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Green Scene: This week's environmental news

Green Scene: This week's environmental news

BULLETIN BOARD Eco reading: Virginia Cooperative Extension, a Virginia Tech-based organization that offers education in farm management, agriculture, and natural resources, recently announced that it has released several of its publications in e-book format. Free publications include “Boiling Water Bath Canning,” “Pruning Peach Trees,” and “Aerating Your Lawn,” and additional titles will be released each […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 5-Jun 11

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for Jun 5-Jun 11

Saturday 6/9 Camera closeout For anyone who loves visual media (we’re talkin’ to you, couch potato), the Festival of the Photograph is a feast for the eyes and perhaps the most satisfying event is WORKS. Three days of “peace, love, and photography” are closed out by the exhibit that started it all—the projections. LOOK3 WORKS […]

Fun for the family: Summer camps and puttin' places

Puttin’ places Mini-golf isn’t just for trips to the beach and boardwalk. Charlottesville has two family-owned greens that offer classic summer fun for little putters—and parents, too. The Putt Putt Fun Center on Rio Road East near Fashion Square Mall has been around for decades, and offers two 18-hole courses. Tickets are $6, with $14 […]

Patio-a-go-go

Patio-a-go-go

Sitting on a restaurant’s patio in the summer heat is a summertime rite of passage. Here’s a list of al fresco places around town to eat, drink, see, and be seen. Aguas frescas at Cinema Taco (Photo by John Robinson) Melon heads What says summer better than a slice of fresh fruit in your hand, […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

 “Wine” down for the weekend If you’re the tailgating type, there’s still fun to be had out of your trunk in the summertime. At Stinson Vineyards, Thursday nights from 6 to 9pm through Labor Day are Tailgate Thursdays. It’ll have its wines chilled, its grills fired up, and live music set up so that all […]

(Photo by Robert Llewellyn)

Your guide to summer fun in Charlottesville

Sunbathing by the pool is nice enough for some, but there’s much more to summer than beach towels and SPF. We’ve dug up more than 170 ways to make the most of the next three months—indoors, outdoors, and in between. Grab your kids (or a few rowdy friends) and head out. We’ll see you there! JUMP […]

The perfect summer day…

The perfect summer day…

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) For the indoor enthusiast: We know your type. You drive with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner blasting. You always feel sweaty. Grab yourself a snack and sneak it into a theater to hunker down for a blockbuster. Here are the big releases this summer: Prometheus (June […]

(Photo by Cramer Photo)

C-VILLE Kids! How to take a trip with a little one

One minute your baby is playing with the shiny bag of airline pretzels, the next she’s spilling a complimentary beverage all over your tray table. You can’t avoid every mishap when traveling with kids, but here are some tips for keeping the chaos to a minimum on your summer vacation. KEEP YOUR IPHONE HANDY Not […]

C-VILLE Kids! Fam band

C-VILLE Kids! Fam band

  (Photo by Cramer Photo) Ask 6-year-old Alani Green her favorite song and she won’t answer “Yellow Submarine” or “I Like to Move It.” She likes “Piggy Piggy Piggy,” a song her dad, Clarence Green, made up for his kids, Alani and Tashi, 3, to dance to. Music plays a big role in the Green […]

C-VILLE Kids! When beef is not what's for dinner

C-VILLE Kids! When beef is not what's for dinner

  Give your toddler a piece of broccoli or bite of salad, and it’ll likely end up on the floor. So how do vegetarian and vegan families cope with finicky palates at mealtime? According to two Charlottesville moms, planning and creativity are key. “My biggest challenge is not having enough time to cook,” said Renee […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 29-Jun 4

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 29-Jun 4

Friday 6/1 Take me to the river Hailing from New Jersey, the eight-piece ensemble River City Extension is larger than the sum of its parts. Led by frontman Joe Michelini’s “evocative, intensely personal songwriting,” the group drives home banjo-inflected roots rock with a healthy balance of thrashy jam. Its new album, Don’t Let the Sun […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Up for swapsies Hit up the second Cville Swaps on Sunday, June 3, bearing any homegrown, homemade, or foraged-for items and get some in return. Loot includes baked goods, jam, pickles, granola, eggs, pasta, sausages, fruit, veggies, perennials, seeds, and homebrews. You’ll find out the time and place when you RSVP to cvilleswaps@gmail.com and tell […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 22-May 28

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 22-May 28

Saturday & Sunday 5/26-27 Street cred No matter what city you live in, you’ve always got friends on “Sesame Street.” In the latest staging of sunny day philosophy, Elmo and crew explore the limitless power of imagination. 1-2-3 Imagine sends Ernie out on the high seas, Elmo to the African rainforest, and Bert gets deep […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Summertime and the brunching is yummy We all know that Mondays mean fiesta bowls and Thursdays mean turkey meatloaf at Eppie’s, but did we remember that come summer, Sundays mean brunch? Through September, from 10am to 3pm, order at the counter and then grab a seat inside or out for tasty eats like biscuits and […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 15-May 21

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 15-May 21

Wednesday 5/16 Gentle man Musical jack-of-all-trades Jonathan Wilson is an adept performer with an innate ability to conceptualize soundscapes with depth and soulfulness. A student of old school musical values, Wilson has worked with legends Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, as well as contemporary artists like Dawes and Erykah Badu. His debut solo album Gentle […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Wine then beer, in the clear Hunter Smith, marketing manager of his family’s Afton Mountain Vineyards, is changing his poison of choice —at least in terms of his career. He’s putting his brewing diploma from Siebel Institute of Technology to work and opening Champion Brewing Company at 310 Avon St. (at the foot of the Belmont […]

Grad tidings: The UVA Issue

JUMP TO: A Q&A with Teresa Sullivan "What I’ll miss:" Grads share their favorite local spots "The tension is tangible:" A finals week diary Top jocks: Star athletes from 2011-12 A family affair: Father and son walk the Lawn together Construction ahead: What’s happening on Grounds this summer News of the year Start saving: Finance […]

What I'll miss about Charlottesville and UVA

What I'll miss about Charlottesville and UVA

Tom Christensen (Photo by John Robinson) Tom Christensen  Leesburg, Virginia Drama/American Studies Some of my fondest memories from the past four years involve driving out to Four County Players in Barboursville for rehearsals, working with passionate actors at Live Arts, performing with some of my best friends in UVA’s Culbreth Theatre, and fine-tuning auditions late […]

Top stories from around Grounds in the last academic year

Top stories from around Grounds in the last academic year

  A student hunger strike aimed at pushing UVA to adopt a living wage for employees and contracted workers attracted national attention in February, but failed to bring about the change activists were seeking. (Photo by John Robinson) UVA made headlines around the country more than once in the past year —and the spotlight wasn’t […]

Green Scene: This week's environmental news

Green Scene: This week's environmental news

 I spotted my accountant in front of her office this spring, planting perennials to spruce up the parking lot. I liked seeing her away from her desk, and it struck me as further proof of the way Central Virginia is just so packed with people who know and care about growing plants. Gardening is truly part […]

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 8-May 14

C-VILLE Arts Beat: Top Picks for May 8-May 14

Friday 5/11 and Sunday 5/13 Pop opera Due to his untimely demise, Georges Bizet never got to experience the success of his four-act tragic opera Carmen, now one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. Popularity has given way to many productions, and the recently formed Lyric Opera Virginia is staging the accessible […]