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 Classes, Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
February 13 & March 13, Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
Every Wednesday unless other posted
BABIES TOGETHER CLASSES
The Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs.
Babies Together is a 6 week class for parents and caregivers who have precrawling babies. Includes: Reading your baby's cues, facilitated movement, baby massage and lullabies, Songs, interactive play, lullabies, playing with the senses, attachment and the science of parenting, The importance of tummy time, Why activation and rest cycles are important and how to observe them in your baby, also known as the birth sequence and the cycle of satisfaction. 1710 Allied St. Suite 20B.  11:30am.  $Fee: $10 drop in, Purchase a card of 6 classes for $45.  Contact: Kate White.  Email: katercst@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-2002. 
 
Ongoing
INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT-YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Arc of the Piedmont.
Learn how to encourage your child's development and growth through play. For children with developmental delays or risk of developing delays. $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Contact: Infant development project.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4003. 
 
NURSING MOTHER'S SUPPORT GROUP
Meet with a lactation consultant, get questions answered, weigh your baby, and get support from other moms. Bend Yoga.  12:30-1:30pm Fridays.  $free.  Email: mybbblc@gmail.com.
 
Fridays, see description for dates
PARENT-INFANT COMMUNITY AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
For children birth to 18 month olds and their parents. Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. Babies follow their interests with appropriate objects to manipulate and other babies to watch and imitate. In this carefully designed space, they experience the joy of mastering new tasks. Offered each fall and spring The Spring 2017 session runs from March 10 until May 12 (with no class on March 31 and April 7). 8:30-9:45am & 10:00-11:15am sessions available. Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops.  Directions: Just west of the I64 Shadwell/250 exit.  8:30-9:45am & 10-11:15am.  $175 for 8 week session or $25 per class drop-in fee (space permitting).  Contact: Therese Benzinger.  Email: tbenzinger@mountaintopmontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
Ongoing session, proration available
PARENT/CHILD CLASS FOR BABIES AGES 4 - 10 MONTHS!
The Little Gym, Charlottesville.
Come try one of our "Bugs" classes and start working on all of the tools that they need to grow and be successful! Stretch and play in a safe, warm, nurturing environment, while giving your baby the opportunity to play with mom/dad/nanny/grandparents and the adults get to hang out with like-minded new friends! The Little Gym, 907 Gardens Blvd Charlottesville,VA 22901.  Directions: Behind Pier 1 Imports Rt. 29 North.  Tuesdays, 5:30pm or Thursdays, 11:30am.  $prorated.  Special Needs Accommodation: please call to reserve vist spot  Contact: The Little Gym.  Email: tlgchva@earthlink.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
PARENT/CHILD CLASSES AT THE LITTLE GYM
Fun aerobics, stretching, tumbling, games, bubbles and more for ages infant-3 years. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
Ongoing, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Share the ups and downs of this challenging time. Plan to bring your baby and relax with new friends who understand what being a new mother is really all about. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  10:30am to 12pm.  $free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
February 12, Tuesday
SIBLING CLASS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Directions: 500 Martha Jefferson Drive.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
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EXERCISE CLASSES
Great health clubs and exercise classes abound, from yoga to water aerobics. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive listings of health clubs for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Sundays
PINTS AND POSES
Random Row.
A light Hatha yoga class from certified yoga instructor Shannon followed by a pint of beer, kombucha or col-brewed coffee. Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Ave.  10:45-11:45am.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-8466. 
 
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February 21, Wednesday
A STRONG START MATTERS: READINESS BEYOND THE ALPHABET
CMoR.
Parents and caregivers are invited to a free, informative program focused on preparing their preschool-age children for kindergarten and a lifetime love of learning. Free childcare is available on a limited, first come, first serve basis. Reservations must include age of children and names. Children's Museum of Richmond, Short Pump.  Directions: 11800 W. Broad St., Richmond.  9-10:30am.  $Free and open to the public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7070. 
 
February 11-25, Sundays
RESPECTFUL PARENT-CHILD CLASSES
Our Neighborhood.
In these play-based parent-child classes, children will be invited to play as parents observe and learn through the facilitation of the Our Neighborhood team. Classes will provide in-the-moment coaching for parents to learn the skills presented in the workshops offered. Each session will have a focus but the primary goal will be to answer your questions and model working-with techniques so you can deepen your skills. Adults and children will be in the classroom together. ​ Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  3:30-5pm.  $50.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: director@ourneighborhoodcdc.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8639. 
 
March 17, Saturday
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG EMOTIONS - EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE STARTS NOW
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
We all want our children to be emotionally intelligent: caring, kind, loving, patient, and composed. Brain research shows that children who are able to self-regulate do better academically and in later life. Learn specifically how to coach your child through their emotions and model your values as your child builds their capacity for empathy and self-regulation. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Rd.  9am-10:30am.  $20 per person, $35 per couple..  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: director@ourneighborhoodcdc.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8639. 
 
