30am.  $59.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
May 14, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WINEMAKER'S BRUNCH
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Wine and dine Mom. Enjoy brunch with the family in Saddleback Hall and soak up the warm spring sun on the deck for the afternoon. Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Saddleback Hall.  12:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000 ext. 108. 
 
May 14, Sunday
RICK OLIVAREZ AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Adventure Farm.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysville.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
May 14, Sunday
WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?
Carpenter Theatre.
Current cast members of Whose Line Is It Anyway? set out on a new improv tour. Improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions and audience participation. All ages welcome. Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center.  7:30pm.  $27-57.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-514-3849. 
 
May 17, Wednesday
MAY WINE DINNER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  6-9pm.  Email: shicklin@merig.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887 ext. 329. 
 
May-October, Thursdays
DINNER & MUSIC SERIES
The Market at Grelen.
Live local entertainment and food on two Thursdays each month beginning May 18 and ending October 12. Check website for specific dates and music acts. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
May 19, Friday
DUKE MERRICK AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm.
Adventure Farm.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysville.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
May 20, Saturday
THE SLAVE DWELLING PROJECT
Poplar Forest.
Join The Slave Dwelling Project for a look at life in the Poplar Forest Slave Quarters. Cooking demonstrations, storytelling and more. 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
May 25, Thursday
"BEFORE THE FLOOD"
The Paramount Theater.
LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program) presents National Geographic's documentary film on climate change with Leonardo DiCaprio. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and connect with neighbors and stay for a Q&A with local, Virginia and national experts. The Paramount Theater.  7pm, doors open at 6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
May 25, Thursday
"BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT"
JMRL - Central.
Central Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 14-27
28TH ANNUAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND RESTORATION FIELD SCHOOL
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Open to grad students, historians, architects, architectural historians, craftsmen, contractors and others interested in philosophy, process and techniques necessary for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation practices. Deadline for applications is April 7. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  Email: travis@poplarforest.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 534-8123. 
 
April 1-May 27, Saturdays
THE THOMAS JEFFERSON CENTER FOR HISTORIC PLANTS
Monticello.
Explore inspiring display gardens of historic and native plants in their full spring glory. Then find your favorites and more for sale in the nursery. Knowledgeable nursery staff on hand to answer questions. Monticello Tufton Farm.  Directions: 1293 Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
Second Saturdays
LOOKING INWARD MEDITATIVE ART TOUR
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Experience the restorative power of art. Join docent June Heintz for a 45-minute exploration of art through a variety of meditative practices. Registration required. RSVP 243-2050. The Fralin Museum of Art,The Fralin Museum of Art.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
Now-July 23
IMAGINING ANTIQUITY: ITALIANATE PRINTS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The 18th century, coincident with what is often termed the Age of Enlightenment, was a period of European history that witnessed a resurgence of an interest in antiquity, specifically in the culture of classical Rome. This exhibition, which showcases a collection of prints recently gifted to the Museum and now on public display for the first time, explores a range of artistic responses to this cultural phenomenon, from the depiction of both contemporary and historical landscapes, to Neoclassical visualizations of ancient mythologies and historical events, to images that speak to the rise of antiquarianism. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
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. 
 
Sundays
GAMEDAY SUNDAYS
Blenheim Vineyards.
Every Sunday come play large Chickapig boards and more games outside on the patio or on the new deck. Blenheim Vineyards.  Email: info@blenheimvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5366. 
 
Fourth Mondays
GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT
JMRL- Northside.
Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games played include classic standards and modern favorites. Each session features tutorials for a different game. Check site for specific details. Northside Library.  6:30-8:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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 (9:30am-11:15 am) each week for 8 weeks, plus some observation training. 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. 
 
Sundays
SALSA SUNDAYS WITH THE CHARLOTTESVILLE SALSA CLUB
The Ante Room.
Introductory Salsa lesson from 8:30-9pm followed by classic and contemporary Latin music from 9pm-1am. The Ante Room.  8pm doors.  $5 ladies, $8 gentlemen.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-8561. 
 
Thursdays
SKYLINE HARMONY CHORUS REHEARSALS
Skyline Harmony Chorus.
Skyline Harmony is a women's barbershop chorus. Experience the joy of singing 4-part harmony. Attend a rehearsal and get involved. High-schoolers welcome as well. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  6:45-9:30pm.  Contact: Joan Henderson.  Email: joanhenderson417@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2146. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
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! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Final Thursdays
ZOËS KITCHEN BENEFIT NIGHT FOR THE CASPCA
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
Zoës Kitchen believes in making a difference in the community. On the last Thursday of every month, from 5-8pm, Zoës Kitchen will be donating 15% of each sale to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Barracks Rd Shopping Center, 973 Emmet St.  5-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ryan Willis.  Email: rwillis@caspca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5959. 
 

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