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July 15, Wednesday
MONUMENTAL LEGACIES: AN UNCOMFORTABLE GUIDE TO RACE AND PLACE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE
Tom Tom Foundation & The United Way of Charlottesville.
Join Tom Tom Foundation alongside United Way affiliates from across the country for weekly deep dives to build knowledge around society's broken systems, identify ways to fix them, and empower each other to take steps toward change. Featured Speaker: Louis Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia. Online.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 1-July 17
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: THIS FAMILIAR SPACE
Second Street Gallery.
An exhibition of work by Stacey Evans in collaboration with high school students from Charlottesville and its sister city of Besançon, France, Charlottesville artist Nina Burke, and Besançon artist Gabriel Hopson. Online - Second Street Gallery.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 18, Saturday
HOPE'S LEGACY FAMILY FUN DAY
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue Inc.
Are you a horse or donkey lover? Volunteer-led outdoor activities, like a scavenger hunt, will help you and young ones learn more about horses and donkeys. Come out and meet Donkey, Dolly, and all the animals at Hope's Legacy, and have a fun time, too. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  10am-12pm.  $0.  Special Needs Accommodation: Outdoor uneven terrain  Contact: Volunteer Coordinators.  Email: hlervolunteers@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-5688. 
 
July 22, Wednesday
UNITED WAYS AND UNIVERSITIES: EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS TO BUILD EQUITY IN COLLEGE TOWNS
Tom Tom Foundation & The United Way of Charlottesville.
Join Tom Tom Foundation alongside United Way affiliates from across the country for weekly deep dives to build knowledge around society's broken systems, identify ways to fix them, and empower each other to take steps toward change. Featured Speaker: Kevin McDonald, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Virginia. Online.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 4 & July 25
BREAST PUMPS & BACK TO WORK CLASS
Breastfeeding Blues & Bliss.
Join board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) Marion "Lou" Lamb and Ashley Fore for an evidence-based presentation on breast pumps. This workshop will explore the latest products in the breast pump industry including wearable pumps, hands-free pumping bras, bottles for breastfeeding babies, and a range of topics related to milk supply and navigating your return to work as a breastfeeding mother. McLeod Hall, UVA School of Nursing.  10am-12pm.  $25.  All ages welcome.  Email: mybbblc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-373-0606. 
 
July 29, Wednesday
SYSTEMS-LEVEL CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY: THE RENEWAL OF FRIENDSHIP COURT
Tom Tom Foundation & The United Way of Charlottesville.
Join Tom Tom Foundation alongside United Way affiliates from across the country for weekly deep dives to build knowledge around society's broken systems, identify ways to fix them, and empower each other to take steps toward change. Featured Speaker: Charlene Green, Deputy Director, Piedmont Housing Authority. Online.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 5-August 2
WINTERGREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wintergreen Music.
Set among the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll hear classical, jazz, pop and Broadway, plus there will be cooking classes, seminars and concerts at neighborhood wineries, cideries and breweries. Wintergreen Resort & Neighboring Venues.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
August 12, Wednesday
THE COMMUNITY TABLE TOOLKIT: HOW CHARLOTTESVILLE CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD
Tom Tom Foundation & The United Way of Charlottesville.
Join Tom Tom Foundation alongside United Way affiliates from across the country for weekly deep dives to build knowledge around society's broken systems, identify ways to fix them, and empower each other to take steps toward change. Featured Speaker: TBA. Online.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 8-August 18, Monday-Saturday
QUARANTEAM ADVENTURES ON THE WILDROCK PLAYSCAPE
Wildrock.
Bring your family and/or quaran"team" and enjoy Wildrock's Nature Playscape for 2.5 hours. Up to 10 people per group. Arrive at your appointment time and enjoy Wildrock's Nature Playscape with access to restrooms. Only one quaranteam will be on the playscape at a time. There will be a limited number of play materials on the playscape. All materials will be switched and sanitized between appointments. Please bring your own boots for the stream. Wildrock.  10am-1pm.  $30.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
June-August, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Activities include: storytime, craft or cooking project, fruit picking (when available), hayride and snack Both sessions during a week will include the same activities, then activities will switch from week to week. Seasonal themes include apples, peaches, pumpkins, flowers, bees, etc. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10:30am-12pm.  $10/child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
May-August, Select Dates
TWILIGHT HIKING
Shenandoah National Park.
Hike into the "big meadow" at dusk through the changing colors of the mountain sky and, eventually, the spread of night skies as you explore the natural world as it settles into evening. You'll also look for animal signs and seasonal plants as you explore the ecosystems of the meadows. Led by Shenandoah Mountain Guides. Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51 on Skyline Dr.).  Directions: Meet at the grassy circle in front of the the Lodge lobby.  7pm.  $20.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 877-847-1919. 
 
