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SATURDAY/OCTOBER 11

Alexandria Seaport Day. At Waterfront Park, at the foot of Prince St. in Alexandria. Open to the public, 9:30am - 5pm and includes many fun and educational boat-related activities for family and friends. Activities include model boat building for children, sailboat and rowboat rides for everyone and maritime exhibits. A central activity during Seaport Day will be the building of the wooden rowboats by teams of family and friends. The Alexandria Seaport Day will be supported by sponsors from the surrounding community. Sponsoring organizations will enable deserving family and group build teams to build and own a rowboat at a greatly discounted price.To either participate as a sponsor or a boat building team, contact:Paul Weeks, Managing Director, Alexandria Seaport Foundation, 703-549-7078, or e-mail: weeks@alexandriaseaport.org.

Italian Night Singing Concert. In Celebration of Columbus Day, Saturday, Oct. 11, Knights of Columbus Concert Hall, 8592 Richmond Hwy. Featuring Melissa O'Connor, soprano; Anthony Torchia, tenor and Nikita Wells, baritone, ainging the great arias, familiar Neapolitan love songs and all-time favorite songs from Broadway musicals. Dinner served from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Entertainment from 9 to 11 p.m. $20 per person. Call Knights of Columbus office at 703-360-1964 by Oct 3, for paid reservations and tickets.

Octoberfest at Hollin Hall. 1-4 pm by the Hollin Hall Village Citizens Association at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. There will be a live reptile show at 2 p.m. and live music by Lesson Zero from 2-4 p.m. No admission charge, but there is a nominal fee for games, activities and food. For more information, contact Tara at 703-768-8915.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER 12

<cal2>Mount Vernon Orchestra Season Opener. 2 p.m., at new Ainselle Arts Center, Episcopal High School, 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Free admission.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER 12 & 19

<cal2>Mount Vernon Orchestra Concert, Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School; Oct. 19, 5 p.m., West Potomac High School. Tickets: $20; seniors and college students, $17; 18 and under, free. Contact www.mvorchestra.org or call 703-799-8229.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER 12, 19, 26

<cal2>Marine Chamber Ensembles, featuring The President's Own" performing in small ensemble settings, at George Washington Masonic National Memorial Auditorium, Alexandria, 2 p.m. Information, call 202-433-4011.

<cal1>TUESDAY/OCTOBER 14

<cal2>Mt. Vernon Citizens Advisory Committee's monthly meeting. Mt. Vernon Police Station, 2511 Parkers Lane, 7:30 p.m.

<cal1>THURSDAY/OCTOBER 16

<cal2>Fashion Show. 10 a.m. by the Yacht Haven Garden Club. There will be a luncheon, silent auction and raffle. Held at Fort Belvoir Officers Club. Cost is $25 per person. Reservation required, please call Linda McCormack for more information, 703-765-0509.

Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association will have its Annual Meeting and Election. 7:15 p.m., in the Carl Sandburg Middle School Library. Parents of players registered for any Fort Hunt Youth sport during 2003 are eligible to vote and anyone interested in Fort Hunt Youth is invited to attend to learn more about the organization. Regular meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of every month in the same location. For more information, call 703-360-2932.

<cal1>SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 23

<cal2>18th Century English Country Dance Classes. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Open to the general public. Singles or couples are welcome at this beginner level series. 7:30 TO 9:30 p.m. 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. $25 for the series of three classes or $10 per class. Reservations requested. See www.historicalexandria.org and click on 'Shop.' For more information, call 703-838-4242.

<cal1>FRIDAY/OCTOBER 17

<cal2>A Taste for Art at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 7-10 p.m., benefiting the community outreach activities of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Center. Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the door. For reservations, call 703-683-0693, or e-mail friendsTFAC@starpower.net.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCTOBER 18

<cal2>The Alexandria Family Fall Festival. Sponsored by Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria. Admission is free. Call 703-883-4686.

Commonwealth Academy will host Octoberfest 2003. 6-10 p.m. to benefit the Commonwealth Academy Scholarship Fund. 1321 Leslie Ave., Alexandria. Local businesses are sponsoring the event and tickets are available for $100 per couple or $60 single. For information, call 703-548-6912.

Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool Rummage Sale, Craft Sale and Bake Sale. 8 am to noon, Tauxemont Preschool - 7719 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Buy a table for $20 and sell your own rummage or craft items. Contact Matt for table information at 703-780-2865.

Annual Country Market at Alexandria Country Day School. 10 a.m. -3 p.m., 2400 Russell Road. Fun for the whole family with games, pony rides, face painting, art and crafts and more. Outdoor cafe for lunch complete with BBQ and snacks. For more information, call 703-548-4804.

Foster Care Fair. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Alexandria Department of Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent is encouraged to attend. Call 703-838-0849.

Huntley Meadows Park Watershed Clean-up Day. 9-11:30 a.m. Citizens invited to participate in this clean-up activity. Fairfax County Party Authority looking for volunteers. Wear boots, old clothes and gloves. Trash bags provided. Call 703-768-2525.

Mega Craft Sale, Hollin Hall Senior Center. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1500 Senandoah Road, Alexandria. More than 40 crafters, silent auction, bake sale, door prizes. Free. Call 703-765-4573.

4th Annual Target Tent Event, 8 a.m., 2 p.m., Potomac Yards Target, Jefferson Davis Highway, sponsored by Alexandria Office on Women. Support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program. Purchase items for battered women and their children in the community. A wishlist of needed items will be provided. Staff will be on hand to receive tax-deductible donations. Call Laurie at 703-838-4811.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER 19

<cal2>Lee-Fendall House Museum Open House and Volunteer Fair. 1-4 p.m., 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria. Free admission. Call 703-549-1789.

<cal1>MONDAY/OCTOBER 20

<cal2>"Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project: An Update." Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd, Alexandria at 1 p.m. Guest Speaker Alex Lee will discuss construction affecting Fairfax County. Program is free. Call for reservation 703-765-4573.

Final 2003 Supper Under The Stars. 6:30-8:30 p.m.,

at King Street Gardens Park, King Street & Diagonal Road.

Evening Sponsor, Gold Works/David Martin Design; Host Restaurant, Hilton Hotel Old Town; Entertainment, Danielle Westphal & Company. For additional information, call Tisara Photography, 703-838-8098.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/OCTOBER 22

<cal2>The Hermitage in Northern Virginia's Health and Wellness Fair. 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m., Hermitage Auditorium. Free Blood Pressure/Sugar testing by licensed nurses; Informational talks by medical specialists; Healthy Living advice by registered dietician; Presentations by Rehabilitation Department personnel; Free Spine tests; Home Safety tips and Free Hearing tests. For more information, call Dana Frields, 703-797-3815.

<cal1>SATURDAY/OCTOBER 25

<cal2>Charles Barrett Community Day. Games, prizes and entertainment, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr. Call 703-838-4818 for more information.

The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. 8:30 a.m., Alexandria. For information, www.alexcancerwalk.com.

The Bishop Ireton Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Fall Concert in the Garwood Whaley Auditorium, Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults adn $1 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 703-212-5162.

Modern dancer performance by the Choreographers Collaboration Project, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. The 7:30 p.m. performance is $5 per ticket. The first performance is free. Sponsored by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. For information, call 703-683-2070.

<cal1>SUNDAY/OCTOBER/26

<cal2>Alexandria Choral Society presents Hymne Au Soleil, Lili Boulanger, September Sun, David Conte; Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 5 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria. For tickets and information, call 703-548-4734 or long on to www.alexchoralsociety.org.

<cal1>WEDNESDAY/OCTOBER 29

<cal2>Free Community Program for Diabetes Patients, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, offering a free community program for people with Diabetes in order to help them prepare for the holidays. The event will be held 7 p.m. in Engh Conference Rooms 1&2. Although the program is free, registration is required. Call 703-204-3366.

<cal1>THURSDAY/OCTOBER 30

<cal2>Poe in Alexandria, 8 p.m., The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Actor David Keltz portrays Edgar Allan Poe and recreates his visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Admission: $12. Call 703-838-4994.

