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 Classes, Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 Classes, ExerciseGo to top of List
 
September 23, Saturday
T'AI CHI AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Take a T'ai Chi class. JMRL - Central Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
 Classes, ParentingGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 Classes, PregnancyGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 Family Support Clubs & GroupsGo to top of List
 
PARENTING NETWORK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE (PNOC)
Parenting Network of Charlottesville.
PNOC: Parenting Network of Charlottesville, serves parents with children of all ages in the greater Charlottesville area as a networking and discussion forum. PNOC is a place to exchange ideas and information, and to network about activities and resources. All topics related to parenting are open for discussion. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY SPECIAL-NEEDS-KIDS PARENTS' GROUP
A Brownsville parent has created a forum for parents/caregivers of special-needs students in ACPS, in order to share resources, support each other, keep informed about county initiatives, and to work together to better advocate for special-needs children. Please email for an invitation. Contact: Cherie Salerno.  Email: cheriesalerno@yahoo.com. For more info call: 243-2219. 
 
Second Wednesday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE REGION AUTISM ACTION GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group.
Commonwealth Autism Service has recently partnered with local agencies, schools and family members in the Charlottesville Region to initiate the Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG). Developed to help maximize "value added" autism services by bringing together local stakeholders, Autism Action Groups consist of members from local communities who have a desire to actively and collaboratively work toward providing quality services and resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The CRAAG supports all communities served by the Region 10 Community Services Board. Group participants include self-advocates, family members, educators, private and public service providers, and other concerned individuals. Region Ten Conference Room.  Directions: 504 Old Lynchburg Road.  10am-12pm.  Email: craag1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-736-9040. 
 
CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Do you have a child with Asperger's in Elementary school? If so, come join a support group to meet other parents of children that have Asperger's and are elementary aged in the public school system. Call for dates and location. Contact: Heather.  Email: hlbayers@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-5652. 
 
Tuesdays
EXPECTANT MAMAS CAFE
Month 10 Postpartum Doulas.
Pregnant? New parent or caregiver? Have questions about your growing family? Want to connect with other new parents? If so, come meet with the postpartum doulas from Month 10. They will answer any questions, listen to stories and be a part of your growing family's support system. The postpartum doulas are able to help with such topics as newborn care, mother care, sibling/father transition, infant feeding, calming and comforting your baby, sleep and more. Cville Coffee.  Directions: 1301 Harris St.  12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Month 10 Doulas.  Email: month10doulas@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 910-322-4169. 
 
FAMILIES UNITED THROUGH ADOPTION
Offering a full range of information and support for families interested in adoption. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
First Tuesday of the month
FOSTERING ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Adoptive Family Preservation.
A monthly adoption support group that is an opportunity for adoptive parents to share their stories, seek advice, resources, support and laughs with a been-there-done-that group. On-site childcare is offered with RSVP. Aldersgate United Methodist Church .  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  6-8pm.  Contact: Maureen Oswald, Adoptive Parent Liaison.  Email: luvadopt@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 973-2981. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday & Second Wednesday of the month
LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
La Leche League of Charlottesville offers mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be. LLL holds FREE monthly breastfeeding support meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. and the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The atmosphere is casual, moms bring their babies or come on their own, there are toys for toddlers to play with at the morning meeting, and you will be able to tend to your baby or child's needs. http://lllcville.blogspot.com/ Bend Yoga on Mondays; Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays.  7pm Monday; 10-11am Wednesday.  $free.  Contact: Sarah Bedford.  Email: sarahebedford@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-1863. 
 
First and Third Thursdays of every month (except holidays)
POST-PARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
Join us in creating a supportive circle for moms. Call or email to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High St. .  6:30-8pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
monthly, see schedule for details
SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Albemarle County School District.
Provides advice concerning unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent may attend committee meetings. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room 320, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.  7-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarleseac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-6442. 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to facebook.com, then search on SpecialNeedsKidsOfCharlottesville.
 
fourth Tuesday of the month
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Piedmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
A voluntary self-help support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. Meetings include sharing as well as guest speakers. Not affiliated with any particular religion or political organization. The Church of Our Saviour.  Directions: 1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville.  7pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ginny Smith.  Email: ginnysmith1@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8844. 
 
