Know of something missing from our community calendar? E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with any questions. Photos are welcome. For more volunteer opportunities, classes, announcements visit www.arlingtonconnection.com and click on Community.
Volunteer advocates are needed to promote the quality of life and care for people living in Arlington nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers are assigned to a specific facility and spend 4 hours per week (2 during the weekday) meeting with residents. Good diplomacy and communication skills are essential. Training is scheduled for Sept. 15, 16 and 26. Following assignment, ongoing training and support are provided. For more information and an application, contact the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at 703-324-5422, or TTY: 703-449-1186 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LTCOmbudsman.
Tonya M. Jones, Keynote Speaker presents "Balancing Career and Healthy Living" on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m. This lecture is for anyone who has ever said, "I don't have time to exercise or lose weight." The event will take place at Bear Rock Cafe, The Villages of Shirlington, 4251 Campbell Ave. 703-575-8055. Reserve your spot today at http://www.tonyamjones.com/events. Cost is $40 per person. Refreshments will be served.
The Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) membership is now open to all women aged 21 years and over residing in Northern Virginia and its surrounding areas for the JLNV's fall new member class. Events will be held at the following locations:
* Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, 6-8 p.m. CapitolCity Brewery, 2700 S. Quincy St.
* Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, 10 a.m.-Noon at Panera Bread, 4238 Wilson Blvd.
During construction of the new community center, Arlington Mill WIC clients will receive services at alternate locations in Arlington. There are three location choices for WIC Clinic starting September, 2008:
* Carlin Springs Elementary School—Wednesday only
5995 S. 5th Road
Arlington, VA 22204
800 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
* 3033 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
If you have questions or need an appointment, call 703-228-1260
Effective Aug. 4, the Arlington County Public Health Division will offer STD and Family Planning services as well as HIV testing at two locations: 3033 Wilson Blvd. and 800 South Walter Reed Drive. The STD and Family Planning services listed below (on Monday and Thursday) will be by same-day appointment. Call to schedule an appointment.
* STD and Family Planning Services: Monday: Noon-3 p.m. at 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200B; Thursday: 3-6 p.m. at 800 South Walter Reed Drive. To schedule an appointment, call 703-228-1200. For more information call 703-228-5200, option #3
* HIV Testing Services: Tuesday: 3-6 p.m. at 800 South Walter Reed Drive; Thursday: 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200B. HIV Testing is on a walk-in basis on the two days above –no appointment is necessary.
Arlington residents over the age of 60 can request free fans if they meet criteria. Call 703-228-1700 to request an application or visit Arlington Agency on Aging, 3033 Wilson Blvd.
CrisisLink in Arlington is searching for volunteers. There is a summer training class on Saturday, Aug. 9. Residents age 21 and over are encouraged to become a Volunteer Hotline Listener. 703-527-6016 to schedule an interview.
The 20-year reunion for the Yorktown High School Class of 1988 will be held the weekend of Oct. 3-5. The main event will be held at Washington Golf and Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 4. Please contact Cabell Fooshe’ at 703-930-1755 for more information.
Seniors 50 years of age and over are eligible to enter the 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics to be held Sept. 20-Oct. 2. Registration information is available now at local senior centers, community centers, senior residences or by calling 703-228-3600, ext. 9996. They can also be downloaded online at www.novaseniorolympics.com. Registration deadline is Sept. 5.
Kid’s Club will be held on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 115 S. Washington St. The church playground/courtyard and Children’s Library will be open all morning for kids and parents to come and go as they please. Enjoy Story Time in the Children’s Library at 10:30, a Craft Project at 11 and yummy popsicles at 11:45. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. 703-836-4324 www.wsumc.com.
The Arlington Disability Advisory Commission is seeking applicants to interview for several vacant positions. The Arlington Disability Advisory Commission is a 13 member, County Board appointed advisory group comprised of individuals who live and/or work in Arlington, and who are interested in and knowledgeable about issues involving people with physical and sensory disabilities. People with disabilities, community leaders, and business people are urged to apply. Individuals interested in serving on the Commission or any of its committees should contact the Disability Advisory Commission staff at 703-228-7096 or via e-mail at email@example.com for more information or to request a copy of the Commission's Application Form. The form may also be found on the Arlington County Web site under “Advisory Groups.”
