Mount Vernon 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.
Thursdays/Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4
“Quench Your Curiosi-Tea.” 1 p.m. Free and open to the community. Each session is different. 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Call 703-765-4573 to reserve a seat. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. Call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
Food Drives. To conclude Hunger Action Month, Giant Food of Landover, Md. will host Giant Food Community Food Drives at all of its neighborhood locations during store hours. Food banks across the region are in need of nonperishable food items including canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, 100 percent fruit juice, canned meats, cereal, peanut butter, and more.
Wednesday/Oct. 3 and First Wednesday of each month
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Alexandria meeting. 1:30 p.m. At the Hollin Hall Senior Center, Rm. 109 1500 Shenandoah Road. All Parkinson’s patients and caregivers are welcome.
Oct. 15-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 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. Groveton Senior Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy, Suite 325. Registration not required.
Monday, Oct. 29, 10:15 a.m. Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd. Call to register: 703-765-4573, TTY 711.
Volunteer Fair. 6:30-8 p.m. Teens can discover how to make their volunteer hours count at volunteer fair. Middle and high school students and their parents are invited to meet representatives from local organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln. Call 703-765-3645.
2012 Women’s Issues Conference. 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran will host his 2012 Women’s Issues Conference at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. The conference will also include health screenings, non-profit information fair, and a series of seminars on topics including healthy living, work-life balance, issue advocacy and career networking. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Free of charge and open to all 8th District residents. Registration is still open at: http://moran.house.gov/event/womens-conference-event.
GOP. Afternoon. Noon to 2 p.m. Colonial Republican Women hosts an afternoon with Republican elected leaders and candidates at Lee District Park, at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Rose Hill Dr. Admission is $35 per person and $60 per individual family. To R.S.V.P. contact Deborah Bodlander firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Steiner at email@example.com
Discussion on Sex Trafficking. 7 p.m. The Mount Vernon branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites the public to a free presentation by state Sen. Adam Ebbin on the topic of Child Sex Trafficking in Northern Virginia. Ebbin will discuss a recent Virginia law on preventing child sex trafficking through disseminating information in schools. The meeting will be held at Sherwood Hall Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane. Call Jeanne Gayler at 703-765-7866.
Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day. 9-11:30 a.m. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Join in this community service project and help collect tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags will be provided. Call 703-768-2525 to reserve your section of the watershed. Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Mini Open House. 1 p.m. Tour Hollin Hall Senior Center with Jan Kestyn. Enjoy refreshments, and peek in on some ongoing sessions. Call 703-765-4573. 1500 Shenandoah Road.
Free Health Lecture. 1:30 p.m. (in English) and 3:30 p.m. (in Spanish) "Divine Love: the Answer to Universal Health," hosted by First Church of Christ Scientist, featuring Christian Science lecturer, Jose’ de Dios Mata. Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane.