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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
January 28, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS RIVANNA STRING QUARTET
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  3:30pm.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
January 31, Wednesday
CHS STRING ENSEMBLE AND CHOIR CONCERT
CHS Orchestra.
MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.  7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2726. 
 
February 2, Friday
FOLK LEGEND BILL STAINES IN CONCERT
North Branch School.
Come see folk legend Bill Staines in concert and help support North Branch School. Attendees are invited to bring a dish and join Bill for a potluck supper at 6pm. North Branch School.  Directions: 221 Mickens Rd., Afton.  6pm dinner, 7pm concert.  $12 adult, $3 child advance, $15 adult, $5 child at the door.  Email: nbsgiving@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
February 4, Sunday
BLACK AND GLOBAL ROOTS MUSIC PROJECT
The Front Porch.
Black & Global Roots Concerts and The Front Porch explore the West African influences upon banjo music and later the Piedmont Blues, including performances on the folk akonting and the griot ngoni. This concert features: Jeffrey Scott (nephew of John Jackson), Seth Swingle and Fiona Balestrieri, and Jake Blount & Tatiana Hargreaves. The Front Porch.  4-5:30pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the door.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 4, Sunday
GLOBAL ROOTS MUSIC PROJECT
The Front Porch.
Black & Global Roots Concerts and The Front Porch will explore the West African influences upon banjo music and the later Piedmont Blues–including performances on the folk akonting and the griot ngoni. This is a seated concert for all ages. The Front Porch.  7pm.  $15 advance, $20 at the door.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 6, Tuesday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: PIANO BATTLE
The Paramount Theater.
The Piano Battle sees internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces and the audience votes on the winner. Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two pianists, the Piano Battle is a unique interactive concert experience. The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $14.75-$29.75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 9, Friday
ENSEMBLE GALILEI
The Front Porch / UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Ensemble Galilei is an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, early and medieval music, and original compositions. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  8-10pm.  $Free and open to public.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
February 10, Saturday
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of trumpeter John D'earth, has become one of the greatest in the University’s history. The group’s performances feature repertoire from across the spectrum of the history of Jazz. Old Cabell Hall.  8pm.  $10, $9 UVA faculty & staff, $5 students.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 16, Friday
ROCK AND WORSHIP ROADSHOW
John Paul Jones Arena.
The Roadshow returns featuring for KING & COUNTRY, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, Bethel Music, Zach Williams and Social Club Misfits. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 243-4960. 
 
February 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY AT UVA PRESENTS: BRAHMS' SECOND
Charlottesville Symphony.
Notoriously wracked by self-doubt, Brahms took fifteen years to write his first Symphony. After it met with overwhelming success, he composed his second in less than a year. The Second Symphony is the most overtly optimistic of all of his symphonies. Here, it is paired with Haydn's nimble Trumpet Concerto and Ricercar, a work by up-and-coming American composer Nathan Shields. A pre-concert lecture will take place at 7:15pm on Saturday at Minor Hall. Old Cabell Hall & Monticello High School.  8pm Saturday at Old Cabell Hall; 3:30pm Sunday at MHS.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3139. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
January 19-May 13
CAROL MCGREGOR: REPOSITORIES OF RECOGNITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
In this exhibition, Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor explores the ways Aboriginal people have been both romanticized and suppressed. By embroidering on tea towels and sewing together possum skins, she questions which objects serve as true containers of Indigenous identity, and which are misrepresenting it on a mass scale. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
February 10, Saturday
KID*VENTION 2018
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Strap on your goggles and slip into your lab coat for an annual family celebration of everything science! Explore a wide variety of scientific fields through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, games and more, as the museum welcomes local exhibitors with expertise in areas like biology, chemistry, physics and zoology. Past exhibitors have helped kids race robots, see their heartbeat, plant a tree and make slime. Key Recreation Center.  Directions: 800 E. Market St.  10am-3pm.  $5 per family.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
February 11, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet over 80 exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-4713. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
February 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
MAYMONT MANSION'S VIEW FROM THE BACKSTAIRS
Maymont.
Experience Richmond's Gilded Age showplace from the perspective of those who worked there. Guided tours available every half-hour. Baymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $5 donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x 329. 
 
