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Every Wednesday unless other posted
BABIES TOGETHER CLASSES
The Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs.
Babies Together is a 6 week class for parents and caregivers who have precrawling babies. Includes: Reading your baby's cues, facilitated movement, baby massage and lullabies, Songs, interactive play, lullabies, playing with the senses, attachment and the science of parenting, The importance of tummy time, Why activation and rest cycles are important and how to observe them in your baby, also known as the birth sequence and the cycle of satisfaction. 1710 Allied St. Suite 20B.  11:30am.  $Fee: $10 drop in, Purchase a card of 6 classes for $45.  Contact: Kate White.  Email: katercst@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-2002. 
 
Ongoing
INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT-YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Arc of the Piedmont.
Learn how to encourage your child's development and growth through play. For children with developmental delays or risk of developing delays. $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Contact: Infant development project.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4003. 
 
NURSING MOTHER'S SUPPORT GROUP
Meet with a lactation consultant, get questions answered, weigh your baby, and get support from other moms. Bend Yoga.  12:30-1:30pm Fridays.  $free.  Email: mybbblc@gmail.com.
 
Fridays, see description for dates
PARENT-INFANT COMMUNITY AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
For children birth to 18 month olds and their parents. Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. Babies follow their interests with appropriate objects to manipulate and other babies to watch and imitate. In this carefully designed space, they experience the joy of mastering new tasks. Offered each fall and spring The Spring 2017 session runs from March 10 until May 12 (with no class on March 31 and April 7). 8:30-9:45am & 10:00-11:15am sessions available. Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops.  Directions: Just west of the I64 Shadwell/250 exit.  8:30-9:45am & 10-11:15am.  $175 for 8 week session or $25 per class drop-in fee (space permitting).  Contact: Therese Benzinger.  Email: tbenzinger@mountaintopmontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
Ongoing session, proration available
PARENT/CHILD CLASS FOR BABIES AGES 4 - 10 MONTHS!
The Little Gym, Charlottesville.
Come try one of our "Bugs" classes and start working on all of the tools that they need to grow and be successful! Stretch and play in a safe, warm, nurturing environment, while giving your baby the opportunity to play with mom/dad/nanny/grandparents and the adults get to hang out with like-minded new friends! The Little Gym, 907 Gardens Blvd Charlottesville,VA 22901.  Directions: Behind Pier 1 Imports Rt. 29 North.  Tuesdays, 5:30pm or Thursdays, 11:30am.  $prorated.  Special Needs Accommodation: please call to reserve vist spot  Contact: The Little Gym.  Email: tlgchva@earthlink.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
PARENT/CHILD CLASSES AT THE LITTLE GYM
Fun aerobics, stretching, tumbling, games, bubbles and more for ages infant-3 years. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
Ongoing, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Share the ups and downs of this challenging time. Plan to bring your baby and relax with new friends who understand what being a new mother is really all about. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  10:30am to 12pm.  $free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
February 12, Tuesday
SIBLING CLASS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Directions: 500 Martha Jefferson Drive.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
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EXERCISE CLASSES
Great health clubs and exercise classes abound, from yoga to water aerobics. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive listings of health clubs for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Classes, ParentingGo to top of List
 
October 24, Tuesday
THE ROAD TO COLLEGE: A WORKSHOP FOR 8TH-GRADE PARENTS
Parents of 8th-grade students are invited for a free workshop. The Road to College: A Workshop for Eighth Grade Parents will include topics such as middle school to high school transition, the college counseling process and what to expect and how to help your child achieve success in high school with the greater goal of college success. 418 E Jefferson St.  6-7:30pm.  $Free and open to the public .  Contact: Richelle Claiborne.  Email: rclaiborne@renaissanceschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-1952. 
 
4th Monday of every month
BIRTH CIRCLE COMMUNITY NIGHT
Birth Circle.
New and expectant parents gather for an informal discussion of pregnancy, birth, and all aspects of parenthood. Community Night provides a welcoming space for partners, spouses, friends, and relatives to enjoy the community that Birth Circle regularly creates and nurtures among moms and moms-to-be. Sugar Snap Consignment.  Directions: 480 Shoppers World Court - six doors down from Whole Foods in the corner of the shopping center.  7pm.  $FREE.  Contact: Sugar Snap.  Email: sugarsnap@me.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-0736. 
 
