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January 24, Tuesday
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
The Jefferson Theater.
Mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringboard with the rule-breaking spirit of rock and roll, Greensky Bluegrass rocks the Jefferson Theater. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
January 24, Tuesday
THE COVENANT SCHOOL LOWER OPEN HOUSE
The Covenant School.
Headmaster's Coffee and open house for prospective parents. Optional tours following the open house. The Covenant School.  8:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 220-7309. 
 
January 24, Tuesday
TRAVINIA FUNDRAISER FOR DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
Travinia.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond will receive 15% of sales from this fundraising dinner. Travinia.  4-10pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3304. 
 
January 24, Tuesday
WARM WINTER READ-IN
JMRL- Crozet Library.
It's hard to make time to read for fun when school and life are so busy. Here's your excuse. Enjoy warm drinks, cozy blankets and an evening of relaxing reading. Grades 6-12. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 25, Wednesday
EMBRACE THE NEW YEAR WITH MEDITATION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Mediator Gerry Gorman teaches practical strategies to reduce stress and create healthier and more positive lifestyles. JMRL- Crozet Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 25, Wednesday
MORE FASCINATING THAN FICTION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and yes, sometimes more fascinating than fiction, it's NON-FICTION! Come into the library and listen to incredible stories, enjoy an afternoon snack and chat about books you've been reading. Registration is requested and begins January 9. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 9.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 24-26, Tuesday-Thursday
JEFFERSON AREA GIRLS LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS
Jefferson Area Girls Little League.
Walker Upper Elementary School.  6-8pm.  Contact: Karen Lilley.  Email: cklilley@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-8103. 
 
January 26, Thursday
TANDEMONIUM
Tandem Friends School.
The Tandem Friends School Arts Departments takes over C'Ville Coffee for the evening for a celebration of the arts. Listen to student music by our many talented groups, watch student-made films, view student artwork, purchase delicious food and drink from C'Ville Coffee. Come and enjoy a fun and soul-nourishing evening. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: contact@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1303. 
 
January 26, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 26, Thursday
WOMEN'S TRAVEL ALLIANCE WINTER MEETING
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Womens Travel Alliance, a group to gather and connect like-minded women who are passionate about travel. Women of all ages and travel experiences are encouraged to come and network with other women, share special travel moments and learn about travel from the unique vantage point of the female traveler. Mix and mingle, recap 2016 experiences, share plans for the new year or bring a photo to share from a recent visit. Wine and nibbles provided. Snow date February 2. Speak! Language Center.  6:15-7:30pm.  $free.  Contact: Katie Decker.  Email: katie@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
January 27, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S OPEN COMMUNITY AUDITION FOR "THE FIREBIRD"
Charlottesville Ballet is hosting an open community audition for its Children's Ballet: "The Firebird." All local children ages 5+ are welcome to audition. Previous dance experience is preferred but not required. $15 Audition Fee, $125 Performance Fee if selected. Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  Directions: 1885 Seminole Trail.  5-6:30pm.  Contact: Heather Lively.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
December 30, January 6 & 27, Fridays
FIRESIDE FILM SERIES AT BOLD ROCK
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Guests are invited to gather around the fireplace and enjoy a family-friendly movie! Food and hard cider will be available for purchase. The last Friday of the month offers an adult-focused film. December 30 film will be Good Will Hunting. January 6 film is family-favorite Matilda. Bold Rock.  Directions: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
January 27, Friday
LASER TAG FREE PLAY
Bounce Play-n-Create.
Get trained on the equipment and then battle through the Bounce Room using inflatable obstacles and slides to hide, explore and take out opponents. Ages 8 and up and open to adults. Limit 16. Bounce Play-n-Create.  6-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
January 27, Friday
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WALDORF SCHOOL WINTERFEST
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Grades 1-8 present a variety of performances including songs, poems, games and orchestral music. Burley Middle School, Rose Hill Dr..  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Amanda Tipton.  Email: cwsoffice@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
Fridays in January
TODDLER TIME AT MAYMONT: WINTER WIGGLES
Maymont.
Read stories, make crafts, have some free play and learn about what some animals do to survive during the winter months. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  10-11am.  $36 per child/parent pair, $29 members for all sessions.  Recommended for ages 1 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
January 28, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL DANCEPARTY
Kiddie Academy of Charlottesville.
Join in this FREE DanceParty, where kids and parents alike will learn different dances, followed by an all-out dance party. Showcase your dance moves at an event designed to encourage all ages to explore the physical and mental health benefits of dance and movement. Kiddie Academy .  Directions: 325 Rivanna Plaza Drive (In front of AMF Keglers Lanes Bowling Alley) Charlottesville, VA 22901.  10am-12pm.  Email: charlottesville@kiddieacademy.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
January 27-28, Friday-Saturday
3RD ANNUAL INVENTORY SALE
The Market at Grelen.
Officially closed, the Market at Grelen will re-open for a sale. Up to 50% off many items, buy 1 get 1 60% off for paired items and more. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: Somerset.  10am-4pm.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
January 28, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE PRESENTS: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE EVENT
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate the release of The LEGO® Batman Movie. At each event, kids can collect two limited edition trading cards (while supplies last) featuring characters from the movie. Enjoy giveaways, make and play themed moments with LEGO® bricks and blocks plus much more. Barnes and Noble.  4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
January 28, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: STORYTIME WITH ARTHUR
Barnes and Noble.
Welcome Arthur to a special story time! Stories about his adventures with an activity to follow. Pictures with Arthur will be available after story time. Barnes and Noble.  12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
January 28, Saturday,
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: I'LL NEVER LET YOU GO
Barnes and Noble.
A beautiful celebration of unconditional love. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
January 28, Saturday
OPEN HOUSE AT CARVER AND SMITH AQUATIC
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
A free open house! Use either facility free of charge and experience them for yourself. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-2pm Carver, 1pm-5pm Smith.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
January 28, Saturday
PACKING 101 AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL/OUTFITTERS
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
A fun & informational packing class hosted by in-house packologists. Delve into the basic tips and tricks on keeping your suitcase organized and packing efficiently. Can't make it? Call to set up an appointment for a personal 15-minute packing demo. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  11am.  $Free.  Contact: Katie McKeown.  Email: katie@peacefrogstravel.com. For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
January 28, Saturday
SNOW DAYS FESTIVAL
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Meet the 2017 Scholarship Snow Queen and enjoy visits from Anna and Elsa, an appearance by Olaf, winter art projects, science activities about snow, and an instrument petting zoo from the Richmond Symphony. CMoR Fredericksburg.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
January 28, Saturday
TOT CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!
The PlayGround.
Join us for Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) crafts, activities, stories and lots of fun play to celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster. The PlayGround, Staunton.  9am-1pm.  $0-10.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Contact: The PlayGround.  Email: admin@theplaygroundva.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-255-2896. 
 