4th Monday of every month
BIRTH CIRCLE COMMUNITY NIGHT
Birth Circle.
New and expectant parents gather for an informal discussion of pregnancy, birth, and all aspects of parenthood. Community Night provides a welcoming space for partners, spouses, friends, and relatives to enjoy the community that Birth Circle regularly creates and nurtures among moms and moms-to-be. Sugar Snap Consignment.  Directions: 480 Shoppers World Court - six doors down from Whole Foods in the corner of the shopping center.  7pm.  $FREE.  Contact: Sugar Snap.  Email: sugarsnap@me.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-0736. 
 
FREE PARENT SEMINAR FOR DRIVER EDUCATION
Albemarle County Public Schools.
The seminar is a requirement for families with students pursuing a driver's license. Any student registering for behind-the-wheel training must provide the certificate of attendance for the Parent Seminar to participate. Register online at http://www.opendoors1.org/ Albemarle, Western, and Monticello High Schools.  7-9pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9450. 
 
Last Thursday of every Month
NEWBORN CARE BASICS
UVA Ob/Gyn.
Learn how to take care of your little one. Learn sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. Baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing, and when to call the doctor reviewed as well. November class will occur on Nov. 17 due to Thanksgiving. University of Virginia Hospital.  6:30-8:30pm.  $15 (includes take home materials).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: prenatal classes@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Third Thursdays
NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Anyone interested in getting practice with non-violent communication can join Our Neighborhood's "Non-violent Communication (NVC) Practice" sessions. A facilitated session that supports the developing skills through practice exercises and exploration of personal communication challenges is offered free of charge. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Road.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: support@ourneighborhood.community. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
Ongoing
PEDIATRIC & INFANT CPR
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
This course consists of lectures and practice on mannequins which offers the opportunity to become trained in Infant & Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The course will include pediatric safety, foreign body airway obstruction and causes of pulmonary and cardiac arrest in children. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  $call for fee and times.  Email: info@mjh.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Monday of Every Month
TRANSPARENTING
Children Youth & Family Services.
This is a one-time, four-hour monthly class held for separated or divorced parents who are both involved in parenting their children but are having some difficulty working together. Class is held on the first Monday of every month, plus: Saturday, January 5; Saturday, February 23; and Saturday, March 23. CYFS, 1000 East High Street.  4-8pm.  $50 fee/sliding scale.  Contact: Debbie Baber.  Email: dbaber@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 0. 
 
Third Tuesday of every month EXCEPT June, July, August and December
TUNE IN: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD
HiYH and Coaching Cville.
Tune In is a parent-run support group for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. Meetings alternate between an open discussion format and presentations/forums with local professionals in the field. Topics may include parenting strategies, summer planning ideas, classroom accommodations, managing transitions and other challenges, peer relationships, family dynamics, etc. Fontana Neighborhood Clubhouse.  Directions: Fontana Court.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September-May, Wednesdays
SURVIVING THE TEEN YEARS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
This is a six-week class designed for parents with their youth ages 10-18 that uses videos, simple reading assignments, class discussions, group problem solving and other class exercises. Based on an established national parenting curriculum. Children, Youth & Family Services.  Directions: 1000 East High Street. 250 bypass to Locust Ave turn left onto East High and CYFS is immediately on the right side of the street before you hit 11th street.  6-7:30pm.  $130 per family, $100 per couple or $80 per individual.  Contact: Jack Gallagher.  Email: jgallagher@cyfs.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ex 257. 
 
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1st and 3rd Sundays
BABY AND ME: A CLASS FOR BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  3-4pm.  $free.  Email: info@mjh.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Saturday of every month
BASICS IN BABY CARE
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Being comfortable with the details of caring for a baby can give you an extra measure of confidence. This class is designed to prepare you for the care of your newborn. It includes bathing, feeding, infant stimulation and safety. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  9-10am.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Mondays
BIRTH CIRCLE
Birth Matters Virginia.
Monthly gathering for women. Share birth stories and discuss questions and concerns surrounding pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Bend Yoga.  7:15-9:15pm.  $Free.  Contact: April Wang.  Email: bmva.charlottesville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-2499. 
 
Fourth Saturday of every month
BREASTFEEDING BASICS
UVA Health System.
A Lactation Consultant will help you prepare for a good start and provide support and information for a great breastfeeding experience. Fee includes a book to take home: "Breastfeeding 101." University Hospital.  Directions: 8th Floor/Women's Place Classroom, 8410.  10am to 12pm.  $15.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Tuesdays
HOSPITAL TOUR FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
For those considering or planning to deliver at Martha Jefferson Hospital, this tour will help prepare you for the hospital experience by introducing you to the Family Centered Maternity Care Unit, which includes the birthing area, nursery and postpartum rooms. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  6pm & 7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Final Tuesdays
MEET THE MIDWIVES
Winding River Birth Center.
Come and meet the midwives of the Winding River Birth Center. Tour the birth center and ask any questions about out-of-hospital birth. The first of these events takes place July 25. Winding River Birth Center.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: doulanichole@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 533-0543. 
 
