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5 things to do as a family (for the week of 04.13.17)

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Founder’s Day and Jefferson’s Birthday Celebration
10 a.m. Thursday; West Lawn at Monticello
Celebrate the 247th birthday of our earliest foodie in chief — President Thomas Jefferson — on the West Lawn of his beloved home with a ceremony featuring chef Alice Waters, the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. Waters, a chef, restaurateur and author of 15 books, owns Chez Panisse; she also founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which brings sustainable-food curriculum into schools, and she’s vice president of Slow Food International. Celebration is free; admission required for house tours. monticello.org ; (434) 984-9800.
The Songs of Frogs and Toads
7 p.m. Thursday; Ivy Creek Natural Area
Birds aren’t the only springtime singers; you’ve likely been hearing the cheerfully insistent peeps and beeps of frogs and toads lately. But can you recognize which amphibian is in the spotlight? During Thursday’s program, Michelle Prysby will explain how to identify local frogs and toads by their calls and songs. Meet at the Education Center. Free. ivycreekfoundation.org ; (434) 973-7772.
Student Art Exhibition and Seventh Annual Chocolate Chowdown
5 to 7 p.m. Friday; V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College
The student-centric weekend’s festivities begin with spoken-word artistry at One Mic Stand at 7 p.m. Thursday in the college’s black-box Maxwell Theatre. Admission to the final open mic of the season is free. Arrive to sign up by 6 p.m. if you’d like to perform. Come back Friday to see PVCC students’ works in painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, sculpture and graphic design. Their exhibit will be on display through Sept. 6. And while you’re there, don’t forget to savor the chocolate. The Chocolate Chowdown always is called the seventh annual event, no matter how many years have gone by. Free. pvcc.edu/performing art; (434) 961-5376.
Easter Weekend
Friday through Sunday; Wintergreen Resort
Drop off your entry for the Peeps Diorama Contest starting at 10 a.m. Friday; voting will take place Saturday. Check out the contest rules on the resort’s website. Saturday’s events include the Easter Eggstravaganza from 1 to 4 p.m.; the $29 fee includes cookie decorating, egg decorating and crafts ranging from Easter bonnets and top hats to bunny banners and jelly bean butterflies. The popular Peep Roast follows at 4 p.m. There’s a haiku contest all day Saturday. On Sunday, an Easter worship service in the ballroom at 9 a.m. will be followed at 9:50 a.m. by the Easter Bonnet Parade. The egg hunt starts at 10:15 a.m. Prizes await the finders of golden eggs. Fees vary; some events free. wintergreenresort.com ; (434) 325-2200.
VSA Music Concert
10 a.m. Wednesday; Carver Recreation Center
Head to the multipurpose room on the lower level and get ready for a VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle concert featuring voice, guitar, African drums, clarinet, accordion and handbell performances. Musicians and songwriters with disabilities will be in the spotlight at 233 Fourth St. NW. Free admission and parking. facebook.com/pages/VSA-CharlottesvilleAlbemarle/28083474193927 .
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