FREE PARENT SEMINAR FOR DRIVER EDUCATION
Albemarle County Public Schools.
The seminar is a requirement for families with students pursuing a driver's license. Any student registering for behind-the-wheel training must provide the certificate of attendance for the Parent Seminar to participate. Register online at http://www.opendoors1.org/ Albemarle, Western, and Monticello High Schools.  7-9pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9450. 
 
Last Thursday of every Month
NEWBORN CARE BASICS
UVA Ob/Gyn.
Learn how to take care of your little one. Learn sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. Baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing, and when to call the doctor reviewed as well. November class will occur on Nov. 17 due to Thanksgiving. University of Virginia Hospital.  6:30-8:30pm.  $15 (includes take home materials).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: prenatal classes@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Third Thursdays
NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Anyone interested in getting practice with non-violent communication can join Our Neighborhood's "Non-violent Communication (NVC) Practice" sessions. A facilitated session that supports the developing skills through practice exercises and exploration of personal communication challenges is offered free of charge. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Road.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: support@ourneighborhood.community. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
Ongoing
PEDIATRIC & INFANT CPR
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
This course consists of lectures and practice on mannequins which offers the opportunity to become trained in Infant & Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The course will include pediatric safety, foreign body airway obstruction and causes of pulmonary and cardiac arrest in children. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  $call for fee and times.  Email: info@mjh.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Monday of Every Month
TRANSPARENTING
Children Youth & Family Services.
This is a one-time, four-hour monthly class held for separated or divorced parents who are both involved in parenting their children but are having some difficulty working together. Class is held on the first Monday of every month, plus: Saturday, January 5; Saturday, February 23; and Saturday, March 23. CYFS, 1000 East High Street.  4-8pm.  $50 fee/sliding scale.  Contact: Debbie Baber.  Email: dbaber@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 0. 
 
Third Tuesday of every month EXCEPT June, July, August and December
TUNE IN: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD
HiYH and Coaching Cville.
Tune In is a parent-run support group for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. Meetings alternate between an open discussion format and presentations/forums with local professionals in the field. Topics may include parenting strategies, summer planning ideas, classroom accommodations, managing transitions and other challenges, peer relationships, family dynamics, etc. Fontana Neighborhood Clubhouse.  Directions: Fontana Court.  7pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September-May, Wednesdays
SURVIVING THE TEEN YEARS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
This is a six-week class designed for parents with their youth ages 10-18 that uses videos, simple reading assignments, class discussions, group problem solving and other class exercises. Based on an established national parenting curriculum. Children, Youth & Family Services.  Directions: 1000 East High Street. 250 bypass to Locust Ave turn left onto East High and CYFS is immediately on the right side of the street before you hit 11th street.  6-7:30pm.  $130 per family, $100 per couple or $80 per individual.  Contact: Jack Gallagher.  Email: jgallagher@cyfs.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ex 257. 
 
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1st and 3rd Sundays
BABY AND ME: A CLASS FOR BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  3-4pm.  $free.  Email: info@mjh.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Saturday of every month
BASICS IN BABY CARE
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Being comfortable with the details of caring for a baby can give you an extra measure of confidence. This class is designed to prepare you for the care of your newborn. It includes bathing, feeding, infant stimulation and safety. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  9-10am.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Mondays
BIRTH CIRCLE
Birth Matters Virginia.
Monthly gathering for women. Share birth stories and discuss questions and concerns surrounding pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Bend Yoga.  7:15-9:15pm.  $Free.  Contact: April Wang.  Email: bmva.charlottesville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-2499. 
 
Fourth Saturday of every month
BREASTFEEDING BASICS
UVA Health System.
A Lactation Consultant will help you prepare for a good start and provide support and information for a great breastfeeding experience. Fee includes a book to take home: "Breastfeeding 101." University Hospital.  Directions: 8th Floor/Women's Place Classroom, 8410.  10am to 12pm.  $15.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Tuesdays
HOSPITAL TOUR FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
For those considering or planning to deliver at Martha Jefferson Hospital, this tour will help prepare you for the hospital experience by introducing you to the Family Centered Maternity Care Unit, which includes the birthing area, nursery and postpartum rooms. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  6pm & 7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Final Tuesdays
MEET THE MIDWIVES
Winding River Birth Center.
Come and meet the midwives of the Winding River Birth Center. Tour the birth center and ask any questions about out-of-hospital birth. The first of these events takes place July 25. Winding River Birth Center.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: doulanichole@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 533-0543. 
 