PARENTCARE E-MAIL SERVICE
UVA Women's Place.
ParentCare e-mail service offers weekly e-mails that follow the months through pregnancy and the first year of baby's life. Fun, free and full of great information. $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Ongoing
PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Prepare yourself and your support person for the birth of your baby. This series of classes includes the following topics: understanding and managing the different stages of labor through relaxation, labor positions and breathing techniques; medication options; and Caesarean birth. Class space is limited, register early in your pregnancy! Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  6 week series includes Baby Basics and tour. Call to schedule..  $120/6 wk. series.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Saturday of every month
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH QUICK CLASS
UVA Health System.
This one day class will help you understand stages of labor,and discuss relaxation techniques and other coping skills. Includes information about interventions and postpartum care. A tour of labor and delivery is included. University Hospital.  9am-4pm.  $50.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
Tuesdays
PREPARING FOR BIRTH AND BABY
UVA Health System.
This five part series will cover all you need to know about the labor process, relaxation techniques, options for pain relief and hospital policies. We will also discuss how to work with your health care team to make the best birth experience for you. Basics in baby care and typical newborn behavior is covered in the third class of the series by a Nursery nurse. It is a comprehensive class that will help you gain confidence for the birth of your baby and starting out your new family. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  $60.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
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PARENTING NETWORK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE (PNOC)
Parenting Network of Charlottesville.
PNOC: Parenting Network of Charlottesville, serves parents with children of all ages in the greater Charlottesville area as a networking and discussion forum. PNOC is a place to exchange ideas and information, and to network about activities and resources. All topics related to parenting are open for discussion. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY SPECIAL-NEEDS-KIDS PARENTS' GROUP
A Brownsville parent has created a forum for parents/caregivers of special-needs students in ACPS, in order to share resources, support each other, keep informed about county initiatives, and to work together to better advocate for special-needs children. Please email for an invitation. Contact: Cherie Salerno.  Email: cheriesalerno@yahoo.com. For more info call: 243-2219. 
 
Second Wednesday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE REGION AUTISM ACTION GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group.
Commonwealth Autism Service has recently partnered with local agencies, schools and family members in the Charlottesville Region to initiate the Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG). Developed to help maximize "value added" autism services by bringing together local stakeholders, Autism Action Groups consist of members from local communities who have a desire to actively and collaboratively work toward providing quality services and resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The CRAAG supports all communities served by the Region 10 Community Services Board. Group participants include self-advocates, family members, educators, private and public service providers, and other concerned individuals. Region Ten Conference Room.  Directions: 504 Old Lynchburg Road.  10am-12pm.  Email: craag1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-736-9040. 
 
CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Do you have a child with Asperger's in Elementary school? If so, come join a support group to meet other parents of children that have Asperger's and are elementary aged in the public school system. Call for dates and location. Contact: Heather.  Email: hlbayers@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-5652. 
 
Tuesdays
EXPECTANT MAMAS CAFE
Month 10 Postpartum Doulas.
Pregnant? New parent or caregiver? Have questions about your growing family? Want to connect with other new parents? If so, come meet with the postpartum doulas from Month 10. They will answer any questions, listen to stories and be a part of your growing family's support system. The postpartum doulas are able to help with such topics as newborn care, mother care, sibling/father transition, infant feeding, calming and comforting your baby, sleep and more. Cville Coffee.  Directions: 1301 Harris St.  12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Month 10 Doulas.  Email: month10doulas@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 910-322-4169. 
 
FAMILIES UNITED THROUGH ADOPTION
Offering a full range of information and support for families interested in adoption. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
First Tuesday of the month
FOSTERING ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Adoptive Family Preservation.
A monthly adoption support group that is an opportunity for adoptive parents to share their stories, seek advice, resources, support and laughs with a been-there-done-that group. On-site childcare is offered with RSVP. Aldersgate United Methodist Church .  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  6-8pm.  Contact: Maureen Oswald, Adoptive Parent Liaison.  Email: luvadopt@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 973-2981. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday & Second Wednesday of the month
LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
La Leche League of Charlottesville offers mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be. LLL holds FREE monthly breastfeeding support meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. and the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The atmosphere is casual, moms bring their babies or come on their own, there are toys for toddlers to play with at the morning meeting, and you will be able to tend to your baby or child's needs. http://lllcville.blogspot.com/ Bend Yoga on Mondays; Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays.  7pm Monday; 10-11am Wednesday.  $free.  Contact: Sarah Bedford.  Email: sarahebedford@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-1863. 
 
monthly, see schedule for details
SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Albemarle County School District.
Provides advice concerning unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent may attend committee meetings. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room 320, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.  7-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarleseac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-6442. 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to facebook.com, then search on SpecialNeedsKidsOfCharlottesville.
 
fourth Tuesday of the month
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Piedmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
A voluntary self-help support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. Meetings include sharing as well as guest speakers. Not affiliated with any particular religion or political organization. The Church of Our Saviour.  Directions: 1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville.  7pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ginny Smith.  Email: ginnysmith1@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8844. 
 
