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Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 3, 2012

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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:

Arlington County Farmer’s Market, intersection of N. 14th St. and Courthouse Road, Saturdays from 8-11 a.m., through Sept. 29.

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

Old Town Farmers’ Market, 301 King St., 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 8:30-11 a.m., through Sept. 29.

VCE Master Gardener Help Desk (703-228-6414), or mgarlalex@gmail.com. Home gardeners are also welcome to visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office at 3308 S. Stafford St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and www.ext.vt.edu.

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.

Volunteers Needed. Northern Virginia Family Service seeks volunteers to serve as mentors to low-income seniors, Tuesdays and Thursday between the hours of 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, 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.

Every Saturday

New Contemplative Worship Service on evenings at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St. 5 p.m. Communion will be served each week at the Contemplative Service and participants will be invited to light candles in remembrance of people for whom they are praying.

Call 703-536-5600 or visit www.trinityarlington.org.

Saturdays/Oct. 13 & 20

Volunteers Needed. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Literacy Council of Northern Virginnia will hold two tutor training workshops to prepare volunteer tutors to provide individualized instruction to adult students who want to improve their literacy skills. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. A $40 training fee contributes to the cost of books and materials. All tutor training workshops take place at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road. Tutoring will take place in a library or community center in the tutor’s neighborhood. For more information, e-mail volunteers@lcnv.org or call 703-237-0866 x111.

Second Sunday

PFLAG of Arlington. 3-4:30 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.

Tuesday & Thursday

Free Mall Walking Program for Seniors. 8: 30-9:30 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.

Third Wednesday

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Carlin Springs. Free. Call 703-558-6859 for more information.

Mondays & Thursdays

Strength & Stretch For Seniors. 1-1:45 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 Rd.

Saturdays

Gentle Pilates. 9-10 a.m. and 11:35–12:35 p.m. A non-traditional mat Pilates class with modifications to suit all abilities. Learn proper form, strengthen core muscles & improve posture. $78. Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr.

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Gentle Yoga. 9:30-11 a.m. Restore flexibility, strength and ease tension. All levels welcome. $66. Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

Thursdays

Tai Chi. 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 Rd.

Wednesdays

Yoga for Everybody. 6:30-8 p.m. This traditional approach to yoga reduces stress and increases strength and flexibility. $66. Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

Tuesdays

Adaptive/Seated Yoga. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. For older or physically challenged adults with limited mobility, chronic pain or neuropathy. Adaptive yoga emphasizes breathing, gentle stretching and going at one’s own pace. $66 Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd. To register for these classes or for more information, call 703-558-6859

Thursday/Oct. 4

Energy Efficiency Education Volunteer Training. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Learn hands-on skills in energy efficiency and weatherization. After the training program, volunteers will participate in work days to improve energy and water efficiency in low-income apartment buildings. Program requires commitment of 60 service hours per year and participants must be available on Saturdays. Contact energy@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.

Arlington Parks and Recreation Public Meeting. 7-8 p.m. County staff will provide information about proposed changes to Arlington County's Special Events Policy, gather feedbacks and answer questions about the Special Events application process. At National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center #3, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X3VPMVH

Saturday/Oct. 6

Breast Cancer Awareness Event. 9-11 a.m. Virginia Hospital Center will host a free breast cancer awareness event, “Ladies for Life,” at the hospital’s John T. Hazel MD Conference Center. This year’s “Ladies for Life” will consist of the following events:

9 a.m.: Healthy Breakfast & Health and Wellness Booths.

9:30 a.m.: Exercise demonstration including tips on safe and proper low-impact exercise. Event attendees should dress comfortably. Participation is optional.

10 a.m.: Panel on healthy living, including information on breast health updates and nutrition and breast cancer prevention.

To register for the free event, call 703-558-6848 or visit http://vhcladiesforlife.eventbrite.com/. Attendees of “Ladies for Life” will receive a lunch tote and pedometer while supplies last.

Arlington Parks and Recreation Public Meeting. 10:30-11:30 a.m. County staff will provide information about proposed changes to Arlington County's Special Events Policy, gather feedbacks and answer questions about the Special Events application process. At Fairlington Community Center Multi-Purpose Room # 118, 3308 South Stafford St. Visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X3VPMVH

Sunday/Oct. 7

50+ Expo. noon-4 p.m. The Beacon will be hosting 50+ Expo and Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will be on site to perform glaucoma screenings. Free and open to the public. Ballston Common Mall.

