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Mount Vernon Bulletin Oct. 18-25

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Request an application for the free fall 2007 Neighborhood College program. A collaboration of the Mount Vernon District Police Station and the Department of Systems Management for Human Services, this is a great opportunity to learn about the community, local government and local law enforcement. Classes will be held at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, on Thursday evenings from Oct. 18-Dec. 6, (excluding Nov. 22) with one Saturday class on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; meals are provided. Enrollment is limited. For an application, additional information and reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Maria Franco Nativi, 703-704-6700 or TTY 703-803-7914.

The Mount Vernon Community Group of Compassion & Choices/Exit Network will hold a meeting on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Larry Egbert, M.D., will speak on "Being Prepared for the End-of-Life Decision." For information: J. Rapp, 703-780-6477. Free.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.