Second Tuesday of every month
TUNE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Tune in Charlottesville.
A new parent-run support group is forming for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. This is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with people who understand and have been there. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays
ZERO TO ONE DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP
Bend Yoga, The Women's Initiative.
This new drop-in support group is for parents who would like to connect with other parents at the same stage of life. Receive professional guidance and support, and learn ways to get in tune with yourself and your baby through mindfulness and interactive play. Bend Yoga.  11am-12pm.  $10, coupons available based on financial need through The Women's Initiative (call 872-0047).  Email: kelly@bendyoga.com.
 
Fourth Thursday of every month
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Piedmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
A voluntary self-help support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. Meetings include sharing as well as guest speakers. Not affiliated with any particular religion or political organization. The Church of Our Saviour.  Directions: 1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA.  7pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ginnysmith1@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8844. 
 
REMEMBERANCE THURSDAYS- PERINATAL AND INFANT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
UVA Health System.
We welcome you to join us for rememberance and support ongoing- every 1st Thursday of the month light refreshments and free parking provided UVA Children's Hospital Battle Building- 1204 West Main St. 3rd floor ,UVA Children's Hospital Battle Building- 1204 West Main St. 3rd floor .  7- 8:30 p.m..  $free.  Contact: Joy Miller.  Email: jrg7c@virginia.edu. For more info call: 434-243-2617. 
 
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March 17, Saturday
ULTIMATE NERF BATTLE
ACAC.
Bring your Nerf gun and ACAC provides the battle. ACAC Adventure Central.  6-8:30pm.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-3800. 
 
Second Fridays
DATE NIGHT AT BOUNCE PLAY-N-CREATE
Bounce Play-n-Create.
Enjoy a night out while kids enjoy pizza and bouncing. 6-9pm.  $25 for 1st child, $10 for additional sibling.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-1111. 
 
KIDSITTING
Need some time off to catch up on some errands or go out to dinner? Do you have a plan for when the kids are off from school? A few businesses around town offer extra special child care/recreation programs for just such occasions. All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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February 21, Wednesday
A STRONG START MATTERS: READINESS BEYOND THE ALPHABET
CMoR.
Parents and caregivers are invited to a free, informative program focused on preparing their preschool-age children for kindergarten and a lifetime love of learning. Free childcare is available on a limited, first come, first serve basis. Reservations must include age of children and names. Children's Museum of Richmond, Short Pump.  Directions: 11800 W. Broad St., Richmond.  9-10:30am.  $Free and open to the public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7070. 
 
February 28 & March 2, Wednesday & Friday
LECTURE: HISTORY OF MUSIC & DANCE
Frontier Culture Museum.
A lecture and discussion on the evolution and origins of musical instruments and dance and how it came together in Early American folk music. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  9am.  $Pay-what-you-will.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
March 11, Sunday
IVY TALKS: "WINGS OF WONDER: BIRDS OF PREY"
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Wendy and Ron Perrone of the Three Rivers Avian Center offer an award-winning program featuring live birds of prey including owls, falcons, hawks, and Regis, the Bald Eagle. You will see birds up close, learn about their habitats and tips about helping wild birds around you. Bring your family, friends and camera. Come early as seating is limited, doors will close when capacity is reached. Ivy Creek Foundation.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Sundays
RADIO TALK SHOW - EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH - ON WVAX 1450AM
Holistic Pediatrics & Prax Chiropractic.
Join Doctors Brian and Jennifer Prax along with Dr. Eric Rydland on Sundays at 8:30am for "Exploring Options for Children's Health." Each week a new topic relating to Children's Health will be discussed. Local Radio on WVAX 1450 AM.  8:30 to 9am.  $free.  Contact: Jennifer Prax.  Email: info@chiroprax.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5433. 
 
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2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month ongoing
BUMBLEBEES AND BUTTERFLIES PLAYGROUP
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
A time for children ages 0-Pre-K to play, have story time, crafts and music in a Christian environment while moms have time to gather and share. some field trips and moms' nights out included at various times. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: 29 north, turn left on 33. Turn right on 33 buisness and turn left onto Ford avenue. Church is located on Court street..  10 am unless otherwise noted.  $free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jan2e@virginia.edu. For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
EARLY LEARNING PLAYGROUPS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
Early learning playgroups for children 0-6 from low-income families with their parents or caregiver: Come Play! Each week explore all of the many toys the Parenting Mobile has to offer: baby toys galore, shape sorters, puzzles, blocks, trains, scooters and more! Parks Edge, Southwood, Westhaven neighborhoods.  Times vary; call for information.  $free.  Contact: Hilary Nagel.  Email: hnagel@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 238. 
 
