Parent Classes and Events

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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. 
 
every other Monday
BABY BASICS MOMS CLUB
UVA Children's Hospital & Women's Health Center.
Join community-based discussion groups for expectant moms on a variety of topics to help prepare for your new little ones! Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center in the Jefferson School City Center, 2nd Floor, Room 255A.  Directions: 1042 Preston Ave.  1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30-11am.  $free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Ongoing
INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT-YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Arc of the Piedmont.
Learn how to encourage your child's development and growth through play. For children with developmental delays or risk of developing delays. $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Contact: Infant development project.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4003. 
 
3 session class held every other month, Thursday evenings
INFANT MASSAGE CLASS
UVA Parenting Education.
This 3 session class, taught by a certified infant massage therapist, is designed for parents to learn and practice basic massage techniques on their babies. Infant massage is easy to learn and includes gentle stroking, pressing, squeezing and movement of the limbs. Register by calling 434.982.3678 The Cottage, 1023 Millmont, University of Virginia.  Directions: Behind Barracks Rd. Shopping center.  6-7pm.  $50 per family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For more info call: 924.9920. 
 
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 six month to 18 month olds and their parents. Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. Babies follow their interests with appropriate objects to manipulate and other babies to watch and imitate. In this carefully designed space, they experience the joy of mastering new tasks. The winter session runs from January 11-March 8 (with no class on March 1) and the Spring session runs from March 29 until May 31 (with no class on April 5 and May 10). Mountaintop Montessori on Pantops.  Directions: Just west of the I64 Shadwell/250 exit.  8:30-9:45am.  $175 for 8 week session or $25 per class drop-in fee (space permitting).  Recommended for ages 6 to 18.  Contact: Becky Harris.  Email: bharris@mountaintopmontessori.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
Ongoing session, proration available
PARENT/CHILD CLASS FOR BABIES AGES 4 - 10 MONTHS!
The Little Gym, Charlottesville.
Come try one of our "Bugs" classes and start working on all of the tools that they need to grow and be successful! Stretch and play in a safe, warm, nurturing environment, while giving your baby the opportunity to play with mom/dad/nanny/grandparents and the adults get to hang out with like-minded new friends! The Little Gym, 907 Gardens Blvd Charlottesville,VA 22901.  Directions: Behind Pier 1 Imports Rt. 29 North.  Tuesdays, 5:30pm or Thursdays, 11:30am.  $prorated.  Special Needs Accommodation: please call to reserve vist spot  Contact: The Little Gym.  Email: tlgchva@earthlink.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
PARENT/CHILD CLASSES AT THE LITTLE GYM
Fun aerobics, stretching, tumbling, games, bubbles and more for ages infant-3 years. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
Ongoing, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Share the ups and downs of this challenging time. Plan to bring your baby and relax with new friends who understand what being a new mother is really all about. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  10:30am to 12pm.  $free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
February 12, Tuesday
SIBLING CLASS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Directions: 500 Martha Jefferson Drive.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
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EXERCISE CLASSES
Great health clubs and exercise classes abound, from yoga to water aerobics. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive listings of health clubs for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
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October 1, Saturday
NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Begin to build a basic understanding on how non-violent communication can support you and your child to be more connected and work together through challenges. Limited childcare is available with RSVP. Early childhood teachers will receive 1.5 hours of training points for attending the session. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  8:30-10am.  $20 per person, $35 per couple.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: support@ourneighborhood.community. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
October 8, Saturday
REGULATING BIG EMOTIONS WITH THE SAFE PLACE
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Young children experiencing big emotions need our help to regain their composure. Conscious Discipline is an emotional self-regulation program. An out-of-control child needs a safe place where children learn calming techniques and learn positive self-talk. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  Directions: 2110 Ivy Road.  8:30-10am & 12:30-2pm.  Contact: Jennifer Slack.  Email: support@ourneighborhood.community. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
October 13, Thursday
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. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-8639. 
 
October 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
LIVING FOR PEACE
Christine Walker, MSW, LCSW.
This workshop can be applied to relationships of all ages. Lay the foundation of emotional regulation and slow down overwhelm. With Chistine Walker, MSW, LCSW. 408 E. Market St., Suite 204 (Maclin Building Downtown).  9am-5:30pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday.  $285 for both days..  Special Needs Accommodation: Please register by September 16.  Contact: Christine Walker.  Email: christine@attachmenteducation.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
September 27, October 4, 18 & 25, November 1 & 8, Tuesdays
PARENTING CLASS SERIES
House of Hope.
Is your teen driving you crazy? Is hard to communicate? This six-week series of classes offers hope and help for parents as they navigate these tumultuous teen years. Restoration Cornerstone Church, Crozet.  7-8:30pm.  $25 per couple/single.  Reservations are required.  For more info call: 234-4673. 
 
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. We will cover the world of newborns--their sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. We will also review baby care basics such as baths, diaper changing, and when to call the doctor. This fun and interactive class will give you lots of confidence to bring your baby home. University of Virginia Hospital .  6:30-8:30pm.  $15 (includes take home materials).  All ages welcome.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: 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. 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. 
 
September-May, Wednesdays
SURVIVING THE TEEN YEARS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
This is a six-week class designed for parents with their youth ages 10-18 that uses videos, simple reading assignments, class discussions, group problem solving and other class exercises. Based on an established national parenting curriculum. Children, Youth & Family Services.  Directions: 1000 East High Street. 250 bypass to Locust Ave turn left onto East High and CYFS is immediately on the right side of the street before you hit 11th street.  6-7:30pm.  $130 per family, $100 per couple or $80 per individual.  Contact: Jack Gallagher.  Email: jgallagher@cyfs.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ex 257. 
 
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1st and 3rd Sundays
BABY AND ME: A CLASS FOR BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  3-4pm.  $free.  Email: info@mjh.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
First Saturday of every month
BASICS IN BABY CARE
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Being comfortable with the details of caring for a baby can give you an extra measure of confidence. This class is designed to prepare you for the care of your newborn. It includes bathing, feeding, infant stimulation and safety. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  9-10am.  $30.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Fourth Saturday of every month
BREASTFEEDING BASICS
UVA Health System.
A Lactation Consultant will help you prepare for a good start and provide support and information for a great breastfeeding experience. Fee includes a book to take home: "Breastfeeding 101." University Hospital.  Directions: 8th Floor/Women's Place Classroom, 8410.  10am to 12pm.  $15.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Tuesdays
HOSPITAL TOUR FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
For those considering or planning to deliver at Martha Jefferson Hospital, this tour will help prepare you for the hospital experience by introducing you to the Family Centered Maternity Care Unit, which includes the birthing area, nursery and postpartum rooms. Martha Jefferson Hospital.  6pm & 7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
PARENTCARE E-MAIL SERVICE
UVA Women's Place.
ParentCare e-mail service offers weekly e-mails that follow the months through pregnancy and the first year of baby's life. Fun, free and full of great information. $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
Ongoing
PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Prepare yourself and your support person for the birth of your baby. This series of classes includes the following topics: understanding and managing the different stages of labor through relaxation, labor positions and breathing techniques; medication options; and Caesarean birth. Class space is limited, register early in your pregnancy! Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  6 week series includes Baby Basics and tour. Call to schedule..  $120/6 wk. series.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 654-7009. 
 
Third Saturday of every month
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH QUICK CLASS
UVA Health System.
This one day class will help you understand stages of labor,and discuss relaxation techniques and other coping skills. Includes information about interventions and postpartum care. A tour of labor and delivery is included. University Hospital.  9am-4pm.  $50.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
Tuesdays
PREPARING FOR BIRTH AND BABY
UVA Health System.
This five part series will cover all you need to know about the labor process, relaxation techniques, options for pain relief and hospital policies. We will also discuss how to work with your health care team to make the best birth experience for you. Basics in baby care and typical newborn behavior is covered in the third class of the series by a Nursery nurse. It is a comprehensive class that will help you gain confidence for the birth of your baby and starting out your new family. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  $60.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  Email: des4v@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-3678. 
 