January 28, Saturday
VOCALOSITY
The Paramount Theater.
An all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing chart-topping hits in new a cappella arrangements. From 10th century Gregorian chant to doo wop, from Beatles tunes to the music of Bruno Mars--nothing is off limits! The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  Email: boxoffice@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
January 27-29, Friday-Monday
FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
A weekend of fun with games, races, demo days and s'mores around the campfire. Skiing, riding, tubing, skating and zipping will make this a favorite family vacation. Wintergreen Resort.  9am.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 325-2200. 
 
January 29, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. Directed by Kelly Sulick, the programs offer a wide range of works that are sure to entertain, educate and enthrall. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
January 29, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch UVA Men's Basketball live on the big screen! The 'Hoos take on Villanova. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
January 29, Sunday
WORKING WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. Dogs on leashes are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
January 31, Tuesday
R.A.D. (READ AND DISCUSS) TEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Read And Discuss! Free copy of the book included on a first-come first-serve basis. Grades 6-12. January reading: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Registration required and begins December 30. Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 31, Tuesday
WELCOME WINTER READING: SNUGGLE UP WITH STORIES
JMRL - Central Library.
Warm up with toasty stories and songs to chase away the winter blues. Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite snuggly for cozy fun. Join the Winter Reading Program and earn a free book for your child. For babies through age 5 with a caregiver. JMR L- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 1, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
16TH ANNUAL GOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture.
Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville! One winner will be selected from each school. Deadline February 2. Schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5820. 
 
February 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. 
 
January 30 & February 2, Monday & Thursday
NEW CHILDREN'S CHOIR IN CHARLOTTESVILLE AND CROZET
Children's Choir of Central Virginia.
The Children's Choir of Central Virginia is an exciting new organization that will serve children ages 8-12 from the communities of Charlottesville, Crozet and surrounding areas. No experience is needed. With two campuses, pick the location that works best. Interviews (auditions) will take place in Charlottesville February 2 and in Crozet on January 30. Rehearsals will begin the following week. Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church OR Crozet Memorial United Methodist Church .  Directions: 1901 Thomson Rd., Charlottesville OR 1156 Crozet Ave., Crozet.  see website.  Recommended for ages 8 to 12.  Contact: Brian Dean Sousa.  Email: childrenschoircentralva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-1180. 
 
February 2, Thursday
THE PREGNANCY CENTER PRESENTS JUMP FOR LIFE
The Pregnancy Centers of Virginia.
Half-price admission at Jump Trampoline Park for anyone who either brings a new baby item to donate or has a screenshot that they posted on social media with the hashtag #Jumpforlife. Bring family and friends to enjoy food and fun with the local Pregnancy Centers. Jump Trampoline Park,Jump Trampoline Park.  2-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Besecker.  Email: gratoefelice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2355. 
 
February 2, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. GEORGIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Georgia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 3, Friday
BILL STAINES IN CONCERT
North Branch School.
Folk legend Bill Staines performs. Attendees are invited to bring a dish and join Bill for a potluck supper, which begins promptly at 6:15pm. Tickets available at Greenberry's Coffee and North Branch. North Branch School.  Directions: 221 Mickens Road, Afton.  7pm.  $12/$3 kids advance, $15/$5 kids at the door.  Contact: Anya.  Email: anya@taproots.biz. For more info call: 540-849-0004. 
 
February 3, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Children's Museum of Richmond.
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 10 and under. CMoR Central.  Directions: .  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Jenna Petrosino.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
February 4, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL MAIN EVENT GALA BENEFIT: THE SPEAKEASY
UVA Children's Hospital.
Join in this "Black Tie or Skinny Tie" event. A premier fundraiser, drawing nearly 500 prominent individuals from the Charlottesville community. The evening will include a silent auction, food and drinks, gaming and dancing. The Main event proceeds will support UVA Children's Hospital. Keswick Hall & Golf Club.  6:30pm-12am.  Email: ktt4g@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8643. 
 
February 4, Saturday
LUNAR NEW YEAR
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Come learn about and celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, with special stories, songs, crafts and nibbles. Partners in this collaboration include Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, The East Asia Center at UVA among others. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11:45am-12:45pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
February 4, Saturday
MEET THE SYMPHONY MUSICIAN
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Meet a real musician from the Charlottesville Symphony. I-Jen Fang, percussion, will demonstrate a featured instrument and accompany a musical reading of Jack and the Beanstalk. Then visitors can get an up-close, hands-on look at some brass instruments during the instrument petting zoo. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Included With Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
February 4, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch UVA Men's Basketball live on the big screen! The 'Hoos take on Syracuse. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 5, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Duke. John Paul Jones Arena.  1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
BLAST Application Deadline
BUILDING LEADERS FOR ADVANCING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (BLAST)
Virginia Space Grant Consortium, ODU, UVA, VPI and Commonwealth of Virginia.
BLAST will offer dynamic three-day residential summer experiences to current Virginia 8th and 9th grade students on the campuses of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia in the summer of 2017. Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm. Applications due February 6.  Contact: Tysha L. Sanford.  Email: blast@spacegrant.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 757-766-5210. 
 