Every first Sunday of the month
ELA NA PAIXOUME! THE GREEK READING AND PLAYGROUP
This group meets every first Sunday of the month. Parents take turns reading books in modern Greek, and play traditional games and hang out! Prior exposure to Greek language helpful (there is no language instruction). The current group focuses on ages 3-7. 3-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 7.  Contact: N Hild.  Email: n@hild.org. Reservations are required.  For more info call: N/A. 
 
FLUVANNA MOTHER'S GROUP
Fluvanna Mother's Group is an organization that offers an open playgroup for children up to age 6 and their caregivers - moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. It provides an indoor play area for the children and an opportunity for caregivers to socialize. A variety of toys, including tumbling mats, tricycles, train sets, and blocks are available. Special events occur throughout the season, including an Easter egg hunt and an end-of-the year cookout. Carysbrook Gym.  Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 east to exit 136, make a right off the exit onto James Madison Hwy. Located approximately 15 miles on the left near softball fields.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Bridgett Respess.  Email: vakidgroup@yahoo.com. For more info call: 804-375-3356. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
GERMAN PLAYGROUP
Instructor is a native speaker with extensive experience teaching young children. The kids learn through fun activities such as games, crafts, and songs. Call for location and times.  $free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Monique VanLandingham or Wendi Rushmann.  Email: moniquevanl@hotmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 295-4027. 
 
Ongoing
MOMS CLUB OF CHARLOTTESVILLE - NORTH
The MOMS Club of Charlottesville-North is a nonprofit group that offers activities and support to stay-at-home moms and moms with a flexible work schedule. Please contact one of the membership people for a calendar of daily activities, including monthly meetings, speakers, playgroups, park days, crafts, outings, MOM's nights out, service projects to benefit children in need, and much more. All moms are welcome! Meets weekly, contact for day and time.  Email: cvillemoms4you@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
University Baptist Church.
Parents of kids 5 and under are welcome to this free playgroup that features playtime, art, music and snack. During the school year, the group also features a free "Parent's Morning Out" on the second Thursday of every month. University Baptist Church.  Directions: 1223 West Main Street.  9:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Contact: Will Brown.  Email: wbrown@universitybaptist.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5106. 
 
STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
Students With Children.
Network with other parents who are also attending the University of Virginia. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Call for location and times. Call for location and times.  Email: studentswithchildren@virginia.edu.
 
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February 6-May 29, Tuesdays
DROP-IN WELLNESS TUESDAYS
Jefferson School City Center.
No appointment is necessary. Sentara Starr Hill Health Center will provide blood pressure checks, A1C testing (reliable blood sugar testing, no fasting), weight checks, quick wellness & nutrition advice & referrals. The Women's Initiative will provide a walk-in clinic featuring one-on-one sessions with a counselor, immediate, short-term assistance and emotional support. Common Ground Healing Arts will provide rotating mind body offerings, acupuncture, massage and mindfulness training. Jefferson School City Center.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6220. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
THREE NOTCH'D BEER & CHEESE PAIRING
Tilman's / Three Notch'd Brewery.
Enjoy an evening of beer and cheese pairings. Sample five styles of craft beer from Three Notch’d Brewing Company. Jon Wyche will walk you through some of his favorite beers, and there will be the perfect cheese to match. Tilman's Cheese & Wine Bar.  6:30-8pm.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
VIRGINIA WORKFORCE JOB FAIR
JMRL - Northside.
Sit down 1-on-1 with more than 15 representatives from a variety of local employers. Prior to the fair, come to a valuable workshop on job interviewing techniques. Ages 16+. Northside Library.  2-5pm, 1pm workshop.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
February 22, Thursday
CENTRAL FILM SERIES: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016)
JMRL- Central Library.
Central Library.  7pm .  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
February 22, Thursday
CHARITY FASHION & TRUNK SHOW
Verdigris Clothier / The Women's Initiative.
The Women's Initiative is having a charity trunk show. Enjoy live music, refreshments, a raffle and silent auction. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Women's Initiative. Verdigris Clothier.  7-9pm.  $25 recommended ticket donation.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 22, Thursday
GIFTED CHILDREN ARE NORMAL, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT AVERAGE
Albemarle County Public Schools.
Parents and teachers are invited to a lecture by Erin Morris Miller, PhD, concerning gifted children. Childcare will be provided. Agnor-Hurt Elementary School Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 22, Thursday
MERLEFEST ON THE ROAD IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.
MerleFest on the Road is an ensemble show with a rotating cast of past and present MerleFest artists selected to represent the festival's mission of celebrating "traditional plus music." Featuring the Way Down Wanderers, The Barefoot Movement and Andy May. The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.  8pm, doors open at 6pm.  $18 in advance, $20 on day of show.  Email: information@thesoutherncville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-5590. 
 
February 23, Friday
AFRO-FUSION: APPALACHIA AND MALAWI
The Front Porch.
Come out for a special performance featuring a musical collaboration between artists Andrew Finn (Asheville, NC) and Peter Mawanga (Malawi) who tour blending the traditional sounds of their native continents in exciting original music. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $15 advance, $18 at the door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
February 24, Saturday
IT'S CHILI IN FEBRUARY
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy a piping hot bowl of chili or soup (vegetarian options available) with all the fixin's, rolls, cookies, and First Colony wines. Live music from 1:00-4:00pm. First Colony Winery.  12-5pm.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1705. 
 
