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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. 
 
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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. 
 
First Sundays
PINTS AND POSES
Random Row.
A light Hatha yoga class from certified yoga instructor Shannon followed by a pint of beer, kombucha or col-brewed coffee. Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Ave.  10:45-11:45am.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-8466. 
 
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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. Reservations are required.  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. 
 
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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. 
 
Final Tuesdays
MEET THE MIDWIVES
Winding River Birth Center.
Come and meet the midwives of the Winding River Birth Center. Tour the birth center and ask any questions about out-of-hospital birth. The first of these events takes place July 25. Winding River Birth Center.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: doulanichole@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 533-0543. 
 
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. 
 
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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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December 8, Friday
PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
Brooks Family YMCA.
Parents' Night Out treats your kids to night of fun activities in a safe and fun environment while you enjoy the night without having to hire a babysitter. Kids will enjoy swim time, arts and crafts, games, and more. Kids will be provided dinner. Please note that Brooks Family YMCA is unfortunately unable to accommodate specific dietary needs. Register at the welcome desk or online. Brooks Family YMCA .  5:30-8:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-9622. 
 
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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November 29, Wednesday
EVERY ONE OF US: A CONVERSATION WITH RUBY SALES
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities / Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Civil rights icon and public theologian Ruby Sales will engage in a conversation with Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, moderated by Justin Reid, director of African American programs at VFH. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
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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November 21, Tuesday
HEALTHY SOUPS COOKING CLASS
Piedmont Family YMCA.
Make and take home six different dried soups and accompanying recipe cards to cook during the cold winter months. All supplies provided by the YMCA. Light fare will be served. Brooks Family YMCA.  6-7pm.  $40.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 24-26, Friday-Sunday
BURGERS, BOOZE AND SOUR BREWS: "SOUR HOUSE" GRAND OPENING
Three Notch'd Brewing Company.
Three Notch'd Brewery has opened a new "Sour House" and invites you to the grand opening celebration. Whether you prefer your brews with a hint of sour, or simply want to enjoy a weekend filled with food, outdoor activities, sour workshops and fun for the entire family, this is the perfect way to spend your Thanksgiving weekend. Three Notch'd Brewing Sour House.  Directions: 946 Grady Ave.  3pm Friday, 12pm Saturday & Sunday.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Now-November 26
HEAR MY VOICE: NATIVE AMERICAN ART OF THE PAST AND PRESENT
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Exploring conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. A total of 56 works illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  $Free.  Email: info@vmfa.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
October 17-November 28, Tuesdays (except Halloween)
BASIC GOOD MANNERS
Pampered Pets.
Dogs 17 weeks and older are invited to this class covering all the basic good manners that your dog needs to know to be a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, stand, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, trade, polite greeting and loose leash walking. Games will challenge and teach. You’ll be amazed at what your dog can do. Pampered Pets Training Center.  6-7pm.  $155.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-7387. 
 
November 24-27 & 30
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Monticello gardens staff will lead participants in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) provided, including a cornucopia of over 75 natural materials. Bring hand pruners. Space is limited; one wreath per registered guest. David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  Varies by day.  $75.  Recommended for ages 14 to 100.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
November 30, Thursday
KAMASI WASHINGTON
The Jefferson Theater.
Kamasi Washington brings his progressive, improvisational musical stylings to Charlottesville and is joined by Moonchild. The Jefferson Theater.  8:30pm, doors open at 7:30pm.  $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
November 28-30, Tuesday-Thursday
WREATH WORKSHOPS AT MAYMONT MANSION
Maymont.
Learn from the experts how to create the spectacular wreaths used at Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction provided. Bring your own clippers and gloves. Create one special wreath to take home and help make another to decorate Maymont. Maymont, Richmond.  Directions: At the Stone Barn.  6-9pm Tuesday, 9am-12pm Wednesday & Thursday.  $30, $25 members.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 . 
 
December 1, Friday
DRAWN TO CHARLOTTESVILLE GROUP EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
Second Street Gallery.
This exhibition will examine what draws people to this diverse and culturally rich community and will look at the kind of work these 12 unique artists are creating in Charlottesville. Join SSG and the artists on December 1st for First Friday from 5:30-7:30pm. Second Street Gallery.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-7284. 
 
