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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

The Bi-Annual Ikebana Show. Arrangers from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana choose a work of art by an Art League or Torpedo Factory artist, coordinate it with a vessel by one of the Art League potters, and create an arrangement with flowers and plants in a manner which complements the work. Art League Gallery, at 105 North Union St. Oct. 3-6. Call 703-683-1789.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

Wine Festival. Mount Vernon is hosting a Wine Festival and Sunset Tour on Oct. 4, 5 & 6 from 6-9 p.m. Due to the popularity of the spring festival, they have added this weekend’s event. Visitors are encouraged to Brian a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from Virginia wineries. Tickets are $25 each; call 703-573-7328.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

Art on the Avenue. The annual multi-cultural arts and music festival celebrating Potomac West’s diversity will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Mount Vernon Ave., between Bellefonte and Stewart Ave. Call 703-683-3100.

Ikebana Flower Arrangement Demo by Diana Cull will be held at the Art League Gallery, located at 105 North Union St. in Alexandria, on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Call 703-683-1789.

Arts Safari. The Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., will host the Arts Safari from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This popular event includes hands-on activities for children and artists’ demonstrations in many different media. All activities are free of charge and open to the public. Call 703-838-4565, ext. 6.

Community Yard Sale. Donate or sell items at the Groveton Elementary Community Yard Sale from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Tables can be purchased or items can be donated to the Groveton PTA on following dates at the school: Oct. 1-3, from 6-7 p.m.; Oct. 4, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost to reserve a table $15 and $10 to just reserve a space. Call 703-765-1740 or 703-765-7948. Rain date is Oct. 12.

Kids Rummage Sale. Fort Hunt Cooperative Preschool, 1909 Windmill Lane, is holding a Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-noon. For more information call 703-360-1741.

Photograph Collections. Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road, will sponsor a lecture on home care of photography collections by Larry Baume, a professional archivist, who will discuss appropriate handling, storage and framing tips that can be used for photograph collections in the home environment. Lecture begins at 1 p.m. and costs $5; reservations are recommended. Call 703-838-4848.

Ten Thousand Villages Volunteer Training. Volunteers are vital part of Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit retail store in Old Town Alexandria that creates jobs for Third World artisans and their families. To find out about volunteer opportunities, come to a volunteer orientation on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the store, located at 824 King Street. Call 703-684-1435.

Fall Harvest Family Days. Harvest celebration with dancing, blacksmithing, wagon rides, bake sale and free pumpkins for children under age 11. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Oct. 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 703-780-2000.

Grammy award-winner Doug Cotler will perform contemporary Jewish music at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. 18 and under free. Adults $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets available by calling the Education Office at 703-370-6644 or sending an e-mail to education@bethelhebrew.org.

SUNDAY/OCTOBER 6

Japanese Tea Ceremony by Stephen di Girolamo will be held at the Art League Gallery, located at 105 North Union St. in Alexandria, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Call 703-683-1789.

9-year-old American-Israeli violinist Giora Schmidt will be performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Allison Bailey on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Jefferson auditorium. Free. Reception will follow. Call 703-750-8316.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

Gallery talk on "Printing Papers," Communication Design Topic Show, will be held on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m., at the Tyler Teaching Gallery, Tyler Building, at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), 3001 Beauregard St. Free.

Art Night on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Broadway Gallery, located at 1219 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, will feature the opening of Dino Paravano’s exhibit of pastels and paintings of wildlife and landscapes, especially those in Africa. The exhibit will run through October. Call 703-549-1162.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Ivy Hill Cemetery of Alexandria will host the Annual Wreath Laying and Memorial Service honoring the men and women of the Alexandria Fire and Rescue at Ivy Hill on Friday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. The service stands as a tribute to the history and sacrifice of the Alexandria Firemen and somber reminder of the tragic cost of fire. The public is invited. Call Deborah Stutz at 703-549-7413.