February 10, Saturday
LET'S GO EXPLORE THE PAST THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
In honor of Black History Month, join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello. Designed specifically for children ages 7-11. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-12pm.  $9 children 7-11, $12 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
February 17, Saturday
VICTORIAN HIGH TECH AT MAYMONT
Maymont.
A special behind-the-scenes tour reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made the Dooleys' home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  12:30-1:30pm & 2:30-3:30pm.  $7, $4 members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
February 19 & 22, Monday & Thursday
FREE ADMISSION AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon.
Visit Mount Vernon for free. On Monday, partake in special wreathlaying ceremonies and listen to esteemed speakers. Watch Continental soldiers drill, fire their guns and charge at the enemy. Listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps playing and enjoy character performances around the estate before sharing birthday cake with George Washington in celebration of his 286th birthday. Thursday visitors get in free, enjoy a patriotic concert and a moving ceremony honoring new citizens. Mount Vernon.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-780-2000. 
 
Daily in February
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 12pm & 2pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9822. 
 
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 Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
January 14, February 11 & March 11,
WINTER MADISON FARMERS' MARKETS
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come out to the winter markets at Hoover Ridge Park. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 13-March 24, Saturdays
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The IX Art Park is opening both the outdoor piazza and heated indoor event space to farmers and vendors to peddle their wares. Free parking, ADA-accessible restrooms and seating areas are located on-site. Market Central will be present to accept SNAP and EBT cards. IX Art Park.  9am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lindsay.  Email: lindsay@ixartpark.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
January 24, Wednesday
FILM SCREENING OF "AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP"
City of Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.
See this award-winning documentary by Diane Bloom about the surprising bond that developed between outspoken civil rights activist, Ann Atwater and exalted grand cyclops of the KKK, CP Ellis. Diane Bloom will introduce the film and talk about her relationsihp with Atwater and Ellis. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Jefferson School African American Heritage Centers.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3023. 
 
