Events This Week

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April 18, Saturday
5K RUN, WALK, & ROLL
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports.
Features run/walk and hand cycle divisions, and all entrants receive a gift bag and a Devil's Backbone food coupon. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  $15-20.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 465-5920. 
 
April 18, Saturday
DOWNTOWN CHILI SHOWDOWN
Monticello Media and Main Street Arena.
Sample some of the best chili Charlottesville has to offer at this first annual chili cook-off. Sample dishes from leading restaurant chefs and home-cooking heroes and vote for the people's choice award. Benefits go to the Red Shoe Cville project at the Ronald McDonald House. Main Street Arena.  11:30am-4pm.  $10 for all-you-can-eat samples.  All ages welcome.  Email: mschneider@cvillestations.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 18, Saturday
EARTH DAY STAUNTON
Earth Day Staunton.
Enjoy hands-on activities, live native wildlife shows, Earth art demonstrations, face painting, native plant sale, free saplings, and more. Byers Street, Downtown Staunton.  9am-12pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 18, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAM: BODIES IN MOTION
Fralin Museum of Art.
Children and parents will enjoy a tour and activities together. Reservations required. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $15-$20 per adult/child pair.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
April 18, Saturday
HATTON FERRY OPENING DAY
Hatton Ferry.
Get a sense of history by crossing the river on the last pole-operated ferry in America. On Route 625, outside Scottsville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 18-21, Saturday-Tuesday
HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
The house and garden tour of Charlottesville-Albemarle will be held on Sunday, April 19 and Monday, April 20. The local event features four Ivy area country homes and gardens in Albemarle County, Morven Estate on Saturday, April 18 (weather permitting), University of Virginia East Lawn Pavilions on Tuesday, April 21, and events at Monticello. For a schedule of events, directions, and ticket purchases, please visit their website. Albemarle County.  Contact: Compton Going.  Email: comptongoing@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-962-9936. 
 
April 18, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Have you ever put your hand into a bear's footprint? Have you ever tried on a ranger hat? Lot of special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  Directions: Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Mile 4.6 and Byrd Visitor Center, Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive unless otherwise noted.  activities from 9:30am-3pm.  $free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
April 18, Saturday
ORANGE-BLUE SPRING FOOTBALL GAME
UVA Athletics.
Enjoy fun football activities for all ages and a football game featuring UVA's team split in two and competing against each other. Scott Stadium.  Gates open 4pm for activities, kickoff 6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 18, Saturday
RUN FOR AUTISM 5K
Virginia Institute of Autism.
Support the Virginia Institute of Autism with a fun morning of running and walking. Families, children and adults with disabilities are welcome! Charlottesville High School.  7am.  $15-35.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Grace Fowler.  Email: run4autism@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8252. 
 
April 18, Saturday
THE GRACE RACE 2015 5K RUN/WALK
Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Platinum Sponsor.
5K Run/Walk benefits Boys & Girls Club of Augusta County/Waynesboro/Staunton, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Youth. Race day also includes an auction, raffle, kids Fun Run obstacle course (free to 8 and under) and awards dinner with bluegrass music. Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, Fishersville.  3pm registration; 4pm start.  $25 ($30 after April 3).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jamie Boyers.  Email: redheadwins@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0746. 
 
April 18, Saturday
WALK FOR LIFE
Spirit FM.
Free and fun-filled family event supporting The Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia. The easy, 2-mile walk kicks off with registration, breakfast, music, and fun for the whole family at 8:30am. Kids can join early at 8am for a special Kids Dash, a moon bounce, face painting, and more. First Baptist Church, 735 Park Street.  8:00am - Kids Dash. 8:30am - Registration, Food, Fun. 9:00 - Walk for Life.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kate Meier.  Email: kate@virginiapregnancy.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-4516. 
 
April 15-18, Wednesday-Sunday
WOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Learn about wool and flax processing, from shearing to weaving, on the museum's historic farms. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: take I-64 toward Staunton, then I-81 North, exit 222 and follow signs.  9am-5pm.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
April 19, Sunday
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: THE SECRET GARDEN
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. For all ages. Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
HERITAGE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC BLOEMENDAAL
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Music and activities highlighting the Garden's past. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club. Children's activities, flea circus, ice cream and vintage bicycles on display. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Directions: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.  noon-3pm Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday.  $Free with garden admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
April 20, Monday
DRUGS AND PEER PRESSURE
Crozet Library.
ReadyKids partners with the library to host a special series on teen health for parents, educators and adult friends of teens. Crozet Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 21-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association and Piedmont Environmental Council.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Ashwood Blvd. at the South Recreational Facility in Forest Lakes.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: tamerahammond@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 9-21
WVPT SPRING AUCTION
WVPT Public Television.
Find amazing deals on hundreds of items. Bid online for the pieces you like best. Email: WVPTAuction@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-265-1055. 
 
