Rose Hill Community Calendar

February - March 2004

Items for the calendar must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Public, school and church events only.

Around Rose Hill, Franconia, and Northern VA

  • Tuesday, February 24, 7pm. Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting. John Marshall Library. Subject: Rose Hill Section III development update.
  • Every Wednesday and Saturday. BINGO! Franconia Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. Early Bird, 7 pm. Regular sessions, 8 pm.
  • Any Day. Give Blood--the Gift of Life. Inova Woodburn Blood Donor Center, 3289 Woodburn Road, Suite 010, Annandale, VA. Monday thru Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm. Help save up to three lives in just one hour! Blood donors are needed year round, but especially now and especially type O donors. For more information or to make an appointment to donate at a donor center or community blood drive, call 1-866-BloodSaves (866.256.6372) or visit www. inova.org/donateblood. Thank you for helping save lives in our community!

Greendale Golf Course

6700 Telegraph Road, 6,353 Yards, Par 70, 18-Hole

This 18-hole regulation course features 148 acres of rolling terrain with asphalt cart paths. The facilities include a practice putting green, modern clubhouse with food service, golfing supplies, and club and power cart rentals.

The course provides a challenging design with tight Bermuda fairways and several water hazards. The 17th hole offers a spectacular view of the entire course and surrounding area. Private golf lessons and group outing packages are also available. The course and clubhouse are accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information call Greendale Golf Course at 703.971.3788.

John Marshall Library

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm. AARP Tax Counseling. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web or increase your skills. Call for an appointment. Adults.
  • Fridays, 12:00pm. Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and listen to stories. Age birth-5 with adult.
  • Saturday, February 28,1:30pm. When Lions Could Fly. African American stories and songs presented by Baba Jamal Koram. Sponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library in celebration of African American History Month. All ages. Wednesday, March 3,10:30am. This Little Piggy. Pigs in stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Thursday, March 4, 7:00pm. Teddy Bear Time. Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with stories and activities. Age 2-5.
  • Wednesday, March 10, 10:30am. Time for Tea. Stories and activities about tea parties. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Saturday, March 13, 2:00pm. The Sky Is Falling. The Silly Socks Puppet Theatre performs the rollicking tale of Chicken Little and his friends. Sponsored by the Friends of the John Marshall Library. All ages.
  • Wednesday, March 17, 10:30am. Shamrocks, Rainbows & a Pot of Gold! Leprechaun stories, songs and activities. Don't forget to wear green! Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Wednesday, March 17, 7:15pm. Book Discussion Group. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Fabulous at 50. In May, our library celebrates its 50th anniversary with refreshments and activities for the whole family. For more information, call 703.971.0010.

Huntley Meadows Park

Events are free unless noted. Reservations are encouraged for library activities; call 703.971.0010.

Huntley Meadows Park and Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22306, 703.768.2525

Fairfax County Park Authority's largest park (1,428 acres) includes wetlands, forests, meadows, streams and ponds. It has resident deer, beaver, heron, and other animals. Facilities include a visitor center, auditorium, exhibits, and an interpretive trail with boardwalk and observation platforms. Programs for groups by reservation. In January and February, the Visitor Center is open 9am-2pm, Monday, Wednesday-Friday; noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. The Visitor Center is closed Tuesday. Grounds open dawn to dusk.

  • March 4, 7:30-8:30pm. Lecture--Attu: Birder Passion and Birding Challenges (Adults). For a quarter of a century, birders were able to make regular visits to Attu, the westernmost island on the Aleutian chain, to partake in some of the most exciting- and sometimes challenging- birding activities on the continent. This extremely remote location is host to exciting birds including many Asian vagrants. Come to a slide presentation based on the new book "Attu: Birding On the Edge" and see what this unique Attu experience was all about. FREE to FOHMP members and Huntley Meadows' volunteers. Sponsored by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Reservations required. $3
  • March 6, 5:30-7pm. Evening Wildlife Walk (Adults). Explore the Hike/Bike Trail in hopes of discovering calling frogs and owls, migrating waterfowl and displaying American woodcock. Bring optics and a flashlight. Meet at the park's South King's Highway entrance. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2
  • March 7, 7-10am. Birding for Beginners--Optics and Field Guides (Adults). Interested in birding? We can get you started? Learn about the birds in the park and some basic identification skills. Program begins with a discussion of field guides and optics. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • 9:30-11:30am. Introduction to Fly Tying (16 yrs. & up). If woolly buggers and hare's ear nymphs pique your interest, you may want to try your hand at the intricate art of fly tying. Equipment and materials provided. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. $10
  • 2-4pm. Art Reception--Attu: Landscapes at the Edge. Meet artist Lyndia Terre at a reception for her show of oils, etchings, photographs and poetry inspired by her travels to Attu, Kiawah, Israel, Greece, Canada, and Huntley Meadows Park (show extends through early May). FREE
  • March 20, 9-11:30am. Watershed Cleanup Day. Be a part of the stream team? Individuals, families, and groups can help clear out the earth's arteries by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans, and other debris. Give the waterways in your community a clean bill of health and earn the gratitude of your furred, feathered, and scaled neighbors. Wear boots, old clothes, and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • 1-2:30pm. Welcome to Huntley Meadows, Take an introductory walk with a naturalist and observe the seasonal highlights of the park. Appropriate for families with children 5 yrs. and up. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • March 21, 5:15-6:30pm. Leave it to Beaver (6 yrs. & up). Families will look for signs of beavers and, if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of these nocturnal engineers. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5/family
  • March 22, 3:15-4:30pm. Young Explorers--Woodpeckers (6-8 yrs.). Through indoor and outdoor activities learn more about our hard-headed, feathered friends. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $3
  • March 24, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Woodpeckers (3-5 yrs.). Through story, activity and craft learn more about our hard-headed, feathered friends. Reservations required. $5
  • March 25, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Woodpeckers (see above).
  • 7:30-9pm. Lecture--Enjoy the Spring Sky? (Adults). Learn to find and observe the rich treasures of the Spring night sky? The program will begin with a brief talk by John Avelione of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC). He will discuss how to use a sky map and binoculars to see double stars, prominent star clusters, nebulae, and perhaps a galaxy or two. After the talk, we will go outdoors for a sky tour. Bring binoculars and a folding chair if you want. Telescopes wilt be available for more detailed viewing of the moon and planets. FREE to FOHMP members and Huntley Meadows' volunteers. Sponsored by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Reservations required. $3
  • March 27, 7-10am. Birding for Beginners--Waterfowl (Adults). Sharpen your bird identification skills while birding with a park naturalist. Program begins with a brief discussion of waterfowl. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE

Edison High School

  • February 28, 9:00am-l:00pm and February 29, 1:00-5:00pm. Edison Winter Baseball Warm-Up Camp March 3.3rd quarter interims mailed
  • April 5 through 9, 9am-2pm daily. Edison Spring Break Basketball Camp.

Baseball

  • March 16, 6:00pm. Annandale @ Home
  • March 22, 5:00pm. @ McLean
  • March 26, 6:00pm. @ Hayfield
  • March 30, 6:00pm. Yorktown @ Home

Softball

  • Preseason workouts Tuesdays & Thursdays in the weight room 3:30-5:30pm.

Girl's Soccer

  • Pre-Season conditioning Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3-4pm
  • March 11 4:30pm. JV Scrimmage w/T.C. Williams @ Home. 4:00 Varsity
  • March 16, 5:30pm. JV @ West Potomac. 7:00 Varsity March 22, 5:30pm. JVAnnandale @ Home. 7:00 Varsity

March 30, 5:30pm. JV @ Marshall. 7:00 Varsity CONGRATULATIONS go out to:

  • Forensics Team National District Champions!?!
  • Girls & Boys Basketball regular season District Champions??!
  • Wrestling Team placing 2nd at Districts and sending 10 wrestlers to Regionals!!
  • Gymnastic Team placing 2nd at Districts and making the Regional Tournament???

Twain Middle School

  • February 23 to March 8. Chorus Fundraiser
  • February 26. Family Night '04.2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner/ Student-Faculty Basketball Game, chaired by Suzy Coffey. With an exhibit from the Art Department and "dinner music" by the chorus and orchestra, we hope to have something for everyone! Reservations only?
  • March 25, 26, & 27, 7pm. Lagooned, spring production. Sunday matinee, March 28, 2:00pm. $5.00.
  • SOL Testing Dates for 8th Graders:
  • March 9. English: Writing Test (Multiple Choice)
  • March 10. English: Writing Test (Direct Writing)
  • March 11 & 12. SOL Testing make-ups
  • May 12 thru June 2. Testing Window for Spring SOLs. Specific dates to be announced.

Host an Exchange Student. Open your heart and your home to an exchange student. AYUSA (www. ayusa.org) is looking for families that would like to host an exchange student next fall. The students come in August and leave in June. The students are 15-18 years old and they attend high school while they are here. We have students from all countries including Spanish-speaking students so that your child can practice his or her Spanish. For more information, please call Betsy Benitez at 703-536-4748 or email her at BBenitez @ webtv, net.

Join Us for Basket Bingo--Featuring Filled Longaberger® Baskets!

The Rose Hill Elementary School PTA is hosting a Basket Bingo fundraiser to support curriculum and professional development. Join us in the RHES school cafeteria on Friday, April 23. Doors open at 6:30 pm and games begin at 7:30 pm. ONLY 250 tickets are available!! We'll have 15 regular games, 3 "special" games, 3 raffles, and many door prizes. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door (if available). For tickets and information, call 703.971.8929.

Beating Boredom

Boring Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Known for releasing a list each December of "The Most Boring Celebrities of the Year," the Institute has also published more serious research on the debilitating--and sometimes fatal effects of boredom.

"Boredom is the mind's demand to be fed," states Alan Caruba, the Institute's founder. Caruba explains that boredom can lead to overeating, substance abuse, divorce, crime, and--especially among teens and the elderly--suicide.

A few years ago the marketing consulting firm Yankelovich reported that America was experiencing a "boredom boom," and that "we are bored despite living in remarkable times." The Washington Business Journal explained the paradox this way: "Overexposure to momentous events ... has resulted in consumers developing a tolerance for the extreme and seeking ever larger doses of it to maintain their high."

Unfortunately, common attempts to reduce boredom often disappoint: 71 percent of respondents to the Yankelovich study found movies to be boring, 84 percent said the same about TV, and 88 percent included the Intemet. Even House & Garden reported on "Retail Fatigue Syndrome," in which shoppers get bored by the sameness of stores and products.

The Weekly Reader suggests one key to overcoming boredom is time management: "Boredom most often occurs in people who don't know how to use their spare time creatively." In addition to reading books, one worthwhile activity the publication recommends is volunteering at a public library. "Being involved in organizations that share one's interests is important" for fighting boredom, Caruba concurs.

--Fairfax County Public Library, fcplease @ fairfaxcounty, gov

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