PARENTCARE E-MAIL SERVICE
UVA Women's Place.
ParentCare e-mail service offers weekly e-mails that follow the months through pregnancy and the first year of baby's life. Fun, free and full of great information. $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Ongoing
PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Prepare yourself and your support person for the birth of your baby. This series of classes includes the following topics: understanding and managing the different stages of labor through relaxation, labor positions and breathing techniques; medication options; and Caesarean birth. Class space is limited, register early in your pregnancy! Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  6 week series includes Baby Basics and tour. Call to schedule..  $120/6 wk. series.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Saturday of every month
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH QUICK CLASS
UVA Health System.
This one day class will help you understand stages of labor,and discuss relaxation techniques and other coping skills. Includes information about interventions and postpartum care. A tour of labor and delivery is included. University Hospital.  9am-4pm.  $50.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
Tuesdays
PREPARING FOR BIRTH AND BABY
UVA Health System.
This five part series will cover all you need to know about the labor process, relaxation techniques, options for pain relief and hospital policies. We will also discuss how to work with your health care team to make the best birth experience for you. Basics in baby care and typical newborn behavior is covered in the third class of the series by a Nursery nurse. It is a comprehensive class that will help you gain confidence for the birth of your baby and starting out your new family. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  $60.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
 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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November 4, Saturday
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN NINJAGO PARENTS SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Go out and leave the kids to have dinner and fun at The Little Gym. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30 first child/members, $35 nonmembers.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
November 18, Saturday
GLOW IN THE DARK PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Go out while the kids get dinner and have fun at The Little Gym. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30 first child/members, $35 for nonmembers.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
KIDSITTING
Need some time off to catch up on some errands or go out to dinner? Do you have a plan for when the kids are off from school? A few businesses around town offer extra special child care/recreation programs for just such occasions. All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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. 
 
October 24, Tuesday
THE ROAD TO COLLEGE: A WORKSHOP FOR 8TH-GRADE PARENTS
Parents of 8th-grade students are invited for a free workshop. The Road to College: A Workshop for Eighth Grade Parents will include topics such as middle school to high school transition, the college counseling process and what to expect and how to help your child achieve success in high school with the greater goal of college success. 418 E Jefferson St.  6-7:30pm.  $Free and open to the public .  Contact: Richelle Claiborne.  Email: rclaiborne@renaissanceschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-1952. 
 
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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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 19, Thursday
CAREER FAIR FALL 2017
The Daily Progress.
Come to hear guest speakers and to meet with prospective employers. Albemarle Square Shopping Center.  10am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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
FALL PARTY AND FUNDRAISER
The Front Porch.
Come for music by the Michael Clem Trio and Front Porch students along with dancing, food and drink, a silent auction and a community jam session. Bring your instruments and help close out the night. The Front Porch.  7-10pm.  $25.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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.  8am run, 9am speakers, 9:30am walk.  $See website for details.  All ages welcome.  Email: admin@sparchope.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1800. 
 
October 15 & 22, Sundays
FRENCH CREPE DAY
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Take in the view while enjoying a selection of freshly made chef-prepared sweet or savory crepes paired with salad and your favorite DelFosse wine. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery, Faber.  11am-3pm.  Email: info@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-6100. 
 
October 11, 18, 19, 24 & 25
HIGH SCHOOL 2022
Albemarle County School District.
Learn more about High School 2022, an Albemarle County Public Schools initiative to rethink high school. Beginning with incoming freshman in fall 2018, the high school experience will be different. Come and learn how. At Various Area Middle Schools (see website for list).  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 25, Wednesday
PRIMUS
The National.
The National, Richmond.  8pm, doors open at 7pm .  $$36.50 advance, $40 at the door.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-612-1900. 
 
October 27, Friday
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BASH AT GLASS HOUSE
Glass House Winery.
Come out for the annual costume party and halloween celebration with live music by Beleza and Two Brothers Southwestern Grill food truck on-site. Picnics are welcome but no outside alcohol is permitted. Glass House Winery, Free Union.  6-10pm.  $No cover.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-234-4133. 
 
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. 
 
