Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 17, 2012

Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 17, 2012


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 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

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 Visit

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 or Carolyn Ferguson at 703-228-1700, TTY 703-228-1788, or

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

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

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;;

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

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 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

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

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.


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.


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.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Seniorcise: Maintain and regain strength and flexibility. 10-week session. $70. Join anytime at a pro-rated fee. 9–10 a.m. at Carlin Springs Health Pavilion; 9:15–10:15 a.m. at McLean Baptist Church; Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. $47. Calvary Methodist Church.


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.

Second & Fourth Sunday of Each Month Through Dec. 9

Job Seekers' Support Group Meeting. 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 the church office at or 703-525-6075 or at


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

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 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 or 703-228-6406.

Saturdays/Oct. 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 or call 703-237-0866 x111.

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

Mondays/Oct. 22, 29, & Nov. 5

Meditation and Buddhism Introductory Class. 7-8:30 p.m. $12. Classes will include all the basics of meditation such as posture, why and how to meditate. There will also be guided meditations to gain experience of the practice and time for questions and discussion. 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, Call 202-986-2257 or visit

Thursday/Oct. 25

Help Homeless. 7-8:30 p.m. Join community leaders and professionals from the “front lines” and learn how people can help end homelessness in Arlington. County Board member Walter Tejada will host the event. Consider bringing a $5-10 gift card to help a person in need. These are available at grocery stores and restaurants, such as Giant, Safeway, Subway, or Metro SmartTrip. At the Central Library.

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.

Tuesday/Oct. 30

Free Career Fair. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A free career fair for active duty, retired, former service, Reserve/National Guard officer and enlisted service members and their spouses will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St. Employers from 50 regional and national companies will look for potential employees in a variety of job skills. Businesses and organizations attending include Microsoft, CGI Federal, Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and more. Several free, 60-minute pre-career fair transition seminars are open to the public. “How to Work a Career Fair,” “Interviewing Best Practices,” and “Federal Job Search” seminars will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. “Evaluating Employee Benefits” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Afternoon seminars include “LinkedIn and Network Development” and “Negotiating Strategies” which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. No preregistration is required. Call 800-234-MOAA (6622) toll-free, e-mail, or visit

Nov. 2-3

Reunion. The Washington-Lee High School class of 1972 is planning a 40th reunion. For more information, email or

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.

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.

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.