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.  7:15pm.  $Free.  Contact: Priya Curtis.  Email: bmva.charlottesville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 882-2499. 
 
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PARENTING NETWORK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE (PNOC)
Parenting Network of Charlottesville.
PNOC: Parenting Network of Charlottesville, serves parents with children of all ages in the greater Charlottesville area as a networking and discussion forum. PNOC is a place to exchange ideas and information, and to network about activities and resources. All topics related to parenting are open for discussion. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY SPECIAL-NEEDS-KIDS PARENTS' GROUP
A Brownsville parent has created a forum for parents/caregivers of special-needs students in ACPS, in order to share resources, support each other, keep informed about county initiatives, and to work together to better advocate for special-needs children. Please email for an invitation. Contact: Cherie Salerno.  Email: cheriesalerno@yahoo.com. For more info call: 243-2219. 
 
Second Wednesday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE REGION AUTISM ACTION GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group.
Commonwealth Autism Service has recently partnered with local agencies, schools and family members in the Charlottesville Region to initiate the Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG). Developed to help maximize "value added" autism services by bringing together local stakeholders, Autism Action Groups consist of members from local communities who have a desire to actively and collaboratively work toward providing quality services and resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The CRAAG supports all communities served by the Region 10 Community Services Board. Group participants include self-advocates, family members, educators, private and public service providers, and other concerned individuals. Region Ten Conference Room.  Directions: 504 Old Lynchburg Road.  10am-12pm.  Email: craag1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-736-9040. 
 
CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Do you have a child with Asperger's in Elementary school? If so, come join a support group to meet other parents of children that have Asperger's and are elementary aged in the public school system. Call for dates and location. Contact: Heather.  Email: hlbayers@gmail.com. For more info call: 973-5652. 
 
Tuesdays
EXPECTANT MAMAS CAFE
Month 10 Postpartum Doulas.
Pregnant? New parent or caregiver? Have questions about your growing family? Want to connect with other new parents? If so, come meet with the postpartum doulas from Month 10. They will answer any questions, listen to stories and be a part of your growing family's support system. The postpartum doulas are able to help with such topics as newborn care, mother care, sibling/father transition, infant feeding, calming and comforting your baby, sleep and more. Cville Coffee.  Directions: 1301 Harris St.  12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Month 10 Doulas.  Email: month10doulas@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 910-322-4169. 
 
FAMILIES UNITED THROUGH ADOPTION
Offering a full range of information and support for families interested in adoption. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
First Tuesday of the month
FOSTERING ADOPTIVE FAMILIES
Adoptive Family Preservation.
A monthly adoption support group that is an opportunity for adoptive parents to share their stories, seek advice, resources, support and laughs with a been-there-done-that group. On-site childcare is offered with RSVP. Aldersgate United Methodist Church .  Directions: 1500 East Rio Road.  6-8pm.  Contact: Maureen Oswald, Adoptive Parent Liaison.  Email: luvadopt@aol.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 973-2981. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday & Second Wednesday of the month
LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
La Leche League of Charlottesville offers mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be. LLL holds FREE monthly breastfeeding support meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. and the 1st Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The atmosphere is casual, moms bring their babies or come on their own, there are toys for toddlers to play with at the morning meeting, and you will be able to tend to your baby or child's needs. http://lllcville.blogspot.com/ Bend Yoga on Mondays; Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays.  7pm Monday; 10-11am Wednesday.  $free.  Contact: Sarah Bedford.  Email: sarahebedford@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-1863. 
 