February 6, Monday
SNUGGLE UP STORYTIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Dress cozy, bring a blanket and stuffed friend and enjoy cuddly stories. For babies through age 5 with caregiver. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
February 6, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 7, Tuesday
HOW TO REVISE YOUR CREATIVE WRITING
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn techniques for revising your plot, fixing your mushy middle and make your sentences sing. Perfect for NaNoWriMo participants ready for the next step. Grade 6-adult. Crozet Library.  Directions: 5791 Three Notch'd Rd, Crozet.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 99.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 8, Wednesday
MAKING AND PRINTING 3D OBJECTS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Curious about the library's 3D printer? Join staff as they demonstrate how to create or select an object to print. Registration recommended. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
February 8, Wednesday
SABER FORCE ACADEMY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Saber Force Academy takes the fun of light sabers and puts them into teaching martial arts skills to students. Come watch and participate with some basic techniques. Registration required. Northside Library.  5:30pm ages 6-11, 6pm ages 12-18.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
February 11, Saturday
ANIMAL ENRICHMENT AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
Do animals enjoy puzzles, games, toys and treats? They do! Come assist Maymont staff in making enrichment items for the bobcat, fox, bears, otters and more. Deliver them to the animals and watch as they engage in the fun! Ages 5 and older with adult accompaniment. $15 per person/$12 members. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  Directions: Nature Center.  11am-12pm.  $15, $12 members.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
February 11, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
JMRL- Central Library.
If you're a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited and registration required. Grades 1-7. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x3. 
 
February 11, Saturday
CITY MARKET ARTS AT CARVER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Arts vendors come inside to Carver Recreation Center with local unique handcrafted wares. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
February 11, Saturday
DROP SPINDLE CLASS
James Monroe's Highland.
Led by crafter Russell Hubert, participants will learn how to spin wool using the traditional drop spindle method. Wool used during the drop spindle class will be provided by Highland from its flock of Dorset sheep. Participants learn how this wool is processed from fleece to yarn using early-nineteenth century techniques. No materials or experience needed. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-12pm.  $$10 per person.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Register through Highland's website  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
February 11, Saturday
LET'S GO EXPLORE THE PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
In honor of Black History Month, join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Designed specifically for children ages 7-11. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-12pm.  $9 children 7-11, $12 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
February 10-11, Friday-Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows if you'd like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Ages 2-6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 11, Saturday
TABLETOP GAME DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
An afternoon of advanced tabletop gaming. Board and card games will be available or bring your own to share. Contact the library for game details. Grades 6-12. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 30-February 12
ANN GALE: PORTRAITS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Portraits, painted from models in the studio, by American figurative painter Ann Gale, professor of Painting at the University of Washington. Largely composed of oil paintings, with a few preparatory sketches. The Fralin Museum of Art,The Fralin Museum of Art.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349061022. 
 
February 12, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-4713. 
 
August 26, 2016-February 12, 2017
FRALIN PRESENTS NEW ACQUISITIONS: PHOTOGRAPHY
The Fralin Museum of Art.
New Acquisitions: Photography, which features photographic works acquired through significant purchases and gifts, highlights a commitment to reflect the diversity and evolution of photography as a medium. Featured works include Danny Lyons's pivotal Civil Rights Series; Shirin Neshat's contemporary and political portraits of loss; and Eadweard Muybridge's late-19th-century motion studies. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
February 12, Friday
SWEETHEART SOCIAL & DANCE WORKSHOP
Crozet Parc YMCA.
This event begins as a workshop on Salsa, Merengue, East Coast Single Swing and Foxtrot. Little to no dance experience necessary. Comfortable clothes and street/dress shoes recommended--sport sneakers are not. Stay and Play child care is available for members and required a reservation. Following the workshop, the instructor will turn into a DJ for a dance. Crozet YMCA at Claudius Crozet Park.  7-9pm.  $20 per couple member/$30 couple.  Recommended for ages 14 to 99.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
February 9-12
THE WAYNESBORO PLAYERS PRESENTS: "ALMOST MAINE"
The Wayne Theatre.
On one deeply cold and magical Midwinter night the citizens of Almost--a place not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness--experience the life-altering power of the human heart. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm February 9-11, 2pm February 12.  $18.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
February 12, Sunday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch UVA Men's Basketball live on the big screen! The 'Hoos take on the Hokies. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
February 12, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. WAKE FOREST
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Wake Forest. John Paul Jones Arena.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 13, Monday
PIZZA & PAGES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Love books? Love pizza? Come ready to share the titles of three books you enjoyed and three that disappointed you. Grades 6-8. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 14, Tuesday
CHOCOLATE SCULPTURE CHALLENGE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Show off your sculpting skills in a series of creative challenges using molding chocolate, then eat your creation. Grades 6-12. Registration requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 15, Wednesday
PEABODY SCHOOL WINTER OPEN HOUSE
Peabody School.
Prospective parents can observe classes, speak with current students and teachers, and take a guided tour of the school. Peabody School.  9am-2pm.  $Free.  Email: diane.krehmeyer@peabodyschool.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-6901. 
 
