Parent Classes and Events

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September 22-26, Monday-Friday
BABY BOOT CAMP'S "BACK TO SCHOOL AND BACK IN SHAPE" OPEN HOUSE WEEK!
Kira Sullivan.
Grab your favorite little workout partner and get a great workout, meet other moms, and have a fun time with your baby all at the same time. All ability levels are welcome. Pen Park (M,W,R,F) and ACAC Adventure Central (T).  Directions: At Pen Park, turn left by the tennis courts and meet at the bottom of the hill..  9:15am.  $Free all week.  Contact: Kira Sullivan.  Email: kira.sullivan@babybootcamp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 953-6888. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
KINDERMUSIK VILLAGE CLASS
For babies from birth to 18 months old; under six months old attend tuition-free. Crozet United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1156 Crozet Avenue, Crozet.  11:15am.  Email: kmusikwithpam@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2387. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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October 22, Wednesday
OH BABY! WHAT NEW PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Parents-to-be are invited to a special night. Short talks with UVA Physicians on: how to calm a fussy baby, good sleep habits, breastfeeding and postpartum life. Door prizes and refreshments. UVa Battle Building 1204 W. Main St.  6-8pm.  $free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
First Saturday of every month
INFANT AND CHILD CPR AND SAFETY COURSE
UVA Health System.
Learn methods to help save a child's life, and keep children safe in the home. Learn what to do if a child is choking, has stopped breathing, or if the heart has stopped beating. Also, safety issues and baby proofing the home are covered. University Hospital.  9am to 12:30pm.  $25.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
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 in this two hour class. We will cover the world of newborns- their sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. We will also review baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing, and when to call the doctor. This fun and interactive class will give you lots of confidence to bring your baby home. University of Virginia Hospital .  6:30-8:30pm.  $15 (includes take home materials).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
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. 
 
September-May, Wednesdays
SURVIVING THE TEEN YEARS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
This is a six-week class designed for parents with their youth ages 10-18 that uses videos, simple reading assignments, class discussions, group problem solving and other class exercises. Based on an established national parenting curriculum. Children, Youth & Family Services.  Directions: 1000 East High Street. 250 bypass to Locust Ave turn left onto East High and CYFS is immediately on the right side of the street before you hit 11th street.  6-7:30pm.  $130 per family, $100 per couple or $80 per individual.  Contact: Jack Gallagher.  Email: jgallagher@cyfs.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ex 257. 
 
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1st and 3rd Sundays
BABY AND ME: A CLASS FOR BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  3-4pm.  $free.  Email: info@mjh.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Saturday of every month
BASICS IN BABY CARE
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Being comfortable with the details of caring for a baby can give you an extra measure of confidence. This class is designed to prepare you for the care of your newborn. It includes bathing, feeding, infant stimulation and safety. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  9-10am.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Fourth Saturday of every month
BREASTFEEDING BASICS
UVA Health System.
A Lactation Consultant will help you prepare for a good start and provide support and information for a great breastfeeding experience. Fee includes a book to take home: "Breastfeeding 101." University Hospital.  Directions: 8th Floor/Women's Place Classroom, 8410.  10am to 12pm.  $15.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Tuesdays
HOSPITAL TOUR FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
For those considering or planning to deliver at Martha Jefferson Hospital, this tour will help prepare you for the hospital experience by introducing you to the Family Centered Maternity Care Unit, which includes the birthing area, nursery and postpartum rooms. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  6pm & 7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
PARENTCARE E-MAIL SERVICE
UVA Women's Place.
ParentCare e-mail service offers weekly e-mails that follow the months through pregnancy and the first year of baby's life. Fun, free and full of great information. $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Ongoing
PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Prepare yourself and your support person for the birth of your baby. This series of classes includes the following topics: understanding and managing the different stages of labor through relaxation, labor positions and breathing techniques; medication options; and Caesarean birth. Class space is limited, register early in your pregnancy! Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  6 week series includes Baby Basics and tour. Call to schedule..  $120/6 wk. series.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Saturday of every month
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH QUICK CLASS
UVA Health System.
This one day class will help you understand stages of labor,and discuss relaxation techniques and other coping skills. Includes information about interventions and postpartum care. A tour of labor and delivery is included. University Hospital.  9am-4pm.  $50.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
Tuesdays
PREPARING FOR BIRTH AND BABY
UVA Health System.
This five part series will cover all you need to know about the labor process, relaxation techniques, options for pain relief and hospital policies. We will also discuss how to work with your health care team to make the best birth experience for you. Basics in baby care and typical newborn behavior is covered in the third class of the series by a Nursery nurse. It is a comprehensive class that will help you gain confidence for the birth of your baby and starting out your new family. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  $60.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
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PARENTING NETWORK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE (PNOC)
Parenting Network of Charlottesville.
PNOC: Parenting Network of Charlottesville, serves parents with children of all ages in the greater Charlottesville area as a networking and discussion forum. PNOC is a place to exchange ideas and information, and to network about activities and resources. All topics related to parenting are open for discussion. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY SPECIAL-NEEDS-KIDS PARENTS' GROUP
A Brownsville parent has created a forum for parents/caregivers of special-needs students in ACPS, in order to share resources, support each other, keep informed about county initiatives, and to work together to better advocate for special-needs children. Please email for an invitation. Contact: Cherie Salerno.  Email: cheriesalerno@yahoo.com. For more info call: 243-2219. 
 
