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Mount Vernon Bulletin June 19-25

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The Virginia State Council of the Knights of Columbus recently selected a Mount Vernon couple as its 2007-2008 State Family of the Year. Stanley and Linda Glod were presented with the honor by the State Deputy, Lenny Pulizzi, at the State Council’s annual convention in Roanoke. They were cited as role models for their sustained, selfless devotion and contribution to the Catholic Church, community, and the Knights of Columbus on the local, national and international levels. Stanley is a Fourth Degree Knight with the Fort Belvoir Knights of Columbus Council 11170

The Mount Vernon Republican Women are hosting their June meeting on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the home of Gail McNally. The speaker for the event will be Rodica Scoma, MD, a physician and member of our club. The title of the presentation is "Heart Attacks and Strokes in Women, What Precipitates?" This meeting is open to all interested members, guests, and community members. For information, call Debbie Fountain, 703-780-5942

The Alexandria chapter of the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), a national nutrition and lifestyle improvement program, will sponsor a Community Health Expo and Seminar on Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Praise Center, 1400 Russell Road. The event highlights include a fitness clinic, vegan cooking demonstrations, health information on hypertension, diabetes, cancer, cholesterol, door prizes and more. Free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, body fat analysis and more will be provided. Free. For more information or to RSVP, call 703-823-2139 or e-mail cpcchip@comcast.net.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking persons who are diplomatic, assertive, and good communicators to serve as volunteer ombudsmen. Volunteers are assigned to a specific local nursing home or assisted-living facility in the City of Alexandria and make weekly visits, meeting one-on-one with residents. For further information and to obtain an application, call 703-324-5422, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LTCOmbudsman.

. Sign-up for "Master the Art of Reading," the Fairfax County Public Library's 2008 Summer Reading Program. The library invites kids from preschool to high school to enjoy the magic of reading this summer. The program runs from June 13 to August 30. Preschoolers through sixth graders read 15 books. (Children can have books read to them.) Students in grades 7-12 read eight books. Visit the library's Web page at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office will photograph and fingerprint your children for free at several events around Fairfax in May and June. If your child is ever missing, the ID card will give authorities vital information to help them locate him or her. This community service is available for county and Fairfax City residents, ages 0-17. For more information or to schedule a public safety event, contact Captain Sean Whitmore at 703-246-7521 or e-mail sheriff@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* June 21, noon - 4 p.m.
Community Event
Meadow Woods Apartments
3308 Lockheed Blvd.

Mount Vernon Nights. Listen to a variety of music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday nights at Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway starting June 6. Free. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances for more.

The Northern Virginia Habitat ReStore, located at 7770-G Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA (behind Gold's Gym), sells new and used building and home improvement materials to the general public. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia. The ReStore is run by volunteers that dedicate their time and energy to the work of Habitat and we are in need of more volunteers. Call the store today at 703-360-6700 or stop by. For more information visit: www.restorenova.org.

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One on One Basketball presents its first overnight camps this summer. Located at the 130 acre Episcopal High School campus. The Northern Virginia Basketball Camp caters to boys ages 7 – 16 and provides a day camp option. The Northern Virginia overnight Camp runs July 6-10 for $475. The day camp option (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) is $350. The Intensive overnight Camp runs July 11-13 for $350. Team and group discounts available. One on One Basketball runs other day camps throughout the region. Call 202-244-BALL or visit http ://www.1on1basketball.com/dc/

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