July 2 - September 24, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, and the best view of a sunset in Charlottesville. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table on the terrace or decks. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5-9pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 24-October 4, Every Sunday
POLO AT KING FAMILY VINEYARDS
King Family Vineyards.
Every Sunday, weather permitting, Roseland polo hosts a day of wine, competition and family fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a 10x10 pop-up tent for shade and folding chairs or a blanket to sit on. King Family Vineryards.  Gates open at 10am, Matches begin at 1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
April-October, First Wednesdays
FIRST WEDNESDAYS
King Family Vineyards.
Grab a glass of your favorite King Family Vineyards wine to sip and listen to live music as the sun sets behind the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. King Family Vineyards.  5-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7800. 
 
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. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
ACCESSIBLE THEATRE PROJECT
The Accessible Theatre Project provides inclusive theater experiences for neurodiverse audience members and their families by partnering with theater organizations to create sensory-friendly productions. Email: autismtheatreproject@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS NETWORK
Silvia Barrett.
Open to all homeschoolers (and those considering homeschooling) in Albemarle county and the surrounding area, regardless of whatever other groups they are involved with. The idea is to have one central list that would allow members to invite people to join them for park days and craft times, list local community activities, form play and study groups and announce VHEA (Virginia Home Education Association) seminars or other information important to homeschoolers. 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. 
 
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Area 3 Special Olympics offers sports activities throughout the calendar year, including basketball, soccer, bowling, swimming, skiing, gymnastics, track and field, tennis, volleyball and golf. Their goal is to provide children and adults with special needs an opportunity to participate, train, and compete in sports events in order to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy that comes with involvement in community sports. Contact: Rose Ann Gamma.  Email: sovaarea3@yahoo.com . For more info call: 960-9331. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Every Friday
BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUP
Breastfeeding Blues & Bliss.
A mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group led by a board-certified lactation consultant. A scale is provided for mothers to weigh their babies. Bend Yoga.  12:30-1:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Lou Lamb.  Email: mybbblc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-373-0606. 
 
BRIGHT STARS FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Provides early learning experiences and comprehensive social supports for students and families that address risk factors that can lead to early academic failure. The schools hosting a Bright Stars Program are Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, Scottsville and Stone-Robinson. For more info call: 972-4140. 
 
Second Wednesdays
BUFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO MEETING
6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
C.H.A.N.C.E. (CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS AIMING TO NURTURE CHARACTER & EXCELLENCE)
A homeschool co-op in Louisa County offering K-12 classes. The group is modeled after a successful co-op in Pennsylvania, and the focus of the group will be what the name implies: mothers coming together to aid one another in character and academic excellence for their children. Contact: Denise Dovel.  Email: denisedovel@softhome.net.
 
Second Friday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group and Blue Ridge Connection Care for Children.
Monthly meetings open to parents and family members of children with special needs in a relaxed, supportive environment with other parents. Flexible - come late or leave early if you need to. Drinks and light refreshments provided. Park in lot across the street from the church side doors, on Fendall Ave Enter through double side doors on Fendall. Parlor is first room on the right. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street. Entrance at back of the parking lot, near the extended portico. Senior High room, first door on right.  12:30-2:30pm.  $Free.  Email: CRAAG1@gmail.com. For more info call: 466-7511. 
 
First Thursdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Charlottesville School District.
Stay informed and hear about Charlottesville City Schools. Feel free to attend and speak at these events. A public comment period takes place at the beginning and end of each meeting. Charlottesville High School Media Center.  5pm.  Email: schoolboard@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2400. 
 