February 24, Saturday
LUKE BRYAN CONCERT
John Paul Jones Arena.
Luke Bryan will be making a stop at John Paul Jones Arena on his What Makes You Country Tour. He will be joined by special guest Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $53.75-$93.00.  All ages welcome.  Contact: John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 243-4960. 
 
February 24, Saturday
PAPER MARBLING WORKSHOP: ACRYLIC AND SUMINAGASHI
Virginia Arts of the Book Center.
Participants in this 1-day workshop will learn two methods of paper marbling, one with acrylic and watercolor pigment manipulated on a thick size, the other a Japanese technique of floating inks on water. Students will learn the basics of materials and techniques so that they can recreate the set-up at home, and spend the majority of the day making their own marbled papers. Materials provided. Virginia Arts of the Book Center.  Directions: "Beneath the Art Box".  10am-4pm.  $150 non-members, $125 members.  Email: lindseymears@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3296. 
 
February 24, Saturday
SATURDAY SPECIAL TOUR: FEMININE LIKENESS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Take an informal tour on the exhibition Feminine Likeness. This exhibition showcases portraits of women by American artists from the collection of The Fralin Museum of Art. Spanning the period from the early Republic through the 1950s, the show includes a diverse selection of paintings by prominent portrait painters The Fralin Museum of Art.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
February 24, Saturday
STABLE CRAFT BREWING BEER DINNER AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort Park.
Enjoy a five-course dinner by Executive Chef Chris Jones paired with beers from Stable Craft Brewing. Checkerberry Cabin at Wintergreen Resort Park.  5-6pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
February 24, Saturday
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount will be serving White Russians in addition to usual concessions in honor of The Dude. And don't forget to don your best bowling shirt or other Big Lebowski paraphernalia for the pre-show costume contest. The Paramount Theater.  9-11pm.  $7 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 24, Saturday
TRAVEL ABROAD 101 AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL/OUTFITTERS
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Learn best practices for packing, safety, and general things you should know while travelling abroad (think electronics, communication, compression socks). In 30 minutes hear the top tips for electricity, security, RSVP by calling or email. 1043 Millmont St.  11:30am.  $Free.  Contact: Retail @ PFTO.  Email: events@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-377-1415. 
 
February 23-25, Friday-Sunday
BROADWAY IN RICHMOND PRESENTS: CABARET
Altria Theater.
Based on the Tony Award®-winning production from Roundabout Theatre Company, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's CABARET comes to the Richmond. Altria Theater, Richmond.  8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday.  $33-$73.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
February 25, Sunday
LAURA CORTESE AND THE DANCE CARDS
The Front Porch.
Laura Cortese has had stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl. Her Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader with the Dance Cards. The Front Porch.  7:30-10pm.  $12 advance, $15 at the door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
February 25, Sunday
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN HD: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
The Paramount Theater.
The twentieth-century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in the West End of London in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Benedict Andrews revival stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O'Connell and Colm Meaney. The Paramount Theater.  7-10pm.  $14.50 adult, $10.50 student, $12.50 senior.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 26, Monday
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: I'M NOT RACIST ... AM I? [NR] (2014)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A documentary followed by a discussion. Crozet Library.  6pm, discussion to follow.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 28, Wednesday
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT: OF MICE AND MEN (1992)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Monthly screening of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Daily in February
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 12pm & 2pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9822. 
 
March 2, Friday
PRISM PRESENTS BEYOND THE PALE
Prism Coffeehouse.
This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts. C'ville Coffee.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $15 advance, $17 at the door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-2633. 
 
March 3, Saturday
REGGAE DANCE PARTY WITH POSITIVE COLLECTION
The Front Porch.
Positive Collective returns to The Front Porch for another reggae dance party. Come shake your groove thang with these amazing folks and musicians. Crozet Library.  8-11pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-242-7012. 
 
March 4, Sunday
COOKING CLASS WITH TERRE SISSON
First Colony Winery.
Learn to prepare a delicious meal with professional Chef Terre Sisson of Charlottesville Wine & Culinary. Prepare and enjoy a three-course meal paired with First Colony wines. First Colony Winery.  11am-2pm.  $68.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7105. 
 