January 24, Wednesday
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT: LADY MACBETH (2016)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Monthly screenings of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments are served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 27, Saturday
WONDER WOMAN MOVIE MATINEE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
An Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot, she works to put an end to the conflict. Free popcorn and drinks. This movie is rated PG-13. Gordon Avenue Library.  2-4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 9.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 28, Sunday
FILM SCREENING OF "MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: A PERSONAL PORTRAIT" AND DIRECTOR Q&A
Virginia Film Festival / Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity.
Television host, Arnold Michaelis, the legendary interviewer, spent four days recording Dr. King and his wife Coretta in 1965. The program was never been televised, and had remained unseen for over 40 years. George Silano, the veteran director/cameraman, and the only living member of the team, has rediscovered the film. Mr. Silano will screen the film, and participate in a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are not required. Seats will be availalbe on a first-come, first-served basis. Newcomb Hall Theatre.  1-3pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 9, Friday
BELOVED COMMUNITY CVILLE PRESENTS I'M NOT RACIST ... AM I?
The Paramount Theater.
Come for an important community discussion following a screening of this documentary about 12 NYC teens who spent a year talking and learning about racism. The discussion will be led by filmmakers Catherine Wigginton Greene and André Robert Lee. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring blanket and pillow if you like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2-6. Registration is requested. Drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 20, Tuesday
DISCUSSION AND MOVIE NIGHT: 42 (2013)
JMRL - Northside.
Local resident Addison Hobbs discusses his encounters with racism while playing semi-professional baseball from 1943-1957. Afterward, the movie 42 will be screened. 42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson and his breaking the Major League's color barrier. Rated PG-13. Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
February 13, Tuesday
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
A PAINTER'S HAND: THE MONOTYPES OF ADOLPH GOTTLIEB
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974), best known as one of the original Abstract Expressionist artists, was one of the leading artists of his generation and was responsible for forging a new identity for American art in the mid-20th century. The group of monotypes in this exhibition provides a unique look at his final body of work. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
FROM THE GROUNDS UP: THOMAS JEFFERSON'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
One of Jefferson's most important legacies was his role as a designer and advocate for the creation of an iconic architectural identity for our fledgling country that still endures today. Jefferson’s architectural vision for the United States will be explored in a special exhibition featuring drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and building and construction artifacts, among other archival materials. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
February 7-May 2, First Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 12-May 20, 2018
FEMININE LIKENESS: PORTRAITS OF WOMEN BY AMERICAN ARTISTS
The Fralin Museum.
This exhibition showcases portraits of women by American artists from the collection of The Fralin Museum of Art. Spanning the period from the early Republic through the 1950s, the show includes a diverse selection of paintings by prominent portrait painters. The images on view reveal changing aesthetic investments in the representation of femininity, beauty, status and individual identity. The Fralin Museum.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592 . 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
January 25, Thursday
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
January 28, Sunday
WORKING WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Venture deep into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike guided by experts in forest conservation. Learn about cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature, both in the Madisons' time and today. Dogs on leashes are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
February 2, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30pm, 8:15-9:30pm viewing.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
January 16-February 28
HALF-PRICE ADMISSION DAYS AT LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
There is plenty to see at the Garden in January and February. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-of-paradise and other tropical flowers. Did you know that there are over 200 orchids at Lewis Ginter and winter is one of the best times to see them flowering? Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $6 adults, $4 children.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
January 26, Friday
SKATETACULAR DREAMS ON ICE
The Wayne Theatre.
See an all-star cast of world famous professional ice skaters, singers, dancers, and cirque acts glide across the stage featuring an original live-sung ice musical. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7:30pm.  $22 adult, $15 students.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
February 3, Saturday
EAST COAST SHOWDOWN
The Paramount Theater.
East Coast Showdown presents a Bhangra and Raas dance competition. The Paramount Theater.  5-9pm, seating begins at 4:30pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 10, Saturday
BALLETSCHOOL DANCE GROUP WINTER PERFORMANCE
BalletSchool of Charlottesville.
The program will feature new works choreographed by BalletSchool faculty and students. PVCC Dickinson Building.  7-8pm.  $Free and open to the public, donations accepted.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday
UPFRONT: EVENING OF ROMANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
Bring your valentine to the CB Studio Theatre for a wine & hors d’oeuvres celebration sponsored by The Shebeen Pub & Braai. The intimate performance includes romantic duets plus newly commissioned works. Celebrate your Valentine’s Day at the ballet with an evening of wine, romance and dance. CB Studio Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  7:30pm Friday, 4pm & 7pm Saturday.  $$15-$25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
February 17, Saturday
OF EBONY EMBERS: VIGNETTES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
PVCC Fine and Performing Arts.
The 1920s in Harlem saw a flourishing African-American culture emerge, as many talented artists celebrated their heritage and took pride in their ancestors and themselves. Through drama and music, Of Ebony Embers brings to life some of the most significant African-American men who helped shape this era, connecting their lives and works. The ensemble also reprises the role of a Harlem jazz band. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $15 adults, $12 seniors/students.  Email: bhurd@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
GO, DOG. GO!
The Paramount Theater.
This musical romp brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's classic book to life in a frolicking dog party. The cast of dogs invite audience participation and even enjoy a wild game of ball. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $10.75 youth, $15.75 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 23, Friday
DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY AND MINNIE'S DOORWAY TO MAGIC
John Paul Jones Arena.
Mickey, Minnie and 25 of your favorite Disney stars will surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob at Mickey and Minnies Doorway to Magic. John Paul Jones Arena.  4pm & 7pm.  $20-$45.  All ages welcome.  Contact: JPJ Marketing.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
February 22-25 & March 1-4
SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Come see the Virginia state premiere of the Broadway hit at The Wayne. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm, 3pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
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. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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January 24, Wednesday
FILM SCREENING OF "AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP"
City of Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.
See this award-winning documentary by Diane Bloom about the surprising bond that developed between outspoken civil rights activist, Ann Atwater and exalted grand cyclops of the KKK, CP Ellis. Diane Bloom will introduce the film and talk about her relationsihp with Atwater and Ellis. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Jefferson School African American Heritage Centers.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3023. 
 