First and Third Thursdays of every month (except holidays)
POST-PARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
Join us in creating a supportive circle for moms. Call or email to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High St. .  6:30-8pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
monthly, see schedule for details
SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Albemarle County School District.
Provides advice concerning unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent may attend committee meetings. Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room 320, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.  7-9pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: albemarleseac@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-6442. 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to 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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September 30, Friday
DATE NIGHT DROP-OFF: SUPERHEROES!
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Recharge your parental powers and drop off the kids for an evening of adventure while you enjoy some time to yourselves! Kids get a pizza dinner, enjoy plenty of free play and crafts and activities. Virginia Discovery Museum.  5:30pm.  $Varies.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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 13, Thursday
19TH ANNUAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education.
Dr. Michael Gurian, a pioneer in bringing neurobiology and brain research into homes, schools and public policy, will be the guest speaker at this year's event. Parents, educators, caregivers and anyone with an interest in education and special education is urged to attend. Piedmont VA Community College, Dickinson Building.  7-9pm.  $Free.  Email: Info@LKFSE.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 989-6866. 
 
October 11 & November 15
LUNCHTIME TALK: THE GREAT WAR
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Join us for an informal presentation on our current exhibit The Great War: Printmakers of World War I from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts given by Stephen Margulies. The Fralin Museum of Art.  12-1pm.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
Sundays
RADIO TALK SHOW - EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH - ON WVAX 1450AM
Holistic Pediatrics & Prax Chiropractic.
Join Doctors Brian and Jennifer Prax along with Dr. Eric Rydland on Sundays at 8:30am for "Exploring Options for Children's Health." Each week a new topic relating to Children's Health will be discussed. Local Radio on WVAX 1450 AM.  8:30 to 9am.  $free.  Contact: Jennifer Prax.  Email: info@chiroprax.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5433. 
 
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2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month ongoing
BUMBLEBEES AND BUTTERFLIES PLAYGROUP
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
A time for children ages 0-Pre-K to play, have story time, crafts and music in a Christian environment while moms have time to gather and share. some field trips and moms' nights out included at various times. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: 29 north, turn left on 33. Turn right on 33 buisness and turn left onto Ford avenue. Church is located on Court street..  10 am unless otherwise noted.  $free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jan2e@virginia.edu. For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
EARLY LEARNING PLAYGROUPS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
Early learning playgroups for children 0-6 from low-income families with their parents or caregiver: Come Play! Each week explore all of the many toys the Parenting Mobile has to offer: baby toys galore, shape sorters, puzzles, blocks, trains, scooters and more! Parks Edge, Southwood, Westhaven neighborhoods.  Times vary; call for information.  $free.  Contact: Hilary Nagel.  Email: hnagel@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 238. 
 
Every first Sunday of the month
ELA NA PAIXOUME! THE GREEK READING AND PLAYGROUP
This group meets every first Sunday of the month. Parents take turns reading books in modern Greek, and play traditional games and hang out! Prior exposure to Greek language helpful (there is no language instruction). The current group focuses on ages 3-7. 3-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 7.  Contact: N Hild.  Email: n@hild.org. Reservations are required.  For more info call: N/A. 
 
FLUVANNA MOTHER'S GROUP
Fluvanna Mother's Group is an organization that offers an open playgroup for children up to age 6 and their caregivers - moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. It provides an indoor play area for the children and an opportunity for caregivers to socialize. A variety of toys, including tumbling mats, tricycles, train sets, and blocks are available. Special events occur throughout the season, including an Easter egg hunt and an end-of-the year cookout. Carysbrook Gym.  Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 east to exit 136, make a right off the exit onto James Madison Hwy. Located approximately 15 miles on the left near softball fields.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Bridgett Respess.  Email: vakidgroup@yahoo.com. For more info call: 804-375-3356. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
GERMAN PLAYGROUP
Instructor is a native speaker with extensive experience teaching young children. The kids learn through fun activities such as games, crafts, and songs. Call for location and times.  $free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Monique VanLandingham or Wendi Rushmann.  Email: moniquevanl@hotmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 295-4027. 
 