"Logic: The Role Logic Plays in Our Lives," a lecture by Dr. Donald R. Gregory, professor of philosophy at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). A MATURALS (Mature Adult Learners) program, at the Alexandria Campus of NVCC, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Friday, Oct. 11, Bisdorf Building, Room 132. 1:30-3 p.m. Free.

Friday Nighters Dancing Club, featuring social/ballroom dancing to live music of The Family, will be held at Fairhaven Community Center from 9 p.m. to midnight. Reservations required. Call 703-799-3068.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

Book Signing, Barry Barnett Keith, author of “The Cycle” will be signing books and reading at First Impressions Gallery, 1310 Braddock Place, from 7-9 p.m. Call 703-684-7525.

Charles Barrett Community Day and Bazaar will be held at the Charles Barrett Recreation Center, located at 1115 Martha Custis Drive. Proceeds will help fund center programs. Call 703-838-4818 or 703-706-3963.

Tesa Jones will be signing copies of her novel Cobwebs of Time at Books-a-Million, located at 6230 N. Kings Hwy) in Penn Daw Shopping Center on Oct. 12 between noon and 1:30 p.m. Call 703-765-1858.

Mt. Vernon Invitational Marching Band Classic will be held at the Mt. Vernon High School Melvin B. Landis Stadium, located at 8515 Old Mt. Vernon Road on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. The host band, the Mt. Vernon Marching Majors, will perform in exhibition. The featured band will be the U.S. Army’s 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the Fife and Drum Corps. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children (3-17).

EXHIBITS & SHOWS

Imagine Artwear, located at 1124 King Street, at the corner of King and S. Fayette Streets, is hosting Barbara Wells and her fall collection of handmade women's knitwear Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6. Meet the artist on Friday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children’s Theatre. West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St., presents “The Wizard of Oz” on Oct. 5. Children’s Theatre performances are on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. and are “show only” (no meal). Tickets are $9/person or $8/person with a group of 10 or more. Call 703-370-2500.

Dimensional art work. The Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., will feature a variety of two- and three-dimensional art work by members at the Fall Membership Show through Oct. 5. Call 703-838-4827.

Photography Exhibit. Factory Photoworks Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Studio 322, presents two black-and-white photography exhibits through Oct. 5. “Resting Places,” an exhibit by Karen Keating, defines the idea of resting places through images of beds, chairs, gardens and cemeteries. James Steele’s “Nudes 2002” demonstrates his marriage of light, subject matter and beauty as reflected in the human form. Call 703-683-2205.

Landscape Show. The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan, presents “Favorite Escapes,” an exhibit of landscapes, seascapes and gardens by Karen Ching, through Oct. 6. Call 703-569-5731.

Textile Show. The Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Studio 18, presents “We Remember,” an exhibit illustrating the reflection of artists on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Show runs through Oct. 6. Call 703-548-0935.

Photo Collage. Gallery West, 201 S. Union St., presents “Let There Be Light,” a solo photo collage show by Judith L. Smith, through Oct. 13. Reception will be held on Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m. Call 703-549-7359.

MetroStage Performance. MetroStage presents the world premiere of “Three Sistahs,” featuring Desiré Dubose, Crystal Fox and Bernardine Mitchell. Show runs through Oct. 13. Tickets are $30-35. Call 703-548-9044.

Mixed Media Works. Washington Theological Union, 6896 Laurel St. N.W., Washington, D.C., is hosting “Reflections on the Desert,” 20 new mixed-media works on canvas and wood by Alexandria artist Patricia M. Gerkin. Show runs through Oct. 20. Call 703-971-8638.

Agatha Sings. “Agatha Sings” will be presented at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., on Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26. Tickets are $20-23. Call 703-836-8643.

Solo Exhibition. “Recent Geography,” a solo exhibition of abstract, mixed media paintings on canvas by Alex. artist Karen Hubacher, will be shown at Studio Gallery, 2108 R. St., NW, Washington, DC through Oct. 27. Call 202-232-8734

Athenaeum Exhibit. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., presents “Recent Paintings and Prints,” an exhibit of works by Cora J. Rupp and Gordon Gibson, through Oct. 27. Call 703-768-1338.