December 1, Friday
JOHN DOYLE IN CONCERT
The Front Porch / Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
John Doyle, a founding member of Irish super group Solas, is a master guitarist, singer and songwriter. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $20 advance, $25 at the door.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL OUTFITTERS
Peace Frogs Travel Outfitters.
Enjoy a festive day of shopping and in-store events. Includes a 10 Days of Giveaways event, which kicks off with free gifts with purchase while supplies last. Enter the holiday raffle for a chance to win a new piece of Victorinox luggage. Additionally, attend a packing class and travel discussion at 11am and 10:15am, respectively. RSVP. 1043 Millmont St.  10am-5pm.  Contact: Peace Frogs Travel Outfitters.  Email: events@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1415. 
 
December 2, Saturday
BASIC CITY BURN
Corkscrew Racing / Basic City Beer Co..
Panoramic mountain views and a post-race party with beer tastings from Basic City with live music, a post-race awards ceremony and food for purchase from a local food truck. Just under 3 miles, the course climbs a quad burning 300 feet to the highest point in Waynesboro. From the top you will dart into the woods for a twisting trail run back down the mountain and to the finish line. A portion of the race proceeds will go to building Waynesboro's Sunset Park. Basic City Beer Co., Waynesboro.  10am.  $30-$45.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's production of the classic holiday ballet - for the first time at the Historic Wayne Theatre. Your child can also experience the magic of The Nutcracker by taking a ballet class onstage with Clara and her friends! Perfect for ages 3-8, participants learn introductory ballet steps and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet's professional dancers. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  1pm & 5pm.  $28 adult, $23 child/student/military.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 2, Saturday
INNISFREE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Innisfree Village.
Come to the annual Holiday Open House and browse the crafts for sale from our weavery, bakery, woodshop, pottery, art class, and gardens. Plus, kids activities, tours of the village, refreshments, workshops, and more. The wreath-making workshop requires pre-registration by email and includes all materials for $40. Innisfree Village, Crozet.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: trisha@innisfreevillage.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Saturday
LITTLE WHITE PARTY
Second Street Gallery.
Come for central Virginia's premiere World AIDS Day event, increasing awareness, ending stigma, and honoring those who make a difference with a night of merriment, libations, entertainment, and much much more. In addition to an art show by world-reknowned Cville artists, the night will include entertainment by a variety of talents, photobooth, door prizes and raffles, and dancing. Second Street Gallery.  $10 suggest donation.  Contact: Jason Elliott.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 209-677-7430. 
 
October 27-December 2
SARAH NANCE: AN INVENTORY OF MOONS
1708 Gallery.
For this solo exhibition, Sarah Nance constructed and documented relationships between light, geology and time. She uses the geology of each chosen site through found natural materials such as rock, sea ice, and sand. As a result, these works are uniquely about place. She create large-scale fabrics through the accumulative processes of weaving or beading, as integral components of recent installations. 1708 Gallery, Richmond.  Contact: Emily Smith.  Email: esmith@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
December 2, Saturday
WAYNESBORO CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
EA Homes.
Experience Christmas traditions and décor of some of Waynesboro's finest. Tree Streets neighborhood, Waynesboro.  10am-4pm.  $20 in advance, $25 day of tour.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 3, Sunday
LOVE ACTUALLY [R]
The Paramount Theater.
Come see a film that weaves the stories of eight couples together during the frantic month before Christmas. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $7 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 2-3, Saturday-Sunday
SANTA & LIVE MUSIC AT THE TASTING ROOM
Adventure Farm and Vineyard.
Santa and cookie decorating with live music and tasty food. The Tasting Room at Adventure Farm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrea Matheson.  Email: andreasmatheson@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
December 1-4, Friday-Monday
HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Monticello gardens staff will lead participants in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) will be provided, including a cornucopia of over 75 natural materials. Bring hand pruners. Space is limited to registered participants only; one wreath per registered guest. David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  Varies by day.  $75.  Recommended for ages 14 to 100.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
December 4, Monday
ROBERT EARL KEEN'S FAM-O-LEE BACK TO THE COUNTRY JAMBOREE
The Paramount Theater.
The stage comes alive with visions, not only of sugarplums, elves and maybe a cow or two, but also with the spirit of country music's greatest artists, both past and present, along with your favorite Robert Earl Keen songs. This show unleashes holiday mischief, fun and great music that is sure to become part of your Christmas family traditions. The Paramount Theater.  $28.50-43.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 5, Tuesday
2ND ANNUAL SANTA SPEEDO RUN
Trinity Irish Pub / tread Happy.
Santa Speedo is where holiday crazy, half dressed runners go on a short run (1.5-2 miles) outside--starting and ending at an Irish pub in each respective city--to raise money for various charities. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity and donations of winter coats will be accepted. Runners get a free drink and light snacks. Trinity Irish Pub.  6:30-9:30pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 5, Tuesday
EDUCATION AND CAREER RESOURCE FAIR FOR ADULT LEARNERS
PVCC.
Adults considering continuing their education or changing careers can learn more through various information sessions on several topics. Those topics will include education paths to a solid career, PVCC's programs of study, earning a bachelor's degree, paying for college and overcoming challenges and achieving academic success as an adult student. Main Campus, Main Building, North Mall Meeting Room.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Email: dmcclanahan@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5275. 
 
