What’s Happening at the Jefferson School?

The African American Heritage Center hosted their first "Greens Cook Off" this week. The African American Heritage Center hosted their first “Greens Cook Off” this week.

African American Heritage Center hosts Greens Cook-off, also screening Dark Girls Documentary

The African American Heritage Center, located in the Jefferson School City Center hosted their first Greens cook-off on Saturday November 8th, 2014. The event was sponsored through the generous support of businesses such as Eppie’s, Brown’s Catering, and The Blue Moon Fund. Volunteers such as the Delta Gems were in attendance to help with the event. It was free and open to the public. There were fifteen different participants showcasing family recipes, cultures, and newly learned skills through local culinary programs. Recipes ranged from traditional collard greens to spinach stew with shrimp. Those who attended the event were given utensils for eating as well as a piece of paper to write and submit their favorite competitor. The winner was Ada C. Saylor with her collards and cabbage medley. The African American Heritage Center will also be screening the documentary Dark Girls on Saturday, November 15th at 5:30pm.  It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.

Starr Hill Health Center hosts a free program for expectant moms

The Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Health Center is currently hosting a Baby Basics Mom Club for expectant moms. Located in the Jefferson School City Center, these club meetings are ongoing and moms can join at any time. This group covers anything that you should expect if you are having a baby. This informative event is free, and occurs on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm, as well as 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 9:30-11am. The meeting location is on the second floor of the Jefferson School Building, room 225A. There are snacks and giveaways at every meeting! There are also free cab rides and free babysitting services available if needed. For more information on cab rides and babysitting, please call 434-654-7009. The Baby Basics Mom Club meets at two sites in Charlottesville. For more information on either location, please call 434-924-9920.

Sign your child up for upcoming Winter Break Camp at Carver Recreation Center

If you are seeking care for your child during the upcoming winter break, join Carver Recreation Center for their annual Winter Break Camp. Located in the Jefferson School City Center, Carver’s Winter Break Camp is for children as young as Pre-K to the 6th grade. They offer many activities such as arts and crafts, different field trips, and fun games in the open gym area. Parents are asked to provide their child’s lunch and snacks for the day. The first week of camp is December 22nd-26th, with no camp on December 25th. The second week of camp is December 29th-January 2nd, with no camp on January 1st. Camp hours are from 7:30am-5:30pm (and closing at 2pm on December 24th and 31st). City residents pay $76 per week, while non-city residents $99 per week. Financial assistance is also available. Those who are seeking scholarships should submit their applications by December 5th. Registration is available online at www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec, as well as by phone at 434-970-3260. You may register in person at Carver Recreation Center, Smith Aquatics and Fitness Center, or the main office at 501 East Market Street.

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