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Arlington Bulletin Board 7/18/12

— E-mail announcements to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is noon the Thursday before publication. Photos are welcome.

Friday/July 20

Canning and Food Preservation Made Easy. 12-4 p.m. $20. Join us for a fun afternoon learning how to preserve your favorite summer and fall produce. All participants will receive a packet of recipes and preservation instructions that they can use to preserve food at home. Fairlington Community Center Kitchen, 3308 S. Stafford Street. Register before July 19 by sending an e-mail to jabel@vt.edu or by calling 703-228-6417.

Through July 30

Meditation and Buddhism Introductory Class. Every Monday through July 30 at 7-8:30pm. Cost $12. Creating a Life that Matters. Classes will include all the basics of meditation such as posture, why to meditate, and how to meditate. Classes will examine Buddha’s teachings on the 6 perfections, and how to change one’s perspective of self and others, to become a better friend to the world. There will also be guided meditations to gain experience of the practice and time for questions and discussion. Class includes teaching, guided meditation, and Q&A. Everyone is welcome. Class taught by lay Buddhist Teacher, Chris Jamison. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Arlington Branch Location — The Griffin Center 3800 Fairfax Dr., Suite 5, Arlington. 202-986-2257 http://www.meditation-dc.org.

Monday/July 30

Learn basic techniques of water-wise gardening. Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners for a free workshop on the basic techniques for maintaining your landscape while reducing reliance on irrigation. 7 - 8 p.m. at the Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington. To register, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com. For more information, visit mgnv.org.

Tuesday/July 31

“Pathway to Citizenship” Immigration Workshop. 6:30 p.m. Free. Hosted by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, the event will feature a presentation from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and information on citizenship and naturalization requirements. Local non-profit and governmental agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance. Gunston Middle School, 2700 Lang Street.

Monday/July 30

Lose the Training Wheels Camp. Five daily sessions at 8:30 am, 10:05 am, 11:40 am, 2:00 pm, 3:35 pm. Arlington County DPR Therapeutic Recreation Office will hold its 3rd annual camp designed to teach children and youth with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle independently. With the assistance of adapted bicycles, specialized instructional program and trained staff and volunteers, riders attend 75 minute sessions for five consecutive days. Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road.

Saturday/July 21, August 18

Runner Workshop Series. 3-4 p.m. Entitled “Don’t Let Injuries Finish Your Running Ambitions,” these one-hour workshops will focus on running mechanics and preventing and managing common runner injuries. Workshops start at Ballston Crossfit, 1110 N. Glebe Road. Reserve your spot by sending an email to steve@wilsonbridgehalf.com.

Saturday/August 11, 18

Basic Literacy Tutor Training Workshop. Looking for more than 75 new volunteer Basic Literacy tutors to help area English-speaking adults learn to read and write. Those who wish to volunteer must attend both sessions of the workshop. Each tutor will be trained, matched with a student, and encouraged to meet weekly for an hour and a half to help the student improve his or her reading and writing skills. At James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road. $40 required fee for books and materials. For more information, e-mail volunteers@lcnv.org or call 703-237-0866 x111

Saturday/August 25

Community Resource Fair. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet potential employers, job placement organizations, and non-profits which can help you with your tax issues, financial literacy matters, business assistance issues, and provide health screenings and education. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street.

Ongoing

Plant Clinics. If you wonder how to grow great tomatoes, which tree is best for your home landscape, or what strange insect you have found, VCE Master Gardeners can help you find the answers at weekly Plant Clinics held in the following locations:

  • Arlington County Farmer’s Market, intersection of N. 14th Street and Courthouse Road, Saturdays, from 8 to 11 am, through Sept. 29.

  • Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Thursdays, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., through Nov. 15.

  • Old Town Farmers’ Market, 301 King Street, Alexandria, Saturdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 am, through Sept. 29.

  • Del Ray Farmers’ Market, intersection of Mt. Vernon and East Oxford Avenues, Saturdays, from 8:30 to 11 am, through Sept. 29.

VCE Master Gardener Help Desk (703-228-6414), or mgarlalex@gmail.com; staffed from 9 a.m. through noon, Monday through Friday, year round.

Home gardeners are also welcome to visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., and the website at www.ext.vt.edu.

Volunteers Needed. Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN Inc.) seeks volunteers who will take social workers’ calls from home 1 to 5 p.m., one or two weekday afternoons per month. Approve requests for emergency financial assistance for their clients. Must have some computer skills to record requests on AMEN’s laptop computer. Training and ongoing consultation is provided. To learn more about this opportunity, contact 703-558-0035 or amen@emergencyneeds.org. Visit www.emergencyneeds.org.

Arlington Commission on Long-Term Care Residences. Commission members are appointed by the County Board and must live or work in Arlington. For more information or an application, find the commission via the Agency on Aging website at www.arlingtonva.us/aging, or contact Agency on Aging Assistant Director, Ms. Carolyn Ferguson, at 703-228-1700, TTY (703) 228-1788, or e-mail Arlaaa@arlingtonva.us.

Volunteers Needed. Arlington Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Call 703-522-0811 or mowvolunteers@yahoo.com.

Donations Needed. Our Lady Queen of Peace is seeking to replenish its food pantry. The following are particularly needed: rice (large bags appreciated, the pantry will rebag), dry beans (again, pantry will repackage), canned vegetables, soup, small jars of peanut butter, small jars of jelly, pasta and pasta sauce. 2700 South 19th Street. Visit http://www.ourladyqueenofpeace.org.

Instruments Wanted. Instruments of any type or size — from a piano to a piccolo. There are schools and homes for them all in an orphanage in Haiti. Contact: Miriam Miller, Opera Guild of Northern Virginia for pick up. 703-536-7557; mcdm1@verizon.net; http://www.operaguildnova.org

Second Sunday

PFLAG of Arlington. 3 to 4:30 p.m. PFLAG promotes the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered persons and their families. Meets on the second Sunday of each month, at the Unitarian Universalist Church at George Mason Drive and Route 50. Contact aly.pflagdc@gmail.com