Boat Excursions. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s Potomac dory boat excursions will sail every Wednesday and Friday through the end of October, weather permitting. The 90-minute Potomac River Sunset Sails depart at 6 p.m. from the foot of Prince Street. Donations requested. Call 703-549-7078.

Slave-Life Tours. Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Road, offers Slave-Life Tours, the first Sunday of each month; Women on the Plantation Tours, the second Sunday of each month; Hidden History Archaeology Tours, the third Saturday of each month; and Hoofs and Feathers Farmyard Tours, the fourth Saturday of each month. All tours will be given through October. Call 703-550-9220.

Time Travelers Program. Passports for the sixth annual Time Travelers Program are now available at City museums for the program, which runs through Nov. 1. Call 703-838-4399.

Farmers Market. The Fairfax County HomeGrown Farmers Market will be held at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, through Nov. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lantern Tours. Thirty-minute Lantern Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., will be given every Friday night from 7-10. through November. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 11-18; free for children 10 and under. Call 703-838-4242.

Family Treasures Exhibit. Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Highway, will showcase a vast array of Washington-related objects that were once part of the famous household. Titled “Holding History: Family Treasures Return to Woodlawn,” it will be held through Dec. 31. Call 703-780-4000.

"Printing Papers," Communication Design Topic Show, will be held at the Alexandria Campus Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) through Oct.30 at the Tyler Teaching Gallery, Tyler Building, NVCC, 3001 Beauregard St. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30

a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Gallery talk: Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., Tyler Gallery. Free

Broadway Gallery, located at 1219 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, will feature the artwork of Dino Paravano for the month of October. Paravano is known world-wide for his breathtaking pastels and paintings of wildlife and landscapes, especially those in Africa. Call 703-549-1162.

All-media membership show will be held at the Art League, located at 105 North Union St., from Oct. 9 - Nov. 4. Call 703-683-1780.

“Connections,” an exhibit of mixed media on paper by Eleanor Wang, will be held at the Art League, located at 105 North Union St., from Oct. 10 - Nov. 4.

"re-in-car-na-tion," an exhibit of artwork created from found objects, re-used materials, or unusual mediums, will he on display from Oct. 11 - 27 at the Del Ray Artisans' Gallery in the Nicholas Colasanto Center, located at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Contact Marie Niernberger at 703-683-2514 or mariearts@comcast.net.

CLASSES & MEETINGS

Boy Scout Citrus Sale. Troop 120 of Alexandria is sponsoring its annual citrus sale - oranges, tangelos, grapefruit. Sales continue through Nov. 25. Pick-up is Dec. 14 and 15 at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St. To place orders, call Lorraine Wells at 703-671-1506.

Class Action Suite. ReCreations Decorative Consignments, 8804 Pear Tree Village Court, holds classes on various topics. Call 703-360-5100 for more information.

Docent & Volunteer Training. Register for the fall docent and museum teacher training series, which will be held at the Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 703-549-2997

Emotions Anonymous. A 12-step fellowship for people whose emotions are causing difficulties in their lives. Group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-660-8798, or e-mail hemsidan@aaahawk.com.

Greenlight Toastmasters of Old Town, Alexandria, seeks new members. Their club meets at the Lee Center in Old Town every second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Prospective members are always welcome. Call 703-998-9515.

Horticultural Series. The American Horticultural Society at River Farm, 7931 W. Boulevard Drive, is continuing its “Saturday Horti-Takes,” a series of demonstration programs for and about gardening in the Washington, D.C., area, Saturdays at 9 a.m. Fee is $10 for each session. For reservations, call 703-768-5700, Ext. 124, and leave name, daytime phone number and program name and date.

* Oct. 5, Selecting Trees and Shrubs for Winter

* Oct. 19, Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Metaphysics Classes. The Northern Virginia Branch School of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, 8794 Sacramento Drive, is conducting free public lectures titled “Elohim: The Archetype Pattern of the Universe,” every Sunday from noon-2 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10 p.m. Call 703-799-9494.