Second Tuesday of every month
TUNE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Tune in Charlottesville.
A new parent-run support group is forming for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. This is an opportunity to meet and share experiences with people who understand and have been there. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays
ZERO TO ONE DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP
Bend Yoga, The Women's Initiative.
This new drop-in support group is for parents who would like to connect with other parents at the same stage of life. Receive professional guidance and support, and learn ways to get in tune with yourself and your baby through mindfulness and interactive play. Bend Yoga.  11am-12pm.  $10, coupons available based on financial need through The Women's Initiative (call 872-0047).  Email: kelly@bendyoga.com.
 
Fourth Thursday of every month
THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Piedmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
A voluntary self-help support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. Meetings include sharing as well as guest speakers. Not affiliated with any particular religion or political organization. The Church of Our Saviour.  Directions: 1165 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA.  7pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ginnysmith1@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-8844. 
 
REMEMBERANCE THURSDAYS- PERINATAL AND INFANT LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
UVA Health System.
We welcome you to join us for rememberance and support ongoing- every 1st Thursday of the month light refreshments and free parking provided UVA Children's Hospital Battle Building- 1204 West Main St. 3rd floor ,UVA Children's Hospital Battle Building- 1204 West Main St. 3rd floor .  7- 8:30 p.m..  $free.  Contact: Joy Miller.  Email: jrg7c@virginia.edu. For more info call: 434-243-2617. 
 
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October 7, Saturday
PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHT: MONSTERS INC.
The Little Gym.
Drop the kids off for a movie, pizza and fun. The Little Gym.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30, $35 nonmembers.  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 26, Tuesday
COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING
JMRL- Northside Library.
Parents of high-school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to this 90-minute presentation on financial planning options for college. FAFSA information will be covered. Students are also welcome to join. Required registration begins August 21. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 5, Thursday
INDIGENOUS ART: CAN IT BE CONTEMPORARY WITHOUT ALREADY BEING MODERN?
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection / Second Street Gallery.
In Australia, Indigenous art burst on the contemporary art scene in the '80s without ever having been modern. It jumped from primitive art to contemporary art, catapulting some individuals from the pre-modern to the contemporary. One man, Warlimpirrgna Tjapaltjarri, walked out of the desert from a hunter-gatherer existence in 1984 and straight into the life of a professional artist. How can this phenomenon be explained? Ian McLean lectures. Second Street Gallery.  6pm.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
October 21, Saturday
WHY NINE UNELECTED SUPREME COURT JUDGES GET ALL THE POWER: MARBURY V. MADISON
Alumni Association.
Risa Goluboff, Dean of the School of Law, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, and Professor of History, will walk the audience through the case step by step to reveal that what seems rather dry and arcane legalese is anything but. Alumni Hall Ballroom.  10-11am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
RADIO TALK SHOW - EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH - ON WVAX 1450AM
Holistic Pediatrics & Prax Chiropractic.
Join Doctors Brian and Jennifer Prax along with Dr. Eric Rydland on Sundays at 8:30am for "Exploring Options for Children's Health." Each week a new topic relating to Children's Health will be discussed. Local Radio on WVAX 1450 AM.  8:30 to 9am.  $free.  Contact: Jennifer Prax.  Email: info@chiroprax.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5433. 
 
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2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month ongoing
BUMBLEBEES AND BUTTERFLIES PLAYGROUP
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
A time for children ages 0-Pre-K to play, have story time, crafts and music in a Christian environment while moms have time to gather and share. some field trips and moms' nights out included at various times. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: 29 north, turn left on 33. Turn right on 33 buisness and turn left onto Ford avenue. Church is located on Court street..  10 am unless otherwise noted.  $free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jan2e@virginia.edu. For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
EARLY LEARNING PLAYGROUPS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
Early learning playgroups for children 0-6 from low-income families with their parents or caregiver: Come Play! Each week explore all of the many toys the Parenting Mobile has to offer: baby toys galore, shape sorters, puzzles, blocks, trains, scooters and more! Parks Edge, Southwood, Westhaven neighborhoods.  Times vary; call for information.  $free.  Contact: Hilary Nagel.  Email: hnagel@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 238. 
 