March 4, Sunday
WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRING
Tilman's.
Come to Tilman's for a Wine & Chocolate pairing. Tilman's Cheese & Wine Bar.  2-4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 6, Tuesday
THE WIND & THE WAVE WITH RACHEL PRICE AND JESSE RUBEN
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.
The Austin, Texas duo comes to Charlottesville. The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.  8pm, doors open at 6pm.  $15.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
RICHMOND BALLET AT PVCC
PVCC.
The Richmond Ballet performs new works and classical ballet. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $23 Adults, $17 Seniors/Students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3900. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
THE ERA OF GOOD STITCHING
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join First Lady Elizabeth Monroe and James Monroe's Highland as they teach how to create beautiful cross stitched samplers and discuss this art form. Participants will go home with their own stitched masterpiece. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration begins Feb. 14. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 8, Thursday
PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENER LECTURE SERIES: NEW CULTIVARS OF OLD FAVORITES: REDBUDS, BUDDLEIA AND SWEETGUM
Piedmont Master Gardeners and Tree Stewards.
The first in the Spring Lecture Series features Dennis Werner of NC State talking about redbuds, buddleia and sweetgum. Albemarle County Office Building, Room A.  7-8:30pm.  $8 and open to the public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 9, Friday
TIM O'BRIEN BAND
The Jefferson Theater.
The Tim O'Brien Band featuring Noam Pikelny, Mike Bub, Shad Cobb and Jan Fabricus plays The Jefferson along with Amanda Anne Platt of The Honeycutters. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  $3-$43.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4980. 
 
March 10, Saturday
APPLE GRAFTING WORKSHOP
Monticello.
Skill at grafting is the true mark of gardening expertise, but it's also easy to learn and fun to do. Monticello Fruit Gardener Jessica Bryars will lead this workshop designed for the novice propagator. Bring a proper grafting knife and a pair of hand pruners. Leave with your own grafted apple tree. Monticello.  Directions: David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-12pm.  $24.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-9800. 
 
March 10, Saturday
DERVISH
The Haven / Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Irish super-group Dervish comes back to Charlottesville. Dervish are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally; renowned for live performances which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. The Haven.  8pm.  $25 advance, $30 at the door.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 10, Saturday
MET LIVE IN HD: SEMIRAMIDE
The Paramount Theater.
This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance. Come early for a complimentary pre-opera lecture in The Paramount Theater Auditorium at 12pm. The lecture for Semiramide will be conducted by Tim Snider, attorney and host of Sunday Opera Matinee on WTJU. The Paramount Theater.  12:55-5pm, 12pm pre-opera lecture.  $25 adult, $23 senior, $18 student.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
March 16, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: LADY BIRD [R]
PVCC.
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 16, Friday
KITE NIGHT
Grand Squares of Nelson.
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.  $Donations requested.  Email: grandsqauresofnelson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-2470. 
 
March 17, Saturday
NEW CHICAGO BRASS RECITAL
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
The New Chicago Brass will perform a free recital as part of the University of Virginia BrassFest 2018. A fresh take on the classic style, New Chicago Brass represents the cutting-edge generation of high-quality brass performance in Chicago. Old Cabell Hall, UVa.  8pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
March 17, Saturday
PACKING 201: PACKING IN A HARD-SIDED LUGGAGE
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Join us for a fun and informational packing class taught by an in-house packing specialist. Delve into basic tips and tricks of packing efficiently and keeping your suitcase organized. Plus, learn how to pack in a hard-sided piece of luggage. RSVP by phone or email. The Millmont Shops: 1034 Millmont St.  11:30am.  $Free.  Contact: Retail @ PFTO.  Email: events@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1415. 
 
March 17, Saturday
REILLY'S RED 5K & FAMILY FRIENDLY 3K
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Race through the Meadows in this 5K fun run at 10:30am followed by a family-friendly 3K at 11am. Each participant will receive a Devils Backbone gift card and awesome prizes for 1st Place & Best Dressed. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  10:30am-2pm.  $Fee.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
March 17, Saturday
SPRING THAW TRAIL RUN AND BIKE RACE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
A fun-filled day of trail running and bike racing. Choose your race 5K, 10K, 1.5-2.5 hour bike ride or a Young Warrior bike ride for kids 16 and under. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8am-1:30pm.  $20-45.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
March 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
THE COMPLETE HOUSEWIFE
Poplar Forest.
The Complete Housewife, a new, 45-minute guided tour of the Jefferson's villa retreat focuses on the roles of women in the male-dominated society of his day. His household and his life at Poplar Forest could not be complete without the presence of his enslaved cook Hannah, and his granddaughter Ellen Wayles Randolph. Explore the relationship between these two women and their thoughts on the role of women in early 19th century Virginia, gleaned from letters and journals. Poplar Forest.  11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm & 2:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
February 2-March 23
LANGUAGE OF THE HEART
Second Street Gallery.
Artist Adejoke Tugbiyele exhibits her work in the main gallery. Second Street Gallery.  $Free.  Contact: Erica Barnes.  Email: outreach@secondstreetgallery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-7284. 
 
March 29, Thursday
CENTRAL FILM SERIES: EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (2005)
Central Library.
Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 31, Sunday
MET LIVE IN HD: COSI FAN TUTTE
The Paramount Theater.
A winning cast comes together for this clever vision of Mozart's comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island - complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters and a Ferris wheel. The Paramount Theater.  12:55-4:30pm.  $25 adult, $23 senior, $18 student.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
First Wednesdays January-April
FIRST WEDNESDAYS
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine to sip and hear live music 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. 
 
