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April 23-May 21, Tuesdays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL-Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively literacy drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language development. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
April 23-May 23, Tuesdays or Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL-Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10:15pm Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:15pm Thursdays.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
April 23-May 23, Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Simple stories, rhymes and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-23 months with a caregiver. Central Library.  11:30am-12:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
April 22-May 23, Mondays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL-Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2- and 3-year-olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10am Mondays, 10:30-11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
May 14 & July 9, Tuesdays
BABIES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (12 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
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.
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
SIBLING CLASS
Sentara 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. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Directions: 500 Martha Jefferson Drive.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-736-8272. 
 
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. 
 
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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. 
 
First Sundays
PINTS AND POSES
Random Row.
A light Hatha yoga class from certified yoga instructor Shannon followed by a pint of beer, kombucha or col-brewed coffee. Random Row Brewing Co.  Directions: 608 Preston Ave.  10:45-11:45am.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 284-8466. 
 
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November 30, January 25, April 26, July 26 & October 25
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: YOUTH VERSION (FOR ADULTS WHO WORK WITH ADOLESCENTS)
Region Ten.
This interactive 8-hour course teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or who are in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self- help care. This program is designed to educate local citizens, families, school personnel, police officers, hospital staff, government staff, employers, teachers, resident advisors, social workers, coaches and more. 500 Old Lynchburg Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22903.  8am-5pm.  $Varies.  Contact: Emily Warren.  Email: MHFA@regionten.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-962-3301 . 
 
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. 
 
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month
OUT OF THE BLUES - A POSTPARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
Senatara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Are you a new mom? Are you feeling anxious, sad, or irritable? Motherhood is challenging, both physically and emotionally. Even if this is not your first baby, sometimes, the work of caring for your family can be overwhelming and bring unexpected stress, worry, and sadness. Come if you need a place to talk. No RSVP required. Feel free to bring your baby and connect with others who may be experiencing similar challenges. Groups are facilitated by moms who have experienced Postpartum Depression/Anxiety. Gather local resources for further support as needed. This group is affiliated with Postpartum Support Virginia. 595 Martha Jefferson Drive, 3rd Floor, Community Education Room.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free .  Special Needs Accommodation: All Moms and Babies under 1 y.o. welcome  Contact: Laura Salvatierra.  Email: lesalvat@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-4415. 
 
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. 
 
Third Sundays
RESPECTFUL PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP
Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.
Come join other parents and caregivers in supporting each others' journey in respectful parenting. Topics will be group driven with the goal of strengthening relationships with our small children and infants through mutual trust and respect. Infant in arms welcome but other child care will not be provided. Our Neighborhood Child Development Center.  3:30-5pm.  $Free and open to public.  Contact: Jennifer A. Slack.  Email: director@ourneighborhoodcdc.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8639. 
 
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. 
 
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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. 
 
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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. 
 
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month
OUT OF THE BLUES - A POSTPARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
Senatara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Are you a new mom? Are you feeling anxious, sad, or irritable? Motherhood is challenging, both physically and emotionally. Even if this is not your first baby, sometimes, the work of caring for your family can be overwhelming and bring unexpected stress, worry, and sadness. Come if you need a place to talk. No RSVP required. Feel free to bring your baby and connect with others who may be experiencing similar challenges. Groups are facilitated by moms who have experienced Postpartum Depression/Anxiety. Gather local resources for further support as needed. This group is affiliated with Postpartum Support Virginia. 595 Martha Jefferson Drive, 3rd Floor, Community Education Room.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free .  Special Needs Accommodation: All Moms and Babies under 1 y.o. welcome  Contact: Laura Salvatierra.  Email: lesalvat@sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-4415. 
 
November 6, Tuesday
PARENT BOOK CLUB
Redhill Elementary Parent-Teacher Association.
Red Hill Elementary School's first Parent Book Club meeting is on the horizon. Nancy McCullen and the PTO will host an open discussion about the first two chapters of Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children. The library will offer a limited amount of book copies. Redhill Elementary Library, North Garden.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-5332. 
 
