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Mount Vernon Bulletin April 3-8

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

Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St., will host NetSmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. NetSmartz is an interactive, educational safety resource for children ages 5-17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement that uses age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach children how to stay safer on the Internet. More information on NetSmartz can be accessed at www.NetSmartz.org and www.NetSmartzKids.org. Free. Visit www.wsumc.com or 703-836-4324.

Mount Vernon Toastmasters is holding an open house on Monday, April 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Sherwood Hall Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Free. 703-499-1522 or 603-507-2337.

On Tuesday, April 15, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road in Alexandria at 1 p.m. and is free. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "Using Passport Records" by Sharon Hodges. Visit

http://www.MVGenealogy.org/ or call Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920 or haroldm@erols.com.

Every spring, the American Horticultural Society hosts its Friends of River Farm Plant Sale featuring the region’s premier plant and crafts vendors. It is typically attended by hundreds of shoppers. Applications are now being accepted for new vendors to the 2008 sale to be held April 17, 18, and 19 at River Farm. If you are interested, e-mail your business profile and additional information to schristie@ahs.org, or mail to: Sarah Christie, American Horticultural Society, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308.

This year, from March through September, Mount Vernon Archaeology will be excavating in the Upper Garden, one of two walled gardens that flank the western approach to George Washington’s home. Washington created the garden during his 1775 redesign of the Mount Vernon grounds, transforming a circa 1760 rectangular garden into an elliptical space bounded by a brick wall as well as a greenhouse and slave quarter to the north.

Opportunities to volunteer are available Monday through Friday; in addition, we will be working on Saturdays during the months of June, July and August. Work hours are between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. A typical week includes lab work on Monday and field work Tuesday through Friday; lab work is also carried out on rain days. Contact Curt Breckenridge at cbreckenridge@mountvernon.org or 703-799-6303 if you would be interested in volunteering.

Band musicians [young or old] bring instruments and play along with the Mount Vernon Community Band during their Tuesday evening band practices from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Mt Vernon High School Band Room. 8515Old Mt Vernon Road. No auditions. Just sit in and play along even if you are "rusty." Music and music stands will be provided. Call Ed Smith 703-768-8278 or Eric Leighty 703-768-4172.

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.

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 a.m. and 4 p.m., 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.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight loss support group, meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth

Ave. Private weigh-ins. Annual fee $24. 703-299-5788.

If you are a senior choral singer come and join a bunch of guys your age and sing with the “Harmony Heritage Singers” Barbershop Chorus Rehearse twice a month on Wednesday or Friday depending on the availability of the library at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The group hassingers from several local organizations who sing with their regular groups as well as belonging to the Harmony Heritage Singers. Drop in on any rehearsal.

Rehearsal schedule can be found at: http://members.cox.net/the perfectpitch/ or by calling James Coulter (703)957-4597 Email: jnjcoulter@comcast.net