Every first Sunday of the month
ELA NA PAIXOUME! THE GREEK READING AND PLAYGROUP
This group meets every first Sunday of the month. Parents take turns reading books in modern Greek, and play traditional games and hang out! Prior exposure to Greek language helpful (there is no language instruction). The current group focuses on ages 3-7. 3-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 7.  Contact: N Hild.  Email: n@hild.org. Reservations are required.  For more info call: N/A. 
 
FLUVANNA MOTHER'S GROUP
Fluvanna Mother's Group is an organization that offers an open playgroup for children up to age 6 and their caregivers - moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. It provides an indoor play area for the children and an opportunity for caregivers to socialize. A variety of toys, including tumbling mats, tricycles, train sets, and blocks are available. Special events occur throughout the season, including an Easter egg hunt and an end-of-the year cookout. Carysbrook Gym.  Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 east to exit 136, make a right off the exit onto James Madison Hwy. Located approximately 15 miles on the left near softball fields.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Bridgett Respess.  Email: vakidgroup@yahoo.com. For more info call: 804-375-3356. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
GERMAN PLAYGROUP
Instructor is a native speaker with extensive experience teaching young children. The kids learn through fun activities such as games, crafts, and songs. Call for location and times.  $free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Monique VanLandingham or Wendi Rushmann.  Email: moniquevanl@hotmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 295-4027. 
 
Ongoing
MOMS CLUB OF CHARLOTTESVILLE - NORTH
The MOMS Club of Charlottesville-North is a nonprofit group that offers activities and support to stay-at-home moms and moms with a flexible work schedule. Please contact one of the membership people for a calendar of daily activities, including monthly meetings, speakers, playgroups, park days, crafts, outings, MOM's nights out, service projects to benefit children in need, and much more. All moms are welcome! Meets weekly, contact for day and time.  Email: cvillemoms4you@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
University Baptist Church.
Parents of kids 5 and under are welcome to this free playgroup that features playtime, art, music and snack. During the school year, the group also features a free "Parent's Morning Out" on the second Thursday of every month. University Baptist Church.  Directions: 1223 West Main Street.  9:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Contact: Will Brown.  Email: wbrown@universitybaptist.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-5106. 
 
STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
Students With Children.
Network with other parents who are also attending the University of Virginia. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Call for location and times. Call for location and times.  Email: studentswithchildren@virginia.edu.
 
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May-October, Thursdays
DINNER & MUSIC SERIES
The Market at Grelen.
Live local entertainment and food on two Thursdays each month beginning May 18 and ending October 12. Check website for specific dates and music acts. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd., Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 21, Thursday
BIG BLUE DOOR IMPROV NIGHT
Big Blue Door.
Watch Big Blue Door improv. C'ville Coffee.  7-8pm.  $6.  Contact: Jennifer Jones.  Email: bigbluedoor.stories@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-2858. 
 
September 21, Thursday
DREAMS OF FRANCE: A FRENCH-INSPIRED ART SALE
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Come to a French inspired art sale at Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters with a wine reception and artist demonstration. Meet artist Cindy Perryman, view her most recent paintings of the French countryside and the village of Noyers-sur-Serein, and talk about her next small group painting trip to France. A portion of all proceeds go to the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Lisa Sprouse.  Email: lisa@peacefrogstravel.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
September 21, Thursday
MEHNDI
JMRL - Northside Library.
Learn about the origins of this art form from ancient India and witness the preparation of henna paste. The program concludes with an opportunity to create lovely henna tattoos and sends you off with safety and care instructions. Northside Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lindsey Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 22, Friday
ORCHARD JAMS
Chiles Peach Orchard/Bold Rock.
The newest tradition at the orchard includes live music, food, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Prince Michel Wines. A family-friendly event where you can bring the kids and relax in the Peach Tree Courtyard and play corn hole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. Bold Rock Tap Room at Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22, Friday
PRINTERS' BALL AT VABC
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Celebrate the trade paperback publication of Speaking in Faces with the first public unveiling of the trade edition of the book. Enjoy music, food and drinks. Dress up as (or in) your favorite font if you want and compete in the costume contest. Winners of the costume contest win a pair of Raucous Auction raffle tickets. Virginia Arts of the Book Center.  Directions: 2125 Ivy Rd.  5:30-7pm.  Email: info@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
September 22, Friday
TREES: LIVING HISTORY AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Take a tree walk with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Highlands open spaces afford vistas of mature ash, black walnut, maples, oaks, etc. and see a hemlock and towering white oak that date to Monroe's time. Learn to identify trees in the fall using their leaves, bark, nuts, and many other features, as well as how Highland trees and tree-ring dating have contributed to historical interpretation. James Monroe's Highland.  9-10:30am.  $Free but registration is required.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration Required  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
6TH ANNUAL TOMTOBERFEST
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Music, beer and food. This massive fall block party is two days of free concerts, food trucks, entrepreneurs and art in Charlottesville's downtown. This year enjoy a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. Emancipation Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tommy.  Email: Tommy@tomtomfest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 336-0022. 
 
