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Mount Vernon Bulletin Oct. 4-11

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

The Mount Vernon High School Class of 1977 is having its 30th reunion, Nov. 2-3. Activities include the Homecoming football game, a casual get-together afterwards and a dinner/dance/party at the Holiday Inn Hotels & Suites in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday night. E-mail MVHSreunion77@aol.com or call 703-528-9575 for details.

There will be a Riverwatcher training session on Oct. 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Indigo Landing Restaurant, 1 Marine Drive, Alexandria. The Riverwatcher training sessions are a crash course in how to spot and report pollution while you're out taking a stroll along the riverbanks or paddling the river itself. The sessions feature informative guest speakers and materials detailing how you can do your part to clean up our watershed. Water monitoring equipment will also be given out to interested Riverwatchers. To make a reservation, e-mail keeper@potomacriverkeeper.com or call 202-222-0707. Visit www.potomacriverkeeper.org.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "The History of the National Archives Library Information Center and American State Papers." Additional information about the meeting and MVGS can be found at http://www.MVGenealogy.org or at 703-360-0920.

The Historic Alexandria Foundation in conjunction with the annual fall antique show, Nov. 15 to 17, is sponsoring a contest on entertaining in style called the Art of Dining.

The foundation is asking for photos and essays in three design categories. The goal is to share practical tips and inspirational ideals that highlight the art of dining.

The three categories are rustic, classic and modern and prizes will be awarded in all three categories

The rustic theme calls for the relaxed informality of country style, classic is characterized by a rich and traditional color scheme while modern calls for bright colors and unusual materials and textiles.

Participants should submit digital photos and short essays under 500 words describing their event to Mary Sterling, HAF Executive Director h.a.f.@erols.com by Oct. 15. Entries can also be mailed to HAF, Attention , The Art of Dining at P.O. Box 19252, Alexandria VA 22320. For more information call 703-549-5811.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. Men's Club of Agudas Achim Congregation will host a candidate forum and brunch. The following candidates will be participating in this community event: Delegate David Englin (D-45) and his Republican opponent Mark Allen; Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49), Fairfax County Chairman Gerald Connolly (D) and his Republican opponent Gary Baise. Ebbin's opponent, James Ronald Fisher (I) has been invited. Cost is $5 per person. Agudas Achim Congregation is located at 2908 Valley Drive in Alexandria.

The Dr. Elisha Dick Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its October meeting at Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1p.m. Following the business meeting and refreshments, there will be a presentation "Ghosts of Old Town Alexandria" by Jennifer Zimmerman. The general public is invited to attend.

The City of Alexandria is in search of a Colorado Blue Spruce, Leyland Cypress or other well-formed evergreen tree approximately 25 to 35 feet tall to serve as the City’s official 2007 Holiday Tree. The tree will be decorated and displayed at Market Square throughout the 2007 holiday season. The City will remove the tree from the donor’s property in mid-November and grind the stump at no cost. Persons in the Washington metropolitan area who are interested in donating a tree should contact John Noelle, City Arborist, at 703-838-4999 or e-mail john.noelle@alexandriava.gov.

VolunteerFest will happen on Saturday, Oct. 27 in various locations through out Fairfax County. There are 38 project locations throughout Fairfax County at schools, libraries, parks and nonprofit organizations. For specific project descriptions and locations visit www.volunteerfairfax.org or contact Erin Caplin at 703-246-3470. Deadline for registration is Oct. 26.

The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer is hosting its annual event on Saturday, Oct. 20. Volunteers are needed to assist in supporting promotional activities for the event this fall. Send an e-mail to andrea.bartlett@alexandriava.gov or call 703-838-5030 x112 for more information. The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer needs volunteers on the following dates/times:

* Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at Lee Center, Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St. to help stuff Goody Bags for the participants. Coffee and bagels will be served in the morning and pizza, salad and soda for lunch.

*Volunteer to assist the day of the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, Oct. 20

The Mount Vernon High School Class of 1977 is having its 30-year reunion, Nov. 2-3, 2007. Activities include the homecoming football game, a casual get-together after, and a dinner/dance at the Holiday Inn Hotels & Suites in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday night. Visit the reunion Web site at www.MtVernonHS1977.com or e-mail Lauren@ckmarketing.com for more details or call 703-528-9575.

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.