The Rivanna Chapter of The Virginia Master Naturalists training program will begin February 10, 2015. If you have a desire to help protect our local environment through volunteer services this maybe for you. Information sessions will be held January 6th and 11th at the Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building .

The Deadline to register is January 12 To learn more please visit the Rivanna Master Naturalists website.

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Woodrow Wilson Birthday Celebration

by Sue on December 17, 2014

December 28,2014
11AM to 3PM
18 North Coalter Street
Staunton, Virginia

Celebrate Woodrow Wilson’s birthday on December 28th and talk with costumed interpreters and learn the life and legacy of our 28th president. There will be special activities taking place for the children and light refreshments will be provided. For more information please visit The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

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Holiday Fun

by staff on December 3, 2014

Charlottesville is full of life and activities and the winter is no exception. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you need to be stuck inside! Whether you live in the area of are just visiting for the holidays, take time to enjoy the beauty and everything Charlottesville has to offer.

The Great Russian Nutcracker runs on various dates in December at the Paramount Theater. This is a spectacular performance and a must see.
Gingerbread House Contest in Charlottesville
Looking for something fun to do with the kids? How about designing your own gingerbread house? Located at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor center, your kids will love decorating their own house and enjoying family time with hot cider and cookies. You can also enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Virginia Discovery Museum. So come and eat some pancakes and visit with Santa.

In addition to festivals, concerts and workshops, Virginia also offers great skiing and snowboarding in nearby counties.
Finally, let’s not forget about the first night celebrations at the downtown mall. A variety of activities for all age ranges. A perfect way to start 2015.

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Thanksgiving Expense

by staff on November 26, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be time consuming, challenging and expensive. Ever wonder how your Thanksgiving Day expense breaks down or how it compares to other parts of the country?

Grocery stores are audited every year by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
to help learn the true cost of a Thanksgiving meal around the United States. For 2014-a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people cost on average $49.41.

Charlottesville, VA was ranked as 103 averaging around $49.56. Hilo, Hawaii was the most expensive place to host a Thanksgiving meal, costing on average $79.11. The least expensive place was Waco, TX at $39.82. The food that is included in this survey included the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee. Everyone’s Thanksgiving meal is different- consisting of different foods. Keep in mind- adding decorations, wine and beer and more side dishes will increase the cost.

Hosting dinner can get expensive so here are some tips to help:
1. Shop around on the prices of the turkey. Watch the store flyers for sales.
2. Plan ahead with your shopping. Buy canned goods or boxed items when they are on sale, even if its weeks ahead of time.
3. Everyone likes to contribute to the meal- so have different guests bring different side dishes, if they offer.
4. Don’t throw away leftovers. Save those leftovers to make turkey soup, sandwiches or maybe even another turkey dinner the next day.

Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday to celebrate with friends and family- so laugh, cook and share good memories over the dinner table!

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Famous People

November 21, 2014

Charlottesville, VA is not only known for its climate, scenery and diverse population, it’s also home to some very famous historic people and current stars. Ever wonder if anyone famous is walking around your city? Below is a list of past and present famous people that once used to or still calls central Virginia home! […]

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Holiday Wreath Workshops at Monticello

November 18, 2014

This is the 28th year of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello wreath workshops. All materials are provided and you leave with a beautiful handmade wreath. There are several workshops scheduled but you need to reserve your tickets in advance. The first one starts November 28th. Please go to Monticello’s website for more information.

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UVA Hospital-The Battle Building

November 11, 2014

Charlottesville, VA is known for its outstanding health care, but what about children’s health care? Children often need specialized care, due to their little bodies and inability to list all their symptoms correctly. In 2014, the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital opened a Pediatric Outpatient Care Center called the Battle Building. It was ranked by […]

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Retiring… What now?

November 3, 2014

Considering retiring to an area that offers history, affordability and a wide range of activities- then look at Charlottesville, VA. With its richly varied landscape that offer breathtaking views of the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, the four season climates, top medical care, and a wide variety of leisure activities… it’s easy to see why Charlottesville […]

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Apps & Smartphones

October 31, 2014

Interested in buying or selling a house? It’s a complicated process and there is a lot of information to help you achieve your goal. In today’s world, technology is at the edge of our fingertips, so here are some top apps available on most smartphones to help you gather facts and make the process much easier. […]

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Autumn

October 28, 2014

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, especially in Virginia. The weather cools down, the air is crisp, the leaves start to change color and there is a lot to keep everyone busy. Below are some top reasons of why Charlottesville and autumn go so well together… The fall foliage… Skyline drive is one of […]

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