Second Wednesday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE REGION AUTISM ACTION GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group.
Commonwealth Autism Service has recently partnered with local agencies, schools and family members in the Charlottesville Region to initiate the Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG). Developed to help maximize "value added" autism services by bringing together local stakeholders, Autism Action Groups consist of members from local communities who have a desire to actively and collaboratively work toward providing quality services and resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The CRAAG supports all communities served by the Region 10 Community Services Board. Group participants include self-advocates, family members, educators, private and public service providers, and other concerned individuals. Region Ten Conference Room.  Directions: 504 Old Lynchburg Road.  10am-12pm.  Email: craag1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-736-9040. 
 
CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Do you have a child with Asperger's in Elementary school? If so, come join a support group to meet other parents of children that have Asperger's and are elementary aged in the public school system. Call for dates and location. Contact: Heather.  Email: hlbayers@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-5652. 
 
Tuesdays
EXPECTANT MAMAS CAFE
Month 10 Postpartum Doulas.
Pregnant? New parent or caregiver? Have questions about your growing family? Want to connect with other new parents? If so, come meet with the postpartum doulas from Month 10. They will answer any questions, listen to stories and be a part of your growing family's support system. The postpartum doulas are able to help with such topics as newborn care, mother care, sibling/father transition, infant feeding, calming and comforting your baby, sleep and more. Cville Coffee.  Directions: 1301 Harris St.  12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Month 10 Doulas.  Email: month10doulas@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 910-322-4169. 
 
FAMILIES UNITED THROUGH ADOPTION
Offering a full range of information and support for families interested in adoption. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
First Tuesday of the month
FOSTERING ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Adoptive Family Preservation.
A monthly adoption support group that is an opportunity for adoptive parents to share their stories, seek advice, resources, support and laughs with a been-there-done-that group. On-site childcare is offered with RSVP. Aldersgate United Methodist Church .  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  6-8pm.  Contact: Maureen Oswald, Adoptive Parent Liaison.  Email: luvadopt@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 973-2981. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday & Second Wednesday of the month
LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
La Leche League of Charlottesville offers mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be. LLL holds FREE monthly breastfeeding support meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. and the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The atmosphere is casual, moms bring their babies or come on their own, there are toys for toddlers to play with at the morning meeting, and you will be able to tend to your baby or child's needs. http://lllcville.blogspot.com/ Bend Yoga on Mondays; Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays.  7pm Monday; 10-11am Wednesday.  $free.  Contact: Sarah Bedford.  Email: sarahebedford@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-1863. 
 
