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Arlington Bulletin Board: Nov. 21, 2012

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PFLAG of Arlington. Second Sunday at 3 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.

Free Mall Walking Program for Seniors. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Walk at your own pace in a safe and friendly environment. Group stretch and cool down led by hospital staff. Call 703-558-6859. Ballston Common Mall (Food Court Level), 4238 Wilson Blvd.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. Third Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Carlin Springs. Free. Call 703-558-6859.

Strength & Stretch For Seniors. Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Improve range of motion, strength & bone health. All abilities welcome. $42. Mondays at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr. Thursdays at Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road.

Gentle Pilates. Saturdays at 9 and 11:35 a.m. A non-traditional mat Pilates class with modifications to suit all abilities. Learn proper form, strengthen core muscles and improve posture. $78. Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr.

Gentle Yoga. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Restore flexibility, strength and ease tension. All levels welcome. $66. Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.

Tai Chi. Thursdays at 6: 15-7:15 p.m. Combine slow, flowing movements of Tai Chi and Qi Gong postures to foster a healthy, balanced mind and body. $80. 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.

Yoga for Everybody. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. This traditional approach to yoga reduces stress and increases strength and flexibility. $66. Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.

Job Seekers' Support Group Meeting. Second and fourth Sundays, through Dec. 9 at 12:15 p.m. Arlington Temple United Methodist Church located at 1835 N. Nash St. is hosting Job Seeker and Career Enrichment Group meetings. The group is open to job seekers and those who are employed and wondering "what's next." Sessions are composed of readings, exercises and discussions to assist and hold members accountable for their own enrichment. Sign-up is required for participation. Contact atumcoffice@verizon.net, 703-525-6075 or www.Meetup.com/jobseeker.

Adaptive/Seated Yoga. Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. For older or physically challenged adults with limited mobility, chronic pain or neuropathy. Adaptive yoga emphasizes breathing, gentle stretching and going at your own pace. $66 Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.

Call for Nominations. The County Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteers Award, now in its 8th year. Submissions will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2013. Nominations are judged on the basis of the nominee's direct involvement with an activity or contribution. Award criteria includes: 1) a contribution is the giving of personal time, expertise, a tangible gift or financial donation; 2) the activity or contribution upon which the nomination is based must have been completed prior to the year of selection and 3) the award may be for a specific accomplishment or for an accumulation of accomplishments over an extended period of time. To complete a nomination form, visit www.arlingtonva.us/dpr.

Volunteers Needed. Northern Virginia Family Service seeks volunteers to serve as mentors to low-income seniors, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers will work one-on-one with seniors to help them plan and maintain monthly budgets, enroll in appropriate benefit programs and provide friendly support to lift the spirits of aging clients, among other duties. The position is located at Culpepper Gardens, 4435 North Pershing Dr. To sign up, please contact Navara Cannon at volunteer@nvfs.org or call 571-748-2536.

Lifeline Personal Alert System. Virginia Hospital Center Senior Health staff locally manage the personal emergency response system. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Monthly cost starts at $42. Call 703-558-6859 for more information.

Volunteers. Applications now being accepted for the 2013 Class of TreeStewards. The TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our urban trees through educational programs, tree planting and care, demonstrations and tree maintenance throughout the community. New volunteer training will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting Feb. 13 through April 2013, with some Saturday mornings. Fun and interactive training is provided by recognized experts in tree care and citizen advocates. Visit www.TreeStewards.org or call 703-527-2349.

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 in the following locations:

Volunteers Needed. Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN Inc.) seeks volunteers who will take social workers’ calls from home 1-5 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 provided. 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, contact www.arlingtonva.us/aging or Carolyn Ferguson at 703-228-1700, TTY 703-228-1788, or 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. Particularly needed are rice (large bags appreciated, the pantry will rebag), dry beans, canned vegetables, soup, small jars of peanut butter, small jars of jelly, pasta and pasta sauce. 2700 South 19th St. Visit http://www.ourladyqueenofpeace.org.

Instruments Wanted. Instruments of any type or size — from a piano to a piccolo, for 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.

Volunteer to Make a Difference. Enhance the quality of care and quality of life in Arlington's long-term care residences, advise public officials about long-term care needs in Arlington, and support access, availability and affordability in Arlington's long-term care residences by joining the Arlington Commission on Long-Term Care Residences. Visit the Agency on Aging website at www.arlingtonva.us/aging.

Volunteers Needed. AHC Inc. is looking for volunteers to help middle- and high-school students with homework, and to be role models and mentors. Volunteers are needed once a week for about an hour and a half, from 6 -7:30 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. at six different AHC community centers. Visit AHC's Teen Tutoring Program or call Mary Zambrano at 703-486-0626 ext. 140.