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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. 
 
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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May 4 & 18, Saturday
PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Enjoy a night off while knowing your kids are having fun. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:15-9:15pm.  $30 members, $35 non-members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
Weekly
GET ROLLING
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Watch your kid go from cartwheels to confidence with lots of giggles along the way in specially designed class that will help your child channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured environment. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  Various Slots.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
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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March 19, Tuesday
YOUR MORTGAGE AND REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
UVA Community Credit Union.
During this informal session our experts will: Discuss the local real estate market, provide resources for buying and selling, explain your various mortgage options, help you understand the qualification process and answer all of your mortgage questions. A local realtor will join the discussion to give you an overview of the homebuying process and help you navigate the local real estate market. Education Center - UVA Community Credit Union, 335 West Rio Road, Charlottesville,Education Center - UVA Community Credit Union.  Directions: 335 West Rio Road, Charlottesville.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: UVA Community Credit Union.  Email: contactus@uvaccu.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-2001. 
 
May 18, Saturday
WINE & ROSES OPEN HOUSE
Piedmont Master Gardeners.
Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom and taste local wines in the garden. Join Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Rosarian Laurie McMinn for her talk on caring for antique and modern roses. Laurie will discuss the diseases and insects that find their way into our gardens as well as the best strategies to preserve your beautiful roses. Included are organic suggestions for pesticides, feeding the soil, and current recommendations for managing Rose Rosette disease. Monticello's Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 22, Wednesday
THE BOUNTY OF SPRING FLOWERS WORKSHOP
Pharsalia.
This workshop is for all levels of knowledge and will include tips on planting peonies, harvesting and conditioning.as well as walking the grounds to cut your own flowers from our abundant gardens. A few techniques and mechanics of flower arranging will be discussed as well as handouts provided. Once you have finished cutting your flowers, you will create your own one-of-a-kind arrangement to take home and enjoy. A catered lunch will be served after the arrangement time. Please bring a clean bucket, clippers and a container to use for your arrangement. Also bring a box to help transport your creation home. Pharsalia.  9:30am-12:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
Select Saturdays
LOOKING INWARD MEDITATIVE ART TOUR
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Experience the restorative power of art - join docent June Heintz for an hour exploration of art through a variety of meditative practices. Reservations required. The Fralin Museum of Art.  11am.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
READYSTEPS EARLY LEARNING PLAYGROUPS
ReadyKids.
Encourages parents as a child's first and best teacher through early learning playgroups within their home community. Each week, you can explore all of the many toys ReadyKids has to offer: baby toys galore, shape sorters, puzzles, blocks, trains, scooters and more! Greenstone on 5th, Agnor Hurt, Friendship Court, Southwood, Westhaven Neighborhoods.  Dates & Times vary; call for information.  $free.  Contact: Shannon Banks.  Email: sbanks@readykidscville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 238. 
 
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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April 24, Wednesday
WORDPLAY
The Paramount Theater.
Wordplay is a team-based trivia competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature and showing off how smart they are. Teams are comprised of three people from local businesses and organizations. The audience is invited to play along and cheer for their favorite team! Wordplay is the annual fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle, which provides free one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $20.  Email: heather@literacyforall.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
April 26, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: KILLER DELUXE
Sprint Pavilion.
Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
April 27, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL PARK TO PARK HALF MARATHON
City of Waynesboro.
Experience the best views in the Shenandoah Valley on this 13.1-mile course connecting Waynesboro's Ridgeview Park to Augusta County's Stuarts Draft Park. The race will be completely supported with fully stocked aid stations and a post-race party at the finish line. Portion of the proceeds from this year's race will be donated to Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro.  Directions: Ridgeview Park to Stuarts Draft Park.  7am start time.  $Varies.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6600. 
 