February 3-April 7, Saturdays
BEER CLASS AT STARR HILL
Starr Hill Brewery.
Take your brewing knowledge to the next level. This in-depth experience includes a tasting flight to enjoy during the certain points of the tour, plus a pint of your choice back in the Tap Room. Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet.  5-6pm.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-5671. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
FROM THE GROUNDS UP: THOMAS JEFFERSON'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
One of Jefferson's most important legacies was his role as a designer and advocate for the creation of an iconic architectural identity for our fledgling country that still endures today. Jefferson’s architectural vision for the United States will be explored in a special exhibition featuring drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and building and construction artifacts, among other archival materials. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
February 7-May 2, First Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 19-May 13
CAROL MCGREGOR: REPOSITORIES OF RECOGNITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
In this exhibition, Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor explores the ways Aboriginal people have been both romanticized and suppressed. By embroidering on tea towels and sewing together possum skins, she questions which objects serve as true containers of Indigenous identity, and which are misrepresenting it on a mass scale. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
January 19-May 18, Third Fridays
THIRD FRIDAYS IMPROV AT PVCC
PVCC Fine and Performing Arts.
Hosted by PVCC's student theater club Masquers and led by award-winning playwright Brad Stoller, this workshop series introduces the basic tools, rules and philosophy behind various forms of improv with games and drills for everyone. The series culminates with the chance to stage a performance in spring 2018. No previous experience necessary. Maxwell Theatre.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: bhurd@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
February 1-June 7, First Thursdays
CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Enjoy classical guitar concerts at The Haven every first Thursday. The Haven.  7pm.  $10 suggested donation.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
February 17-July 8
THE HORSE IN ANCIENT GREEK ART
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. This exhibition presents a rich equine history through the stunning imagery on ancient pottery, coins and other objects. Scenes of centaurs and satyrs, warring chariots, and horse races celebrate the horse in Greek art as a symbol of wealth, power and status Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
Second and Fourth Thursdays
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Is English your second language? Would you like to practice your English speaking skills with others who are also learning English? Join the conversation circle. Library staff will guide the conversation in an informal, no-pressure setting. Northside Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
FREE WEEKLY DANCE PRACTICE
Charlottesville Swing Dance Society.
Dance Students, do you need space, music and a partner to practice the dance moves you learned in swing class last month or last year? Come out and practice with your fellow students. No partner is needed. Beginner-Advanced dancers are all welcome. Murray High School.  7:30-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
GAMEDAY SUNDAYS
Blenheim Vineyards.
Every Sunday come play large Chickapig boards and more games outside on the patio or on the new deck. Blenheim Vineyards.  Email: info@blenheimvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5366. 
 
Fourth Mondays (except December)
GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT
JMRL- Northside.
Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games played include classic standards and modern favorites. Each session features tutorials for a different game. Check site for specific details. Northside Library.  6:30-8:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Tuesdays, early September through October
IVY CREEK GUIDE TRAINING
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to be a basic naturalist. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds and the history of River View Farm. This training class is offered each year, starting in early September and requires attendance Tuesday morning (9:30am-11:15 am) each week for 8 weeks, plus some observation training. Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Center.  9:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 88.  Contact: Bruce Gatling-Austin.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Sundays
SALSA SUNDAYS WITH THE CHARLOTTESVILLE SALSA CLUB
The Ante Room.
Introductory Salsa lesson from 8:30-9pm followed by classic and contemporary Latin music from 9pm-1am. The Ante Room.  8pm doors.  $5 ladies, $8 gentlemen.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-8561. 
 
Thursdays
SKYLINE HARMONY CHORUS REHEARSALS
Skyline Harmony Chorus.
Skyline Harmony is a women's barbershop chorus. Experience the joy of singing 4-part harmony. Attend a rehearsal and get involved. High-schoolers welcome as well. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  6:45-9:30pm.  Contact: Joan Henderson.  Email: joanhenderson417@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2146. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers--come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First and Third Mondays
WALTZ WHIRL
Greenwood Community Center.
Dance & practice to recorded music, no partner necessary, help available, no experience needed. Greenwood Community Center.  7-9pm.  $7-$10 donation.  Contact: Rick Martin.  For more info call: 434-823-6999. 
 
Every Wednesday
WINE WEDNESDAYS AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and enjoy local food as the sun sets behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. King Family Vineyards.  5-8pm.  Contact: Tiernan Boland.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-7800. 
 
Final Thursdays
ZOËS KITCHEN BENEFIT NIGHT FOR THE CASPCA
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
Zoës Kitchen believes in making a difference in the community. On the last Thursday of every month, from 5-8pm, Zoës Kitchen will be donating 15% of each sale to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Barracks Rd Shopping Center, 973 Emmet St.  5-8pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ryan Willis.  Email: rwillis@caspca.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5959. 
 

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