Now Arlington community members have a new, convenient way to get trained in lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid – online. The Arlington County Chapter has partnered with the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis to offer Red Cross online training. Some online training courses, like CPR, require students to attend a skill session before a certificate can be issued. Skill sessions normally take about two hours and are regularly scheduled, during the week and the weekends for convenience. Visit www.arlingtonredcross.org or, call 703-527-3010 ext. 736
Volunteer with the Arlington Red Cross, and help families in Arlington, the Greater Washington Area, or even nationally. Choose your level of participation. Red Cross training also helps you to prepare for emergencies in your own life. Since the Red Cross needs many special skills, almost everyone can find a place to make a meaningful contribution to their community. Contact Heather Pritchett, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 703-527-3010 x735, or visit http://www.arlingtonredcross.org.
Soroptimist International of Arlington started a community-wide campaign to collect used, unwanted cell phones. Proceeds from the collection efforts will be applied to the Women’s Opportunity Award and the Violet Richardson Award, as well as to fund various advocacy and educational programs throughout the community. Contact Sharon Williams, 703-203-3691 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org on where to find the drop offs.
Work with elderly and disabled people, providing recreational activities such as crafts, music, games, visiting one to one, and assisting in setting up the recreational programs. All volunteers who will be working with residents for an unlimited duration must have a TB test or chest X-ray. The TB test will be provided by the center. Contact Leea Lynch, Program Director, 703-920-5700 ext. 384.
Volunteer movers are needed to assist families in the HomeStart (transitional housing) program. The families that Doorways serves often in need of assistance moving into their new homes or picking up and delivering donated furniture items. Looking for volunteers who have access to trucks and/or could lend a hand in assisting families transitioning out of homelessness. Movers would help families moving in or out of Doorways HomeStart Program (formerly the transitional housing program) on an as-needed basis. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to lift small and/or large pieces of furniture. Contact Candice Lopez, Community Resources Manager, 703-522-8858 x13 or visit http://www.doorwaysva.org
Capital Hospice, is looking for daytime volunteers with diverse backgrounds who want to aid their community through Patient/Family Care, Translating Languages (especially Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese) and more. Call Capital Hospice at 703-538-2065 and ask to speak with a Volunteer Services Coordinator or visit www.capitalhospice.org. Eighteen hours of training, provided. Patient Care volunteers must take a TB skin test and complete a criminal background check, provided at no cost.
The “Live And Let Live” Alanon Family Group (www.alanonva.com/) provides a safe and dependable space where GLBT people gather to disciss the 12 Steps and Traditions of Al-Anon Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Arlington.
Starting now, those who live, work in and visit Arlington County can register for Arlington Alert by texting “1776” to 411911. Arlington County uses Arlington Alert, to contact citizens when an emergency occurs via cell phone, e-mail, pager, BlackBerry, wireless PDA and XM Satellite Radio. In addition to enrollment via text message, Arlington Alert is available on the internet at www.arlingtonalert.com.
Volunteer Nurses are needed to work in the Communicable Diseases Clinic of the Arlington County Department of Human Services. Nurses must have Virginia license, current CPR card, and liability insurance. Orientation and training will be provided. Volunteers must be able to work two clinics (Thursdays) per month. Contact Tracey Hess at 703-228-5664. Located at 800 S. Walter Reed Drive.
Arlington’s Youth Team is for young volunteers ages 12 - 18 and provides a way for young people to volunteer for the Red Cross in a fun, social setting, while providing necessary services to the Arlington community. During the school year, the Youth Team has meetings once every other week in the evening, along with weekend and evening projects. During the summer, the Youth Team is much more active, with volunteer projects occurring 3-4 times per week during the day. All volunteers (youth and adult) must first attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are held approximately twice per month. You can find specific dates on www.arlingtonredcross.org. Volunteers age 18 and older must complete a background check. Contact Heather Pritchett, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 703-527-3010 x735.
Library Volunteer. Help make the Central Library's, 1015 N. Quincy St., programs go more smoothly by ushering, handing out programs, preparing children's crafts ahead of time, and then helping children complete their projects during the program. We need reliable, dependable, friendly people. Experience working with children is a plus. Contact Barbara Dean, Volunteer Coordinator, 703-228-7688.