October 28, Saturday
AN EVENING WITH GHOSTS
Grayhaven Winery.
Enjoy a vintage barrel tasting in the historic 1700s graveyard overlooking the vineyards, then walk down the haunted trail of the dark forest once traveled by American Indians, soldiers and slaves. Tales of history, mystery and hauntings by Grayhaven's winemaker Chuck Peple, also known for his work as a Civil War historian. Live music by John Tracy along with a roaring bonfire and hearty stew. Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring.  5:30-9pm.  $20 advance, $25 at the door (include wine tasting & food).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
October 28, Saturday
FREE BRIDGE QUINTET 20TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
The faculty jazz group of the McIntire Department of Music celebrates the importance of original jazz composition. Old Cabell Hall.  8pm.  $Varies.  Email: music@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3052. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HALLOWEEN REGGAE DANCE PARTY
The Front Porch.
Come dance to live music by Positive Collective. Costumes optional but encouraged. The Front Porch.  8-11pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
October 28, Saturday
JAPANDROIDS
The Jefferson Theater.
With Cloud Nothings. The Jefferson Theater.  9pm, Doors open at 8pm.  $22 advance, $25 day of show.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
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. 
 
November 1, Wednesday
HONEY I SHRUNK THE CHARMS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Design charming works of art and then shrink them down into jewelry using Shrinky Dinks Northside Library.  6:30pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 99.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 3, Friday
5TH ANNUAL TEDXCHARLOTTESVILLE
TedxCharlottesville.
A conference with a wide array of speakers and performers who bring ideas worth spreading to Charlottesville. The Paramount Theater.  9am-6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 4, Saturday
BRIDGELINE BLUES: DANCE YOUR PANTS OFF
The Bridge Line.
Four bands from the Charlottesville Blues Society, food from Travinia, silent auction items, dance demos with MC Shannon Meyers. Jefferson School City Center.  6-10pm.  $30 per person, $50 per couple.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-1274. 
 
November 4, Saturday
SCOTT MILLER AT THE WAYNE THEATRE
The Wayne Theatre.
Swoope, Virginia-native Scott Miller, formerly of The V-Roys, comes back to perform. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  8pm.  $28.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
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. 
 
November 9, Thursday
OPENING NIGHT GALA: 30TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
Virginia Film Festival.
The Gala brings together visiting stars and Festival patrons in celebration of the magic and beauty of film. Dance to the delightful sounds of Kool Kats Lite, partake of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres from Harvest Moon Catering and take home memories from the evening with the MoxBox social photo booth. Enjoy delicious local beverage and toast to the Festival weekend to come. The Jefferson Theater.  9:30pm-12am.  $75.  Recommended for ages 21 to 100.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
ARTIST TALK: PHOTOGRAPHING NATURAL VIRGINIA
Crozet Artisan Depot / Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Photographer Ben Greenberg provides images and information about locations throughout the state of Virginia that are excellent places to capture dramatic photographs of the natural environment. The photographs will be primarily color images, many of which are found in his coffee table book, Natural Virginia. The presentation will last 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute question and answer period. Crozet Artisan Depot.  Directions: Community Room.  2-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
AUTUMN HARVEST PAIRING DINNER
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Enjoy a 5-course Fall inspired menu compliments of Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 Alum Chef T and current Season 17 contestant Chef Michelle Tribble paired with new and exciting Bold Rock cider styles as well as some of your old favorites. The Dinner begins with a cocktail hour before diving into a cider paired 5-course dinner with course by course introductions from Chef T and Chef Tribble. Seating is limited to the first 60 and tickets include the 5-course dinner and cider pairings. Bold Rock Cider, Nellysford.  6:30-9pm.  $50.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
November 11, Saturday
LGBT STUDENTS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join Side by Side for a community dialogue about LGBT and questioning students' rights in K-12 public schools in Virginia. JMRL - Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
LOOKING INWARD MEDITATIVE ART 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.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
November 11, Saturday
SECOND SATURDAY RECEPTION: BEN GREENBERG
Crozet Artisan Depot.
Come for a free artist reception for photographer Ben Greenberg. Crozet Artisan Depot.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS HOSTILES
Virginia Film Festival.
Director Scott Cooper's film featuring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Peter Mullan, Wes Studi and Ben Foster. In 1892, Army Captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) is ordered to escort an ailing long-time prisoner, Chief Yellow Hawk, and his family back to his Cheyenne homeland to die. Blocker treats his prisoners with savagery fueled by hated, and Chief Yellow Hawk becomes his mortal enemy The Paramount Theater.  7:30pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
November 12, Sunday
2ND ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  12-4pm.  $25-60, Children 6 an under free with adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 11-12, Saturday & Sunday
ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR
Artisans Studio Tour.
Tour Central Virginia this fall to see some of the area's finest handmade craft professionals at work in their studios. 42 artisans in 23 studios will be opening their doors during this weekend-long event to demonstrate their work. Check out pottery, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and other finished craft pieces. See the work in process, and get a detailed look at the lives of these local artisans. Charlottesville, Albemarle and Surrounding Counties.  Directions: Studios are located throughout the Central Virginia area. Visit the Artisan Studio Tour website for directions and a map to the participating studios.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-6846. 
 