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. 
 
CHARLOTTESVILLE SEPARATION AND DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Offers social support for individuals going through separation or divorce. For details, please click this link. 
 
CHILD HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
Child Health Partnership supports our community by helping families who face the challenges of child illness, developmental delays, and the challenges of everyday life that come with limited resources. They serve some families long rooted in our community as well as refugees and recent immigrants in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Louisa. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
CHILDREN'S CLUBS AND GROUPS
Belonging to a group is important. Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation Guide to find comprehensive listings of organizations offering clubs for local children. For details, please click this link. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Ongoing
COMPUTERS4KIDS MENTORS NEEDED
Computers4Kids.
Want to bring positive, permanent change to a child in only one hour per week? Computers4Kids seeks volunteer mentors to explore computers with youths in grades 7 to 12. Computers4Kids, 945 Second St. SE.  Contact: Michaela Tighe.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-1121. 
 
DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES (DBHDS)
The DBHDS supports individuals by promoting recovery, self-determination and wellness in all aspects of life. DBHDS's vision is to create a life of possibilities for all Virginians. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-786-3921. 
 
Wednesdays & Fridays
DRIVE-THROUGH FARMERS MARKET
Local Food Hub.
Preorder items online from Virginia farmers and pick up via drive-through on Wednesdays and/or Fridays. 1801 Hydraulic Road (Old Kmart parking lot).  Wednesdays 4-6pm, Fridays 3-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Ongoing
EXPLORING HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP
Child Development Laboratories at UVA.
Studies how children come to understand the world around them. They are looking for children from ages birth to 7 years old to participate in quick, fun studies. Your child might read a story or play a game, and you can be with your child at all times. Consider volunteering your child for a study. Recommended for ages 0 to 7.  Email: info@childdevelopmentlabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-5234. 
 
FAISON CENTER
Faison Center's mission is to give children and adults with autism and related challenges the best opportunity to improve their life's journey through evidence-based practice. Their mission is accomplished through programs designed to meet the needs of families at different points in their lives: the Faison School, the Fasion Behavioral Health Clinic, and Faison Adult Services. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-612-1947. 
 
FAMILY CHECK-UP
Region Ten Family Wellness.
Family Check-Up is a brief, strengths-based model for children ages 2-17 that promotes positive child outcomes by focusing on parenting and family management practices. Family Check-Up provides parents with the tools they need to manage their children's behaviors and to build strong and positive relationships. This is a free program. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-1800. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First Saturdays
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Second & Fourth Wednesdays
FREE LEGAL CLINIC
Women's Center at UVA.
The Women's Center Free Legal Clinic is staffed by local attorneys who offer pro bono legal counseling to Charlottesville community members and University employees. The Clinic is designed to provide general legal counseling and information about legal options. Women's Center.  By appointment.  Email: freelegalclinic@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-982-2361. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Weekly
GAME TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES
Weekly leagues and tournaments for Warhammer 40 K, Magic The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and X-Box games. The End Game Center.  $5 for tournaments.  Contact: Sam.  For more info call: 973-2205. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Fourth Mondays
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. 
 
H.O.M.E. MOMS GROUP
H.O.M.E. Moms Group.
We are a group of moms in Fluvanna County, Western Louisa County VA. and surrounding areas (formerly Moms Club of Troy) that meet to share ideas and support one another in the art of motherhood. We offer at home mothers friendship and support through lots of fun activities like playgroups, arts and crafts, monthly meetings, service projects,book club and MOMS night out. Children are ALWAYS welcome at all of our activities!! Call for location and times.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Jones.  Email: home.club@yahoo.com.
 
meets monthly
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY YOUTH UNITED PROGRAM
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Youth United (YU) is a national Habitat for Humanity program that brings volunteers ages 5-25 together to educate, advocate, and fundraise for affordable housing. Participating youth are leaders, planners, fundraisers, communicators, and, if old enough, builders (ages 16-25). If you're dedicated; age 5-25 who would like to get involved, please contact us. Youth United is not only a wonderful way to empower our local youth, but it also stresses community and team work among local schools. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville office.  Directions: 919 West Main St..  Recommended for ages 5 to 25.  Email: youthunited@cvillehabitat.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9066. 
 
