Bulletin Board: Arlington
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Bulletin Board: Arlington

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Operation Fire Safe. Through Oct. 5. Arlington County firefighters will be going door to door offering home safety checks to include inspecting smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and giving relevant fire safety tips. For homes not protected by smoke alarms, firefighters will install working smoke alarms free of charge. Visit www.arlingtonva.us for more.

Thursday/April 25

Public Planning Open House. 6-8 p.m. in classroom 7 at the Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing for the next chapter of the Claude Moore farm area of Turkey Run Park with a public planning effort. The community, former farm volunteers and any interested parties are invited to share their vision for the park’s future. After gathering information and hearing from the public, the NPS will develop a range of concepts for future use and enjoyment of the Claude Moore farm area of Turkey Run Park. Visit go.nps.gov/ClaudeMooreFuture.

Rescheduled: Towers Park Renovation Feedback Session. 7-8:30 p.m. at Carver Community Center, 1415 S. Queen St. Based on the suggestions from the community survey for the Towers Park Playground Renovations, draft design concepts have been developed. The county is looking for feedback on how the park is used and how the community would like to see it updated to help develop a final concept design for the playground. Prior registration is not required to participate in this event. Sign up for reminders at www.eventbrite.com/e/towers-park-feedback-session-tickets-60157533803.

Chico’s Natural Pet Market. 8 p.m. at 6349-A Columbia Pike, Barcroft Plaza. Chico’s Natural Pet Market, is struggling with challenges – a rent increase and the withdrawal of the store’s investor – but is not going down without a fight. The company’s founder and president, Danielle Areco, is inviting customers and community members to a meeting to brainstorm possible solutions. There will be refreshments, including Brazilian hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Visit chicosnaturalpetmarket.com for more.

Saturday/April 27

Volunteers Needed. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. National Rebuilding Together Day needs volunteers to help paint, repair, and landscape a neighbor's home. For privacy concerns, the exact location of the Westover area home will be announced after registration. Visit www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45a4aa23a1fb6-20195 to register or email Jane.Shafran@StMarysArlington.org and to find a just-right job.

Spring Forward. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Colgan Hall, George Mason University Science and Technology Campus, 10900 University Blvd., Manassas. Spring Forward Family Fun Day offers adoptive, foster and kinship families a day of fun and learning about tools and solutions. Found Families Forward is partnering with NewFound Families, the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), and VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Center. While the kids enjoy activities, parents, caregivers and professionals will be treated to keynote Family Strong: Five Ways to Fight the Fear, Beat the Burnout, and Stay Focused for the Long Haul by presenter Wendy Besmann. Following the keynote, parents and caregivers chosse from a variety of breakout sessions. $0-$40. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-forward-family-fun-day-and-regional-conference-tickets-54145770457 for tickets.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted. To safely dispose of sharps, Arlington County recommends placing the item in a hard-plastic container, such as a detergent bottle, securing the container and placing it in household trash cart. Drop-off sites include:

  • Fire Station #2, 4805 Wilson Boulevard

  • Fire Station #9, 1900 S. Walter Reed Drive

  • Courthouse Parking Lot, 14th Street N. at N. Courthouse Road

Anonymous substance use support is available 24/7 by calling 703-527-4077.

Health Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Screenings and activities include: vision, hearing, blood pressure, dental, diabetes, healthy living, zumba wellness, exercise demos and women’s health. Free, open to the public. Call 571-216-3289 or visit www.novancnw.org.

Delegate Candidate Debate. 2:30-4 p.m. at Columbia Pike Branch Library Westmont Room, 816 South Walter Reed Drive. The League of Women Voters of Arlington along with the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter, Alexandria, and the AAUW Arlington Branch, is sponsoring a debate between General Assembly District 49 candidates

Del. Alfonso Lopez and Julius Spain, Sr. Free. Reserve tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/candidate-debate-delegate-alfonso-lopez-and-julius-spain-sr-tickets-59000117941. Visit lwv-arlingtonva.org for more.

