Families and community members of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of film, arts, entertainment and learning. Free, 9am-2pm. Betsy andJohn Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA. virginiafilmfestival.org.
S’mores for Camp Holiday Trails
Friday, November 4
Enjoy gourmet s’mores and a special fire dancing performance to benefit Camp Holiday Trails. Camp Holiday Trails, 400 Holiday Trails Ln. $5-20, children under 3 get in free. campholidaytrails.org/smores
Fall harvest winemaker’s brunch
Sunday, November 6
Enjoy a four-course brunch catered by l’etoile’s Mark Gresge; each course is paired with a DuCard Vineyards wine. DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Ln., Etlan. $59, 11:30am. (540) 923-4206.
Health & Wellness
Community Healing event
Wednesday, November 2
The second Community Healing event will focus on grief and loss, and celebrate loved ones who have died. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. SE. Free, 6:30-8pm. harastudio.com
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