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Mount Vernon Bulletin Nov. 8-15

To have a notice listed in the Bulletin, e-mail gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with questions.

A new ADHD support group is being formed in Alexandria for parents of middle and high school students. The first meeting will be on Nov. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Meetings will be hosted by The Howard Gardner School located on Franconia Road in Alexandria. Interested parties should contact Emily@thehowardgardnerschool.org

There will be a meeting for the Friends of Dyke Marsh, featuring Dr. Andrew Dolby, on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows, off Lockheed Boulevard. Discuss how birds survive when it is cold and food is limited. Free. Visit www.fodm.org or 703-768-2525.

"League of Women Voters. Immigration – Again!" Join members and guests in discussing other aspects of this important subject including federal enforcement policies and coordinating American foreign policy with immigration law on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m., Mount Vernon District Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane; call Gail at 703-360-6561 for information. Free, open to the public.

Adoption Support Groups are forming in the Mount Vernon area. All members of the adoption triad, (adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents) are encouraged to call for more information about the groups as well as individual, couples, and/or family counseling. The groups will be held in the evenings. Contact Diana Tracey, licensed clinical social worker, at 571-245-0054.

"League of Women Voters. Immigration – Again!" Join members and guests in discussing other aspects of this important subject including federal enforcement policies and coordinating American foreign policy with immigration law on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:45 p.m., Mount Vernon District Governmental Center, 2511 Parkers Lane; call Gail at 703-360-6561 for information. Free, open to the public.

Girl Scouts Celebrate 95 years of Girl Scouting in the USA. Girl Scouts of all ages and friends of Girl Scouting are invited to Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Admission free, but donations are welcome.

The Mount Vernon Branch AAUW will hold a meeting at Sherwood Hall Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Listen to Maura Policelli, Chief of Staff for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, speak on the issues surrounding immigration--both legal and illegal. Free.

The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary is currently accepting applications for adult volunteers. Volunteering at Mount Vernon Hospital is fun, exciting, and rewarding. A variety of positions are available and every effort is made to match your availability, interests, and abilities with the volunteer opportunities within the program. The hospital is located at 2501 Parker's Lane in Alexandria. For further information, call 703-664-7260, stop by the Director of Volunteer Services office Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4 pm, or visit www.inova.org.

MOMS Club of Alexandria meet every second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2001 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children are welcome to all activities. Activities include: Monthly Meetings, playgroups, Park Days, Sunshine Committee, Community Service Projects, MOMS Night Out, etc. Visit www.geocities.com/southalexmomsclub/index.html for contact information.

Weichert, Realtors' Alexandria/Mount Vernon Office, has started collecting items for its annual Can Can Drive that runs through the end of November. The office is teaming up to collect canned goods and other non perishable items to contribute to the Good Shepherd Food Pantry and the United Community Ministries. Both local organizations will organize the items and distribute them to families less fortunate throughout the community. Stop by the office anytime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to donate can goods or call 703-360-7400.

First Night Alexandria's redesigned Web site is updated with new real-time ticket sales, a Kids Club, a Performer Corner, and an easy-to-read schedule. Visit http://www.firstnightalexandria.org/ for streamlined navigation and graphics, games for kids in the new Kids Club section, detailed performer information in the new Performer Corner, and a mobile device-friendly schedule that is sortable by performance times, type, and location.

In compliance with Governor Tim Kaine‚s statewide burning ban which went into effect on Oct. 19, at 12:01 a.m., the Fairfax County Fire Marshal has banned all bonfires, recreational fires, and open burning in Fairfax County. Controlled burning permits will be issued and approved on a case by case basis. The burning ban will remain in place until further notice. Failure to comply with the ban is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor, and violators will be prosecuted with a fine of not more than $500. For information about controlled burning in Fairfax County, contact 703-246-4849, or visit www.dof.virginia.gov..