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Mount Vernon Bulletin May 8-14

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The Friends of Dyke Marsh will meet on May 14, at 7:30 p.m., to hear featured speaker, Dr. Katia Engelhardt. The talk is titled Why Should We Restore Dyke Marsh? How Will Global Warming Affect Dyke Marsh?

The meeting will be held at Huntley Meadows Park Visitors’ Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306 (Directions: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley/directions.htm)

Dr. Katia Engelhardt is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. She has analyzed what is known about the natural resources of Dyke Marsh and its restoration potential. She compiled available information about this nationally significant wetland – the plants, animals, invasives, hydrology, geology, history and other aspects. She will summarize her findings, explain why Dyke Marsh should be restored and examine the possible effects of sea level rise on Dyke Marsh. . Visit www.fodm.org.

Contact: Dorothy McManus, dorothymcmanus@msn.com or 703-960-3643.

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.

Mount Vernon At Home and the Hollin Hall Senior Center are sponsoring a presentation at the Senior Center on Friday, May 9, at 10 a.m., by Kathleen R. Cossa on "Essential Legal Documents as You Age -- Don't Stay Home Without Them." You can sign up for this free lecture by calling the Senior Center at 703-765-4573.

Fairfax Area League of Women Voters and their guests will be discussing the restoration of civil rights to former felons, who now must wait for several years after serving their sentences and then apply to the governor.

The organization’s unit meetings will be held during the second and third weeks of May at 13 locations throughout Fairfax County. The League’s meetings are free and guests are welcome; no registration is required. Persons interested in attending any of the meetings can call the League at 703-658-9150 for the location of the meeting most convenient for them, or visit its web site at www.lwv-fairfax.org. The study material for this meeting can be downloaded from the web site.

Mount Vernon is currently accepting applications through May 21 for its History Teacher of the Year award from Washington, D.C., metropolitan area history teachers. For more information and to download an application, visit georgewashingtonwired.org.

On Tuesday, May 20, the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS) will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled "Anatomy of a Civil War Pension File." 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 or haroldm@erols.com.

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. We rely on donations from local retail businesses, building contractors, suppliers, remodelers and individuals. These are then made available for sale to the general public at 50 to 90% below retail prices. 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.

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