LIVING Picks: Week of February 1-7


First Fridays Under the Stars
Friday, February 3

The event starts with a short talk in the education building, then volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. Free, 7:30pm; viewing starts at 8:15pm. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd. 973-7772.


Slavery & Freedom talk
Saturday, February 4

John W. Franklin, a historian and the director of partnerships and international programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, shares the latest happenings at the newest museum on the National Mall. Free, 2- 3:15pm. Milstein Theater at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello, 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. RSVP to 984-9800.


Mardi Gras at Horton
Friday, February 3

Celebrate Mardi Gras with tastings of 10 wines, a cellar tour, beads, chili and a traditional Louisiana dish. $15, 10am-5pm. Horton Vineyards, 6399 Spotswood Trl., Gordonsville. (540) 832-7440.


Noontime meditation
Friday, February 3

Weekly noontime meditation and discussion sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays are open to new and experienced meditators. Donations accepted, noon-1pm. Common Ground Healing Arts, 233 Fourth St. NW, Suite 219.