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
HOMESCHOOLING GROUPS
There are many wonderful homeschool groups in our community. Click here to see a complete listing. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
JABA'S FISH (FRIENDS IN SCHOOLS HELPING) PROGRAM
JABA.
JABA is now recruiting FISH volunteers to help in local elementary schools during the 2011-2012 school year. All that is needed is patience, a caring attitude and a desire to make a difference. Potential volunteers can choose from many different time slots. Volunteers need to be able to commit to an hour per week for the school year. Openings are available in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Louisa. Email: FISH@jabacares.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-5289. 
 
JOURNEYS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
Children and adolescents need a safe place to express the grief, anger, and fear related to loss - thereby developing important coping skills. Offers art therapy bereavement support groups to help youth deal with grief and find that they are not alone. Throughout the year bereavement day camps provide opportunities for fun and healing with others who have experienced a loss. Recommended for ages 4 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
April-August
JUBILEE FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC SUMMER ACTIVITY CHALLENGE
Jubilee Family Chiropractic.
Activities include Stress Ball Making Kit, Word Search, Nervous System Puzzle, Bone Trivia, Spinal Hygiene Challenge and more. Jubilee Family Chiropractic will mail the entertaining package, at no cost, to the child. Once they have completed the challenges in the packet, mail the completion card back, and the prize will be sent. Virtual.  Recommended for ages 3 to 13.  Contact: Jennifer Hamlin.  Email: jubileecville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-218-2620. 
 
KIDS WITH DOWN SYNDROME
A community of parents and parents-to-be of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome who live in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. The group is intended as a way for parents to share useful information and resources, ask questions, help each other navigate through public services, provide updates on relevant legislation, and meet other parents. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
KNITTING CIRCLE
The Women's Initiative.
We welcome new or experienced knitters for chatting and stitching. Knitting help and supplies are available. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1001 East High St. .  5:30-7pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-872-0047. 
 
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 & Third Mondays and Second & Fourth Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Tuesdays & Thursdays
LIVE VIRTUAL WORKOUT FOR KIDS
Camp4Real.
Get moving and join Camp4Real on Facebook for a live kids workout every Tuesday and Thursday. Camp4Real - Facebook Live.  11:30am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
LOUISA AREA CHRIST-CENTERED HOME EDUCATORS
For more info call: (540)894-5225. 
 
LOUISA HOME SCHOOL FRIENDS
For more info call: (540)894-0647. 
 
MEDIATION CENTER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Offers formal mediation to help disputing parties resolve their conflict and a Co-Parenting Class for parents raising children in separate households. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
First Mondays
MINDFULNESS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Mindfulness is a program that invites toddlers, preschoolers, and children in early elementary and their caregivers to learn about mindfulness techniques together, including yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. Ages 3 and up. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Third Wednesday of every month
MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Mom's Night Out for mothers of kids with special needs. Come on by to chat with other moms while we have dinner, coffee or dessert, or just to escape bath/bedtime duty for one night. If it's your first time joining us, look for the table with a little vase of flowers on it. Panera at Barracks Road.  6:45pm.  Contact: Jenny.  Email: jnnyrd@yahoo.com.
 
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. 
 
MOMS CLUB OF CVILLE
The only international support group specifically for all at-home mothers. We believe staying home to raise our children is a fulfilling full-time job. The MOMS Club was started in 1983 by our founder Mary B. James, an at-home mother in California who decided she was tired of being home alone. Now we have over 2,1000+ chapters in the U.S. and over 110,000 members. The Charlottesville, VA chapter was started in November 2002. For details, please click this link. 
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
MUSIC LESSONS AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch.
The Front Porch encourages people to play music together as much as possible, and signing up for a group lesson is the best way to get started. Theres something for everyone, including babies. The Front Porch.  Directions: Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
Ongoing
NATURE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Serve as a nature guide, trail monitor, grant writer or one of many other needed roles for the Ivy Creek Foundation. Recommended for ages 18 to 100.  Email: icf@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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.
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing
ORGANIZATION OF VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOLERS
Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
A listing of homeschooling groups and networks in Virginia. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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 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. 
 