September 23, Saturday
EAGLE CREEK/EXOFFICIO TRUNK SHOW + PACKING CLASS 401
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Packing for Adventure Travel will cover what you need to know about packing a non-wheeled bag for an off-the-beaten path trip that might have restrictions on the size and weight of your luggage. Please RSVP for the packing class. Also, representatives from Eagle Creek and Exofficio will share a wide array of their products in a Trunk Show. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters .  10am-2pm, 11am class.  $Free.  Contact: Lisa Sprouse.  Email: Lisa@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
September 23, Saturday
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Virginia Distillery Co.
Celebrate the arrival of fall with live music by Michael Clem and food by Moe's Original BBQ all day. Virginia Distillery Company, Lovingston.  11am-6m.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-285-2900. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
PICKER'S PARADISE
The Market at Grelen/Shabby Love.
Enjoy live music, shop from vendors selling unique, salvaged, handmade, reclaimed and/or recycled goods, and partake of local cider, beer and wine and great food. The Market at Grelen.  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
September 23, Saturday
SCOTTY MCCREERY
Paramount Theater.
The American Idol winner and country music star comes to Charlottesville. Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $29.75-79.75.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 22-23, Friday-Saturday
TOMTOBERFEST: MCGUFFEY BLOCK PARTY
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Two days with 11 bands, hundreds of entrepreneurs and artists in Emancipation Park. McGuffey Art Center.  5:15-10:40pm Friday, 12:30-10:30pm Saturday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 23, Saturday
YOGA & BAREFOOT ACOUSTIC CAFE
Come to the yogayard for an evening of mindfulness, community, philanthropy and fun. Live music by Larkspur with opener singer-songwriter Kate Bollinger. Proceeds will benefit the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program. This is a barefoot event. Bring your lawn chair or use our yoga mats and bolsters. Come for yoga, come for just the music, or both. NOWyoga.  Directions: 614 Forest St.  5:30-7pm yoga, 7-8:30pm refreshments & music.  Email: nowyogacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-1337. 
 
September 22-24, Friday-Sunday
THE BEST IN BARBOURSVILLE: A 45TH ANNIVERSARY MUSICAL REVUE
Four County Players.
See this on the Mainstage and celebrate 45 years. Four County Players, Barboursville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
September 29, Friday
SIPS & CINEMA: 50 FIRST DATES
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy wine and food while you watch the film that begins at dark (around 7pm). Early Mountain Vineyards.  6pm, 7pm movie.  $15, under 21 $8.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
September 29, Friday
STEVE SMITH AND TIM MAY
Prism Coffeehouse.
C'ville Coffee.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2633. 
 
September 30, Saturday
OKTOBERFESTIE
Starr Hill Brewery.
New and rare German style beers, beer hall and festie tent, bratwurst battle with local chefs, live music with The Folly, games, prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Charlottesville-Alemarle SPCA. Starr Hill Brewery.  12-7pm.  $20 advance; $25 day of event.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-5671. 
 
October 1, Sunday
PABLO SÁINZ VILLEGAS
The Paramount Theater.
Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as his generation's greatest guitarist. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $24.50-44.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
August 25-October 1
RUSS WARREN: PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE
Les Yeux du Monde.
The show focuses on his sculpture and paintings and their literal communication with one another. Warren's latest livestock marker paintings will be on display in the rear gallery as well. An opening reception will take place August 25 from 5-7pm. 841 Wolf Trap Rd.  1-5pm Thursdays-Sundays or by appointment.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-5566. 
 