February 15, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. DUKE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Duke. John Paul Jones Arena.  9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 16, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. FLORIDA STATE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. Florida State. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 10-February 17
2016 CHILD ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
ReadyKids.
Do You Know a Child Advocate? Is there a Community member you feel should be recognized for all their hard work to benefit children? ReadyKids is currently inviting nominations for the John L. Snook Child Advocate Award, to be presented at the 22nd Annual ReadyKids Community Breakfast on April 18. ReadyKids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 17, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "HIDDEN FIGURES"
PVCC.
A team of brilliant African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Rated PG. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
February 17, Friday
MARDI GRAS SQUARE DANCE
Grand Squares of Nelson.
Donation. Live square dance caller and refreshments. All proceeds given back to selected community organization. All welcomed. Fun for all visitors. Rockfish River Elementary School.  Directions: 200 Chapel Hollow Rd., Afton.  7:30-10pm.  Email: grandsqauresofnelson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-2470. 
 
February 18, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL FLUVANNA PENGUIN PLUNGE
Penguin Plunge.
Freezin' for a Reason! All proceeds benefit local charities including Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity, Fluvanna SPCA and Meals on Wheels Fluvanna. Lake Monticello.  12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 18, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL- Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 18, Saturday
KID*VENTION 2017
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Strap on your goggles and slip into your lab coat for an annual family celebration of everything science! Explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, games and more, as the museum welcomes local exhibitors with expertise in areas like biology, chemistry, physics and zoology. Past exhibitors have helped kids race robots, see their heartbeat, plant a tree and make slime. What will this year's festival include? CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Key Recreation Center.  10am-3pm.  $5 per family.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
February 18, Saturday
LITTLE HOUSE AT THE LIBRARY
Crozet Library.
Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. by playing games and exploring activities that Laura and her friends would have explored at your age. Participants are welcome to wear period clothing and bring related items to share. Registration required. Crozet Library.  2pm.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 18, Saturday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be presenting SAT results and strategies. Grades 6-12. Registration is required. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
February 18, Saturday
VICTORIAN HIGH TECH AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
A special behind-the-scenes tour reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made the Dooleys' home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  12:30-1:30pm.  $7, $4 members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
February 18-19, Saturday-Sunday
PORKAPOLOOZA
BBQ Exchange.
The greatest pork fest on earth is back for our 7th anniversary celebration! BBQ Exchange.  Directions: 102 Martinsburg Ave., Gordonsville.  12-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 16-19, Thursday-Sunday
INTO THE WOODS
Charlottesville High School.
CHS Theatre presents musical Into the Woods. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Rd.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2410. 
 
February 20, Monday
OAKLAND SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Oakland School.
The event will begin with the Head of School giving an overview of the program followed by student- and adult-guided tours of the campus and classrooms. RSVP by email. Oakland School, Keswick.  10am.  Email: admissions@oaklandschool.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9059. 
 
February 20, Monday
RENAISSANCE SCHOOL SPRING OPEN HOUSE
Parents and interested students are invited to tour the school, speak with current students and faculty, as well as attend classes and experience the interdisciplinary learning culture of Renaissance School. 418 E Jefferson St.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  Contact: Richelle Claiborne.  Email: rclaiborne@renaissanceschool.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-1952. 
 
February 20, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MIAMI
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Miami. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 21, Tuesday
BIRD FEEDERS
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Make some simple bird feeders to take home. Grades K-5. Registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
February 22, Wednesday
MORE FASCINATING THAN FICTION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and yes, sometimes more fascinating than fiction, it's NON-FICTION! Come into the library and listen to incredible stories, enjoy an afternoon snack and chat about books you've been reading. Registration is requested. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 9.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 22, Wednesday
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI: FILM AND LECTURE
JMRL- Northside Library.
UVA Associate Professor Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham gives a lecture, "American Film Noir meets The Lady from Shanghai." After, watch a screening of the 1947 Orson Welles thriller. Light refreshments served. Registration is recommended. JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays in February
TODDLER TIME AT MAYMONT: WINTER WIGGLES
Maymont.
Read stories, make crafts, have some free play and learn about what some animals do to survive during the winter months. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  10-11am.  $36 per child/parent pair, $29 members for all sessions.  Recommended for ages 1 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
January 4-February 22, Wednesdays
WEE ONES WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. Winter registration begins December 14 at 9am. Birthday must fall between January 5, 2015 and January 6, 2016. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 5-February 23, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP WINTER SESSION
Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings. Registration begins at 1pm on December 12. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 18-February 23, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration begins January 4 at 10am. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 5-February 23, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A fun half hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds and an accompanying adult. Winter registration begins at 1pm December 12. Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 18-February 23, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 2-3 with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Registration begins January 4 at 10am. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15 Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893 x5. 
 
February 24, Friday
ANIME BENTO BOX
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Try a little of everything. Sample the first episode of three different anime shows, vote on the favorite, and learn to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls). Anime rated PG or PG-13. Grades 6-12. Registration requested. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February 3-24, Fridays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The Alliance Francaise comes to the museum for language learning and play with a native Canadian instructor for four Fridays in February. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  11:30am-12:15pm.  $75.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
February 24, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-36 months. Registration requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January-February Fridays & Saturdays
MIXED MEDIA BIRD BLITZ!
Come make a flock of birds trying out a variety of high-quality art supplies: oil pastels, acrylics, string art, felt, watercolors, collage, spray paint and more! Each possibility has its own area at the table. Move from station to station making art you can take home. Children learn how experimenting leads to different expressions of the same bird. A display relates the activity to Lewis and Clark's bird drawings and to the work of John James Audubon. Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.  10am-4pm.  $7 per person.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
February 27, Monday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against North Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 4-May 2, First Tuesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Central Library needs you! Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Central Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. No meetings in February or April. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
January-March, First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price! A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  6-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
January 11-March 8, Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity. For grades 5-10. Central Library.  4pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. Grades 3-5. JMRL Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 11-March 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP 'N STOMP WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Winter registration begins January 3. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 23-March 20, Mondays
READING RUMPUS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. No registration required. No meeting in February. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 23-March 21, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins January 10. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 23-March 21, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2- and 3-year-olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Registration begins January 10. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30am Mondays, 10:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 30
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "A RAISIN IN THE SUN"
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-2725. 
 