Saturday-Sunday/April 27-28

Aprilfest Sale. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-6 p.m. at Walker Chapel UMC, 4102 N. Glebe Road. Stop by the Aprilfest sale at Walker Chapel where mulch, flowers (annual bedding plants and perennials), hanging baskets; beautiful, gently used books for children and adults; and CDs, DVDs, and computer games will be offered for sale, along with a bake sale and breakfast/lunch cafe on Saturday. This annual sale benefits local and global charities and church benevolence programs. All are welcome. Visit www.walkerchapel.org/aprilfest for more.

Sunday/April 28

Community Interfaith Forum on Hate & Bigotry. 4-6 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church. Panelists include: Imam Abd Ar-rafa, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS); Andrea Miller, Virginia Tri-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign; Rev. Michelle Thomas, Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries, and President, Loudon County NAACP; Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, Temple Rodef Shalom; Rev. Angela Martin, Itinerant Elder, A.M.E. Church, and Maryland Tri-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign; Dr. Randall Robinson, Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá-ís of Falls Church; Rev. Stuart Scott, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; and Ronald Halber, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. Free. Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/naacp-fairfax-county-12397167937.

Tuesday/April 30

Application Deadline. 5 p.m. Leadership Center for Excellence (LCE) is now accepting applications and will hold information sessions for the Leadership Arlington Class of 2020. Find more information about the program, as well as the application, at leadercenter.org/programs/leadership-arlington/.

Audition/Application Deadline. Opera NOVA invites young people ages 12-18 to try out for its summer institute to be held in Arlington July 22-28. The week includes intensive opera training and education in acting, diction, ear training/theory, music history, voice lessons and movement. It will be followed by a performance on July 28 at 1 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Arlington. Cost is $250, with financial aid available. Applicants may audition in person or submit a video audition via YouTube. Email Summeroperanova@gmail.com or call 703-209-4546.

Wednesday/May 1

New Board Members Needed. ​The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities is looking for multiple new members to fill more than half a dozen vacancies: parent or guardian of an adult with a developmental disability; parent or guardian of a child 18 and under with a developmental disability; immediate relative or guardian of an adult with a developmental disability who cannot advocate for themselves; or a person with a developmental disability. Board members serve four-year terms and can be reappointed once. The Board meets four times each year in the Richmond area. Those interested in serving with the Board should apply at solutions.virginia.gov/OASYS/.

A Conversation About Nightlife Safety. 7-9 p.m. at John T. Hazel, MD Conference Center at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Drive. Arlington County is taking a proactive community approach to reducing alcohol-related harm and increasing safety through the Arlington Restaurant Initiative. Patrons, restaurant staff, and those interested in maintaining Arlington County as a safe destination for entertainment are encouraged to attend a community conversation on nightlife safety. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP required at www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-about-nightlife-safety-tickets-59224257348.

Scholarship Application Deadline. The VSI Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for residents across Virginia to study law enforcement or criminal justice. Students who are permanent residents of Arlington and are planning to attend or are currently attending a Virginia college or university are eligible to apply for the 2019-20 school year. Only majors in the criminal justice field will be considered; students majoring in pre-law or pursuing a career as a lawyer are not eligible. Visit vasheriffsinstitute.org/scholarship for more.

Thursday/May 2

Community Information Session: School Relocatables Zoning Ordinance Amendment. 6-9 p.m. at Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Conference Rooms C&D), 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington County is considering amendments to the Zoning Ordinance that would apply to Arlington Public Schools (APS) using an administrative review process to add relocatable structures to schools. The purpose of the amendments are to streamline the approval process and generate placement standards. Visit www.arlingtonva.us for more.

Friday/May 3

Monthly Memory Café. 1-3 p.m. at 7910 Andrus Road, Suite 6 Alexandria. The Memory Café, a social gathering for individuals living with memory loss and their families, will be held on the first Friday of every month. Registration is free and highly recommended to reserve a spot, which are open on a first come first served basis. To reserve a spot, please call 571-210-5551 or email bdesai@seniorhelpers.com. Visit www.dementiacareconnections.com/memory-cafe or www.seniorhelpers.com/arlington-alexandria-va for more.