First and Third Thursdays of every month (except holidays)
POST-PARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
Join us in creating a supportive circle for moms. Call or email to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High St. .  6:30-8pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
monthly, see schedule for details
SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Albemarle County School District.
Provides advice concerning unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent may attend committee meetings. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room 320, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.  7-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarleseac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-6442. 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to yahoogroups.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. 
 
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October 4 & 18, Saturdays
PARENT SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym.
Parents can enjoy a much-needed night out on the town, knowing their kids are safe and having a blast with friends and fun activities with the watchful supervision of trained professionals. The Little Gym.  Directions: 907 Gardens Boulevard, off 29N behind Pier 1.  6:45pm.  $25-$30.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
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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September 24, Wednesday
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR A MORTGAGE
UVA Community Credit Union.
Buying your first home, moving from your present home, or refinancing your existing mortgage? In this seminar, you will learn how to get your finances into shape before you apply, and about the lending guidelines you must meet to qualify for various mortgage financing programs. Berkmar Branch - UVA Community Credit Union.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvaccu.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-2001. 
 
October 9, Thursday
17TH ANNUAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education.
The Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education hosts Rick Lavoie, best-selling author and expert on learning disabilities. For parents, caregivers, educators, professionals and education students. Open to the public. Piedmont VA Community College, Dickinson Building.  7-9pm.  $Free.  Email: Info@LKFSE.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-7981. 
 
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. 
 
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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June 20-November 29
MACBETH
American Shakespeare Center.
From the first words of the play until the title character loses his head, Shakespeare's shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power, Macbeth and his Lady fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other by any means necessary. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
September 25, Thursday
EDUCATION/CAREER RESOURCE FAIR FOR ADULT LEARNERS
PVCC.
Meet with college representatives to discuss career and study programs. Children's activities provided while parents gather information. PVCC.  6-8:30pm.  Email: dmclanahan@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5275. 
 
September 28, Sunday
APPLESAUCE MAKING/CANNING WORKSHOP
Learn how to make applesauce with local Crozet apples, and learn the basics of canning at the same time. This workshop is geared towards adults and young adults with supervision as it will be held in a professional kitchen. Purchase your tickets ONLINE to reserve your spot. Crozet Mudhouse.  2-5pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 13 to 108.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
October 2, Thursday
OF MONTREAL
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  8pm doors, 9pm show.  $16-$18.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 2, Thursday
READING: THE WALDORF APPROACH TO LITERACY
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Faculty Chair and third grade teacher, Suzanne Ryan, will talk about how reading is taught at CWS. The Charlottesville Waldorf School Library.  6-7pm.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946. 
 
October 4, Saturday
FOXYGEN
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  8pm doors, 9pm show.  $16-$18.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
September 5 - October 5
PICASSO, LYDIA AND FRIENDS II
Les Yeux du Monde.
841 Wolf Trap Rd.  Thurs-Sundays 1-5pm and by appt.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5566. 
 
October 9, Thursday
OLD 97'S
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $18-$20.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 10, Friday
NBC'S LAST COMIC STANDING LIVE TOUR
The Paramount Theater.
America's funniest new comedians will be performing live. The performance will feature the top performers from Season 8. The Paramount Theater.  Directions: 215 East Main Street.  $24.50-$49.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 11, Saturday
A GATHERING OF CONNECTIONS: A RESOURCE FAIR
A resource fair where families who have a child with a disability can connect with people, and see activities for their child to participate in outside of school. This event is being co-sponsored by Charlottesville Parks and Recreation. Carver Recreation Center.  10-3pm.  $Free.  Contact: Heidi Hull.  Email: hullot@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-4759. 
 
October 10-12, Friday-Sunday
P. BUCKLEY MOSS BARN SHOW
Pat will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11 am to 5 pm each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-430-1320. 
 
October 15, Wednesday
PEABODY SCHOOL LOWER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Peabody School.
During Open House, prospective parents of rising Pre-Kindergarten- fifth grade students may tour our campus including our new Batten Building, meet students and teachers, and observe classes. Reservations are required. Adults only. Peabody School- 1232 Stoney Ridge Road.  9am-2pm.  $FREE.  Contact: Katie Murrah.  Email: kmurrah@peabodyschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-6901. 
 