February 13-April 3, Select Thursdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-2pm or 4-5pm (see website for dates).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
January 19-April 6, Monthly on Thursdays
BABIES AND BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by playtime. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 1-April 6, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins February 21. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 17-April 18, Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
A different challenge each month played from home. Approved users can build and explore with fellow Minecrafters using a common spawn-point. To play, stop by the children's desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Players must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the computer lab or use a guest account begins 2 weeks before event dates. Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 30-April 24, Monthly on Mondays
CHAPTER CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. We will be reading a different title each month. Grades 6-8. Required registration. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 9-April 24, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Designed for babies 6-24 months old with a caregiver. Enjoy 10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your little one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. No registration required. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 9-April 24, Mondays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read, and Play." Registration is required. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 26-April 27, Fourth Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK DISCUSSION FOR SECOND GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided with registration. Limit 10 readers. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 29-April 27, Wednesday or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Please register for only Wednesdays or Thursdays. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 27-April 28, Second & Fourth Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For all ages. Gordon Avenue Library.  2:30-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
January 3-May 2, First Tuesdays
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 7-12. Registration recommended. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 4-May 3, First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $fFree.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January-May, First Thursdays
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 5-May 4, First Thursdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL - Central Library.
Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3-5pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 5-May 4
WEEKLY DANCE PRACTICE
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
Come and practice with fellow dance students. No partner needed. All skill levels welcome. Murray High School.  Directions: 12000 Forest Street.  7:30-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 4-May 6, First Saturdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 24-May 9, Tuesdays
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, displays, and activities. Members will enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - Make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second Wednesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people! Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 11-May 10, Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central.
Kickstart creativity with the library's Pop-Up MakerSpace. Several projects focused on STEAM with supplies available at each session. No April session. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
January 17-May 16, Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great manga and watch the anime adaptation. Light snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book for the first seven to sign up. January 17: Black Clover by Yuki Tabata. JMRL- Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
January 18-May 17, Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things! No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 18-May 17, Third Wednesdays
PIZZA & PAPERBACKS
JMRL - Central Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments served. Registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
January 19-May 18, Tuesdays
BOOK BAG: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Registration required. For January: Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 19-May 18, Third Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. See library website for each month's discussion. Registration required with a 10-reader limit. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 18-May 24, Every Other Wednesday
YOUTH GAMING CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Try your hand at games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and more! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Grades 5-12. Registration is recommended but walk-ins welcome. Kids under 10 must have an attending caregiver. Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Final Thursdays
CENTRAL LIBRARY FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
January 26: The Count of Monte Cristo; February 23: Color Line of Scrimmage with director Lorenzo Dickerson; March 30: My Architect; April 27: Night Bird Song; May 25: Birders: The Central Park Effect JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 26-May 25, Fourth Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Come to JMRL's construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required. For ages 5 & up. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 7-May 27, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Disco light, too! Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
January 31-May 30, Final Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
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! Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS NETWORK
Silvia Barrett.
Open to all homeschoolers (and those considering homeschooling) in Albemarle county and the surrounding area, regardless of whatever other groups they are involved with. The idea is to have one central list that would allow members to invite people to join them for park days and craft times, list local community activities, form play and study groups and announce VHEA (Virginia Home Education Association) seminars or other information important to homeschoolers. 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. 
 
Mondays & Tuesdays
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The Women's Initiative.
Learn about Alexander Technique, an education in movement, posture and the use of one's body in daily life. Emphasis is on learning ease of movement to reduce stress. Please call to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street, Charlottesville.  10am-12pm; individual 45 minute sessions.  $First two sessions are free, sliding scale thereafter.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.872.0047. 
 
Second Saturdays
AMAZEMENT SQUARE'S FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Amazement Square.
Come out when admission is only $3. Special story times and themed events. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends, while enjoying snacks and Pocky! Registration recommended but not required. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Area 3 Special Olympics offers sports activities throughout the calendar year, including basketball, soccer, bowling, swimming, skiing, gymnastics, track and field, tennis, volleyball and golf. Their goal is to provide children and adults with special needs an opportunity to participate, train, and compete in sports events in order to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy that comes with involvement in community sports. Contact: Rose Ann Gamma.  Email: sovaarea3@yahoo.com . For more info call: 960-9331. 
 
Fridays
ART TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids ages 3-6 get creative through various art media and techniques! Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
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. 
 
Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies. Limit: 7 readers. Register to get a free copy of the book. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
BRIGHT STARS FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Provides early learning experiences and comprehensive social supports for students and families that address risk factors that can lead to early academic failure. The schools hosting a Bright Stars Program are Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, Scottsville and Stone-Robinson. For more info call: 972-4140. 
 
Second Wednesdays
BUFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO MEETING
6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
C.H.A.N.C.E. (CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS AIMING TO NURTURE CHARACTER & EXCELLENCE)
A homeschool co-op in Louisa County offering K-12 classes. The group is modeled after a successful co-op in Pennsylvania, and the focus of the group will be what the name implies: mothers coming together to aid one another in character and academic excellence for their children. Contact: Denise Dovel.  Email: denisedovel@softhome.net.
 
Second Friday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group and Blue Ridge Connection Care for Children.
Monthly meetings open to parents and family members of children with special needs in a relaxed, supportive environment with other parents. Flexible - come late or leave early if you need to. Drinks and light refreshments provided. Park in lot across the street from the church side doors, on Fendall Ave Enter through double side doors on Fendall. Parlor is first room on the right. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street. Entrance at back of the parking lot, near the extended portico. Senior High room, first door on right.  12:30-2:30pm.  $Free.  Email: CRAAG1@gmail.com. For more info call: 466-7511. 
 
