Starting up: Familiar activities in re-run
My older son, who worked all summer and had to be on the job by 7am, is glad to be back in school so he can sleep in for an extra hour. The rest of us are making adjustments, too, now that the pools are closed and schools are open again. Here are a few places around town welcoming fall with schedule and program changes:
Story time is back at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. All branches have their own weekly schedule of sessions for toddlers and preschoolers, which are listed in a program brochure available at any J-MRL branch. Central Library also has La Hora de los Cuentos en Español (story time in Spanish) every Saturday at 10:30am. (Volunteer readers are needed for this program. Contact the children’s librarian at Central.)
Sunday hours resume again at Central and Northside Libraries. Beginning September 8, these branches will be open from 1 to 5pm. And Central revives is monthly Sunday Fun Days event especially for families on September 29, 2-3pm. This first session of the season celebrates grandparents with stories, games, and crafts.
Over at the Virginia Discovery Museum, the Magic School Bus Science Club for kids ages four to seven (with an adult) returns to its usual Thursday slot on September 26 at 4pm. Poetry Club meets Tuesdays for little literati ages five and up, and Toddler Time continues for tikes two through six (with an adult) on Wednesdays at 10:30am and again at 3:30pm.
Registration started September 3 for City Recreation and Leisure Services classes and sports teams kicking off the fall season next week. There’s something for everyone on this extensive list of fun and games including dance and movement, arts and crafts, gymnastics, ice skating, swimming, volleyball and basketball, kickboxing and fencing, and therapeutic hiking. Activities take place at several different venues around town, and most are geared to a variety of skill levels. Call for a brochure, or see it on-line.
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation has their own set of dance, fitness, and special interest classes, also beginning next week. This list includes swing and social dancing, aerobics, yoga, self-defense, ice skating lessons, and karate. As with City classes, these sessions are held at a variety of locations. Both County and City have a two-tiered payment system for residents and non-residents.
The main branch of J-MRL, Central Library, is at 201 E. Market St. downtown. 979-7151, ext. 300. HYPERLINK "http://www.jmrl.org" jmrl.org. Virginia Discovery Museum is on the east end of the Downtown Mall. 977-1025. Charlottesville Recreation and Leisure Services can be reached at 970-3260 or HYPERLINK "http://www.charlottesville.org" charlottesville.org. Albemarle County Parks & Recreation is at 296-5844 or HYPERLINK "http://www.albemarle.org/parks" albemarle.org/parks.