<cal1>FRIDAY/OCTOBER 31

<cal2>Historic Alexandria Hauntings. Family-friendly Halloween fun to Old Town from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria Archaeology and The Little Maids of History. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Advance ticket sales begin Oct. 1, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum or on-line through the Museum shop, www.HistoricAlexandria.org and click on 'Shop.' Tickets will also be available at Market Square on the day of the event from 5 p.m. until sold out. Day-of tickets are $10 for adults, and $3 for ages 12 and under. Each ticketholder will receive a complimentary bag for goodies that will be provided at the sites. Costumes are encouraged for this rain-or-shine activity. Tour groups are welcome and may make advance reservations by calling 703-838-4242, at least seven days before the event.

<cal1>SATURDAY/NOVEMBER 1

<cal2>Alexandria Jaycees second annual Art Auction. George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Doors open at 7 p.m. for previewing; auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Proceeds go to ALIVE! Call 703-866-7171.

<cal1>SATURDAY/NOVEMBER 8

Holiday Bazaar. Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary fund-raiser. Call 703-664-7260

<cal1>THURSDAY/NOVEMBER 13

<cal2>New book sale. Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary fund-raiser. Main lobby of hospital. Call 703-664-7260.

<ro>Exhibits & Shows

<cal2>Alexandria artist Kathleen Callery is the featured artist for October, The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory. Paintings on display Oct. 9-Nov. 3. Opening reception, Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m.

The Prince Royal Gallery will host a reception for artist, Susan Winter, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 4-7 p.m., at 204 South Royal Street, Alexandria. Her exhibit, "The Beauty of Each New Day," will run through Oct. 31 at the gallery. Call 703-548-5151.

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy-Tradition and Innovation, works by Bertrand Mao will be on exhibit now through Oct. 14 at the Gallery West at Goodwin House West, 3449 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 703-578-7218 or visit www.goodwinhouse.org.

October Open Studio Show, The von Brahler Ltd./Gallery, 1437 Powhatan Street, Alexandria, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18,19, from 11 a.m. to 4 .m., featuring fine landscape and floral paintings by Nikolai Antuychin.

Big Art in Our Small Town. Now through Nov. 2, the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, will exhibit its artist members' work. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday 1 - 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is free. Call 703-548-0035 for more information.

Recent Works, by Michael Godfrey, Broadway Gallery, 1219 King Street, Alexandria. Reception, Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m. Exhibit of latest landscape paintings runs through Nov. 9.

"Painting the Light," watercolor exhibit by artists Donna Sturm and Peter Ulrich, now through Oct. 17, George Washington's River Farm at the American horticultural Society, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria.

The Human Spirit, at Gallery West, Oct. 9-Nov. 3., 205 South Union Street, Alexandria. Exhibition by member artists celebrating the triumphs of the spirit over all obstacles to human joy.. Opening reception, Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m.

Washington, D.C. "A City of Interest," Factory Photoworks Gallery, Inc., The Torpedo Factory Art Center, Nov. 3-30. Handcolored images of Washington by Carolyn Ann Day; black and white images of Washington by Colleen Spencer Henderson. Opening reception, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.

"An Abundance of Flowers." A Summer exhibition and sale of artwork and decorative accessories featuring flowers. Now through Nov. 30. Adams-Byrd Fine Arts & Antiques, 8747 Cooper Rd. Call 703-799-8700.

Lantern Tours. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Friday nights, now through November. 7-10 p.m. Last tour at 9:15 p.m. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. $5 adults; $2 ages 11-17; free for age 10 and under. Some Friday nights are unavailable for tours due to special events or holidays. Call ahead to confirm tour date. Call 703 838-4242.

<ro>Classes & Meetings

<lst>Tai Chi classes are now available at Mount Vernon Health & Racquet Club. Classes offered Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lindsay Gainer at 703-360-7300. Classes begin October 15.

Historic Old Town Alexandria Toastmasters Club. Would you like to improve your public speaking skills in a supportive, stimulating and fun environment? Guests are welcome at the Old Town Alexandria Toastmasters Club. We meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Royal Restaurant (734 North Saint Asaph Street). Call Janey at 703-768- 9670. The Old Town Club meeting dates are October 13 and 27; November 10 and 24 and December 8 and 22.

The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research (IDMR) provides free public lectures entitled "Elohim: The Archetype Pattern of the Universe" every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. IDMR is a non-profit, non-denominational religious and scientific research organization located at 8794 Sacramento Drive, Suites B & C in the Sacramento Center. For more information call 703-799-9494.