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. 
 
CHARLOTTESVILLE SEPARATION AND DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Offers social support for individuals going through separation or divorce. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
CHILDREN'S CLUBS AND GROUPS
Belonging to a group is important. Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation Guide to find comprehensive listings of organizations offering clubs for local children. For details, please click this link. 
 
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Offers a one-time TransParenting class about helping children adjust to the changes associated with family transitions and tools for parents to work together for the child's well-being. 1000 East High Street, Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
COMMISSION ON CHILDREN & FAMILIES
CCF is a 22-member planning and advisory body to the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle. Citizen, community agency, local government, education, and university leaders work to improve outcomes for local children and families. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3400. 
 
Ongoing
COMPUTERS4KIDS MENTORS NEEDED
Computers4Kids.
Want to bring positive, permanent change to a child in only one hour per week? Computers4Kids seeks volunteer mentors to explore computers with youths in grades 7 to 12. Computers4Kids, 945 Second St. SE.  Contact: Michaela Tighe.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-1121. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
CVILLE WORKING MOMS
Cville Working Moms is a group for Charlottesville area women who are juggling the art of parenting with the work of earning a paycheck. Gatherings include a monthly lunch on a weekday, a playdate with children and partners/spouses (if applicable) on a Saturday each month, and we'll plan some evening Mom's Nights Out. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Ongoing
EXPLORING HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP
Child Development Laboratories at UVA.
Studies how children come to understand the world around them. They are looking for children from ages birth to 7 years old to participate in quick, fun studies. Your child might read a story or play a game, and you can be with your child at all times. Consider volunteering your child for a study. Recommended for ages 0 to 7.  Email: info@childdevelopmentlabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-5234. 
 
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. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
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. 
 
Saturdays
FREE SHOWS AT THE JOHN C. WELLS PLANETARIUM AT JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU Planetarium.
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Our full-dome planetarium shows are perfect for families with children both young and old! Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Come learn more about your Universe! Miller Hall, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  2:30pm & 3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Shanil Virani.  Email: viranisn@jmu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5405684071. 
 
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. 
 
Every Friday
FRIDAY REFRESH!
The Women's Initiative.
Ladies, join us for a warm welcome and companionship while enjoying a refreshing stroll outdoors. Call to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street, Charlottesville.  9-10:30am.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Lane .  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.872.0047. 
 
Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. 3-4 year olds and their grownups The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
Second Mondays
GAME NIGHT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Wii, PS2, board games and prizes. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Weekly
GAME TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES
Weekly leagues and tournaments for Warhammer 40 K, Magic The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and X-Box games. The End Game Center.  $5 for tournaments.  Contact: Sam.  For more info call: 973-2205. 
 
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. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
Third Tuesdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
H.O.M.E. MOMS GROUP
H.O.M.E. Moms Group.
We are a group of moms in Fluvanna County, Western Louisa County VA. and surrounding areas (formerly Moms Club of Troy) that meet to share ideas and support one another in the art of motherhood. We offer at home mothers friendship and support through lots of fun activities like playgroups, arts and crafts, monthly meetings, service projects,book club and MOMS night out. Children are ALWAYS welcome at all of our activities!! Call for location and times.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Jones.  Email: home.club@yahoo.com.
 
meets monthly
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YOUTH UNITED PROGRAM
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Youth United (YU) is a national Habitat for Humanity program that brings volunteers ages 5-25 together to educate, advocate, and fundraise for affordable housing. Participating youth are leaders, planners, fundraisers, communicators, and, if old enough, builders (ages 16-25). If you're dedicated; age 5-25 who would like to get involved, please contact us. Youth United is not only a wonderful way to empower our local youth, but it also stresses community and team work among local schools. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville office.  Directions: 919 West Main St..  Recommended for ages 5 to 25.  Email: youthunited@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9066. 
 
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
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. 
 
JABA'S FISH (FRIENDS IN SCHOOLS HELPING) PROGRAM
JABA.
JABA is now recruiting FISH volunteers to help in local elementary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. All that is needed is patience, a caring attitude and a desire to make a difference. Potential volunteers can choose from many different time slots. Volunteers need to be able to commit to an hour per week for the school year. Openings are available in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa. Email: FISH@jabacares.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-5289. 
 
JOURNEYS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
Children and adolescents need a safe place to express the grief, anger, and fear related to loss - thereby developing important coping skills. Offers art therapy bereavement support groups to help youth deal with grief and find that they are not alone. Throughout the year bereavement day camps provide opportunities for fun and healing with others who have experienced a loss. Recommended for ages 4 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
Every Saturday
KIDS CLUB
Michaels.
Kids craft while you shop for your favorite Michaels crafts! All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour. Michaels.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  10am-12pm.  $2.  Contact: Cathy.  Email: Michaels8807@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
KIDS CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Explore a different topic each week through crafts, games, experiments and more! Ages 4 and up. Check the online program schedule for special guests. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
KIDS WITH DOWN SYNDROME
A Yahoo Group for local parents of kids with Down syndrome to connect. Go to yahoogroups.com, then search on dspconnect.
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
KNIT NOW - LEARN HOW
The Women's Initiative.
Join our knitting circle. We welcome new and experienced knitter to our group. Let us chat, work quietly, or listen to music while creating something fun and beautiful! The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street.  5-7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
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 Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; we supply the building blocks! No registration required, but space is limited. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
LOUISA AREA CHRIST-CENTERED HOME EDUCATORS
For more info call: (540)894-5225. 
 
LOUISA HOME SCHOOL FRIENDS
For more info call: (540)894-0647. 
 
First Wednesdays
MAKE IT & TAKE IT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something. For all ages with adult help. See library page for each week's selected activity! No meeting in April. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 12-December 14, Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project. Check the Teen Program Calendar at jmrl.org/teens to see what each month's theme will be. Central Library.  4pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ex 4. 
 