April 27, Saturday
HERBS GALORE & MORE FESTIVAL
Maymont.
Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event. Maymont Mansion.  Directions: Carriage House Lawn.  8am-4pm.  $5 Marketplace, free for members, kids 16 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
April 27, Saturday
SPRING RACES AT FOXFIELD
Foxfield.
Races featuring the country's finest horses, riders and trainers. The Spring Race will benefit CHiP, Children's Health Improvement Program. Popular with college students and other revelers last year's race drew over 25,000 guests. Rain or shine. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road.  9am gates open, 1pm first race, 5:30pm gates close.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
April 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
8TH ANNUAL RURITAN PLANT/YARD/BAKE SALE
White Hall Ruritan Club.
Plants, all from local gardens, include flowering plants, shrubs, trees, tomatoes and other vegetables/berries/herbs. Yard Sale items range from jewelry to decorations to household items to furniture. From antique to like-new. Proceeds will fund local scholarships, educational opportunities and improvements to White Hall's century-old Community Building. White Hall Community Building.  Directions: 2904 Brown's Gap Road.  8am-1pm Saturday, 11-2pm Sunday. 
 
April 28, Sunday
HOPE GROWS CELEBRATION
Camp Holiday Trails.
The Hope Grows Celebration will be a fun and inspiring family-friendly event featuring delicious food, drinks from King Family Vineyards and live music. Come have fun and learn about Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children and teens with medical needs. Enjoy lots of kid-friendly activities including a bounce slide, barn tour, fire truck rides, face painting and more. King Family Vineyards, Crozet.  $TBA.  All ages welcome.  Email: heather@campholidaytrails.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3781. 
 
April 28, Sunday
JERSEY BOYS
John Paul Jones Arena.
From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true. John Paul Jones Arena.  8pm.  $Varies.  Contact: JPJA Marketing.  Email: jpj-mkt@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
May 2, Thursday
TODD SNIDER
The Jefferson Theater.
Enjoy an evening of folk songs with Todd Snider. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors at 7pm.  $Varies.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
May 3, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: WILD COMMON
Sprint Pavilion.
Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
April 27-May 4, Saturday-Saturday
86TH ANNUAL HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK
Garden Club of Virginia.
Visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks. This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia's springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Albemarle County, Charlottesville and surrounding counties.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 4, Saturday
BATESVILLE 10K
Batesville Community Club.
A challenging, uphill course that occurs as part of the 44th annual Batesville Day. 7am registration, 8am race, 9:30am awards.  Email: events@batesville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 4, Saturday
COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
University of Virginia Health System.
Join in a day of fun and education, with free medical screenings, vendors providing education on health and resources available in the community, and live entertainment. Screenings will include: hearing and vision, blood pressure and blood glucose checks, and much more. Grace Health & Rehab, Stanardsville.  11am-3pm. 
 
May 4, Saturday
NELSON DOWNRIVER CANOE & KAYAK RACE
Nelson Area Paddlers / Nelson County Parks and Recreation.
This 8-mile race on the lower Tye River is suitable for experienced canoe and kayak paddlers. After the race, enjoy a picnic social. Up to Class II/III-whitewater. (Course subject to change due to water level.) Lower Tye River, South Powell's Island Road, Arrington.  9am-3pm, 9-10:45am registration, 11am-3pm race.  Email: crichardson@nelsoncounty.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-7130. 
 
May 4, Saturday
PACKING 201: PACKING IN A HARD-SIDED LUGGAGE
Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.
Delve into essential packing tips and tricks that will make packing for any type of trip more successful. Learn ways to pack efficiently and keep your suitcase organized. Plus, learn how to pack in a hard-sided piece of luggage. Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters.  11am.  $Free.  Contact: Lindsay Craig.  Email: events@peacefrogstravel.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1415. 
 
