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Bulletin Board March 21

To have a notice listed, e-mail gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.

Month of March

Curves Annual Food Drive. Curves of Alexandria is asking members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash to help support the local community food bank. At Curves of Alexandria, 1506 A Belleview Blvd, Alexandria. Call 703-721-2044 or belleviewcurves@gmail.com. Visit www.curves.com.

Friday/March 23

Ken Cuccinelli Speaks. 6 to 8 p.m. The Virginia Attorney General is a guest of the Colonial Republican Women Membership Reception. In the Kingstowne Area in Alexandria. Free. All are welcome. Email colonialrepublicanwomen@gmail.com or call 703-354-9467

Saturday/March 24

Fairfax County Mega Job Fair. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. This year’s event includes a training vouchers program for veterans to enhance their job skills, a section for youth employment services plus recruiters from a wide variety of employers and government agencies. Co-hosted by U.S. Gerry Connolly, the Fairfax County

SkillSource Centers and Business Development Assistance Group. Participating employers, business resources partners, and program agenda at www.fairfaxmegajobfair.com.

April 2

Volunteers Needed. The Alexandria Domestic Violence needs volunteers to answer the hotline and cover the shelter on the weekends. Training starts April 2. Training lasts for seven weeks and an interview is required. Contact Jennifer Clayton at 703-746-4911.

Wednesday, April 4

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Alexandria. 2 p.m. Meets at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. All Parkinson’s patients and caregivers are welcome.

Ongoing

The new exhibition Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington is now open to the public. The exhibit at Mount Vernon Estate features more than 125 kitchen and food-related objects from Mount Vernon. Following food from the Estate’s field to kitchen to table, visitors will see recipes and cookbooks that Martha treasured, pots that simmered in her kitchen, and fine tablewares that made Mount Vernon’s dining room fit for a president. Learn about little know items from the Washington household, including a heart-shaped waffle iron, three-foot olive jar, and other unique items. On display in this exhibition is a letter in which the first president states that if no one “pops in for dinner tonight”, it will be the first time that he and Martha Washington have dined alone in 20 years. Visit www.MountVernon.org.

Fort Ward Museum is now registering for its annual 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, reenactor guest appearances, games, crafts and other activities.

Civil War Kids’ Camp runs Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fort Ward, 4301 West Braddock Road. Registration is limited to 24 participants. Spaces fill quickly, and applications are accepted on a first-come basis. Registration, including souvenirs and healthy snacks, costs $200 per child, with limited scholarship assistance based on financial need. Contact Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

Scholarship applications for the 2012 Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership Scholarships are now available. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in Mount Vernon and Lee Districts pursuing further education in a business related field. Applications are available at http://www.mtvernon-leechamber.org/Education-Partnership.html, at high school career centers, or by calling 703-360-6925. Students may apply online or download an application and return it. All applications must be received by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce by Friday, April 27. Those applying for the scholarships must plan to pursue further education in a business-related field, have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, and have work or community volunteer experience. Applicants must submit an essay with the application and a copy of their high school transcript.

UCM's food pantry depends on community donations. Canned meat and fish are needed, as well as canned soups, fruits and vegetables. Help by dropping off food donations at UCM’s main office, 7511 Fordson Road, Alexandria. UCM's food pantry accepts food donations Monday – Friday, from 9 am to 5:30 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month from 9:30 am to 1 p.m.

UCM's Back Porch Thrift Store is in need of donations of furniture. UCM will pick up furniture, as well as other larger donations, or they can be dropped off at the back of the store Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To arrange for pick-ups, call 703-768-7106, ext. 320. Located at the Mt. Vernon Crossroads Shopping Center at 7838 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.