October 7 & 15
TOM TALK: GABRIELE RAUSSE "THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE CULTURE OF THE EARTH"
Monticello.
Director of Gardens and Grounds and a Virginia winemaker, Rausse leads this program in Monticello's newest vineyard on Montalto overlooking Jefferson's home. Outdoor wine and cheese reception. Monticello.  6-7:30pm.  $55.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
October 16, Thursday
PEABODY MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AND STUDENT-LED INFORMATION SESSIONS
Peabody School.
During Open House, prospective parents of rising sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students may tour our campus including our new Batten Building, meet students and teachers, and observe classes. Parents may also participate in student-led information sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Adults only. Peabody School- 1232 Stoney Ridge Road.  9am-2pm.  $FREE.  Contact: Katie Murrah.  Email: kmurrah@peabodyschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-6901. 
 
October 17, Friday
TUNE-YARDS
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $19-$21.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 18, Saturday
JULIAN CASABLANCAS + THE VOIDZ
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  7pm doors, 8pm show.  $25-$30.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 18, Saturday
REEL ROCK FILM TOUR: VALLEY UPRISING
The Paramount Theater.
The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. This film tells the tale of half a century of struggles against the laws of gravity and the laws of the land. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $16.50.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 19, Sunday
ASH LAWN-HIGHLAND ARTISANS OPEN HOUSE
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Celebrate the artisans whose work is featured in the Museum Shop Artisans' Room with demonstrations, refreshments and live dulcimer and flute music. Ash Lawn-Highland.  12-4pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
October 23, Thursday
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  8pm doors, 9pm show.  $15-$17.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 17-November 2
BLACK COMEDY
Four County Players.
Brindsley Miller and his fiancée, Carol Melkett, have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor Harold's flat without his permission, in order to impress Carol's father and an elderly millionaire art collector. Join us in the Cellar for this classic, clever farce, full of laugh-a-minute antics! Four County Players, The Cellar, Barboursville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
October 31-November 22
THE SUGAR
Live Arts.
Sally Dawson is on a sugar fast. She picked the wrong month to give up a vice as her freeloading younger brother re-appears on her doorstep wanting to challenge her work as a Wellness Coach and mocking her newly acquired podcast. As a national headline-making trial unfolds in the town around her, Sally focuses on herself and her clients. Written by one of our favorite local playwrights, Denise Stewart. Founders Theater.  Directions: 123 East Water Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177. 
 
September 18-November 28
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
American Shakespeare Center.
Buffeted from shore to shore by the winds of destiny, Pericles must navigate the whole of the Mediterranean on his search for peace, love, and family. His journey becomes an astonishing adventure filled with assassins, shipwrecks, pirates, brothels, goddesses, and magicians. He must weather loss and heartbreak before the storm calms with miraculous reunion and wondrous rebirth. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
July 11-November 28
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
American Shakespeare Center.
In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through Shakespeare's shortest play. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-682-4236. 
 
September 12-November 29
EDWARD II BY CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
American Shakespeare Center.
Consumed by obsessive love for a male courtier, the newly crowned King Edward II risks everything, crown, country, and even his own life, with a dangerous affair. When his foundation of divine right begins to crumble, Edward realizes the limitations of his power, but not before the whispers of treason have started to swell to a roar. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
June 21-November 30
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
American Shakespeare Center.
Enormous wit, tremendous bravery, and a gargantuan nose. Cyrano is passionately in love with the glorious Roxanne, but believes that she could never love him as he is. American Shakespeare Center, The Blackfriars Playhouse.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
September 19-December 21
GORDON PARKS: THE MAKING OF AN ARGUMENT
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
Explore the 1948 Life magazine photo-essay that introduced one of the 20th century's most important photographers to the American public. Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  12-5pm Tuesday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
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. 
 
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 (9:30 am until around 11:15 am) each week for 8 weeks, plus some observation training. Contact the Ivy Creek Foundation for this year's class dates. 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. 
 
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. 
 

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