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
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. 
 
3rd Saturday of each month
PFLAG BLUE RIDGE GROUP MEETINGS
PFLAG Blue Ridge.
Parents, families, friends, and allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender loved ones to promote support, education, and advocacy. Monthly community group that provide support and education, a lending library, and opportunities for members to volunteer in the community in advocacy and outreach efforts. The Women's Initiative.  5:30-7pm.  $Free.  Email: pflagbr@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
PIEDMONT REGIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Serves families of children in special education in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Madison Counties. The PRC operates on the philosophy that parents are a valuable resource in planning the education of their special child. Consulting, groups, classes, lending library and more. 1434 Rolkin Court, Suite 201.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-9400. 
 
PIEDMONT REGIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (PREP)
The Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) is a public regional organization designed to meet the needs of special education students. PREP now provides special education programming and related services to nine school districts under an umbrella of a regional program. The districts served are: Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange County School Districts. PREP also supports a Parent Resource Center which provides information for parents of students with special needs. 1434 Rolkin Court, Suite 201.  Contact: Dr. Michelle Boyd, Executive Director.  Email: mboyd@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-9400. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  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: 434-284-8466. 
 
PLAY PARTNERS AND MENTORS NEEDED
ReadyKids.
ReadyKids has volunteer opportunities available for its Play Partners program, which teaches preschool-age children literacy skills, active listening and focus through play and story-telling together. Contact: Christy Arrington.  Email: carrington@readykidscville.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
PURPLE CHERRY ARCHITECTS + PURPOSEFUL ARCHITECTURE
A special needs architect, mother of an adult son on the Autism spectrum, and the sibling of a Down Syndrome brother, Cathy Cherry is passionate about designing successful environments for individuals with special needs. In addition to the numerous articles she has written on the topic, Cathy speaks nationally on design needs that support academic and therapeutic needs of individuals with disabilities. Email: SpecialNeedsFamilyConnection@purplecherry.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
RADIO TALK SHOW - EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH - ON WVAX 1450AM
Holistic Pediatrics & Prax Chiropractic.
Join Doctors Brian and Jennifer Prax along with Dr. Eric Rydland on Sundays at 8:30am for "Exploring Options for Children's Health." Each week a new topic relating to Children's Health will be discussed. Local Radio on WVAX 1450 AM.  8:30 to 9am.  $free.  Contact: Jennifer Prax.  Email: info@chiroprax.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-5433. 
 
REACH HOMESCHOOL GROUP
A large group that offers many educational, fun, and meaningful fieldtrips, workshops, seminars, meetings, and recreational events for students of all ages. Provides many opportunities for the homeschoolers in the community. Serves the areas of Fredericksburg, Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and surrounding areas. Contact: Wanda.  Email: sloper4@adelphia.net.
 
READYKIDS
Offers a one-time TransParenting class about helping children adjust to the changes associated with family transitions and tools for parents to work together for the child's well-being. 1000 East High Street, Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: DAY ACTIVITY SERVICES
Meadowcreek is a center-based, community integration program that provides training, support and supervision to adults with intellectual disabilities. The program aims to help participants acquire, retain and/or improve their self-help, social and adaptive skills through person-centered planning, behavioral support and assistive technologies. Access to Meadowcreek Center typically come from case management. Referrals are accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. Meadowcreek Center.  Directions: 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: Pam Fisher.  Email: pamf1@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
Region Ten offers three levels of residential services for individuals 18 or older who have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability: congregate, sponsored living and sponsored placement. Access to residential programs typically come from case management. Referrals accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: JoAnn Murphy-Osborne.  Email: joannm@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Monday of every month
REMEMBERING OUR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
If you are a parent or family member who has experienced the death of a child, we invite you to join us for education about grief and loss, support and healing. Hospice of the Piedmont.  5:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
April 24-June 5
RENAISSANCE SCHOOL IS NOW ENROLLING
Renaissance School.
At Renaissance School, the focus during this time is on maintaining academic continuity and a strong community. They believe that complete and total synchronous learning allows for a sense of community and connectedness. Student clubs are meeting, the Head of School has developed programs around the upcoming weeks to support synchronous learning, and faculty and students are finding creative ways to stay engaged. Join the online learning experience and see the difference a student-centered curriculum makes. Email admissions@renaissanceschool.org to arrange a visit today. Renaissance School.  Contact: Richelle Claiborne.  Email: rclaiborne@renaissanceschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4349841952. 
 
