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<cal2>School supplies and backpacks are being accepted at United Community Ministries, 7511 Fordson Road, now through Aug. 17 in order for volunteers to sort supplies and pack backpacks. Molly Sackett, a UCM volunteer will be at Office Depot at Beacon Mall on Richmond Highway on Saturdays, Aug. 1 and 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays, Aug. 2 and 9 from 11a.m. - 4 p.m. to collect school supplies.

<cal1>Saturday/Aug. 8

<cal2> Community Office Hours. 10 a.m. to noon. Del. Kristen J. Amundson will be holding Community Office Hours at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Anyone is welcome to come discuss state-related issues, and no appointments are necessary. Contact Del. Amundson’s Office at 703-619-0444 or DelAmundson@Amundson.org.

Free School Physicals. 8 a.m. to noon. Space is limited and appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 703-698-2550. At Mt. Vernon Health Department, 8350 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria.

<cal1>Tuesday/Aug. 18

<cal2>Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Meeting. 1 p.m. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112. Free and open to public. Features a presentation entitled "Finding Your Family in the Library: Making the Most of Your Library's Resources." Presented by Don Wilson, librarian at the Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas. Go to: www.MVGenealogy.org or call Harold McClendon at 703-360-0920 or haroldm@erols.com.

<cal1>Monday/Sept. 7

<cal2>International Festival. 12:30-6 p.m. Includes live entertainment, children’s rides, international food, white elephant sale, beverages, games and more. Tickets must be purchased for some activities. At Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria. Call 703- 780-4055 or visit www.gs-cc.org.

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<cal2>The Back Porch Thrift Store will accept gently used furniture and clothing. Back Porch is a part of United Community Ministries — the nonprofit agency in southern Fairfax County to whom the community turns during times of disasters. Proceeds made from the Back Porch Thrift Store go directly into UCM's programs and services that help families and individuals in Fairfax County live their best lives. Visit UCMagency.org. Donations are received Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 7838 Richmond Highway, Alexandria. Call 703-799-7015 (in the Crossroads Shopping Center next to A.J. Wrights). Go to http://www.ucmagency.org/backporch-index.html.

Hopkins House (www.hopkinshouse.org) is a local charity that provides preschool services for children and offers family education workshops for parents. This time of year donations of facial tissue, diapers/pull-ups, wipes, batteries, construction paper, and crayons are needed. 703-539-4232 ext. 4086.

The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary is currently accepting applications for adult volunteers. A variety of positions are available and every effort is made to match the volunteer's availability, interest and abilities. The hospital is located at 2501 Parker's Lane. Call 703-664-7260 or visit www.inova.org for more information.

Mt. Vernon Meals on Wheels is seeking a volunteer driver coordinator and a volunteer treasurer. For more information, please call Fairfax Area Agency on Aging's Volunteer Intake Line: 703-324-5406, TTY: 703-449-1186, e-mail DFSAAAvolunteer@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/aaa.

The Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club helps the children of this area enjoy special educational and recreational trips, summer camps, and many other healthy activities. For those who would like to give more service to the Mt. Vernon community, the club meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. for dinner and a program at the Mount Vernon Country Club on Old Mill Road. Contact Bruce or Joanne Malkin at 703-360-7725 or jbmalkin@verizon.net

The Fairfax County Police Department is conducting their annual recruitment drive for their Auxiliary Police Officer Program (APO). Duties such as assisting with sobriety checkpoints, supporting training programs like the Sexual Assault Free and Empowered (SAFE) Class, conducting home security surveys and taking fingerprints at community events are just a few examples where APOs are needed. Applicants must be in good health, without a criminal record or history of drug use and not be an applicant for police officer in any jurisdiction. To learn more or sign up to begin the application process, call 703-280-0701 or auxiliarypolice@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Northern Virginia Habitat ReStore, located at 7770-G Richmond Highway, Alexandria (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.

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.

Join 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. 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

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 except December and January. Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arrangement. The group makes Ikebana floral arrangements, studies the history of the art and learns new techniques. New members are welcome. For more information call Julie Cimino at 202-544-5331.

The Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary is currently accepting applications for adult volunteers at 2501 Parkers Lane. A variety of positions are available. For further information, call 703-664-7260, or visit www.inova.org.

Two Success Strategies Assistants needed to work with a team of volunteers and a group of about 12 students to coach them on goal-setting, resume writing, and interview techniques. Visit www.volunteermatch.org for more.

Computer CORE is looking for volunteers. To request an application, e-mail Victoria@computercore.org.

Fort Ward Museum is accepting applications for its Civil War Kids’ Camp, a week of learning and fun for boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Participants explore the lives of Civil War soldiers and civilians with marching, drilling, re-enactor guest appearances, games, crafts and other activities. Civil War Kids’ Camp runs Monday, June 22, through Friday, June 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road. For more information or to sign up, contact Fort Ward Museum at 703-838-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, is now registering for a three-day camp for children ages 5 through 7. The Clio’s Kids Mini-Camp introduces children to American history and life in historic Alexandria through artifacts, storytelling, singing, crafts, "old-fashioned" games, and visits to nearby historic places. Clio’s Kids runs from Tuesday, July 28, through Thursday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Camp will be held at The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street. To register or to learn more, call 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

Then older children will have an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes of a museum at a new one-day Curator Camp. During Curator Camp, kids ages 11 through 14 will learn about museums from the inside out. Curator Camp is one day only, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and costs $75 including snacks and souvenirs. To sign up or to learn more, call 703-838-4994 or visit www.alexandriahistory.org.

ALIVE! is holding a raffle fundraiser with the prize being premium tickets to a Nationals game in July. Tickets are $100 each and only 300 will be sold. Visit www.alive-inc.org for more.