MEDIATION CENTER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Offers formal mediation to help disputing parties resolve their conflict and a Co-Parenting Class for parents raising children in separate households. For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open gym free play every Friday morning for kids 6 and under and homeschoolers of all ages! Own Touch Cville.  9:30am-12pm.  $$10 for child, $15 per family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
1st and 3rd Fridays
MOM & BABY MORNINGS
Spend the morning with other new moms & their babies in this informal group. Dads welcome too! We'll talk about feeding, sleeping, playing and much more. Some sessions will have set topics & speakers. Parking is free. Northridge Allergy Clinic Waiting Room - 4th Floor.  Directions: 2955 Ivy Road.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Third Wednesday of every month
MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Mom's Night Out for mothers of kids with special needs. Come on by to chat with other moms while we have dinner, coffee or dessert, or just to escape bath/bedtime duty for one night. If it's your first time joining us, look for the table with a little vase of flowers on it. Panera at Barracks Road.  6:45pm.  Contact: Jenny.  Email: jnnyrd@yahoo.com.
 
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. 
 
Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS & LESSONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many fabulous organizations and talented individuals offering music classes and performance opportunities for kids to participate in - even a youth orchestra! Visit our comprehensive CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to learn more. Also, if you'd like to attend a performance, visit our CF guide to Family Fun Year-Round to discover venues and performing groups.
 
Mondays
MUSICAL MONDAYS WITH MS. PAM
Stanardsville UMC.
A place for children Pre-K through 2nd grade to come and explore music and rhythm. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:30-4:15pm.  $5/per week.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
Ongoing
NATURE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Serve as a nature guide, trail monitor, grant writer or one of many other needed roles for the Ivy Creek Foundation. Recommended for ages 18 to 100.  Email: icf@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Preschool children enjoy a half-hour with books, crafts and activities as they build social, creative and early literacy skills. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
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. 
 
Every Second and Fourth Wednesday
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDER CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration required. Ages 13-18. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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.
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing
ORGANIZATION OF VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOLERS
Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
A listing of homeschooling groups and networks in Virginia. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
Serves families of children in special education in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson Counties. The PRC operates on the philosophy that parents are a valuable resource in planning the education of their special child. Consulting, groups, classes, lending library, and more. 225 Lambs Lane.  Email: sblech@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9400. 
 
Fridays, see description for dates
PARENT-INFANT COMMUNITY AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
For six month 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. The winter session runs from January 11-March 8 (with no class on March 1) and the Spring session runs from March 29 until May 31 (with no class on April 5 and May 10). Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops.  Directions: Just west of the I64 Shadwell/250 exit.  8:30-9:45am.  $175 for 8 week session or $25 per class drop-in fee (space permitting).  Recommended for ages 6 to 18.  Contact: Becky Harris.  Email: bharris@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. 
 
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. 
 
PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN
Provides families of children 0-6 with information about healthy development, family life, and available community resources. It is a partnership of many community organizations invested in making Charlottesville/Albemarle a healthy community for all families with young children. CYFS, 1000 East High Street.  For more info call: 220-5437 ext. 240. 
 
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. 
 
1st and 3rd Mondays
PFLAG BLUE RIDGE GROUP MEETINGS
PFLAG Blue Ridge.
Join us as we create a safe space to share experiences, joys, concerns, and resources in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. The 1st Monday of the month is our Gender Group with topics specific to parents and families of transgender youth. The 3rd Monday is our LGBTQ parents, family, friends, allies, and members Group. Most meetings are held in the Jefferson or McIntire Room Charlottesville - please check www.pflagblueridge.org to confirm location. JMRL Central Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Karen Barker.  Email: karenmeandering@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-3453. 
 
PIEDMONT REGIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (PREP)
The Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) is a public regional organization designed to meet the needs of special education students. PREP now provides special education programming and related services to nine school districts under an umbrella of a regional program. The districts served are: Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Rappahannock County School Districts. PREP also supports a Parent Resource Center which provides information for parents of students with special needs. 225 Lambs Lane.  Contact: Dr. Mary McManus, Executive Director.  Email: mmcmanus@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9400. 
 
PLAY PARTNERS AND MENTORS NEEDED
Children Youth & Family Services.
Children Youth & Family Services has volunteer opportunities available from Play Partners, who help promote reading in children's early years, to youth companions, young adults who serve as mentors for teens at risk. Contact: Jennifer Kane.  Email: jkane@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118, ext.248. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your child develop their own unique voice. Both early and experienced writers welcome! Children tap into their creativity, stretch their imaginations, play with words and learn about language. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers preschool storytime for children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs and learning. Siblings welcome. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
REACH HOMESCHOOL GROUP
A large group that offers many educational, fun, and meaningful fieldtrips, workshops, seminars, meetings, and recreational events for students of all ages. Provides many opportunities for the homeschoolers in the community. Serves the areas of Fredericksburg, Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and surrounding areas. Contact: Wanda.  Email: sloper4@adelphia.net.
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
September 21-December 14, Wednesdays
READING ROCKS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
An independent activity for kids ages 3-5 introducing new concepts and ideas while increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills and promoting reading readiness. Scottsville Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: DAY ACTIVITY SERVICES
Meadowcreek is a center-based, community integration program that provides training, support and supervision to adults with intellectual disabilities. The program aims to help participants acquire, retain and/or improve their self-help, social and adaptive skills through person-centered planning, behavioral support and assistive technologies. Access to Meadowcreek Center typically come from case management. Referrals are accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. Meadowcreek Center.  Directions: 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: Pam Fisher.  Email: pamf1@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
Region Ten offers three levels of residential services for individuals 18 or older who have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability: congregate, sponsored living and sponsored placement. Access to residential programs typically come from case management. Referrals accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: JoAnn Murphy-Osborne.  Email: joannm@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday of every month
REMEMBERING OUR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
If you are a parent or family member who has experienced the death of a child, we invite you to join us for education about grief and loss, support and healing. Hospice of the Piedmont.  5:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
Second Saturday of Every Month
RIVANNA TRAILS FOUNDATION SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
Rivana Trails Foundation.
Volunteer to come out to help with trail maintenance. Great for older kids or the whole family. Tools provided, but bring shears or clippers if you have them. Large groups please call in advance. .  Directions: Meet at the RTF equipment shed on Earheart St.  9am-noon.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeff Wilbur.  Email: klondike4@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7524. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCIENCE & NATURE ORGANIZATIONS
Explore the outdoors with the many terrific organizations listed in our comprehensive AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round who offer special prgrams geared to children and families in our community. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of each month
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP
Navigating the world of sensory processing disorder can be a challenge but joining us for a monthly support group meeting is a great way to share your story, gain perspectives from others, and tap into resources. Recognizing that sensory processing disorder comes in many shapes and sizes and often co-exists with other diagnoses, this support group is open to all adults. We ask that you leave your children at home so that we can discuss our thoughts and ideas openly and freely. Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.  Directions: 2300 Commonwealth Drive, Suite C in the Commonwealth Business Center.  7pm.  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: sheila.chrobak@gmail.com. For more info call: 327-7121. 
 