January 6, 20 & 24, Saturdays & Wednesday
TOUR THE PARAMOUNT THEATER!
The Paramount Theater.
Join us for a free historical backstage tour! Learn about The Paramount's beginnings in 1931. Discover the movers and shakers behind The Paramount's construction, movie palace architecture, and the behind the scenes details of the two-year long restoration! See the backstage Wall of Fame, where hundreds of artists have left their autographs and more. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. The Paramount Theater.  11am Saturdays, 12:30 & 5:30pm Wednesday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
January 26, Friday
FAMILY NIGHT OUT
YMCA.
Swim or get cozy with a movie. Enjoy a pizza dinner, snacks, drinks and fun. Crozet YMCA.  6-8pm.  $6 per person, $25 families of 5 or more.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
January 27, Saturday
DROP SPINDLE CLASS
James Monroe's Highland.
Led by crafter Russell Hubert, participants will learn how to spin wool using the traditional drop spindle method. Wool used during the drop spindle class will be provided by Highland from the flock of Dorset sheep. Participants in the class will learn how this wool is processed from fleece to yarn using early 19th-century techniques. No materials or experience are needed to participate. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-12pm .  $10.  Special Needs Accommodation: Registration  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
January 27, Saturday
VALLEY MUSIC REVUE
Valley Music Academy.
The evening will highlight the diverse talents of our faculty and the program will be an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, folk, digital music, polka, and more. Local bluegrass favorites Blue Mountain Sunrise will be the featured headliner. All proceeds will benefit the Valley Music Academy scholarship program. 1275 Goose Creek Rd., Fishersville.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  Contact: Andrew Green.  Email: development@valleymusicacademy.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-8648. 
 
January 28, Sunday
FILM SCREENING OF "MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: A PERSONAL PORTRAIT" AND DIRECTOR Q&A
Virginia Film Festival / Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity.
Television host, Arnold Michaelis, the legendary interviewer, spent four days recording Dr. King and his wife Coretta in 1965. The program was never been televised, and had remained unseen for over 40 years. George Silano, the veteran director/cameraman, and the only living member of the team, has rediscovered the film. Mr. Silano will screen the film, and participate in a Q&A following the screening. Tickets are not required. Seats will be availalbe on a first-come, first-served basis. Newcomb Hall Theatre.  1-3pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 29, Monday
EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY: FORMER CHIEF WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER PETE SOUZA
Miller Center UVA.
Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for President Barack Obama, talks about his new New York Times bestseller, Obama: An Intimate Portrait and the stories behind his iconic photographs chronicling Obama's historic presidency. Souza will sign copies of his book at 3 pm outside the Newcomb Theater. Copies of Obama: An Intimate Portrait will be available for purchase. An entry wristband is required for admission. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at 12pm. Newcomb Hall Theatre.  1-3pm, doors open at 12:30pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 31, Wednesday
GREAT NEIGHBOR GATHERING: BIKES FOR REFUGEES
International Neighbors / Community Bikes.
Help locally resettled refugees. Recycle your cycle and donate your gently used bikes and helmets. Kids and adult bikes are needed. 2111 Michie Dr.  4-5pm.  Email: cville.community.bikes@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 1-February 1, 2018
17TH ANNUAL GOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture.
Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville! One winner will be selected from each school. Deadline February 1. Schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5820. 
 
February 1, Thursday
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 2, Friday
MANUFACTURING DAY AT PVCC
PVCC Business, Mathematics and Technology Division.
The event will feature live demonstrations by area businesses, employers and manufacturing leaders, as well as student projects and presentations. Attendees can tour PVCC's newly renovated electronics and engineering labs and participate in hands-on activities. All attendees will be entered in a raffle to win prizes including a GoPro camera and gift certificates. PVCC Main Building.  10am-12:30pm.  $Free and open to the public.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 2 & 3, Friday & Saturday
FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Dads, uncles, or grandpas: take your valentine out for a night of dancing. Free refreshments and a photo booth. For daughter ages 5-12. Carver Recreation Center.  $10 city resident, $15 non-resident.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
February 3, Saturday
HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT
Barnes & Noble.
Cosplay, games, trivia and more. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Barnes and Noble.  6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 3 & 4, Saturday & Sunday
6TH ANNUAL FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE'S DANCE
Charlottesville Ballet.
The afternoon will include a mini-performance, refreshments, a decorate-your-own-treat table, Valentine decorating, and plenty of dancing with special activities led by the dancers of Charlottesville Ballet. This semi-formal event celebrates the parent/child relationship; moms, dads, sons and daughters are welcome to attend. CB Studio Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  1pm or 4:30pm Saturday or 2pm Sunday.  $20 adults, $15 kids.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
February 2-4, Friday-Sunday
ANNUAL WINTERGREEN ADAPTIVE SPORTS WARRIOR WEEKEND
Wintergreen Resort.
A family-filled weekend as we salute military personnel. Please help us pay tribute to our Warriors as they will be present and participating in the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Wounded Warriors event. Other highlights include Nastar, Ski Clinic for Women on Sunday and a DJ mixing up the music outside the rental shop. Wintergreen Resort.  10am-9pm.  Email: executivedirector.was@gmail. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2007. 
 