May 3-4, Friday-Saturday
SPRING PLANTFEST
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
The Garden's plant sales are among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. Plus, enjoy live music, a festive atmosphere and a chance to get all your gardening questions answered. All proceeds benefit the Garden's educational mission. Rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm Friday, 9am-3pm Saturday.  $Regular Garden Admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 4, Saturday
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT WITH THE RICHMOND SYMPHONY
Altria Theater.
The Richmond Symphony will present the Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar-winning composer John Williams' musical score performed live to the film. Altria Theater, Richmond.  7:30pm.  $Prices vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-514-3849. 
 
May 5, Sunday
NATIONAL NURSES DAY AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Nurses receive a complimentary tasting in celebration of National Nurses Day. Additionally, Ignatio & Maria foodtruck will be onsite in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
May 5, Sunday
PLANT SALE AT DEVILS BACKBONE
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Come visit the Spring Plant Sale here at Devils Backbone, featuring plants from their own hoop houses, 10+ vendors, hourly tours of the hoop houses and more. All purchases come with a discount to use on lunch or dinner in the Brewpub after. Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland.  9am-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
May 6, Monday
GOLD CONNECTIONS W/RAINEY DAY QUARTET
The Garage.
The Garage.  Directions: 1st Street between Market and Jefferson Streets.  8pm.  Email: garagecville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 8, Wednesday
HIGHLAND BOOK CLUB: MAY MEETING
James Monroe's Highland.
During the May meeting, Highland guide Sharon Hiner will lead the group in a discussion of Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargoby Zora Neale Hurston. James Monroe's Highland.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Courtney Bryce.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
May 9, Thursday
A PASSION FOR PEONIES WORKSHOP
Pharsalia.
Come enjoy an in-depth workshop for all levels of knowledge on peonies. The morning session will include tips on planting peonies, harvesting and conditioning as well as walking the grounds to cut your own peonies and filler flowers. Discussions on favorite flowers will take place on the walk. Foxie will also teach on the techniques and mechanics of flower arranging. Handouts will be provided. Meanwhile your cut flowers will be drinking cool spring water! After a scrumptious catered lunch you will be turned loose to create your special arrangement to take home and enjoy. Tips and guidance will be given throughout the afternoon. Please bring a clean bucket, clippers and a container to use for your arrangement. Also bring a box to help transport your creation home. Pharsalia.  9:30am-2:30pm.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
May 9, Thursday
PAINTING & SKETCHING IN THE GARDEN
Monticello.
Join Debbie Donley, Monticello's flower gardener and a professional artist, for a painting workshop in the gardens. She will demonstrate both simple line-drawing and basic watercolor techniques. Monticello.  9:30-11:30am.  $24.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 10, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: TREES ON FIRE
Sprint Pavilion.
Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 10, Friday
INDECISION
The Jefferson Theater.
The long-running jam band performs original and cover songs. The Jefferson Theater.  8pm, doors open at 7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@jeffersontheater.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4980. 
 
May 11, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL CROZET RUNNING TRAIL 5K
Crozet Running.
Enjoy the beauty of Mint Springs Park in this 5k race, which is the first of a 4-race Summer Trail Running series in the Charlottesville area. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  8am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 11, Saturday
RABIES CLINIC
Fluvanna SPCA.
Vaccines are good for one year. Three-year vaccines will also be available. Rabies vaccines are only $10 per animal. Please remember to have your dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Pleasant Grove Dog Park.  Directions: 110 Thomas Jefferson Highway, Palmyra.  9am-12pm.  $10.  Email: office@fspca.org. For more info call: 434-591-0123. 
 
May 11, Saturday
SOUL SUPPERS: CORA HARVEY ARMSTRONG
The Front Porch.
This monthly Sunday evening concert series, featuring Cora Harvey Armstrong, will feature a family style dinner at 5:30 pm and music at 7 pm. Join your neighbors for a delicious home-cooked supper followed by a concert. The Fry's Spring Beach Club.  5:30-9pm.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
May 12, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT TRUMP WINERY
Trump Winery.
The provides stunning views of the estate overlooking our 210 acres of vines. Come for an afternoon of great wine, entertainment and family. Ticket includes a special brunch buffet and a glass of Blanc de Blanc of mimosa upon arrival. Pre-paid reservations are required, space is limited. Trump Winery.  Directions: Grand Hall.  11am-2pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3895. 
 