Thursday/Nov. 29

APS FY2014 Budget Forum. 7-9 p.m. County Manager Barbara Donnellan and Superintendent Pat Murphy invite the public to a joint forum on strategies for balancing the FY 2014 budgets. At Washington-Lee High School Cafeteria 1301 N. Stafford St.

Friday-Sunday/Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Christmas Tree Sale. BSA Troop 167 holds their annual Christmas Tree Sale at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church (parking lot), 1500 North Glebe Road. Nov. 30, 4-9 p.m.; Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Dec. 2, noon-6 p.m.

Saturday/Dec. 1

Messages of Love. The St. Peter’s Love Quilt Project welcomes the community to two events at the Falls Church Episcopal (115 East Fairfax St.). From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., members of the community are invited to view the first 50 quilts crafted by members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for South African children orphaned by AIDS, and enjoy refreshments while listening to live djembe drumming performed by Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., an evening gala will celebrate South Africa with music, a buffet of selected wines and food, a raffle of craft items, and featured speaker Johnny Moloto, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of South Africa. Tickets for the gala are $50 per person, and are available at stpeterslovequilts@gmail.com. All funds raised from the two events directly support the quilt project and the orphans in South Africa.

Sunday/Dec. 2

Invasive Plant Removal. 1-3 p.m. Lacey Woods Park, N. Frederick St. and 11 St. N., Arlington. Join Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment in working up a sweat as we get rid of unwanted plant invaders. Email volunteer@arlingtonenvironment.org or call 703-228-6406 for more information and to register.

Monday/Dec. 3

Virginia’s Use of Solitary Confinement. 7-8:30 p.m. Get the latest information on the use of solitary confinement in Virginia by joining the Arlington chapter of Amnesty International, the Washington Region Religious Campaign against Torture, and Social Action Linking Together at the auditorium of the main library in Arlington, 1015 N. Quincy St. Learn about where and why solitary confinement is used in Virginia, how it affects inmates and their families, why we should care, and what is being done about it. Speakers include State Delegate Patrick Hope, Heather Rice of the National Religious Campaign against Torture, and Abigail Turner of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. Free parking is also available. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday/Dec. 5

Tax Workshop. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will offer five IRS Tax Workshops for small- and medium-sized nonprofit organizations http://www.cpe.vt.edu/irsnonprofit at various sites around the commonwealth from November through January.

The workshop will be led by experienced IRS exempt-organization

specialists. Topics covered will include tax-exempt status, unrelated business income, employment issues, Form 990 series, and required disclosures. A continental breakfast will be provided. The cost is $50 per person. Register online at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/irsnonprofit until all spaces are filled. Participants may be eligible for Continuing and Professional Education credits from the Virginia Board of Accountancy, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits from the Virginia State Bar, and Continuing Education Units (CEU) from the IRS. At the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington, 900 N. Glebe Road.

Thursday/Dec. 6

Streetcar Panel. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Speakers Series skills session on The Columbia Streetcar: All Aboard. Come to hear a panel of experts discuss the Streetcar project, the vision for the future of the communities that will be impacted by the project (specifically Crystal City and Columbia Pike) and the economic and transportation impact of the Streetcar. At WETA, 2775 S. Quincy St. Cost is $40 for members of Leadership Arlington and $50 for the general public. Lunch and materials are included.

Sunday/Dec. 9

Affordable Housing Award Celebration. 6:30 p.m. The 4th Ellen M. Bozman Affordable Housing Award Celebration will focus on Faith+Vision+Action, and honor Jerry Morris, Michael Foster and The Church at Clarendon, Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. and Macedonia Baptist Church. The Celebration will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Annual Candle Lighting Service. 6:30 p.m. The Arlington Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will be hosting their Annual Candle Lighting Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 5533 N. 16th St., featuring guest speaker, Dr. Coralease Ruff, author of "Her Light Still Shines;" music; reading of children's/sibling's names and lighting of candles. Bring a photo or small remembrance of children/siblings for display and a refreshment. Contact Elaine Anzevino at 703-922-4701 or 703-309-9730; or email eanzevino@aol.com.

Thursday-Saturday/Dec. 13-15

Fundraising. Arlington Northwest Lions Charities Inc., will be holding a fundraiser by selling fresh Florida citrus, pecans, and pure Vermont maple syrup at the Overlee Pool, 6030 Lee Highway, lower parking lot. The hours are Dec. 13 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 703-528-1130.