October 1, Sunday
SUNDAY SOUNDS WITH PAT ANDERSON
First Colony Winery.
Enjoy live, local music on the patio. No cover charge. First Colony Winery.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 4, Wednesday
OCTOBER FIRST WEDNESDAY
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine and enjoy live music as the sun sets behind the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Food from The Continental Divide, Blue Ridge Pizza Co., Two Brother's Southwester Food Truck and Sliced cake bar. Tasting Room open for bottle and glass sales until 8pm and food will be served 5-8pm. King Family Vineyards.  5-8pm.  Email: info@kingfamilyvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7118. 
 
October 6, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS RECEPTION
JMRL- Central Library.
Come to a reception for an art exhibit featuring original artworks by refugees who resettled in Charlottesville. JMRL - Central Library.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 6, Friday
OCTOBER EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION
McGuffey Art Center.
Come to McGuffey to view the October exhibits and enjoy refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres. McGuffey Art Center.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Donation.  Email: mcguffeymedia@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-7973 . 
 
October 6, Friday
VALLEY VINES TWILIGHT 5K
CrossKeys Vineyards.
Run through the vines at CrossKeys Vineyard on a crisp fall evening, then share a bottle of wine with family and friends while listening to live music. All skill levels welcome. The route is not ideal for strollers or pets. CrossKeys Vineyards.  6:30pm music begins.  $25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-234-0505. 
 
October 7, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE BURN 5K/10K
Blue Ridge Outdoors.
A morning trail run at Basecamp. Choose your distance, 5k or 10k and we'll see ya at the finish with some cold ones! Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington.  8am registration, 9:30am race start.  $20 pre-registration, $25 day of.  Contact: Melissa Gessler.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-2755. 
 
October 7, Saturday
MUSIC ON THE DECK AT CARDINAL POINT
Cardinal Point Winery.
Enjoy live music from Paolo Franco on the covered deck. Cardinal Point Winery.  Directions: 9423 Batesville Rd., Afton.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
October 7, Saturday
RIKKI'S REFUGE FUNDRAISER AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Help raise awareness, foods and funds for Rikki's Refuge. Any donation for the refuge gets you a free tasting. Taste of Home Food Truck will offer fresh tasty fare. Rikki's Refuge is in need of paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, cat and dog food, canned tuna, blankets and jars of meat baby food. Horton Vineyards.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
October 7, Saturday
ZAC BROWN BAND
John Paul Jones Arena.
Charlottesville welcomes the Zac Brown Band on their Welcome Home 2017 Tour. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
October 8, Sunday
AN EVENING WITH CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD
The Jefferson Theater.
The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  $20 advance, $22 day of show.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 245-4980. 
 
October 8, Sunday
FALL OYSTER FESTIVAL AT DUCARD
DuCard Vineyards.
Premium steamed and raw oysters plus delicious crab-cakes from the Nomini Bay Oyster Farm. Music by The Weedeaters. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison County).  12-6pm.  $10, $15 at the door. Kids free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
October 8, Sunday
OKTOBERFEST
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Open-air German style food, drink, music and fun. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  Directions: Keswick Hall Terraces.  2-5pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
September 14 & October 12, Thursdays
STARGAZING WITH C.A.S.
The Market at Grelen.
After Dinner & Music, join Charlottesville Astronomical Society members for this observing session. The series provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to be guided through the night skies by participating astronomers. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
October 13, Friday
1ST ANNUAL PUPPY PLUNGE
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Enjoy a Yappy hour with other dog lovers. The Pavilion Bar will be open and everyone is invited to stay for dinner on the Club Grill Patio following the event (reservations for dinner requested). Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  Directions: Pavilion Pool.  5:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
October 14, Saturday
BRETT YOUNG
The Jefferson Theater.
The California native brings his soulful vocals to Charlottesville with special guest Carly Pearce. The Jefferson Theater.  8:30pm, Doors open at 7:30pm.  $29.99 in advance, $33 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 14, Saturday
LOOKING INWARD MEDITATIVE TOUR
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Experience the restorative power of art with docent June Heintz for an hour exploration of art through a variety of meditative practices. The Fralin Museum of Art.  11am.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
October 14, Saturday
SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION
Crozet Artisan Depot.
Kathleen Mistry is featured. Crozet Artisan Depot.  3-5pm .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 205-4795. 
 
October 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
27TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
Wine tasting, gourmet foods, artwork, crafts, lots of live music and children's activities including bounce house and inflatables, Sunshine the Clown, pony rides and a Junior Garlic Queen Contest. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: winery@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-5168. 
 
October 14-15, Saturday & Sunday
FELT VEST & BOOT MAKING CLASS
The Living Earth School.
Learn how to make a wool, waterproof felted vest or boots that will be perfect for winter. Ages 16 and up. Living Earth School, Afton.  9am-5pm.  $230.  Recommended for ages 16 to 99.  Email: livingearthva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7339. 
 
October 14-16, Saturday-Monday
61ST SHENANDOAH ANTIQUES EXPO
August Expoland.
Everything from 18th- and 19th-century English and American antiques, Americana pieces and an expansive range of intriguing, often hard-to-find collectibles at the biggest indoor-outdoor show in the mid-Atlantic. Augusta Expoland.  Directions: 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville.  9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm Monday.  $10 (three-day pass), $5 Saturday (two-day), $5 Sunday.  Email: rmstokes41@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-846-7452. 
 
October 9 & 16, Mondays
HOMEBUYER CLASS AT CAAR
Piedmont Housing Alliance.
Want to buy your first home but don't know where to start? These classes will help. Participants who successfully complete the two classes receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to apply for all VHDA (Virginia Housing Development Authority) loan programs. Registration is required. CAAR.  Directions: 550 Hillsdale Drive.  6-9pm.  $Free.  Email: info@piedmonthousing.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 422-4848. 
 
October 18, Wednesday
INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY
JMRL- Gordon Library.
A workshop by Michelle Streeter of Ma Belle Calligraphy. All materials provided and no experience necessary. Registration is required. Ages 14+. JMRL- Gordon Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 21-October 18, Third Wednesdays
WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY
Keswick Vineyards.
"Wine down" with some great music and wine. Spice Sea Gourmet food truck will be on-site for tasty fare. Jon Spear Band on June 21, Erin & the Wildfire on July 19, Jason burke on August 16, Scuffletown on September 20 and Chamomile & Whiskey on October 18. Keswick Vineyards.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tasting Room.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
October 20, Friday
10TH ANNUAL "SWING FOR THE SCHOOL" GOLF TOURNAMENT
Grymes Memorial School.
A day of fun supporting the The Fund for Grymes with a continental breakfast followed by a shotgun start, lunch on the course, a 3:30pm cocktail and light hors d’oeuvres reception, awards and raffle drawing on the patio. Win awards for Beat the Pro, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Top Three Foursomes and more. Fawn Lake Country Club, Spotsylvania.  9am registration, 3:30 cocktail reception.  Email: info@grymesschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-1010. 
 
October 20, Friday
COMEDY WRITING WORKSHOP
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Learn to be funnier in performance, writing, and life with a workshop with promoter, writer, and founder of the United Nations of Comedy Tour Ty Cooper. The workshop covers techniques and styles of writing for situational comedy using lecture, video, and writing exercises to help participants discover and develop their unique comedic voice. Main Stage Theatre, PVCC.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  Contact: PVCC Box Office.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
October 20, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "DETROIT"
Piedmont Virginia Community College Student Art Club.
"Detroit" tells the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67. Rated R. Main Stage Theatre in V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
October 20, Friday
L.Y.A.O. COMMEDY SHOWCASE PRESENTS TODD BARRY
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.
Todd celebrates 30 years of telling jokes by doing a tour where he doesn't tell any jokes - get ready for an entire show of riffing and bantering with the audience. All proceeds benefit the CACF Heal Charlottesville Fund. The Southern Café & Music Hall.  7pm, doors open at 6pm.  $23 Advance, $25 Day of Show.  Email: information@thesoutherncville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5590. 
 