Menopause Seminar. “No Hormone Therapy? What Now,” a discussion about alternatives to hormone replacement therapy, will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. Admission is free; call 703-318-2145.

Model Railroad Workshops. The Crescent Model Railroaders will host a series or model railroading workshops on the first Sunday at 2 p.m. at Granddad’s Hobby Shop, 5260A Port Royal Road, Springfield. Call 703-426-0700.

Moksa Yoga & Holistic Health Center. Introductory classes will be held at the Moksa Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 5960 Richmond Highway (Huntington Gateway). Classes are free; however, donations are appreciated. Call 703-317-0060.

* Sunday Mornings, 9-10:15 a.m., Community Yoga Class

* Monday Evenings, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Breathing/Meditation Class

MOMS Club of Alexandria meets the last Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at Fairlington Presbyterian Church, 3846 King St. Club is open to moms living in Alexandria. Call 703-234-3953, Ext. 5318.

MOMS Club of South Alexandria meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset Hills Baptist Church, 3500 Franconia Road. Club is open to moms and children living in South Alexandria. Call 703-960-3366.

Parenting Classes. Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia offers free parenting classes and support groups. SCAN’s Nurturing Parent Program is a seven-week curriculum offered in English and Spanish that includes topics such as child discipline, school success, child development and more. Spanish class will be held through Oct. 30 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center, and the English class will be given from Oct. 15-Nov. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. at William Ramsey Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Ave. Call 703-836-1820.

Post Cana of Northern Virginia, a social organization for widows and widowers, meets the second Monday and fourth Friday of each month at 8 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1400 Janney’s Lane. Call 703-836-1436.

Senior Center Meetings. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, has a Bird-Watching Club that meets once a month. A Book Discussion Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 703-765-4573.

Single-Parent Power holds its monthly support group every third Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sherwood Hall Library, Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-339-2962.

Tapestry Theatre Company, an improv theater group, will meet every Monday at 7 p.m., at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. E-mail any questions to jasonbraswell@hotmail.com or stevenbulk@aol.com.

Winkler Preserve. The Winkler Botanical Preserve, 5400 Roanoke Ave., has nature programs, camps and family events. Call 703-578-7888.

Women’s Committee. The Christian Business Women's Committee meets each Wednesday morning to study God's word, at the Royal Restaurant in Old Town. The group is open to any woman who wants to study faith in the workplace, related struggles, issues and successes. Call Pamela Nilsen at 703-519-4475, or e-mail NilsenP@ppnpf.com.

Yoga and Meditation. Release stress and experience total relaxation through Yoga & Visualization. Classes are held Saturday mornings at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Call Jane @ 703-549-0484 or e-mail YogaKala@aol.com.

Yoga Classes. Fully certified and registered yoga instructor offers morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes in Alexandria. For a schedule of classes, visit www.Yoga-Wise.com or call 202-320-5434.

Yoga and Health Studies Center. Fall classes begin Oct. 7. Classes for beginners to advanced students. 7918 Bolling Dr. Call 703-765-7707 or e-mail to nandg@patriot.net.

A 16-hour Training Workshop for volunteers interested in learning to teach English to international adults will be held at Groveton Baptist Church, located at 6511 Richmond Hwy on Oct 11(pm), 12, 18 (pm), and 19. Register by Oct. 4. $35 registration fee (reduced to $20 for those teaching in the church program). Additional volunteers needed for current program. Call the Coordinator at 703-768-9039 about the program or for information about how to register for the training.

NOTICE BOARD

Girl Scouts Welcomed. New girls are invited to join the Brownie and Junior Girl Scout troop which meets at Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2601 Commonwealth Ave., on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $7, annual dues are $26. Call 703-519-7423.

Host Homes Needed. AFS international student exchange is looking for host families for two European high-school students scheduled to attend TC Williams High School this fall. Students are 17-18 years old and speak English. Call 703-836-3720.

