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 Hwy.
Volunteers Needed. AARP Tax-Aide, a free, national volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service for low to moderate income and elderly citizens, is currently in need of volunteers to electronically complete and file federal and state income tax forms for the 2013 tax season. Volunteers of all ages and background are welcome. The program will offer free five-day training using IRS computers and software. Volunteers become IRS Certified Tax Counselors after completing the training and passing the IRS examination. Trainings sessions will be held in Annandale, Centerville and Alexandria in December 2012 and January 2013. Volunteers interested in the program should visit: www.aarp.org/taxaide. Email will be sent in December announcing the specific, dates and times the above sites will be opened for the 2013 tax season.
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. At Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road. Those with Parkinson’s and caregivers are welcome. No dance experience necessary.
Tuesdays/Through Nov. 27
Seminars. 12:30–2:30 p.m. Join Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project, a free series of educational seminars for older adults, along with exercise or yoga classes for strength and balance. The program also provides home safety visits for 60+ adults and adults with physical disabilities. Participation in the full project is advised, and space is limited. At 7000 Schoonmaker Court. Register with Jennifer Edge at 703-324-7210, TTY 711 or email Jennifer.Edge@fairfaxcounty.gov. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/independent.htm.
Through Nov. 30
Training Courses. The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region will host training courses in CPR, First Aid, and AED in the Alexandria and Fort Belvoir offices. These classes offer a two-year certification, a choice of free digital or affordable print materials, and digital refreshers. Classes range from $70-$110 and will be held Monday through Saturday, dependent upon the participant’s choice. Advance registration is required. To register for a class or find another class in your area, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass.
Through Dec. 7
Medicare Open Season. Howard Houghton will discuss what people need to know about the 2013 Medicare health and drug plans at these free Fairfax County presentations. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/vicap.htm.
Public Information Meeting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fairfax County Park Authority staff members and wetlands design professionals from Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc. will present a wetlands restoration plan for Huntley Meadows Park, a 50-plus acre freshwater wetland. The public information meeting is in the park Visitor’s Center located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Working closely with the public, wetland experts and design professionals, park staff and volunteers gathered data, developed project goals and worked through several designs over the years. The final design will be presented.
Sundays/Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23
Advent Celtic Evening Eucharist Services. 5:30 p.m. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church will be offering a 4-week series of Advent Celtic Evening Eucharist Services. Candlelight, silence, prayers and music from the Celtic tradition will set the tone for this Sunday evening worship and communion service. All are welcome. The Sunday Evening Celtic Services will be held on Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located in the Fort Hunt neighborhood, 8531 Riverside Road. Call John Baker at 703-360-4221, Susan Hartzell at 703-309-9103 or visit www.staidansepiscopal.com
Stress, Grief and Coping with Change during the Holidays. 11 a.m. Capital Caring presents “Stress, Grief, and Coping with Change during the Holidays” with bereavement counselor Wendy Maiwurm. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. To reserve a seat, call 703-765-4573.
Mount Vernon At Home. Virginia's Village will be hosting an information session for seniors who want to age in place in the Mount Vernon Community. Membership and volunteer opportunities available. In the Sherwood Meeting Room, Sherwood Regional Library. Call 703-303-4060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.