Monday/Oct. 8

Student Camp. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Encore offers mini-camps for students in Kindergarten – 5th grade on days when Arlington Public Schools are closed. Holiday mini-camp series begin with Columbus Day, located at Cherrydale United Methodist Church, 3701 Lorcom Ln. $60, Extended hours are available 3-5 p.m. for additional $10. Schedule and Registration is available online at www.encorestage.org.

Candidate Night. 7:30 p.m. North Ridge Citizens’ Association (NRCA) will hear from the candidates for District B School Board. There will be debate and grilling, the candidates’ night will invite the five who are running to give brief statements and then will open a Q&A session, with questions both from NRCA Board members and the audience. At the Beverley Hills United Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd. All are welcome.

Saturday/Oct. 13

Fall Theatre Classes. At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. Classes include “Fractured Fairytales,” “It’s A Zoo: Mask Making,” and more.

Tree Distribution. Parks and Natural Resources will open up its nursery facility to Arlingtonians for another open house and tree distribution. This tree distribution enables private property owners to select from nine different species and receive a free tree to plant on their property. There are oaks, beeches, persimmons and many more. TreeStewards will be on hand during the open house providing tree planting and tree care information. Register at http://treestewards.org/

Recycling Event. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Arlington County will hold its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE) at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, located at 125 S. Glebe Road. E-CARE gives Arlington residents the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous materials like paint, solvents, garden chemicals and items containing mercury. Residents can also recycle items such as electronics, bikes, small metal items, shoes, eyeglasses, and durable medical equipment. Open to Arlington residents and employees. Commercial or business waste is not accepted. Representatives from Covanta Energy will also participate at E-CARE by providing $5 gift cards to residents who drop off household devices containing mercury (such as thermostats or barometers). Visit www.arlingtonva.us/des.

Saturdays/Oct. 13 & 20

Volunteers Needed. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will hold two tutor training workshops to prepare volunteer tutors to provide individualized instruction to adult students who want to improve their literacy skills. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. A $40 training fee contributes to the cost of books and materials. All tutor training workshops take place at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd. Tutoring will take place in a library or community center in the tutor’s neighborhood. For more information, e-mail volunteers@lcnv.org or call 703-237-0866 x111.

Sunday/Oct. 14

Energy Efficiency Education Volunteer Training. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Join this program to learn hands-on skills in energy efficiency and weatherization. After the training program, volunteers will participate in work days to improve energy and water efficiency in low-income apartment buildings. Program requires commitment of 60 service hours per year and participants must be available on Saturdays. Contact energy@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.

Race. Sign up to support Boys & Girls Club - Alexandria Olympic & Fairfax Branches for the Acumen Solutions' Race for a Cause 8K and 1 Mile Fun Run race. Visit www.theraceforacause.com to sign up.

Oct. 15-Nov. 10

BID Boot Camp. The BID will offer a one-hour training class three times a week in Gateway Park at the foot of the Key Bridge, two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro at 1300 Lee Hwy. Victor Carcamo, formerly a professional soccer player and an experienced trainer, will use

high-intensity interval training to lead the class. $25. Registration starts Oct. 1. Visit www.RosslynVA.org to register

Saturday/Oct. 20

Energy Efficiency Education Volunteer Training. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Join this program to learn hands-on skills in energy efficiency and weatherization. After the training program, volunteers will participate in work days to improve energy and water efficiency in low-income apartment buildings. Program requires commitment of 60 service hours per year and participants must be available on Saturdays. Contact energy@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406.

Social Action Linking Together (SALT) presents keynote speaker Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She will be discussing working effectively for social change. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Runs from 9-11:30 a.m. at Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge-2188, 8421 Arlington Blvd. Visit www.S-A-L-T.org.

Friday/Oct. 26

Trip Tips: Ensuring Yourself Safe & Healthy Travels with David Laster and Victoria Stark of AAA MidAtlantic. As seniors embark on trips, knowing safe travel practices and good preparations for the unknown are necessary. David Laster and Victoria Stark will present information provided by AAA-MidAtlantic.

Friday/Nov. 9

Free Screening. 10:30–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–3:30 p.m. Virginia Hospital Center and Care Options will be sponsoring free, confidential memory screenings to promote proper detection of memory problems and provide education about successful aging. Call 703-237-9048 to schedule an appointment.

Friday/Nov. 16

Living at Home Safely Presentation. This presentation will tell seniors how to live in a safe environment as well as discuss appropriate devices and tools that can enhance independent living.

Friday/Dec. 14

Fit for the Holidays with Jessica Mack of VHC - Health Promotion. Join this discussion on how to maintain healthy behaviors, continue exercise practices and keeping the body stress free during the winter season.