December 5, Tuesday
HANDS-ON HOLIDAY PIE WORKSHOP
Albemarle County Public Schools.
Join Baker/Co-Owner Rachel Pennington of The Pie Chest as she shows you tips and techniques to make delicious fillings and crust. Get ready to lend a hand to make your own personal pie. Albemarle High School, room 159.  6-8pm.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 5, Tuesday
TEACHING YOUR TEEN TO DRIVE
Albemarle County Public Schools.
To reduce first-year teen crashes, Albemarle County now requires parents/guardians to attend a free parent seminar before enrolling their teens in Behind-the-Wheel. This class will provide you with information on Virginia traffic laws, updated safety recommendations, coaching your teen, and insuring your new driver. Teens are not required to accompany you. Albemarle High School.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 6, Wednesday
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
Richmond Coliseum.
See the exciting new take on "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra with incredible effects and staging. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $Varies.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
July 6-December 7, First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy live classical guitar concerts at The Haven on the first Thursdays of each month except for September 2017 when there will be the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition on the second Saturday of the month. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
December 7, Thursday
COOKING FOR DEVELOPMENT: HOLIDAY EDITION
Full Circle, Inspired Child Development.
Pediatric specialists at Full Circle have partnered with the chefs at Vie to design kid and budget-friendly meal plans that support children's mood, behavior and learning. These recipes are taught in dynamic, hands-on cooking classes. Come to the Holiday Edition to learn to make a seasonally inspired meal and snack recipes. Junction Restaurant.  6-8pm.  $35 suggested donation.  Contact: Evelyn Frazier.  Email: info@fullcirclechild.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-6450. 
 
December 7, Thursday
HOLIDAY PAINT YOUR PET
The Market at Grelen.
Enjoy a glass of Virginia beer, cider or wine while Anissa walks you through painting a beautiful canvas of your beloved pet this holiday season. The Market at Grelen.  4-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 7, Thursday
MAKE A HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE
Snow's Garden Center.
Make your own tabletop centerpiece out of fresh greens and then decorate it to suit your style. Snow's Garden Center.  6-8pm.  $20 centerpiece, add $5 for custom bow.  Email: Crystal@snowknows.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2159. 
 
December 8, Friday
FESTIVE FRIDAY: CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH SIX-PACK SONGWRITER SERIES
The Market at Grelen.
Enjoy a Christmas party with lots of live music. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5462. 
 
December 9, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Come listen to this classical string ensemble of roughly two dozen musicians from Charlottesville and surrounding central Virginia. The group includes local music teachers and semiprofessional performers, veterans of high school and college orchestras, and advanced/intermediate adult learners. Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 2nd St. NW and High Street.  3-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nick Kuhn.  Email: njk4x@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-1617. 
 
