Arlington Summer Solstice Celebration and Cleanup. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bluemont Park, Wilson Boulevard and N. Manchester Street. Refreshments will be available. Register at www.arlingtonenvironment.org/events.
Arlington Rotary Meeting. noon-1:30 p.m. The speaker this week will be Dick Burk, president of the Arlington Academy of Hope, at La Cote D’Or Restaurant. His topic will be an update on AAH activities for the last year and a preview of new initiatives. For more info on this organization: http://aahuganda.org/.
Workshop. 9 a.m.-noon at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Arlington residents over 50 can learn about what to do after retirement. Free. To register, 703-228-4759.
Grant Application Deadline. The Tree Canopy Fund gives grants to community groups to plant and maintain trees on private property. Eligible groups include civic and homeowner associations, community nonprofit organizations, civic service clubs, school-related groups, and ad hoc neighborhood groups. Individuals may also apply for grants for maintenance to be performed on specific trees that have been designated by Arlington County through their Champion Tree Program and Tree and Shrub Ordinance. Visit http://arlingtonenvironment.ipage.com/community-action/tree.
Arlington Energy Masters Open House. 6:30 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Learn about the program which provides hands-on training in energy efficiency. RSVP at www.arlingtonenvironment.org/energy.
Small Business Open House. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Speak with small business experts and get advice on starting a business. Free. Registration required, 703-228-5999.
Vacation Bible School. 5:30-8:00 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, 415 S. Lexington St. In cooperation with St. Paul's Bailey's Crossroads. The program’s theme is Superheroes and Superheroines of the Bible. There will be stories, games, activities and songs. Cost is $20 for the week, including dinner, and $5 for each additional sibling. Call 202-347-8766.
Deadline. Leadership Arlington is seeking up-and-coming young leaders to apply online for the Leadership Arlington Young Professionals Program Fall class of 2013. The Leadership Arlington Young Professionals Program is an initiative of Leadership Arlington that provides participants the opportunity to develop new skills and acquire the resources and knowledge necessary to engage in the community. Visit www.leadershiparlington.org for applications.
Apply. Arlington County Fair has released its 2013 Competitive Exhibits Guide. The theme for Competitive Exhibits is “Explore Arlington” and celebrates the many opportunities Arlington offers residents and visitors. Categories for participation range from fine arts, photography, and ceramics to baked goods, flowers, and food preservation. Information and guidelines can be found in the official Competitive Exhibits Guide located in most community centers, libraries, and online at http://arlingtoncountyfair.us/entertainment/exhibits/. The entry form and entry tags are included in the Guide and can be downloaded separately from the Fair website.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is at capacity for cats. They have an urgent need for adopters or fosters. The adult cat adoption fee is normally $100, but AWLA is offering an adoption incentive throughout June—“Three Name Your Fee.” Folks who adopt cats 3 years old and over not only can name their price, but their adoption fee will also include: a certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian, spay or neuter surgery, a feline leukemia and feline AIDS test, a distemper vaccination, a personalized I.D. tag, a microchip, an information packet and an emergency sticker.
Arlington Food Assistance Center and Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are hosting weekly vegetable gardening talks throughout the summer at Central Library in Arlington. These informal talks are held outdoors at the demonstration garden on the east side of Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The talks are held on most Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. through mid-October. Additional information about the Central Library garden, including descriptions about each talk, can be found online at: http://library.arlingtonva.us/ai1ec_event/wednesday-expert-gardening-talk-central/ No registration is required. Outdoor talks will be cancelled in event of heavy rain at class time.
The Arlington Food Assistance Center is asking local gardeners to grow seedlings to help Arlington families in need. AFAC’s Plot Against Hunger program collects fresh produce for AFAC clients, and will provide free seeds to gardeners who are willing to donate all or a portion of the seedlings and vegetables they grow. Some of the donated seedlings will be distributed to AFAC clients who can grow food for themselves, and the rest will be planted in Plot Against Hunger gardens around the county, producing food for AFAC clients. All donated vegetables go directly to AFAC clients. To obtain free seeds for an individual or community “Plot Against Hunger” garden, or to help in other ways, call Puwen Lee at 703-845-8486, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has expanded hours for cyclists and pedestrians on the W&OD Trail beyond normal daylight hours. The new W&OD Trail hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Shirlington in Arlington County, all the way to the western town limit of Herndon in Fairfax County.
The Arlington Senior Golf Club, sponsored by the Office of Senior Adult Programs, is looking to expand its membership roster of players. ASGC is open to Arlington residents, men and women, 55 years of age and older. All skill levels are welcome. ASGC members play on Tuesdays and Thursdays at more than 20 courses in Northern Virginia with reasonable green fees between April and October. Tee times are available from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact President John Mashaw at 703-892-3793, email@example.com_ or Membership Chairman Terry Townshend at 703-971-3124.
Alzheimer’s Association Support Group has meetings on the third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Carlin Springs Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road and also the first and third Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. They are open to people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members and friends. Free. Call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 703-359-4440 or 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information, obtain directions or other information about the group. A complete list of all groups in the National Capital Area region can be viewed at www.alz.org/nca.
PFLAG of Arlington. Second Sunday at 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Mall Walking Program for Seniors. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 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.
Strength & Stretch For Seniors. Mondays and Thursdays at 1 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 Road.
Gentle Pilates. Saturdays at 9 and 11:35 a.m. A non-traditional mat Pilates class with modifications to suit all abilities. Learn proper form, strengthen core muscles and improve posture. $78. Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Dr.
Gentle Yoga. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Restore flexibility, strength and ease tension. All levels welcome. $66. Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.
Tai Chi. Thursdays at 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 Road. Call 703-558-6859.
Yoga for Everybody. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. This traditional approach to yoga reduces stress and increases strength and flexibility. $66. Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.
Adaptive/Seated Yoga. Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. For older or physically challenged adults with limited mobility, chronic pain or neuropathy. Adaptive yoga emphasizes breathing, gentle stretching and going at your own pace. $66 Health Pavilion, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Call 703-558-6859.
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.
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 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; email@example.com;www.operaguildnova.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
The TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria are volunteers dedicated to improving the health of our urban trees through educational programs, tree planting and care, demonstrations and tree maintenance throughout the community. Applications now being accepted for the 2013 Class of TreeStewards. New volunteer training will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting Feb. 13 through April, with some Saturday mornings. Fun and interactive training is provided by recognized experts in tree care and citizen advocates. Visit www.TreeStewards.org or call 703-527-2349.
Northern Virginia Family Service seeks volunteers to serve as mentors to low-income seniors, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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, please contact Navara Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-748-2536.