October 21, Saturday
BEER & BALLET
Champion Brewing Co. / Charlottesville Ballet.
Enjoy performances by members of the professional company and a special appearance of members of Charlottesville Ballet's Pre-Professional Program. An evening of craft beer and local food with a portion of proceeds donated to the ballet. Champion Brewing Co..  6pm & 7pm, doors open 5:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
October 21, Saturday
SOJA - A BENEFIT FOR HEAL CHARLOTTESVILLE
The Jefferson Theater.
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated SOJA invites the Charlottesville community together for a night of unity through music to benefit the CACF Heal Charlottesville Fund. As part of the concert, the group is providing a live sneak preview of their latest full-length album, Poetry In Motion, which will officially be released a week after the concert. The Jefferson Theater.  8:30pm, doors open at 7:30pm.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
October 21, Saturday
SPARC OF HOPE WALK/RUN
Suicide Prevention Awareness Resource Council.
Come participate in this 3-mile run/walk with terrain that includes gravel and earthen paths. Strollers, wheelchairs and leashed pets are allowed. Prizes will be awarded for the team raising the most funds and the team with the most members in attendance. Please plan to enjoy refreshments, visit the ManCave or play a bit of cornhole. East End Farm, Gorduonsville.  $See website for details.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@sparchope.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1800. 
 
Friday Nights from May-October
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
The tasting room and outdoor courtyard are now open until 8pm on Fridays all summer long. Treat yourself to dinner from a local food truck and a custom flight of wine, sitting outside in the courtyard watching the sunset. Standard tastings conclude at 5pm and we begin serving custom flights until 8pm. Picnics are also welcome. Keswick Vineyards.  5-8pm.  $free.  Contact: Karen.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
Saturdays in October
HENLEYFEST
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Enjoy hay rides, cider making, live music, food trucks, apple cider donuts, baked goods, the miniature pony and her carriage and apple picking each Saturday in October. A costume contest will occur on the final Saturday. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-7848. 
 
June 24-October 28, Saturdays
LIVE MUSIC AT KESWICK VINEYARDS
Keswick Vineyards.
Enjoy live music and food trucks on select Saturdays through the end of October. Keswick Vineyards.  12-3pm.  Email: tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-3341. 
 
September 29-October 31, Saturdays-Sundays, Select Weekdays
TWIZTED CREATIONZ HAUNTED ATTRACTION
Creative Works Farm.
Just north of Waynesboro, get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  6:30-10:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30-9:30pm October 19, 26, 30, 31.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-1659. 
 
September 22-November 8
"FISH OUT OF WATER" AND "METADATA" GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
PVCC Fine Arts and Performances.
Artists Lisa Parker Hyatt's exhibition "Fish Out of Water" in the North Gallery and "Metadata" from artists Laura Parsons, Mara Sprafkin, L. Staiger and James Yates in the South Gallery. Piedmont Virginia Community College, North & South Galleries.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
July 6-December 7, First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES
Guitar Charlottesville.
Come enjoy live classical guitar concerts at The Haven on the first Thursdays of each month except for September 2017 when there will be the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival & Competition on the second Saturday of the month. The Haven.  Directions: 112 Market Street.  7pm.  $10 (Suggested donation. None will be turned away).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rafael Scarfullery.  Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 851-0674. 
 
August 25-December 17
DEALER'S CHOICE: THE SAMUEL KOOTZ GALLERY 1945-1966
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Come see the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1898-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. Charlottesville Welcome Book is a proud donor. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
Now-December 31
JULIE GOUGH: HUNTING GROUND
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
The exhibition is comprised of two video installations and 10 prints by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough. Gough is interested in how, if and why tragic events are remembered, and from whose perspective. Her residency in late October and November will explore these questions, offering parallels between her experience in Tasmania and local Charlottesville controversies around confederate statues. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Contact: Lauren Maupin.  Email: ldm3d@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
July 28-January 7, 2018
AUSTRALIA: DEFENDING THE OCEAN
UVA & Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
This exhibition includes 21 sculptures made of discarded commercial fishing nets that washed up on the shore in the community of Pormpuraaw, north Queensland, Australia. To clean up their environment and raise awareness about the long-term damage caused by the nets, Indigenous artists of Pormpuraaw are repurposing them into fine art sculptures. Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library.  Directions: 291 McCormick Rd.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
Ongoing
FREE SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM FOR CITY RESIDENTS
City of Charlottesville.
The Free Smoke Detector Program provides free smoke detector(s) for City of Charlottesville VA residents ONLY. This includes the smoke detector and the installation - all free of charge. Call the Fire Department's Neighborhood Safety Hotline 970-3245 or use the online email form. $FREE.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3245. 
 
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. 
 
November 22, Sunday
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA,Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA.  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. 
 
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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