Saturday/May 4

Arlington County's Spring E-CARE. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1425 N. Quincy St. Arlington County will hold its biannual Environmental Collection and Recycling Event (E-CARE). Safely dispose of hazardous household materials (HHM), small metal items and more. Free. Visit recycling.arlingtonva.us/household-hazmat/e-care/.

Sunday/May 5

Commonwealth Attorney Candidate Debate. 1:30-3 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The League of Women Voters of Arlington along with the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter, Alexandria; ACLU Virginia; and the AAUW Arlington Branch is sponsoring a debate between Commonwealth Attorney candidates Theo Stamos and Parisa Dehghani-Tafti. Free. Visit lwv-arlingtonva.org.

Senator Candidate Debate. 3:15-5 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The League of Women Voters of Arlington along with the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter, Alexandria and the AAUW Arlington Branch is sponsoring a debate between state senate candidates Nicole Merlene and Barbara Favola. Free. Visit lwv-arlingtonva.org.

Monday/May 6

Are We Election Ready – A Panel Discussion. 3-4:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The LWV-Arlington is co-sponsoring “Are We Election Ready” with the Arlington Library and Encore Learning. Speakers include Hon. Robert Brink, Chair, Virginia Board of Elections; Linda Lindberg, Director of Elections for Arlington County; Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director New Virginia Majority; and Frank Leone, Election Lawyer, Hollingsworth, LLP. After the panel discussion, expect a lively Q&A ending promptly at 4:30 p.m. Visit www.lwv-arlingtonva. org.

Wednesday/May 8

All About Hearing Aids. 2-3 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 North McKinley Road. Are you considering the purchase of hearing aids? Join Bonnie O'Leary from the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) at Westover Library to learn about hearing aids from the consumer/wearer's perspective. RSVP for an event reminder; attendance is on a first-come, first served basis. Call 703-228-6327 or visit arlingtonva.libcal.com/event/5108163.

Friday/May 10

Peace Officers Memorial Day. 8 a.m. at Arlington County Justice Center Plaza, 1425 North Courthouse Road. The Arlington County Police Department and the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office will gather to honor and pay tribute to the memory of the seven law enforcement officers of Arlington County who gave their lives in service to our community.

Saturday/May 11

Family Caregiver Expo. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. Capital Caring will host its first Caregiver Expo in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center. The expo is free and will feature information highlighting resources and support programs available to family caregivers, including home care services, financial and estate planning, elder law, and information sessions on such topics as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Preservation of Assets, and Caring for the Caregiver. Free health screenings will be offered as well as free massages. Contact Amy Shields at ashields@capitalcaring.org or call 703-531-6095 for more.

Friday/June 7

Monthly Memory Café. 1-3 p.m. at 7910 Andrus Road, Suite 6 Alexandria. The Memory Café, a social gathering for individuals living with memory loss and their families, will be held on the first Friday of every month. Registration is free and highly recommended to reserve a spot, which are open on a first come first served basis. To reserve a spot, please call 571-210-5551 or email bdesai@seniorhelpers.com. Visit www.dementiacareconnections.com/memory-cafe or www.seniorhelpers.com/arlington-alexandria-va for more.

Donations

Pet Food Bank. AWLA is establishing a Pet Food Bank to serve qualifying residents of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. In consideration of the effect financial obstacles have on a pet owner’s ability to afford pet care, the AWLA Pet Food Bank program’s goal is to keep family pets out of shelters. If you are an Arlington County or City of Falls Church resident and are in need of assistance in feeding your pet, follow this link and fill out a pre-registration form. Visit goo.gl/forms/s2FuFdaYWdZm4tPw2.

Get More with SNAP

Arlington and Alexandria Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP/EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards for purchases. SNAP/EBT customers can purchase farm fresh produce at local area farmers’ markets and get matching bonus tokens to add to their purchases. Virginia Cooperative will be on-site at several local farmers’ markets of Alexandria and Arlington to provide more information on SNAP and offer food tastings, prizes and more at the Arlington Farmers’ Market, N. 14th and Courthouse Rpad (second Saturday of the month) and Columbia Pike Farmers’ Market, 2820 Columbia Pike (third Sunday of the month).