May 12, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY CELEBRATION
Barboursville Vineyards.
Enjoy a four-course feast paired with Barboursville wines, prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford. Barboursville Vineyards.  Directions: 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville.  1pm.  $80/per person.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7848. 
 
May 12, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH
Graves Mountain Lodge.
Make Mom feel special by treating her to an all-you-can-eat fried chicken or country ham lunch in her honor at Graves Mountain Lodge, nestled deep in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
May 12, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY WINE BRUNCH
DuCard Vineyards.
Enjoy a pampered and relaxing four-course catered Sunday brunch featuring the lovely harp music of Vicky Lee. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains serve as your scenic backdrop for this elegant outing. DuCard Vineyards.  Directions: 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison).  11:30am.  $69.  Email: scott@ducardvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4206. 
 
May 12, Sunday
MOTHER'S DAY WINEMAKER'S BRUNCH
Veritas Vineyard & Winery.
Wine and dine Mom. Enjoy brunch with the family in Saddleback Hall and soak up the warm spring sun on the deck for the afternoon. Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Saddleback Hall.  12:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8000 ext. 108. 
 
May 16, Thursday
VINYASA, VINO & VIEWS
FlyDog Yoga.
Enjoy a 60 minute all-levels Vinyasa class followed by a glass of wine while enjoying some of the best views Central Virginia has to offer. Knights Gambit Vineyard.  6-7:45pm.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 17, Friday
FRIDAYS AFTER FIVE: ABBEY ROAD
Sprint Pavilion.
Sprint Pavilion.  5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-4910. 
 
May 17, Friday
SUMAIA JACKSON TRIO
The Front Porch.
Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Jackson studied classical violin, surrounding herself with many innovative and inimitable coastal string players. During her teenage years, Jackson's musical path widened as she sought out roots music communities in Scottish, Appalachian, Jazz and Bluegrass traditions, and spent years soaking up tunes and styles at vibrant fiddle camps. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $10-$12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
May 18, Saturday
WINE AND ROSES AT THE THOMAS JEFFERSON CENTER FOR HISTORIC PLANTS
Monticello.
Savor the sights and smells of antique roses in bloom and taste local wines in the garden. Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants.  Directions: 1293 Tufton Farm.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 18, Saturday
WORKSHOP: HOW TO MAKE A HAMMERED BRACELET W/TARA MONTGOMERY
The Garage.
The Garage.  Directions: 1st Street between Market and Jefferson Streets.  10am-12pm.  Email: garagecville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 17-19, Friday-Sunday
SPRING WINE FESTIVAL AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon.
Join Mount Vernon for its most popular event of the year! Sample wines from Virginia's finest wineries while enjoying spectacular views at the estate. Mount Vernon.  Directions: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon.  6-9pm.  $Varies.  Email: tickets@mountvernon.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-780-2000. 
 
May 20, Monday
GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games to play include classic standards and modern favorites, and each session will feature tutorials for a different game. Northside Library.  6:30-8:45pm.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
May 22, Wednesday
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT: AGATHA
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie. Light refreshments are served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
May 23, Thursday
13TH ANNUAL MADISON COUNTY BUSINESS EXPO
Madison County Volunteer Fire Co..
Over 50 businesses and organizations with samples, freebies, door prizes, many selling wares and fun for all. Madison County Volunteer Fire Co..  1-6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 23, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE COMMUNITY SPRING JOB FAIR
City of Charlottesville.
Over 100 exhibitors from a wide variety of industries such as healthcare, retail, government, hospitality, social services, staffing, and education will be hiring for over 1,000 open positions. Wear interview clothing and bring copies of your resume. John Paul Jones Arena.  10am-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3117. 
 
