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Mount Vernon Bulletin Sept. 6-13

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

The Alexandria Choral Society Children's Chorus will hold auditions on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 2-5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 10 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 100 West Luray Ave. Audition times are by appointment, to schedule a time call 703-548-4734 or e-mail Kevin@AlexChoralSociety.org. The audition will consist of singing "Happy Birthday" and "My Country 'Tis of Thee." The Alexandria Choral Society's Children's Chorus is open to all children with unchanged voices from the metropolitan Washington area in grades 3 through 12. For more information, visit www.AlexChoralSociety.org.

Mount Vernon presents its 18th-Century Craft Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with entertainment for the whole family. The fair re-creates a lively early-American marketplace. More than 50 juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares while two stages of family entertainment delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. Free Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available while supplies last. The event is included with regular admission: adults, $13; children, 6-11 $6; children 5 and under, free.

George and Martha Washington will preside over a host of amusements including: The James Rose Puppets; Mr. Bayly, Conjuring and Entertainments; Signora Bella, Equilibrist; Otto the Sword Swollower; Ship's Company Chanteymen; and more! Visitors can participate in sword play, drum lessons, open-hearth cooking, and other 18th-century hands-on activities. Guided walking tours and Potomac River sightseeing cruises are free (while supplies last).

Fair fare, ranging from turkey legs to ice cream, will be available from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant concession stands. Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); www.mountvernon.org.

Gold Star Wives of America (GSW), Inc. will meet on Sept. 16 at the Ft. Belvior Officers Club, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Enjoy the camaraderie of other military widows during brunch beginning at 11 a.m. with the Potomac Chapter meeting to follow at noon. A guest speaker will kick off the first meeting of the Fall season. The speaker will speak about Virginia property taxes and what can be done to reduce them. Call 703-758-7625or 703-255-9447 for more information.

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area invites members and guests to voice their opinions and concerns about affordable housing, traffic and more on Wednesday, Sept. 12 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.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and is free. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "Masonic Genealogy Information." The talk will focus on the genealogical information found within Masonic annual proceedings and minutes. The Hollin Hall Senior Center is located at 1500 Shenandoah Road. Additional information about the meeting and MVGS can be found at http://www.MVGenealogy.org/. Any questions about the program should be directed to Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920.

The Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road. The public and press are invited to attend. A maximum of five people may register to speak on library concerns during the public comment period at each monthly meeting. For a signing interpreter for the deaf or other accommodations, call Access Services at 703-324-8380; or TTY 703-324-8365.

The Mt. Vernon Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding a Kick-off Dinner at Mike's Italian Restaurant, 8360 Richmond Highway on Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. At the meeting you will learn about the programs planned for the year as well as the other activities including Book Group, Theater Group and Dining Out Group. $23.30/person. Call Mary Ellen Mehler to make a reservation: 703-780-8494.

Alexandria Masters Swimming begins the fall-winter season of workouts starting Monday, Sept. 10. Beginning fitness/lap swimmers, former competitive swimmers, and triathletes are invited, and can try a workout with no obligation.

* Mt. Vernon Rec Center: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6-7 a.m. or Tuesday, Thursday 12:15-1:15 p.m.

* Lee District Rec Center: Tuesday, Thursday 6-7 a.m. and Monday, Thursday 7:30-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, 8-9:30 a.m.

* George Washington Rec Center: Tuesday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Call Ray at 703-960-4598 or visit www.alexandriamasters.com.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, through satellite feed, listen to musical guests Jennifer Rothschild and more. "Beautiful in His Eyes" helps people draw closer to the heart of God. From 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8600 Plymouth Road. $10 and lunch is provided. Register by Sept. 16 to 703-360-4370 or e-mail info@plymouthhaven.org.