Weekend Volunteers Wanted. Huntley Meadows Park is in need of weekend volunteers at the Visitors Center to assist with park visitors for one 5-hour shift per month. No experience is required; all training will be provided. Call 703-324-8750.

Looking for Artists. The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center is looking for artists to display their work in the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. All artists and organizations throughout the Northern Virginia area are eligible. Call 703-845-6156.

Musicians Wanted. The Alexandria Citizens Band has openings for instrumental players of all concert band instruments. The group particularly needs French horn, trombone and tuba players, percussionists and an associate conductor. Rehearsals are from 8-10 p.m. on Friday evenings at the Minnie Howard Middle School. Call 703-841-8335.

Black History Center Volunteers. The Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., needs volunteers who have an interest in Alexandria’s African American history and culture. Volunteers are asked to work two 3-hour shifts every other week. For more information, call 703-0838-4356.

Auxiliary Volunteers. The members of the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary recently completed 25 years of service to the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and are looking for more volunteers to serve in the Gift Shop, Thrift Shop and other areas of the hospital. If interested, please call 703-664-7260.

New Singers Needed. The Seaport Sounds Chapter of Harmony Inc., a chorus of women singing four-part barbershop harmony, is seeking new members. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. No previous choral experience is required. Call 202-332-5273.

Openings in Band. The Alexandria Band of Northern Virginia Community College has openings in all sections. Rehearsals are held Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at John Adams Elementary School. Call 703-845-6026.

Blood Donations. The Alexandria Red Cross, 123 N. Alfred St., is taking blood donations the second Thursday of every month from 3-7 p.m. and the last Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call 703-549-8300.

Alexandria Black History. The Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 906 Wythe St., needs volunteers to tutor elementary-school students. This program is available to students in grades one to six needing help in reading, writing and math. It also sponsors a book club for African American adults on the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Watson Reading Room. Call 703-820-0465.

Foster Parents Needed. SCAN of Northern Virginia urgently needs short-term foster parents. Call 703-836-1820.

Volunteer Opportunities. Help the homeless through ALIVE! Work with others to supervise operation of a small shelter for women and families, or volunteer as an intake coordinator. Call the answering service twice a day and respond by directing any messages to appropriate person. Call 703-683-5138.

Friendly Visitors. Inova VNA Home Health is recruiting volunteers to act as friendly visitors to homebound patients. It is also recruiting office volunteers to assist in its various offices. Call 703-642-9041.

History and Architecture Volunteers. Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, 9000 Richmond Highway, are recruiting college-educated adults who have an interest in history and/or architecture for their Volunteer Docent Program. Volunteers are also needed as guides for weekdays and especially weekends. Background in history helpful, training provided. Benefits include field trips, ongoing educational opportunities and discounts in the museum shop. Located at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Route 235 North, three miles west of Mount Vernon Estate. For more information, call 703-780-4000, Ext. 33.

Meeting Place Available. The Lorton Senior Center, 7722 Gunston Plaza, has space available for small groups (15-20 people) during the weekdays from 2-3:45 p.m., as well as other time blocks during the day. Call 703-550-7195.

Volunteer Museum Teachers Needed. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., needs volunteer museum teachers for its role-playing and hands-on activity programs and to help with walking tours and scavenger hunts. Flexible schedules for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings; volunteers encouraged to contribute six to eight hours a month. Call Peggy Grant at 703-838-4994.

Lawyer Referral Services. Need a lawyer? The Alexandria Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service, 520 King St., Suite 202, in the courthouse, provides one-on-one consultations with attorneys at a discounted fee. Contact the office at 703-548-1105. Office hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday.

Black History Resource Center. The Alexandria

Black History Resource Center needs volunteers who have an interest in Alexandria African American history and culture. Call 703-838-4356.

Volunteer Job Descriptions. New Hope Housing Homeless Shelters are recruiting volunteer job-readiness coaches, life-skills instructors and child-sitters. Call 703-799-2293.

Senior Volunteers. The Northern Virginia Senior Environment Corps is looking for senior volunteers to work once a week, once a month or at a convenient schedule. Call 703-549-1607.