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. 
 
Second Saturday of Every Month
RIVANNA TRAILS FOUNDATION SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
Rivana Trails Foundation.
Volunteer to come out to help with trail maintenance. Great for older kids or the whole family. Tools provided, but bring shears or clippers if you have them. Large groups please call in advance. .  Directions: Meet at the RTF equipment shed on Earheart St.  9am-noon.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jeff Wilbur.  Email: klondike4@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7524. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
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. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of each month
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP
Navigating the world of sensory processing disorder can be a challenge but joining us for a monthly support group meeting is a great way to share your story, gain perspectives from others, and tap into resources. Recognizing that sensory processing disorder comes in many shapes and sizes and often co-exists with other diagnoses, this support group is open to all adults. We ask that you leave your children at home so that we can discuss our thoughts and ideas openly and freely. Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.  Directions: 2300 Commonwealth Drive, Suite C in the Commonwealth Business Center.  7pm.  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: sheila.chrobak@gmail.com. For more info call: 327-7121. 
 
Wednesdays
SEPARATION & DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
A safe environment for women going through separation/divorce to be with others who understand their experience. To register call (434) 872-0047 or email info@thewomensinitiative.org. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1001 East High St. .  12-1:15pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Email: info@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-872-0047. 
 
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. 
 
First Friday of every month
SPECIAL NEEDS GAME NIGHT
Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Game Night is for teens and adults with special needs. Play games, fellowship, socialize, participate in fun activities, share devotions and EAT! Everyone who comes should bring a favorite treat. It meets every month except July. Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Route 29 North to 2620 Frays Mill Road.  6:30-9pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
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. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 2, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Altria Companies Employee Community Fund.
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 15 and under. CMoR Short Pump.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7070. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
Saturdays
SPRING FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The market layout, vendors and customers will comply with Corona virus protocols. Safety is the highest priority. There are several safe ways to access food. You can now order from several vendors online and pick up at the market site at the booth or in your car. IX Art Park.  9am-12pm.  Email: cecile@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
Fourth Tuesday of every month
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Strength in Numbers is open to anyone touched by someone with special needs. Our group meets to discuss and explore a variety of topics and issues related to families and special needs. Dover Foxcroft - 5690 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Suzanne McDonald .  Email: strengthnnumbers1@gmail.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.
 
First Saturday of the month, October-May
TAKE A BREAK: RESPITE CARE PROGRAM
Registration is required each month, but application forms need to be filled out only one time (unless basic information changes). Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Frays Mill in the Missions Hall, second floor.  4-7pm.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
THE ARC OF THE PIEDMONT
Arc of the Piedmont improves the quality of life of infants, children and adults with, or at risk of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the lives of their families. They serve the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson since 1954. The Arc of the Piedmont provides service, advocacy and education to families, infants, children and adults with a wide range of support needs due to intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Their services include an Infant Development Project, Adult Activity Centers and Community Living Programs. 509 Park Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4002. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
THE HAVEN HOMECOMING
The Haven.
Come to the Haven every Wednesday for a great homecooked meal. The Haven.  12-1:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-1234. 
 
THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 
Therapeutic Recreation Program
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up, with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. Contact: Mildred Spicer.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3764. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
TRAIL ADVENTURES PROGRAM BY APPOINTMENT
Wildrock.
Wildrock is currently welcoming families to their trail system through their 90 minute Trail Adventures program. This is by reservation only and is designed to ensure social distancing. Make reservations online. Wildrock.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
UNITED WAY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTER
United Way provides free, confidential information and referrals to over 2000 local health and human service programs, including resources on child care, children's health insurance, food, health care, housing, support groups and other organizations. 806 East High St.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1703. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
Ongoing
VAHOMESCHOOLERS/AMAZON FUNDRAISER
VaHomeschoolers.
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers--VaHomeschoolers/Amazon.com. Shop Amazon through the VaHomeschoolers Bookstore and let your purchases help support VaHomeschoolers at no cost to you! Just go to http://www.vahomeschoolers.org/bookstore.html. Pass this link to friends and family so their purchases can also support your member- directed, all volunteer and fully inclusive state homeschool association. VaHomeschoolers is neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics; homeschooling is our only agenda. All ages welcome.  Email: secretary@vhea.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-866-513-6173. 
 
VALLEY HOMESCHOOLERS
Valley Homeschoolers is open to all homeschoolers and unschoolers in Waynesboro, Staunton, Crozet, Afton and the surrounding area. Make new friends, join or form playgroups, game days, or study groups, and have questions about homeschooling in Virginia answered. Join online! To subscribe, send a message to: valleyhomeschoolers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF AUTISM (VIA)
The VIA, located in Charlottesville, accommodates up to 40 students. The Institute includes outdoor activities as well as facilities for life-skills training. It now hosts several interns and practicum students per year, as well as supporting multiple research studies annually. VIA's outreach work also continues to expand through its intensive home- and community-based intervention services as well as school consultation services. 1414 Westwood Road.  Email: information@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-923-8252. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
VIRTUAL CLASS - MUSIC MONDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual music class for all ages. Online - DMR Adventures.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
VIRTUAL CLASS - SHAKE IT SATURDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual movement and dance class for all ages with Deon Ridley from Broadway's The Lion King. Online - DMR Adventures.  2-2:50pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
VIRTUAL CLASS - THEATRE CHALLENGE TUESDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual theatre class for all ages. Online - DMR Adventures.  3-3:20pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays
VIRTUAL EVENT - ART ACTIVITY
Brooks Family YMCA.
YMCA Youth & Family staff have teamed up to bring you fun activities for kids via Facebook live. Fridays will feature art-focused activities. Brooks Family YMCA - Facebook Live.  3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Wednesdays
VIRTUAL EVENT - STEM ACTIVITY
Brooks Family YMCA.
YMCA Youth & Family staff have teamed up to bring you fun activities for kids via Facebook live. Wednesdays will feature STEM-focused activities. Brooks Family YMCA - Facebook Live.  3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Monday-Friday
VIRTUAL EVENT - THE DAILY CREATURE
IX Art Park.
A little creativity goes a long way...If you're missing art class while school is out of session, join on IX Art Park's Facebook page Mondays through Fridays at for animal-themed stories and tutorials in sculpture and illustration. Projects are best suited for kids ages 6 to 12. IX Art Park - Facebook.  2-2:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday
VIRTUAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
Kid Pan Alley.
Are your kids bouncing off the bottom, glued to the tube, and all dressed down with nowhere to go? They could be doing something incredibly creative and fun together. Kid Pan Alley has launched a free online version of its group songwriting workshops for children for children in grades 3-6. Also offering free interactive concerts for the younger children in grades k-2. kidpanalley.org/online.  11am & 3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 13.  Contact: Kat Somers.  Email: kat@kidpanalley.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-981-9993. 
 
Tuesdays
WALDORF INSPIRED SCHOOLING AT HOME (WISH)
WISH.
A group of families from Charlottesville and nearby counties interested in Waldorf-inspired school at home. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
WOMEN'S SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
Women supporting one another through mutual sharing and validation. To join, contact Donna Dean at (434) 872-0047 ext. 101 or ddean@thewomensinitiative.org. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1001 East High St. .  5:30-7pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Contact: Donna Dean.  Email: ddean@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-872-0047. 
 
WORKSOURCE ENTERPRISES
WorkSource provides job training, employment opportunities and support services for persons with disabilities. It owns and operates several small businesses to carry out its mission. WorkSource serves approximately 250 local citizens in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-1730. 
 
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. 
 
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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