Ongoing

Online Salary Negotiation Workshop. AAUW (American Association of University Women) Work Smart is free online for anyone looking to learn how to negotiate a salary increase or promotion. Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Visit salary.aauw.org.

Create a Wildlife Sanctuary. The Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary certification program assists homeowners in restoring their home’s natural habitat by providing information on sustainable gardening practices. These practices include using native plants, removing invasive species, reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, and creating space for native flora and fauna. Visit audubonva.org/audubon-at-home-1/ for more.

Naloxone (Narcan) can save the life of someone who is overdosing, if given in time. Anyone who assists a person in need is protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Law. Naloxone (Narcan) is available without a prescription for a fee at all pharmacies. Obtain it for free by attending a REVIVE! training. Contact Emily Siqveland at 703-228-0913 or esiqveland@arlingtonva.us or visit health.arlingtonva.us/opioid-awareness/ for available training sessions. The Chris Atwood Foundation also offers training to the public. Visit www.chrisatwoodfoundation.org/naloxone for details.

Monthly Memory Café. 1-3 p.m. at 7910 Andrus Road, Suite 6 Alexandria. The Memory Café, a social gathering for individuals living with memory loss and their families, will be held on the first Friday of every month. Registration is free and highly recommended to reserve a spot, which are open on a first come first served basis. To reserve a spot, please call 571-210-5551 or email bdesai@seniorhelpers.com. Visit www.dementiacareconnections.com/memory-cafe or www.seniorhelpers.com/arlington-alexandria-va for more.

Walk-Fit. Ongoing Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Fashion Center at Pentagon City, Arlington. Participants walk at their own pace in a safe and friendly environment. Group stretch and cool down led by Virginia Hospital Center staff at 9:15 a.m. Meet on the first level by Nordstrom. Call 703-558-6859.

Arlington County, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission’s Equality Task Force, has launched a web page with resources for the LGBTQ community. The new webpage compiles LGBTQ resources on a variety of topics, including homelessness and housing, domestic violence and sexual assault, and health. There are also topics specifically for teens and youth — such as scholarship opportunities and school clubs — as well as ones targeted at seniors and older adults, such as SAGE. Visit topics.arlingtonva.us/lgbtq-resources.

Aging Matters. 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays on WERA 96.7 LP FM on Arlington's community radio station. Each week host Cheryl Beversdorf interviews individuals with expertise about a broad array of aging related topics affecting the lives of older adults and their loved ones. Visit www.facebook.com/agingmatterswera to listen to programs.

Volunteer Bike Repair Night. First Tuesday of the month, 6-9 p.m. at Phoenix Bikes, Barcroft Park, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Volunteers gather to refurbish bikes, sort parts or help with essential tasks. No experience necessary.

Public Financial Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline. On Tuesday. Nov. 15. the Arlington County launched a new public hotline that offers a confidential and secure way to report suspected incidents of financial fraud, waste and abuse. Anyone can submit a complaint to the hotline at 1-866-565-9206 or at arlingtonva.ethicaladvocate.com. The hotline website is available in English and Spanish. Phone calls can be taken in many languages.

The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Plot Against Hunger program is again seeking local vegetable gardeners and farmers willing to grow and donate fresh produce to the AFAC food pantry. AFAC can provide free vegetable seeds to those who pledge to donate produce from community or personal gardens. Seeds available now at AFAC, 2708 S. Nelson Street, during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit www.afac.org/ or contact Puwen at Puwen.Lee@afac.org or 703-845-8486.

Created by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) in partnership with the Arlington Public Library,the nation’s First Energy Lending Library made its debut on Earth Day. Meant to resolve energy issues in the Arlington community, efficiency tools such thermal imaging cameras, energy meters and books play a vital role in achieving a “greener” home. Open Sun-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 1015 N. Quincy St. Visit library.arlingtonva.us/locations/central-library or call 703-228-5990.

Arlington Rotary Club Lunches. Thursdays, 12-1:30 p.m. at Washington Golf & Country Club, 3017 N. Glebe Road. Organization brings together political and business leaders for humanitarian services. Eat and listen to guest speakers. Admission is $26 for non-members. Visit www.arlingtonrotaryclub.org.