American Red Cross Volunteers. Volunteers are needed for the Friendly Visitor and Elderly Escort programs. Minimum age is 16, commitment is one hour per week for a minimum of six months. Flexible schedule. Call Glenn White at 703-549-8300.

UCM Volunteers. UCM Community Solutions urgently needs volunteers in a variety of positions, such as food-closet aides, thrift-store aides, emergency-services aides, child-care aides, drivers and computer tutors. Contact Sue Kelley at 703-768-7106, Ext. 326.

Alexandria Archaeology Volunteers. Join the City of Alexandria Archaeology and other volunteers to investigate two sites. Test excavations have begun to look for evidence of prehistoric Native American occupation on a terrace overlooking Cameron Run. Call 703-838-4399.

Semicolon Club. The Semicolon Club, a support group for colorectal cancer patients, survivors, family and friends, meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library, 5005 Duke St. Call 301-879-1500.

VEFC Host Homes. The Volunteer Emergency Families for Children needs volunteers in Alexandria to open their hearts and homes to local abused, neglected or abandoned children and youth. All children are screened for appropriateness, and volunteers can choose the age, sex and number of days they can serve a child in crisis. The group also needs volunteers in Alexandria to serve on local community councils. Councils meet locally eight times a year to work on ways to share the mission with the community. Call 703-490-5517.

The Mount Vernon Toastmaster Club meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. It offers the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills. New members and guests are welcome. Call 703-780-9165 or visit the Web at www.toastmasters.org.

Ladies, Ancient Order of Hibernians. Meetings of the Irish-American Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians are held monthly in several areas. People of Northern descent are welcome. Call 703-494-6125.

Office Of Historic Alexandria. The Lyceum, Alexandria’s history museum, is seeking volunteers for its role-playing and hands-on activity programs. Requirements are a love of history and a wish to become involved in community service. Flexible schedules. Training provided. Volunteers will enjoy many benefits. Call Jennifer Beltz, 703-838-4554.

Stroke Club. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Stroke Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. Call 703-765-4573.

Support Group Forming. A myasthenia gravis support group is forming for patients at Alexandria Hospital. Call 703-751-6646 or 703-751-7624.

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble. Instrumentalists are invited to join a volunteer church/community instrumental chamber ensemble at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Call Wayne Earnest, minister of music, at 703-549-6670, Ext. 21.

Lee-Fendall House Museum. The Lee-Fendall House Museum seeks volunteers to guide visitors through the historic Lee family home and garden and through the permanent doll house exhibit and antique dolls collection. Experience is not required, only a love of history. Weekday and weekend shifts available. Call 703-548-1789.

Adopt-an-Artifact. Alexandria Archaeology announces the Adopt-an-Artifact program, which allows members of the community to provide money for the professional conservation of artifacts. Adopted articles include a punch bowl and a bone lice comb. Many interesting artifacts remain. Call 703-838-4399.

Community Washington House provides families and mature adults in Northern Virginia with family support services and health and wellness programs. For information about new programs, call 703-683-4815.

DRADA. The Depression and Related Disorders Association, in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will sponsor a mutual help group for persons diagnosed with depression or manic-depressive illness, on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 7:30-9 p.m. Call Susan at 703-660-6556.

New Paths. A social/support group for widows and widowers 65 and under. Dining out, monthly dinners, movies and dances. Call 703-490-9677.

R.S.V.P., a nationwide program of the Corp. for National Service, is sponsored by The Campagna Center and the City of Alexandria. R.S.V.P. matches volunteers 55 and older with nonprofits that need assistance. Call 703-549-1609.

The Capital Harmonica Club. The Capital Harmonica Club

meets on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 8412 Richmond Ave. Call Philip Lewis at 703-780-7859 for details.

Toastmasters at Towngate. Improve your public-speaking skills. Toastmasters meet every Thursday from noon-1 p.m. in the George C. Sharp Inc. conference room at 635 Slaters Lane, Suite 200. All are welcome. For information, call 703-684-4060.