November 10-12, Friday-Sunday
VETERANS' DAY WEEKEND AT JAMES MADISON'S MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
During Veterans' Day Weekend, Montpelier offers all active/retired military guests free house tours. Hike 8+ miles of walking trails or visit the archaeology lab, Mr. Madison's Temple, and the Madison family and slave cemeteries. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
November 10-12, Friday-Sunday
VETERANS' DAY WEEKEND AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Free admission for U.S. veterans. Monticello.  8:30am-5pm Friday-Sunday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
November 14, Tuesday
LETTERS HOME
The Wayne Theatre.
Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. This production celebrates our troops and their sacrifices. The play, without politicizing, gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  8pm.  $30.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
November 15, Wednesday
NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: AN ASTROPHYSICIST GOES TO THE MOVIES
Altria Theater.
From Star Wars to Frozen to The Martian. An entertaining and enlightening review of all the science that our favorite movies got wrong, combined with some of the stuff they got right. Incorporates the latest films as well as some classics that you may not have known had any science in them at all. Altria Theater, Richmond.  7:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
November 15, Wednesday
THE HUMAN SIDE OF WAR
CitySpace / JMRL.
CHS students present excerpts from videos and podcasts produced in partnership with local Vietnam veterans. CitySpace Art Gallery, Downtown Mall.  6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 18, Saturday
APPLE CIDER MAKING DEMO
Saunders Brothers Market.
The "Apple Professor" Tom Burford tells tales of established cideries around the world. Live music by Keith Bradley. Saunders Brothers Market.  10-11am talk, 11am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 18, Saturday
CHRISTMAS CARD BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP
Wintergreen Resort.
Join Basketry Artist, Maryellen Thompson in designing your own Christmas Card basket. Beginners class, appropriate for ages 18 and up. Supplies provided. The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.  1-4pm.  $10.  Recommended for ages 18 to 100.  Email: info@wintergreenperformingarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-1869. 
 
Now-November 26
HEAR MY VOICE: NATIVE AMERICAN ART OF THE PAST AND PRESENT
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Exploring conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures. A total of 56 works illustrate the ways in which Native American art speaks of a shared knowledge and shared history while also being incredibly diverse in subject matter and medium. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  $Free.  Email: info@vmfa.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
October 17-November 28, Tuesdays (except Halloween)
BASIC GOOD MANNERS
Pampered Pets.
Dogs 17 weeks and older are invited to this class covering all the basic good manners that your dog needs to know to be a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, stand, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, trade, polite greeting and loose leash walking. Games will challenge and teach. You’ll be amazed at what your dog can do. Pampered Pets Training Center.  6-7pm.  $155.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-7387. 
 
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. 
 
November 17-December 10
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL
Four County Players.
Based on the Christmas film classic A Christmas Story. Four County Players Mainstage.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
November 5-December 10, Sundays
TELLING TRUE STORIES
Big Blue Door.
Big Blue Door's six-session course designed to help students find and tell their own stories. Early sessions focus on talking in front of others, finding a voice, and building a body of great story material. Over the last two sessions students choose one story to polish, memorize, and perform at the class show on December 16. McGuffey Art Center, Studio 20.  1:15-3:45pm.  $185.  Contact: Joel Jones.  Email: classes@bigbluedoor.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
November 26-December 3
DECK YOUR HALLS - WORKSHOPS AT KILAURWEN WINERY
Kilaurwen Winery.
Registration includes boxwood, trim greenery, all tools and materials and personalized instruction. You will make some special holiday memories and leave with your own original boxwood wreath ready to hang on your door or give as a gift. Kilaurwen Winery, Stanardsville.  $35.  Email: info@kilaurwenwinery.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-2535. 
 
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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