Job Seeking Help. 5-9 p.m at Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Receive job-related help from the staff and volunteers with applications. Free, but requires registration. Visit www.arlingtonva.libcal.com/.

The Jewish Council for the Aging has launched a new initiative called Tech Tuesday. Windows 7, Windows 8, Excel, iPad and iPhone, Email, photos, and social media will be covered in these classes held at 1750 Crystal Drive Shops, Suite 1638B Crystal Square Arcade. Visit www.accessjca.org.

Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers “Meditations for a Meaningful Life” for the general public Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. Gen Kelsang Varahi, an American Buddhist nun, leads teachings and guided meditations on life. $10 ($5 unemployed, fulltime students, 65 and older). Visit http://meditation-dc.org/arlington/ for more.

PFLAG of Arlington. 7:30-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, PFLAG promotes the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered persons and their families. Meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church at George Mason Drive and Route 50. Email aly.pflagdc@gmail.com for more.

Helmsmen Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 a.m. at Pentagon Library and Conference Center. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. Contact Carl Sabath carl.e.sabath.civ@mail.mil or 703-695-2804 or Elizabeth Femrite elizabeth.m.femrite.civ@mail.mil or 571-256-8674.

Donations Needed. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2700 South 19th St., 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. Donations are collected during Mass each Sunday. Visit www.ourladyqueenofpeace.org for more.

Soil Testing. Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering soil testing services to analyze soil and determine what is needed to condition soil for plantings. The routine soil test is all one normally needs for a fertility evaluation. Recommendations generated usually within three working days of receipt. Pick up soil sampling box at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington office, 3308 S. Stafford St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Send filled soil sample box with form and fee to the Virginia Tech Lab for analysis. Fees vary, visit www.soiltest.vt.edu/Files

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 found at www.alz.org/nca.

Pentagon Legacy Toastmasters meet Tuesdays 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the Pentagon Main Cafeteria/food court, left of Dunkin Donuts. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps people speak, think, lead and listen better. Call 703-695-2604 www.toastmasters.org.

The Friends of the Planetarium has relaunched its official website. Visit www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org to find up-to-date show times, a schedule of future events, information about Friends of the Planetarium membership, astronomy news and events, the history of the David M. Brown Planetarium, a link to the Friends’ store, and more.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority announces that cyclists and pedestrians will now have access to 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, to the western town limit of Herndon in Fairfax County.

Gentle Pilates. Saturdays at 9 and 11:15 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 Drive.

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.

Instruments Wanted. Instruments of any type or size — from a piano to a piccolo, in response to school’s needs. Donations are tax exempt. Contact Miriam Miller, Opera NOVA for pick up. 703-536-7557; mcdm1@verizon.net; www.operaguildnova.org.

Baby Sign Language Class. Wednesdays at 12-1 p.m. at Church of the Covenant, 2666 Military Road. A certified instructor will teach children up to three years old how to communicate using simplified sign language. Free. To register call 703-524-4115 or email cvnnt@verizon.net.

The Chain Bridge Small Dog Meetup group supports the creation of a new off-leash play area for small dogs near Chain Bridge. To move this project forward, there is a requirement to demonstrate that small dog owners will utilize this park at. https://www.meetup.com/Chain-Bridge-Small-Dogs/ chainbridgesmalldogs@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed

Assistance League of Northern Virginia, a volunteer nonprofit, invites community members to join the organization to participate in its Reading Express program. Volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to first grade students during the school year. To learn more contact VP Membership Mary Gronlund at gronbiz@aol.com or Program Coordinator Lynn Barron at lynnieb517@verizon.net.

RSVP, a volunteer network for seniors seeking service opportunities in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, offers an array of opportunities for volunteers 55 and older. RSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group projects and social gatherings. To sign up for an upcoming orientation, email Carly Hubicki at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or call RSVP at 703-403- 5360. To learn more about RSVP, visit www.rsvpnova.org.

