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Mount Vernon Bulletin Oct. 24-31

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Volunteer Fairfax is accepting volunteer registration for this year’s VolunteerFest, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 27. In the Alexandria area, more than 70 volunteers are needed at four different sites/agencies:

* At Hybla Valley Elementary School, volunteers will help enhance the school’s outward appearance by planting fall foliage and laying mulch around the school grounds.

* Volunteers at Woodley Hills Park will assist in restoring the parkland habitat by removing non-native, invasive plants and planting native plants in their stead.

* At Thomas Edison High School, volunteers will paint two small murals for the grade-level offices as well as the trim around doorways. Volunteers also will help clean up and weed the outdoor learning courtyard.

* At ALIVE, an agency that bags and distributes food to low income families in Alexandria, volunteers will help with the "Last Saturday Food Distribution." For a listing of volunteer projects in other areas of Fairfax County, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

US Lacrosse will conduct a U.S. Men's National Team clinic for youth boys lacrosse players on Oct. 28 at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The clinics serve as a fundraiser for the U.S. Men's National Teams program and for the local host chapters of US Lacrosse. For boys in grades 3-8. $55/person. Contact Stacie Wentz at info@uslacrosse.org or 410-235-6882

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.

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

Student School Fair. 1-4 p.m., Commonwealth Academy will be exhibiting on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Students School Fair at Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, N.W., in Copley Hall. Free. E-mail admissions@commonwealthacademy.org or 703-548-6912.

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.

The McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are recruiting area moms to apply to join the Quality Correspondents, a group of mothers who will explore the inner workings of McDonald’s operations, restaurants and suppliers. The group will consist of mothers with different backgrounds, questions and perspectives. These moms will have unprecedented access to the McDonald’s system to see how McDonald’s serves nearly 25 million customers every day. To apply and learn more, visit www.McDonaldsMom.com/washington.

"Listen to, Trust, and Follow God Without Fear - A Practical Solution to Financial, Employment, Relationship, and Assorted Problems of the Human Experience" First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mount Vernon, is sponsoring a talk by Lorenzo Rodriguez, a practitioner of Christian Science healing on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Sherwood Regional Library. Hear him in English at 2 p.m., and in Spanish at 3:30 p.m. For more information call 703-768-2010 or visit www.ChristianScienceDC.org <http://www.ChristianScienceDC.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.

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.

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.