Around Town

Around Town

Aug. 28, 2002

The Virginia Young Republicans State Convention will take place at the Holiday Inn Arlington, near Ballston Metro, on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event is held in conjunction with the Virginia Conservative Alliance Anti-Tax Conference and all ages are welcome. Speakers include state Young Republicans chair Marjorie Blakely, former state GOP chairman and current Virginia Conservative Alliance chairman Pat McSweeney, National Club for Growth chairman Steve Moore, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, Republicans United for Tax Relief president James Parmelee and VA Club for Growth chairman Peter Ferrara. Call Marjorie Blakely at 703-522-6402 or email to RSVP.

"Journey of Healing: A Tribute to All Who Mourn," will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. at The Hospices of the National Capital Region Hospice Center, 4715 North 15th St. Guest speakers will share their journeys of healing, followed by a ceremony for the first annual planting to commemorate the struggle faced by people who have lost a loved one in the past year to the terrorist attacks, illness or violence. The event is free. Call Jessica Chase to confirm attendance at 703-538-2064.

A Memorial Prayer Service will be held at Little Falls Church, 6025 Little Falls Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The event is free and child care will be provided. Call 703-538-5230 or visit

A 45-hour volunteer training program called Tree Steward starts Tuesday, Sept. 17. The class is open to Arlington County and the City of Alexandria residents on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $25. Tree Steward is designed for residents interested in preserving and protecting the urban forest. Graduates of the course become volunteers who assist the local jurisdictions with tree care needs such as planting, watering and pruning. Classes will meet 11 times on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. from Sept. 17-Nov. 5, as well as on Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. To become a Tree Steward, participants must complete 20 hours of volunteer service following completion of the course. The registration deadline is Sept. 14 and preregistration is required. To obtain a registration form, call 703-228-6400 or visit

Cyber Seniors/Cyber Teens is a program where young people teach seniors how to use the computer, Internet and e-mail. Each course consists of four 1-hour sessions taught at a local school or senior center. Currently, there are three basic instruction courses being offered and classes in Word and Excel. Individuals over 50 are eligible to register for the classes. Call for details and for class fees at 703-228-6425.

The Arlington Historical Society's Bell Ringer Campaign is seeking contributions for the Acorn Fund, which supports the society's operations. Send a check to the Arlington Historical Museum, P. O. Box 402, Arlington, VA 22210, Attention of Sy Stiss.

Tiny Tots and Preschool Programs are available at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, 703-228-6535, and Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, 703-228-3403 . Programs are designed for children 1 1/2 to 2 years of age and preschool children. Morning and afternoon events available. There is a $1 fee per child, payable on the day of the program. Reservations should be made by phone during the month the program is offered.