May 23, Thursday
VICTORY HALL OPERA PRESENTS: PERFORMING HISTORY
Victory Hall Opera.
In this panel, African-American women artists and scholars discuss what "Sally Hemings" means to them in their work and consciousness. Join for a drink and lively, inspiring discussion in the cozy gathering space at Common House, as some of America's most original thinkers and creators share their insights. Vinegar Hall at Common House.  Directions: 206 W. Market St, Charlottesville.  5-6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-9978. 
 
May 3-25
ROS CASEY: IN THOSE DAYS THERE WAS NO RIVER HERE
Chroma Projects.
"In Those Days There Was No River Here" is a modern parable. Ros Casey's cautionary tale about the earth and how we are in such critical denial of how we are forsaking it. Downtown Mall.  Directions: 201 E. Main St., 2nd Floor.  12-5pm Friday & Saturday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-2289. 
 
May 12 & 26, Sundays
FRENCH CREPES AT DELFOSSE
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.
Enjoy the view, the warm fire and a selection of freshly prepared sweet or savory crepes paired with salad and DelFosse wine. Hot soup and fresh bread also available. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.  11-2pm.  Email: kyle@delfossewine.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-6100. 
 
May 2-September 26
THURSDAY EVENING YOGA
Bald Top Brewing Co.
The class is designed to counter your daily stress and is suitable for all levels as options will be offered. Wear comfortable layers and bring a mat if you have one. We will practice outside. In the case of inclement weather, we may practice under the pavilion or cancel class. Wear sunscreen, bug spray and comfortable layers. Bring your own mat and water. Bald Top Brewing Co., Madison.  5:30-6:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 14-September 29, Sundays
MUSIC ON THE DECK AT CARDINAL POINT
Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery.
Enjoy live music on the covered deck at the winery. No cost for admission. Check the website and Facebook page for updates on Food Truck visits. Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery.  Directions: 9423 Batesville Rd., Afton.  2-5pm.  $Free admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8400. 
 
May 3-October 25, Fridays
FRIDAY SUNSET SOIRÉE
Chisholm Vineyards.
Come hear live music and enjoy tasty food from a local food truck each Friday. Chisholm Vineyards, Tasting Room.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Lane, Earlysville.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-8796. 
 
December 19, Wednesday
ADULT ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Older fans unite to watch anime and converse. Ages 18-plus. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8:45pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
First Sundays
BEER AND HYMNS AT BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY
Blue Mountain Brewery.
No preaching just singing and chatting over a pint. 9519 Critzers Shop Road, Afton.  6-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
Second and Fourth Thursdays
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Is English your second language? Would you like to practice your English speaking skills with others who are also learning English? Join the conversation circle. Library staff will guide the conversation in an informal, no-pressure setting. Northside Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
FREE WEEKLY DANCE PRACTICE
Charlottesville Swing Dance Society.
Dance Students, do you need space, music and a partner to practice the dance moves you learned in swing class last month or last year? Come out and practice with your fellow students. No partner is needed. Beginner-Advanced dancers are all welcome. Murray High School.  7:30-9pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
Final Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL-Crozet Library.
Knitters, beaders and stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning more about) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins are welcome. Ages 8+. Crozet Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
VIRGINIA WINE WEDNESDAYS
Back 40 Restaurant.
Come each Wednesday for wine tastings of Virginia wines. A different vineyard or winemaker will be showcased each week. Back 40 Restaurant.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8052. 
 
First and Third Mondays
WALTZ WHIRL
Greenwood Community Center.
Dance & practice to recorded music, no partner necessary, help available, no experience needed. Greenwood Community Center.  7-9pm.  $7-$10 donation.  Contact: Rick Martin.  For more info call: 434-823-6999. 
 
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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