Food Distribution Volunteers. 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Columbia Grove Apartments, 1010 S. Frederick St. Weekly volunteers are needed every Tuesday to assist with food distribution. Work includes set up, distribution and break down. Sign up at volunteer.leadercenter.org.

Volunteer with AGLA. AGLA is building capacity to better serve the community. Volunteering can include helping out at AFAC on Community Service Day, coordinating special events (holiday party, forums at the library, scholarship reception, theater outings, movie nights, karaoke nights, coffee shop nights) or assisting with smooth operations (membership committee, communications committee etc.). Email info@agla.org for more on volunteering.

Volunteer Drivers needed to help senior citizens get to their medical and therapy appointments at the Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington- Falls Church. To find out more about the Shepherd’s Center and how to volunteer to provide transportation and other services, call the Center at 703-506-2199 or e-mail the Center at info@scmafc.org.

Volunteer Leader for Sensory Garden. At 2909 S. 16th St. Hours are flexible but must be able to meet during the day at least once per month. Gardening experience preferred, but not required, must be 21. Volunteer.leadercenter.org

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers to participate in a free, non-profit program, offered in conjunction with the IRS, that provides tax filing assistance to people of low- and middle-income, with special attention paid to those aged 60-plus. Training will be available in December and January to help taxpayers Feb. 1-April 18, 2017. Visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Invasive Plant Removal Events. Help protect watersheds and keep Arlington County parks beautiful. There are several monthly invasive plant removal events sponsored by Arlington County Invasive Plant Program. for more. and to register, call 703-228-1862.See a map of these locations.

  • First Saturdays @ Haley Park, 9-11 a.m.

  • Second Saturdays @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2-4 p.m.

  • Third Saturdays @ Tuckahoe Park, 10 a.m.-noon

  • Third Sundays @ Long Branch, 2-5 p.m.

  • Fourth Saturdays @ Benjamin Banneker Park, 10 a.m.-noon

  • Fourth Sundays @ Ft. Bennett Park, 10 a.m.-noon

The Arlington House Victorian Dance Society, an interpretive program of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial (National Park Service), is currently recruiting new members. This all-volunteer group was founded in 2012 under the direction of dance mistress Amy Kassens Delery, and performs dances of the mid-19th century in period clothing at Arlington House, Fort Washington Park, the Frederick Douglass Historic Site, Glen Echo, and other local venues. No previous dance experience is necessary but being able to dance with the musical beat is required. Rehearsals are held one Sunday afternoon each month at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads and regular attendance is expected. Contact Amy Delery at arlingtonvictoriandance@gmail.com.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s varied programs are all supported by community volunteers. No experience is required to volunteer; VCE provides training and volunteer resources. Interested volunteers can find out more at http://bit.ly/VCEVolunteer.

The Arlington Commission on Long-Term Care Residences is seeking members to serve as liaisons to the nursing facilities, assisted living, and independent senior residences located in the county. The commission is currently seeking prospective commission members and volunteers willing to serve as liaisons to long-term care residences. Visit commissions.arlingtonva.us/ltcr or contact the Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700 or ArlAAA@arlingtonva.us.

Is Sherlock Shad on Your Storm Drain? Arlington County is seeking volunteers to help mark the storm drains with Sherlock Shad. Supplies are provided by the county and volunteers choose when and how large of an area to mark in a neighborhood. Contact Jen McDonnell at jmcdonnell@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-3042.

STEM Volunteers Wanted. The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and physicians to assist Arlington’s K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers during the 2016-17 school year. The details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. Hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day orientation session. To be considered, send a brief bio with home address to donaldrea@aol.com, or call Don Rea, 703-237-7683.

Food Pantry Volunteers. Serve the community at St. George’s Food Pantry. The pantry is open Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; volunteer shifts are 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers do not need to be a member of St. George’s. No prior experience or regular commitment necessary; volunteers can work as few or as many shifts as they like. The church is located at 915 N. Oakland St. Contact Denise Cormaney at denise.cormaney@gmail.com for more.