February 4, Sunday
VALENTINE'S DOG PHOTO
CASPCA / Petography Cville.
Sign up now to have a beautiful Valentine photo taken of your canine sweetheart. Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Basement Training Room.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-760-2389. 
 
February 7, Wednesday
FAMILY MAKE-YOUR-OWN TERRARIUM PARTY
Wild Rock / Fifth Season Gardening.
Help support Wildrock's On Solid Ground Outreach Program. Come to build your own terrarium, which may be kept or donated to UVA Children's Hospital. Blue Ridge Pizza Food truck will be on-site for some tasty fare. Random Row Brewery.  4:30-7:30pm.  $20 per family.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
February 9, Friday
BELOVED COMMUNITY CVILLE PRESENTS I'M NOT RACIST ... AM I?
The Paramount Theater.
Come for an important community discussion following a screening of this documentary about 12 NYC teens who spent a year talking and learning about racism. The discussion will be led by filmmakers Catherine Wigginton Greene and André Robert Lee. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 9, Friday
ENSEMBLE GALILEI WORKSHOP AND DEMONSTRATION
The Front Porch / UVA McIntire Department of Music.
The Ensemble Galilei will present a free workshop and demonstration. Ensemble Galilei is an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, early and medieval music, and original compositions. The Front Porch.  12-1:30pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
February 9, Friday
TEA PARTY WITH MS. MONROE & FRIENDS
JMRL - Northside.
Join the fifth First Lady Elizabeth Monroe for a tea party and special activity. Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal and tea attire, though not required. Grades K-5 with a grownup. Registration required and begins Jan. 26. Northside Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
February 10, Saturday
GREENS COOK OFF IV
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
The fourth greens and macaroni & cheese cook-off. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  3-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
February 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring blanket and pillow if you like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Ages 2-6. Registration is requested. Drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 10-11, Saturday-Sunday
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE IN CONCERT
Altria Theater.
The Richmond Symphony Orchestra performs every note from the film. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform the unforgettable score. Altria Theater, Richmond.  2pm & 7:30pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
February 9-11, Friday-Sunday
SNOW MOON FEST
Massanutten Resort.
Celebrate the opening of the resort 46 years ago and the kickoff to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Events around the resort will include a polar plunge, Heavy Seas tap takeover, Lagunitas tap takeover, live music, arcade competitions, ice sculpture, birthday cupcakes, torch ski down the slopes & lighting ceremony, fireworks and more. Massanutten Resort.  5pm Friday-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 10 & 11, Saturday & Sunday
THE LOVE TOUR
Maymont Foundation.
When Queen Victoria married her handsome prince charming in 1840, they set the romantic tone for the 19th century. Visit Maymont Mansion on Valentine's Day weekend as elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen relate details of this royal love story and the courting customs of the era. Reserve a private ride in a horse-drawn carriage, too! Maymont Mansion.  12-5pm.  $5 donation.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166 x329. 
 
February 15, Thursday
3D PRINTING 101
JMRL- Northside Library.
Curious about the library's 3D printer? Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using Tinkercad or select an object using Thingverse and then print it. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
February 17, Saturday
CHINESE NEW YEAR AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with special complimentary gift offers to wine buyers and let the kids do some crafts while you're there. Kids can make their own dragon masks, among other things. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: MARVELOUS MONOTYPES
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am-12pm mixed ages 5-12, 1-3pm 5-7, 3-5pm 8-12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
February 18, Sunday
FRENCH CREPES AT DELFOSSE
Delfosse Vineyards and Winery.
Enjoy a delicious selection of both sweet and savory crepes and pair it with your favorite Delfosse wine. Delfosse Vineyards and Winery, Faber.  11am-2pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-6100. 
 