Ongoing
MOMS CLUB OF CHARLOTTESVILLE - NORTH
The MOMS Club of Charlottesville-North is a nonprofit group that offers activities and support to stay-at-home moms and moms with a flexible work schedule. Please contact one of the membership people for a calendar of daily activities, including monthly meetings, speakers, playgroups, park days, crafts, outings, MOM's nights out, service projects to benefit children in need, and much more. All moms are welcome! Meets weekly, contact for day and time.  Email: cvillemoms4you@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
Students With Children.
Network with other parents who are also attending the University of Virginia. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Call for location and times. Call for location and times.  Email: studentswithchildren@virginia.edu.
 
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October 4, Tuesday
REFERENDUM INFORMATION MEETING
A meeting to provide more information on the upcoming bond referendum in Albemarle County. Registered voters will be asked to vote November 8 on whether the county can issue general obligation bonds totaling $35 million to finance improvement projects to Albemarle County public schools. Western Albemarle High School.  Directions: 1180 Pepsi Place.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9330. 
 
October 6, Thursday
BUCKET LIST TRIPS - SPAIN EVENT AT PEACE FROGS TRAVEL/OUTFITTERS
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Come for a fun, Spanish-themed event and meet the owners of Duperiers Authentic Journeys, who will share their experiences on the famous Spanish walk, the Camino de Santiago. Duperiers is offering Peace Frog clients an exciting, small group walk in May 2017. Also enjoy a glass of crisp, white Spanish wine as Julie Arbelaez, Chief Frog, shares her ideas on what combination of cities and activities can create a fantastic trip to this vibrant country. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters,Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  6:15pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ellen Alford.  Email: ellen@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1415. 
 
October 6, Thursday
HOPE GROWS
Come share in the fun of this annual fundraising event for the Camp Holiday Trails family! Enjoy guest speakers, cocktails, live music and small plates from Harvest Moon Catering. King Family Vineyards.  6:30-8:30pm.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-3781. 
 
October 7, Friday
BE A KID AGAIN FUNDRAISER
Children, Youth and Family Services.
Whimsy, fun and frolic with music and dancing. Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Cocktail attire. Benefitting Ready Kids. Old Metropolitan Hall, 101 E. Main St..  7-11pm.  $75.  Contact: Sasha Greene.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 x233. 
 
October 7, Friday
BEAT POETS READING AT TIN WHISTLE IRISH PUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Read your favorite selection from your favorite Beat poet! Tin Whistle Irish Pub.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 9, Sunday
CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Kevin Burke of Ireland, Christian Lemaitre of Brittany and Charlie McKerron of Scotland perform. The Haven.  7-9:30pm.  $25 at the door, $20 in advance.  Email: brimstunes@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 409-9631. 
 
October 3, 6, & 10, Mondays & Thursday
R.A.D. SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING FOR WOMEN
UVA Police Department.
The University of Virginia Police Department will be offering a Women's Self-Defense Training Program. This training is open to women ages 15 and up. Participants must attend all three classes. Dress for the class should be clothing that is comfortable for light exercise. 5:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Benjamin Rexrode.  Email: br7u@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-8845. 
 
October 26, Wednesday
REFERENDUM INFORMATION MEETING
A meeting to provide more information on the upcoming bond referendum in Albemarle County. Registered voters will be asked to vote November 8 on whether the county can issue general obligation bonds totaling $35 million to finance improvement projects to Albemarle County public schools. Albemarle High School.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9330. 
 
October 11, Tuesday
REFERENDUM INFORMATION MEETING
A meeting to provide more information on the upcoming bond referendum in Albemarle County. Registered voters will be asked to vote November 8 on whether the county can issue general obligation bonds totaling $35 million to finance improvement projects to Albemarle County public schools. Monticello High School.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9330. 
 
October 12, Wednesday
REGIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
Students will have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from more than 80 colleges and universities and learn about their institutions, programs of study, college life, and admission requirements. Students should be prepared to collect materials from the colleges and universities in which they are interested and to have labels with their name and address in order to be included in a college database. Monticello High School.  5-8pm.  $Free. 
 