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church has initiated two programs for senior adults who find it difficult to leave their homes. The Friendly Visitor program matches volunteers to seniors who would like a visit periodically. The Friendly Caller program allows volunteers to call seniors to let them know they haven’t been forgotten and remind them to call the Center if they need help. Both programs allow for setting up a time convenient for both client and volunteer. Volunteers are needed for both programs. Call the Shepherd’s Center at 703-506-2199 or e-mail info@scmafc.org.

Arlington Public Library is seeking teen volunteers to work on Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m. with a year-long time commitment. Responsibilities would include sorting materials, attaching labels to books, etc. Call 703-228-5960.

The Youth Services Central Library is seeking volunteers to pick up all library materials on the tables and on the floor and put them on book carts; take these book carts with the materials to the circulation area; transfer the materials from the book carts to corresponding shelves in the circulation area; organize board books in the Juvenile section of the library; and organize Juvenile and Young Adult books on a truck by classification. Call 703-228-5960.

ArtStream is looking for volunteers of all ages to act as on-stage mentors for the 2016 Inclusive Theatre productions in Arlington. Inclusive Theatre Companies are scripted acting companies featuring adults with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and adults on the Autism Spectrum. The Companies are directed by trained theatre professionals. Call 301-565-4567.

Homework Helpers Needed. Columbia Pike Branch Library is seeking high school and college students and retired teachers to work individually with elementary and middle school students from 3-6 p.m. Call 703-228-5960 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo details.

Read to Children in Affordable Housing. Volunteer once a month for at least a year at one-hour read-aloud sessions on weekday evenings. Call 703-528-8317 x10 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Learn from your Neighbor at Columbia Pike Branch Library. Help develop the library’s programs by attending meetings and creating presentations about its collection. Volunteers must agree to a six-month commitment. Call 703-228-5601 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Jane Franklin Dance Seeks Volunteers. The dance company is in need of production volunteers, dance class helpers and a graphic designer. Call 703-933-1111 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Central Library is seeking computer lab coaches to staff the computer help desk, audio-visual circulation volunteers to scan and shelve DVDs and CDs, an intern to help with College & Career resources and projects on Wednesday evenings, an Italian-speaker to lead Italian conversation group for one hour per week and a Spanish speaker to lead Spanish conversation club on Thursday evenings. Call 703-228-5960 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Westover Library is seeking an English conversation group leader to facilitate conversation classes on Monday evenings and a guitar instructor to teach a teen electric guitar class at least once a month. Call 703-228-5960 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Aurora Hills Library is seeking circulation volunteers to scan and organize library items and an English conversation class group leader to facilitate conversation classes on Friday mornings. Call 703-228-5960 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Customer Service Volunteer Needed. Answer the questions of callers seeking information about the programs and services provided by the Aging and Disability Services Division of Arlington County. Call 703-228-1734 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo for details.

Arlington Thrive needs volunteers to take calls from social workers on several weekday afternoons per month, 1-5 p.m. Volunteers will work from home. Arlington Thrive provides emergency financial assistance to Arlington residents who are in crisis and cannot pay bills for basic needs. Call Nicole LaFragola at 703-558-0035 or visit www.arlingtonthrive.org.

Opera NOVA needs volunteer schools coordinators to help spread information about their Children’s Opera programs to schools and pre-kindergartens. Visit www.operaguildnova.org.

The Medical Reserve Corps needs volunteers. The Medical Reserve Corps provides training to volunteers for medical emergencies. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

The Department of Parks & Recreation is seeking volunteers to help children with disabilities learn to swim. Visit www.volunteer.truist.com/acvo for more.

Community Residences Inc. is seeking Farmer’s Market assistants to pick up crops from residential programs each Thursday. Visit www.comres.org.

Make a Difference for Arlington’s Older Residents. Join the Arlington Commission on Aging to enhance the quality of life for older Arlingtonians by ensuring all planning and County activities address their specific needs. Members are appointed by the County Board and must live or work in Arlington. for more. or an application, visit the Commission’s webpage at http://commissions.arlingtonva.us, email arlaaa@arlingtonva.us or call 703-228-1700 or via TTY 703-228-1788.

