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Arlington Bulletin Board: Sept. 19, 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.

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

Through Sept. 26

Senior Olympics. Participants must be 50 years of age by Dec. 31, 2012 and live in a sponsoring jurisdiction. Events include track and field, swimming, tennis, golf, cycling, high jump and more. Registration fee is $12. Call 703-228-4721 or visit www.nvso.us.

Thursday/Sept. 20

Energy Efficiency Education Volunteer Training. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Learn hands-on skills in energy efficiency and weatherization. After the 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 the ACE office at energy@arlingtonenvironment.org or 703-228-6406 for an application. Visit www.arlingtonenvironment.org.

Friday/Sept.21

Recognition Ceremony. 9 a.m. Air Force Sergeants Association and Air Force Memorial Foundation host a POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at Air Force Memorial, One Air Force Memorial Dr.

Helping and Hoping: Gen Y Tells Its Housing Stories. 5-7 p.m. Join for a “first beer’s on us” + happy-hour pricing in honor of Gen Y volunteers for Arlington housing-related nonprofits. Featuring Arlington architect and urban planner Michael Foster, FAIA. Continuing Education Units will be offered. Light refreshments will be served. On the roof of Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd. Must be 21 to be admitted. RSVPs appreciated to MaryRAhs@gmail.com

Saturday/Sept. 22

Alliance for Housing Solutions. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Housing Study will include a comprehensive analysis of all county housing programs and multi-year strategic options. This forum will gather feedback about a scope of work and study process. Wakefield High School cafeteria, 4901 South Chesterfield Rd.

The Church at Clarendon will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to offer water and a cool place of rest for those visiting the Clarendon Day neighborhood festival. This year’s festival is the first since the church re-opened its doors at the Highland Street location in the heart of Clarendon after more than 2 years in exile while the building was torn down and rebuilt. 1201 N. Highland St.

Volunteer English for Speakers of Other Languages tutors. Literacy Council of Northern Virginia sponsors tutor training to help volunteers provide individualized English instruction for immigrant adults. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. $40 for books and materials. E-mail volunteers@lcnv.org or call 703-237-0866 x111.

Sunday/Sept. 23

Strawberry’s Sermon is the third in a five week series the Church has titled “Blunt Questions” in which the Church challenges believers and non-believers to honestly wrestle with tough questions of faith. All are welcome to participate in the discussion. 11 a.m. At the Church at Clarendon, located at 1201 N. Highland St.

Monday/Sept. 24

Movie and Discussions. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Watch the movie "Gen Silent" about LGBT who are reluctant to get services they need because they fear discrimination, bullying and abuse, and some programs created to help overcome these issues. Participate in a discussion afterward about what can be done to improve the situation. The DHS Human Services Center, Sequoia building, 2100 Washington Blvd., in the auditorium. To RSVP e-mail ArlAAA@arlingtonva.us or call 703-228-1733.

John Leland Theological Seminary will host the 40th Annual Faculties’ Convocation of the Washington Theological Consortium on the topic of Theology in the Public Square. 3:30-7:30 p.m. 1201 N. Highland St.

Wednesday/Sept. 26

Healthcare Meeting. 7 p.m. The Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a meeting on the Affordable Health Care Act. Joanne Grossi, Region III Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will give a briefing on this important and timely topic. At Little Theater at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 North Stafford St. Free and open to public.

Thursday/Sept. 27

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 for an application. www.arlingtonenvironment.org.

“Faith, Food, and Fellowship”. The Clarendon United Methodist Church’s Jill Wylot, Stylemaker, will present "Color Me Beautiful - Looking Good at Any Age!" and talk about choosing colors for your wardrobe, accessories and eyewear. At 605 North Irving St. Visit www.morefaith.org or call 703-465-0341.

Urban Agriculture. Join the discussion with Martin Ogle, former Chief Naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, on urban communities and their dependence on outside sources of food and energy. Learn how interconnected Earth systems offer exciting opportunities for the future of our community. 7 p.m. Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Call 703-228-3599.

Saturday/Sept. 29

Your Retirement,Your Way Info Fair. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. At Langston-Brown Community Center, 2121 North Culpeper St. This event will provide up-to-date information on retirement communities, fitness, leisure activities, health and wellness and support services. Call 703-228-6300.

Wednesday/Oct. 3

Income inequality in America. 6-7:30 p.m. Prominent speakers including Robert H. Frank, professor of management and economics, Cornell University and NY Times columnist, Scott Winship, fellow in economic studies at The Brookings Institution, Jack Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University School of Public Policy (Moderator) will talk about inequality in America at George Mason University – Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium, 3351 Fairfax Dr.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.