Yoga Classes. Saturday mornings at Lioudmila Studio, 18 Roth Street, Alexandria. Contact Suzanne at suzanne@Yoga-Wise.com or 202-320 5434.

The Virginia Shalem Group. Monthly prayer opportunity offered by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. The first Monday of each month. Relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, journal keeping and small group sharing. Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road. 7:30-9 p.m.

Tea Dances. Dance Studio Lioudmila, 18 Roth St. Every Friday. Dance Lesson 2-2:30 p.m., general dancing 2:30-4:30 p.m. $7. Singles and couples welcome. Refreshments provided. Call 703-751-8868 or visit www.dancelioudmila.com.

Dance Parties. Dance Studio Lioudmila, 18 Roth St. Every Saturday. Dance lesson 7-8 p.m., general dancing 8-11 p.m. $10. Singles and couples welcome. Call 703-751-8868 or visit www.dancelioudmila.com.

New Beginnings offers discussion groups and social events for recently separated or divorced men and women. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.

Yoga Classes. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, S. Kings Highway. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Call Sandy at 703-971-2214 or e-mail JoyfulHeartYoga@aol.com.

Bowling at AMF Penn Daw Lanes. Every Friday with Charles Houston Senior Center. Call Vanessa Greene at 703-838-4832.

Toastmasters Club: The Promise Speakers. Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Denny's Restaurant, 7214 Richmond Highway. 7:30 a.m. Speeches by members and other speaking activities. Call Liz at 703-360-0790.

The Alexandria Farmers Market. 5-10 a.m. Saturdays year-round. Parking is free in the garage underneath Market Square, 301 King St., during the hours of the market. Call 703-370-8723.

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

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

Florence Melton Mini-School. Agudas Achim Congregation. Once-a-week classes on the foundations of Jewish living and the history of Jewish people. Call Carol or Sam Backman at 703-569-6507.

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

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

Yoga Classes. Introductory yoga classes will be held at the Moksa Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 5960 Richmond Highway (Huntington Gateway). Free; donations 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. 10 a.m. 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 the second Tuesday of every month. 10:30 a.m. Sunset Hills Baptist Church, 3500 Franconia Road. Club is open to moms and children living in South Alexandria. Call 703-960-3366.

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

Bird-Watching Club. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Meets once a month. Call 703-765-4573.

Book Discussion Group. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 703-765-4573.

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

Tapestry Theatre Company improv theater group. Meets every Monday. 7 p.m. The Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. E-mail 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.

Christian Business Women's Committee. Meets each Wednesday morning to study God's word at the Royal Restaurant in Old Town. 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 Classes. Release stress and experience total relaxation. Saturday mornings. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Call Jane at 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. Classes for beginners to advanced students. 7918 Bolling Drive. Call 703-765-7707 or e-mail to nandg@patriot.net.

<cal1>Notice Board

<cal2>Weekly Volleyball. Every Thursday the Ski Club of Washington, D.C. Twenties and Thirties group meets at Ben Brenman Park, 5000 Duke St., Alexandria. 6:30 - dark, then onto Mango Mike's. Weekly Volleyball will run through 9/25/03. Nominal Fee. Open to non-members. Visit www.scwdc.org/tnt.asp. or call 703-532-7776.

Yoga classes. Stretch and strengthen your body while you calm and quiet your mind. Mon. 10 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on S. Kings Hwy.; Mon. 5:30 p.m. at Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town; Tues. 7 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church on Windmill Lane. For more information, call Sandy at 703-971-2214, or send e-mail to JoyfulHeartYoga@aol.com.

Girl Scouts welcome. Brownie and Junior Girl Scout troop meets at Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Saturdays at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $7, annual dues are $26. Call 703-519-7423.

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 8-10 p.m. Fridays at 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. 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. The intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Route 235 North, three miles west of Mount Vernon Estate. Call 703-780-4000, Ext. 33.

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.

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 703-838-4554.

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.

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. Call 703-684-4060.

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival. A celebration of the area's Celtic heritage including Scottish athletes, dancers, musicians, merchants, heritage organizations and more. Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. $15 - $20. Call 202-778-1028 or visit www.vascottishgames.org.