Send announcements to the Gazette-Packet, by e-mail to email@example.com. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407 with questions.
DADS ("Dads And Daughters & Sons") Project encourages and supports father (figures) in their quest to become actively involved in the education of their children, primarily through literacy and educational trips. Using a library of children’s books provided by the D.A.D.S. Project, father (figures) are invited to read several books each month to their child and to post entries in a monthly journal about their experiences. Father (figures) who complete their books and journals then participate in educational weekend trips with other fathers and their children. Free. Located at 1224 Princess St. Contact J.D. Walker at 703-549-4232 x 4095.
Parent Leadership Training Project equips participants with the confidence, skills and working knowledge to advocate for their child in and out of the educational arena. Public figures, PTA members, fellow parent and teacher volunteers facilitate these workshops to educate our parents and guardians in these vital areas. Free. Contact J.D. Walker at 703-549-4232 x 4095.
All singers and non-singers age 55 and older can be a part of the dynamic Encore Chorale conducted by Jeanne Kelly. The Encore Chorale will meet Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Come learn to sing and improve your vocal technique, meet new friends and enjoy a great new adventure. Call Jeanne Kelly at 301-261-5747; 571-215-6118 or e-mail Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Wednesday of Each Month Alexandria NAACP General Meeting, 7 p.m., Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. Free. For more information call 703-684-6190.
The Alexandria Workshop of Ikebana International meets at the Hollin Hall Senior Citizen Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month from September through June. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arrangement. The group makes ikebana floral arrangements, studies the history of the art and learns new techniques. For more information call Joan Allan at 703-360-3532.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8523 Fort Hunt Road. On site baby-sitting is provided. A ministry to mothers of young children, the group offers fellowship and the opportunity to work on crafts and listen to speakers on a variety of subjects. Visit www.MOPS.org.
The Washington DC Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America invites all stitchers to join them on second Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 a.m., at the Hermitage Auditorium, 5000 Fairbanks Ave. Be part of a local community of stitchers and to learn about and participate in embroidery-related programs and events. Visit www.embroidery-marega.org/washingtondc.htm.
Book Discussion Group. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. Call 703-765-4573.
Alexandria Civil War Round Table meets on the third Thursday of each month 8 p.m., on the second floor of the Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Annual dues $20, due on Jan. 1 each year. E-mail Alexandria CWRT at email@example.com, call 703-758-1861, or toll-free at 1-888-336-1861.
Christian Business Women's Committee. Meets each Wednesday morning at the Royal Restaurant in Old Town. Open to any woman who wants to study faith in the workplace related struggles, issues and successes. Call Pamela Nilsen at 703-519-4475, or e-mail NilsenP@ppnpf.com.
Engleside Lions Club.The Engleside Lions Club announces the formation of two Leo clubs at the Gum Springs Community Center. The Engleside Lions Leo clubs are open to ages 12-28. There is an Alpha club for youths 12-17, and an Omega club for those 18-28. For information, call Tom Nally, 703-451-5358 or Dawn Lucas, 703-921-0482.
Greenlight Toastmasters of Old Town. Meets at the Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., at 7 p.m., the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Prospective members are always welcome. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-569-4810.
MOMS Club of Alexandria. Meets the last Tuesday of every month. 10 a.m. Fairlington Presbyterian Church, 3846 King St. Club is open to moms living in Alexandria. Call 703-234-3953, Ext. 5318.
MOMS Club of South Alexandria. Meets the second Tuesday of every month. 10:30 a.m. Sunset Hills Baptist Church, 3500 Franconia Road. Club is open to moms and children living in South Alexandria. Call 703-960-3366.
New Beginnings. Discussion groups and social events available for recently separated or divorced men and women. Call 301-924-4101 or visit www.newbeginningsusa.org.
Single-Parent Power. Monthly support group every third Tuesday. 7-8:30 p.m. Sherwood Hall Library, Sherwood Hall Lane. Call 703-339-2962.
The Alexandria Treetop Speakers Toastmasters Club. Meets at 7:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of each month at the Park at Landmark Apartments community room, 225 South Whiting St., Alexandria. Call 202-270-1662 or 703-339-4056 or visit treetoptm.tripod.com.
The Virginia Shalem Group. Monthly prayer opportunity offered by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. The first Monday of each month. Relaxation, the presentation of different prayer practices, journal keeping and small group sharing. Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road. 7:30-9 p.m.
Toastmasters Club: The Promise Speakers. Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Denny's Restaurant, 7214 Richmond Highway. 7:30 a.m. Call Liz at 703-360-0790.
Want to gain confidence when you make presentations? Want to gain control of the fear of public speaking? Want to feel at ease and self-confident in social gatherings? Join Greenlight Old Town Toastmasters International in the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., every second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://gogreenlight.shorturl.com/
The Mount Vernon Toastmasters Club meets at the Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, at 7:30 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month. Guests are welcome and may participate in "table topics." For more information, call 202-861-5370 or e-mail email@example.com.
Come dine and shine. With Old Town Toastmasters-dinner club, improve your public speaking/leadership skills with fun and fellowship. Meet every second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Trattoria da Franco, 305 S. Washington St., Alexandria, 22314. Call 703 566-4442 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Helmsmen Toastmasters Club helps members develop leadership and public speaking skills much in demand in today's job market. Join us beginning January 25 at our new location. The club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the National Industries for the Blind (NIB Building), 1310 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314. Contact Kathleen Gallager, President, 703-310-0343 or Nancy Fosbrook, Secretary/Treasurer 202-251-8921. The dates are Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Guests are welcome.
MOMS Club of Alexandria, Northeast is a group for mothers that offers play groups, a baby-sitting co-op, mom's night out, service projects and outings to child-friendly attractions. Membership is open to moms living in the 22301, 22302, 22305 and 22314 zip codes. Meetings are held at Historic Christ Church in Old Town, 118 N. Washington St., 10 a.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. Children welcome. Call 866-251-5169, ext. 1083, e-mail email@example.com, or come to the monthly meeting.
Granny Squares. The Granny Squares Grandmothers Club of Virginia meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Franconia Governmental Center. The group supports charitable projects for children. For more information, call Beverly Cherkis at 703-971-2326.
Community Coalition for Haiti presents Cleve Francis. The composer and vocalist will be accompanied by his 11-member band and the Howard University Community Choir. The benefit concert for Haiti will take place Saturday Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Tickets go on sale Aug. 31 for more information visit www.cchaiti/org or call 703-880-4160.
The Fairfax Country Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday September 12th at the Martha Washington Library in Alexandria. The public and press are invited to attend Five people may register to speak about library concerns. Call 703-324-8324 for more information.
The Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage presents a benefit concert. The concert will feature The Heritage Signature Chorale and Seasons and also The Daughters of Miriam Meade from the Meade Memorial Church. The concert will take place Friday Sept. 21 at the George Washington Masonic Auditorium.