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FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 26 and beyond

Anthropologist extraordinaire
"She is impressive," says Charlottesville-based evolutionary psychiatrist Andy Thomson, speaking of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, a University of California-Davis-based researcher who is one of the world’s foremost experts on mothering and the mother-child relationship. Her works includeMother Nature and Mothers and Others, the latter of which is gaining her a visit and an award at UVA on Thursday in McKim Hall, a building along Hospital Drive.
April 26th, Leonard Sandridge Auditorium, 4pm, free

 

 

 

Art and theater
Downtowners know all about First Fridays, but what about Final Fridays, the collection of arts events UVA organizes in the area now fondly called the John & Betsy Casteen Arts Grounds, which serves as the site of the academic year's fi...

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Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal?

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Big windowless: Stonefield's Regal makes its mark

The new Regal Entertainment 14-screen theater rises on Hydraulic Road, a powerful symbol of cinematic enthusiasm in a town that hasn't seen a new movie place since the 1996 opening of the downtown Regal six-screener. These pictures were taken April 13, shortly before the structure at the upcoming Stonefield shopping center was wrapped with green plastic sheeting. The new facility, which will obviate a nearby Regal four-plex standing in the way of the planned Hillsdale Drive Connector, will offer digital projection and rocking stadium seating in every cinema.

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Big winners: Top Emily Couric scholarshipper gets $30K

Every year the nonprofit Emily Couric Leadership Forum picks an academic superstar demonstrating extraordinary leadership from among the seniors at each local high school– and a real-life leader. This year the life leader is award-winning investigative journalist Maureen Orth, and the top student is Charlottesville High's Jessie Press-Williams, who gets a $30,000 scholarship.

The student, one of ten seniors honored (the others get $4,000 scholarships), debates nationally, studies French and Arabic, edits the school newspaper, served on the team that won NASA's "Balloons at High Altitude Flight Competition," and presides over the CHS science club, BACON, or Best All-Round Club of Nerds. She's weighing whether to go to M.I.T. or Yale.

Vanity Fair's Orth was the speaker at this year's April 24 luncheon at the Omni hotel and recipient of the Emily Couric Women's Leadership Award.

Orth, who has covered many heads of state, said, "I often cover low people in high places." As a young woman, she joined the Peace Corps and helped build a school in Medellin, Columbia, that is named for her and is still supported by the Marina Orth Foundation.

"Keep yourself open to adventure," she urged the young women, while cautioning, "Don't mistake competition for creativity."

This was the 12th year of scholarships in honor of State Senator Emily Couric, who died in 2001. And in the small world of connections, it was Orth's late husband, Tim Russ...

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Egged on: Forest Lakes resident angered by addling

Two years ago, Forest Lakes North resident Carol Rasmussen was devastated when officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture rounded up and slaughtered 90 Canada geese from the five lakes in her neighborhood, citing airline safety and the neighborhood's proximity to the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Airport.

 

This year, Rasmussen says, her thrill at the arrival of a single pair of geese nesting in the lake behind her house turned to horror when she spotted a department agent patrolling the lake who told her he intended to "addle" the eggs, a process by which the shells are covered with oil, killing the developing embryos.

 

"One pair of geese with their eggs cannot cause a hazard," says Rasmussen, who had already named the adult geese "Gracie" and "George" in anticipation of the arrival of their goslings. She describes herself as "furious" at the egg addling, an annual effort by the Forest Lakes Neighborhood Association and something the board president insists is necessary, even when the goose population is low.

"It's one of our proactive efforts in an attempt to prolong th...

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