October 15, Saturday
PUMPKIN PAINTING PARENT SURVIVAL NIGHT AT THE LITTLE GYM
The Little Gym.
Parents can enjoy a much-needed night out on the town, knowing their kids are safe and having a blast painting pumpkins with friends and participating in fun activities with the watchful supervision of trained professionals. The Little Gym.  6:45-9:45pm.  $25 members, $10 each additional child; $30 non-members, $12 each additional child.  All ages welcome.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
October 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
FALL FESTIVAL TASTING EVENT AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm and Vineyard.
Artisans, archery tag, pumpkins and the release of 2015 Cabernet Franc plus games for the kids and more! Adventure Farm and Vineyard,Adventure Farm and Vineyard.  $free admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrea Matheson.  Email: andrea.matheson@adventurefarm.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
October 20, Thursday
BENEFIT CONCERT BY PEYTON TOCHTERMAN & MAN ON A HORSE
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall.
A benefit concert for The Womens Initiative by Peyton Tochterman & Man on A Horse. Man on A Horse explores roots American Music and songwriting and presents original music in a fresh but classic way. Their music is purely American, certainly Virginian, and it is honest, bold, and uncompromising. Charlottesville's all-female old-time band Pretty Little Miss will open the show. The Southern Café & Music Hall.  6pm doors, 8pm show.  $8-10.  Contact: Maggie Williams.  Email: margaretanne.williams@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 547-0454. 
 
October 22, Saturday
FIRST ANNUAL BOLD ROCK FALL FOLIAGE FEST & SEASONAL CIDER RELEASE PARTY
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
Live music, hay rides, apple bobbing, and a variety of additional fall-themed activities and delicious food from South Fork Food Truck! Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  11am-8pm.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-1030. 
 
October 22-23, Saturday & Sunday
BLUEGRASS & OLD TIME FESTIVAL AT ADVENTURE FARM
Adventure Farm and Vineyard.
Knockerball, pumpkins and games for the kids! Adventure Farm and Vineyard,Adventure Farm and Vineyard.  $free admission.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Andrea Matheson.  Email: andrea.matheson@adventurefarm.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-8796. 
 
October 23, Thursday
THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 7 PREMIERE
Paramount Theater.
Watch the premiere of the seventh season of The Walking Dead on the big screen! Paramount Theater.  8pm doors, 9pm show.  $Free.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
October 23, Sunday
WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This first 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. 
 
October 25, Tuesday
ART SPEAKS! WORLD LANGUAGE TOURS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
As part of Global Week at the University, the Fralin will be offering museum tours in multiple languages. The Fralin Museum of Art.  12:30pm.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 906-1022. 
 
October 1-31, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
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. Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  Dark-11pm Friday & Saturday, dark-10pm Thursday.  $15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 2-November 2
ABORIGINAL ARTIST DAMIEN SHEN
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Australian Aboriginal artist Damien Shen will visit the museum in coordination with his exhibition, On the Fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body, currently on view. When not teaching classes at UVA or doing programs, the artist will be working in the museum's breezeway on new work. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
September 30-February 12
ANN GALE: PORTRAITS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Portraits, painted from models in the studio, by American figurative painter Ann Gale, professor of Painting at the University of Washington. Largely composed of oil paintings, with a few preparatory sketches. The Fralin Museum of Art,The Fralin Museum of Art.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349061022. 
 
Ongoing
FREE SMOKE DETECTOR PROGRAM FOR CITY RESIDENTS
City of Charlottesville.
The Free Smoke Detector Program provides free smoke detector(s) for City of Charlottesville VA residents ONLY. This includes the smoke detector and the installation - all free of charge. Call the Fire Department's Neighborhood Safety Hotline 970-3245 or use the online email form. $FREE.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3245. 
 
Tuesdays, early September through October
IVY CREEK GUIDE TRAINING
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Become a volunteer guide! Learn the trails and how to be a basic naturalist. Topics covered include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, trees, plants, birds and the history of River View Farm. This training class is offered each year, starting in early September and requires attendance Tuesday morning (9:30am-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. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 

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