November 17-December 10
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL
Four County Players.
Based on the Christmas film classic A Christmas Story. Four County Players Mainstage.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
December 10, Sunday
ALBEMARLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
The Wayne Theatre.
This 1 hour and 15 minute "Nutcracker Suite" is perfect for the entire family, children, adults and seniors. Proceeds from this show, co-produced by Studio for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)3, support its local need-based scholarship program. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pmA 1-hour 15-minute "Nutcracker Suite" is perfect for the entire family, children, adults, and seniors..  $20 adults, $14 child/seniors/military.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 1-10, Fridays-Sundays
GORILLA THEATER PRODUCTIONS TEEN TROUPE PRESENTS: ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Gorilla Theater Productions.
Come see a modern take on the vintage macabre comedy of errors that inspired the Cary Grant film featuring GTP’s youth ensemble. Gorilla Theater Productions .  Directions: 1717 Allied Lane Ste 2B.  8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $15, $10 students/seniors.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Sunday
PAINT YOUR PET MINIS
Natural Pet Essentials.
Bring your favorite vino and cheese & crackers and enjoy the holiday season by getting artsy. This class is sure to fill up quickly. Ages 18 and up only. Natural Pet Essentials.  Directions: 3440 Seminole Trail.  4:30-7pm.  Recommended for ages 18 to 100.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 5-December 10, Sundays
TELLING TRUE STORIES
Big Blue Door.
Big Blue Door's six-session course designed to help students find and tell their own stories. Early sessions focus on talking in front of others, finding a voice, and building a body of great story material. Over the last two sessions students choose one story to polish, memorize, and perform at the class show on December 16. McGuffey Art Center, Studio 20.  1:15-3:45pm.  $185.  Contact: Joel Jones.  Email: classes@bigbluedoor.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 14, Thursday
A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS
The Paramount Theater.
John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) will perform an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively "putting the X in Xmas," developing a show for the open minded and slightly left-of-center audience. "The Pope of Trash" will give you a Joyeux Noel like no other. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
December 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
BOAR'S HEAD FEAST AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
Tis the Season to step back in time. Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Christmas as it was known in the 16th century. A multicourse feast served at the candle-lit Guest House with a blazing fire. Dine to the sounds of period musicians. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  7-9pm Friday, 6-8pm Saturday.  $65.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
December 16, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Join The Oratorio Society of Virginia for this beloved Charlottesville tradition and family favorite. Music Director Michael Slon conducts a 90-person chorus composed of some of the community’s finest singers. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $25, $10 kids and students.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
December 17, Sunday
SIP AND SPLASH: SNOWY BARN
CrossKeys Vineyards.
Enjoy a fun afternoon of painting and drinking wine. This class is great for all level. Tickets include all supplies and a glass of wine. As a courtesy, please arrive 15 minutes in advance to select your complimentary glass of wine. Food orders will be placed during class. CrossKeys Vineyards.  1-4pm.  $45.  Email: info@crosskeysvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-234-0505. 
 
November and December, first and third weekends
WELDING 101: INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
Albemarle County Public Schools / VA School of Metal .
This 16-hour course thoroughly covers the basics of MIG (metal inert gas) welding. Classroom discussion covers safety, the equipment and the principals of welding followed by hands-on practice. Students will create their first project that is theirs to keep at course completion. All materials are included in the class fee. It does not matter the level of experience or desired application. A waiver will be required. VA School of Metal.  12-1pm.  $300.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 26-December 3
DECK YOUR HALLS - WORKSHOPS AT KILAURWEN WINERY
Kilaurwen Winery.
Registration includes boxwood, trim greenery, all tools and materials and personalized instruction. You will make some special holiday memories and leave with your own original boxwood wreath ready to hang on your door or give as a gift. Kilaurwen Winery, Stanardsville.  $35.  Email: info@kilaurwenwinery.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-2535. 
 
November 29-December 26
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Pay what you will performances November 30 and December 2. Thursday performances followed by discussion. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street .  $25-49.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
December 8-9, 15-23 & 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS
Monticello.
Experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated and illuminated for the season. Guests meet their guide at The Shop at Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. The tour offers a look at how the enslaved and free celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. See public and private rooms, including the iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musical performances in the Parlor. Monticello.  $60.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Tours not handicapped-accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
November 17-December 31
DEAN DASS: NEW PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER
Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery.
Les Yeux du Monde Art Gallery.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5566. 
 
Now-December 31
JULIE GOUGH: HUNTING GROUND
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition is comprised of two video installations and 10 prints by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough. Gough is interested in how, if and why tragic events are remembered, and from whose perspective. Her residency in late October and November will explore these questions, offering parallels between her experience in Tasmania and local Charlottesville controversies around confederate statues. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
July 28-January 7, 2018
AUSTRALIA: DEFENDING THE OCEAN
UVA & Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
This exhibition includes 21 sculptures made of discarded commercial fishing nets that washed up on the shore in the community of Pormpuraaw, north Queensland, Australia. To clean up their environment and raise awareness about the long-term damage caused by the nets, Indigenous artists of Pormpuraaw are repurposing them into fine art sculptures. Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library.  Directions: 291 McCormick Rd.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
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 (except December)
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. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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. 
 
Every Wednesday
WINE WEDNESDAYS AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and enjoy local food as the sun sets behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. King Family Vineyards.  5-8pm.  Contact: Tiernan Boland.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-7800. 
 
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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