April 22, Wednesday
EARTH DAY THE AUSTRALIAN WAY
Crozet Library.
Make a painting in the "dot painting" style of Australian artists. Registration requested. For grades 1-5. Crozet Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 23, Thursday
MIND MATH WITH BEADS
Northside Library.
Presented by Ashwati Nayar: ALOHA Mind Math Charlottesville. Learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus. A program for caregivers and children together. Abacuses will be provided for use. Registration is required. For grades K-6. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 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. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 24, Friday
TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT
Crozet Library.
Share music, poetry, stories, dance, art and anything else you wish to perform, or join the audience for an evening of entertainment. Register to perform by April 17. For grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  7-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 25, Saturday
ANNUAL HIGHLAND SHEEP SHEARING
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Discover the New Zealand sheep shearing method at this educational, agricultural event as well as traditional wool carding, spinning, and other activities for the family. Plus, meet the newest lambs to call Ash Lawn-Highland their home. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. 11am-1pm.  $5 or free with house tour admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ash Lawn-Highland.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 25, Saturday
BRIDGE DAY STAUNTON
Celebrate the restoration of the Sears Hill pedestrian bridge next to Staunton's historic train station. Live music, food, historical performances and more! Sears Hill Bridge, Staunton.  Directions: 20 Middlebrook Avenue.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 25, Saturday
CIVIL WAR TRAIL AND GILMORE FARM TOUR
Montpelier.
Walk in the footsteps of McGowan's Brigade on Montpelier's Civil War Trail, carving a path through archaeological remains of this Confederate winter camp to a reconstructed camp street. Conclude at the cabin and farm of George Gilmore, born into slavery at Montpelier in 1810 and turned farmer and landowner after Emancipation, and consider life after slavery for newly emancipated families. Montpelier, Orange.  Directions: Tours begins at Civil War Trail Parking Lot on Rt. 20 across from Train Depot.  2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 25, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PARADE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Arrive early for this popular annual tradition, with old-time cars, floats, Scout groups, horseback riders, musical bands and the Dogwood Queen and her court. Downtown Mall.  10:50am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-9824. 
 
April 25, Saturday
MONTALTO CHALLENGE 5K
Monticello.
An exhilarating 5K race from the base of the Saunders-Monticello Trail to the top of Montalto. The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Monticello Fund, which supports the maintenance of Saunders-Monticello Trail. The Saunders-Monticello Trail.  8am.  $35-$45.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
April 25, Saturday
SCOTTSVILLE SCOOT
Scottsville Elementary PTO.
Fun Run/Walk and 5k to benefit Scottsville Elementary's educational and enrichment opportunities. 250 Page St, Scottsville.  7am.  $10-20.  Email: scottsvillescoot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
April 25, Saturday
SPRING RACE AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit The Paramount Theater. Popular with college students and other revelers. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open; 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9501. 
 
April 25, Saturday
THE FIREBIRD CHILDREN'S BALLET
Charlottesville Ballet.
The Firebird is a classic Russian fairy tale that combines all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and magical creatures. This new children’s ballet production includes an interactive presentation where you’ll learn ballet steps and see the beautiful dancers that bring the story to life. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Directions: 501 College Dr.  2pm and 5pm.  $15-$25.  Email: tickets@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
April 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday
VIRGINIA HOT GLASS FESTIVAL
Sunspots Studios.
Glass artists from around the region gather for the area's only annual art festival devoted to hot glass artistry. Demonstrations of glass blowing, flame working, and other glass art making are ongoing throughout the weekend. Children are invited to draw pieces for the blowers in the "Kids' Challenge." Pieces that are successfully created are given to the kids who drew them. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 South Lewis Street, Staunton.  $Free.  Contact: Caroline Sheridan.  Email: caroline@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
April 16-25
WONDERFUL TOWN
UVA Department of Drama.
This charming and high-spirited Broadway musical won five Tonys and features music by Leonard Bernstein. Ruth Caplin Theatre UVA.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3376. 
 
April 25, Saturday
YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Piedmont Family YMCA.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a FREE event that encourages families to get moving, learning and living healthier. Activities include family fitness classes, bounce house, healthy food snacks, fun run at 2pm, and more. Crozet PARC YMCA.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4380. 
 
April 26, Sunday
EARTH WEEK ECOFAIR
Earth Week.
Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses. Enjoy workshops, live music, book swap, local brews, speakers, kid-friendly entertainment, and more! Main Street Arena.  11am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
Check the website for times for kids dashes, cross-country races and fitness activities for children and adults. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
April 24-26
INTO THE WOODS, JR.
DMR Adventures.
This one-hour, family-friendly, children's theater version of the popular musical features Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch. Burnley-Moran Elementary School.  7pm Fri and Sat, 2:30pm Sat and Sun.  $10.  Contact: DMR Adventures.  Email: DMRAdventures@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 203-6314. 
 
April 26, Sunday
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES
The Paramount Theater.
Three beloved stories retold through black light staging, puppets and original music. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7.50-12.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 27, Monday
STUDY BUDDIES
Crozet Library.
Drop in for homework help. Crozet Library.  6-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 28, Tuesday
JAMES MONROE'S 257TH BIRTHDAY
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe's birth. Colonel Monroe himself will be on grounds to speak with visitors, answer questions, and accept birthday wishes. Residents of Charlottesville and the following counties receive the local rate of $8: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham. Ash Lawn-Highland.  12-4pm.  Contact: Brittany Harton.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
April 28, Tuesday
STEM: BLASTOFF
Central Library.
What can TP rolls and soda straws teach you about outer space? Make and launch your own rocket and find out! For grades 4-7. Registration required. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 

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