Bi-monthly on Thursdays
SHARKS: FOR TWEEN BOYS
JMRL - Greene.
Read and discuss great books, eat snacks, Do fun activities! Registered Sharks receive a free copy of next month's book! Pre-registration is required for each session. Grades 4-8. Greene County Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team." Come for a 15-minute turn. For any young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one month prior to each date. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
First Friday of every month
SPECIAL NEEDS GAME NIGHT
Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Game Night is for teens and adults with special needs. Play games, fellowship, socialize, participate in fun activities, share devotions and EAT! Everyone who comes should bring a favorite treat. It meets every month except July. Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Route 29 North to 2620 Frays Mill Road.  6:30-9pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
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.
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
STORY TIME AT VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Curl up with a good story with special guest readers from around the community. Visitors are welcome to come and go from Story Time as their childrens' attention spans require. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
STORYBOOK BEAT
JMRL - Greene.
Enjoy 45 minutes with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music using scarves and rhythm instruments. A simple craft activity will conclude the class! For ages 3-5 with adult caregiver. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
STORYTIMES
There are lots of storytimes around town each week. Look to "Storytimes" below to find regularly scheduled readings. For details, please click this link. 
 
Fourth Tuesday of every month
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Strength in Numbers is open to anyone touched by someone with special needs. Our group meets to discuss and explore a variety of topics and issues related to families and special needs. Dover Foxcroft - 5690 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Suzanne McDonald .  Email: strengthnnumbers1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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.
 
First Saturday of the month, October-May
TAKE A BREAK: RESPITE CARE PROGRAM
Registration is required each month, but application forms need to be filled out only one time (unless basic information changes). Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Frays Mill in the Missions Hall, second floor.  4-7pm.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
THE ARC OF THE PIEDMONT
Arc of the Piedmont improves the quality of life of infants, children and adults with, or at risk of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the lives of their families. They serve the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson since 1954. The Arc of the Piedmont provides service, advocacy and education to families, infants, children and adults with a wide range of support needs due to intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Their services include an Infant Development Project, Adult Activity Centers and Community Living Programs. 509 Park Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4002. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 
Therapeutic Recreation Program
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up, with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. Contact: Mildred Spicer.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3764. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Little ones are invited to enjoy short, playful activities. Toddlers will explore sensory activities, practice fine and gross motor skills through crafts and dance parties, and learn about the world around them. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce Play -n- Create of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
UNITED WAY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTER
United Way provides free, confidential information and referrals to over 2000 local health and human service programs, including resources on child care, children's health insurance, food, health care, housing, support groups and other organizations. 806 East High St.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1703. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
Ongoing
VAHOMESCHOOLERS/AMAZON FUNDRAISER
VaHomeschoolers.
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers--VaHomeschoolers/Amazon.com. Shop Amazon through the VaHomeschoolers Bookstore and let your purchases help support VaHomeschoolers at no cost to you! Just go to http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/bookstore.html. Pass this link to friends and family so their purchases can also support your member- directed, all volunteer and fully inclusive state homeschool association. VaHomeschoolers is neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics; homeschooling is our only agenda. All ages welcome.  Email: secretary@vhea.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-866-513-6173. 
 
VALLEY HOMESCHOOLERS
Valley Homeschoolers is open to all homeschoolers and unschoolers in Waynesboro, Staunton, Crozet, Afton and the surrounding area. Make new friends, join or form playgroups, game days, or study groups, and have questions about homeschooling in Virginia answered. Join online! To subscribe, send a message to: valleyhomeschoolers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF AUTISM
The VIA, located in Charlottesville, accommodates up to 40 students. The Institute includes outdoor activities as well as facilities for life-skills training. It now hosts several interns and practicum students per year, as well as supporting multiple research studies annually.VIA's outreach work also continues to expand through its intensive home- and community-based intervention services as well as school consultation services. 1414 Westwood Road.  Email: information@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8252. 
 
Tuesdays
WALDORF INSPIRED SCHOOLING AT HOME (WISH)
WISH.
A group of families from Charlottesville and nearby counties interested in Waldorf-inspired school at home. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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.
 
First Saturday of every month
HOME SCHOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Special programs for homeschoolers, in groups or family units. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd, Staunton, VA 24401 Off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  9am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Larry Sabourin.  Email: larry.sabourin@fcmv.virginia.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 

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