Monday Night Child Care Volunteer. Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing's Resident Services offers educational and beneficial programs to low income adults at various properties. In order to make it easier for parents to attend these programs, a meal and childcare is offered. Visit https://volunteer.truist.com/acvo.

Tuesday Night Child Care Volunteer. Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing's Resident Services offers educational and beneficial programs to low income adults at various properties. In order to make it easier for parents to attend these programs, a meal and childcare is offered. Visit https://volunteer.truist.com/acvo.

Daytime Shelter Coverage Volunteer. Doorways For Women And Families, Arlington, seeks volunteers for daytime shifts (usually 2-4 hours) at their domestic violence Safehouse and family homeless shelter. Daytime shelter volunteers answer the hotline/helpline and respond to the needs of shelter residents allowing staff to conduct meetings and workshops. Volunteers are asked to cover two shifts per month. Call 703-504-9284 or visit volunteer.truist.com/acvo.

Overnight Shelter Coverage Volunteer. Doorways For Women And Families, Arlington, seeks volunteers for the overnight shift (11 p.m.-7 a.m.) at their domestic violence Safehouse and family homeless shelter. Overnight shelter volunteers answer the hotline/helpline and respond to the needs of shelter residents. Volunteers are asked to cover one overnight shift per month. Call 703-504-9284, or visit https://volunteer.truist.com/acvo.

Domestic Violence Safehouse Volunteer. Doorways for Women and Families creates pathways out of domestic violence and homelessness leading to safe and stable lives. They need caring, empathetic, open-minded individuals to support women in imminent danger as they take steps towards safety and self-sufficiency. Safehouse shelter volunteers answer the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline and assist in the day to day operations of the needs of shelter residents. Call 703-504-9284 or visit https://volunteer.truist.com/acvo.

Arlington Commission. Seeking Commission member and volunteers to serve as liaisons to long-term care residents. for more., or to apply, visit commissions.arlingtonva.us/ltcr/, or call Agency on Aging 703-228-1700, via TTY 703-228-1788, or email ArlAAA@arlingtonva.us.

Advocates needed for Arlington Commission on Long-Term Care Residences, to advise public officials about long-term care needs in Arlington, and support access, availability and affordability in Arlington's long-term care residences. For an application, find the commission via the Agency on Aging website at www.arlingtonva.us/aging or email Arlaaa@arlingtonva.us or contact the Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700 or via TTY 703-228-1788.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates for residents in assisted living and nursing facilities throughout the area, including Arlington. Volunteers can work in facilities close to where they live. Training and support is provided. Call 703-324-5861, TTY 711, or email Lisa.Callahan@fairfaxcounty.gov. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs for more.

Psychiatric Services Services is looking for empathetic and caring volunteers to make phone calls to older adults who may be feeling socially isolated. The commitment is one 3-hour shift per week for one year. Located in Arlington. Ages 21 & up. Intensive training provided. Learn more and apply: https://prsinc.org/carering

The Aging and Disability Services Division Is looking for Volunteer Guardians to make a difference in the life of an elderly or disabled adult. Consider joining a team of volunteers who serve as court appointed guardians and/or conservators. Training and support are available. Contact: Helen King, 703-228-1700 Volunteer.leadercenter.org.

Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteer bocce ball Instructors to teach senior adults eager to learn the game. Volunteers are needed one hour per week for three months (April-June) Location: 2909 S. 16th St. Volunteer.leadercenter.org.

Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteer experienced piano players to teach seniors how to play. Volunteers will provide one on one instruction, one hour per week, to senior adults who are eager to learn. Minimum age is 18. 703-228-4730.

Arlington Central Library is in need of volunteers to help library customers and visitors with computers. Slots are available on some weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Volunteer.leadercenter.org.

Community Tax Aid is looking for volunteer tax preparers at VITA site to interview low and moderate income taxpayers and prepare their federal and state income tax returns. All volunteers are required to attend the training sessions which is free and held during the first three weeks of January. www.communitytaxaiddc.org

Mall Walking Program at Ballston Common Mall. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Walk at own pace in a safe and friendly environment. Group stretch and cool down led by hospital staff on the Food Court Level 703-558-6859.