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March 21-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. 
 
Every other Monday
BABY BASICS MOMS CLUB
UVA Children's Hospital & Women's Health Center.
Join community-based discussion groups for expectant moms on a variety of topics to help prepare for your new little ones! Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center in the Jefferson School City Center, 2nd Floor, Room 255A.  Directions: 1042 Preston Ave.  1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30-11am.  $free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Ongoing
INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT-YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Arc of the Piedmont.
Learn how to encourage your child's development and growth through play. For children with developmental delays or risk of developing delays. $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Contact: Infant development project.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4003. 
 
3 session class held every other month, Thursday evenings
INFANT MASSAGE CLASS
UVA Parenting Education.
This 3 session class, taught by a certified infant massage therapist, is designed for parents to learn and practice basic massage techniques on their babies. Infant massage is easy to learn and includes gentle stroking, pressing, squeezing and movement of the limbs. Register by calling 434.982.3678 The Cottage, 1023 Millmont, University of Virginia.  Directions: Behind Barracks Rd. Shopping center.  6-7pm.  $50 per family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For more info call: 924.9920. 
 
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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March 17, Friday
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CLASS AND CRAFT
Kira Sullivan.
Grab your favorite, little leprechaun and come on out to a silly, festive St. Patrick's Day-themed class followed by a cute craft for the kids. Church of the Incarnation.  9:20am.  $Free.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
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. 
 
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March 11, Saturday
CONNECT FIRST: ENCOURAGEMENT AND CHOICES TO SUPPORT LEARNING
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Connecting with children through encouragement and offering choices is essential to maintaining a child's sense of safety and building the stairway to their executive brain. Encouragement, without praise or judgment, helps children build their conscious awareness and see their learning. All caregivers welcome and professional development hours provided to teachers who need credit. RSVP is required for those wanting child care during the session. Child care is $10 per child. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Rd.  8:15am-9:45am.  $20 per person, $35 per couple..  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: director@ourneighborhoodcdc.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
March 25, Saturday
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG EMOTIONS: SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Learn specifically how to coach your child through their emotions and model your values as your child builds their capacity for empathy and self-regulation. All caregivers are welcome at any classes and professional development hours are provided to teachers who need credit. Caregiver refers to anyone who is working regularly with young children such as parents, teachers, nanny, etc. Child care will be available for this session and is $10 per child when available. RSVP is required for child care. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Rd.  8:15-9:45am.  $20 per person, $35 per couple.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: director@ourneighborhoodcdc.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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. 
 
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. 
 
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.  7:15pm.  $Free.  Contact: Priya Curtis.  Email: bmva.charlottesville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-2499. 
 
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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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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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March 8, Wednesday
"STONE REVELATIONS OF THE LAST ICE AGE" LECTURE
Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society.
Dr. Hal Young will give a lecture on his most recent book "Stone Revelations of the Last Ice Age." Young discusses the undisturbed and perfectly preserved stone relief sculptures recently discovered in Albemarle County's Southwest Mountains, which reveal the intricacies of life in North America during the Pleistocene. Young will talk about more than 35 different ice age species. The program includes the lecture and a book signing. Keswick Hunt Club.  Directions: 626 Keswick Hunt Club Rd.  7-9pm.  Email: admin@albemarlehistory.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1492. 
 
March 25, Saturday
WRITTEN IN THE STARS: MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY AND DAVA SOBEL
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Author of Hidden Figures and The Glass Universe discuss their new books and careers as female historians as well as the impact they hope their work has, both in print and film adaptations. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $25 adults, $10 students.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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Daily in February
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 12pm & 2pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
March 2, Thursday
10TH ANNUAL QUADRUPLICITY CONFERENCE
Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run International. This transformative business event that gives women and men valuable insight and applicable knowledge needed to take charge of what is most important to them. "Quadruplicity" grew from recognizing the four main aspects of our lives: Career, Life, Money and Health. This leading premier businesswomen's event sets the standard for women's success in all quadrants of their lives. Omni Hotel Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 2, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Charlottesville School District.
Come listen to the discussions, debates and decisions of the city school board. Charlottesville High School.  Directions: Booker T. Reaves Media Center.  5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2400. 
 
March 3, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS #BLACKOWNEDCVILLE
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Photography exhibit by local documentary filmmaker and photographer Lorenzo Dickerson. This exhibit, featuring photos of contemporary, black-owned Charlottesville businesses is part of the 2017 NEA Big Read. Refreshments will be served. JMRL - Central Library.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 4, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL RUN FOR HOME 8K
The Haven/Virginia National Bank.
Two weeks before the big Cville 10-Miler, this serves as a great training race! The race starts and finishes on the Downtown Mall and winds through historic and scenic downtown neighborhoods. All participants receive an official Haven running hat, and a hearty, healthy, and delicious breakfast at The Haven after the race. The Haven.  Directions: Downtown.  8am.  $30.  Contact: Diana.  Email: diana@thehaven.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1234 x 118. 
 
March 5, Sunday
OUR MOTHER'S DRESSES: AUTHOR PRESENTATION
JMRL - Central Library.
Local author Leontyne Clay Peck will share her book Our Mother's Dresses.Books will be available for purchase. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 4-5, Saturday-Sunday
SNOW WHITE AND THE PRINCE
The Wayne Theatre.
The "Spotlight Stage" theatrical program presents this piece after eight weeks of learning all about musical theater. Historic Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center.  7-9pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 8, Wednesday
RICHMOND BALLET AT PVCC
PVCC.
The Richmond Ballet performs new works and classical ballet. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $23 Adults, $17 Seniors/Students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3900. 
 
March 12, Sunday
LIVE MUSIC AT DUCARD
DuCard Vineyards.
Music on the Patio with Scuffletown "unplugged." DuCard Vineyards.  2-5pm.  $No Cover.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
March 17, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA"
PVCC Student Art Club.
After the sudden death of his brother, Lee (Casey Affleck) is named legal guardian of his his nephew and returns to his hometown to reckon with his ex-wife and the community. Rated R. Piedmont Virginia Community College, V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
March 17, Friday
MEET THE AUTHOR: TAYARI JONES
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Part of the Big Read, this year's book selection is "Silver Sparrow." An interview with Tayari Jones will be conducted by UVA Professor Lisa Woolfork. JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 17, Friday
ST. PATRICKS DAY AT BLUE MOUNTAIN
Blue Mountain Brewery.
Irish menu specials all day, live traditional Irish and Celtic music from 6-8pm. Blue Mountain Brewery.  Directions: 9519 Critzers Shop Rd., Afton.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jessica Bullard.  Email: events@bluemountainbrewery.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020 x106. 
 
March 18, Saturday
RUN OF THE IRISH 5K
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Race through the Meadows in this 5K fun run followed by live music. Show St. Patrick's pride by wearing your best green outfit. Prizes for first, second place as well as best dressed. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  10am-2pm.  $Fee.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
March 17-19, Friday-Sunday
SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW
Celebrity guests, fashion, shopping, contests & prizes, health & beauty, fun, community and much more. Richmond Raceway Complex.  Directions: Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-849-0248. 
 
March 22, Wednesday
OUT OF WONDER: KWAME ALEXANDER & EKUA HOLMES
Virginia Festival of the Book / 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.
Author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Ekua Holmes discuss their work and their collaborative book "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets." UVA Culbreth Theatre.  Directions: 109 Culbreth Rd.  7-8:30pm.  $5.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 23, Thursday
A PIECE OF THE WORLD WITH CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
Virginia Festival of the Book.
As part of the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, attend a conversation between Christina Baker Kline and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Board member Renee Grisham. During the program, enjoy a sweet treat from Albemarle Baking Co. along with coffee or tea. A book sale and signing will follow. Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 120 W. High St.  6-7:30pm.  $25.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 23, Thursday
CROSSING BOUNDARIES: RELATIONSHIPS, CHALLENGES, AND PERSPECTIVES IN YA FICTION
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Pintip Dunn ("The Darkest Lie"), Marie Marquardt ("The Radius of Us"), Maria Padian ("Wrecked") and Mary Thompson ("Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee") discuss their complex and, at times, dark fiction for young adult readers. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 24-25, Friday-Saturday
2017 VAHOMESCHOOLERS CONFERENCE AND RESOURCE FAIR
VaHomeschoolers.
Join other homeschooling families around the state and engage in Sharing the Keys to Learning. Keynote speaker will be Julie Bogart, creator of the innovative writing program Bravewriter and the popular, fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. Exhibitors, a Used Resource Sale, Talent Night, an Ice cream Social, a plethora of Homeschooling Workshops and Family Activities. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  Directions: Richmond.  all day.  $Shop for Free OR variable registration fees.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah Kohrs.  Email: confreg@vahomeschoolers.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 922-2029. 
 
March 25, Saturday
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES: WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Editor Ellen Oh and contributing authors Soman Chaining and Meg Medina discuss short stories that everybody can love as well as the new We Need Diverse Books anthology of fiction for middle grades and early teens, "Flying Lessons & Other Stories." Village School.  Directions: 215 E. High St.  10-11:30am.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
SATURDAY SPECIAL TOUR: GRASPING AT THE EPHEMERAL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Take an informal tour on the exhibition Grasping at the Ephemeral. This tour will be given by the museum interns behind the exhibit, which is a display of objects from the Fralin's permanent collection. The Fralin Museum of Art.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
March 25, Saturday
SPRING THAW TRAIL RUN AND BIKE RACE
Early Mountain Vineyards/Adventure Enablers.
A fun-filled day of trail running and bike racing. Choose your race 5K, 10K, 1.5-2.5 hour bike ride or a Young Warrior bike ride for kids 16 and under. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8:30am-1:30pm.  $20-45.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
March 26, Sunday
A CONVERSATION WITH BRYAN CRANSTON
UVA President's Speaker Series for the Arts.
As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, actor Bryan Cranston will join film producer Mark Johnson for a moderated conversation reflecting on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on people's lives, education and the world. Tickets are free but required. The first 40 patrons to buy a book at JPJ starting at 1pm will receive a special book signing opportunity with Cranston following the event. John Paul Jones Arena .  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 24-26, Friday-Sunday
WALTONS 45TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
Walton's Mountain Museum.
Waltons Mountain Concert, Q&A with the cast, autographs, Jimmy Fortune Concert, Dogwood Tree Planting Ceremony and more. See site for dates and details. Walton's Mountain Museum & Nelson County High School.  Directions: 6484 Rockfish River Road, Schuyler.  Varies.  Email: waltonmt@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-921-3436. 
 
March 30, Thursday
"MY ARCHITECT"
JMRL - Central Library.
Central Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 31-April 2, Friday-Sunday
"CABARET"
PVCC Theater.
PVCC, Earl V. Dickinson Performing Arts Center.  7:30pm Friday & Saturday; 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday.  $10 adults, $6 seniors/students.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
First Wednesdays January-April
FIRST WEDNESDAYS
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine to sip as the sun sets behind the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. King Family Vineyards.  5-8:30pm.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7800. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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