February 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
PORKAPOLOOZA
BBQ Exchange.
The greatest porkfest on Earth is back. Live music, face painting, magic, balloon art, Carpe Donut, Whole Hogs from Autumn Olive Farms, Lard Fried Chicken and lots of other great surprises. BBQ Exchange.  Directions: 102 Martinsburg Ave., Gordonsville.  12-8pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 23, Friday
PLAY! WITH YOUR FOOD: TWEET LIKE A BIRD, EAT LIKE A BIRD
Full Circle.
Join the pediatric specialists from Full Circle for a fun afternoon. Make bird feeders as well as your own trail mix to take home. There will be a storytime paired with yoga and movement activities and then some free play to explore food-related materials with your five senses. Designed for children 3+. Younger siblings are welcome with your direct supervision. Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.  Directions: 2300 Commonwealth Drive.  3:30-5:30pm.  $$10 suggested donation per child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Special Needs Accommodation: children with special needs are welcome  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: info@fullcirclechild.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4342606450. 
 
February 23-24, Friday-Saturday
MONSTER JAM
Richmond Coliseum / Compassion International.
Enjoy this adrenaline-charged family event. World-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7pm Friday-Saturday, 1pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
February 8 & March, Mondays
JOURNEYS BEREAVEMENT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
This is a stand-alone bereavement workshop for children and families who have experienced a death. Evenings include dinner, seasonal-themed activities and exploration of thoughts and feelings of grief through creative expression. During the children's storytime or art activity, adults meet with a bereavement counselor. Children ages 3 and up. Call Hospice of the Piedmont at 434-817-6931 to register. Central Library.  5:30-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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January 23, Tuesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. CLEMSON
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Clemson. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
January 25, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on North Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 31, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 1, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 3, Saturday
THE LEG WARMER 3 MILER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Get moving with this winter themed 3 miler at Darden-Towe Park. Hot beverages will be provided at the finish. Register early to guarantee award and t-shirt. Darden-Towe Park.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3260. 
 
February 7, Wednesday
ACC MEN'S BASKETBALL: UVA V. FSU
The Paramount Theater.
Cheer on the 'Hoos live on the big screen. Registration encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 9, Friday
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
Richmond Coliseum.
Come out for this always fun, family event. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
February 10, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Virginia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 11, Sunday
TRI TO STAY WARM INDOOR TRIATHLON 2018
Charlottesville Multisports Events / Piedmont YMCA.
Break out of your usual workout routine for 60 minutes of swim, bike and run. Participants will complete 10 minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of cycling on stationary bikes and 20 minutes of running or walking on a treadmill -- all indoors. This new event is perfect for beginners and experienced triathletes ages 15 and up. In the spirit of TRI-ing to stay warm this winter, a tropical theme and awards will be given to the top 3 most "tropical" gym wear. Brooks Family YMCA.  7:30am.  $35-$40.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 15, Thursday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NOTRE DAME
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Notre Dame. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 18, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MIAMI
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at their last home game of the season as they take on Miami. John Paul Jones Arena.  12:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 16-19, Friday-Monday
PRESIDENTS WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing. Some of the best conditions are in February. Events include Wintergreen Rail Jam in the Terrain Park, great music slopeside, live entertainment at The Edge, Women's Ski Clinic and plenty of opportunities to spend time with your Valentine. Wintergreen Resort.  9am-10pm.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. GEORGIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home against Georgia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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February 17, Saturday
QUEENS WHO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate Charlottesville's Pride Festival with this fun family event. Local drag artist Dreama Belle will share stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion at a special storytime. Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 18-March 1, Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Northside Library.  10:15am & 11:15am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 22-March 12, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 22-March 20, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins January 9. No class on January 30. Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am-12:15pm Mondays, 9:30-10:15am Tuesdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Now-March 31, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 6-May 5, First Saturdays
TUNES & TALES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Families are invited for stories, music and movement. Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 29-May 21, Monthly on Mondays
SPANISH MOVES WITH ALI
JMRL - Central Library.
This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  10am Fridays, 12pm Saturdays.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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February 22-25, Thursday-Sunday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "SOUTH PACIFIC"
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2725. 
 
February 22-25 & March 1-4
SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Come see the Virginia state premiere of the Broadway hit at The Wayne. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm, 3pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 29 & 30, Thursday & Friday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS "CHICAGO"
CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Email: david.becker@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2725. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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